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"With your support and commitment to UAF, our students succeed in so many ways and are able to make an impact around the world.

Our job at UAF is to help students discover they can earn more than just a paycheck in the real world. We teach students how to ask questions and then inspire them to seek out the answers. Your support ensures our students continue to have access to superior programs and resources, and helps expose them to a world beyond themselves."
Brian Rogers

Linda Hulbert

2013 Individual Honoree

Linda Hulbert and the Hulbert family are long-time supporters and advocates of
UAF students, programs and mission. As a representative of New York Life, Linda
Hulbert helped secure UAF’s first $1-million-dollar contribution from NYL, and
has been instrumental in the corporation’s continued philanthropic support of two
important college prep programs at UAF: the Rural Alaska Honors Institute and the
Alaska Summer Research Academy. Additionally, in 2012, she personally made a gift
to establish the John R. Hulbert Memorial Scholarship, in honor of her late husband.
The scholarship supports nontraditional students at the UAF Community and
Technical College who have returned to higher education after a lengthy absence.
Most recently, Linda and her family established a six-year pledge totaling $180,000 in
support of the UAF Nanook Terrain Park. This generous commitment will allow for
further development of the park and provide critical operating funds. In recognition
of Linda and her family’s significant financial contributions to, and passionate
advocacy on behalf of, our students, faculty and staff, the UAF Nanook Terrain Park
was renamed the Hulbert Nanook Terrain Park in summer 2013. In addition to her
private, philanthropic giving to UAF, Linda Hulbert encourages others to support
UAF through direct giving, inspirational partnerships and public advocacy.
Linda Hulbert’s late husband came to the UAF to teach in 1968, her daughter is
an alumna, her son-in-law is a two-time alumnus working at UAF, and her son, Erik,
attended UAF while in high school. As Linda notes, “UAF is important to our family.”

Paul and Birgit Hunter

2013 Longevity Honorees

In 1964, Paul and Birgit Hunter made their first gift to the University of Alaska
Fairbanks; nearly every year since, they have renewed or increased their annual
gift. In 1981, inspired by the opportunity scholarships afforded Paul, the couple
established the Paul C. Hunter Engineering Scholarship in support of engineering
students at UAF. Over the last 39 years, Paul and Birgit have donated more than
$54,000 to UAF. In addition, Paul and Birgit utilize the Boeing Company’s employee
matching-gift program, providing a significant boost to their personal philanthropic
support and allowing more students to receive financial support.
Paul earned a B.S. in electrical engineering and a B.S. in mathematics from UAF
in 1962. After graduating he served in the U.S. Army for more than 28 years in air
defense artillery, field artillery and research and development. After leaving the Army,
Paul went to work for the Boeing Company as a systems engineer in the Defense and
Space Group. Birgit also went to work for the Boeing Company as a translator and
later an events coordinator. After 17 years, Paul retired from Boeing in 1995 and
Birgit in 1999. Paul and Birgit reside in the Seattle area and enjoy volunteering for
the USO, supporting active military service men and women.

Pollock Conservation Cooperative

2013 Corporate Honoree

The Pollock Conservation Cooperative was formed in 1998 by the Bering Sea pollock
catcher-processor fleet to promote the orderly harvest of pollock; reduce waste
and improve resource utilization in the fisheries. In 2000, the PCC helped form
the Pollock Conservation Cooperative Research Center at SFOS. Five companies-
American Seafoods, Arctic Storm, Glacier Fish Co., Starbound and Trident Seafoods have
given more than $13 million to the PCCRC to further research, and to establish
an endowed Chair in Marine Policy, the Ted Stevens Professor of Marine Policy.
Through the UAF School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, the Pollock Conservation
Cooperative Research Center provides grants to faculty and graduate students for
research on a wide variety of groundfish species including pollock in the Bering Sea
and Gulf of Alaska. Marine mammals, climate effects and product development are
also of interest to the center. Additionally, the PCCRC supports graduate students
through direct fellowships. The PCC companies take pride in helping educate the
“home-grown” leaders of tomorrow while supporting research that increases the
knowledge about the North Pacific Ocean and Bering Sea.

Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation

2013 Foundation Honoree

With a pledge of a quarter-million dollars over 10 years, in 2007, the Liz Claiborne
and Art Ortenberg Foundation established the George Schaller Fellowship, in honor
of UAF alumnus and world-renowned field biologist George Schaller. Schaller earned
both a bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degree at the University of Alaska in
1955. The fellowship allows international graduate students in the Resilience and
Adaptation Program to conduct conservation research that contributes to the survival
of wildlife and the vitality of human communities with which their fate is linked.
RAP is an interdisciplinary training and education program that prepares scholars,
policymakers, community leaders and managers to address issues of sustainability in
an integrated fashion. Through coursework, an internship experience, thesis research
and other training, students in PhD and master’s programs address a major challenge
facing humanity: sustaining the desirable features of Earth’s socio-ecological systems
at a time of rapid change.

The Liz Claiborne and Art Ortenberg Foundation is a private body devoted to the
conservation of nature and the amelioration of human distress. The foundation seeks
to redress the breakdown in the processes linking nature and humanity. Its focus is to
help devise solutions that directly benefit local communities and serve as exemplars
for saving species and wildlands. It recognizes the imperative to reconcile nature
preservation with human needs and aspirations.
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