William R. Cashen Service Award

William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was an alumni director, professor and university marshal, as well as a public servant, historian, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Eligibility: Alumni and non-alumni qualify for the award. Only employees of the UAF Alumni Association are excluded.

Criteria for selection: Nominees will be judged on the basis of meritorious service at more than one level of alumni activity. This could include, but is not limited to, serving as a chapter officer, serving on the board of directors, assisting with a project, setting up a scholarship, or serving on a UAF selection committee or advisory council.


2023 William R. Cashen Service Award winner

Adam Wool '88

Adam Wool '88
Adam Wool '88

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association has named its 2023 William R. Cashen Service Awardaward recipient. Adam Wool was selected for outstanding service to the university.

Wool ’88 is an entrepreneur and small business owner who founded three landmark Fairbanks businesses: Hot Licks Ice Cream, The Marlin and the Blue Loon. He has been a strong advocate for the university both as a community member and as a member of the Alaska House of Representatives.

“As a legislator, one of my main focuses was to ensure that the university was funded properly going forward, since it was such a vital part of Fairbanks and it had experienced budget cuts for so many years,” he said. “UAF was the reason I stayed in Fairbanks and ended up raising a family here, and I want that to continue for others and for the sake of our community.”