About us

Welcome to Student Activities!

Our mission is to create fun, unique, memorable experience for UAF students! We believe that some of the best communities are created through sharing experiences, and we want UAF to be a place where all feel that they belong, that they can build memories, and that they can grow. And of course - we want to do this through fun events and programs!

What We Do

We create events and programs for the UAF community. Some of these are smaller programs, like laser tag, movie nights, or holiday themed parties. Others are huge day or multi-day events, like Nanook Traditions or Pop Con. Do you have an idea for something you want to do on campus? Great! Come talk to us! No idea is too big!

How to Contact Us

SAO is made up of one professional staff member (a Student Activities Coordinator) and a team of 4 - 6 student assistants. Together we make sure that there's fun to be had on campus!

Below is our staff list. Please feel free to contact any of us by email or stop by our office! We can be found in the Wood Center Offices, Room 101K!


Meet the SAO Team!


Lisa Latronica, Student Activities Coordinator
Raleigh, Official SAO Mascot Dog


Lisa joined the Wood Center team in October 2016 and loves working with SAO and Nanook Traditions. Prior to moving to Alaska, Lisa worked in residence life at North Carolina State University and Colorado School of Mines, and graduated with her BA in Art History and Studio Art from Loyola University Chicago and her M.Ed. from NC State. She loves adventuring in the mountains and snow, spending time with her pup, Raleigh (who enjoys chasing birds and napping under blankets), and all things coffee and peanut butter. Stop by her office anytime with ideas or just to chat!


Zach Mason, Student Assistant

Zach joined the SAO team in August 2018 and is a Computer Science major. In his free time, Zach participates in theater productions across town, makes new friends wherever he goes, and searches for a great cup of coffee. Stop by the office and chat with Zach about the next movie or karaoke night he's hosting!

Nikki Crenshaw, Nanook Traditions Board Chair

Nikki joined the SAO team in August 2017, and helps keep the office running! She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Justice from UAF, and is currently working on her Master's in Emergency Management. Nikki enjoys coffee, being creative, volunteering with children, and owls. Come chat with her about your ideas for the next Lip Sync Battle!
Sheridan Laapui, Arctic Java Student Assistant
Sheridan started in SAO in August 2018 after volunteering and attending numerous events. She is an English major with a passion and talent for the arts. In SAO, she helps to coordinate gallery shows, music, and events in Arctic Java. Come by to share a mug of tea and talk about music with her!

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