UAA Alumni of Distinction Awards

The Alumni of Distinction awards provide the UAA Alumni Association the opportunity to recognize and celebrate alumni who have made important contributions in their communities and whose actions honor the legacy of excellence at the University of Alaska Anchorage.
AlumniofDistinction_15Congratulations to the most recent recipients, who were honored at Green & Gold Gala on Sept. 26, 2015.

Viorica Marian––2015 Alumni of Achievement Award
B.A. Psychology '94
Professor of Communication Sciences and Disorders, Northwestern University

Marian—a native of Moldova—is recognized as a leading expert in the cognitive effects of bilingualism, regularly publishing and presenting her research on a subject she first explored as an international student at UAA.

Georgia DeKeyser––2015 Alumni Humanitarian Award
M.S. Nursing Science '97, M.S. Nursing Science '99
Director, UAA Student Health and Counseling Center

DeKeyser started as a student intern and now, as director, oversees UAA's health center, where 10,000 students are eligible for campus healthcare. A strong advocate for students, she has consistently viewed health as the key to success for UAA's diverse student population.

Mistee Davis—2015 Alumni Emerging Leader Award
A.A.S. Human Services '06, B.A. Psychology '12
Chief of Service, Assets, Inc.

Assets, Inc.—where Davis started as an undergraduate—provides employment opportunities for local residents with disabilities. Through dedication to her clients and advocacy, she has earned consistently greater leadership roles to champion people with disabilities.