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Heather LaVerne: 2013 Outstanding Graduate in Humanities

Heather LaVerne, Outstanding Graduate — Humanities"Heather LaVerne is an excellent student, smart, articulate, and active in student organizations. She's a talented writer, a thoughtful scholar, and she excels in theater as well. She contributes a lively presence to any class, and has an exceptional sense of humor. She's confident and popular with her classmates. She and Erin Tripp are co-hosting the UAS Radio Show on Sunday afternoons and they play off each other wonderfully. They also bring a welcome levity to serious issues of voice and empowerment because they understand them but they can't help finding humor in life. In addition to her outstanding accomplishments as insightful writer and gifted student, Heather LaVerne brings a unique perspective on the world and its foibles through her work with theater and improvisation." —Arts and Sciences nominating committee

The faculty here have been so supportive and I appreciate everything they have done for me. Although I am a creative writing student, I did not spend the majority of my time in college cooped up in a room typing at a computer. To the contrary, I was actively involved in improv, Alpha Phi Omega, the Gay-Straight Alliance, and Alaskapella.

Some of the many highlights of my time here at UAS have been involvement with improv shows around the community, theatre on campus in productions such as Little Murders and The Vagina Monologues, the UAS-Lemon Creek Correctional Center Education Exchange Project, being published in Tidal Echoes two years in a row, writing my thesis under the support of faculty Ernestine Hayes, coming up with unique ways to give presentations through short video projects, and making some amazing friends along the way.

I hope to continue writing long into my adult life. I wish to write sketch comedy and plays and someday hope to take classes in improv at The Groundlings or Second City. For now, I'm pleased to remain active in Juneau's supportive artistic community.

UAS' 2013 Juneau Commencement will be held May 5 at 2:00 p.m. at the UAS Recreation Center.

Student Speaker Link

Crystal Rogers is receiving her Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in Independent Design, focusing on the art, language, government and history of indigenous and Western societies in Alaska, with a minor in Tlingit.

Learn more about Crystal Rogers, this year's student speaker at the UAS Commencement in Juneau on May 6th.