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Samantha Becker: 2013 Outstanding Graduate — Geography

Samantha Becker, Outstanding Graduate — Geography "As a student Sammy Becker is truly outstanding, responsible, competent, an independent and sharp thinker, a phenomenal example of the ideal geography and environmental studies student. She is a critical thinker about justice, gender, tourism, adventure, history -- a wonderful student to work with on so many fronts." -Arts and Sciences nominating committee

I was born and raised near Anchorage, Alaska and decided to come to UAS in a new and different region of Alaska. Since my first year I have completed two major expeditions on Mt. Denali and in Ecuador, along with being present on nearly every Outdoor Studies outing since 2009. Although most of my time here feels as though it was spent in the rainy Juneau backcountry, I feel proud to have expanded my interests and was published in this year’s Tidal Echoes literary journal. 

I don’t think the combination of academics and leisure through the ODS program would have been possible at any other school, and I am convinced that it is the core of my success. I hope to continue to critically evaluate the connections between geographic location, identity, and the natural world as I embark on a several month long bike tour this fall!

Samantha is a UA Scholar.

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.