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UA Regents are meeting this week in Fairbanks

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Posted: Tuesday, December 4, 2012 11:48 pm

FAIRBANKS — The decision to name an undisclosed facility after an unknown person may — or may not — provide a bit of intrigue at a low-key University of Alaska Board of Regents meeting this week.

The two-day meeting, which will be held Thursday and Friday at Room 109 of the Butrovich Building at the Fairbanks campus, includes a cryptic agenda item following an executive session on Thursday. Regents will emerge and possibly name “a facility at the University of Alaska Fairbanks” after a proposed candidate.

UA spokeswoman Kate Wattum said regents typically like to discuss such matters in private so they can talk freely about potential honorees. She said the facility being considered is also being kept private.

Whether that honor is massive or modest is tough to know. UAF has some major new unnamed facilities, including a new Alaska Center for Energy and Power energy technology facility and the soon-to-open Life Sciences Building. But regents also approve names for smaller facilities, such as plazas, additions and recreational areas.

Regents also will hear presentations on UAF research, eLearning and plans for a new power plant at the Fairbanks campus. Votes include final approval of an unmanned aircraft systems project at UAF and new degree programs in law enforcement and health sciences at the University of Alaska Southeast and University of Alaska Anchorage, respectively.

Public testimony is scheduled for 10 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday. To look at the complete agenda for the meeting, go to online to

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