Kake, Alaska? Yeah, been there. San Diego, California? Always puts me in a “California state of mind.” Best place yet? Honolulu, Hawaii, hands down. Being the Outreach Specialist has afforded me the best chance to connect students to a better future, and feed my ever widening appreciation for travel. I get paid to travel, and it’s all in the name of education! Graduating from the University of Maine with a degree in Computer Science and Technology, I always find ways to update and maintain my databases of high school counselors in Alaska and other regions of the US. I’m still waiting for my invite from the CBS network’s “Amazing Race.”
Andrea Jones loves UAA and telling students all about it, making her job as a UAA Recruiter the perfect fit. Not to mention, it allows her to travel around Alaska. Born and raised in Illinois, Andrea attended Illinois State University before transferring to Park University where she graduated with a degree in Business. She did some moving around, living in California and Alabama, before she landed in Alaska in February 2011. Andrea loved her college experience and wants to help new and prospective students have a great college epxerience too. In her free time she enjoys playing the flute, volunteering at the animal shelter, camping, and exploring Alaska.
Director of Recruitment
When Jennifer Jensen was in college, she was a campus tour guide and orientation leader and discovered that she REALLY enjoyed sharing the university experience with new and prospective students. She also liked to travel, and spent several months exploring Europe after graduation. Her love of higher education and travel steered her to the perfect career - college recruitment. After more than 20 years in the field, she continues to be passionate about helping students navigate their college path. She is also an avid photographer who loves living in Alaska where there’s ALWAYS a photo op!
Communications Coordinator and UA Scholar Liaison
I’ve finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UAA, and now work full time in the Department of Recruitment as the Communications Coordinator and UA Scholars Outreach liaison. I’m passionate about education, and I’m excited I’ve found a means to promote UAA through our communications- social media, online databases, web design, and analytics.
Publication Coordinator for the Career Cluster Brochures
Wondering what to study at UAA? Although the UAA catalog is comprehensive, you probably don’t want to read it cover-to-cover. Luckily, there’s another way to explore degree options at UAA! The Career Cluster brochures are a set of almost 130 flyers, posted around campus and on the UAA web site, that detail UAA’s degree programs. From Nursing to Natural Sciences, Education to Engineering, Political Science to Piloting, there’s a program at UAA for just about everyone, and I really enjoy working to get the word out on the huge diversity of degree options. I started working at UAA in 1998. I have lived in Alaska on and off since the age of five, including Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Anchorage. In addition, I have lived in Philadelphia, New York City, on the Jersey shore, and in Colorado. I graduated from Colby College in Maine, where I raced division I nordic skiing and studied abroad in Sweden. In my free time, my favorite activities include nordic and telemark skiing with my family, traveling to tropical locales, drinking Kona coffee, and creative writing.