Spring 2015 News from UAS Alumni Association

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From: "Heather Mitchell, UAS Alumni & Friends" <alumni>
Date: February 12, 2015 at 16:49:39 EST
To: john.peterson
Subject: Spring 2015 News from UAS Alumni Association
Reply-To: alumni



Newsletter – Spring 2015 – Vol. 6, Issue 2

Dear Daniel,

Hello! 2015 is shaping up to be a productive year for UAS Alumni & Friends.

Our annual meeting was held on January 24th in the Glacier View Room at UAS. The meeting was well attended and Barbara Burnett stepped down as president after serving the association in that capacity for 3 years. I’d like to personally thank Barbara for her exemplary service to the Alumni Association.

A new leadership team and two new board members were voted in at the annual meeting. David Campbell was elected President, Karen Polley was elected Vice-President, and Maren Haavig was elected Treasurer. The two new board members are Jim King and Lola Foss.

We have four great events scheduled for this semester. For tickets to any of these events, contact Heather in the Alumni Relations Office.

For the first time we are hosting an Etiquette Dinner for UAS Alumni & Friends on February 20. For more than a decade, an etiquette dinner has been hosted for our Student Alumni Association, but this time it’s for members and guests of UAS Alumni & Friends. This is a great event to learn professional etiquette, mingle with other professionals, and have a catered 7-course meal.

Second, tickets are available for the Governor’s Cup hockey game between UAA and UAF. The game is scheduled for 03/07/2015 at 7pm at Anchorage’s Sullivan Arena and we have been invited to a pre-game reception with UAA alumni. Special seating and discounted tickets will be available for alumni members.

Our biggest event is the Annual Banquet and Auction, which is scheduled for Saturday, April 4th. The banquet is the main fundraising event for the year. For the past several years we have raised enough funds to award ten $2,500 scholarships. We would love to maintain or exceed this level of giving to deserving students. These scholarships make a real difference in the lives of students, so please make an effort to join us at this event. Please note that the Annual Banquet and Auction is taking place on a Saturday for the first time.

Our final event of the semester is the annual golf tournament. It will again be held at the Valley of the Eagles Golf Course in Haines. The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, May 24th. It is a full day event with transportation provided to and from Haines on an Allen Marine catamaran. The tournament is a "best ball" format, so even poor golfers like me can participate and help produce a respectable score. Let’s hope for good weather and lots of whales to see on the trip to Haines.

Member involvement is key to keeping the Alumni Association vibrant and relevant. We are striving to plan activities that will appeal to members to help keep everyone engaged and connected to the university. But the board is only a small part of the association. Please provide us with your input on how we can better serve our membership, promote UAS, and provide financial assistance to its students.

Thank you for your continued support of the Alumni Association. I look forward to meeting as many members as possible at our upcoming events.


David Campbell, President

UAS Alumni & Friends Association

MPA Class of 2013

Notes and News on

Alumni & Friends

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Please send updates and information on yourself or your classmates to alumni

cec7bfac-95f1-485e-9a13-dfaf67d51076.jpg Sherry Tamone

UAS Professor of Biology, was recently awarded a Fulbright Research Scholarship. Tamone departs January 27th to the Ben Gurion University in the Negev in Beersheva, Israel. She will be using molecular tools to study the endocrine regulation of sexual differentiation in shrimp and helping them develop quantitative tools with which to measure circulating hormones. She also recently attended a meeting of the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology (SICB) where she organized a symposium with a colleague from Arizona State University on the Evolutionary Biology/Physiology of the Insects and Crustacea (Pancrustacea). The feature story ended with the following quote from Tamone: "We should get comfortable eating crickets," says symposium co-organizer Sherry Tamone, an endocrinologist at the University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau. "It’s all one big group."

New Directors and Leadership for UAS Alumni & Friends
Each January at the Annual Meeting of the UASAA three new directors are elected to the nine-member board. Directors serve for three-year terms, with three seats up for election every December. Joining the board this year:

Lola Foss, Adjunct Faculty of Accounting and Finance Director of Alaska Travel Adventures. Lola Foss has lived in Juneau for over 18 years and has worked in the accounting field for over 20 years. She was born and raised in Sitka and has made Juneau her home. She has three children, all of whom have attended UAS, and also has two beautiful grandchildren. She is an outdoor enthusiast who enjoys kayaking around the coast or hiking the many trails in and around Juneau. Lola received her BBA with an emphasis in Accounting from UAS in 1999 and went on to obtain her master’s degree from UAS in the Spring of 2012. She has worked as a Controller, Accounting Manager and Director of Finance for the past decade and sees a real need for more people with accounting backgrounds in the workforce. She works part time at UAS as an adjunct professor of accounting and enjoys helping people to further their career in accounting. Lola hopes that she can have a positive impact on students through her work with the UASAA.
1cf4f8e6-d104-4b36-83a1-e850d39c2430.jpgJames G. (Jim) King, Sr., Retired Biologist/Pilot for the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Alaska, serving first as a Game Management Agent in Fairbanks before Statehood, then as a Refuge Manager for the Yukon Delta living in Bethel after Statehood, and then as the Pacific Flyway Biologist for Alaska and the Yukon living in Juneau. He retired in 1985 and has lived in Juneau ever since. He has written more than 50 articles and a book Attending Alaska’s Birds about his work. He received an honorary PhD from UAS in 1989 and a gold medal award for Distinguished Service from the US Department of Interior in 2002. Jim previously served a three year term on the UAS Alumni Board and continued to speak out for more permanent University funding. He hopes to do so as again a member of the UAS Alumni Board.

Executive officers are selected from the board for one-year appointments. David Campbell Executive Officer for the Juneau Police Department will serve as President; Foundation Trustee Karen Polley has stepped in as Vice President; and UAS Assistant Professor of Accounting Maren Haavig is now the Treasurer. Read more about board members (click that tab from the main page that says "Board Members")

What’s Happening at UAS?
  • COME HOME TO ALASKA — The University of Alaska is offering the resident tuition rate to any student whose parent, grandparent, or great grandparent is a current Alaska resident. This new program is an effort to attract college bound relatives to "Come Home to Alaska!". For more information and details about how to apply, go to http://www.uas.alaska.edu/apply/comehome.html
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