Homecoming Breakfast recognizes alumni, encourages support

Homecoming week offers plenty for students, as well as staff and faculty, but what about those who have finished their time at UAA? Well, those UAA grads can join in on Homecoming festivities with this year’s Homecoming Breakfast, put on by Alumni Relations.

Every year, Alumni Relations hosts events to get alumni back to their alma mater and support current students. This year, they will host their second Homecoming Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 12.

The event includes an awards ceremony, ways to support current UAA students and, of course, breakfast provided by Seawolf Dining.

There are three recipients who will be honored at the ceremony for their successes, chosen by a committee made up of past recipients. This year, Jennifer Thompson, president and CEO of Thompson and Co. Public Relations is the recipient of the Alumni of Achievement Award; Josie Wilson, director of strategic communications at HDR Inc., is the recipient of the Alumni Humanitarian Award; and Jason Hart, clinical practice manager at Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, was awarded this year’s Alumni Emerging Leader Award.

In past years, the Green and Gold Gala was Alumni Relations’ homecoming event, but the department changed it to this breakfast in 2017 with hopes of reaching more alumni.

“The Homecoming Breakfast is a different format [than the Gala]. It’s still partially centered around giving and centered around honoring our alumni of distinction, but it’s free for alumni,” Chelsea Avichayil, Alumni Relations’ outreach specialist, said. “It offers us a chance to engage some [alumni] we may not have been able to engage before.”

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Last year’s breakfast hosted just under 250 alumni. President Jim Johnsen and Chancellor Cathy Sandeen will be in attendance with some students who are part of invited organizations and clubs.

“I would love to be there to be a supportive facet of UAA student body,” Elena Peyton-Jones, a member of the Glee Club, who will be singing at the breakfast, said.

“A portion of it is just networking and bringing a bunch of alums together to celebrate not only our achievements but their achievements,” Avichayil said.

The Breakfast will be held at Cuddy Hall, and doors will open at 7 a.m. with the official program beginning at 7:30 a.m. Alumni interested in attending should call the Alumni Relations office at (907) 786-1942.