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Message from the Leadership

Thanks to you and other generous donors like you, the University of Alaska changes lives through education. With nearly 7,000 donations including yours, the university raised over $16.6 million this year. Because you’ve chosen to make education a cause you support locally, to the benefit of all Alaskans… Because your philanthropy funds scholarships for students who could not otherwise attend the university, supports faculty who spark students’ imagination, and contributes to new knowledge and problem solving through research… Because of all that, we thank you. We could not do it without you. Please explore our on-line 2015 Annual Report to Donors to read just a few inspiring stories of those you’ve helped and those, like you, who have joined you in supporting the University of Alaska. Sincerely, Susan and...

Stories to Inspire

Financial Summary

UAS | Marie Olsen

Marie Olson’s experiences as a young girl in Southeast Alaska have molded her vision of a richly diverse cultural experience at the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau. She has supported UAS in many ways, including through the Native and Rural Student Center. The mission of the Native & Rural Student Center (NRSC) is to create a student-centered inclusive environment that honors diversity, celebrates cultural traditions and knowledge, and enhances the learning experiences of the University of Alaska Southeast students. Since 1996, the NRSC has provided a warm, inviting atmosphere filled with opportunities to gather with peers, receive academic support, and develop leadership skills. To further her vision, she has also been the driving force behind the formation of the Native and Rural Student Center Scholarship. The fund will provide tuition and other financial assistance to...

UAF | Libby and Tiana

As registrar, I have seen a lot of changes at UAF. I moved to Fairbanks in the summer of 1978, and was with the university when our state faced some very serious economic troubles in the ’80s — much like we are now. One thing that hasn’t changed at UAF is our sense of family and community. For me, being part of a community means giving a little back. I first started giving in 2011 to the A. Ruth Evern Scholarship, to honor my friend Ruth after her passing. Giving back felt so good that I have continued giving every year. Receiving my annual phonathon call is something I sincerely look forward to each year. Speaking directly to a student like Tiana about her experience, I learned that donors like you and me truly make a difference in students’ lives. Giving, no matter the amount, is a concrete way to show that we believe in students and want them to succeed. When they walk across that...

UAA | Engineering Summer Camp

Middle school-aged kids clustered around a machine at UAA’s new Engineering & Industry Building, peering at a tiny model of a plane perched inside a clear chamber. A mist unfurled from a wand held up to a screen on the side of the Hampden wind tunnel, and streamed smoothly around the plane as the kids’ instructor asked questions. “You want to try an even larger angle of attack?” UAA’s Dr. Jifeng Peng said, pressing buttons on a control pad of a state-of-the-art wind tunnel during last summer’s engineering academy course on wing aerodynamics. The miniature plane tilted to a steeper angle and the mist’s movement appeared choppy. “Now you can see the [mist], visualize the air flow, right?” “It’s going over,” a boy said. “It’s not going under, though,” said another student. “Can somebody tell me the difference between the air flow now and the air flow before?” Peng asked. “It’s going...

UAF | JR, ’15

In December 2011, as a UAF student, I was an embedded photojournalist with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment of the 1-25th Stryker Brigade Combat Team from Fort Wainwright in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan. Cheryl Hatch, the 2010-2011 Snedden Endowed Chair of Journalism at UAF, and I made the tough decision to finish a story we were working on about soldiers deploying to Afghanistan. While my trip was not sponsored by the university, it would have been improbable without the support and encouragement by the faculty and my peers. This galvanizing collaboration with Cheryl was made possible by the generous donation of the Snedden family. The roster of past Snedden chairs includes some of the most accomplished reporters in the country, including 11 Pulitzer Prizewinning journalists. At UAF, I was given room to discover what I have to contribute to the world. I tried and failed and...

UAF | Sierra ’15

The smell of the summer air in Alaska has an energizing effect. I feel invigorated out in the wild, whether it’s on the water, commercial fishing with an elder in Unalakleet, perched on an observation tower counting salmon, or most recently this summer as a research assistant, flipping our boat while scouting — I know I made the right choice as a fourth-year student pursuing a bachelor’s of science in biological sciences. I was raised in Unalakleet, Alaska, and in high school attended the summer Rural Alaska Honors Institute on the Fairbanks campus. When I first began attending UAF in 2011, I had the intention of earning a biology degree and then continuing to graduate school in the Lower 48 to become a veterinarian. After studying at UAF for about a year, I realized I was far more interested in learning about and researching what Alaska has to offer through natural resources,...