Corporate Giving Stories
This Investment Pays Big Dividends
Dave Rand and ATS Alaska
For Dave Rand ‘99, giving to UAA seems like a small way to connect to the community. As an M.B.A. graduate of the College of Business and Public Policy and active UAA donor, Rand has been able not only to improve his business and reach out to potential employees, but also to make a difference in the community.
Rand got to know UAA as a student and later, as a member of the UAA Alumni Association. Those roles allowed him to maintain important relationships both with other graduates in his program and professionals striving to make a difference by investing their time, talent and dollars in an institution and programs they believe in.
To further those connections, Rand and ATS Alaska, the facilities control company he runs with Dan Fawcett, created a scholarship which offers financial assistance for tuition and other educational expenses to students seeking a Bachelor of Science in Engineering at UAA
Rand remembers being touched by the energy and ability of one of the scholarship recipients he met in early 2009. That interaction showed him first-hand how the ATS Alaska Scholarship could change a student’s life.
A shining example of a truly reciprocal relationship, ATS is also offering intensive internships for UAA engineering students, many who end up staying on as valued employees.
“It feels like I am paying it forward and it seems like the right thing to do,” Rand said. “I want to see young people benefit and help UAA grow.”
A Partnership that Works: Siemens Building Technologies
Leverette Hoover - B.S., Science and Technology '96
Leverette Hoover, Alaska General Manager for Siemens Building Technologies, wholeheartedly believes in two principles: create partnerships and “grow our own” talent. While both philosophies have proven successful for Hoover, it was the latter that provided the initial motivation for Siemens to partner with UAA. Hoover wants to keep Alaska’s “best and brightest” here to build the future of the state. “From an industry perspective, the more we can do to keep people up here, the better off we are,” he says.
How could Siemens help make this a reality?
“The University has developed quality programs, and we don’t want these kids leaving to go Outside for school,” says Hoover. “We need to get them early, focusing on the kids who are graduating from Anchorage high schools, and get them to go to UAA or UAF.”
Siemens was an early contributor to the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program. Continuing the effort to reach high school students, Hoover helped establish a partnership between Siemens, Alaska school districts and University of Alaska campuses to create high school engineering academies. At these academies, students learn science, math and engineering through hands-on projects and begin a pathway toward an engineering degree, earning college credit as they go.
But Siemens’ support doesn’t stop there. The company created an endowed scholarship for UAA’s Bachelor of Science in Engineering program. Siemens also eagerly accepts engineering students as interns, and, if they are successful, offers those students a job and assistance paying for their education.
“Our partnership with the University, local school districts and UAA students has been very successful,” Hoover said. “It gives kids an incentive to stay up here and work, and that’s a win/win situation for everyone.”
New York Life Insurance Pledges $450,000 to UA Bridging Programs
Shehan Stickwan, 15, is from the small rural Alaskan village of Craig, which has a population of 1,171. During the summer of 2009, Shehan came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to participate in the Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA) which provides middle and high school with an intensive, two-week residential learning experience in science, engineering or liberal arts. Shehan’s exposure to college through ASRA was so inspiring that she hopes to attend the Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI) next year. RAHI is a bridging program that helps ease the academic and social transition between high school and college.
“This is exactly what we hope to see,” said Denise Wartes, director of RAHI. “We know that early exposure to college through ASRA, then attending RAHI will help students from rural towns build confidence, establish relationships and learn about academics and college life."
Great things happen when public institutions combine efforts with corporate and individual donors.
The opening of the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building in 2009 would not have been possible without the effort and commitment of multiple parties.
We remember J.L. (Jim) Bowles (1952-2010), a passionate supporter of the University of Alaska. As president of ConocoPhillips Alaska from 2004 until his death in an avalanche in 2010, Bowles embraced life in the Arctic with the same energy be brought to his profession. Bowles was known as an energetic advocate for the causes important to Alaskans, and was instrumental in securing funding for the ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building and ConocoPhillips Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment. These gifts will enrich scholarship and research in Arctic science and engineering for generations to come.
ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building
A Place for Discovery
UAA’s ConocoPhillips Integrated Science Building (CPISB) opened to great fanfare and excitement in the fall of 2009. Now instead of having the best scientific minds spread across campus, the new state-of-the-art facility provides research and teaching space under one roof for astronomy, biochemistry, biomedical and biological sciences, chemistry, environmental sciences, geology and physics. The CPISB is specifically designed to encourage collaboration across all disciplines, and increase opportunities to discover how different branches of science come together to create a broader view of scientific possibilities.
“UAA is really on the leading edge of the wave to integrate the sciences,” said Dr. Kim Peterson, Associate Dean for Research.
This synergistic approach also mirrors the way funding came together for the facility. Acknowledging the forward-looking benefits to be realized by all Alaskans, the State of Alaska provided funding for the structure. Corporate partner ConocoPhillips then stepped up with a multi-year $15 million contribution to establish the Arctic Science and Engineering Endowment and for the technical equipment needed for the heart of the building. Finally, a $1 million one-time gift from an anonymous donor made it possible to finish construction and open the doors to the more than 5,500 UAA students who enroll in science courses each semester.
The first UAA building to be conceived, designed and built with environmental and fiscal sustainability in mind, the CPISB has approximately doubled the amount of space devoted to science and research programs on campus. Computer and classroom instruction laboratories, research and teaching laboratories – including facilities for studying molecular structures, DNA sequencing and a nuclear magnetic resonance lab – will facilitate teaching and discovery for UAA students for years to come.
With its 64-seat planetarium and visualization theater, the CPISB also offers something special for the entire Anchorage community. The first of its kind in Alaska, the planetarium’s 33-foot dome features digital technology that projects a seamless image over the entire dome surface and delivers dramatic, crystal-clear sound. From outside our galaxy to the inner space of a molecule, the new UAA planetarium can bring any three-dimensional image to life.
In addition to traditional views of planets and the stars, biology students will be able to travel in and around molecules. Chemistry students will be able to travel inside Bucky balls and carbon chains to see exactly how they’re structured.
The world-class resources of the CPISB will also enable faculty and students to pursue new research grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health, and develop other partnerships. UAA is already collaborating on one such grant with the Denver Museum of Natural History to develop curriculum for teaching astronomy using the new cutting edge technology of our planetarium.
There it is again…that synergy that makes things happen at UAA.
Preparing Students for Success
First National Bank Helps Students Prepare for College
Through a generous gift from First National Bank Alaska (FNBA) in 2008, UAS embarked on its second year of the Getting Ready for College program, which is designed to help students from rural Southeast Alaska communities prepare for success after high school. “This program, and the university’s partnership with First National Bank Alaska, enables us to reach out to our small, rural schools and assist students in preparing for post-secondary education,” said UAS chancellor John Pugh. The $20,000 annual contribution for the Getting Ready for College program is a follow-up to FNBA’s three-year College Success gift, which ended in 2006.
Funding Research for the Future
Pollock Conservation Cooperative Gives $9 million for Fisheries and Conservation Research
The global community is benefiting from millions of dollars of scientific research into Alaska’s marine ecosystems, made possible by a partnership between the Pollock Conservation Cooperative (PCC) and UAF’s School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences. With gifts totaling more than $9 million over the past nine years, the PCC is one of the school’s largest private contributors.
Funding from the cooperative supports the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center (PCCRC).