Editor’s note: This is part of a series of profiles about students recognized as ‘Outstanding Graduates’ in the 2011 University of Alaska Southeast (UAS) class. The UAS 2011 commencement will be held at 2 p.m. May 1 at the UAS Recreation Center.
Craig Asbell recently learned he had been chosen as the University of Alaska Southeast’s outstanding graduate of computer information systems for 2011.
Asbell will be receiving his Associate’s degree in applied science-computer information systems, with an emphasis in web development.
Craig came to Alaska on a two-week vacation in 1994 and never left.
“I have been creating web sites for years,” he said.” I reached a point where I needed to learn new skills and realized I needed a solid foundation centered around web development,” he said. “My daughter Denauli, 12, and son Kenny, 10, have been with me every step of the way. I’m very happy to be setting a good example for them. They have seen what a struggle it has been to work full time, take care of them, and still make time for school.”
“Academically, Craig is enthusiastic about learning and is not satisfied with doing the minimum amount of work to earn a passing grade,” said Colleen J. McKenna, assistant professor of the information systems department at UAS. “Every time I’ve given students an option to do a more challenging authentic project, Craig enthusiastically leaps on the opportunity. His projects have allowed him to reach far beyond the curriculum to explore how databases and Web development are used and developed in the real world. He never fails to impress me with the high quality of his work and with his motivation to learn and to succeed.”
“I have always been driven by the graphical aspects of web design,” said Asbell. “My degree allows me to integrate web programming in order to create the entire package. After years of schooling I have learned to construct semantically correct web sites that look good and keep forward compatibility in mind.”
Asbell is the co-owner of a successful web design company in his home town of Homer, homerwebdesigns.com.