2013 CELEBRATION OF GIVING
"With your support and commitment to UAF, our students succeed in so many ways and are able to make an impact around the world.
2013 Individual Honoree
Paul and Birgit Hunter
2013 Longevity Honorees
Pollock Conservation Cooperative
2013 Corporate Honoree
The Pollock Conservation Cooperative was formed in 1998 by the Bering Sea pollock
catcher-processor fleet to promote the orderly harvest of pollock; reduce waste
and improve resource utilization in the fisheries. In 2000, the PCC helped form
the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center at SFOS. Five companies-
American Seafoods, Arctic Storm, Glacier Fish Co., Starbound and Trident Seafoods have
given more than $13 million to the PCCRC to further research, and to establish
an endowed Chair in Marine Policy, the Ted Stevens Professor of Marine Policy.
Through the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the Pollock Conservation
Cooperative Research Center provides grants to faculty and graduate students for
research on a wide variety of groundfish species including pollock in the Bering Sea
and Gulf of Alaska. Marine mammals, climate effects and product development are
also of interest to the center. Additionally, the PCCRC supports graduate students
through direct fellowships. The PCC companies take pride in helping educate the
“home-grown” leaders of tomorrow while supporting research that increases the
knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.
Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation
2013 Foundation Honoree
With a pledge of a quarter-million dollars over 10 years, in 2007, the Liz Claiborne
and Art Ortenberg Foundation established the George Schaller Fellowship, in honor
of UAF alumnus and world-renowned field biologist George Schaller. Schaller earned
both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska in
1955. The fellowship allows international graduate students in the Resilience and
Adaptation Program to conduct conservation research that contributes to the survival
of wildlife and the vitality of human communities with which their fate is linked.
RAP is an interdisciplinary training and education program that prepares scholars,
policymakers, community leaders and managers to address issues of sustainability in
an integrated fashion. Through coursework, an internship experience, thesis research
and other training, students in PhD and master’s programs address a major challenge
facing humanity: sustaining the desirable features of Earth’s socio-ecological systems
at a time of rapid change.