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Celebrating Graduates 2014

Zachary Alaska Pechacek: 2014 Outstanding Graduate — Environmental Science

UAS provided me with a quality, hands-on education.  Faculty care about their subject and the success of their students. I am happy to call quite a few of my professors friends. The environmental science program was incredibly rewarding and I am proud to be an environmental science graduate. ~Zach Pechacek

Zach was a highly valued member of the Environmental Science Program in his time at UAS.  He was active in the Environmental Science Club and participated in several research projects including developing a database of historical climate and runoff data that was used to validate models of historic glacier change on the Juneau Icefield.  Zach was the student representative on the program review committee for the Environmental Science Program and was active in the UAS chapter of the Alpha Phi Omega Club. In CHEM350, Zach collected soil rich with cigarette butt litter, extracted for arsenic and cadmium, and measured those analytes with the graphite furnace AA.  He then wrote up a terrific presentation.

Zach is a "renaissance man" and along with his high achievement in science and math courses in the ENVS program, he was active in the theater arts.  This included his work as an actor in the UAS Theater Departments production of the "Little Murders" and as a performing member of the UAS Improvisation Club.  Zach also worked as a summer intern for the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the Sports Fish Division where he helped to analyze the DNA of Salmon stocks in western Alaska. Zach provided excellent leadership in ENVS393 temperate rainforest ecology.  He always provided a strong example during independent projects and produced a top notch webpage on Japanese temperate rainforests which has received a good amount of attention and serves as a resource to others.

UAS' 2014 Juneau Commencement will be held May 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.