Study tips and inspiration from Deb the Librarian and KRUA Station Manager, Audri Pleas, Thursday on Informania, 5-6pm, 88.1FM.

Listen to the interview with Audriana Pleas.

Audri Pleas, Station Manager at KRUA, and University of Alaska Anchorage student, talks about study habits, her experience at KRUA, and her evolution as student and leader from Walmart to KRUA.

Deb the Librarian also reviews study tips from earlier shows:

If you create study cards, write them, and then when you review them, say the information out loud.  This engages more energy in remembering the information (kinesthetic engagement). (Dartmouth College Study Skills handout)

Paraphrase information from your textbook in your mind, instead of just remembering it word-for-word. This will help you identify answers on a test if they are not word-for-word according to the textbook. (Dartmouth College Study Skills handout)

Dan Bonin, Math Learning Specialist, shared that research findings showed that it was more successful to study in the physical/mental state that you will take the test.  If you have an exam right after lunch, get in the habit of studying right after lunch.  Your body will take these cues on helping you remember the information in that physical/mental state.

Audri Pleas shared that listening to music without words, like classical music, helps her to study.  Music with words can be distracting, so find music without words that you can study to, if you like to listen to music while studying.

Also, pick a location that allows you to focus on what you need to learn.  The Consortium Library has quiet study areas that support this endeavor.  The Library stays open until 2am for students needing a quiet place to study.



Lemonade Day? AmeriCorps opportunities? Learn about these programs and more offered through the Center for Economic Development, Thursday at 5pm on Informania, KRUA, 88.1, The Edge.

Listen to the interview with Katie Abbott, Program Coordinator for the Alaska Center for Economic Development.

This is Money Smart Week!  These words linger in my mind, urging me to take money-smart action. And I don’t think that means spending all I have!

The action I’ve taken begins with an interview with Katie Abbott, Program Coordinator for the Alaska Center for Economic Development, on the Informania radio show.  On April 22, 2013, Katie shared about the impressive range of educational and volunteer opportunities related to the smart management of money offered through the Center for Economic Development (CED).

“The Alaska Center for Economic Development is one of 52 University Centers designated by the U.S. Economic Development Administration (”  Their programs range from entrepreneurship (education and support for small business owners and inventors), to municipal economic development programs, to AmeriCorps Vista, to Lemonade Day!

Speaking of Lemonade Day, this national event to educate children about small business development, will take place on May 11, 2013.  The Alaskan Center for Economic Development will support Alaskan children who register for Lemonade Day, by providing a backpack with information on how to get started, and have a successful experience with their small business (lemonade stand).  In preparation for this event there are workshops that children can attend, like a Financial Literacy class sponsored by Wells Fargo, or a Home Depot class on How to Build a Lemonade Stand.  The business partnerships that CED has established benefit the university and program participants.  Some companies have offered to sponsor their storefront as a lemonade stand location on Lemonade Day.  Lemonade Day provides an opportunity for children and their families to learn about smart money management when pursuing a business opportunity.  But CED doesn’t only offer this at the youth level.

There are educational programs for cities (aka municipalities) that help, for example, Assembly representatives learn about economic development or business retention and expansion.  People elected to a governing Assembly may have a passion for helping community, but may not be knowledgeable about economic development, so the Alaska Center for Economic Development is there to help.

To learn more about the Center for Economic Development, check out their web site at .  Interested in volunteering, or would like more information about an upcoming workshop? Contact Katie Abbott at 907-786-5444.



Need help finding a job or writing a resume? Listen to Informania on 88.1, and learn how UAA’s Career Services Center can help. Monday at 9am or Thursday at 5pm on KRUA, 88.1.

This week on Informania, Deb the Librarian interviews Diane Kozak, Director of the Career Services Center at UAA.  Diane talked about the different types of resumes (chronological, factual, or a combination of both).  Diane shared good advice about resumes, cover letters, interviews and job search etiquette.  Following are a few tips:


When developing a resume, volunteer, internships, and fast food work experiences count!  If you have worked at a fast food restaurant, you likely have the ability to work in a fast-paced environment and may have significant experience with customer service.  It is all in how you word your experience.  The Career Services Center can help with this!  You have to have a resume created for them to review, but are glad to help you rephrase statements to help your experience to shine.

Word your experience (honestly) to match the job description.  Diane has created four  versions of her resume to speak to different industries or types of positions.

Start developing your resume early in your college career.  Why wait until your senior year?  If you begin your resume as a freshman, you will be able to see what added experiences you need or want to develop by the time you graduate and are ready to go to work in your desired industry.

Cover letters

Your cover letter should not include work experience not covered in your resume.  Remember, your resume is the experience story you are sharing with your potential future employers.  The cover letter will highlight relevant experience, but not replace the resume.  Diane said some employers may not even look at a cover letter.  The length of cover letters range from a half of a page to two pages.  Include the job you are applying for in the introduction, highlight a few reasons you are the best candidate, and thank the committee for this opportunity.


When you interview, meet the employer with the confidence that says, “I really want this job and I am the best candidate for it!”  You need to be the best salesperson you can be for yourself.  I, personally, like to picture that positive outcome before the interview, or event, even to the point of feeling what it would be like to have that success.  Stay positive, and attentive during the interview.  The Career Services Center can help you practice interviews, record and critique interviews, and help you think through answers to interview questions like, “Tell me about a time you had to deal with a conflict at work.  How did you resolve it?”

After the interview, send a thank you letter!  It is good to send a thank you email message, but great etiquette to send a thank you card in the mail as a follow-up to an interview and thank you email message.  Yes, I mean a Thank You card sent through snail mail!  A bland, simple Thank You card is sufficient.  You don’t want to show too much personality (with a frilly or decorated card), until you get the position.

Any talk before, during or after the interview meetings all count as part of the interview.  Are you going out to lunch with other employees from the business?  Be on your best behavior here as well!  Job candidate conversations and behaviors that occur during formal and informal (lunch or dinner) scenarios will leave an impression with job search committee members who are tasked with reviewing the candidates.  Many times, it is more important for an employer to hire a teachable person with the personality and attitude that fits well with other employees than it is to hire the person with the most experience.

If you didn’t get the position this time, it is okay to ask why.  Not all employers can tell why a candidate didn’t get the position, but it is okay to ask!  Perhaps sending an email that asks, “How can I improve my ability to get a job like this in the future?”  Career Services Center employees have developed good relationships with Alaskan employers, and will, on occasion, get feedback about the credentials of students who have applied for jobs.  Checking in for guidance on how to improve your skills and strategies as a job candidate is worthwhile!

How do you find out about jobs in your field?

Career Services Center has a database of local, national, and international jobs.  Other resources Diane mentioned include the Department of Labor, craigslist, and industry associations and trade publications.  It is expensive to post job announcements in certain publications, so craigslist is as viable an option as others to attract employees.

Learn about UAA’s Center for Human Development on Informania, Monday at 9am or Thursday at 5pm, on KRUA, 88.1FM, The Edge.

Deb the Librarian interviewed Richard Kiefer-O’Donnell on Monday, April 8, 9-10am to learn about the Center for Human Development (CHD).  The Center collaborates with Alaskan organizations working to support people with disabilities in their life development needs from infant to student to adult.  Programs currently in process are TAPESTRY, a mentorship program for students with disabilities at the University of Alaska Anchorage, Capacity Building in Autism Intervention, and LEND, Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and related Disabilities, a program that supports cross-disciplinary collaborative educational opportunities for research and experiential learning in helping people with disabilities.  The Center for Human Development has a list of Projects A to Z where you can see the range of ways that this unique department is making a difference. 

Student opportunities at the Center for Human Development range from scholarly to experiential.  They include research assistantships, mentorships, opportunities to work as a trainer or in a support position for programs.  When asked about qualifications, Associate Director Kiefer-O’Donnell identified the importance of a heart-felt interest to help as a foundation for becoming involved.  If you are considering the pursuit  of an internship or volunteer opportunity with CHD, please note that you are making a commitment to a project.  This may be a semester long project.

For more information or if you have any questions, please contact Richard Kiefer-O’Donnell at 907-264-6259, or

Songs played on today’s show include Information by Dredg, and Help by the Beatles.