2016 SCHOLARSHIP BREAKFAST
A note from Chancellor Powers
Welcome to the Annual Scholarship Breakfast! I am so pleased you could join us for this early morning celebration. I want to thank you — our generous donors, alumni, faculty, staff and friends — for supporting our students. We see the impact of your generosity every day in the faces of our students, and I’m glad you have the opportunity to see the impact of your actions in person today. Students, congratulations on your success this year and thank you for taking time from your academic schedules to attend this morning.
Today’s celebration is a reflection of our students’ appreciation of your generosity. Their education leads them to areas of research, discovery and professional growth — goals that many students might not have reached without your help. Furthermore, your kindness is perpetuated by the very students you see before you.
As we look forward to our centennial year in 2017, your steadfast support guarantees stability for our students regardless of tumultuous circumstances. Alaskans are not strangers to adversity, yet we possess the resilience to overcome even the most daunting odds through the collaboration and compassionate generosity you all so graciously demonstrate. Even more significant than our personal fortitude, we inspire each other. You are changing lives and inspiring the future leaders of tomorrow, and for that I thank you.
Chancellor Mike Powers
On a Path To Discovery
UAF has a great variety of opportunities available to students, in the physical, academic and social spheres. Forrest Campnell is one student who takes advantage of all three realms. A soccer and tennis player in high school, Forrest has enjoyed some of UAF’s niche athletic teams, including broom-ball. As a student, he switched majors from biological science to chemistry with a concentration in biochemistry and a double major in Spanish. He also works as a pharmacy technician, loves fishing and camping, and volunteers at the Veteran’s Affairs clinic in Anchorage and with the Alpha Phi Omega service fraternity.
One would think that a student with such
an active schedule would need perfect health. Indeed, it’s something many of us take for granted. However, Forrest has overcome chronic illness, present since childhood, that would have left many on the sidelines. Through a variety of treatments and a disciplined lifestyle, Forrest is able to explore Alaska and pursue his degree.
UAF’s renowned research programs were enough to pull Forrest from the relatively temperate climate of Chugiak to the at-times frigid Interior. The extraordinary education incentives in Alaska combined with Forrest’s numerous scholarships allowed him to obtain an outstanding education without creating a future of astronomical debt. Forrest hopes to embark on a nomadic excursion in a foreign land after graduation. Thankfully, the generosity of our donors has kept Forrest’s post-graduation opportunities open to many possibilities.
Class of 2016 | Ronald F. Cosgrave Engineering Scholarship; William J. and Betsy R. Robertson Scholarship
Building a Sustainable Future
Sage Tixier is an electrical engineering major with a strong connection to the things that make us human. He is an avid volunteer, participating in the Gender & Sexuality Alliance, homelessness advocacy and Honors Society. Sage hails from Tok, where his mother raised him to value education and hard work. As a high-schooler, he volunteered at his local library, which couldn’t afford to pay staff members. He also participated in the Alaska Summer Research Academy and Rural Alaska Honors Institute program, which first introduced him to the UAF family.
Sage appreciates the approachability of UAF staff and faculty. Their accessibility and willingness to help is part of what he feels defines UAF and sets it apart from other universities.
In addition to the excellent research and classroom opportunities UAF has to offer, Sage has taken advantage of UAF’s work programs. After serving as an intern with UAF Facilities Services’ Design and Construction division, Sage was offered a summer job in which he will apply his academic training in a real-world environment. Through this work-study program, Sage is developing a proposal that focuses on reducing energy costs with the implementation of more sustainable technology. He hopes this experience on campus will segue into a career that advances the spectrum of energy resources and creates more accessible and practical solutions to the energy needs of the world.
Sage is quick to tell you that if it hadn’t been for the scholarships he received this year, his college path would have likely been diverted. “The scholarship opportunities and assistance in finding your way,” he said, are two of the most uniquely appealing things UAF has to offer.
Class of 2017 | Leonard and Marjorie Wright Scholarship; Scholarship in Memory of Brian Mowrey
Giving is Good Business
Meg Nordale knows what it means to give back and be a part of your community. To her, these are fundamental to a sustainable business.
Meg is President of GHEMM Company and the immediate past president of the Association of General Contractors of Alaska. Both GHEMM and AGC are invested in educating Alaska’s future workforce. GHEMM Company established the GHEMM Company Scholarship in 1999 to support students studying civil engineering who graduated from an Alaska high school. AGC has established three scholarships at UAF to support students within the College of Engineering and Mines, UAF’s Community and Technical College as well as the School of Management. More than 50 students have benefited this outstanding support. In addition, GHEMM Company has partnered with Design Alaska by providing matching gifts during KUAC’s Fall and Spring fundraisers and regularly sponsors special events at the university.
By fostering both education and community resources, AGC and GHEMM are ensuring that tomorrow’s workforce is prepared for the demands of an ever-evolving landscape. Meg notes that both organizations “strongly believe in educating individuals who have the ability to potentially work with and for” Alaskan businesses.
Meg incorporates lessons her father taught her about a business’ relationship with the community. “You don’t stay in business in your community without giving back to your community,” she explained. The supportive environment provided by Fairbanks businesses helps UAF students turn their dreams into plans.
Though her leadership, Meg is taking steps to integrate businesses with the UAF community. She recognizes the unique opportunities in Alaska, and she does her part to ensure the future stewards of Alaska’s communities and businesses have the best training and tools at their disposal.