Richie Diehl ’08 competed in his fifth consecutive Iditarod this spring, finishing in 24th place.

Alumni at the Iditarod
Aniak’s Richie Diehl, B.S. ’08, returned for his fifth consecutive Iditarod this spring, after finishing a career-high 12th in 2016. Rookie Roger Lee, M.S. ’02, made his first attempt in 2017, but had to scratch in Shaktoolik, five checkpoints shy of the finish line. Theatre grad Meredith Mapes, B.A. ’16 (page 23), marshaled this year’s Junior Iditarod — an event she completed four times as a teenager. Theatre Department Chair Dan Anteau, B.A. ’96, had his students help Meredith sew 1,000 dog booties in the UAA costume shop this fall. Meredith has qualified for the 2018 Iditarod.

Doctors, nurses, originators
Four women — Jyll Green, Jill Rife, Leigh Keefer and Robin Bassett — became the first class of graduates to accept Doctor of Nursing Practice degrees from UAA at fall commencement in December. The D.N.P. is UAA’s second doctoral program (after clinical-community psychology) and launched in 2015. For Keefer, this was degree number three from UAA. She earned her bachelor’s in 2004 after playing volleyball for the Seawolves. All four women hold master’s degrees in nursing from UAA.

These women were the first to receive D.N.P. diplomas from UAA.

UA alumni forum in Seattle
Alumni from across the University of Alaska system gathered at Seattle’s U.S. Bank Centre for a leadership panel on Jan. 31. The event — held on the 34th floor overlooking Puget Sound — included networking, reconnecting and an alumni panel moderated by Cassidy Davis, B.A. Journalism and Public Communications ’10 (page 4). Don’t miss the next Seattle meetup. Get in touch at

Leave your mark on campus with a Seawolf brick
Become a permanent and visible part of the UAA campus by purchasing a personalized, engraved brick to be located outside the Alaska Airlines Center. Show your Seawolf pride and buy one for yourself, or honor a friend or family member and commemorate a special occasion such as graduation, birth or anniversary. Bricks range in size and cost from $250–$350. The brick campaign ends May 1; don’t miss this chance to leave your mark. Each brick purchase supports UAA Athletics and all contributions are tax deductible. Contact 907-786-1211 or for details.

UAA volleyball team members celebrate their best season in program history. (Photo by Skip Hickey.)

Volleyball team reaches national final
The UAA volleyball team wrapped its best season in program history at the Division II National Championship in South Dakota. The nationally ninth-ranked women’s team hosted the West Regionals in Anchorage, then advanced to the national finals before falling to Concordia-St. Paul in the title game. The team boasted record crowds all season long, including the highest cumulative attendance among nearly 300 teams in Division II, as well as highest average attendance — 1,128 fans per game, nearly 500 more than any other program.