Every year, SOM releases two newsletters to highlight important SOM events and achievements,
and to acknowledge our hardworking faculty and student organizations.
This edition launches with a brand new feature: engaging, online versions of select
newsletter stories, with additional photos to enjoy.
Read on to learn about the success of the first-ever UA Giving Day, the impact of
Usibelli Coal Mine's generous history of supporting UAF students and programs, SOM
alumnus and former Alaska Nanooks hockey player Anton Martinsson's perspective on
SOM, and more.
UA Giving Day Takes its Place in History
This fall, the University of Alaska hosted its first-ever Giving Day. In true Alaskan
style, UA Giving Day was expanded into “49 Hours for the 49th State,” and included
all three UA campuses. We weren’t sure what to expect and had all kinds of contingency
plans, but within hours we were stunned by the virtual turnout.
Usibelli Coal Mine: Generations of support inspire others to give
Usibelli Coal Mine’s altruistic support is relevant and timely - in tune with the
pulse of students and adjusting to the landscape of need. The company has been a leader,
as well as a pioneer, in its philanthropic efforts. With such incredible generosity,
one might wonder what inspires UCM to continue to give.
The Path to Partnership at a “Big 4” Accounting Firm
Mike Fink is a UAF School of Management alumnus who earned degrees in accounting and
business administration (with a finance concentration) in 2003 and 2004. His recent
promotion to partner at KPMG’s Anchorage office makes him the first SOM graduate to
become a partner at one of the “Big 4” accounting firms.
Anton Martinsson Stays Square to the Puck and his Academics
UAF alumnus Anton Martinsson graduated in 2020 with a bachelor’s degree in business
administration and a concentration in finance. While he has moved on to pursue his
MBA and play hockey in Rhode Island, we decided to get Anton’s perspective on his
four years at the School of Management.
SOM Success: Three Inspiring Stories of Career Advancement
Why is one of SOM’s newest programs, the Bachelor of Applied Management program, so
popular? As the BAM program gains more interest from incoming students, SOM wanted
to find out why students chose to advance their technical education to the management