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UAA | Awar Mou

Awar Mou’s mother moved nine of her children from South Sudan to the United States 11 years ago, because she wanted to provide a better education and a better life for them. “She didn’t want us to have to live the way she did,” Awar, 17, said. “She struggled a lot in South Sudan. When we finally got here two years ago, she found a job as a housekeeper for the Alaska Native hospital.” Awar started looking toward her own future when she was in the eighth grade, researching anesthesiology for middle school career day. Earlier this year, her friend told her about UAA’s Della Keats Health Sciences Summer Program. “At first I thought it was a joke,” she said. “There’s no way you can go to a program that would pay you just to go and learn all these amazing things. I applied for it—I thought it would be a good opportunity to see how the medical industry really is.” Now, through Della Keats,...

UAA | Dominique Kurth

Dominique Kurth first began moving toward a career back in 1998, when she met a certified public accountant while opening the East Anchorage location of the Alaska Club early on weekdays. “He was impressed I was there every morning to open the club before 5 a.m. and asked if I wanted to work for him,” Kurth said of that CPA. “I said no. But I had that and two other jobs; I grew tired of splitting my sleeping hours, catching z’s whenever I had a few minutes. I was lucky enough that he asked me again in January 1999 and I went for it.” She worked as the CPA’s receptionist, branched out into doing contract work in bookkeeping and accounting and then, in 2009, enrolled at UAA with the goal of pursuing an accounting degree. “I did not think I would be back in school at this point in my life, but I am delighted to be here,” she said. Next year, Kurth expects to receive UAA bachelor’s degrees...

UAA | Homan

Seawolf hockey runs in the family and now, thanks to a recent pledge, two of that program’s most ardent supporters have a permanent home in Seawolf Athletics. In recognition of Chuck and Terry Homan’s generous pledge to Seawolf Athletics, the ice rink at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex was named the Chuck Homan Ice Rink and the box office at the Alaska Airlines Center was named the Terry Ann Homan Box Office. But the Homan family’s contributions to the program extend much further. If it weren’t for Chuck, both the ice rink—and even the hockey team—may never have happened. Chuck played a pivotal role in the hockey team’s rise at UAA. Under his community leadership, Chuck and several other local hockey fans successfully petitioned the Alaska State Legislature, the Board of Regents and the UAA administration to construct an on-campus ice rink. His successful effort brought a rink to...

UAS | Donovan, ’15

Alaska Glacier Seafoods, Inc. became a new donor this year by dedicating $5,000 to support one of two summer internships at the Auke Creek Fish Weir in Juneau, Alaska. Family owned and operated, they started their business in 1996 to support their passion for fishing. Their passion led them from selling shrimp they caught in a 14-foot aluminum skiff to opening a 10,000 sq ft processing plant in Auke Nu Cove in Juneau processing more than 10 million pounds of fish annually and employing more than 150 people so far. One of the owners, Kristie Erickson, brought her daughter and son along to check out the fish weir, the experimental hatchery and also meet the interns. She took the opportunity to watch the chum run upstream and ended the visit by recruiting her 12-year-old son, Camden, to help with operations at the weir next season. For Donovan Bell the internship gave him the opportunity...