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|Cost:||adult UASAA members $65, non-members $100 (includes 1-year regular membership)... call for special rates for children.|
UASAA is an open membership organization whose purpose is to serve as a vital connection between the alumni and the University. The UASAA communicates and advocates the goals and program of UAS, and fosters a continuous sense of community by establishing relationships and networking among alumni.
The University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association assists the University in remaining a vital and dynamic institution through financial support and community awareness, and provides an opportunity for alumni to help shape the future of the Alaskan educational experience.
About UAS Alumni & Friends
Established in 1987, UASAA is an open membership organization whose purpose is to serve as a vital connection between the alumni and the university. The UASAA communicates and advocates the goals and programs of UAS, and fosters a continuous sense of community by establishing relationships and networking among alumni. Send us news on yourself and other alums! Our plan with this site is to present a collection of all things good as far back as our collective memory will take us. Feel free to poke around in our attic of memories. Visit old friends, slip on over to Sitka, and then see what's cooking in Ketchikan. Renew old friendships and make new ones. Hang out. There are no final exams to detract from the moment. Feedback, photos, or ideas you can email our way will be greatly appreciated.
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Benefits of Membership Include:
- The benefit of knowing your dollars will help provide scholarships and extend and enrich the educational experience for current and future UAS students
- Invitations to special events, receptions and networking opportunities
- Free UAS Alumni e-mail account
- Discounts at the UAS Bookstore on all mugs, sweatshirts and other UAS logo merchandise
- Weekend rental of recreation equipment, such as kayaks, at the Auke Bay Campus
- Access to the new recreation facility at Auke Bay valid with $100 Platinum level membership and above (separate Rec Center fees apply - see their site for details)
Come join us for fun and educational events including...
Premier events that help raise funds for student scholarships and other alumni sponsored programming.
We also have a fun continuing education series we call Alumni 101, with topics like
- Auto Maintenance
- Bald Eagles
- Juneau History 101: The Treadwell Mine
- Intertidal Discovery Walk
- Personal Identity Theft Protection
- Football & Chili
Barbara Burnett, President
Barbara moved to Juneau in 1981, after earning her Master of Education degree in School Psychology from Central Washington University. She worked as an itinerant School Psychologist for several years, and then began working for UAS in 1985. Barbara started as the Admissions Counselor and Recruiter, and then moved to the Financial Aid Director in 1987. Because she loves learning and taking classes, she entered the UAS MPA program in 2004 and graduated in 2008. Says Barbara, “I absolutely loved this program – I even devoted enough energy to it that I received the Student of the Year award!” Barbara retired from UAS in July 2011 after 26 years at UAS. As Alumni Board President, she continues her enthusiastic support of UAS and promotes UAS as an institution where opportunities abound, the faculty is great, and learning takes place both in and out of the classroom.
Mary Lou Madden, Vice President
Mary Lou Madden is a 35+ year resident of Juneau. She obtained her M.Ed. from UAS in 1980 and continued her graduate education at Johns Hopkins University and The American University. She has been the director of the Ketchikan campus and Dean of Faculty at the Juneau campus of UAS. She is interested in tapping the liberal arts potential of the Juneau campus and in the workforce development potential of the extended campuses.
Nathan Zierfuss, Treasurer
Nathan Zierfuss grew up on and around Air Force bases throughout the U. S. and in Spain. He initially came to Alaska in 1985 with his parents but returned in 1994 for college after a year in San Antonio. He attended University of Alaska Fairbanks and received his Bachelors of Science in Computer Science in 2001 and is currently working on his MBA at University of Alaska Southeast. Professionally Nathan has progressed from an entry level information technologist to a senior strategy position where he strives to create cohesive policies and procedures for unique distributed enterprise groups. Despite the consistency in his career focus, he believes one of the keys to success in Alaska is versatility. In the past, he has delivered papers, been a cook, a truck driver and worked construction off the road system. He was elected to the UAS Alumni Association board in January 2011, and as treasurer in 2012.
Rita Bowen believes in the University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) mission and in helping students achieve their goals. She is committed to public service, accountability and the fundamental principle of equal educational opportunities. She was involved with staff governance from 1991 to 2000 and was UAS staff council president during 1997-1999 In 2000, she was a recipient of “Make Students Count Award” for outstanding service to students. She was nominated for her personalized service, sincerity, and dedication beyond the call of duty. During her ten year tenure at UAS Student Services, she assisted the Alumni Association with its fund raising activities. She continues to be extremely active in enhancing the university system and community relations in helping to develop the Plus 50 Bridge to College & Careers Workforce Instruction Program. It is designed specifically for those who are seeking to develop skills necessary to compete in today's job market. Rita is employed for the State of Alaska, Department of Labor and Workforce Development, Mature Alaska Seeking Skills Training. She believes and builds on strong partnerships to provide high-quality, respectful, culturally sensitive support services for Alaskans to live healthy, independent, and productive lives.
Karen Polley has worked in public education in Alaska since moving to Alaska in the late 1960’s. She has worked for the Juneau-Douglas School District, the Alaska Department of Education, Southeast Regional Resource Center, and the University of Alaska Southeast. She retired in 2005 after serving as the Campus Director in Ketchikan for five years. She graduated from Eastern Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics and a Bachelor of Arts in Home Economics Education. She received a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education from the University of Alaska, Juneau in 1978. She has been a teacher, education administrator, political consultant, grant writer, small business entrepreneur, licensed boat captain and tour operator. She currently operates her own jewelry manufacturing business Stone Soup Alaska Designs. She has been active in professional and civic organizations including the Alaska Home Economics Association, The Alaska Vocational Association, Rotary 2000, and is a lifetime member in the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni Association. Karen resides in Juneau, Alaska, and has received awards from her professional associations for leadership and service. She spends the summers at her cabin near Pelican, Alaska.
In her own words: “As a retired educator and one who has a vested interest in the well-being of the University of Alaska Southeast, I feel I can contribute in many ways to the programming and activities of the Alumni Association. I remain knowledgeable and active in educational issues in Alaska and want to see the Alumni Association continue its strengths in numbers of members and in impact on current and future students at UAS. UAS serves students from the around the state and the alumni goals and activities should promote ways alumni from around the state can be involved and benefit from the activities the UAS Alumni & Friends Association.”.
John Svensson was raised in Southern California and worked his way slowly North. He was recently interviewed as one of the last living Polar explorers by Ohio State as he worked in both the Antarctic and Arctic. John has traveled to a large percentage of coastal Alaska Villages doing Oceanographic research and commercial Fishing. John has earned two BAs from the University of Washington and a MPA from the University of Alaska. He taught Environmental Economics and other business classes at Sheldon Jackson College in Sitka, Alaska. John was the graduate student representative to the academic council when he attended the University of Alaska, has served as an elected member (2006,2007,2008) on the Tillamook/Clatsop County Farm Service Administration (USDA) and as chairman for a year. John was also on the board of Directors of the United Marine Fund, a private insurance company, serving two terms which expired in 2006. He was elected to the UAS Alumni Association board in January 2011.
In his own words: "My family moved to Juneau in 1965 when I was in grade school and except for education (go Oregon Ducks) and occasional vacations haven’t left. I grew up in Auke Bay so I have been wandering through the Auke Lake campus since it was built and eventually received a BBA in accounting from UAS in 1992. I have worked for the State of Alaska for over thirty years and am currently the retiree payroll supervisor for the Division of Retirement and Benefits. At some point I hope to have learned enough about retirement to actually do it. As a long time government employee I am interested in how we can educate our young adults and then provided them with challenging rewarding careers. Currently one of my own young adults is attending UAS.”
In her own words: “I moved to Juneau in 1991 as a transfer student to UAS. I completed my Bachelor of Business Management degree in 1994 and earned a Master of Science degree in Sports, Recreation and Tourism through the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2010. I have been employed full-time with UAS I.T. Services since 1994 and currently serve as their Information Systems Manager. I am a lifetime member of the UAS Alumni Association and am involved with the Juneau Gun Club. In my spare time, I teach tennis part-time for the Alaska Club.”
Click here to be taken to the UA Foundation's secure site for online giving. We hope you will conisder a donation to one of the following funds:
UAS Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment (80574) - Your gift helps students at UAS achieve their educational goals.
UAS Alumni Association Programming Endowment (80892) - Your gift supports UASAA-sponsored programming in accordance with the UAS Alumni Association Mission Statement.
UAS Alumni Association Ketchikan Scholarship Endowment (80117) - Your gift helps students at UAS Ketchikan Campus achieve their educational goals.
What do alumni, alumnus, alumna, and alumnae mean?
alumni = plural masculine or generic
Ex: These six friends of mine graduated two years ago. They are alumni of UAS."
alumnae = plural feminime
Ex: My two sisters are alunmae of UAS."
alumnus = singular masculine or generic
Ex: "He graduated in May, so he's an alumnus of the University of Alaska Southeast."
Ex: "I'm going to search for an alumnus of UAS to interview about his or her career path."
alumna = singular feminine
Ex: "She's in med school now. She's an alumna of the University of Alaska Southeast, having completed a bachelor's degree in biology."
Common error and how to fix it:
Error: Saying "I'm an alumni." It's like saying "I'm a students."
Correct: Women say, "I'm an alumna."
Correct: Men say, "I'm an alumnus."