UAA's student newspaper, The Northern Light, is 25 years old this year, and new executive editor Ashley Snyder says she's excited to be at the helm as the newspaper marks this milestone.
Like many converted Alaskans, her family's military background brought her to Alaska as a high school student at Bartlett. Her family was transferred to the East Coast, so she finished high school in Maryland. But Alaska had captured Ashley's heart. When the time came for college, she knew she would return north and attend UAA.
All summer, she's been busy recruiting new staff members and planning for a splashy quarter-century anniversary issue.
Rasmuson Foundation's Sammye Pokryfki has UAA roots
Sammye Pokryfki found her way to social work by following her values. "I wanted a career that helped people and society," she said. She earned a B.A. and an M.S. in Social Work at UAA.
Always a literature lover, she tucked a degree in English into her academic portfolio. “I’m somewhat of a literature nerd. I used to think it was a crime that kids were restricted to only checking out five books at a time from the library,” she laughs.
COMING UP AT UAA
August 24, 3:30-4:30 p.m. Wendy Williamson
This event is especially for UAA freshman and their families. Freshman Convocation, sponsored by the University Honors College, formally welcomes the Class of 2017 and their families to UAA. This event inspires students with a sense of discovery and creativity to last them throughout their years of study. UAA faculty and all incoming freshmen, along with their families, are invited to join Chancellor Tom Case and distinguished keynote speaker, Nobel Laureate Brian Schmidt, Ph.D., at this year’s convocation.
August 24 5-7:30 p.m. Cuddy Quad CAMPUS KICKOFF
Attending UAA in the fall? This is a great opportunity for an informal and fun introduction to campus life and opportunities. Find out all about campus clubs and organizations, and if you are taking 6 credits in the fall, enjoy a free, delicious BBQ. (Others pay about $10 for the meal.)
The Cuddy Quad is filled with booths sponsored by UAA student clubs and organizations, departments, and community businesses. The Campus Kick-Off festival features live music, roving acts, and a barbecue. There are prizes, lots of cool prizes! We have been known to have Alaska Airlines tickets, gift certificates to your favorite restaurants around town, and other awesome prizes that will make any student happy! Please be sure to take time to sit and eat some great food and enjoy the music! The Festival has great energy and is a great way to meet new people! - See more at Campus Kickoff.
Aug. 25, 4-5:30 p.m. Main Stage, UAA Fine Arts Building Free Public Talk, Nobel Laureate astrophysicist Brian P. Schmidt
Brian P. Schmidt is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University Mount Stromlo Observatory and Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, and is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes.
He currently holds an Australia Research Council Federation Fellowship and was elected to the Royal Society in 2012. Schmidt shared both the 2006 Shaw Prize in Astronomy and the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics with Saul Perlmutter and Adam Riess for providing evidence that the expansion of the universe is accelerating. Schmidt is currently leading the SkyMapper telescope Project and the associated Southern Sky Survey.
Schmidt was born on February 24, 1967, in Missoula, Montana, where his father Dana C. Schmidt was a fisheries biologist. When he was 13, his family relocated to Anchorage, Alaska.
Schmidt attended Bartlett High School in Anchorage, Alaska, and graduated in 1985. He has said that he wanted to be a meteorologist "since I was about five-years-old" but "... I did some work at the USA National Weather Service up in Anchorage and didn't enjoy it very much. It was less scientific, not as exciting as I thought it would be—there was a lot of routine. But I guess I was just a little naive about what being a meteorologist meant."
His decision to study astronomy, which he had seen as "a minor pastime," was made just before he enrolled at university. He earned his B.S. (Physics) and B.S. (Astronomy) from the University of Arizona in 1989. He received his M.A. (Astronomy) in 1992 and then his doctorate (Astronomy) in 1993 from Harvard University. Schmidt's doctoral thesis was supervised by Robert Kirshner and used Type II Supernovae to measure the Hubble Constant.