Posted by: rahurbi | March 20, 2014

Students mind their manners

The fourth annual UAF School of Management Spring Etiquette Seminar & Dinner, sponsored by KPMG and the UAF Alumni Association, was held Friday, March 7. Professionals from across the state sat on the etiquette panel to share their wisdom with students. Experts included:

  • Anna Atchison, Kinross Ft. Knox
  • Bill Bailey, Alyeska Pipeline Service Co.
  • Michael Campbell, USAG Wainwright Family & MWR
  • Amy Cooper, UAF School of Management
  • Terri Froese, TDL Professional Staffing
  • Lisa Gentry, AlaskaUSA Federal Credit Union
  • David Hale, Hale & Associates Insurance
  • Mark Herrmann, UAF School of Management
  • Jen Imus, Wells Fargo Bank
  • Daniel Mitchell, KPMG
  • Renee Staley, Birchwood Homes
  • Tammy Tragis-McCook, UAF School of Management
  • Tiffany Van Horn, Utility Services of Alaska
  • Elaine Williamson, Kohler, Schmitt & Hutchison
  • Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard, UAF Auxiliary, Recharge and Contract Operations

After a presentation by Daniel Mitchell of KPMG and a Q&A with the panel, professionals and students headed over to Lavelle’s Bistro where students were able to practice their newly-learned skill at a formal dinner.

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Posted by: rahurbi | March 4, 2014

New Fellowship Recipients

The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Fellowship supports Alaska Native students at the UAF School of Management. Students receive scholarship funds to help with the cost of their education. Lynn Church and Selina Sam are the newest recipients of this fellowship.

Lynn Church

Lynn (center) with her sisters.

Lynn (center) with her sisters.

Lynn is working on an undergraduate degree in business administration and plans to graduate in May 2015. After graduation, she plans to continue her education in the MBA program.

Growing up in Alaska, Lynn understands the need for a well-educated workforce and believes her passion for business will help her succeed.

Raised in rural Alaska, Lynn faced many obstacles with her education, including her struggle with a learning disability. As a child, she was frequently labeled as being “special” by her teachers, which only drove her to try harder. Refusing to let her disability control her life, Lynn is working towards being the first college graduate in her family.

Lynn credits her success of overcoming her learning disability to her family, whom she believes gave her hope for the future. Family members like her Uncle Larry inspired her to make education a top priority and challenged her fears of failure. Lynn’s family has given her a sense of strength that will help her succeed in earning her degree and propel her towards a career in business after graduating.

Selina Sam

Selina wearing her Miss Nuchalawayya regalia.

Selina wearing her Miss Nuchalawayya regalia.

Selina is majoring in business administration and is expected to graduate in 2016. She is honored to receive this award and thankful for the help she’s received. Selina strives to challenge herself and understands her hard work now will allow more business opportunities in the future.

Growing up in rural Alaska has given Selina a love for being outdoors with her family. During her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family while going moose hunting and berry picking. During the winters, she can be seen riding her snow machine to her family cabin where they recently began trapping. Selina also embraces her Alaska Native culture through her dance group and by making beaded sun catchers. She was crowned Miss Nuchalawayya in

Selina appreciates Tanana’s close-knit community and wishes to stay close to where she grew up. Choosing to enroll at UAF allowed Selina to visit home in Tanana more frequently. Selina hopes that with her degree, she can begin to improve communities around Alaska.

Posted by: rahurbi | February 21, 2014

Usibelli Coal Mine gives $103,000 for scholarships

Joe Usibelli Jr., President, and Glen Weaver, CFO & SOM Alumnus ‘91, of Usibelli Coal Mine (UCM) present a $103,000 gift to UAF School of Management following the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce meeting yesterday. With this gift UCM has launched a four-year, $5,000 annual scholarship for a business student who is an Alaska high school graduate. Also pictured are Dean Mark Herrmann, accounting students and faculty.

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Thank you UCM!

Posted by: rahurbi | February 13, 2014

Apply for Scholarships


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The UAF School of Management has added a Scholarships page. There you’ll find a breakdown of scholarships exclusively available to School of Management students. Scholarship amounts range from $500-$6,000 per award and are privately-funded – which means while a FAFSA is encouraged, you don’t need one to apply.

Pave your way to financial freedom and apply for UAF scholarships.

Deadline for application is Saturday, February 15, 2014.

Dr. Nicole Cundiff, Director of the Northern Leadership Center, has release a new journal article:

Joy, R. H. & Cundiff, N. L. (2014).  Student Programming in Social Justice: Evaluation through the Counselor’s Lens.  Journal of Practical Consulting, 5 (1), 23-41.

“A social justice leadership program targeted at undergraduate and graduate students was evaluated through a university-based counselor’s lens. Differences between social justice program participants and a comparison group of nonparticipating students were examined pre-and post-program intervention on measures of Ethnocultural Empathy, Agency, Understanding and Knowledge of social justice issues, and Personal and Professional Beliefs about diversity.”

Jungho Baek

Congrats to Dr. Jungho Baek for his latest article:

Baek, J., and Chi, J. 2013. Dynamic relationship between air transport demand and economic growth in the United States: A new look. Transport Policy 29, 257-260.

In this article, Baek examines the impacts of economic growth on the U.S. airline industry, how air passenger and freight services increase economic growth, and how the 9/11 terrorist attacks have impacted passenger demand.

Posted by: rahurbi | December 16, 2013

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Fellowship

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The Alyeska Pipeline Service Company Alaska Native Fellowship supports Alaska Native students at the UAF School of Management. Students receive scholarship funds to help with the cost of their education.

“It is nice to have support from outside of your family and friends–it shows others care about your goals and future success. I felt an added accountability and incentive to keep up my performance–I didn’t want to let anyone down.” –Nelson Carpluk

“It feels good to know that the community as a whole is supporting Native students going into business. Even in our own corporations, there aren’t enough managers who are Native– many times we have to hire outsiders to come in and
manage us.” –Jennifer Maguire

“The Alyeska Pipeline Alaska Native Fellowship allows me to work less and have more time to focus on scholastic activities and my family. I am doing my best to carry on the tradition of excellence that has become synonymous with this award.” –Rodney Carpluk

Posted by: rahurbi | November 13, 2013

2013 Roast and Boast

2013 Roast and Boast

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2013 Roast and Boast
Friday, Nov. 22
4:00pm – 6:00pm

Northrim Bank, in partnership with the UAF School of Management, has teamed together to host the second annual Roast & Boast coffee event! Come out and mingle with Golden Heart City’s finest roasters as they serve up their favorite hometown brews. There will be door prizes (including a Viper auto start) delicious food and plenty of hot drinks for everyone in the community to enjoy.

This celebratory event is integrated into the UAF Principles Marketing upper-division level class. A team of students works with Northrim and the event partners gaining out-of-the-classroom experience in teamwork, leadership, time management and budgeting. After the event, and for part of their grade, students relate what they learned.

Posted by: rahurbi | November 9, 2013

Interning at Interior Graphics & Printing

Suzie Avant is graduating in May 2014 with a degree in psychology and a minor in business. She plans to continue her education in the MBA program with the intention to pursue a career in marketing.

Suzie Avant working at Interior Graphics & Printing.

Suzie Avant working at Interior Graphics & Printing. Photo by Todd Paris, Paris Photographics.

Choosing Interior Graphics & Printing

Interior Graphics & Printing (IGP) appealed to me for an internship because I was familiar with the business and I knew I wanted to do a marketing internship. I have an artistic side that I’ve also enjoyed using during my time at IGP. I have also benefited from learning from business owner Michelle Maynor about running a small business and managing employees. Michelle is a great business person and leader.

Learning First-Hand

I learned so much in my time with IGP. I learned a lot from just watching Michelle work and seeing how much she cares about her business and her employees. Michelle has taught me about the significance of the culture at your workplace. We having meetings to talk about how things are going and she is always open to having her employees come talk to her. She has shown me the importance of being invested in your employees, how they are doing and if they are comfortable in their work place.

I’ve also learned the importance of community service and involvement. IGP is very active in many different businesses in Fairbanks and throughout the state including: the Breast Cancer Detection Center, Downtown Rotary, Interior Alaska Green Star, Tubby’s BBQ, Design Alaska and more. When you give back to your community, your community gives back to you. And I’ve seen that from working at IGP.

Advice for Students

The team at Interior Graphics & Printing, including Michelle Maynard (left) and Suzie Avant (third from left).

The team at Interior Graphics & Printing, including Michelle Maynor (left) and Suzie Avant (third from left). Photo by Todd Paris, Paris Photographics.

My advice to other students interested in an internship would be to do your research about the business you’d be going into and be sure it’s a good fit. There are a lot of good businesses out there that may not necessarily be a good fit for you as an individual. Make sure you know what you want, what you are looking for, and that you are going into a business that will help you learn and grow as an business professional.

Best Thing About Interning at Interior Graphics & Printing

The best thing about my internship was that it was mutually beneficial for both me and IGP. At the completion of my internship I was offered a full time job. I truly enjoy my job and am happy while I’m at work. I have learned more than I ever would have imagined in my time with IGP and am very appreciative for the opportunity I have been given.

Posted by: rahurbi | October 28, 2013

Interning at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company

Erin McGowan is an interdisciplinary student earning her Bachelor of Technology in Industrial Operations Management. She interned at Alyeska Pipeline Service Company over the summer of 2013.

Erin McGowanI applied for an internship at Alyeska because I like that they are an Alaska company. The work they do matters a great deal to our state and I wanted to be part of that. Alyeska is a great company because every employee, whether they are an accountant in Anchorage, a warehouseman in Fairbanks, or a technician at a pump station, knows that they contribute to making Alaska a great place to live and work.

Something I learned while working at Alyeska is the importance of a company’s culture to the success and well-being of the organization. Alyeska puts a strong emphasis on their core cultural attributes and as an intern I felt that I blended well with that culture. As a former operator I was already familiar with the importance of a strong safety culture, but Alyeska really takes that a step further and it’s visible in the quality of work they do every day.

I think the most important thing anyone considering an internship should know is that you are responsible for what you get out of an internship. If you don’t step up and ask questions and ask to be part of projects, your summer will fly by and you’ll be wishing you had taken more initiative.

Erin McGowanI was really happy with the variety of tasks I was able to assist with and what a broad view of the Fairbanks operations I was able to see. I worked with several groups within supply chain management in Fairbanks, and I even had an opportunity to see a pump station and go out on the line with one of the engineers. The best part of my internship was being asked to stay on with Alyeska for the rest of the year; I’m excited that I can help support ongoing projects and continue learning more about business operations in Alaskan industry.

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