Naturally Inspiring


A note from Chancellor Thomas

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Dear friends,

Welcome to the Centennial Scholarship Breakfast! Kay and I are so pleased we could gather this morning to celebrate the impact of scholarships and say “happy birthday” to UAF in its centennial year. For more than 30 years, Kay and I have witnessed firsthand the effect that scholarships have on students. We are both honored to be among the many generous donors, alumni, faculty, staff and friends who support our students through scholarships.

Since the Centennial Scholarship and Fellowship Initiative launched in December 2014, nearly $8.5 million has been raised in support of UAF students. Your generosity over the past two and a half years has nearly doubled the contributions toward scholarships and fellowships. This has a tremendous impact and your generosity continues to exceed all expectations.

You have been instrumental in UAF’s success these first 100 years, and your steadfast support guarantees stability for our students as we begin UAF’s next 100 years. Your enduring friendship and compassionate generosity help fulfill the aspirations not only of today’s students but also of those who will attend UAF in years to come.

We thank you for being a part of our Nanook family and look forward to what the future will bring.


Chancellor Dana L. Thomas, Ph.D.

Carolyn Kozak

UAF Graduate Student

Carolyn Kozak is a second-year graduate student in Arctic and Northern studies at the University of Alaska Fairbanks. Her past work as a curator and public programmer for the Anchorage Museum at Rasmuson Center sparked a tireless intellectual curiosity about the circumpolar North and a sense of personal responsibility to its people, both past and present.

Since coming to UAF, Carolyn has been selected as a student ambassador to the University of the Arctic. She participated in the first fully international Model Arctic Council in March 2016 and attended the UArctic Congress in St. Petersburg, Russia, as part of her student ambassadorship. This spring, Carolyn started a new position with Gary Kofinas in the School of Natural Resources and Extension, examining co-management efforts throughout Interior Alaska to increase community resilience and adaptation in the rapidly changing Arctic environment.

Carolyn is a recipient of the William R. Hunt, Leonard and Marjorie Wright, and Cole Family scholarships. UAF’s graduate research opportunities made returning to graduate school financially possible for Carolyn as a young professional. Carolyn’s research interests include Arctic history and policy, image literacy and media messaging about climate change. In her free time, she enjoys everything outdoors: hiking, camping, rowing, biking, skiing and volunteering for Junior Nordic.

Dr. Alex Hirsch

UAF Professor

Alex Hirsch, Ph.D., is a professor in the UAF Department of Political Science and an affiliated faculty member in the Women, Gender and Sexuality studies program, as well as in the Arctic and Northern studies program. Before coming to UAF, Alex taught at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts, Boston, among other places. In addition to teaching, he serves as the faculty advisor to the Socratic Society and Pi Sigma Alpha.

Alex is proud to work closely with students in all of his courses, and especially his Ethics & Society course, which charts the history of ideas regarding the moral distinction between right and wrong. There, he works passionately with students of all majors and academic backgrounds to develop a rich reconsideration of what truly matters in human affairs.

Alex is also broadly engaged in the community, and serves on the board of directors at Stone Soup Café, a nonprofit dedicated to improving the lives of some of Fairbanks’ most vulnerable residents. Currently, Alex is also volunteer teaching an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute course on the subject of impasse in the current era of intensified political polarization.

Ann Tremarello

UAF Alumna and Donor

In 1953, Ann Tremarello came to Alaska from Virginia. Her father, Brig. Gen. Earl Maxwell, was stationed at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage and encouraged her to be near family during her first years of college. The University of Alaska located in Fairbanks was the only college in the territory at the time. Ann has been part of the Nanook family ever since.

While attending UA, Ann met her future husband, Joe ’58, ’68, who was earning his bachelor of education degree. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1957. After two months of work in a local accounting firm, she came to work for the university and eventually served as UAF registrar from 1974 to 2002. Ann watched the campus grow from 400 students in the 1950s to more than 9,000 near her retirement. During her 45 years of service, she was a mentor and friend to countless students, staff and faculty. Ann and her late husband Joe raised their son in Fairbanks and always stayed close to UAF. Joe played basketball for the Nanooks from 1954-58, served as coach of the women’s basketball team and was inducted into the Nanook Hall of Fame in 2008.

Throughout their relationship with UAF and the Fairbanks community, Ann and Joe supported students and education in a variety of ways. They witnessed the impact that education has on building future leaders and in strengthening our communities. To further support and encourage students at UAF, they established a scholarship — the Joseph Sr. and Rose R. Tremarello Memorial Scholarship supports student-athletes who are members of the men’s and women’s varsity basketball teams at UAF. The Earl Maxwell Memorial Scholarship, established from funds donated to the alumni association by Ann’s father, benefits outstanding UAF undergraduate students majoring in geography.

Clearly, the Nanook story would not be complete without Ann, and UAF is proud of our more than six decades of friendship.

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