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
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.
Former Seawolf star David Registe racked up accolades as a long jumper at UAA, even winning the program's first national championship. Now he's a professional athlete, fully focused on long jumping as he represents his parents' homeland of Dominica on the international track and field stage.
Adventures of a ‘salmon geologist’
Biology grad student Molly McCarthy takes core samples of lake beds to calculate historic salmon populations and determine whether climate change impacts the stream of sockeye. Her research in the mountains of the Kenai has been a wet, windy, icy adventure, but her outlook is always sunny.
In the courtroom and in the clouds
Mark Skolnick is a seriously busy man. He's a full-time lawyer, as well as a UAA flight instructor with a penchant for midnight flights. But whether his day is in the courtroom or in the clouds, he's always home in the evenings for family time (on top of juggling two careers, he's also a father of three).
Ask a geologist
Is this a meteorite? Was that an earthquake? Can I still make a living as a gold miner in Alaska? All day long, UAA alumnus Greg Durocher fields the nation's pressing geology questions for USGS, answering phone calls, emails and Facebook posts from across the country.
Caffeinating the Student Union
When Katey isn't helping fuel UAA with delicious coffee from Union Station Cafe in the Student Union, she's busy working her way toward a degree in social work.
Hungary-born anthropologist strives to preserve Sugpiaq culture
Medeia Csoba DeHass' desire to be an anthropologist ignited in the living room of her home in Hungary in the 1980s and brought her around the world to Alaska, where she studies the impact of Russian Orthodoxy on Sugpiaq and other Alaska Native cultures.