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.

Liz O’Connell ’79 (left) digs at an archaeological site in Gates of the arctic National Park and Preserve.

Liz O’Connell, B.A. Journalism & Public Communications, is project director for Frontier Scientists, an education program that shares Arctic research with the public. With more than 30 years of career experience in broadcast media, Liz now works to produce and promote visual stories of groundbreaking research in the Alaska Arctic. Take a look at

Jeff Roach, A.A.S. Agriculture, received the American Association of Airport Executives (AAAE) Certified Member accreditation. Airport executives complete an examination and application process to become an AAAE certified member. Jeff is the airport manager at Fairbanks International Airport, where he oversees all airport activities.

Victoria Schultz, B.S. Sociology ’83, M.S. Social Sciences ’85, is in her 25th year as a psychology instructor at Wharton County Junior College in Wharton, Texas. She’s directed the college’s Human Services program since 2005, been named faculty of the year and received the school’s Excellence in Teaching award. In addition, she has presented her research at national and international conferences. She writes, “I greatly appreciate receiving my B.S. and M.S. degrees at UAA, for it allowed me to realize my passion for my career and provided a solid foundation for community service, research, teaching, and always searching for a better solution. I have been extremely blessed in my life with my family and my career and am so very thankful! Hats off to UAA!”

Susan Weingartner, A.A.S. Nursing, has worked at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, New York, for 27 years. She was recently recognized for her distinguished service in oncology nursing, earning the hospital’s 2016 Honored Nurse award for clinical practice in direct patient care.

Chris Anderson ’98 digs into the hops at Coachella Valley Brewing Co. in Thousand Palms, California.

Chris Anderson, A.A.S. Foodservice Technology, cofounded Coachella Valley Brewing Co. in 2013. Chris is well known for his award-winning farm-to-glass artisanal beers. Coachella Valley Brewing Co.’s brews can be found in California, Arizona and Nevada.

Valerie Bundy, B.A. Psychology, was recently named executive director of the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center, a nonprofit agency focused on domestic violence and sexual assault prevention. She lives in Rockaway Beach, Oregon.

Bust your way through the galaxy on Broken Space, a block-breaking adventure game from Anchorage-based Spiffyware. The game — designed by Jazon Burnell, B.S. Computer Science — is now available for Apple products in the App Store. Learn more at

Daniel Gallagher, A.A.S. Fire and Emergency Services, wrote “since graduating in 2012 with my associate degree, my wife and I had our third child and have moved quite a bit. I graduated from UAF in December 2016 from the Homeland Security and Emergency Management program.”



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