Get cozy with the new, digital edition of Alumni Spirit magazine

Petri dishes on the cover of fall 2020 Alumni Spirit magazine

In this gratitude-themed issue of UAA’s premier publication, read about how the university’s partnership with local industry professionals produce graduates ready to enter the workforce, meet Seawolf alumni doing amazing work in their communities, and more!

The new Native Student Services

The four alumni staff of Native Student Services

The all-alumni staff at UAA’s Native Student Services talk about the importance of representation and the completely revamped Native Early Transition Program, growing it from a brief introductory phase to a two-year mentorship opportunity and academic pathway.

College During COVID

Brittney Horn reads off instructions to her lab partner as UAA medical assisting program students learn to sterilize medical instruments during their first in-person lab of the fall 2020 semester. While 80% of UAA’s courses have shifted to online delivery this fall as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person labs are still being offered for some health-related, vocational and science fields in which hands-on learning is considered critical.

“Unprecedented” has been a buzzword for the year 2020, and with no end in sight to the global COVID-19 pandemic, UAA administrators, faculty and staff had to get creative to keep students motivated and on track for the spring and fall semesters.

Startup stories from the Y-K Delta

Workshop during a previous Best in the West business plan competition in Bethel

Since its inception in 2009, the Best in the West business plan competition has supported entrepreneurship in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta region, awarding grant funding to almost 80 local entrepreneurs to start or grow their businesses.

How internships offer opportunity for students and startups


Through the UA Center for Economic Development Upstart Internship, UAA alumnus John Boren, B.S. Computer Engineering ’20, experienced the world of entrepreneurship at local startup Legalverse, paving the way to pursue his own entrepreneurial endeavors.

Failure Resilience Project delivers timely message amid COVID-19 business closures

The 10 Alaska entrepreneurs sharing their stories in the Failure Resilience Project short film

The UA Center for Economic Development is sharing its findings from the Failure Resilience Project, including a short film featuring candid stories from Alaska entrepreneurs about the highs and lows of starting a business.

Crossing paths: When history and the present collide


In the UAA/APU Consortium Library, the Alaska Medical Library and the Archives and Special Collections are housed for the state of Alaska. Although the two sections are seemingly separate, the information each holds has been invaluable to researchers and public health officials across the state and globally during COVID-19.

UAA earns accolades as Military Friendly School

Person holds miniature American flag against chest while wearing UAA Seawolves hoodie

For the 12th year in a row, UAA has been designated a Military Friendly School by Viqtory, which benchmarks and rates colleges nationwide, helping veterans and military families make decisions about education and career opportunities.

Associate Vice Chancellor for Research receives Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award

UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson

In early November, the American Society of Civil Engineers honored UAA Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Aaron Dotson with the 2020 Can-Am Civil Engineering Amity Award, commemorating an exemplary academic and research career.

Slideshow: Celebrating Aviation History Awareness Month


We're kicking off Aviation History Awareness Month with a look at UAA's Aviation Technology Division. From air traffic control to professional piloting, the division's programs train aviation professionals to keep Alaskans moving and safe while navigating our skies.