Student Government Update

For the UAS Whalesong
Hello fellow students! Hope midterms didn’t wipe you out! We have been actively trying to reach out to the student population and we have started Monday Morning Coffee with Student Government. We would love for you to come our office and tell us what is on your mind, whether it is something that is bugging you about your classes or an idea that you have that could make our campus a better place for all of us students, we want your ideas! This will be every Monday from 10:30 to 1 pm and we will have fresh coffee and yummy snacks!
We recently have given out some travel grants to students who are looking to not only pursue their education but really dive into certain aspects of their studies. We really enjoyed Halloween as we had many departments, staff members and students dress up and enjoy the holiday. President Conerton attended the Board of Regents Meeting in Anchorage the first week of November and attended a retreat with the Coalition of Student Leaders; the Student Governments of the University of Alaska system as a whole. We will be looking into our favorite week of the semester – De Stress Fest Week! If you have any ideas of what you would like to see on campus the week before finals, please let us know! You can always come by the office at any point, we do have K-cups for your coffee needs and would love to talk to you about how your experience has been at the University and how we can make it even better! Our office is located in Lower Mourant right across from SAB by the elevator. You can email us at and or call 796-6517 to reach us! Also check us out on Facebook –

Member Biographies (Continued):

Vice President Naawéiyaa (Austin) Tagaban
Austin Tagaban was born and raised in Juneau. He is pursuing a Bachelors of Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Alaska Native Languages and Studies. Austin is Tlingit from Khóok Hít, Cherokee, Pilipino, and English.

​Senator Naomi Edenshaw
Hello, my name is Naomi Rose Edenshaw. She is 18 years old. She has five brothers and one sister. She is the daughter of Rosalind Washington and Ivan Edenshaw. She is the granddaughter of Doreen Washington and Paul Washington. She is Haida and Tlingit of the Eagle clan. She was born in Ketchikan, Alaska and raised in Hydaburg, Alaska. She stayed there until she was about five years old. In 2002, she moved to Anchorage, Alaska, and stayed there until she was in the eighth grade. After six years, she moved to Saint Paul Island, Alaska for the rest of school. She was the Valedictorian of her class of seven people.
​What does her future look like? In the future, she plans on becoming a lawyer. She intends to become a prosecuting attorney. Her goal is to attend an Ivy League college. Her dream colleges are Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and Stanford. In the upcoming week, she wants to apply for those colleges. If she gets admitted to one of my dream colleges, then she will attend there next year. Furthermore, she is proud to be going here to the University of Alaska Southeast and having a great time with her first year experience. Go Whales!

Senator Griffin Plush
Griffin is a freshman in the Social Sciences program. He works at the REC Center and is the student representative of the Sustainability Club. In the summers he works at Kenai Fjords National Park as an interpretive Ranger. He also serves on the boards of the Alaska Center for the Environment and Alaska Conservation Voters.

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