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  • Mike Hostina announces retirement

    February 28, 2020

    Mike Hostina, general counsel for the University of Alaska, announced his retirement during the February Board of Regents meeting. Hostina will step down at the end of May.
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  • Stuart Relay joins Office of Public Affairs as a student assistant

    February 28, 2020

    As a Ted Stevens Legislative Intern, Stuart Relay was taught lessons not included in textbooks. Now he is using the communication skills he learned working for Representative Chris Tuck to help the University of Alaska communicate more effectively with the students we serve.
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  • Nycolett Ripley selected as UAF Human Resources Sr. Business Partner

    February 28, 2020

    UA Chief Human Resources Officer Steve Patin announced this week that Nycolett Ripley has been selected to serve the University of Alaska Fairbanks as its Human Resources Senior Business Partner. In this role, Ripley will serve the UAF administration, staff, and faculty as a functional expert, liaison, consultant and point of contact in direct contact and coordination with the UA Human Resources Team.
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  • Leyalle Harris shares her recipe for college success

    January 31, 2020

    When Leyalle Harris started her freshman year at the University of Idaho (UI), her brother-in-law gave her some advice that became her secret sauce that for college success.
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  • Eric Johnson on learning the value of data and being on time

    January 31, 2020

    It was colder than average for early April in Fairbanks, but, like the climate, that was soon to change. As the cries of a newborn baby filled the air of a small room at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, the city's residents could already sense the returning sunlight bring life back to the Arctic. Winter was over.
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  • Rory O'Neill: Expanding access to data to improve UA

    November 27, 2019

    Hailing from Philadelphia via Ireland on both sides, Rory O'Neill grew up in the middle-Atlantic region where his parents and siblings still reside. In 1993 he and a brother visited another brother in Ketchikan, and the three of them toured the state. Tourists believed that O'Neill 's duster, cowboy hat and command of a gold pan and draft horses meant he was an Alaskan. Two brothers returned home, one decided to abandon his tenure track biomedical engineering position at Johns Hopkins.
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  • Walker Wheeler's educational and professional journeys intertwine at UA

    November 27, 2019

    Walker Wheeler’s more than 15 years at the University of Alaska has been a long and varied career and educational journey. He has been working in university IT since he came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks to study computer science.
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  • Linda Hall

    Linda Hall: accounting for adventure

    October 25, 2019

    For Linda Hall, accounting hasn't always been about crunching numbers, it's also been an international adventure.
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  • Genevieve Bright enjoys the challenges of "oddball sports"

    October 25, 2019

    Whether it's riding a tiny motorcycle across Romania, or running a marathon, Genevieve Bright has never backed down from challenging herself.
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  • From avocation to vocation: how Victoria Carver's fitness journey paved her life's work

    October 23, 2019

    For Victoria Carver training for the Ironman was more than a quest for wellness, it became a calling. Graduating from college was the wake-up call Carver needed to realize that she wasn't happy with herself or her life. She led a sedentary life, exercising sporadically, mostly just before a vacation or an event that required her to wear a nice dress.
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