2016 Alumni of Distinction: Elizabeth Stuart, Sammye Pokryfki and Michael Rose

September 21, 2016

Each fall, the UAA Alumni Association celebrates three Alumni of Distinction for their contributions to their chosen fields and community. Read more about this year’s award recipients, who will be recognized at the seventh-annual Green & Gold Gala on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Alaska Airlines Center. Tickets and sponsorships are available online for the annual alumni celebration, or call the Alumni Center at 907-786-1942 to reserve your spot today.


Elizabeth Stuart, 2016 Alumni of Achievement recipient (Photo by Phil Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage).

Elizabeth Stuart, 2016 Alumni of Achievement recipient (Photo by Phil Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage).

Elizabeth Stuart
Alumni of Achievement

  • B.B.A. Accounting ’94
  • Office Managing Partner, KPMG LLP

Stuart has built relationships and gained respect statewide in her career at KPMG. Now partner at the international auditing company, she’s firmly committed to helping Alaska students find similar career success in their hometown, too. Read more…


Sammye Pokryfki poses for a photo in the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016.

Sammye Pokryfki poses for a photo in the Rasmuson Foundation in Anchorage, Alaska Wednesday, Sep. 14, 2016.

Sammye Pokryfki
Alumni Humanitarian

  • B.S.W. ’98, M.S.W. ’99, B.A. English ’06
  • Senior Vice President, Rasmuson Foundation

Pokryfki leads Rasmuson Foundation’s grant making initiatives, which invested $28 million in 53 communities just last year. She exemplifies the Foundation’s mission—”To promote a better life for Alaskans”—in her personal volunteering and outreach as well. Read more…


    Michael Rose, 2016 Alumni Emerging Leader recipient. (Photo by Phil Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Michael Rose, 2016 Alumni Emerging Leader recipient. (Photo by Phil Hall / University of Alaska Anchorage)

Michael Rose
Alumni Emerging Leader

  • B.A. Political Science ’09
  • Law Office of Ralph Ertz

Rose, a committed mentor to the Seawolf Debate program, distinguished himself early in his young Alaska law career. He plans to continue connecting the state’s law community and mentoring the next generation of Alaska’s lawyers into the future. Read more…

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