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UAF names outstanding graduating students


The University of Alaska Fairbanks honored dozens of students on Saturday at its annual student awards breakfast. Each spring, UAF recognizes students who have distinguished themselves throughout their academic careers.

Among those honored were the winners of the Marion Frances Boswell Memorial Award and the Joel Wiegert Award, which celebrate the outstanding graduating senior woman and outstanding graduating senior man, respectively.

Ingrid Dye, of Anchorage, received the 2016 Marion Frances Boswell Memorial Award. She is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in music performance.

Dye has earned 160 credits in her four years at UAF, all while maintaining a high grade-point average, working with six different music ensembles and serving as president of the UAF chapter for the National Association for Music Education during the 2015-16 school year. Dye, who plays the flute, has represented UAF in honor groups such as the College Band Directors National Association Intercollegiate Band and the World Association for Symphonic Bands and Ensembles World Youth Wind Orchestra.

Dye won the 2015-2016 UAF Music Department awards for Outstanding Music Major and Outstanding Graduating Senior. She plans to take 15 credits of student-teaching courses next fall to complete her bachelor’s degree in music education.

Eli Ward, who was born and raised on the Kenai Peninsula, received the 2016 Joel Wiegert Award. He is graduating with a bachelor’s degree in geological engineering.

Ward spent every semester of his college career on either the dean's list or chancellor’s list, while also volunteering his time to many different organizations. He was involved with the UAF Student Ambassador Program, participating in many recruitment events such as Inside Out for high school students, Kids2College for children in elementary school, and tours with hundreds of potential students to show them what UAF has to offer. His time was also spent with multiple student professional organizations and honor societies, with a goal of helping his classmates succeed and get the most out of their college careers.

After graduation, Ward is planning to work as a geotechnical engineer for the state of Alaska, focusing on the Southcentral region.


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