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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.

Notice of proposed Bylaw Change

Following national alumni trends, staff recommends that the UASAA amend its Bylaws to update the older, traditional nomenclature of alumni “chapters” to that of “Networks,” which better describes connection opportunities of modern affinity groups. 

UPCOMING EVENT: Art & Wine 101 

Let your inner artist out with an evening of wine, hors d'oeuvres, and painting instruction with a local artist! By the end of the night, bring home your very own work of art. All levels welcome and all supplies included. Must be a member to attend. Reservation required – sign up today by emailing or calling 907-796-6569.

Event will be held on UAS Juneau Campus, January date and time TBD.

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Alumni and Friends Association
  • 796-6295  (Fax)
Soboleff Annex 
11120 Glacier Hwy.
Juneau, AK
Mailstop: SA1

About UAS Alumni & Friends

Our Mission

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.

We Want to Hear From You!

This is a space to stay connected with UAS and your fellow alums. Send us news and updates on your and other alums' whereabouts, hobbies, awards, community work, professional path, or anything you'd like to share! 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.

Join the "A" List Today!

Benefits of Membership Include:

  • Opportunities to network with fellow alums
  • 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
  • Weekend rental of recreation equipment, such as kayaks, at the Auke Bay Campus
  • Access to the 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
  • Coffee
  • Personal Identity Theft Protection
  • Football & Chili
  • Gardening

So join the "A" list today and be a part of what we do!

David Campbell, President

David Campbell is a life-long Alaskan, born and raised in Fairbanks. David moved his family to Juneau from Anchorage in 1995 to work as a police officer with the Juneau Police Department. David enjoys spending time with his family, outdoor activities, cooking, and attending local cultural events. JPD David has worked in patrol, narcotics, community services, investigations, and administration, currently a Lieutenant. David’s additional duties have included serving as a field training officer, negotiator, polygraph examiner, and JPD spokesperson. David received a BA in Justice from UAA in 1994, and a MPA from UAS in 2013. For many years David has volunteered for UAS alumni events including the Gustavus and Haines golf tournaments, Rotary Wine Auction, and Alumni Dinner and Auction. David is looking forward to contributing more to the Alumni Association and feels being part of the board will help make that happen.

David Campbell, President

Karen Polley, Vice President

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.

Karen Polley, Vice President

Maren Haavig, Treasurer

Maren Haavig is a life-long Alaskan.  She was born and raised in Sitka and has lived in Juneau since 1994.  Along with her husband and two golden retrievers she enjoys the many recreational, cultural and educational opportunities that Southeast Alaska provides.  UAS has been a big part of Maren’s life for almost two decades.   In the mid-90s she began working on a BBA with an emphasis in Accounting.  Some years later she returned to UAS and earned an MBA in August of 2012.  After years of being an adjunct professor, Maren became a part of the UAS School of Management faculty and enjoys teaching, advising and working within the UAS community. Maren hopes to broaden her service to UAS through participation on the UAS Alumni and Friends Board of Directors. 

Maren Haavig, Treasurer

Kevin Brooks

Kevin is a 1989 graduate of the MBA program at UAS.  He moved to Alaska from Detroit, Michigan in 1983 after completing undergraduate work at the University of Michigan.  He has worked for the State of Alaska for nearly 30 years and currently serves as Deputy Commissioner for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Kevin says, “Pursuing an advanced degree at UAS has served me well in my career, and I have seen the value of well-educated and well-prepared graduates entering the workforce. UAS can help to meet that need.  I have enjoyed staying in touch with other alumni over the years through a variety of UASAA activities. After raising four kids to young adults, I now have the time to become more active and contribute to the alumni association.”

Kevin Brooks

Lola Foss

Lola is the Director of Finance for Alaska Travel Adventures and Adjunct Professor of Accounting for the University of Alaska Southeast, and has experience in the accounting field dating back to 1988. Prior work experience includes, Director for Finance for Sealaska Heritage Institute, Accounting Manager for the Southeast Regional Health Consortium and Controller for the Juneau Empire in Juneau, Alaska. Lola received her MBA from the University of Alaska Southeast in May 2012 and Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting, also from UAS, in 1999. Lola has strong ties to Juneau, having served as Treasurer for the Southeast Road Runners Club and the Glacier Volunteer Fire Department Association. Lola is also a certified Firefighter-I, serving under the Capital City Fire/Rescue since December 2002 as a firefighter/EMT. Ms. Foss is also a member of the University of Alaska Southeast Alumni and Southeast Roadrunners Club.  Lola recognizes a real need in the business community for skilled bookkeepers and accountants. Serving on the Board of Directors for UASAA would enable her to identify ways UAS can work towards meeting that need through education, curriculum development, and improving current programs.


Lola Foss

James G. (Jim) King, Sr.

Jim writes, “I first registered for classes at the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 1949.  I spent 30 years as a 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.  My work took me to most towns and villages in Alaska and nearby Canada.  I retired in 1985 and have lived in Juneau ever since.  I wrote more than 50 articles and a book Attending Alaska’s Birds about my work.  I received an honorary PhD from UAS in 1989 and a gold medal award for Distinguished Service from the US Department of Interior in 2002.  I served for ten years on the Public Advisory Group for the settlement of damages from the Exon Valdez Oil Spill, where I worked unsuccessfully to get some of the funding used to endow professorships at the University for continuing study of the damaged biological resources.  I subsequently served a three year term on the UAS Alumni Board and continued to speak out for more permanent University funding and hope to do so as again a member of the next UAS Alumni Board.”

James G. (Jim) King, Sr.

Roberta Stell

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.”.  

Roberta Stell

Brian Sylvester

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.”

Brian Sylvester

Mona Yarnall

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.”

Mona Yarnall

Give to UASchange

Click here to be taken to the UA Foundation's secure site for online giving. We hope you will consider a donation to one of the following funds:

UAS Alumni Association Scholarship Endowment (80574) - Your gift helps students at UAS achieve their educational goals.

UASAlumni 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.

Interested in more funds in need of support at UAS? Read about them here.

Alumni Latin 101

Or "What do alumni, alumnus, alumna, and alumnae mean?"
alumni = plural masculine or generic
"These six friends of mine graduated two years ago. They are alumni of UAS."
alumnae = plural feminime
"My two sisters are alumnae of UAS."
alumnus = singular masculine or generic
"He graduated in May, so he's an alumnus of the University of Alaska Southeast."
"I'm going to search for an alumnus of UAS to interview about his or her career path."
alumna = singular feminine
"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:
Saying "I'm an alumni." It's like saying "I'm a students."
Women say, "I'm an alumna."
Men say, "I'm an alumnus."

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