Officer Joe Heynen receives the Medal of Valor

The Medal of Valor is the highest award given to a police officer.

Medal of Valor


Officer Joe Heynen was on duty as a Juneau Police SWAT Team Officer when he responded to a call to a house that was considered high risk. Upon his arrival Officer Heynen began being fired upon by the resident. He took a position behind the residence and began directing other responding officers to keep them out of the line of fire. There were 30-40 pistol and rifle rounds fired, however thanks to Officer Heynen's quick thinking, no one was injured. The suspect was taken into custody following the stand-off.

By the time the awards were announced, Officer Heynen was working for the UAA Police Department and the Juneau Police Chief, Bryce Johnson, asked UAA Chief Rick Shell to make the presentation. With Officer Heynen's mother, sisters and both Chancellor Case and Vice Chancellor Spindle in attendance the University Police Department proudly presented the award to Officer Heynen on March 27, 2014.


              Bob McDonnell Wins a Prestigious Housing                                                        Award!!!

Business Services Director, Bob McDonnell, was the recent recipient of the 2013 Operations Award from the Northwest Association of College and University Housing Officers (NWACUHO). 


This award is in recognition for outstanding service in the housing operations areas during the past year and is intended to recognize work outside of the traditional residence life arena. This award is given to a person or team who has contributed best practices in their professional area. We are so proud of you, Bob!


Ton in Ten- UAA Parking Services Collects PB&J for Local Food Pantries

November 26, 2012

Each year, the Human Services Club tries to reach a “Ton in Ten”, or 2000 pounds of peanut butter and jelly in just ten days. Parking Services has participated in the “Ton in Ten” drive every year since 2009, allowing patrons to pay for their parking citations with a donation of peanut butter and jelly. 

This year, Parking Services achieved a record number of donations, taking in 1,975 pounds of PB&J! Over 1,100 jars of PB &J were collected and will be distributed by the Human Services Club to local food charities such as the UAA Food Cache.

Each year, the UAA department that brings in the most peanut butter and jelly receives the honor of displaying the coveted “Peanut Butter Cup” trophy. The trophy is placed on display once the food is distributed, usually the week of Thanksgiving. Parking Services last won the trophy in 2010, and looks forward to displaying the trophy once again for this year’s donations.




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Facilities and Campus Services Welcomes Two New Employees

November 19, 2012

Facilities and Campus Services would like to introduce two new additions to the Facilities Planning and Construction office project management team: Christopher McConnell (right) and Cory Fischer (left). 

Both are UAA 2010 graduates and lifelong Alaskans. Chris is a graduate of the CM program and is participating in the Master's Program in Project Management. Cory is a graduate of the UAA Civil Engineering program and is about to complete a Masters in Arctic Engineering. Chris is assigned to the Sports Arena under Stan Vanover's direction; Cory is working on renewal projects and energy related work under John Hanson's direction.


Chris McConnell was raised in Anchorage and is a 2010 graduate from University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science degree in Construction Management and is currently persuing a Master's Degree in Project Management. Before coming to UAA, Chris spent 10 years in quality control and project administration with Control Contractors, Klebs Mechanical and Alyeska Pipeline Service Company.

Cory Fischer graduated in 2010 from University of Alaska Anchorage with a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering (Magna Cum Laude). Cory is currently a graduate student and plans to graduate in December 2012 with a MS in Arctic Engineering and Grad Certification in Port; Coastal and Civil Engineering. Cory worked for Facilities Maintenance and Operations during his undergraduate degree as an electrical assistant, and has learned a great deal about the campus mechanical and electrical systems. He was also a math tutor in the Learning Resource Center. He worked for MLFA as a Staff Engineer for 2 ½ years on water and waste water projects.


Special Olympics Honor Guard, Chief Shell

November 14, 2012

Chief of Police, Rick Shell, recently attended the Special Olympics conference, where he served as an Honor Guard for the Special Olympics lantern.

The lantern is lit with the "Flame of Hope", a symbolic flame that represents the hope that someday everyone will be treated with respect and inclusion, regardless of their disability.  Thousands of police officers around the world, including Chief Shell, work as Guardians of the Flame to ensure the message never gets blown out. These officers defend the rights of some of our most vulnerable citizens.


The University will once again support the Special Olympics during their annual Polar Plunge on December 15th.  As many as 1500 participants will be "Freezing for a Reason" by plunging into Goose Lake to raise money and awareness. This year Alaska was given an award for fundraising efforts, and UAA can proudly say that we helped!