About Student Activities Office
If you'd like to contact us, we can be reached by phone at (907) 474-6029. If you'd like to email us instead, send us a message at UAF-SAO@alaska.edu. Maybe you'd like to come in and talk to us in person, if that's the case, you'll find us on the main level in the Wood Center in suite 101K. Please feel free to come in and talk to us any time, let us know what you think of our events and activities!
Assistant Director & Concert Board Advisor
What music are you currently grooving to? Passion Pit, Black Keys, Sleigh Bells, Mumford & Sons
What, if push comes to shove, is your all-time favorite album? Neon Bible by Arcade Fire...hands down!
What was the first album you ever bought? And where did you buy it? My first CDs I bought were Sound Garden’s Superunknown & Nirvana’s Nevermind. I got them when I was in the 6th grade, while I was in Missoula, MT at the best record store ever, Rockin’ Rudy’s.
What does your Saturday night mixed tape look like? Probably a little bit of hip-hop, some Modest Mouse, Cold War Kids and Arcade Fire.
And your Sunday morning mixed tape? If it is a lazy Sunday morning, my play list might have some reggae, a little bit of Death Cab for Cutie, and I might throw in some Johnny Cash. But if it’s a house cleaning kind of Sunday morning then something a little more upbeat like White Stripes, Interpol, or Modest Mouse.
What’s your all time favorite movie? Oh man, I have so many…but if I had to pick one, it would be one of John Cusack's first films: Better off Dead. It’s a cheesy ‘80’s movie!
Student Assistant & Nanook Traditions Chair
What is your Favorite Tradition?
What does your Saturday night mixed tape look like?
It’s definitely going to have some Dropkick Murphys, The Clash, Bouncing Souls, and Street Dogs.
What is your favorite Nanook Tradition?
I would have to say Springfest, because a lot of the events are located outside, and it’s fun to wander around in the sun.
For various reasons and not necessarily in order:
2. The Year of Hibernation by Youth Lagoon
3. Ceremonials by Florence & The Machine
Where’s your favorite place to be on campus?
Besides SAO, I would have to say The Pub, because a lot of my friends work there.
What is your favorite thing to do outside of work/school?
When I’m in Bethel, it would definitely have to be fishing, and hanging out with my parents. In Fairbanks, I would say watching live music, driving in the hills, and hanging with friends.
Concert Board Queen
I am Karissa Amador, from Los Angeles, California. I moved to Fairbanks when I was 18 to start school here at UAF. I’m majoring in wildlife biology. My focus will be on polar bears and snow leopards. My hobbies include reading, playing video games, watching a lot of Netflix, and sleeping. I’m currently UAF’s Concert Board Chair, which is an incredibly fun job. I love listening to all kinds of music and, even though I can’t sing, I do it often. I also really love to eat.
Student Assistant and Pretty Cool Guy
What song always makes you happy when you hear it? A lot of G-Eazy's music does it, but "Must Be Nice" definitely takes it.
What is your favorite genre of movies? Action is the only genre of movies for me.
Where is your favorite hang out spot on campus? Wood Center, for sure. I don't live in the dorms, so it's the only place on campus that me and my friends can all meet up.
What is your favorite Nanook Tradition? SpringFest! It's great for getting out, enjoying the warm weather, and meeting people once the snow has melted.
If given the chance to skip work or school for the day how would you spend your day? I'd just go out and see what's happening with my friends. If I've got free time, I can always find someone to go spend it with.
When you were little what did you want to become? A person who gets paid to play games and be cool. Failing that, an architect.
Would you rather watch a movie or go outside and do something? I'm not too big into movies, honestly. I'd probably rather be out and about with my friends.
Arctic Java Coordinator & Graphic Master
Ever since I was young I've had an insatiable desire to create and learn. I am an avid gamer, artist, runner, hunter, reader, and learner. I'm currently pursuing a Bachelor's of Fine Art concentrated in digital art and graphic design, with a minor in advertisement and marketing. I wanted to work at SAO because I saw it as a perfect opportunity to learn new skills applicable for my career field and to connect with the UAF community more. I love interacting with people and making them happy, and I feel this job would give me the opportunity to do that while attaining valuable job experience.