It's not just turkey being served up this week – UAA is serving up outstanding basketball at the 26th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout. Last night Seawolf women posted a come-from-behind 83-75 double-overtime win over UC Riverside. Tonight they meet Georgetown in the Championship game. Just one more amazing story at UAA!
Men's competition begins tonight with Tulsa vs. Indiana State. Visiting squads from Denver, Green Bay, Harvard, Pepperdine, and Texas Christian complete the roster with Seawolf men. UAA athletes, coaches, and staff along with dedicated volunteers make this the big event of the season. I'll be there an d hope to see you at the games!
Michael Friess who led Seawolf men's and women's to Great Northwest Athletic Conference (GNAC) team titles and national Top 10 finishes this fall has been voted the GNAC Men's Team and Women's Team Cross Country Coach of the Year for the fourth year in a row. He has received a total of 16 Coach of the Year awards overall.
Seawolf athletics continues on a hot streak with cross country women finishing a program-best fourth place at the 2013 NCAA Div. II Championships, while the men's team finished seventh. Seawolf hockey is tied with Northern Michigan for No. 4 in the WCHA standings. UAA volleyball, ranked No. 7 in the NCAA Div. II West Region poll, will take its fourth playoff berth in five years.
Phyllis Fast gave the keynote address at Yagheli Jan — the 2013 Alaska Native and Native American Heritage Month reception on the UAA campus. This month we also celebrate the publication of "Transforming the University: Alaska Native Studies in the 21st Century." The book is an important follow up from the first Alaska Native Studies conference held at UAA last spring.
I am proud of the many ways UAA faculty, staff and students are supporting those in need in our Anchorage community, and communities throughout the world.
Mark your calendars:
The Topping Out Ceremony for UAA's new Engineering and Industry Building is Friday, Dec. 6. Come sign the beam and stay for refreshments in the Student Union.
This year's Chancellor's Holiday Party is Tuesday, Dec. 17 from 3-5 p.m. Join me in Gorsuch Commons to celebrate the season and catch up with colleagues and friends.