William R. Cashen Service award

William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was a former alumni director, professor, and marshal emeritus, historian, public servant, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many Alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eligibility: Alumni and non alumni qualify for the award. Only employees of the UAF Alumni Association are excluded.

Criteria for Selection: Nominees will be judged on the basis of meritorious service at more than one level of alumni activity. This could include, but is not limited to, serving as a chapter officer, serving on the board of directors, assisting with a project, setting up a scholarship, serving on a UAF selection committee or an advisory council.


2014 William R. Cashen Service award winner

Tania Clucas

Tania Clucas, ’95, ’08

Tania Clucas graduated from UAF in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in geography and in 2008 with a master’s degree in science management. She recently started taking classes for a doctorate.

As an undergraduate, Tania began volunteering as a crew worker in the James Doogan Memorial Hamburger Booth for the University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association. Tania held the offices of vice president of the Fairbanks Chapter of UAFAA in 2006 and president from 2010 to 2013. During her tenure, the chapter began sponsoring the Fairbanks Shakespeare Theatre’s Bard-a-thon and the Alaska Goldpanners’ Nanook Night, while continuing its support of Grad Bash, the UAFAA Wine Tasting and the commencement reception. She also held the Fairbanks Chapter seat on the UAFAA Board of Directors, holding a position on the Education Committee, chairing the Board Development Committee and serving as secretary, from 2012-2013.

Tania is a member of the UAFAA Fairbanks Chapter and is working to revive the Blue and Gold Award Scholarship and develop a program to partner alumni families with undergraduate interns who need summer housing. She volunteers regularly for KUAC. Tania currently works as the education, outreach and diversity manager for UAF’S Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research.

It is with great pleasure that the UAF Alumni Association Fairbanks Chapter awards Tania Clucas with the 2014 William R. Cashen Service Award.

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