UAF | JR, ’15


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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 explored — something I strongly encourage other students to do. Thanks in part to the mentorship I received at UAF, I discovered what propels and inspires me the most. My mentors here have encouraged, supported and nurtured my love of photography and the French language. I have been awarded a number of scholarships as a student at UAF, mentored high school students for two summers with the Visual Art Academy at UAF and received two Undergraduate Research and Scholarly Activity grants and am the President of the French Club. I work as the assistant photographer for UAF Marketing and Communications. I was named journalism student of the year for the 2013-2014 academic year.

Please consider renewing your support to UAF and offer students the opportunity to explore and discover their passions. I am so grateful for your continued support.

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