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University Police At MSC

March 21, 2022 

Picture of Officer Kevin Steverson

Image of Officer Kevin Stevenson in his Univeristy Police Department uniform.

You may have already seen Officer Kevin Stevenson walking the halls of our campus. He is a member of the University Police Department (UPD) based at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) Campus. He has been a police officer for 30 years and 18 of those years have been with UPD.

Officer Stevenson is on our campus to provide safety and security for students, faculty and staff. He says “I want students, staff and facility to feel comfortable and come in and talk, even if they want to have a confidential conversation.”

While Stevenson is here for now, eventually he will rotate out with other UPD officers. Officers can perform vehicle jump starts, vehicle unlocks, on-campus escorts, safety education programs, and of course respond to calls for assistance.

If you need to get in touch with an officer, you are asked to call UPD Dispatch at (907) 786-1120. If you have an emergency, call 911 immediately. 

Financial Aid Workshops

March 20, 2022

The Mat-Su College is on a mission to dispel the myths that surround the cost of higher education. Join us for a complete walkthrough of the entire financial aid process.

  • The FAFSA application,
  • Scholarships,
  • Student loans,
  • FAFSA Myths,
  • Troubleshooting financial aid problems,
  • And, More!

The Financial Aid Workshops will include a PowerPoint presentation with Financial Aid Advisor Darla Budde. She says, "I always look forward to my workshops because I never know who is going to show up! I also just love to see a student’s face when they learn more about financial aid, because often they have misconceptions and end up leaving the workshop feeling much more positive than when we started!"

Students will be able to ask questions afterwards.

To sign up for this free opportunity, call 907-745-9762 or use this link to sign up online.

Alaska Mother of the Year (and More!)

March 29. 2022

Professor Claudia Jones in front of her class

Professor Claudia Jones infront of her class.

Being a great mom and a great woman may seem to have some overlap -- but being recognized as both, in the same year and by different well-known institutions is certainly a noteworthy achievement. One that can be claimed by Mat-Su Collage's own Professor Claudia Jones.

Claudia grew in Veracruz, Mexico and moved to the United States in 2013 after marrying her husband. She then started teaching Spanish at MSC in 2016.

Last month, Claudia was picked as the "2022 Alaska Mother of the Year" by American Mothers Inc., a national non-profit honoring mothers since 1935. She and the other top moms from around the country will be recognized during the 87th National Convention of American Mothers this April. At that time, one of the honorees, hopefully Claudia, will be named the National Mother of the Year.

With a flip of the calendar page from February to March came Claudia's next accolade, becoming one of USA TODAY’s Women of the Year. According to the national news agency, they picked Claudia because of her extraordinary work to create online educational resources for Spanish-speaking women, particularly in Latin America, who United Nations research shows experience some of the world's highest levels of income inequality.

The nonprofit program Claudia created, MORE Latinoamérica, has helped more than 15,000 people in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Mexico, Spain and Venezuela. 

Claudia told USA Today, "Personally, if I had not had an education, it would have been very difficult for me to overcome the adversities in my life. But I had those opportunities because I grew up in an upper middle-class family in Mexico -- a lot of women don’t, and I wanted to give others the same resources I had."