This page of alumni updates was compiled by Joey Besl of the UAA Office of Alumni Relations. Please share your moments of pride and achievement via the link at the bottom of this page, so we can note your success in an upcoming issue.

Class of 1984

Steven Elliott, B.B.A. Accounting, writes: “After a great season of life in Alaska and relocating from Wasilla to Columbia, S.C., in 2006, I’ve had the pleasure to work for two exciting and successful domestic companies and one international company as a senior executive in finance and accounting. I’ve also had the exciting experience of adopting a son and daughter from Odessa, Ukraine, as well as remarrying after the loss of my wife to cancer in 2014. I am so thankful for the great experience and education I received at UAA and in Alaska. Go Seawolves.”

Class of 2007

In August, Chris Robinson, M.Ed., was named the first full-year teacher-in-residence at the National Museum of the American Indian, part of the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Formerly a teacher in rural Alaska, Chris (Creek/Georgia Cherokee/Tlingit) will help tribal groups write content for Native Knowledge 360°, an online educational resource that aims to incorporate accurate indigenous history into the country’s classrooms. In May 2017, Chris will return to Richmond, Ky., where he’s taught at Model High School and served as an assistant professor at Eastern Kentucky University for the past nine years.

Class of 2010

Amanda Brewer Stewlow, B.A. Dual Languages, has served as a cryptologic language analyst for the U.S. Army since 2011, based out of Kapolei, Hawai’i. She writes that she’s “leaving active Army status in June 2017 and moving back to Alaska,” where she hopes to use her G.I. Bill to reenroll in graduate school at UAA.

Class of 2010

“Born and raised in Alaska, the day after graduating from UAA I moved to North Carolina with no idea what I wanted to do, except to get out of here,” writes Amanda (Banning) Davis, B.A. Sociology. “Well, after 1.5 years I moved back. I’m now married and have two children and am the regional manager for Batteries Plus Bulbs— a family-owned-and-operated business—and its three locations throughout the state.”

“Finding Hekate,” the debut novel by Kellie Doherty, B.A. ’11, published in April.

“Finding Hekate,” the debut novel by Kellie Doherty, B.A. ’11, published in April.

Class of 2011

Kellie Doherty, B.A. English, graduated with a minor in creative writing. Since then, she’s moved to Portland, Ore., and successfully completed Portland State University’s graduate program in book publishing. Her first sci-fi book, Finding Hekate, got picked up by Desert Palm Press and debuted in April. Finding Hekate is available at online book vendors, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble, and on the shelves at Powell’s Books on Hawthorn in Portland. She is currently working on her second novel, a continuation of Finding Hekate called Losing Hold.

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