Fresh air committee to hire two student workers

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Two student positions have been created by UAF as part of its new tobacco-free initiative, which will go into effect Dec. 31 of this year.

The starting hourly wage is $10.50 an hour and the position is part-time. The two students who are hired will assist with marketing for the campaign and participate in related activities. They would also gain a spot as a student representative on the university-wide Fresh Air Committee, a group of students and faculty members who organize to sustain a tobacco-free campus. The new student employees will not be involved in any sort of enforcement of the ban.

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The students would act as a connection between students and staff, helping smooth over the transition to a tobacco free campus.

“We need these students to be an ear on the ground,” Kaydee Miller, the assistant director of wellness in the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness, said. Miller will be overseeing the new student position.

In order to apply for the job, students must submit a resume, a cover letter, and three references. The jobs fall under the Department of Recreation, Adventure and Wellness.

The funds used to hire these two workers is being provided by the American Lung Association, a public health organization founded in 1904 to fight tuberculosis, which has since expanded its mission to include fights against many lung dangers, such as pollution and smoking.

“While it is just a temporary position to help smooth over the campaign,” said Miller, “we are working very closely with the American Lung Association on it, so this would be a good way to make connections that might lead to something more.”

The campus wide tobacco ban is coming into effect on Dec. 31. It will prohibit the smoking or consumption of all tobacco related products, including cigarettes, cigars, pipes, kreteks, bidis, other inhalable burning substances and all smokeless tobacco and tobacco-containing product, on all campus grounds, including satellite campuses. It does not, however, ban the consumption of tobacco in privately owned cars that are parked or driving on campus.

After the ban comes into effect, UAF will join a group of 463 college campuses that are 100% tobacco free nation-wide, according to the American Lung Association website, and would be the first such campus in Alaska.

 

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