Keep calm and macaron

UAA finance alumnus James Strong, owner of Sweet Caribou

Despite several career changes, finance alumnus James Strong was able to find his calling as the co-founder and owner of Anchorage's first macaron patisserie, Sweet Caribou. And despite the COVID-19 pandemic forcing businesses to stall or close completely, Sweet Caribou found a way to succeed.

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Vincent Feuilles

Human services alumnus and founder of the Authentic Beginnings counseling service and Queen’s Guard youth charity Vincent Feuilles talks about the challenges faced by the LGBTQ community that he’s working to address, what led him to pursue human services and social work, and how to create an inclusive environment.

Shaping the student experience


Allie Hartman, student organization coordinator in UAA’s Student Life and Leadership, was recently recognized by the University of Alaska Board of Regents with the Staff Make Students Count award.

A healthy investment: Pat McAdoo’s giving shapes a flourishing future for Alaska

Pat McAdoo

Physical therapist and UAA scholarship donor Pat McAdoo first encountered the university after moving to Alaska in 1985 to work at the Alaska Native Medical Center. A colleague there told her that one really needs to have some structured activities in the winter, so McAdoo signed up for a class at UAA in the evenings: Alaska, the Land and its People.

At the intersection of community and agency

Kenneth McCoy

Since last year, important conversations on accountability in law enforcement have occurred across the country. It’s a topic close to justice alumnus Kenneth McCoy, deputy chief of operations and new acting chief of police for the Anchorage Police Department.

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Geser Bat-Erdene

In our fourth episode, finance alumnus and co-founder of the 77Nation podcast Geser Bat-Erdene talks about the political impact his podcast has had on his home country of Mongolia, his approach to enact governmental change through his financial education, and his experiences as an international student attending UAA.

UAA sociology major is the university’s first Beinecke Scholar


For Beinecke Scholarship recipient Christina Hailperin, the award is a pathway for her to help Indigenous students successfully navigate their own education.

Paving the way in problem-solving diseases


UAA junior and recent Goldwater Scholarship recipient Cora Lyon hopes her love of puzzles and problem-solving will help her continue her undergraduate research in decoding the mystery of diseases.

Cultivating curiosity

Jennifer O'Neal

Human services alumna Jennifer O’Neal will serve as student speaker for the spring 2021 graduate degree hooding ceremony — a far cry from when she was a teenager, unsure if she would or even could pursue higher education.

Seeking Arctic solutions: UAA researcher joins UArctic's leadership

Dr. Diane Hirshberg at Basher Trail Head in Anchorage.

Just before the new year, Dr. Diane Hirshberg of the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research was named Vice-President Academic of the University of the Arctic, a consortium of over 200 postsecondary and educational institutions that either are located in the circumpolar north or conduct meaningful education and research activities related to the Arctic.