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Intellectual debate was encouraged and struggling with problems presented by the courses made me stronger. As I approach my graduation day, I feel truly enriched by my experiences as a student at UAS.

2015 Outstanding Graduate

Bachelor of Liberal Arts (e-Learning)

Alethea Johnson

My UAS Experience

I've taken many courses at the Ketchikan campus over the years. When I was ready to enter a degree program I chose UAS because I felt well served by the university and I wanted to continue that relationship. I was delighted to discover that most of my accumulated credits applied to the BLA, which allowed me to build directly upon the education I had acquired up to that point. However, entering a rigorous academic program in the Humanities was a turning point in my development. English, Communications and Sociology courses at UAS broadened my perspective and also fostered my critical thinking skills. I always found the selected material interesting and relevant. The BLA program is well grounded in a classical education, but also staying abreast of current events. Intellectual debate was encouraged and struggling with problems presented by the courses made me stronger. As I approach my graduation day, I feel truly enriched by my experiences as a student at UAS.

About Alethea Johnson

Alethea Johnson was selected by faculty as the Bachelor of Liberal Arts Regional Outstanding Graduate. Alethea has demonstrated excellence in her concentration areas of Communication, English, and Sociology, has shown tremendous academic growth as she has moved through her degree, and has often inspired fellow students and raised the level of thought in her classes. Alethea has also participated in many special projects in courses, including independent study courses with cross-disciplinary content, that have spilled over into her interest in community service, activism, and employment. As one example, Alethea completed a sociology independent study on the social organization of local economies and community development in which she conducted a series of interviews and review of government documents related to community development planning efforts. Following completion of this project, in fulfillment of communication class requirements, Alethea presented a persuasive speech related to her findings before the Ketchikan Borough Assembly. She tackled the recently vacated Ward Cove Pulp Mill area, asking her audience to turn it into a community wide recreation area. Not only was the speech well done, it created interest in others to see the project broached. In order to prepare herself to approach government agencies with her idea for a recreation area, Alethea took additional communication classes. She convinced her group mates to work with her on the plan, and impressed the Borough Assembly with the quality of her proposal. In part motivated by her studies, Alethea is now employed as an Assistant Planner in the Borough Planning & Community Development department. Alethea's accomplishments are all the more impressive given multiple interruptions in her enrollments, as she faced adversity and came back each time with steadfast dedication to completion of her degree. The BLA faculty are honored for the opportunity to recognize the quality of work, dedication and resolve, and application of academic studies to making a difference in the community of such an outstanding student.

  • William Urquhart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology
Alethea has demonstrated excellence in her concentration areas of Communication, English, and Sociology, has shown tremendous academic growth as she has moved through her degree, and has often inspired fellow students and raised the level of thought in her classes.
  • William Urquhart, PhD, Assistant Professor of Sociology