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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


Commencement speaker Jonathon Taylor
Jonathon Taylor had an unfathomably busy year, balancing academics with a full-time job, while also traveling the world with Seawolf Debate and representing students as USUAA president. Now, he adds one last accolade as student commencement speaker on Sunday, May 1.
#UAAGrad finds convincing strategies to heat rural Alaska
Jordan Batac is one of 32 mechanical engineering students graduating this May. She thanks her good fortune on family, friends and faculty.
UAA anatomy & physiology: ‘It’s a bit like Jurassic Park’
UAA's Choron Ryan teaches hundreds of students the intricacies of anatomy and physiology. Here, she explains why she loves her work and describes strategies that help students succeed.
#UAAGrad shares Unangax research with the world
Haliehana Stepetin is a dancer, a veteran and a dedicated student born and raised in the overlap of Unangax, Russian and American cultures. As a Russian-speaking Unangax college student in Alaska, she may be the perfect person to research the Aleutian Islands she calls home.
Geomatics is a day at the beach for #UAAgrad
David Parret re-enrolled at UAA after discovering the geomatics department, and he's prioritized outreach ever since. To boost his department's visibility, he built a splashy, colorful augmented reality sandbox last summer that's as striking and sought-after as a day at the beach.
Alice Choi: ‘I want to make a personal connection with others’
Inspiration from her beloved grandparents guided Alice Choi toward a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences and motivated her to choose dentistry as her future career.
“Basketball is my passion”
March Madness is a temporary affliction for most, but former Seawolf standout Brandon Walker, B.A. '11, lives and breathes basketball year-round on the marketing team for Adidas (and he credits UAA's devoted fans for getting him to his "dream job").
Safety first, cycling second for M.P.H. grad
Wear your helmet! As both a competitive elite cyclist and brain injury researcher for the military, Air Force veteran Ranjodh Gill, M.P.H. '10, has a message for all the adventurous Alaskans itching for another summer under the midnight sun.
Greetings from Greenland!
For Kennis Brady, Team Alaska is more than just a line on her résumé. It's also an apt description of her outlook on life. Currently in Greenland for the Arctic Winter Games, this M.P.A. grad is an outspoken and optimistic champion of her home state.
From Mongolia to Alaska: Artist explores engineering at UAA
Khulan Bazarvaani already had a fine arts and education degree from Mongolia when internships in Alaska whetted her appetite for an education in science. Now, Khulan is a student at UAA who's pursuing a second bachelor's degree, in civil engineering.