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From The Editor

Right now is a very interesting time. Of course, the same could be said about anywhere, given all that’s happened over the last two years. But in addition to how the university has responded, reoriented and recovered from global events, new leadership and developments at UAA have me excitedly looking ahead.

What comes next are stories about just that: what’s next — for UAA, for Seawolves and for the community. In this issue of Spirit, you’ll hear from accounting alumnus Gary Klopfer, whose $1 million gift to the College of Business and Public Policy will establish a fund to provide investment portfolio experience to students. And from geology alumna Charlie Detelich, whose position on a support team for the 2024 NASA Europa Clipper mission will contribute to what we know about life in the universe itself.

Guidance can make the difference between being sure and being lost for many. Read about the university’s successful Seawolf Mentor program and meet some of the mentees and the alumni mentors passing on their experience.

For a much needed bit of levity, check out psychology senior Tucker Sawyer’s research into the adorable laughter of rats and what his findings can more broadly reveal about the mysteries of our own human behavior.

After reading through this issue, you may have your own stories of what’s next or even what you’ve been up to. Should you do, please don’t hesitate to reach out and share with us at Alumni Relations. We always welcome the opportunity to reconnect with Seawolf Nation.

With Green and Gold Spirit,

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Matt Jardin, B.B.A. ’10