The School of Management (SOM) experience goes beyond excellence in the classroom. Working with local and statewide communities, we’re able to host events and support six student organizations. Students participate in these extracurricular activities and are enriched through additional exposure to pragmatic skills and teamwork, as well as leadership, creativity, and critical thinking. Our students meet new people and are challenged to apply what they have learned. We are thankful for people like you, who embrace our mission and make all our goals attainable!
“My interaction with the SOM staff and students, specifically organizing school events and projects, most prepared me for the professional world. I gave back because I strongly believe in SOM’s mission and want to do what I can to perpetuate that mission for the current students.”
-Michele Stringham, UAF '11
Fiscal Year 2012/2013 Giving
Young Alumni Embrace Giving
P. Craig Millard, UAF '12
Michele Stringham, UAF '11
“My interaction with the SOM staff and students, specifically organizing school events and projects, most prepared me for the professional world.
I gave back because I strongly believe in SOM’s mission and want to do what I can to perpetuate that mission for the current students.”
Associated Students of Business (ASB)
General meetings hosted several local business professionals who shared their experiences with students. ASB led the charge for the 37th Business Leader of the Year event, helping make it a memorable evening for the Fairbanks community and recipient David Hale.
Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)
In spring 2013, GAAP hosted the Alaska Native Corporations Seminar. Speakers from Doyon Limited, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, and Mikunda, Cottrell & Co. Inc., spoke to students and accounting professionals about Alaska Native corporations, 8(a) contract issues, and the future of these corporations.
Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)
NABL held meetings throughout the year, providing support and encouragement to its students. At the American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) conference, NABL earned first place in the business plan competition and Chapter of the Year for the third time.
Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)
SOLD had an active year with rock climbing team exercises, a Valentine’s Day potluck, and volunteering at the Boys and Girls Club Have a Heart Auction. SOLD also had the chance to network with Dr. Alice Eagly, a psychologist renowned for her leadership expertise.
Students Who Enjoy Economic Thinking (SWEET)
Along with meeting regularly to debate and discuss economics, SWEET hosted several guest lectures for the spring semester: Dr. Alexandre Padilla, U.S. Congressman Don Young, and U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski.
Arctic Innovation Competition
The 2014 Arctic Innovation Competition (AIC), in its sixth year, launched a new Cub division for ages 12 and under. Also new this year were $2,000 prize incentives for the best arctic-related idea and best idea submitted by an Alaska university student. Entrants were asked to propose new, feasible and potentially profitable ideas for solving real-life challenges, and competed for over $25,000 in cash prizes. AIC’s next step is to open a center to help innovators turn their ideas into a marketable product.
Business Leader of the Year
A tradition since 1975, this award honors an individual’s leadership, business acumen, community service, and educational support. SOM hosts this annual event to provide the business community an opportunity to honor the achievements of an exceptional Fairbanks business leader. Over 400 business executives, alumni, students, and faculty join together to honor the Business Leader of the Year.