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It’s never too late: Student speaker Teresa Novakovich on pursuing your dreams

Teresa Novakovich poses in front of the UAA Alaska Airlines Center

It’s been 35 years since Teresa Novakovich, UAA’s spring 2022 student speaker, first walked onto campus. As she prepares to address this year’s graduating class, she hopes to instill the simple wisdom that it’s never too late.

A stronger voice, a new beginning

Tia Hale

Nursing science alumnus Tia Hale will serve as student speaker for the spring 2022 graduate degree hooding ceremony before starting her dream job at Southcentral Foundation in inpatient pediatrics this August.

UAA celebrates Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree Award recipients

Meritorius Service and Honorary Degree Awards Recipients

UAA recognizes the Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree recipients at its spring commencement ceremonies.

Alumni of Distinction: Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson

Business administration alumna and 2021 Alumni of Achievement Dr. Cynthia Teniente-Matson leads Texas A&M University-San Antonio as president. Throughout her career, she has intersected innovation and entrepreneurship with higher education, while also advocating for Latinx and women’s leadership.

Alumni of Distinction: Amanda Metivier

Amanda Metivier

Social work alumna and 2021 Alumni Humanitarian Amanda Metivier is the director of the Child Welfare Academy and co-founder of Facing Foster Care in Alaska. Through her advocacy at both organizations, she has led efforts to expand services and support for foster youth across Alaska.

Alumni of Distinction: Kira Apaachuaq Eckenweiler

Kira Apaachuaq Eckenweiler

Music performance alumna and 2021 Alumni Emerging Leader Kira Apaachuaq Eckenweiler serves as the mayor of Unalakleet. Her roles in civil service and music are rooted in a desire to support her community. She most recently secured $30 million in funding to fix the water system for her city.

Community leader Arliss Sturgulewski: A champion of UAA and Alaska

In memoriam: Arliss Sturgulewski, 1927-2022

"I love what education does for people and how it can change lives," said the late Arliss Sturgulewski in 2012, whose lifetime of monumental service to Alaska ⁠— as an Anchorage Assembly member, state senator, businesswoman, community leader and friend to UAA ⁠— came to a close on April 7, 2022, at the age of 94.

Vara Allen-Jones Scholarship for Academic Excellence boosts support for first-generation students

Vara Allen-Jones

A scholarship celebrating the impact of UAA retiree Vara Allen-Jones empowers achievement and increases a sense of belonging for students first in their families to earn a degree.

Speed Mentoring connects UAA students and community leaders

Robert Clark gets advice from mentors during the speed networking portion of Career Networking Night in UAA's Student Union.

All UAA students are invited to attend a free, on-campus Speed Mentoring event Thursday, April 7. “We’ve gathered dozens of community leaders and business professionals — many are alumni — who want to give back to UAA and enjoy these discussions with current students,” said organizer and UAA alumna Skye Nevada.

A 'mindset of joy' helped UAA gymnastics overcome obstacles this season

Seawolf Gymnastics team member Alyssa Manley competes on the floor during a meet against Centenary. (Photo by Skip Hickey / UAA Athletics)

Athletes overcame the stress of fundraising and inexperience to conclude a solid season with many career highs. The team’s final competition was Saturday at UC Davis.

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