Welcome to University Advancement


Advancement means progress.
We are storytellers.
We are relationship builders.
We are fundraisers.
We connect you to UAF in ways that are meaningful to you.

Meet the Advancement team

University Advancement Departments

UAF graduates and their families embrace following the 2023 commencement ceremony at the Carlson Center

Alumni Relations

The Office of Alumni Relations team collaborates with members of the UAF Alumni Association and its board of directors, striving to build relationships and connect and support members of Nanook Nation. Alumni Relations provides opportunities to engage in lifelong involvement with the university community through the online engagement platform Nanook Network, events like the Nanook Rendezvous and communication via The Alumnus newsletter. Alumni Relations mobilizes UAF alumni to support students through the UAFAA Benefactor Fund.


The Office of Development works with alumni, benefactors, students, employees, friends and corporate partners to advance UAF's mission and strategic goals through private giving. Philanthropy — including major gifts, annual funds, planned gifts, endowments and sponsorships — makes incredible things possible at UAF. These gifts help build a diverse community driven by curiosity and intellectual rigor. They empower students, faculty and researchers to address complex challenges in the circumpolar North and beyond.

UAF Chancellor Dan White, Kinross Gold Corporation Director of External Affairs U.S. Anna Atchison, Kinross Alaska Vice President and General Manager Terence Watungwa, and Kinross Alaska Communications Specialist Brenna Schaake display a check to University of Alaska for $350,000 donated by Kinross Alaska for the new Kinross Alaska Future Leaders Scholarship during the Blue & Gold Celebration at Dine 49 in the Wood Center on the UAF campus Thursday evening, May 11, 2023.

University Relations

The Office of University Relations leads strategic communicationsmarketing and public relations activities that enhance awareness, build support, increase engagement, strengthen our brand, and elevate our reputation and position UAF as Alaska's research university and America's Arctic university. University Relations also manages events on and off campus, including commencement, Golden Days, the chancellor's holiday gathering, Sparktacular and convocation.