Alumni Achievement Awards
The Alumni Achievement Awards were created in 1991 to recognize outstanding contributions made by graduates and former students of UAF. The areas of recognition include community support, university support, and business and professional excellence. A maximum of five awards in each category can be presented annually. Nominations may be made by alumni, faculty, staff and by the general public. The nomination letter should include information to support the nomination.
The 2016 Annual Awards were presented at the annual awards Rendezvous Dinner on Friday, Sept. 23, 2016.
2016 Alumni Achievement Award winners
Business and Professional Excellence
Sen. Lyman Hoffman `74 of Bethel
Lyman Hoffman has been a political and business leader in Southwest Alaska for decades, championing affordable energy, well-funded schools and healthy fisheries.
Lyman was born and raised in Bethel and has lived along the Kuskokwim River for most of his life. He and his wife, Lillian, raised two children, Trina and Doug, in Bethel. They are now the proud grandparents of Madilyn, Karis and Elizabeth.
Lyman graduated from UAF with a degree in business in 1974. He served as city manager of Bethel from 1977 to 1985. In 1986, he won election to the Alaska State Legislature’s House of Representatives, representing the Bethel area. In 1990, he won a Senate seat, representing the lower Kuskokwim River region, Bristol Bay and the Aleutian Islands. He continues to represent Southwest Alaska and a large part of the western Interior in the Senate today.
In addition to his legislative work, Lyman serves on the Orutsararmiut Native Council, the Yupik tribal government in Bethel. He has been chair of the Bethel Native Corp. and deputy director of the Yukon-Kuskokwim Health Corp. He also has held interests in several private businesses.
He served on Bethel’s planning commission and as a board member for the Bethel Family Clinic and the Bethel Prematernal Home.
An influential legislator, Lyman was co-chair of the Senate Finance Committee from 2006-2012. He helped fund a salmon stock identification program to improve fisheries management. He championed numerous changes in education funding, including an increase in the base per-student allocation, expansion of the university’s Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and the addition of a district cost factor to new school funding. He expanded weatherization and energy rebate programs for Alaska homeowners. He was instrumental in developing an endowment fund to pay for the state’s rural power cost subsidy.
Scott Roselius `81
After graduating from UAF in 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education, Scott Roselius became a driving force behind the success of UAF’s hockey program.
Originally from Anchorage, Scott came to Fairbanks in 1977 and helped revitalize the dormant UAF club hockey program. He became team captain and was the leading scorer during the 1978-1979 and 1979-1980 seasons. The program moved to the NCAA level prior to the 1980-81 season, Scott’s senior year.
Scott’s advocacy and support of UAF hockey has never wavered. From 1981 to 1988, he volunteered to assist coaches Ric Schafer and Don Lucia. Scott negotiated the first radio broadcast contract in 1989 and then served as the color commentator for 10 years. The Alaska Broadcasters Association gave him and Bruce Cech its Goldie Award in 1994.
In 1993, Scott reformed the defunct UAF Faceoff Booster Club and served as the club’s president for several years. In 2004, Scott led formation of the UAF Hockey Alumni Association, an official chapter of the UAF Alumni Association. The chapter has raised $50,000 annually and has reconnected hundreds of hockey alumni with their alma mater. Scott is currently the chapter’s president.
Scott advocated Carlson Center improvements such as the giant player banners and the box suites, which raise money for the program. He received the Tavis McMillan Hockey Alumni Award and is a 2016 inductee into the UAF Hall of Fame.
Scott has also served on the UAFAA’s legislative fly-in team, volunteering to talk with legislators in Juneau about UAF’s value.
Scott has been a senior account executive at Tanana Valley Television since 2003. At the station, he also coordinates broadcasts of UAF hockey on KFXF FOX7 television.
Scott and his wife Tamara have two sons — Jake, 19, and Gus, 13.
Bob Mitchell `90 `98 and Heather Mitchell `96
Bob Mitchell’s giving to UAF spans more than two decades, beginning shortly after he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in economics in 1990. Since then, Bob and his wife, Heather, an alumna, have supported numerous funds. They established the North Pole Patriots Scholarship in 2009.
In 2015, Bob agreed to also give his time. He co-chairs the UAF Centennial Scholarships and Fellowships fundraising initiative, which aims to make education more affordable at UAF. Through the initiative, private funds will boost existing scholarships and fellowships while also creating new sources of support for UAF students. This initiative builds off UAF’s centennial celebrations through 2017.
Bob is a second-generation alumnus. He was born in California but remembers, as a toddler, escaping from married student housing to run around campus. He later lived in Los Angeles before graduating from North Pole High School.
As a UAF student, Bob received support through the Honors Program and the North Pole Rotary Scholarship. After graduation, he worked for UAF’s development office. In May 1993, he met Heather during a formal kickoff event for UAF’s first fundraising campaign.
Heather grew up in Maryland and New Jersey. She attended Indiana University, where she earned a degree in secondary education and English. As a national consultant for Sigma Sigma Sigma, Heather came to UAF to colonize its first sorority.
Bob and Heather married in 1994 and settled in Fairbanks. Heather earned a paralegal studies degree, and Bob completed his MBA.
They now live in Juneau, where Bob works as deputy chief investment officer for the Alaska Department of Revenue. Heather works with several nonprofit organizations and homeschools one of their two children.
In addition to supporting UAF, Bob and Heather support literacy for children and the University of Alaska Southeast. Both remain Nanooks at heart!