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Donors honored for university support

Submitted by Marmian Grimes
Phone: 907-474-7902

10/01/08

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Fairbanks Daily News-Miner Publisher Marilyn Romano served as emcee during UAF's 2008 Celebration of Giving event Sept. 30 at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
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Associate Vice Chancellor for Development Judyth Wier displays a cast iron remnant from an Alaska mine while addressing an audience of donors during UAF's 2008 Celebration of Giving event Sept. 30 at the University of Alaska Museum of the North.
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The University of Alaska Fairbanks honored more than 200 of its donors at an evening reception at the University of Alaska Museum of the North Tuesday, Sept. 30, 2008.

During the event, UAF recognized five donors in particular for their commitment to philanthropy and dedication to the university's mission: Joe and Ann Tremarello for individual giving; BP and ConocoPhillips for corporate giving; the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for foundational support and Syun-Ichi and Emiko Akasofu for faculty and staff support.

"Our honorees and all of our donors in attendance put into action through their philanthropic giving the notion that building a stronger and better Alaska is done through support of higher education--our students, our faculty, our staff," said Judyth Wier, associate vice chancellor for development.

Joe and Ann Tremarello
The Tremarellos have been part of the UAF community for more than five decades as students, staff members and supporters. Their donations have established and supported several UAF scholarships, including the Earl Maxwell Memorial Scholarship, named for Ann's father, and the Joseph Sr. and Rose R. Tremarello Scholarship, named for Joe's parents.

BP and ConocoPhillips
Both BP and ConocoPhillips are consistent and longstanding supporters of the university. BP donates to a wide variety of university programs and has been an important supporter of the university's International Polar Year efforts. ConocoPhillips is known for its support of Alaska Native programs, KUAC, the UA Museum of the North and the Alaska Nanooks. The broad-based support from each corporation has produced lasting effects on the programs and people of UAF.

The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation
A donation from the Mellon Foundation established a new fellowship program at UAF designed to increase the number of Alaska Native students earning doctorates at UAF and becoming higher education faculty members. The fellowship supports doctoral students in the dissertation-writing phase of their studies.

Syun-Ichi and Emiko Akasofu
Syun-Ichi's affiliation with the university began more than a half century ago when he was a graduate student at UAF. He is the founding director of the International Arctic Research Center, a professor emeritus and an international ambassador for UAF. He and Emiko have supported a variety of university programs, including IARC and the Geophysical Institute, the UA Museum of the North, Georgeson Botanical Garden and KUAC.

CONTACT: Judyth Wier, associate vice chancellor for development, at 907-474-5750 or via e-mail at j.wier@uaf.edu. Marmian Grimes, UAF public information officer, at 907-474-7902 or via e-mail at marmian.grimes@uaf.edu.

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