I Am UAA
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
I AM UAA: Rachel Bedsworth
What sets Rachel Bedsworth apart from other UAA freshman? She's an advocate for foster youth, having personally survived 46 placements in 12 years. "I want them to know they have a future..."
Alumni of Distinction: Georgia DeKeyser
In Georgia's eyes, excellent health creates excellent students. As director of the Student Health & Counseling Center, she oversees the health of over 10,000 students and, as an alumna, she knows the student situation well. So it's fitting that her nominations for the top alumni award came from students she serves.
‘I wanted to build more of a career around accounting’
Dominique Kurth had already worked as a bookkeeper when she enrolled at UAA to seek accounting and finance degrees. Her diligence reaped rewards: stellar grades, an internship and a job waiting after graduation.
Alumni of Distinction: Mistee Davis
Mistee has gone from entry-level to executive, all while earning two UAA degrees. This year's Alumni Emerging Leader recipient oversees key support at Assets Inc., a local agency that advocates for Anchorage residents who experience developmental disabilities and serious mental illnesses.
Curating Alaska Native culture
Eleanor Hadden (Tlingit/Haida/Tsimshian) has been involved with the Alaska Native Heritage Center since its inception. She served on the Center's planning committee while completing her bachelor's in anthropology, worked part-time while completing her master's and has now served as curator for 11 years.
Community “I AM UAA”: Skinny Raven Sports
UAA runners and their coaches have long known about Skinny Raven Sports, finding shoes and other gear to help them excel. The Anchorage running store reaches out to UAA as well: it helped the university buy a state-of-the-art performance and rehabilitation treadmill and its name is on the "Raven's Nest" running track at the Alaska Airlines Center.
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.