University recognizes overachievers

Posted: Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Laura Achee

Laura Achee has been given the MBA Academic Excellence Award as an outstanding student and graduate from the School of Management at the University of Alaska Southeast.

As Director of Communications for the Alaska Permanent Fund Corporation, Laura Achee is the primary contact for media and public inquiries, and oversees production of all of the corporation's publications. She is also the legislative liaison, serving as the primary contact for legislative offices and tracking APFC legislation.

Prior to her arrival at the Permanent Fund in 2003, she served four years as a legislative aide in the Alaska State Legislature, where her duties included media relations. Other positions include Marketing Specialist for the Providence Alaska Laboratory, Blood Drive Coordinator for the Blood Bank of Alaska, and on-air reporter for KFQD radio in Anchorage, Alaska.

Chalise Anne Fisk

Chalise Anne Fisk has earned her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Alaska Southeast, and has been recognized as Outstanding Graduate in Humanities.

In her Junior year she was chosen to become the next Tidal Echoes editor. She has edited the journal for two years and is the strongest editor yet. A true leader, she worked with an entire editorial board of faculty and community members; oversaw two other student editors and coordinated staff members at both Capital City Weekly and Alaska Litho. In working on this project she showed her ability to manage people and ensure that the work gets done.

James Chadwick Friedersdorff

James Chadwick Friedersdorff, a graduate of the University of Alaska Southeast School of Management with a BBA in Accounting, has been been given the Bob Ellis Award for his achievements as an outstanding student.

Friedersdorff was born in Raleigh, N.C., and raised in Flemington, N.J., before moving to Soldotna where he attended grade school and graduated from Soldotna H.S. He attended college at East Texas State University for two years, and UAA for one. After that he says, "I started working in the oilfield, which I predominately did until, inspired by the birth of my first daughter, I decided to go back to school to seek my degree in business w

Anthony Danwayne Gaussoin

Anthony Danwayne Gaussoin has recently graduated from the University of Alaska Southeast as Outstanding Graduate in Mathematics with a Bachelor of Science degree.

After finishing high school, Gaussoin worked for SAGA/YABA for two years, and then for another two years with the Forest Service. He started taking classes at UAS in Spring 2006, and, soon after, enrolled in the Mathematics Program with the aim of obtaining a BS degree. After graduating, Gaussoin plans to work for a year while he prepares applications for graduate studies,

Kristina Andreyevna Klimovich

Kristina Andreyevna Klimovich has been recognized as Outstanding Graduate in Social Science after completing her Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Sciences from the University of Alaska Southeast.

She is from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskij, Russia, and came to UAS in 2005. While at UAS she participated in a study tour to France and in a student-exchange program at California State University, East Bay, in Hayward. She worked as a student assistant for the TRiO program and as a research assistant for Professor Thomas and Professor Cioni. Her degree is a Bachelor's of Arts in Social Sciences with a primary emphasis in Economics and secondary emphasis in Government and Anthropology, and a minor in French. She is now enrolled in a Graduate Program in International Affairs at the New School University in New York City.

Mackenzie Andrew Oliver

Mackenzie Andrew Oliver has earned his diploma from the University of Alaska Southeast as Outstanding Graduate in Biology with a Bachelor of Science degree.

Oliver completed an undergraduate research project at UAS that was concerned with the effect of ocean acidification on crab stress. He attempted to measure stress proteins in crabs, a complicated endeavor that kept him in the lab during late hours.

Steffi Schreiber

Graduating with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science, Steffi Schreiber has been named Outstanding Graduate in Environmental Science from the University of Alaska Southeast School of Arts and Sciences.

Schreiber worked for several years with Assoc. Professor of Chemistry Lisa Hoferkamp where she helped characterize the levels and behavior of man-made contaminants in the arctic environment. Her work with Professor Hoferkamp included monitoring water and habitat quality changes in a created wetland on Duck Creek, completing detailed chemical extractions of trace levels of contaminants from organisms inhabiting the Lemon Creek Estuary and analysis via gas chromatography/mass spectrometry. In the summer of 2008, Schreiber again worked in Professor Hoferkamp's laboratory under the National Science Foundation's Research Experience for Undergraduates Program where she designed and completed a study modeling the attenuation of brominated flame retardants in anaerobic wetland systems. The quality of the data she collected and its interpretation demonstrated her dedication to good science as well as her ability to work and think independently. Schreiber presented work from these projects at meetings of the Society for Wetland Scientists (Washington, D.C.), the Society for Environmental Toxicology and Chemistry (Port Townsend, WA.) and the American Chemical Society (Salt Lake City, UT).

She also worked as a student researcher for Assoc. Professor of Hydrology Eran Hood with his research in the biogeochemistry of deglaciating watersheds.

Ann Wilkinson

University of Alaska Southeast graduate Ann Wilkinson has received the CIOS Academic Excellence Award as an outstanding student in the School of Management.

Wilkinson started off her adult life as an accountant in Dallas, Texas, and she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration from Austin College in Sherman, Texas. After several years working in accounting in the oil industry and commercial real estate, she returned to school for a new career focus. She earned an Associate's Degree in Nursing from El Centro College in Dallas and became a Registered Nurse in 1991. As a traveling nurse, Wilkinson completed nursing assignments in 17 communities in eight different states over the course of seven years. She will graduate with occupational endorsements in web design, web authoring and network administration. After moving to Sitka in 2002, she's become a founding member of the Write Women of Sitka, and she recently completed her third year as a volunteer income tax preparer through the AARP/IRS co-operative VITA program.

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