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October 10, 2014

UAA Air Force ROTC Detachment 001 named best in the Northwest

UAA’s Air Force ROTC Detachment 001 was named Best Small ROTC Detachment in the Northwest for the second year in a row. The detachment was selected from among more than 34 universities within the 19-state Northwest region.

Lt. Col. Glen Lehman, Air Force ROTC Detachment 001 Commander
Lt. Col. Glen Lehman
Air Force ROTC Detachment 001 Commander
Air Force ROTC judges considered the detachment’s production, education, recruiting and retention, university and public relations and cadet activities when determining which program to honor.

“I am extremely proud of the cadets and my six-member staff,” said U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Glen Lehman, Detachment 001 commander. “Receiving this award is a tribute to their teamwork and dedication.  Additionally, we could not have achieved this success without the support of the Community & Technical College and the university.”

Air Force ROTC Detachment 001 boasts approximately 30 cadets from UAA who will go on to compete for national recognition against three other regional award-winning programs.

Since its establishment in 2000 in the UAA Community & Technical College, Detachment 001 has commissioned 122 Air Force officers. The program includes students from across the university with broad academic interests. Graduates enter the Air Force as second lieutenants in a variety of career fields ranging from combat systems to missile operations to logistics.

Visit the UAA Air Force ROTC website for more information about Detachment 001.

October 2, 2014

UAA Aviation Technology Division expands flight-training fleet

For the first time ever, the UAA Aviation Technology Division has purchased its own, brand-new airplane for use in flight training. Flight operations manager Ashley Burrill received the honor of flying the twin-engine TECNAM P2006T aircraft home to Anchorage from the dealership in Virginia.

TECNAM P2006T
The UAA Aviation Technology Divisions's new
TECNAM P2006T is state of the art and will be used for
flight training in the Professional Piloting program.
Burrill touched down on Merrill Field on Thursday, Sept. 18, wrapping up a five-day adventure that took him 3,400 miles across the U.S. and Canada before arriving in Anchorage. The vendor’s pilot also joined Burrill for the trip, providing training specific to the aircraft along the way.

"It has been an honor to be the Aviation Technology Division’s representative in the physical acquisition of the new TECNAM P2006T," said Burrill. "I am very much looking forward to how this plane will contribute to student success and the value it will add to our students’ training. I think the updated technology and increased efficiency of this aircraft are notable and are positive contributions to the program’s overall effectiveness."

Piloting students will have the opportunity to fly the new plane, along with the existing fleet, to achieve their flight-training goals. Now that the sleek new plane is tethered to the division’s tarmac, it will make its contribution to student success and enhance instruction provided by this high-quality, technical program.

"The Professional Piloting program places a strong emphasis on quality flight training," said Rocky Capozzi, director of the Aviation Technology Division. "Having state-of-the-art equipment is essential in order for us to provide students with hands-on learning experiences that make them competitive in the aviation job market. It is also crucial to help us prepare students for the rigors of flying in Alaska’s often hazardous conditions."

With more than 200 communities completely off the road system, Alaskans depends heavily on aviation for travel within the state, medical evacuation, and transport of food, fuel and other supplies. The state of Alaska reports that Alaskans fly eight times more often than people in other states and ship 39 times more airfreight.

TECNAM P2006T arrives at Merrill Field

View photos of the plane's arrival.


Story by Clarice Dickess, Grants & Research Specialist and Kirstin Olmstead, Communications Coordinator, UAA Community & Technical College

Photos by Andrew Gichard, Aviation Technology Division/UAA Community & Technical College

September 22, 2014

Celebrity Chef Invitational raises nearly $44,000 for student scholarships

The 22nd annual Celebrity Chef Invitational took place on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the Lucy Cuddy Hall on UAA’s campus. The sold-out event highlighted the culinary creations of Chef Alfio Celia, executive chef of Carluccio’s USA—a U.K.-based Italian restaurant.

Chef Alfio Celia
The 2014 Celebrity Chef Invitational featured
the culinary creations of Chef Alfio Celia,
executive chef of Carluccio's USA.
The invitational featured a five-course extravaganza prepared by Celia, who was assisted by five of Anchorage’s most respected and prominent chefs. An Anchorage chef led the execution of each course, with the assistance of UAA’s talented culinary arts and hospitality students. Volunteers from sponsoring companies also participated, getting a unique behind-the-scenes look at how the kitchen and bakery operate during the black-tie event.

The invitational is a fundraiser to support scholarship opportunities and maintenance of state-of-the-art learning facilities for the UAA Culinary Arts and Hospitality & Restaurant Management programs. This year’s event raised nearly $44,000 for the UAA Culinary Arts and Hospitality Scholarship Fund.

About Executive Chef Alfio Celia
Chef Alfio Celia began his culinary career when he was 13, beginning in a deli learning the fundamentals of simple Italian cuisine. After mastering the basics of pizza and soup, Chef Alfio progressed to more complex dishes and techniques, always forging ahead, looking to become a superior chef. He mastered his skills at L’Academie de Cuisine in Gaithersburg, Maryland, and completed his externship at Volt by Bryan Voltaggio in Frederick, Maryland.

He went on to open his first restaurant at age 22, immersing himself in both catering and private chef work in Washington, D.C. For his innovative and creative work with ingredients, Chef Alfio placed first in Food Network’s premiere episode of “Kitchen Casino.” Chef Alfio is currently dividing his time between Washington, D.C., and London as executive chef for Carluccio’s—a U.K.-based Italian restaurant. He will open the first U.S. Carluccio’s in Washington, D.C., and spearhead additional openings both in the District of Columbia and across the U.S.

Local Anchorage Chefs
  • Chef Luke Doherty, Executive Chef, Sacks CafĂ©
  • Chef Matt Little Dog, Area Chef, NMS (MUSE, Varsity Sports Grill—Alaska Airlines Center, Creek Side Commons)
  • Chef Guy Conley, Executive Chef, Fat Ptarmigan
  • Chef Brie Lauren, Executive Chef, Bridge Seafood Restaurant
  • Chef Leah Gallahorn, Executive Chef, Simon & Seafort’s (UAA Culinary Arts Alumna)

2014 Celebrity Chef Invitational Slideshow
Watch a slideshow of the 22nd annual Celebrity Chef Invitational.


Created with flickr slideshow.


Photos by Philip Hall, Photographer, UAA Office of University Advancement
Story by Jessica Hamlin, Senior PR Specialist, UAA Office of University Advancement