Staff

Laura McCollough

Dean of Students

Laura C. McCollough has served as Dean of Students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks since March 2016. The Office of the Dean of Students maintains the Submit a Concern reporting option and also manages the Behavioral Intervention Team (BIT).  UAF encourages reporting-See Something, Say Something, Do Something. As the Dean of Students, Ms. McCollough serves the UAF community by encouraging the ideals of free speech, friendly discourse, and community involvement. She is a strong proponent of students' rights and continues to create opportunities for university collaborative efforts.   She recently completed Green Dot trainers Training and looks forward to increased opportunities to participate in this program. 

McCollough has worked at UAF since 2001, primarily in campus housing. She was previously the Director of the Department of Residence Life at UAF, where she strived to make students feel at home, supported, and cared about. She has a track record of helping students and advocating for effective policies and transparency in the administration. Ms. McCollough is dedicated to serving the students of UAF, and works hard to ensure that they have quality out of classroom learning experiences at UAF.  


Amber Cagwin

Director of Student Conduct and Ethical Behavior

Amber started at UAF as a student in 1993, earning both a BS in Biology and MBA in Capital Markets during her time here. She began her professional career with UAF as the Coordinator and Box Office Manager for the Theatre Department, then moved to Residence Life where she was the Marketing and Conference Services Manager for 11 years.

With a solid understanding of Student Services, she became the Assistant to Vice Chancellor Mike Sfraga, and worked with him for just over a year before the opportunity to work with the Dean of Students became available. Amber currently works with the Dean, managing cases and project coordination for the office. She is able to assist students, staff and faculty with all issues they may bring to the office, and has authority to act on behalf of the Dean when needed.

Outside of work, Amber enjoys time with her family, crocheting, watching her kids play their team sports, bowling, traveling and cooking with her husband, David.


Kaydee Van Flein

Conduct Coordinator and Operations Manager

Kaydee has worked for UAF for 5 years. Her past job was the Assistant Director of Wellness at the SRC. She has a passion for student development and helping our student's succeed both in and out of the classroom. When she is not here in the Dean of Students office you can find her teaching Anatomy & Physiology for the Biology department. She loves being active, enjoys everything from Hot Yoga to biking, and if the weather is right, experiencing the beautiful outdoors. The Dean of Students would like to welcome Kaydee Van Flein and thank her for being a part of our team.  


Ryan Cortez

Office Assistant

Ryan is one of the first people you will see when you visit our office. As a student assistant, He answers the phone and assists students, staff and faculty, with questions and concerns. He is also working on improving and bringing updates to our website. He assists with scheduling appointments as well as case management. He is a true advocate for UAF students and is always bringing us your suggestions. As our in house tech person, he also ensures that our equipment and systems are functioning at optimal performance. This is Ryan's second year with our office.


Danielle Dallas

Office Intern

Danielle is a new intern from the Justice Department and will be assisting the Dean of Students office with projects that are close to this interests field. She is a senior at UAF and will graduate with a B.A. in Justice with a minor in Law and Society in Spring 2018. After graduation she hopes to go on to law school and become a Criminal Justice Attorney. Our office is excited to work with Danielle and we are thankful to have her on our team.

Corbin Sandgren

Office Intern

Corbin is a new intern from the Justice Department and will be assisting the Dean of Students office. She is looking forward to to the opportunity of receiving real life experience in her field of student. She will be assisting with investigative work along with assisting students with any questions they may have. Our office is excited to work with Corbin and we are happy she has joined our team.

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