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 found my voice in things I’m passionate about’
As a high school student, Xavier Mason kept to himself. At UAA, however, he has excelled in academics, immersed himself in the tasks involved in becoming a leader and social entrepreneur and will deliver the student speech at the upcoming 2015 Spring Commencement.
UAA Fulbright scholar Oliver Petraitis is bound for Westfalia
Oliver Petraitis is UAA's 10th Fulbright scholar in a decade. During his time at UAA he volunteered and worked at KRUA, hosted a music show called "The Mustache Petting Zoo," served on the Green Fee Board, and tutored German students at UAA and in the Anchorage School District.
Senior project becomes campground (and a career)
She turned her coursework into a career. Sarah Mobley led Phase I of the largest engineering project in Alaska State Parks history—a campground designed by her and her classmates during their senior project at UAA. Now, she's taking her talents to South Florida for a Ph.D. in civil engineering.
‘I created my home away from home’
Crystal Lemieux cried after moving from her coastal hometown to attend college in Anchorage. Six years later, she's living a life she created that's rich with possibility and experiences she will carry with her after she graduates.
Bilingual mentor aids international students
When she learned her family was moving from the Dominican Republic to Anchorage, a young Nayade Perez promptly shredded her passport. She's now spent the majority of her life up North and recently earned a Student Diversity Award for her work helping UAA's latest arrivals adjust to life in Alaska.
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.