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            UAF School of Management Blog

            Alumni Focus: Conversation with Alumnus Jim Culley

            Alumni Focus: Conversation with Alumnus Jim Culley

              Jim Culley is Senior Vice President and Commercial Loan Officer at Mt. McKinley Bank. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from UAF in 1993. What does it mean to you to be a UAF alumnus? It means being a part of a very large family. I am always amazed at the exceptional people that I meet who have been impacted by UAF. I enjoy letting others know what a great university we have in Fairbanks Share with us an outstanding teacher or class. My favorite class was the Student Investment Fund when it was first getting started. I learned to analyze companies and try to decide if we wanted to invest in them or not. Then I presented this information to the class and tried to convince them why I was right. I use these tools every day now in my work as a commercial lender. What is a favorite college memory? Other than meeting my wife on campus, one of my favorite memories was my microeconomics class taught by Mr. Rainey, who also taught at Lathrop High School at the time. He gave real-world examples and then had us do small projects to demonstrate how these…

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            Students Get Professionally Polished

            Students Get Professionally Polished

            Another semester, another shopping spree! On Nov. 13-14, SOM hosted another “shopping spree” for School of Management students and students who are members of SOM student organizations. At this event, students are allowed to choose up to five free clothing items from a selection of professional clothing and shoes.

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            The Legacy of Michael Noel Wien

            The Legacy of Michael Noel Wien

            When someone holds a special place in your heart, makes a significant impact in your life, and changes the community for good, it is fitting to honor these contributions. This is especially true for those who seek to memorialize individuals through a scholarship. Education is the gift that lasts a lifetime, and a memorial scholarship provides a meaningful way for a family to honor that special person while carrying the legacy forward to future generations of students. The Wien family has recently started an endowed memorial scholarship in honor of Michael Noel Wien, middle named after his grandfather. Michael loved his Alaskan heritage, loved Fairbanks, loved the Interior, and loved Southeast Alaska. This scholarship will benefit students and encourage them to get a better education.

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            Success: This Is How SOM Alumna Mickela Lamb Does It

            Success: This Is How SOM Alumna Mickela Lamb Does It

            Mickela is a lifelong Alaskan who enjoys the great outdoors, thrives in a successful corporate career, supports causes she is passionate about, and travels the world. Growing up in rural St. Paul Island, where Mickela learned to speak and dance Aleut, her family relocated to Fairbanks when she was in the 5th grade and she later graduated from Lathrop High School. Mickela enrolled at UAF, and earned a Bachelor in Business Administration specializing in finance. Mickela successfully completed the MBA program at UAF, and was inducted into the Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society, an honor indicating she was among the top 20% of her MBA class.

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            Dedicated Donors – Joe & Barbara Beedle

            Dedicated Donors – Joe & Barbara Beedle

            The UAF School of Management Alumni Endowment launched this fall with a gift from Joe and Barbara Beedle, which was matched 2:1 by Northrim Bank for a total of $75,000 in honor of Joe’s recent retirement from the bank. Joe credits a great deal of his leadership skills to lessons learned and connections made while he was a student at SOM, and through his multiple links to UA Statewide and UAF.

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