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Jenny York Named UAF's 2013Outstanding Nontraditional Student of the Year

Jenny York (right)

Jenny received her bachelor's degree in social work at I-AC's Tok Center commencement ceremony in May 2013.  She is presently working as the administrative assistant at I-AC's Tok Center while completing her master’s degree in social work.  This year is extra special for the York family, because Jenny's daughter, Amanda, also graduates this fall with her bachelor's degree.


Leslie Maher - Fairbanks, AK

Leslie Maher

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“This has been such a great opportunity to learn about myself and my community. I learned so much about everyday life in this course. I would encourage anyone to take these classes or continue with your studies.”


Stanley Edwin - Ft. Yukon, AK

Stanley Edwin

AS, AAS, CTT, currently working towards a BS in Applied Physics

“If all goes well, I’ll be able to graduate next year (2012) with my BS in Applied Physics. This summer I’m going to Boulder, Colorado to study at the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR). I will be the first native Alaskan to attend there. Someday I’d like to teach college level courses for rural native students.”


Maria Stowe - Anchorage, Alaska

Maria Stowe

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“It has been a wonderful experience attending the Rural Nutrition Services class here at the Interior – Aleutians Campus. I feel as if I have finally found my calling. As an Elder Program Coordinator I have been sharing this nutrition information with my community. I currently have a BA through Alaska Pacific University in Org. Management and I have two classes still to complete for a degree in psychology. If all goes well, I am going to pursue a Registered Dietitian degree this fall.”


Liza Mack - King Cove, Alaska

Liza Mack

AA, BA Anthropology, MS Anthropology, 2009.

“I’m currently working on a PhD in Indigenous Studies. I love going to school and having the opportunity to further my education while still having connections with my community and culture. Once I have my doctorate degree I’ll have the ability to propose research projects that are relevant to Alaska native people and actively preserve our cultural ways of life.”


Tammi Meissner - Wrangell, Alaska

Tammi Meissner

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“The Rural Nutrition class I took in the fall 2010 and the spring 2011 has been great! It was very informative and had a lot of hands-on type activities that can be adapted to any community. The instructors are very intelligent and supportive. I would recommend this class to anyone for either personal or professional reasons.”


Eda Keller English - Nome, Alaska

Eda Keller-English

BBA, Management and Organizations; Minor in Rural Development 2009

“I started my college career at the University of Alaska Anchorage in 1999. Fresh out of high school from a rural community, I struggled with city life. After taking one year off, I moved to Fairbanks in 2001 to attend UAF. I found the campus to be much more suited to my needs; Fairbanks is smaller, more tightly knit community where there is always a friendly face. The classes always have a diverse group of people making learning an enjoyable experience. UAF distance-delivered courses also allowed me to take courses when I moved back to my hometown for a few years. The UAF School of Management is an AACSB accredited business school, which assures me that my degree is respectable”


Tamara Roberts - Nickolai, Alaska

Tamara Roberts

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“I learned a lot about nutrition from this course. I knew about basically “bad” foods before the class, but learned so much I didn’t know about processed foods.”


Annette Freiburger - Fairbanks, Alaska

Annette Freiberger

BA Sociology/Human Services, MA Northern Studies, 2013.

“I really enjoyed the Northern Studies Program. The best part of earning my Master’s degree has been the opportunity of working on my mother’s life history. My mother, Effie Kokrine, was an Athabascan woman from Tanana. She was writing her life history at the time of her death. It has been a pleasure to continue her story as my thesis project. With the support of Dr. Bill Schneider, Curator of the Oral History Department of UAF, I hope to compile the information into a book. It has been a fun process and I am anxious to complete this milestone.”


Christine Frank - Tanacross, Alaska

Christine Frank

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“I live in the small rural village of Tanacross. I had never heard about the nutritional value of foods. I took the nutrition class and found it very interesting.”


Kayli Hildebrand - Northway, Alaska

Kayli Hildebrand

Social Work

“I am majoring in Mechanical Engineering. I chose to major in this because my father works with Alyeska Pipeline and I wish to follow in his steps. Also, I have noticed that engineers make quite a lot of money, and I to want to be very successful with a good job, nice house and able to support a family later on in life. I am enjoying going to college. It has been a great experience for me because I came from a small high school in the village of Northway. Even though it will take me a few years to graduate, I know that the time I spend in college will be a great adventure.”


Georgianna Madros - Kaltag, Alaska

Georgianna Madros

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“The Rural Nutrition Services course was a great learning experience for me.”


Carolyn Dillard - Northway, Alaska

Carolyn Dillard

Rural Nutrition Services, Occupational Endorsement, 2011

“This nutrition class was so empowering for me. I did not know the food we feed ourselves and our children made so much difference in our well-being. Food is a big part of our health, souls and daily living. I learned so much from this program.”


Jessie David - Fairbanks, AK

BA in Education, 2011

“I wanted this degree. I think that has been my strong point. There were times when I felt like I couldn’t do what was expected of me, but once I set my goals then it was up to me to see it through. So the word “quit” was never in my mind. Young people today have plenty of tools available to them to attain higher education or to learn a trade. It seems easier for our native students to mainstream into the process today. We’ll be right there to encourage them and they will make us proud. Our kids need to hold our traditional values close to heart also because that is where we come from. Indigenous language and lifestyles are a precious legacy that we want our young people to perpetuate.”

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