Student Advisory Council

Student Advisory Council

The School of Management’s Student Advisory Council (SAC) was formed in 2008 to provide opportunities for School of Management (SOM) students to voice their opinions on the direction of the school. The Student Advisory Council is a liaison between SOM students and the SOM dean.

The 2018-19 SAC members are listed below with the group they are representing.

Sam Altenberger

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International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM)

Sam Altenberger is a graduate student pursuing a Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) degree at the UAF School of Management. He is from Seattle, Washington and graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in geosciences from Pacific Lutheran University in 2018. Sam is currently working as a firefighter with the University Fire Department in Fairbanks.

His previous experience includes working as an emergency management intern at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and Pacific Lutheran University. He has also previously worked as a fire systems technician and as a campus safety officer. In his free time, Sam enjoys hiking, running, and geocaching. Sam is excited to serve the School of Management Student Advisory Council representing the University of Alaska Fairbanks student chapter of the International Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM).

Erik Andersen

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Associated Students of Business (ASB) / National Millennial Community (NMC)

Erik Andersen was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and graduated from North Pole High School in 2016. He decided to stay local and attend University of Alaska, Fairbanks, where he is a junior pursuing a BBA in accounting. Erik has been recently recognized as the 2017-2018 Outstanding Student of the Year in Principles of Accounting.

For the past three summers, he has worked as a tour guide at the Riverboat Discovery, where he shares and teaches his Alaskan Native culture and history to others. When he is not busy with school or work, he likes to go kayaking, hiking, and camping.


Jillian Bjornstad

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Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL)

Jillian Bjornstad is from the Aleutian community of Sand Point. She lived there all her life and is proud to be Unangan (Aleut). She decided to go to UAF because it seemed like the best choice for the goals she has in mind. Currently, Jillian is a junior seeking a degree in business administration. She has been working with NABL (Native Alaskan Business Leaders) since the fall of 2016 and they won 3rd place in the AIBL (American Indian Business Leaders) business competition in the Spring of 2018. Jillian graduated high school as valedictorian in 2016 and was on the Chancellor's list for her first two semesters at UAF.

Salem Dogbe

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UAF Society for Human Resource Management (UAF SHRM)

Salem Dogbe is the treasurer and an active member of the student chapter of the UAF Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM). He received his BA in finance from the School of Management in 2018. From Illinois, he served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Alaska with the 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team. He loves outdoor activities such as hiking, fishing, and learning to cross-country ski. Fluent in French, he believes that community involvement is the playground to learn,

to discover, and to solve our challenges. Acting as a community organizer, he works behind the scenes supporting several local events. He has been the former president of the club Aim Innovative Minds (AIM) and currently serves on the board of the Fairbanks Arts Association (FAA).

Patty Eagan

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Master of Business Administration (MBA) Program

Patty Eagan was born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska and is a third generation UAF graduate. After completing two years of college in California, Patty returned to UAF and was grateful for the opportunities the School of Management provided, such as joining the Associated Students of Business (ASB) and meeting with companies in Atlanta and Seattle as part of the National Millennial Community (NMC). Last spring, Patty graduated with her bachelor’s degree in business administration.

She also worked at the Geophysical Institute in the Public Relations Department. Now she is excited to continue to be a part of SOM while working as a teaching assistant and pursuing graduate school for her MBA. Patty enjoys being involved in both the UAF and Fairbanks, as well as traveling, backpacking, skiing, climbing, ice fishing, blueberry picking, and rafting.

Claire Everts

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Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD)

Claire Everts is a junior at the UAF School of Management seeking a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a focus in marketing and a minor in art history. She works at the School of Management as a marketing assistant. Claire was born and raised in Alaska and enjoys every aspect of the Alaskan lifestyle.

She currently serves as the vice president of Students Offering Leadership Development (SOLD). When she is not working or in school, Claire loves to adventure – whether traveling across the world or spending time at her family’s lake cabin.

Olivia Jeans

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Cadet Club (ROTC)

Olivia Jeans is currently a junior at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, pursuing her degree in biology. Olivia is currently enrolled in the Senior ARMY ROTC program on a three-year ROTC scholarship, where she will commission as an active duty 2nd Lieutenant in May of 2020. She spends her free time skiing, hunting, and hiking with her dog. Olivia hopes to one day become an ophthalmologist in the United States Army.

Michael Romanovsky

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Active and Innovative Minds (AIM)

Michael Romanovsky is currently a senior at UAF and pursuing a degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing. Born and raised in Fairbanks, Alaska, Michael has seen the growth of small businesses becoming established community hotspots. Michael is currently one of the co-presidents of AIM and is on the Nanook Diversity and Action Center (NDAC) Council. On his off-days, Michael loves to go camping and explore new areas around interior Alaska.

Rebecca Strickland

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Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP)

Rebecca Strickland is a senior at UAF, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in accounting. She currently serves as the vice president for Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP). Rebecca is a lifelong Alaskan, born and raised in Bethel, where she lived for 18 years until moving to Anchorage after high school graduation. Rebecca loves animals, country music, and traveling.

Floyd Wright Jr.

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Master of Security and Disaster Management (MSDM) Program

Floyd Wright Jr. is a teacher’s assistant in the Master of Security and Emergency Management (MSDM) degree program. Floyd moved to Fairbanks after getting out of the Navy in 1994. Floyd graduated this past May with a bachelor’s degree from the HSEM program. Floyd has five children: Brennen, Krystynna, William, Clara, and Robert. Floyd volunteers his time coaching youth sports in the fall and summer.