FAIRBANKS - The University of Alaska has a new army of boosters.
The university commissioned 1,200 of the wiggly-head dolls, which have been distributed to state lawmakers, business leaders and others.
The bobbleheads come in five versions representing a degree offered at the statewide university. There's a nurse, a teacher, an engineer, a scientist and a construction manager.
"The whole idea is this is a fun campaign. This is supposed to be eye-catching. This is supposed to be a conversation starter," university spokeswoman Kate Ripley said.
The intention is to remind legislators mulling over UA funding that the university is training Alaskans to fill the jobs in some of the state's highest-demand professions, according to Ripley.
The university spent $12,000 on the dolls, she said. The money came from private funds BP PLC and ConocoPhillips are required to give to the university as part of an agreement between the oil companies and the state.