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UAA alumni live, work and engage with communities in each of the 50 states and across the globe. Hear the amazing stories of impressive UAA alumni in our "I am UAA" story series. Read the most recent profiles below, and visit the Green and Gold website for a complete list of all our amazing 'I Am UAA' alumni stories.

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Amazing Stories from the University of Alaska Anchorage

Community Spotlight: Off the Chain
The seven-year-old “UAA Bike Club” stickers haven’t lost their green and gold shine just yet. The vivid stickers pop out throughout the workspace at Off the Chain, an Anchorage-based bicycle cooperative and growing city resource that owes much of its early momentum to the now-defunct group at UAA.
Alumni Spotlight: Sean Rivers
Twelve years ago, his fleet feet propelled him to national championships. Now, he's growing a sense of community through his Portland, Ore., running stores. Meet Sean Rivers.
Alumni Spotlight: Tara Gondek
Weddings are glamorous. Opening a small business is not. But that didn't stop Tara Gondek from taking the plunge and opening her own bridal boutique in Anchorage last fall.
Alumni Spotlight: Marvat Obeidi
On the water, she’s a paddleboard entrepreneur. On the rink, she drops derby opponents to their kneepads. And in the classroom, Marvat Obeidi is a role model for her multilingual students—like them, she grew up in Anchorage between two cultures, two languages and the culture shock of being a first-generation Alaskan.
Alumni Spotlight: Rahab Kiruku
She moved from a bucolic suburb of Nairobi 12 years ago to study nursing at UAA and emerged four years later with a hard-won bachelor's degree. Now she's a registered nurse at Providence Alaska Medical Center. Meet Rahab Kiruku.
Alumni Spotlight: Brandon Wood
UAA alumnus Brandon Wood ran his first Crow Pass Crossing last year. He talks here about his three-year path to that torturous race.
Alumni Spotlight: Leda Garside
Award-winning nurse Leda Garside brings her mobile medical clinic rolling through the valleys and vineyards of Oregon's wine country, seeking to provide much-needed health care and support to the state's migrant workers.
Alumni Spotlight: Tim Coe
After a low-income childhood where the McDonald’s drive-thru seemed like an out-of-reach luxury, Tim now oversees budgets of up to $80 million as a project engineer.
Alumni Spotlight: Amy Meissner
Amy is no stranger to artistic reinvention. This former custom wedding gown maker is also a writer, a children's book illustrator and a textile artist.
Student Spotlight: Cody Gibson
Cody Gibson has a big job ahead of him—mapping the ocean floor. It'll take boats, airplanes, helicopters, lasers, a lot more hands on deck and probably decades. That's some job security for a geomatics scholar.