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138 miles in a kayak: PWSC students paddle from Whittier to Valdez

Six first- and second-year students in Prince William Sound College (PWSC)’s outdoor leadership program, and two instructors, completed a 14-day kayak capstone expedition.

UAA student Albiona Selimi awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

Albiona Selimi

UAA student Albiona Selimi achieved the prestigious distinction of being named a 2024 Truman Scholar. She is one of 60 college students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the foremost graduate scholarship for those committed to careers in public service.

UAA offers dozens of summer camps for younger students

UAA Summer Engineering Academy students record their progress as they install sensors on their robots during the Lego Robotics Junior Academy in UAA's Engineering and Computation Building.

Nearly every college at UAA offers some type of summer camp for younger students. From engineering and culinary arts to real estate and media, there's a camp for every kid's interest. Take a look at this summer's offerings, organized by college and department.

Prince William Sound College receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Dawson Moore and Kim Estes

Valdez, Alaska—Prince William Sound College (PWSC) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $50,000. This grant will support the 2025 Valdez Theatre Conference (VTC).

Spring/summer 2024 edition of Alumni Spirit magazine now available

Spring/summer 2024 Alumni Spirit magazine cover

Themed around investment, the latest issue of UAA’s premier publication profiles alumni who have made investments in their communities, including the graduate workforce at civil rights organization ACLU of Alaska, the restaurateur contributing to the advancement of Alaska’s food service industry, and the two-time NASA intern conducting critical engineering research.

UAA celebrates emeritus, Meritorious Service and Honorary Degree awardees

UAA  Chancellor Sean Parnell speaks at the 2024 Spring Commencement Awards ceremony in UAA's Fine Arts Building.

On Wednesday, May 1, UAA honored individuals with emeritus status, Meritorious Service Awards and Honorary Degrees during the 2024 Spring Commencement Awards ceremony.

Passion for service and community drives student commencement speaker

Katie Scoggin

When political science major and Spanish and legal studies minor Katie Scoggin first enrolled at UAA in fall 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was online. Looking for a way to connect with fellow students, she joined the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. That first foray into campus life led to more connections and opportunities than she ever imagined.

Throwing caution to the wind

Barbara Kahula

Suspicious ads on Craigslist don’t usually lead to life-changing opportunities, but accounting alumna and spring 2024 graduate student commencement speaker Barbara Kahula is the exception.

Spring 2024 Honorary Degree Award: Alvin Amason

Alvin Amason speaks as he receives the Honorary Degree Award.

Accomplished artist and educator Alvin Amason (Sugpaiq/Alutiiq) was born and raised in the rural village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. He grew up slogging through alder thickets, following his grandfather, bear guide Eli Metrokin, up mountainsides, and hauling in salmon-filled nets as a deckhand. These early experiences and the island's cultural traditions inspire his art.

Spring 2024 Honorary Degree Award: Diane Kaplan

Diane Kaplan speaks as she receives an Honorary Degree.

In 2023, Diane Kaplan retired from her role as president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, a position she has held since 2001. Under her leadership, the foundation became the largest philanthropy in Alaska, with assets growing from $5 million to an estimated $800 million today and annual donations of $25-30 million to nonprofits, tribes, artists and local governments.

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