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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.

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3rd Annual Harbor Cruise "A Whale's Tale: Whales, Orcas & Other Under-the-Sea Life of Southeast Alaska" --- Join UAS Alumni & Friends Association on Saturday, September 6 from 4:00 to 6:30 pm for a cool cruise to Carroll Inlet. Tickets go on sale mid-summer through the Ketchikan Campus. This is a fundraiser for local scholarships at UAS Ketchikan.
Sponsor:UAS Alumni & Friends
Cost:TBA - Tickets available soon thru UAS Ketchikan 228-4511 - space limited

6:30 PM
Nibble, sample, and critique your way to becoming a chocolate connoisseur. Chocolate 101 event combines the best of education, entertainment, food, and fun! Mix and mingle with alumni & friends. Featuring live music and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets available soon - call 796-6569 to get on the list.
Sponsor:Alumni Association
Campus:Juneau Campus
Cost:to be announced

10:30 AM
 until 12:00 PM
UAS Alumni & Friends invites you to Gingerbread Magic 101, Saturday, December 6, 2014, 10:30 am to 12:00 PM. Glacier View Room, Egan Classroom Wing at UAS. Bring the kids and build gingerbread houses, complete with frosting and the works! Limit 2 house kits per family. Space is Limited. FREE for members and their children. Must be a member to attend. Reservation Required: 796-6569
Sponsor:UAS Alumni & Friends
Cost:FREE for Members of UAS Alumni & Friends and their children - SPACE LIMITED TO 40

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

Our Mission

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
  • Coffee
  • Personal Identity Theft Protection
  • Football & Chili
  • Gardening

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

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.

Barbara Burnett, President

Brian Sylvester, Vice President

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, Vice President

Karen Polley, Treasurer

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, Treasurer

Rita Bowen

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.

Rita Bowen

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

David Campbell

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

Maren Haavig

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

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

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.

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.

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

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."


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