2009 Alumni Achievement awards


Business and Professional Excellence

George Gordon

George E. Gordon

George E. Gordon graduated from the University of Alaska at Fairbanks in 1962 with a bachelor of science degree in electrical engineering.

Upon graduating and serving a tour of duty in the military, George and a group of Fairbanks business leaders determined sewer services were needed for continued expansion of the city. Keenly focused with a strong desire to succeed and a tremendous zeal for hard work, the group was able to establish College Utilities Corporation to meet the community’s need, and George was selected to be President of the Board in 1970. 

In 1997, College Utilities bought and merged its company administrative leadership with Golden Heart Utilities, Utility Services of Alaska, Inc., Blu Vu and U-Liner with George as the president and CEO of the entire organization. Under his leadership, he took the company from a customer base of 1,800 to 8,000 and an office staff from five to 100. In 2007, George retired, but was called back to service when Fairbanks Sewer and Water in partnership with Doyon Properties were competitive awarded a utility privatization contract with the United States Army called the largest and most complex utility privatization project the military has ever awarded. The terms of the contract is $3.8 billion over 50 years and covers all three military posts in Alaska and 12 utility systems. George retired again in July of this year.

George serves on the First National Bank of Alaska board and the 11th Air Force Commander’s Citizen Advisory Council. He established a memorial scholarship named for a former business associate Emery Chapple and was presented the 2000 Business Leader of the Year award by the UAF Associated Students of Business.

Greg Galik

Gregory J. "Greg" Galik

Greg J. Galik attended the University of Alaska at Fairbanks from 1967 to 1970, learning the skills needed to graduate with a bachelor’s degree in business administration at Alaska Pacific in 1994.

In the 1970s, Greg started as a cargo loader for Wien Alaska Airlines commuter and eventually rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In the early 1980s, he started Iliamna Lake Lodge Resort, a premierwilderness fishing and Alaska experience lodge located on Iliamna Lake. Built from the ground up and with his hard work, the lodge’s operations topped $1.8 million in revenue in the fourth year.

Greg became President/Partner at Aadland Flint Marketing in Anchorage in 1986, where he developed marketing and business plans for Alaskan industries including airlines, transportation and air cargo, food and beverage, service, banking, insurance, law, state government projects, tourism and destination marketing. Greg developed the images and campaigns for Alaska Grown, Café Del Mundo Alaskan potato chips and UAF along with others. The company received many awards, including the Telly Award and the Zephyr Award. In 2008, he sold the firm to the Flint Group, a large company with headquarters and six subsidiaries in the upper Midwest. Greg stayed with the company and is president of the organization, working with clients in Alaska, Canada, the United States and Asia.

Greg serves as a board director for the American Red Cross, Boys & Girls Club of Alaska, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, the World Trade Center, the Career Academy, the Alaska Brands Group and Prosperity Alaska. 

Helvi Sandvik

Helvi K. Sandvik

Helvi K. Sandvikgraduated with a bachelor degree in economics from Kalamazoo College in Michigan, and a master’s degree in business administration from University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1986.

Helvi is the president of NANA Development Corporation, an Alaska Native Corporation that serves clientele in a variety of sectors, including engineering and construction, resource development, real estate and hotel development, facilities management and logistics, and information technology and telecommunications. Prior to assuming the job of president, she held various other positions at NANA including vice president of operations for NANA Development Corporation and vice president of resources for NANA Regional Corporation.

Helvi joined NANA in 1995 after twelve years with the State of Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities where her career took her from transportation planner to director of statewide aviation and finally to the position of deputy commissioner.

Helvi has been extensively involved in the community.  She served as chairman of the board of directors for the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce and as a board member for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority, Alaska Energy Authority and United Way. She currently serves on the executive committee of the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, as a trustee for the Aqqaluk Trust, and as chairman of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. In 2004, she served as one of seven conferees of the Conference of Alaskans and was inducted into the Anchorage Athena Society. In 2007, she was honored as a laureate in the Junior Achievement Alaska Business Hall of Fame.


Community Support

Bart LeBon

Barton S. "Bart" LeBon

Barton "Bart" LeBon graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1975 with bachelor of business degrees in management and in marketing.

Bart came to Alaska from Los Angeles on an athletic scholarship and became a standout player for the Nanooks men’s basketball team. After graduation, he chose a career in  banking and quickly rose through the ranks. He graduated from the University of Washington Pacific Coast Banking School in 1990 and in 2000 became the executive vice president of commercial lending at Mt. McKinley Bank.  Bart’s service to the community did not stop with his professional career, but continued in his personal life as he excelled as a leader in community organizations. He has coached youth sports and served in the local and state chapters of the Air Force Association. He has served as a board member for the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Association, the Interior Community Health Center and the Alaska Airlines Community Advisory boards. He was twice elected to the Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board and served as board president from 2001-2003.

Bart was named the 2002 Business Leader of the Year by the UAF Associated Students of Business.

Terrence Cole

Terrence M. Cole

Terrence Cole graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1976 with bachelor of arts degrees in geography and in northern studies, and 1979 with a master's degree in history. He continued his education and received his PhD in American history at the University of Washington in 1983.

Terrence's love of Alaska and educating brought him back to the 49th state as he became a professor at his alma mater in 1988. In his 21 years as a professor, Terrence has been instrumental in Alaska and abroad bringing excitement to the study of history. He has authored four books about Alaska's history to include "Crooked Past," a history of the founding of Fairbanks; "Nome: City of the Golden Beaches," a history of the Nome gold rush; and "The Cornerstone on College Hill," a history of UAF. His most recent book "Fighting for the Forty Ninth: C.W. Snedden and the Long Struggle for Alaska Statehood" (University of Alaska Press) will be published later this year. Another recent work which has just appeared this month is an edited and annotated abridgement of James Wickersham's 1938 classic account "Old Yukon."  

Terrence is a frequent guest lecturer at conferences and schools ranging from kindergarten through elderhostel. He has appeared on the BBC, NPR, PBS (American Experience), the History, Weather and Discovery channels, and ABC’s Good Morning America.

Terrence twice received the ASUAF Outstanding Teacher of the Year award. He is a recipient of the Emil Usibelli Teaching Award, the Edith Bullock Service Award through the UA Foundation, and in 2006 he received the Governor's Award for the Humanities.


University Support

Joan Braddock

Joan F. Braddock

Joan F. Braddock graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks with a bachelor of science in biological science in 1977, a master of science in microbial physiology in 1983 and a PhD in oceanography in 1989.

Joan’s interest in sciences continued as she became both an assistant professor in microbiology in 1990 and an adjunct assistant professor at the Water and Environmental Research Center at UAF. In 1996, she became an associate professor of biology and an adjunct associate professor at the Water and Environmental Research Center. In 1999, she became the department chair and coordinator of the graduate programs for the department of biology and wildlife. In 2003-04, Joan was appointed the interim dean of the College of Science, Engineering and Mathematics and in September 2005 was named dean of the college.

Joan has been a vital member of the UAF community for more than three decades, as a student, faculty member and administrator. She has shown an unfailing dedication to students and the University's academic mission and has served as a role model for a generation of women in the biological sciences.  Joan has served as an advisor for fifteen graduate students and has contributed to the sustained growth of her chosen field. She is a member of the American Society for Microbiology, the American Society of Limnology and Oceanography, the Association of Women in Science, Sigma XI, Phi Kappa Phi and the International Society for Microbial Ecology.

Joan has distinguished herself as a respected global leader in the study of microbial degradation of hydrocarbons and has led a highly productive research career that has resulted in more than forty peer-reviewed publications and numerous presentations at prestigious scientific meetings from regional to international levels.

Joan has maintained high standards of leadership, integrity, excellence and dedication, through her extraordinary service to the University.

Deanna Dieringer

Deanna Dieringer

Deanna Dieringer graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks in 1987 with a bachelor degree in business administration.

Deanna started her tenure at UAF as a stand out student-athlete at UAF from 1983-1986 as a member of the Nanook women's basketball team and served as UAF's assistant women's basketball coach from 1986-1989. After graduation, she continued her service to UAF for over 20 years working in the admissions office, the registrar office and the financial aid office.  She served as co-director of the UAF financial aid office from 2005 to 2007 and in 2007 was the named the university registrar. In 2008, Deanna was appointed as Director of Financial Aid. 

Deanna is still very engaged with UAF athletics as she has served on the intercollegiate athletics council for three years and serves on the UAF Hall of Fame committee.

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