Recent Amazing Stories

  • When Seawolf Dining & Great Harvest Bread Company could assist the Multicultural Center in feeding over 200 students during "Good Morning Seawolves" at this years' Homecoming Great Collaboration!!!
  • Theresa Lyons' effective leadership in action!
  • Allison Bakumenko, Technical Analyst in the Office of Student Financial Assistance, identified a feature in the Banner Financial Aid update 8.18.1 that will increase the efficiency and the accuracy of awarding APS and AEG in the spring 2014 semester. Allison advocated to the Statewide Financial Aid team for an earlier-than-planned implementation. UAS and UAF were impressed with Allison's vision and agreed. Testing will begin soon.
  • Linda Morgan, Theresa Lyons, and Aisha Merced's participation in the UA Scholar and APS Meet and Great. Thanks for your support!
  • Eric serving as the AVC of UC Parking Services Thanks for managing the craziness!
  • In 5th grade, my teacher had me convinced that when it came to math, there was no chance of my ever learning anything. For many years, I believed her. Last week - 40 years late - at the age of 50, I got 100% on my 2nd test in Math 054. Sorry, Mrs. Newman. You were wrong about me. :)
  • I want to give a hug shout out to the On Campus Living Team spearheaded by David Weaver and Maria Bonifacio. Their open mind and eagerness to collaborate with recruitment is really opening to many doors for our departments to create a welcoming space here at UAA that reminds prospective students: "UAA is your second home as your home away from home, we're excited to be partnering in the next chapter of your life's amazing story." On Campus Living is making the statement above a reality. It's so refreshing to see.
  • Jess and Paula have done an amazing job with this year's ELP! Great parcipation and retreat.
  • Creating a culture of CARE! Bruce emailing & responding to first-year students
  • Viewbook - dynamic & powerful marketing
  • LORA VOLDEN
  • Cathy Ewing's help to all of us & ultimately what it means for our students
  • "Roll Out the Green Carpet" campaign program
  • Advising & Testing and Student Information Advisors going above and beyond with service hours.
  • Strong Enrollment numbers growth
  • Amazing Stories TV Spot "It's All Right Here"
  • Enhanced leadership development training for student leaders
  • Smoother enrollment process for students
  • Mandatory advising - need I say more?
  • Spring to fall persistence outreach effort added +600 students
  • We're a great team & we need to remember that & use that strength.
  • Mandatory advising/orientation
  • I'm proud of Sonya Stein as Director of Student Financial Aid. Her approach to the job and students is refreshing and positive every day.
  • Great work advancing the Advising ethos: website, hotline, mailers
  • Great collaboration between all executive team members (great sense of team)
  • Strengthening partnerships with off campus agencies (for example: ACPE, 90% by 2020)
  • Dr. Lee inspiring students during Howl Days
  • Increased participation in New Student Orientation
  • New furniture in the Den
  • Third level of ELP
  • SHCC CAS Completion
  • Registrar's Office audit academic department websites
  • Change in Michael Votava's position description and title
  • Successful operation of Residence Life without a director
  • I think SAAT will change the culture of UAA. That could be it's greatest contribution to the University.
  • Increased technology in North Hall
  • Myra providing support & data to MAP-Works even while feeling ill
  • Bookstore charges available to 10,000 students and went off virtually without a hitch.
  • Nancy Meyer's endless support of SAAT in regards to financial needs (office manager, cost center, etc.).
  • Theresa Lyon's ability to wear multiple hats with grace, dedication and passion.
  • Office of Student Information had a consistent, visible presence on campus during all of add/drop.
  • Aisha Merced from NSO fiscal support of four departments as SA undergoes re-alignment; serves to support departments that have vacancies in their cost center positions. No complaints, just professional service.
  • Leo Medal stepped up to lead EOC during critical time for the grant. Awesome accomplishments!
  • Financial Aid completed their program review with good feedback from the auditors.
  • Liz Shine has done a wonderful job bringing new energy and a contemporary look to SA publications.
  • Colin Ryan on campus!
  • Dr. Lee for co-chairing on  the prioritization process.
  • The completion of five searches chaired by five Student Development employees.
  • Enrollment services presented SLOs for review and initiated evaluation discussions with Whitney.
  • Thanks to Dewain Lee for her leadership to the Program Prioritization Process.
  • Kim Patterson and Megan Tompkins who met grant objectives and secured continuation of funding.
  • Thanks to the Financial Aid team for working as a highly effective team to clear the backlog with Chapter 33 certifications.
  • Karen Haddock whose leadership of the DSS Team during transitions periods. Yeah!
  • I would like to pass along my extremely positive interaction with Joe Hopkins. As always, he is kind and generous with his knowledge - which is seemingly endless! In addition, Joe is patient about answering my questions. When I call with a student in my office, as was the case yesterday, he was thorough in his explanations, making sure the student had the information they need to move forward. My interactions with Joe are always wonderful and positive. His thoroughness and follow-up allows our students tot have excellent information required along their academic journey. In addition, Joe makes sure I have accurate information to my questions. He even goes beyond a basic answer, he makes sure to let me know if there are easier or better answers to help our students. Thank you so much! - Cricket Watt, M.Ed., Student Success Manager, School of Engineering
  • Kevin Kristof is doing such an amazing job as our Assistant Director of the Student Information Office. The Fin Aid Office especially appreciates his active participation in our weekly staff meetings. He's making a tremendous impact on bridging the two areas and making us one cohesive team. Thanks, Kevin!
  • Theresa Lyons - Executive Director of AMSS - She has been working so hard keeping this unit running as smooth as possible. She always leads by example. She values all members of the unit regardless of title. She believes in a team rather than individual!
  • I agree! We had a fantastic run last year of things being well managed and student issues being addressed relatively well with minimal effort. - Bruce Schultz, Ed.D., Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs
  • 1,788 students served at the UC during the first two weeks of class with an average wait time of only 15 minutes! Last spring it was 27 minutes.
  • Michael Worth has served as an asset for SAAT and has helped us get the data we need to demonstrate excellence and to help us improve the student experience.
  • Congratulations Michael Votava and Amanda Murdock for excellent work on UAA's 2011-2013 biennial review of alcohol and other drug programs. Comprehensive, professional, and insightful.
  • Rachel Chiang's successful integration into the fiscal tech position for SAAT.
  • Shauna Grant has led the initiative to start a financial literacy program at UAA to educate our students. A great idea to kick that off is giving out SP14 tuition waivers used as loan payments to graduating student who have taken out loans. Starts their repayment careers off right! Great efforts, Shauna!
  • Casey Jones is a MAP-Works power user - reaching out to so many student and making a difference. Students know they matter because of her!
  • Shauna Grant designed a new work flow for more efficient scanning and indexing of financial aid documents. Kudos to Trish & Pearl for implementation!
  • Jennifer Headrick is a person who takes pride in her work and consistently performs at a level of excellence. She has assisted me several times with difficult tasks and I always walk away learning something from her.
  • Great job to Lindsey & our Publications & Scheduling Staff for our first two brown bag lunches. More than 50 participants & great feedback.
  • Res Life's high response rate for MAP-Works Surveys. Awesome! Example: North Hall almost had 100%
  • Multicultural Center & Financial Assistance (Fin Aid) partnered on a scholarship workshop = 30 students attended & all had positive feedback. Jamie Krushensky did an amazing job presenting.