UAA student Albiona Selimi awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

Albiona Selimi

UAA student Albiona Selimi achieved the prestigious distinction of being named a 2024 Truman Scholar. She is one of 60 college students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the foremost graduate scholarship for those committed to careers in public service.

Passion for service and community drives student commencement speaker

Katie Scoggin

When political science major and Spanish and legal studies minor Katie Scoggin first enrolled at UAA in fall 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was online. Looking for a way to connect with fellow students, she joined the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. That first foray into campus life led to more connections and opportunities than she ever imagined.

Throwing caution to the wind

Barbara Kahula

Suspicious ads on Craigslist don’t usually lead to life-changing opportunities, but accounting alumna and spring 2024 graduate student commencement speaker Barbara Kahula is the exception.

Nursing alumna honored with prestigious Milken Educator Award

Megan Eilers

Earlier this year, Megan Eilers, a health occupations teacher at Hutchison High School in Fairbanks, was named a 2023-24 Milken Educator Award recipient, an honor considered to be the “Oscars of teaching.”

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.

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.

A champion for change

Tayler Higgins as the 2022 Rondy Royalty Heritage Ambassador.

UAA student Tayler Higgins is one of five young adults named to the 2024 Champions of Change cohort with the Center for Native American Youth. Tayler is passionate about centering and elevating Arctic Indigenous youth voices and the interaction of climate, social and economic justice work. She hopes to use her role as a champion to bring more opportunities back to her community.

Celebrating UAA 2023 Meritorious and Honorary Degree Recipients

UAA Chancellor Parnell makes opening remarks at the 2023 Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree ceremony.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the 鶹 honored individuals with the Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree during a special ceremony in advance of fall commencement.

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