A champion for change

Tayler Higgins as the 2022 Rondy Royalty Heritage Ambassador.

UAA student Tayler Higgins is one of five young adults named to the 2024 Champions of Change cohort with the Center for Native American Youth. Tayler is passionate about centering and elevating Arctic Indigenous youth voices and the interaction of climate, social and economic justice work. She hopes to use her role as a champion to bring more opportunities back to her community.

Standing ovations for UAA alumni during governor’s State of the State Address

Gov. Dunleavy visiting ANSEP

On Jan. 30, 2024, Gov. Dunleavy delivered his annual State of the State Address, during which he recognized three Alaskans with direct ties to UAA with standing ovations: alums Kristen Benge and Sheila Sweetsir, and former staff member Patty Gilbert.

Winterfest 2024 schedule of events

Eliana Deas leads the pack as Seawolves march through downtown Anchorage in the 2024 Fur Rondy Grand Parade.

UAA Winterfest runs Feb. 24-March 2. Celebrate all things Green & Gold with an eclectic line-up of events and activities on campus and throughout Anchorage.

UAA receives $46M from Department of Homeland Security to lead Arctic homeland security

Arctic Research

The Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate granted the University of Alaska Anchorage $46 million over the next ten years to lead a consortium of U.S. academic institutions and partners for the newly established Arctic Domain Awareness Center (ADAC)-ARCTIC Center of Excellence (COE) for Homeland Security in the Arctic.

Improving care through simulation

Students Gabriel Caterinicchio, Angellynndiite Maiava, Enoch Schnyder, and Kole Rhodes treat simulated participant performer Adam Lasalle during a 3-station rapid-fire trauma series of simulated encounters for students in Chris Lau's EMT A130 course in UAA's Allied Health Sciences Building.

Students in fall's EMT 130 — Emergency Medical Technician I burnished their clinical and decision-making skills in a trio of rapid-fire trauma simulations, thanks to a first-time partnership between the Fire and Emergency Services program and the Interprofessional Health Sciences Simulation Center.

'A community of learners'

A student enters the Learning Commons' new location in the Consortium Library. (Photo by James Evans / UAA)

The Learning Commons' new location on the first floor of the UAA/APU Consortium Library serves as a hub of student engagement and learning at UAA with a community-centered design, creative study spaces and free support services available in-person and online.

Slideshow: First annual Alaska Native Values in Modern Governance gathering

First annual Alaska Native Values in Modern Governance gathering

On Jan. 11 and 12, UAA held the first annual Alaska Native Values in Modern Governance gathering. Hosted by the College of Business and Public Policy and College of Arts and Sciences, the two-day inaugural training event featured 28 sessions delivered by 21 speakers hailing from Alaska Native corporations, nonprofits and village and tribal councils.

Fall/winter 2023 edition of Alumni Spirit magazine now available

UAA Alumni Spirit magazine cover

Themed around reaffirmation, the latest issue of UAA’s premier publication profiles alumni who have reaffirmed their connections to their communities, including the president of Enstar Natural Gas, the winner of the Alaska Artistic License Plate Competition, and UAA's latest recipient of the Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant.

Celebrating UAA 2023 Meritorious and Honorary Degree Recipients

UAA Chancellor Parnell makes opening remarks at the 2023 Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree ceremony.

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, the University of Alaska Anchorage honored individuals with the Meritorious Service Award and Honorary Degree during a special ceremony in advance of fall commencement.

Lifetimes of helping

Cass Pook

Describing herself as always having been a helper, fall 2023 graduate student commencement speaker Cass Pook was inspired to return to school by her mother and her social worker sister, who passed away in 2011. With her Master of Social Work, she will continue serving her community through her ongoing work with the State of Alaska Department of Family and Community Services.

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