Nov. 2021, Issue 1

Dear Alumni and Friends,


I am writing to introduce myself as the new Dean of the College. Four months ago, I arrived in Alaska, from Montana and have been busy getting to know our programs and people. I am impressed with our inspirational faculty and dedicated staff. As I learn more about the amazing CAS stories, I am eager to share them with you - our alumni, students, faculty, staff, retirees, donors, champions, and community partners via this quarterly newsletter. I also encourage you to stay connected to CAS via our social media links below.


This year we will be focused more than ever on the student experience and in helping students fulfill their educational goal of obtaining a college degree. Student persistence is most directly tied to engagement and a feeling of being connected. This fall we established a fund called the CAS Student Success Support Fund to do just that. The fund is designed for broad use across the College to promote a wide range of student engagement activities, to strengthen our connection with CAS students, and provide opportunities for students to succeed.


We are also working on better explaining the value of an education and how it prepares students for the jobs of today and the jobs of the future. Critical thinking and problem solving, teamwork and collaboration, oral and written communication, and an ability to obtain and process information are the top skills employers are seeking. A broad-based education in the College of Arts and Sciences provides these life-long skills and prepares students for the future.


I look forward to connecting with you, to learn about your amazing story and your experience at UAA, and to hear your thoughts for the future. In this Dean’s Dispatch, we picked out a few of the many CAS Amazing Stories to highlight this fall - I hope you enjoy. 



Dr. Jenny McNulty, Dean

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Student Spotlight:

Charlie Detelich

Geological Sciences

Applied geological sciences master’s graduate Charlie Detelich vividly remembers the day she was offered a position at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory supporting the NASA Europa Clipper mission planned to launch in October 2024.

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Faculty Spotlight:

Ian Hartman


"So much of my work involves networking and making those connections—sitting down with people, hearing their stories and trying to bring those stories to life in a narrative form to new audiences. There’s an incredible amount of partnership that has to happen to deliver history to our students and to the public."

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Donor Spotlight:

Becky Patterson Bunde

“I just want people to know how easy it is to help. You don’t have to do exactly what I did, but there are so many different ways to support students. And it matters – people at my age helping younger people makes them feel good about themselves."

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A Note from Our Provost

Help us support our students

Enjoy this short video message from UAA Provost Denise Runge on Giving Day 2021 and the new CAS Student Success Support Fund which provides students with meaningful opportunities to connect, succeed and graduate.

UAA Giving Day

Upcoming Events

In Tandem With Time, Rivers Become

Presented by the Kimura Gallery

Sept 10 - Nov 19, 2021 | Online

UA Giving Day 2021: 49 Hours of Giving

November 9 - 10, 2021 | Online

UAA Fall Commencement 

December 12, 2021 | Alaska Airlines Center & Online

Stay tuned for more CAS and UAA events as we continue our return to regular campus activities.

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The Dean's Dispatch is a publication of the College of Arts & Sciences at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

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