Student Activities features Utah band Meg and Dia

UAA’s Student Activities brought Meg and Dia, a rock band from Utah, to the campus on Thursday, Feb. 10 and Friday, Feb. 11 as part of a larger goal to provide entertainment, culture and community to UAA students.

The band made many fans while one campus, including Maggie Ahkvaluk, a dental hygiene major, who appreciated that Student Activities brought in a group from outside Alaska.  She became a fan after the band’s first performance in Cuddy Hall.

“I really like her voice and the lyrics, “ Ahkvaluk said.

Several students had previously heard of the band, including human services student Caroline Wilson, who had been a fan since high school.

In addition to Meg and Dia, Student Activities hosts many other events and guests on a weekly basis.  These events are sponsored in part by the Student Activities fee each student taking six or more credits pays.  Student Activities Programming Manager George Yang, a music major and nursing major, said the job of Student Activities is to enhance the busy lives of UAA students.

They attempt to do so in two different ways.  Every fall, members of Student Activities attend a convention where they learn skills and seek out talent. Musicians from across the United States come out to perform for consideration, including Meg and Dia.  Student activities also hosts tables and surveys frequently in order to get input from UAA students.

The ultimate goal is for students to have a good time according to Yang.

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“The best part of working with Student Activities is seeing the smiles,” Yang said.

Photos by Patrick McCormick