Meet the Board & Get Involved

Want to get involved with planning UAF's Nanook Traditions? Email us at, call us at 474-6029, or come by our weekly meetings in the Wood Center conference room, Thursdays at 1:00pm.

2014-2015 Nanook Traditions Board

Dani Atkins

Board Chair

Major: Business Administration

Favorite tradition & why: SpringFest. It is the longest tradition with multiple days of fun. 

Why did you join the board:I enjoy planning the events and seeign everything come together

The ultimate ice cream: mint &cookie dough

What do you do for fun: I enjoy haning out with friends and trying new things

Mathew Carrick

ASUAF Representative

Hello! My name is Mathew Carrick, and I am a new and excited member of the Nanook Traditions Board. I am entering my third year at UAF, studying a dual major program of mathematics and economics. I was born in Florida, but consider Alaska my true home. I enjoy baking, history, the outdoors, dogs (especially my dog, Beelz, featured to the side), chickens, and rainbows. Besides the Traditions Board, I am president of the Associated Students of UAF and the Model UN, a Student Ambassador, and an Orientation Leader. I'm looking forward to another great year in Fairbanks!

My favorite tradition is SpringFest, because it's a time to enjoy the Great Alaskan Meltdown and features a little bit of everything.

Shaelene Holstrom

LIVE Program Representative

I'm on my 4th year of college studying Rural Development with a minor in Yup'ik Language. I enjoy being outdoors, hanging out with my friends, and having random adventures with them. During the summer I commercial fish in Bristol Bay. My favorite UAF Tradition is playing Mudd Volleyball during SpringFest and watching the big structures burn during Starvation Gultch.

Grace Weller   Student Organization Representative

I’m from a little island in Alaska called Petersburg. I love to travel and I’m an avid coffee consumer. My favorite tradition at UAF would have to be SpringFest because it was totally created as a weekend to study for finals but in all reality, that is the last thing that happens. I’m a sophomore at UAF, I work at the UAF live office coordinating volunteer events, and I am on the cross-country running team.

Daniel Nero

Residence life Representative & APO Rep

Heyo! My name is Daniel Nero, and I am a English and Secondary Education double-major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. I call Kodiak, Alaska (with all its little-townquirks and windmills and sandwich shacks).

People say that I’m everywhere, and it’s true –– I am everywhere. I love being involved on campus! I work for the university’s Residence Life department. I am also a member of the Gender and Sexualities Alliance, the Nanook Diversity and Actions Council, Alpha Phi Omega, English Major Union, Ice Box, Concert Board, and Traditions Board. If you ever see me anywhere, come say hi!

My favorite Tradition is definitely Springfest. It’s such a colorful celebration after a long, dark winter. I love dressing like a goofball and doing chalk drawings all over campus.

Shirlie Morin

Residence life Representative

I am a junior at UAF majoring is Social Work with a minor in Leadership.

I am from Kodiak, Alaska which is an island in the Gulf of Alaska. I am a proud Life Time member of Girl Scouts of Alaska and also a member of the Kodiak Lions Club. 

My involvement on campus includes being a Resident Assistant in Skarland Hall and being on the Traditions board. I love being involved in on Campus and hope to dip into more clubs and activities throughout the year. I am also very excited to be starting the process of earning my COLD Leadership Certificate through the L.I.V.E program.

My favorite tradition at UAF would have to be Starvation Gulch. I love the history and tradition is holds on campus and watching all the teams work together and have so much fun! And who doesn't love a 20'ft bonfire?

Tayesia Nick

Rural Student Services Representative

Hello! My name is Tayesia Nick and I am from Pilot Station, Alaska. I am a senior this year going for my degree in Rural Development in Land Management. I also work with the National Park Service as a Resources Technician and will continue to do so until I graduate. I am currently involved with the clubs: Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL), Natives For Positive Change as Co-Chair (NFPC), Festival of Native Arts as security Co-Chair (FNA), and American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES). A fun fact about myself is my love for science, especially astronomy. One of my favorite Nanook Traditions is Spring Fest, where everyone is comfortable with one another and having a blast! I wish to serve the University of Alaska Fairbanks students as best as I can with my experience.

Adam McComb DRAW Representative

I joined Nanook Traditions in the Fall of 2014. I represent the Department of Recreation Adventure and Wellness where I guide outdoor activities for students throughout the year My hobbies include as many outdoor activities as possible, from rock climbing, to whitewater rafting, and skiing. I am here to bridge the gap between university traditions and recreational activities. My favorite Tradition is Starvation Gulch because of the large fires and it also occurs around the first snowfall of the year.

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