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Amazing Stories from the University of Alaska Anchorage

Math tutor: ‘It’s kind of like a fun puzzle’
Students grappling with the intricate mazes of algebra and calculus are likely to be familiar with Alayna Rupert, a tutor in UAA's Math Lab who patiently helps them smooth out their mathematical thinking and untangle polynomials, linear equations and exponents.
Connecting the dots between community and career
Leah Boltz has big, bold visions for the future of Alaska. It’s evident in everything she does, from her grassroots initiatives in Anchorage to her career in statewide community-building to her involvement with the Alumni of Distinction selection committee.
Captain Cook’s kitchens craft culinary careers
With four restaurants, 12 events spaces, catering, room service AND an in-house bake shop, internship opportunities abound at the Hotel Captain Cook. In a community partnership between two of the biggest names in town, UAA culinary students receive on-the-job training in some of the city's top kitchens.
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.