Alaska Airlines Center topping out ceremony
Students, staff, faculty and community dignitaries gathered at the construction site of the new Alaska Airlines Center for the "Topping Out" ceremony, where onlookers cheered as the last steel beam was raised and put into place. The new sports complex, slated for completion in August 2014, will house Seawolf athletic events as well as provide a venue for the community sporting event and happenings. Read more about the ceremony and flip through photos from the day's event here.
Alumni of distinction honored as gonfalon bearers at 2013 commencement
UAA alumni gonfalon bearers, from left to right, alumni of distinction, Jonathan Hornak '11, staff member Stephanie Whaley, Virginia Groeschel '06 and Sunny Mall '95 gather for a group photo before UAA's 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
Alumna Virginia Groeschel '06 blasts confetti at the 2013 Commencement Ceremony.
At the 2013 commencement celebration, five alumni of distinction were honored with the role of gonfalon bearer. This traditional role in university ceremonies and celebrations is highly honored as the bearer ushers in a ceremonial flag or banner. The Office of Alumni Relations and the academic schools and colleges wanted to recognize the tremendous value UAA's alumni contribute to the university community and identify the gonfalon bearers as past alumni of distinction for their contributions to their college over the past year. Thank you to this year's alumni of distinction and UAA staff gonfalon bearers:
Alumni of Distinction:
College of Arts and Sciences: Stephen Trimble, B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies '08
College of Education: Alison "Sunny" Mall, B. A. Mathematics '94, M. A. T. '95
College of Business and Public Policy: Tulio Perez, B.B.A. in Global Logistics Management '13
Community & Technical College: Jonathan Hornak, B.S. Construction Management '11
School Of Engineering: Virginia Groeschel, B.S. Civil Engineering '06
College Of Health: Paula Harrison, Adjunct Faculty
University Honors College: Stephanie Whaley, Internship and Experiential Learning Coordinator, Career Services Center