UAA receives $1.5M to increase social worker workforce

A $1.5 million grant to the University of Alaska Anchorage School of Social Work will significantly increase enrollment capacity, establish a pathway to licensure for graduates, add faculty and staffing, and offer continuing education to maintain clinical licenses.

Steward of legacy

Matt Blattmachr

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of Peak Trust Company, president, CEO and global logistics management alumnus Matt Blattmachr announced that the company was donating $50K toward a new Finance Lab at the UAA College of Business and Public Policy, made possible by the Horejsi Charitable Foundation.

UAA secondary education alumnus named Alaska Superintendent of the Year

Bill Hill

Bristol Bay Borough School District superintendent Bill Hill was named 2023 Alaska Superintendent of the Year during a banquet hosted by the Alaska Superintendents Association on Sep. 29. Hill will now be in the running for the School Superintendents Association’s National Superintendent of the Year award.

On-campus food pantry will meet a great need

College of Health Student Success Center director Lynda Hernandez at the center's Seawolf Pantry donation site.

Nearly 45% of UAA students experience some type of food insecurity, according to an internal study. To alleviate this problem, the Seawolf Pantry opened its doors to students this spring for a soft opening.

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.

What's Next: Ukraine

What's Next at UAA with Chancellor Sean Parnell video preview

For the first episode of his new "What's Next" series, Chancellor Parnell discusses the recent events in Ukraine and how UAA is working to help.

University of Alaska System nears $200 million fundraising goal

UAA students collaborate using a whiteboard.

The University of Alaska System’s $200 million fundraising goal is within reach, according to a report shared with the University of Alaska Foundation Board of Directors at its March 2 meeting in Juneau. As of December 2021, more than $175 million in private donations have been contributed by alumni, friends, companies and private organizations, including 35 gifts of $1 million or more.

UAA’s Center for Human Development is working to better understand brain injuries

Student M. Hofacker participates in lab activity during the UAA Brain Bee.

In Alaska, brain injuries are particularly prevalent compared to the rest of the country. Alaska leads the nation in traumatic brain injury-related deaths. March is Brain Injury Awareness Month and UAA’s Center for Human Development is engaging in significant work to better understand traumatic and acquired brain injuries in Alaska.

Pharmacy and nursing students to administer health screenings in rural Alaska

A Project PAK team arrives in a rural Alaska community to administer free health screenings to Head Start students. (Photo courtesy Leah Coffman / University of Alaska Anchorage)

This March, students from UAA’s pharmacy and nurse practitioner programs will travel to Pilot Station and Akiak to administer free health screenings to Head Start students.

The power of scholarships

Student studying in the Spine on campus. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

Financial aid is a critical component of many students' ability to attend UAA affordably. Data from UAA’s Impact of Financial Aid report sheds light on the powerful role scholarships play in helping students in Alaska achieve their educational goals.

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