Student Alumni Association
The first of its kind in the University of Alaska system, the UAS Student Alumni Association provides opportunities for students to become actively involved at UAS by participating in events that are conceived and funded by students. The UAS Student Alumni Association is a student organization that exists to promote UAS pride and tradition, cultivate relationships between students and alumni, and enhance the college experience through exciting, memorable events.
The Student Alumni Association is a student organization that promotes:
- UAS Pride and Tradition
- Community Involvement
We are run by a student board of directors selected from the student body, and all students are welcome to attend our meetings.
This year’s Benefits members enjoy include:
- FREE SAA Premium Item – 8GB Bracelet Thumb Drive
- FREE Fun Events and Community Activities such as:
- Dinner and a Movie Nights
- Superbowl Party
- Etiquette Dinner
- “Preparing for Life After College”
- Seminar Series
Kristin Brown (President)
Kristin has served on the SAA board since her very first semester at UAS. She is originally from St. Louis, Missouri but moved to Juneau in 2009 to pursue her Bachelor's in Marine Biology at UAS. Now after graduating, Kristin is seeking her Masters in Fisheries through the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences and will remain stationed in Juneau. Her goals include research working with marine mammals, and attaining her PhD in the future. In her spare time, Kristin enjoys being outdoors, swimming, running, and hiking with her dog.
James Risdon (Vice President)
James grew up in the greater Los Angeles area before moving to Juneau in August 2012 as a transfer student to the University of Alaska Southeast. He came to UAS for the amazing research opportunities offered here that aren’t offered at most universities in the lower 48. James hopes to complete his Bachelors of Biology degree by the spring of 2014. His emphasis is on Astrobiology and he is working towards acceptance into the University of Washington’s PhD program in Astrobiology. James is also interested in conducting undergraduate research into the behavioral patterns of gray wolf (Canis lupus) populations around Southeast Alaska. In his spare time he likes to go hiking and rock-climbing, volunteering at various organizations around Juneau (United Way, the Humane Society and Auke Bay Elementary), playing piano and guitar, and being active in the local music scene.
Carly Ehrisman (Secretary/Treasurer)
Born and raised in Richfield, Pennsylvania, Carly moved to Juneau in the spring of 2013 as a transfer student at UAS. She is currently pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in the Social Sciences, with emphases in History, Anthropology, and Sociology. She hopes to one day pursue a career working with a non-profit organization, specifically the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation. In her spare time she enjoys watching ice hockey, reading, drawing, baking, listening to Sinatra and watching classic films.
Ben Derting (Director)
After you receive your student ID and PURPLE SAA sticker, be sure to stop by the Soboleff Annex to pick up your FREE premium item. The annual $15 optional fee is automatically charged in the fall to all students enrolled in six or more credits. Deadline to opt out is the same as the add/drop date for classes.
Questions? Call the Alumni Manager at 796-6569.