Elevating the low clarinet

Wolbers’ UAA career spanned 28 years where he led both the university’s wind and saxophone and clarinet ensembles, as well as served as the division coordinator of Wind and Percussion Studies. (Photo courtesy of Mark Wolbers)

UAA Emeritus Professor of Music Mark Wolbers recently published 48 études for clarinet adapted from Franz Wilhem Ferling’s oboe études, providing clarinetists worldwide the opportunity to experiment and expand their performance repertoire.

Creating connections with neural networks

Dr. Helena Wisniewski

As a child, Helena Wisniewski was a whiz at puzzles, foretelling a career that fostered connections to create innovative new products. Now a professor of entrepreneurship at UAA, her recent initiatives include establishing a new webinar series on AI launching Jan. 20.

Catching up with Interim Chancellor Bruce Schultz

UAA Interim Chancellor Bruce Schultz

Vice Chancellor of Student of Affairs Bruce Schultz stepped into the interim chancellor position on Jan. 4, 2021. We caught up with Schultz, whose UAA career has spanned 29 years, on what students, faculty and staff can expect from him this spring semester.

Keep calm and be resilient


Biological sciences major and fall 2020 commencement speaker Jamie Bagley reflects on her last four years at UAA and how being resilient helped her overcome challenges not only in completing her degree but dealing with everything from an earthquake to a global pandemic.

Hooding ceremony student speaker Naidene Baechler on pursuing systemic change

Hooding ceremony student speaker Naidene Baechler

As program supervisor for Knik Tribal Council’s new behavioral health program, social work alumna Naidene Baechler works to resolve the high rates of suicide among Alaska Natives and the increased number of missing and murdered Indigenous women through educational and economic equity.

Listen to the second episode of Seawolf Voices

Economics alumnus and Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll

In our second episode, economics alumnus and Anchorage Police Department Chief Justin Doll talks about his nontraditional student trajectory, how he discovered his passion for public service and the importance for law enforcement to maintain a dialogue with the community.

The new Native Student Services

The four alumni staff of Native Student Services

The all-alumni staff at UAA’s Native Student Services talk about the importance of representation and the completely revamped Native Early Transition Program, growing it from a brief introductory phase to a two-year mentorship opportunity and academic pathway.

Alumni of Distinction: Leverette Hoover

2020 Alumni of Achievement Leverette Hoover

2020 Alumni of Achievement Leverette Hoover is a national operations manager for Siemens and a retired air traffic control radar maintenance technician for the Air Force. More than a founding member of the UAA Alumni Association, he is a strong supporter of engineering education, serving as a mentor for students, employer of graduates and partner to K-12 schools to get students excited about careers in STEM.

Alumni of Distinction: Laurie Fagnani

2020 Alumni of Achievement Laurie Fagnani

2020 Alumni of Achievement Laurie Fagnani is the founder and president of MSI Communications. Established in 1995 as a home business with herself as sole employee, Fagnani has grown her company to be the go-to marketing agency for Alaska’s resource industry, attributing MSI’s success to hiring staff with an intuitive understanding of Alaska’s industries, a quarter of whom come from UAA.

Alumni of Distinction: Ghazal Ringler

2020 Alumni Humanitarian Dr. Ghazal Ringler

2020 Alumni Humanitarian Dr. Ghazal Ringler is the chief dental officer of Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. Believing in a holistic approach to health care, she has dedicated her 14-year career to ensuring Alaskans who are uninsured or living in underserved areas have access to affordable dental care.