SSS Staff

You may find it helpful to schedule a regular time with your advisor so that you are in the habit of meeting with her. To schedule appointments, call 474-6844, stop by our office or schedule online via Blackboard. To do this, click on the TRiO Student Support Services class and then the Schedule Advising link on the left hand side. Since our schedules change so quickly, we are unable to schedule appointments via email.

Vacant, Director

(907) 474-6435

Ellarae Miner, Academic Advisor

(907) 474-5166

Justin Thayer, STEM Coordinator

(907) 474-5874 (MWF - 513C Gruening, TR - BLaST Arctic Health)

I am extremely excited to be working as the STEM Coordinator with SSS and BLaST here at the University of Alaska Fairbanks! I am new to Fairbanks, after having lived in Honolulu, Hawaiʻi for the past 6 years. I hold a B.S. in Oceanography from the University of Hawaii at Mānoa, where I had the opportunity to study the variability in resolved δ13C signatures in ʻōhiʻa as an indicator of hydroclimate variability on Mauna Kea, HI. Furthermore, I am currently finishing my M.Ed. in Educational Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Mānoa.

Science has always been a passion of mine and helping to provide increased opportunities for academic development within the STEM fields is my goal! During my free time I love to surf, snowboard, mountaineer, rock climb and backpack. Feel free to stop by my office anytime to talk story! Aloha!

Victoria Smith, Assistant Director

(907) 474-5722

I have been a student in the TRiO programs since middle school. I joined Educational Talent Search early on, and got involved with Upward Bound Math/Science the summer before my Senior year. I spent the summer of 2005 on the UAF campus attending classes that would prepare me for college. I graduated from Pe Ell High School in 2006 and left my small town in southwest Washington to attend the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

My undergraduate degree is in History, with a focus in Northern Studies. One of my favorite subjects to study is the history of Alaska! With the help of the History Department I have been able to attend multiple Phi Alpha Theta State and Regional conferences. For the past year I have been working at the front counter of Admissions and the Registrar, this has helped me to gain a wide variety of knowledge on how to help students through their post-secondary experience.

I am so excited to be a part of the SSS team! It means so much to me to be able to give back to the program that got me to where I am today.

Donald Crocker, Academic Advisor

(907) 474-2644

I have been an academic advisor with Student Support Services since the Fall of 2017. Before starting with SSS I worked in the Academic Advising Center for four years, specializing in students with interests in Pre-Professional Advising as well as in degree planning and exploration. I currently hold an M.A. in Professional Communication as well as bachelor's degrees in English and History. I also have a 7-12th grade English Teaching Credential. For the past 3 years I have also taught Comm F141X for the SSS Emerging Leaders Academy.

I am originally from Southern California, and moved to Fairbanks in 2004. Somehow the cold still surprises me in the winter, but I can't think of a better place to live than the Golden Heart City!

Vicki Avery, Program Specialist

(907) 474-6844

I am excited to be a recent addition to the SSS team! I am thrilled to be working for UAF, as the community here has been a valuable influence on my own academic achievements. After receiving a B.A. in English and a B.A. in Russian from the University of Texas at Arlington, I came to Alaska to earn my M.A. in English. My graduate work here focused on student engagement with digital literacies in the writing classroom. Literacy and learning continue to be passions of mine. When I am not at the front desk at SSS, you can probably find me teaching at the Literacy Council, making weird vegan food in the kitchen, walking around the woods with my dog, or in front of the TV playing my Nintendo Switch (or PS4). If you stop by the office, please tell me about your favorite book--I am always looking for good suggestions.

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