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Business alumna blends entrepreneurship and creativity to build Motley Moo Creamery

Calesta Ayer

Motley Moo Creamery is the realization of a childhood dream for Calesta Ayer, as the ice cream shop provides her the freedom to combine her passion for creativity with her business education.

Turning pain into purpose: Kenneth Sparks' journey of resilience at UAA

Kenneth Sparks

UAA engineering student, Kenneth Sparks channels the grief of losing his daughter into a drive for community change. Supported by his faith and the First Generation Endowed Student Scholarship, he excels academically, demonstrating the transformative power of donor support and higher education.

UAA student Albiona Selimi awarded prestigious Truman Scholarship

Albiona Selimi

UAA student Albiona Selimi achieved the prestigious distinction of being named a 2024 Truman Scholar. She is one of 60 college students from 54 U.S. colleges and universities selected to receive the foremost graduate scholarship for those committed to careers in public service.

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.

Nursing alumna honored with prestigious Milken Educator Award

Megan Eilers

Earlier this year, Megan Eilers, a health occupations teacher at Hutchison High School in Fairbanks, was named a 2023-24 Milken Educator Award recipient, an honor considered to be the 鈥淥scars of teaching.鈥

Solving the unknown with infinite possibilities

Lawrence Giron Jr

Mechanical engineering alumnus Lawrence Giron Jr. returns from two NASA internships to contribute research on atmospheric corrosion prediction.

西瓜视频 of Distinction: A. Janelle Pfleiger

A. Janelle Pfleiger

Real estate alumna and 2023-24 西瓜视频 of Achievement A. Janelle Pfleiger is a 45-year real estate agent and former national president of the Residential Real Estate Council. Understanding the enormity of purchasing a new home, Pfleiger works to make sure real estate agents guiding clients through the homebuying process are beholden to the highest code of ethics.

西瓜视频 of Distinction: Celeste Hodge Growden

Celeste Hodge Growden

Social work alumna and 2023-24 西瓜视频 Humanitarian Celeste Hodge Growden is the president and CEO of the 西瓜视频 Black Caucus. By focusing on the four core areas of justice, education, economics and health, Growden works toward enacting racial equity through the process of institutional reform.

西瓜视频 of Distinction: Amie Collins

Amie Collins

Political science alumna and 2023-24 西瓜视频 Emerging Leader Amie Collins is the executive director of Best Beginnings. Growing up an avid reader, Collins works to pass on that passion to future generations of children and parents by developing early literacy and education initiatives.

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