Please Help Support WASFAA Conference Charity

Conference LogoEach year, WASFAA selects a charity in the conference location to support. This year, the conference committee is pleased to support You Are Not Alone, a youth suicide prevention training and outreach program in Alaska. Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the US, with Alaska Native men between the ages of 15 and 24 having the highest rate of suicide among any demographic in the country. You Are Not Alone empowers youth to care for and education each other about suicide prevention through early intervention and creating hope through positive action. They provide bracelets with the Alaska Careline phone number, sponsor presentations, and organize student clubs. You Are Not Alone events have been held at college campus and high schools around the state.

What can you do to support You Are Not Alone? YANA provides messages of hope and distributes the Alaska Carline contact information at many events throughout the year. The organization needs help! Volunteers for You Are Not Alone need:

  • Individually wrapped candy
  • Address labels, either blank or with the Alaska Careline number printed (template for standard address labels provided, see attached. 1” x 2 5/8” (3M: 3500-B or 3400-B; Avery 8660 or 5630)- information gets placed on candy and distributed to students. For a template, please email
  • Colorful sticky note pads- for messages of hope to be written and placed around schools.

We will have a collection and monetary donation box at the WASFAA booth in the vendor room. If you are able to provide the above items, they will be used and all donations are greatly appreciated. If you are unable to attend the conference, but would like to support You Are Not Alone, you can mail your items to Ashley Munro, Conference Co-Chair PO Box 756360 Fairbanks, AK 99775. If you would like information on similar programs in your own state, YANA can help connect you.

You Are Not Alone:

For more information and donations visit 

You Are Not Alone 501c3 Tax ID 92-0123900

Careline 877-266-HELP is available 24/7.

Thank you in advance for your support of You Are Not Alone.

Alaska Fun Facts: Dog Racing

This week, the Iron Dog Race — the world’s longest, toughest snowmobile race — started in Anchorage. Forty-one teams will travel over 2,000 miles across the Alaskan wilderness to head north to Nome and end in Fairbanks. The winning team will take home $65,000. You can follow the status of the racers online. The racers started on 4th avenue in downtown Anchorage, where in just a few days (March 5), the Iditarod Sled Dog Race will also start.

Race CourseWhen you’re at the Moving Beyond Your Boundaries WASFAA Conference at the Downtown Anchorage Marriott, you’ll be just a few short blocks from the starting location of both races. There are many shops and restaurants that will be worth your visit after sessions are done for the day. Don’t forget to register for the conference and reserve your hotel room soon; the hotel conference race of $119 ends on March 9th. Session titles and descriptions are available online now.

See you in Anchorage!

Co Chairs: Dewayne Barnes ( and Ashley Munro (

Alaskan Fun Fact: While they are known as snowmobiles in the rest of the US, in Alaska, they are called snow machines.

WASFAA ConferenceTraveling up and over Canada to the WASFAA Conference in Anchorage, Alaska may be a first for many of you. The Conference Committee wants you to have an opportunity to explore The Last Frontier without missing any parts of the Moving Beyond Your Boundaries Conference, so we have built into the schedule a few opportunities to learn about Alaska and see Anchorage:

Sunday’s Opening Session– Speaker Jodi Bailey, Iditarod musher

Jodi BaileyJodi will talk to us about leadership and teamwork with a musher’s prospective. You’ll learn what its like to be on the back of a sled with 14 powerful pullers working together to get where you need to go. The session begins at 11am and a plated lunch will be served.



Sunday’s EDAC Reception- Alaska Native Dancers

This reception will run from 4:30-6:00. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Sunday’s President’s Reception- The Anchorage Museum

Anchorage MuseumJoin us for dessert and fun at The Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center from 7-10pm. The museum is located a few blocks from the hotel, within walking distance, but we will have a shuttle that runs non-stop throughout the reception. This is a special event, so WASFAA conference attendees and registered guests will be the only museum attendees this night. Your entry into the museum and a drink ticket are included in your registration price. Additional tickets can be purchased for your guests for $35 during the registration process (also includes the EDAC Reception). You will be able to explore the open galleries:

  • Alaska Gallery- displays more than 1,000 objects and is one of the finest presentations of Alaskan history and ethnology in the state. Full-scale andAshley Bubbles miniature dioramas provide a look at the early lifestyles of Alaska’s Aleuts, Eskimos and Indians. The changing material culture of Alaska’s Native people is also depicted, as are topics including exploration and settlement by the Russians, the gold rush era, World War II and statehood.
  • Imaginarium Discovery Center- hands-on activities for all ages! 80 exhibits and related programs are designed to let people discover science for themselves through fun activities. Many exhibits address scientific topic of particular interest in Alaska: volcanoes, aurora borealis, earthquakes and marine life.

Not only can you mingle with your colleagues, but you can learn about Alaskan history, play with bubbles and shoot an air cannon.

Monday Evening

We have left an evening free for you to explore Anchorage on your own. Downtown Anchorage has great restaurants and shopping. The Anchorage Marriott Downtown is just a few blocks from the 5th Avenue Mall and 4th Avenue Tourist shops. Stay tuned in the next few weeks for restaurant recommendations.

To register for the conference or add guest tickets to the reception, visit here.

We can’t wait to see you in Anchorage!

Co-chairs: Ashley Munro ( and Dewayne Barnes (

WASFAA Conference Draft Agenda Announced

ConferenceThe Conference Committee is excited to host WASFAA members in Anchorage April 10-12 for the Moving Beyond Your Boundaries Conference. We’re less than 3 months away from the opening session so Register today! and join us for what will surely be an exciting time in a new place for many.

All sessions will be held at the Anchorage Marriott Downtown, with rooms only $119 a night. You can book your room at the conference rate here.

Conference Draft Agenda:

Sunday April 10th

9:30-10:45 Pre-Conference Session: Newcomers’ Session & Birds of a Feather

11:00-12:30 Opening Session & Lunch (speakers: Barbara Bickett, WASFAA President & Jodi Bailey, Iditarod Musher)

1:00-2:15 Session Block

2:15-2:45 Vendor Break with snacks

3:00-4:15 Session Block

4:30-6:00 EDAC Entertainment & Reception

7:00-11:00 President’s Dessert Reception at The Anchorage Museum (shuttle to museum available)


Monday April 11th

7:30-9:00 General Session & Breakfast (speakers: Dan Mann & Justin Draeger, NASFAA)

9:15-10:30 Session Block

10:30-11:00 Vendor Break with snacks

11:00-12:15 Session Block

12:30-2:00 General Session, Awards & Lunch

2:15-3:30 Session Block

3:30-4:00 Vendor Block with snacks

4:15-5:30 Session Block

6pm Enjoy Anchorage on your own!


Tuesday April 12th

9:00-10:00 WASFAA Business Meeting & Breakfast

10:00-12:00 Federal Update

As you can see, the agenda is packed with sessions, speakers, and most importantly, FOOD! More detailed session information will be available in February.  By the way…you still have time to submit your session proposals to the Program Committee.

We look forward to seeing you in Alaska!

Conference Co-Chairs: Dewayne Barnes ( and Ashley Munro (

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Alaska Fun Fact: Alaska was purchased for $7.2 million- that’s 2 cents an acre!


WASFAA Conference Registration Open

Conference LogoHello WASFAA Colleagues!

Every day in each of our lives, we become all too comfortable living within a certain set of parameters making it easy to participate in the same monotonous routine – day in and day out.  Why not take a fresh perspective on work, life or anything in general?  What better opportunity than to join your colleagues in the great state of Alaska this spring?  Well here is your chance to break out of the mold and change up the same routine.

On behalf of 2015-16 WASFAA President Barbara Bickett, my co-chair Ashley Munro and myself would like to formally invite you to register for the Moving Beyond Your Boundaries 2016 WASFAA conference located in Anchorage, Alaska.  The conference will provide you with relevant training and a fantastic learning environment  to help you become a better administrator, only we’ll be doing this ALASKA style.  You’ll have the opportunity to meet new colleagues in our field, and also have a chance to re-connect with some old friends…in a new and exciting environment.  We’ll be sure you get a taste of the Anchorage area with some of the events we’re planning, so don’t hesitate to register now and start booking your flights.

Register for Moving Beyond Your Boundaries here.

The hotel room block is open now, but we’ve received word that rooms are filling up quickly.  Make your reservations at the Downtown Anchorage Marriott now!  Additional conference information will be updated on our mini site in the future.

Do you have a session idea?  Share your thought with the Program Committee here.

Scholarships are also available to cover the cost of the conference registration. Apply online here before February 12th.

We look forward to seeing you in Alaska, April 10-12, 2016.  Until then, we hope you have a Happy Holiday Season!

Ashley Munro & Dewayne Barnes – Conference Co-Chairs