Alternative Break Opportunities

What are YOU doing for Spring Break?

Alternative Spring Break 2016 is going to New Jersey!

This year Alternative Spring Break will be going to New Jersey to provide Hurricane Sandy Restoration !

Trip dates are March 12th, 2016- March 19th, 2016

More information can be found HERE

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What is Alternative Break?

Meet the 2016 Alternative Break Team!

The goal of the Alternative Break Program is to give students a chance to have a positive impact on another community through hands-on-service projects. You can help be a part of the solution!

Every year the LIVE Program takes a group of students on a different type of service-learning trip. Check out the side bar to look at our past trips!

Meet the 2016 Alternative Break Team!

Josh Hovis, Advisor

Josh began his life at Wood Center as a rabid volunteer in the Student Activities Office and as a member of the Nanook Traditions Board. After graduating with a double major in Sociology and Fun he joined the Wood Center staff in September of 2011 as the Student Organizations Coordinator and couldn't be happier. Working with clubs and organizations gives him an outlet for his energy and passion. He has spent almost every winter in Alaska and most summers somewhere else journeying and adventuring the world. Although he doesn't keep candy in his office, he'll help you raid the other Wood Center offices in hunt of your favorite treat. 

 Grace Weller - Team Co-Lead

Hey! my name's Grace and I grew up on a small island in Southeast Alaska called Petersburg. I love sports and I live for the outdoors. I represent the Alaska Nanooks as a cross country runner and on the basketball team as well,  I am vice president of the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and I also am on the Nanook traditions board. Volunteering for my community back home has been a huge part of my life and my goal is to give back to the Fairbanks community as well. If you need to find me I am most likely in the LIVE office, or scavenging for candy in one of the other offices. Feel free to stop by!

Hannah Bayless da Costa, Team Co-Lead

I'm Hannah Bayless da Costa! I work in the LIVE office and I am a team leader for Alternative Spring Break. I'm a senior Psychology/French student and researcher here on campus. You're likely to catch me in the Wood Center or studying somewhere. Come and say hi, I'd love to chat!


Jenna Billington

About me, my name is Jenna Billington and I am a senior at UAF. I am majoring in Psychology with a minor in French. I love to help people and travel which explains my degree and why I wanted to participate in Alternative Spring Break! Some other fun facts about me: I play the viola, love Star Trek, and read whenever I get the chance.



Aditya Nikam

I am Aditya, pursuing my Master's degree in Petroleum Engineering from College of Engineering & Mines. I love to indulge myself in social activities and contribute "My Little" towards community, and hence I am glad to be a part of this team. I am fond of adventures activities like hiking, rafting, paragliding, parasailing, rifle shooting and many others. My greatest inspiration and support is my "Big Family" back in India with 47 distinct family members and our lovely 5 pet dogs that makes it 52 all together!!!


Kendra Holstrom

"I was born in Alaska and raised in Alaska in a small fishing town in Bristol Bay. I graduated in 2013 and came to UAF for Wildlife Biology, so this is my third year in college but I'm not a junior. Whoops."



Kenzie Holbrook

Hey there,

     I am what most people would consider an extreme hobbyist. I sew, cook, bake, build, knit, crochet, shoot guns, hike, ski... etc. Basically, if I have an ounce of free time I fill it because I LOVE being busy. This is my final year as a Nanook as I will be graduating in the Spring with my bachelors in Business. Lastly, here's a fun fact, the mayor of my town is a cat!


Daniel Nero

Heyo! My name is Daniel Nero. I'm from Kodiak, Alaska (with all its little-town quirks and windmills and sandwich shacks). I am a English and Secondary Education double-major with a minor in Women and Gender Studies. This is my fourth year at UAF.

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, English Major Union, Concert Board, and Traditions Board. And I am excited to be part of this year's Alternative Spring Break team. If you ever see me anywhere, come say hi!

James Gilchrest

James Cameron Gilchrest came to the University of Alaska Fairbanks as a student veteran returning from an 11 month deployment. He is currently studying homeland security and emergency management and hopes to tie that knowledge within student affairs. James is still serving in the Alaska National Guard. James is from Juneau, Alaska where he spent most of his time playing sports and actively engaged in extracurriculars like student government and Interact Club. Aside from being a soldier and a student, James loves spending time with his family, soccer, ultimate frisbee, Improv, and making people laugh. James is currently the president of Student Veterans of UAF and Students Offering Leadership Development he is also the Vice President of Membership for the national co-ed service fraternity Alpha Phi Omega


Marissa Lizarraga

Hello my name is Marissa Lizarraga. I am a sophomore criminal justice major and I am from Houston, Texas. I am the marketing officer of Students offering leadership development (SOLD) and participate in ASUAF. I love the outdoors and traveling. I like yellow.


Kilah Thom

I'm a military brat and immensely proud of it. I revel in experiencing new things, unless we're talking food, then I'm a bit particular. Tread carefully if you want to talk about Disney, Broadway/theatre, movie scores, or traveling, because I can go on and on about each of them. I study Fire Science and Psychology here at UAF and I can't wait to see what the future holds!


Alexess Holt



My name is alexess holt and I am a freshman here at the uaf with a major undeclared. Coming back from exchange in Argentina has given me a love of other cultures, adventure, and speaking spanish. I love to snowboard, be outside, and dive into unexpected plans. I couldn't be more excited to be help our fellow New Jerseyans as part of the alternative spring break team of 2016!


Rorey Hughes

Hello! I am a senior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. I was born in the Fairbanks area and have lived here for most of my life. I have also lived and studied in Germany at the Ruprecht Karls Universität Heidelberg and have spent time in Massachusetts while attending the university of Massachusetts Amherst (UMass). During my free time, if I have it, I enjoy snowboarding. I also like traveling to new places, meeting new people, reading, and sitting on my couch while eating ice cream and watching Netflix.


Derek Deal

Hi my name is Derrek and my hobbies are but i really like every now and then instead of. Sometimes I go to on the weekends for a nice at the.


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