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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


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.
Doctor Antarctica
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.
UAA alumnus and Army vet tells story of disciplined self-determination
Kenneth Bracewell's high school counselor said he wasn't bright enough to join the Army. The Iraq combat veteran has two college degrees and recently wrote a book on how to navigate higher education.
UAA student veteran: ‘You want what’s best for the team’
Bryan Box fought for nearly three years in the mountains of Afghanistan. Now, he helms Student Veterans of UAA and finds purpose and fulfillment in reaching out to homeless veterans and helping his community.
Community Spotlight: Ryan Air
Alaska Native-owned Ryan Air is a third-generation family business that looks to both their family tree and the wide network of UAA alumni to staff their operations in 73 villages across Western Alaska.
How to accidentally become a linguist
He may not be a glam rocker, but UAA's David Bowie, a linguist, does have moments when he captures the crowd's attention. For more than five years, he's been helping UAA students think like linguists and embrace the way they speak as part of their identity.
Opera singer’s day job: saving students’ time, money
At work, Michael Smith feels passionate about streamlining work flow and preventing scheduling snares that could cost UAA students money. After work, the Department of Music alumnus enjoys his other passion: opera.
Hollywood. Bollywood. Denali-wood?
'Northern Exposure' filmed in Washington state and the ponds of 'Mystery, Alaska' were far south in Alberta, but Dave Worrell is looking to change that. As an economic development specialist with the state's film program, he convinces Hollywood execs to pack their parkas and film their stories on the Last Frontier.