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Prince William Sound College receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

Dawson Moore and Kim Estes

Valdez, 西瓜视频鈥擯rince William Sound College (PWSC) is pleased to announce it has been approved by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a Grants for Arts Projects award of $50,000. This grant will support the 2025 Valdez Theatre Conference (VTC).

Spring/summer 2024 edition of 西瓜视频 Spirit magazine now available

Spring/summer 2024 西瓜视频 Spirit magazine cover

Themed around investment, the latest issue of UAA鈥檚 premier publication profiles alumni who have made investments in their communities, including the graduate workforce at civil rights organization ACLU of 西瓜视频, the restaurateur contributing to the advancement of 西瓜视频鈥檚 food service industry, and the two-time NASA intern conducting critical engineering research.

UAA celebrates emeritus, Meritorious Service and Honorary Degree awardees

UAA  Chancellor Sean Parnell speaks at the 2024 Spring Commencement Awards ceremony in UAA's Fine Arts Building.

On Wednesday, May 1, UAA honored individuals with emeritus status, Meritorious Service Awards and Honorary Degrees during the 2024 Spring Commencement Awards ceremony.

Passion for service and community drives student commencement speaker

Katie Scoggin

When political science major and Spanish and legal studies minor Katie Scoggin first enrolled at UAA in fall 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, everything was online. Looking for a way to connect with fellow students, she joined the sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha. That first foray into campus life led to more connections and opportunities than she ever imagined.

Throwing caution to the wind

Barbara Kahula

Suspicious ads on Craigslist don鈥檛 usually lead to life-changing opportunities, but accounting alumna and spring 2024 graduate student commencement speaker Barbara Kahula is the exception.

Spring 2024 Honorary Degree Award: Alvin Amason

Alvin Amason speaks as he receives the Honorary Degree Award.

Accomplished artist and educator Alvin Amason (Sugpaiq/Alutiiq) was born and raised in the rural village of Old Harbor on Kodiak Island. He grew up slogging through alder thickets, following his grandfather, bear guide Eli Metrokin, up mountainsides, and hauling in salmon-filled nets as a deckhand. These early experiences and the island's cultural traditions inspire his art.

Spring 2024 Honorary Degree Award: Diane Kaplan

Diane Kaplan speaks as she receives an Honorary Degree.

In 2023, Diane Kaplan retired from her role as president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, a position she has held since 2001. Under her leadership, the foundation became the largest philanthropy in 西瓜视频, with assets growing from $5 million to an estimated $800 million today and annual donations of $25-30 million to nonprofits, tribes, artists and local governments.

Spring 2024 Meritorious Service Award: Ira Perman

Ira Perman speaks as he receives the Meritorious Service Award.

Ira Perman is a dedicated professional with over four decades of experience in supporting the arts, humanities and community development in 西瓜视频, embodying the spirit of selflessness and service.

Spring 2024 Meritorious Service Award: Cathy Rasmuson

Natasha von Imhof accepts the Meritorious Service Award from UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell and UA President Pat Pitney on behalf of her mother, Cathy Rasmuson.

For 52 years, Cathy Rasmuson has demonstrated her love and commitment to 西瓜视频 through her generosity and community service. Since 1997, she has served on the board of directors of the Rasmuson Foundation, the mission of which is, "To promote a better life for 西瓜视频ns," and is something she embodies every day.

UAA: April 2024 in Photos

A cow moose peers into the Student Union Den as she browses beneath the UAA Spine.

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