The new semester is only a few days old and the gratifying smell of summer vacation still lingers in the air, soon to be squashed by the tense fears of the first major assignments, and our staff members are already busy creating a more sustainable university. The new student center has been a buzz with activities but one thing is surprisingly missing, there are no paper flyers to be found. Typically there would be piles of paper advertising this event or that event, strewn across the tables, collecting food crumbs and coffee stains. Some would be current, while others from past events. There was always something covering the tables. No more. The McMillen Student Center is going paperless. Instead, those that wish to advertise their activity must now submit it electronically to Student Activities and it will be shown on one of our big screen TVs during all meal times.
As the crisp air of fall descends on Alaska, those of you that have been to the Atwood Center have noticed that there is no change in temperature between the outside and the inside of the building. The chilliness of the building is due to the work being done on our new, more energy efficient boiler units. Part of a multi-million dollar energy renovation project, phase one will help APU reduce it energy consumption by a third. Boiler replacement is expected to be completed by mid September. To all the staff and students that inhabit the Atwood Center, thank you for your patience and understanding while we complete this very important energy savings project.