Students

Jenessa Oviok

Jenessa Oviok

Jenessa Oviok’s nephew was born with a hole in his heart. Watching him face that challenge, while she wasn’t able to help, helped her decide on a career. “That’s why I want to be a doctor,” she said.

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Joe Bifelt

Joe Bifelt

Joe Bifelt saw firsthand how a cultural connection could transform school for young people in his home village of Huslia. A dog mushing program started by his late grandfather, legendary racer George Attla, changed his relationship with the high school teachers in his senior year.

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Ruth Nashookpuk

Profile: Ruth Nashookpuk

Like other painters, Ruth Nashookpuk uses canvas as a foundation. But when she’s done, Nashookpuk can lace up her work and apply it to her other passion: basketball.

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Bax Bond performing with the Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group during the 2013 Festival of Native Arts

There's no place like a dance group to help Bax Bond feel at home

When it came to choose where to go to college, Bax Bond followed in his mother's footsteps.

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John Oulton

Profile: John Oulton

John Oulton bought a car last summer. The 2008 Chevy Cobalt isn’t big or fancy. Car and Driver magazine described it that year as “an acceptable choice as a transportation appliance.”

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Cory LePore

Cory LePore

Bachelor's in economics
Hometown: Bethel

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Larissa Strunk

Larissa Strunk

Bachelor’s in secondary education
Hometown: Quinhagak

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Esther Berlin

Esther Berlin

Bachelor’s in digital journalism
Hometown: Kasigluk

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Kaitlin Tom

Kaitlin Tom

Bachelor’s in Yup’ik Eskimo
Hometown: Newtok

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Extraordinary Energy

Andrew Akelkok, a high school student in Dillingham, studies energy at UAF's Bristol Bay Campus in hopes of finding better sources for rural villages.

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Jesstin Patterson

Traditional lifestyle inspires studies in petroleum engineering

Jesstin Patterson attends petroleum engineering classes in Fairbanks, hundreds of miles from his home villages, but those places remain foremost in his mind — and often on his taste buds.

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Lonny Strunk

Lonny Strunk

Lonny Strunk grew up speaking Yup'ik, but living in Japan showed him how his Alaska Native language connects him to his culture and identity.

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UAF graduate, Erin Gingrich, and assistant professor of native arts, Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner

Extraordinary Art

UAF graduate, Erin Gingrich, and assistant professor of native arts, Da-Ka-Xeen Mehner

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