Farewell and good luck Mike Earnest!
Mike Earnest Returns to UAF
Mike Earnest, Statewide's student services manager for the past two years, is leaving to become UAF's admissions director. Mike previously worked in UAF's Admissions Office. His last day at Statewide is this Friday, June 26, and he starts at UAF on Monday, June 29th!
Mike's many duties here at Statewide Student and Enrollment Services have included leading collaborative efforts of UA’s Financial Aid offices, including the February FAFSA Frenzy event. This highly successful effort provides an off-beat and people-friendly way to broadcast the message that financial aid is available to UA students. Mike has been at the center of early outreach efforts for the UA system. Mike’s goal is to plant the seed of opportunity in young peoples' minds that college is possible for them.
He spearheaded the implementation of an electronic process for UA to receive high school transcripts. Students from participating high schools can now electronically request their transcripts to be sent to UA. This provides efficiency to students, and saves UA and the high schools significant effort, time and money.
Mike recently became the third member of the SES staff to receive the Staff Make Students Count award (see related story in the Voice).
All of us here at Statewide will miss Mike, but we look forward to working with him in his new position at UAF.
Congratulations Maia and Jim!
Abigail Ruth Neda Zelenak was born on June 05, 2009 to Maia and Jim Zelenak. She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and was 20-1/2 inches long. She has quite a bit of dark hair and dark blue eyes (for now). She is beautiful, healthy and happy; mom and dad are also very happy. They cannot stop admiring her!
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