Outstanding Film Major of 2013-14
Nannette Noel Pierson was born and raised in Tucson, Arizona and came to Fairbanks in 2004 to attend UAF as linguistics major. After a few semesters she realized that linguistics was not the degree for her, so she became a part-time student. In the spring of 2012 she decided to return to school full-time to pursue a Film BA. She says, “My first camera was a drop and load 110mm film camera. It was a gift from my great-grandparents when I was eight. I’ve been taking pictures to tell stories ever since…(studying) film seemed like a natural transition worth the investment.”
Nannette has been very active in the campus community, participating in events such as The Ethics Bowl, UAF Film Club’s Game Show and 48 Hour Film Challenge, and the Angry Young and Poor campus club.
After graduation this semester Nannette plans on working for film production companies that come through Fairbanks and will be available for hire for photography and cinematography work through her start-up business Tap Dancing for Dinner. Nannette says, “I would like to remind everyone it’s never too late to learn something new and that an investment in education can never be repossessed.”
Outstanding Theatre Major of 2013-14
Marley C. Horner was born and raised in Haines, Alaska. Having focused on acting in high school, he knew he wanted to pursue a BA in Theatre at UAF. Marley has been very active in departmental productions through acting, set construction, and lighting crew. His first main-stage show was All in the Timing where he played two roles: a monkey attempting to write Shakespeare and Leon Trotsky with an axe lodged in his head. This season he acted in the fall show, Nickel and Dimed, and is currently playing Valere in Tartuffe.
Marley is a student employee in the Theatre UAF scene shop. He is also an officer in the Student Drama Association and has been working hard to bring more student theatre to the community.
Marley spent his sophomore year on exchange at Southern Oregon University where he worked on set design and construction for Avenue Q and acted in a BFA student-directed project, Venus in Fur.
After graduating in spring 2015, he has a major goal to raft the Grand Canyon. He plans to pursue work in the west coast regional theatre circuit.