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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


‘You basically hold hands for an hour every two weeks’
Most people are thrilled to find one career passion. Amie Sovitski has been lucky enough to find her bliss in three: construction, business and doing nails.
Managing the macadamias at Mauna Loa
Ever bought 40,000 pounds of chocolate in one shipment? It's all in a day's work for logistics grad Michael Karchere, B.B.A. '06, a purchasing manager for Mauna Loa macadamias. Learn how every can of those sweet sweet souvenirs has a direct connection to UAA.
This Norwegian Life: Alaskan follows Arctic interests to Oslo
After interning with Institute of the North, Rachel Koons, B.A. '14, followed her Arctic interests (and Norwegian boyfriend) to Oslo. She's now fluent in Norwegian, employed as a relocation specialist and planning their wedding celebration on two continents later this summer.
UAA student named to UNITY’s 2016 ‘Top 25 Under 25’
United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY) named UAA construction management and architectural engineering student Michele Kawahine Danner, 19, to its 2016 Top 25 Under 25 list. Read our Q-and-A with Michele to learn more about what's ahead for her.
“Bubble guns in the parking lot. That’s my life.”
Coloring supplies, board games, tiny chairs and a candy machine named Justin Bieber are a few offbeat oddities surrounding Keita Senaga, B.A. '99, M.S.W. '15, as he helps Anchorage's most challenged youth prepare for a life of independence.
Life at ‘the Big House:’ Inside Alaska’s largest fire station
Zach Stubbs, A.A.S. Fire Science '06, brought a bit of blue collar to this April's 'Top Forty under 40' awards. As a captain at Alaska's largest fire station, his team responds to an incredibly diverse array of emergencies (and occasionally they stick around to fold the laundry).
Bringing the world to the 49th state
As the state's international tourism marketer, Jesse Carlstrom, M.B.A. '12, directs his high energy and love for his home state towards ensuring folks from New Zealand to Japan to Scotland find their way to Alaska.
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.