William R. Cashen Service award
William R. "Bill" Cashen '37 was a former alumni director, professor, and marshal emeritus, historian, public servant, family man, proud alumnus and friend to many Alumni. Cashen set the example for service to the university and its alumni association. This award is designed to recognize and perpetuate his example and inspire all those associated with the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Eligibility: Alumni and non alumni qualify for the award. Only employees of the UAF Alumni Association are excluded.
Criteria for Selection: Nominees will be judged on the basis of meritorious service at more than one level of alumni activity. This could include, but is not limited to, serving as a chapter officer, serving on the board of directors, assisting with a project, setting up a scholarship, serving on a UAF selection committee or an advisory council.
2013 William R. Cashen Service award winner
Tammy Tragis-McCook, ’99, ’00
Tammy Tragis-McCook grew up as an Army brat, attending 15 different schools, which may partially explain her outgoing personality. Kickstarting her post-secondary education at Texas A&M, Tammy eventually moved to Alaska to be with her family, completing a bachelor of business administration in 1999 and a master of business administration in 2000 from University of Alaska Fairbanks. Tammy has a wide range of experience in the UA system, having worked at the School of Management, in the Department of Orientation & First Year Students and with KUAC public broadcasting. She rejoined the School of Management in 2009 as the director of development and outreach, facilitating relationships with students,
businesses, alumni and donors.
Tammy wakes up every day and loves what she does. When not working she is involved in many other activities such as cooking, riding her bike or attending Zumba classes. She is a member of the Fairbanks Downtown Rotary Club and the Greater Fairbanks Chamber of Commerce. Since 2007 she has devoted time to the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women movement and was previously a board member for United Way of the Tanana Valley and the Fairbanks Men’s Hockey Association.
Tammy is involved at many levels of alumni activity. In her current job she assists donors with establishing scholarships, impacting the lives of both students and donors. She teaches marketing, and one of her greatest joys is preparing students for their post-graduate career by encouraging active involvement on campus and in the community. She creates opportunities for alumni to be involved at UAF by visiting classes as a guest speaker, attending SOM events such as the Business Leader of the Year banquet, being interviewed for the SOM newsletter or flipping burgers at the fair in the UAF alumni booth.
It is with great pleasure that the UAF Alumni Association Fairbanks Chapter awards Tammy Tragis-McCook with the 2013 William R. Cashen Service Award.