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
Spinning a yarn about UAA
Sally and Weston Bennett, now raising a young family in Cordova, first met at UAA and even got married on campus. Now, they're sharing more big news through UAA. Here's a UAA Valentine’s Day story from a low-key couple who can barely remember their own anniversary.
Josh Rutten: “I try to learn from everything.”
All journeys have hardship. But all journeys can have success. Meet Josh Rutten, a theatre student who worked his way out of tight spot, thanks to education.
‘Point Break’ meets ‘ER’
Matt Sabelman could share stories for days from his years serving as a medic in remote corners of Alaska. Now, though, this Kenai Peninsula College paramedic grad is on to the next thrill—building an adventure-based event medicine business in his home of Bend, Ore.
Building UAA’s multicultural momentum
As a first-generation college student, Sade Topps didn't have many college grads in her life. She now hopes to be that role model for the next generation in Anchorage. Read more about her endless energy and her plans to launch a multicultural alumni chapter.
Geology professor: Making a career of revealing trapped treasures
Finding oil and gas trapped inside rock formations is a task critical to the livelihood of Alaska. Dr. Jennifer Aschoff, a UAA geology professor, connects her students with the tools and knowledge that will help them sculpt careers in the state's most influential industry.
UAA education student: ‘To branch out, you have to know who you are’
Ahtna culture sustained Lacayah Engebretson as she grew up, but in all her years of schooling, only one of her teachers was Alaska Native—her mother. The UAA education student now hopes to become a role model for indigenous children, inspiring them to strive and achieve.
I AM UAA: Matt Williams
Brown Bear Saloon owner gets a global logistics degree at UAA and prepares for his third big career.
Dispatches from Peace Corps Mongolia
Growing up in Glennallen, Hayley Crow was prepared for two years in a remote village while serving in the Peace Corps. Instead, she was placed at a hospital in a city of 1.5 million. It's the first of many surprises during her two years as a volunteer in Mongolia.
December grad: Commencement speaker Ruddy Abam
First-generation college student Ruddy Abam has carved an impressive track through UAA. With work on Judicial Board and Diversity Action Council, a semester interning in Juneau and an Honors thesis she presented in Seattle, she can now add Commencement speaker as one final accolade.
Building a career of her own
Emily Sobek used to nail together tree forts made of scrap wood scavenged from dumpsters. Next week, Sobek will graduate with a UAA bachelor’s degree in construction management, and begin building a career in Alaska's construction industry.