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Icicle Seafoods gift extends throughout the University of Alaska, Company surpasses $1 million in donations to university system

The University of Alaska Foundation today announced a $300,000 gift
from Icicle Seafoods Inc. for scholarships, student aid, research and
technology programs throughout the UA System. The many programs
benefitting from the gift include rural campuses and the communities
they serve, as well as opportunities for both secondary and
post-secondary students.

This is the latest in a string of generous gifts to the university
that brings Icicle’s total donations to UA over the past five years to
a remarkable $1.1 million.

“Through its consistent and generous donations, Icicle is providing
the university a tremendous opportunity to bolster student
scholarships and integrate more technology into the classroom; provide
more research about Alaska fisheries and seafood markets; and expand
marine science programs,” said Carla Beam, president of the UA
Foundation. “This is a perfect example of a company using its
donations strategically, for the benefit of the overall health of its
industry.”

Gunnar Knapp, a fisheries professor at the Institute of Social and
Economic Research at the University of Alaska Anchorage, noted a
significant share of Icicle’s support goes to support fisheries
economics research at ISER.

“They have been instrumental to my being able to offer a new course in
fisheries economics and to continue tracking trends in markets for
Alaska seafood,” Knapp noted. “But I’m particularly pleased that
Icicle has supported many branches of the University of Alaska in
coastal communities across Alaska with donations for vocational
programs, scholarships, equipment and in many other ways that make an
enormous difference in the university’s ability to serve people in
these communities.”

Icicle Seafoods President and Chief Executive Officer Dennis Guhlke
said, “We are pleased to be able to support the University of Alaska
in providing educational and training opportunities for Alaskans to
enable them to enter the workforce with the knowledge and skills
needed to be successful. We take great honor and pleasure in
contributing to the further development of this next generation of
leaders.”

Icicle’s latest $300,000 donation benefits the following:

·      ISER, UAA: Icicle Fisheries Fund, created to strengthen ISER’s
capacity to engage in research and instruction regarding Alaska’s
fishing industry and seafood markets, $85,000

·      Kenai Peninsula College’s Kachemak Bay Campus: Learning
Resource Center, $10,000

·      Kachemak Bay Campus: part-time technology staff, for eLearning
classroom technology, $10,000

·      Kenai Peninsula College: Icicle Seafoods Scholarships, $5,000

·      Kodiak College: Icicle Seafoods Scholarships, $12,000; general
fund support, $3,000

·      University of Alaska Southeast (Juneau): Icicle Seafoods
Scholarships, $5,000

·      UAS (Juneau): career education/dual enrollment scholarships to
allow Petersburg high school students to earn college credit and
support UAS Fisheries Technology instruction in the high school,
$5,000

·      UAS (Juneau): undergraduate Icicle Seafoods fisheries and
Marine Science Research Endowment, $30,000

·      UAS (Ketchikan): Fish Tech Program, for expansion of fisheries
education opportunities to secondary and post-secondary students in
Craig, Ketchikan, Petersburg, Kake, Juneau, Sitka, Valdez, Kodiak and
Dillingham, $50,000

·      University of Alaska Fairbanks: Alaska Business Week, a
partnership with the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce in which high
school teams simulate running their own businesses for a week, $25,000

·      UAF: Alaska Tsunami Ocean Sciences Bowl, a regional competition
for Alaska high school students on topics related to oceanic studies,
for scholarship awards, $25,000

·      UAF Bristol Bay Campus: Icicle Seafoods Scholarships, $10,000

·      Bristol Bay Campus: science center renovation, $25,000

Icicle Seafoods was founded in Petersburg in 1965, and is one of
Alaska’s largest seafood processors with operations in Petersburg,
Seward, Homer, Egegik, Larsen Bay and Adak. Icicle also operates a
fleet of floating processors at various locations around the state.

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