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UAA alumni live, work and engage with communities in each of the 50 states and across the globe. Hear the amazing stories of impressive UAA alumni in our "I am UAA" story series. Read the most recent profiles below, and visit the Green and Gold website for a complete list of all our amazing 'I Am UAA' alumni stories.

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Amazing Stories from the University of Alaska Anchorage


Father-daughter lab partners
In honor of recent Father's Day, look back on the good times you shared with Dad—like, perhaps, completing a lab report. After inadvertently registering for the same biology class, father-daughter pair Mike and Mindy Graham ended up as lab partners. “I think a lot of people were puzzled by the way we interacted with each other," Mindy laughed.
‘She is this little bundle of energy’
Dr. Cindy Trussell grew up in New Hampshire but architecture, Australia, bird songs and biology brought her to Alaska's famed Emerald Isle to convey her love of biology, chemistry and nutrition to students at Kodiak College.
Around the world with ConocoPhillips
Global supply chain students have an employment pipeline in Anchorage thanks to the strong intern relationship between UAA and ConocoPhillips Alaska. The oil company operates in 23 countries around the globe, and as part of the global supply chain, employees get the chance to move around quite a bit, too.
Embassy sweets: An international love story
When Kailey Ibsen decided to study abroad in Chengdu, China, she set off a series of dominoes that led to law school, an embassy gig and the altar. Read more about this anthropology major and the continent-crossing career she continues to build after graduating just four years ago.
M.F.A. grad shares how to ‘Find the Good’
Heather Lende has raised a family and built a career in Haines, Alaska, where she works as the local paper's obituary writer. The bestselling author will stop at the University Bookstore this Thursday on her national book tour, sharing life lessons from her latest work on life and death in a small town.
The seedy, sudsy history of the 49th state
After transferring to D.C. 14 years ago, Doug Vandegraft stayed connected to Alaska through his personal project—a thoroughly-researched tale of the dark days and lighthearted weirdness behind the 135 oldest bars still currently operating across Alaska today.
‘You have to do the face to face’
Four years ago, Ricardo Castillo left the Army and continued exploring a career field he'd found and loved: Logistics. He helped establish a fraternity, engaged in the Emerging Leaders Program and now is preparing to join the ranks of graduates at the 2015 Spring Commencement.
Stacey Lucason: USUAA president glances back before leaping ahead
USUAA President Stacey Lucason winds down her undergraduate experience with graduation this May, but she's already focused on next steps, to a master's degree in public health or policy, and potential service as a UA student regent.
‘I found my voice in things I’m passionate about’
As a high school student, Xavier Mason kept to himself. At UAA, however, he has excelled in academics, immersed himself in the tasks involved in becoming a leader and social entrepreneur and will deliver the student speech at the upcoming 2015 Spring Commencement.
UAA Fulbright scholar Oliver Petraitis is bound for Westfalia
Oliver Petraitis is UAA's 10th Fulbright scholar in a decade. During his time at UAA he volunteered and worked at KRUA, hosted a music show called "The Mustache Petting Zoo," served on the Green Fee Board, and tutored German students at UAA and in the Anchorage School District.