BiographyQuinhagak, Alaska? Yeah, been there. Edinburgh, Scotland? Been there too! As a recruiter I connect with students from all over and I have a job that has given me an ever widening appreciation for travel. I am waiting for my invite from the CBS network's "Amazing Race" as I can pack in a moment's notice and am happy heading off to anywhere. I am originally from Maine but after living in Alaska for 11 years it's now home. I love connecting with future students to help them see the amazing opportunities that are found while being a Seawolf. Want to try your hand at dog mushing? Yup, we have that. How about traveling the world? We have opportunities for that too! So what are you waiting for? Come see what makes UAA amazing for you!
Director of Recruitment
When Jennifer Jensen was in college, she was a campus tour guide and orientation leader and discovered that she REALLY enjoyed sharing the university experience with new and prospective students. She also liked to travel, and spent several months exploring Europe after graduation. Her love of higher education and travel steered her to the perfect career - college recruitment. After more than 20 years in the field, she continues to be passionate about helping students navigate their college path. She is also an avid photographer who loves living in Alaska where there’s ALWAYS a photo op!
Communications Coordinator and UA Scholar Liaison
I’ve finished my Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from UAA, and now work full time in the Department of Recruitment as the Communications Coordinator and UA Scholars Outreach liaison. I’m passionate about education, and I’m excited I’ve found a means to promote UAA through our communications.
Publication Coordinator for the Career Cluster Brochures
Wondering what to study at UAA? Although the UAA catalog is comprehensive, you probably don’t want to read it cover-to-cover. Luckily, there’s another way to explore degree options at UAA! The Career Cluster brochures are a set of almost 130 flyers, posted around campus and on the UAA web site, that detail UAA’s degree programs. From Nursing to Natural Sciences, Education to Engineering, Political Science to Piloting, there’s a program at UAA for just about everyone, and I really enjoy working to get the word out on the huge diversity of degree options. I started working at UAA in 1998. I have lived in Alaska on and off since the age of five, including Kodiak, Juneau, Ketchikan, and Anchorage. In addition, I have lived in Philadelphia, New York City, on the Jersey shore, and in Colorado. I graduated from Colby College in Maine, where I raced division I nordic skiing and studied abroad in Sweden. In my free time, my favorite activities include nordic and telemark skiing with my family, traveling to tropical locales, drinking Kona coffee, and creative writing.
I'm proud to be a UAA seawolf Alumni. I came from Georgia to come to school here and I've never looked back. Alaska is a beautiful and wild place. The same goes for UAA. I coordinate our Preview Days and campus tours. If you ever want an in-depth introduction to all that UAA can offer you, I'd love to show you around!
Since graduation, Kurtis got his start with the Alaska Commission on Post-Secondary Education, focusing on post secondary aspiration, attainment and achievement. His role was a College & Career Guide first with East Anchorage High School and then piloted the distance based program while working with Seward High School and Delta Junction High School. He valued the lessons learned and experiences gained while working with Alaska College & Career Advising Corps and recognized the trails faced by Alaskan students throughout the state. With these realizations, Kurtis also developed a passion for higher education. Whether urban or rural, each student deserves the information and access to post secondary options. What a better place to advocate for than the University of Alaska Anchorage.
I am a lifelong Alaskan and graduated from UAA with my degree in English in 2010. Most recently, I completed my Master's in Counselor Education in 2015. As a Seawolf Alumni twice over, I enjoy sharing my experience at UAA with future students. I love my job as a recruiter! I have the opportunity to travel all over the country to meet with prospective students who may not have considered college in Alaska. I love my Alaskan life and believe that UAA can offer students an amazing education.