I Am UAA
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
December grad: Commencement speaker Duke Kahumoku
With an antsy 4-year-old and a newborn to distract him his first semester, this non-traditional student could have readily returned to the workforce. Instead, Duke persevered, playing an active role on campus and reaching graduation in four years.
December grad: Jessica Osgood heads to career job in Nome
Want some inspiration? Visit with this December graduate in business marketing for a fast survey of what one committed person can accomplish professionally and academically in just five years.
December grad: Veteran Chris Almryde bids farewell to Student Union
2014 was a big year for Chris—his wife had their second baby while they were selling their house... during finals week. And that’s just April. After eight years of steady effort, this Army vet and AmeriCorps alum has finally reached graduation day.
December grad: Irene Hilliard on overcoming obstacles
Irene Hilliard can teach us all a little something about overcoming obstacles. This December grad has gotten creative in the way she makes time to exercise and how she affords tuition. She's also made UAA her home away from home. Her advice? Engulf yourself in the college experience.
December grad: Frazer Tee works with the “brain squid”
Another amazing story from ANSEP, Frazer Tee has been connected to UAA since his sophomore year of high school when he built his first computer. He'll graduate in December with an engineering degree, the third Tee brother out of four to pursue engineering at UAA through ANSEP.
December grad: Alejandra Buitrago prepares for two years in Africa
December graduate Alejandra Buitrago is getting vaccinated, selling everything she owns and preparing for two years in the Peace Corps. She soaked in experiences at UAA that supported her through difficult times and will enrich the rest of her life.
Gymnast soars in piloting program
With a 9.875 on vault and a 4.0 in the classroom, Marie-Sophie Boggasch has set some impressive scores at UAA. They’re pretty remarkable when you consider this international student/Seawolf athlete/top-tier student is also a professional piloting major with a campus job as a flight instructor.
Finding fluency in a new culture
Seeing a dentist at work inspired Jaeyeon "Jenny" Cho, propelling the international student from Seoul, South Korea, toward a career that fuses her two passions—art and science.
With jagged peaks, endless ice, razor-sharp winds and a temperature that rarely tips above freezing, Antarctica is a completely unforgiving land. It’s a place where things can easily go wrong, and often do. And that’s exactly why Mark Peterson headed south.
Finding fulfillment in helping a forgotten people
Jason Hahn studied biological sciences while attending UAA back in the 1990s. Now, he works as program director for the Alaska Sudan Medical Project, drilling water wells and helping spur agricultural growth in a remote, forgotten area of South Sudan.