January 2014 Archive
Gymnasts ramp up for new season
UAA's young gymnastics team and their veteran coaching staff (50 years of combined UAA experience) are kicking off their competitive season this month and are full of excitement for their new space at the Alaska Airlines Center. Get an inside look at one of the team's recent practices.
Alumni Spotlight: Andrea Akerelrea, B.S. Nursing '08
This Yu'pik-Caucasian went from an interest in anthropology to an eventual career in nursing, and credits UAA's Recruitment and Retention of Alaska Natives into Nursing (RRANN) program for helping her find her way. She now works as a pediatrics nurse at the Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.
UAA offers Alaska Native words of welcome
Signs are going up around campus bearing words of welcome for Alaska Native students and faculty, in their own languages. It's part of an effort to provide a sense of community and belonging here at UAA, for indigenous Alaskans seeking an education in Anchorage.
Research: What turtles might tell us about surviving heart attacks
Everybody's heard the term lab rat. But lab turtle? As it turns out, these critters on a half-shell have an amazing capacity to survive on little or no oxygen. UAA professor Jonathan Stecyk and undergraduate researchers are working hard to understand how.
Student Spotlight: Kira Eckenweiler
Her hometown is a coastal area of Western Alaska near Nome, where she returns from school to hunt, fish and enjoy friends and family. Her home away from home, however, is the stage of an opera. Meet UAA music performance student Kira Eckenweiler.