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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


Nursing grad manages critical care unit at ANMC
Pedro Melgar graduated from high school in Peru before moving to Anchorage with his family. Rather than complete high school all over again in the States, he enrolled at UAA and launched into a nursing career that's led him to unit manager for intensive care at Alaska Native Medical Center.
‘It probably would have saved me five bazillion steps’
When she's not in science classes, this UAA senior spends her hours volunteering and scribing at Providence and in UAA's simulation lab, co-helming UAA's ASMA chapter and doing cancer research. Meet Rachel Shercliffe.
A career in service at Service High
Adam Ahonen—or Mr. A, as he's known in the halls of Service High School—has built an impressive program over the past decade, using the entire city of Anchorage as a giant active classroom to prepare his special needs students for success and independence.
BSU president: ‘I try to broadcast the black perspective’
Andrew Freed II uses films, radio and discussion forums to help people learn about each other and educate them about 'the black perspective' on issues he finds important. He recently won a 2015 Spring Student Diversity Award for his efforts to grow diversity on campus.
Elizabeth Williams of Active Minds: ‘Be your own hero’ and take good care of your mental health
Sophomore and Active Minds volunteer Elizabeth Williams heads to D.C. for leadership training in supporting the mental health conversation on college campuses.
Diversity award winner: ‘Culture has really shaped me’
UAA's Diversity Action Council named Maria Crouch as one of its 2015 Spring Student Diversity Award winners because of her brave editorial celebrating how the diverse facets of her multicultural background—Athabascan, Mexican, Scandinavian and bisexual—have enriched her life.
Training for a canoe marathon, running a surprise Iditarod
Early literacy coach Bryan Bearss spends his weekdays coaching ASD teachers and his weekends coaching Iditarod athletes—the furry ones. This winter, when his musher friend suffered a season-ending injury, he stepped back on the runners to prep for the 2015 Iditarod.
Talent spotted by TRiO at East High School
Desiree's family moved from the Dominican Republic to Alaska when she was 10. She got her first taste of classroom-learning when enrolled in the Anchorage School District. She caught up quickly and realized, "I just wanted to continue without stopping."
‘I lose my keys, like, once a day’
Diego Barros doesn't shy away from new experiences—he's immersed himself in art, a variety of sciences, writing, snowboarding, travel. He won Sigma Sigma Sigma's "Mr. UAA" honor in October and now is off to a new adventure.
Surviving two wars: An active-duty love story
The first anniversary these UAA nursing students celebrate is January 4, the day they met on the Texas tarmac, awaiting the start of medic school. As serendipity, and the U.S. Army, would have it, they were side by side in alphabetical formation—Jordan Gray and Jessica Grimm. Read their story.