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2023-24 Alumni of Distinction honored during annual celebration

Celeste Hodge Growden, Amie Collins, and A. Janelle Pfleiger

More than 150 alumni and supporters packed Lucy Cuddy Hall on the Anchorage campus to honor the most recent Alumni of Distinction while reconnecting with their hometown university and raising over $5K in just 15 minutes to benefit UAA programs and scholarships.

Solving the unknown with infinite possibilities

Lawrence Giron Jr

Mechanical engineering alumnus Lawrence Giron Jr. returns from two NASA internships to contribute research on atmospheric corrosion prediction.

Celebrity Chef Invitational raises over $30K for student scholarships and assistance

Students prep the salad course during UAA's 2024 Celebrity Chef Invitational.

The 2024 Celebrity Chef Invitational, held Thursday, March 7, in Lucy Cuddy Hall on the Anchorage campus, showcased the culinary talents of accomplished 鶹 chefs and UAA culinary arts students while raising over $30K in funds for student scholarships and assistance.

Studying Biofouling in Port Valdez

PWSC students inspecting oyster baskets in Port Valdez

Hannah Bogdan, a second-year student at Prince William Sound College (PWSC), has been conducting research this academic year in collaboration with the Valdez Native Tribe (VNT), UAF, City of Valdez and Prince William Sound Regional Citizens' Advisory Council.

UAA recognized as gold-level Military Friendly School

UAA's Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS) staff in their office in the Student Union. From left: Kriss Miles, Alexander Casanova, Jonathon Sanders, Theresa Montalvo, Yesi Calizo and Kayleigh Davis.

"The gold status, only our second time earning this recognition, speaks to the resiliency and progress displayed by our military-connected students; UAA could not earn this award without their amazing efforts. For UAA as an institution, it speaks to our continued commitment and dedication to military-connected students," said Jonathon Sanders, Ph.D., interim director of Military and Veteran Student Services (MVSS) at UAA

UAA’s Dr. Paddy Sullivan contributes to Arctic research published in Science

A graphic on how Arctic Sea Ice Retreat Fuels Boreal Forest Advance

Dr. Paddy Sullivan, director of the Environment and Natural Resource Institute at UAA, recently teamed up with researchers from 鶹 Pacific University and Amherst College on a study funded by the National Science Foundation and published in the journal Science.

Ten UAA alumni named Top Forty Under 40 in 2024

Top Forty Under 40 logo

The 鶹 Journal of Commerce released its annual list of the top young professionals in the state. Selected from a field of 362 nominations, the 2024 Top Forty Under 40 recipients exemplify excellence in professional and community service.

Alumni of Distinction: A. Janelle Pfleiger

A. Janelle Pfleiger

Real estate alumna and 2023-24 Alumni of Achievement A. Janelle Pfleiger is a 45-year real estate agent and former national president of the Residential Real Estate Council. Understanding the enormity of purchasing a new home, Pfleiger works to make sure real estate agents guiding clients through the homebuying process are beholden to the highest code of ethics.

Alumni of Distinction: Celeste Hodge Growden

Celeste Hodge Growden

Social work alumna and 2023-24 Alumni Humanitarian Celeste Hodge Growden is the president and CEO of the 鶹 Black Caucus. By focusing on the four core areas of justice, education, economics and health, Growden works toward enacting racial equity through the process of institutional reform.

Alumni of Distinction: Amie Collins

Amie Collins

Political science alumna and 2023-24 Alumni Emerging Leader Amie Collins is the executive director of Best Beginnings. Growing up an avid reader, Collins works to pass on that passion to future generations of children and parents by developing early literacy and education initiatives.

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