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College of Business and Public Policy Showcase

Friday, October 13 | 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Interactive stations and engaging conversation!
  • Wine, beer, non-alcoholic beverages, & hors d’oeuvres.
    Must be 21+ to attend.
  • Tickets on Sale Now!

Spend your evening at UAA's Rasmuson Hall celebrating 50 Years of the College of Business and Public Policy. Join friends, classmates, and the community for an engaging evening of learning about programs that help our students become leaders in a rapidly changing world.

  • Enjoy drinks and delicious finger foods while you explore all three floors of Rasmuson Hall, CBPP's home on campus.
  • Celebrate the launch of our new Finance lab.
  • Experience our artificial intelligence lab through interactive demos.
  • Test your skills with experimental economics.
  • Find out how our accounting students fight fraud.
  • Talk policy, the Arctic, and social sciences with researchers from the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER).
  • Learn how you can connect to our students through job shadowing and internships.
  • Bid on select items in our silent auction.
  • Much more!

Tickets are only $50. A portion of your ticket will be donated to support CBPP student programs and scholarships.

Doors open at 4:30 P.M. • Program begins at 5:00 P.M. • This is a 21+ Event

Get Your Tickets Now!



CBPP and the Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER) have developed 10 short, interactive sessions to highlight our programs, research, and quality education. Choose from a variety of presentations and learn something new about opportunities for students and how CBPP is making an impact in our community and the state.

Session 1 (5:45 PM - 6:05 PM)

  • Intentional Creation of the Future Workforce of Alaska
    Bill Popp
    RH 101

    The workforce of Alaska’s future will not be created by luck alone. Our state must be intentional in its efforts to establish a skilled and growing workforce vital to encouraging investment in our state and securing our economy for the future. Bill Popp will outline key data and foundational elements necessary to make this future workforce a reality.

  • Calling All Teachers and Counselors!
    Andrea Jones
    RH 110

    Learn about the opportunities CBPP has to connect with your students. Be the first to see the newly created CBPP teacher/counselor portal that conveniently organizes information and resources in one place. Check out our new guest lecture offerings where a CBPP professor will come to your classroom to present a lecture or engage in an activity with your students.

  • Alleviate Alaska’s Brain Drain, Hire a UAA Student!
    Jennifer Brock, Terry Nelson
    RH 117

    The city’s employment base peaked at 183,000 in 2012 and now hovers near 160,000. But 80% of UA graduates work in Alaska within a year after graduation. Learn ways you can meet our outstanding students before they graduate through job shadowing, internships, and being a guest speaker!

Session 2 (6:15 PM - 6:35 PM)

  • Engage with Chat GPT and AI
    Helena Wisniewski, Mike Jones
    RH 101

    Meet CHAT GPT by OpenAI, a cutting-edge conversational AI. Utilizing deep learning and vast internet data, it simulates human-like text interactions. Experience how CHAT GPT can assist with tasks, creative endeavors, tutoring, coding, and much more. With the advancements in AI, CHAT GPT is a glimpse into the future of humancomputer interaction, offering exciting possibilities across various fields and industries. (Written by Chat GPT). Take the opportunity to ask it questions and explore its capabilities.

  • ISER and UAA in the Arctic
    Diane Hirshberg
    RH 117

    What does it mean that ISER does “Arctic research”? What do students study in an MPP class on Arctic Policy Issues? and what is this “UArctic” thing that UAA is part of? Learn about ISER, CBPP, and UAA engagement in Arctic research and education, and the opportunities for students, staff, and community partners to engage in a region of growing importance to the US and the globe.

  • REAL Opportunities. REAL Connections. REAL Careers.
    Terry Fields
    Weidner Center (RH 111)

    The Weidner Property Management and Real Estate (WPM+RE) Program offers students educational and experiential opportunities in real estate management, brokerage, investment, and more. Nationally-unique, the WPM+RE Program prepares students and connects them with careers in Alaska and beyond.

  • Learn about the OEC and minor in Alaska Native Business Management
    Joy Boston
    RH 110

    Do you plan to live and work in Alaska? Then you need to understand how Alaska Native Corporations (ANCs) work. Learn about our OEC and minor in Alaska Native Business Management, which covers the history, culture and management of ANCs and is critical knowledge for anyone planning to live and work in Alaska.

Session 3 (6:45 PM - 7:05 PM)

  • Cooking the Books & the Justice for Fraud Victims Project
    Soren Orley, Pat Berry
    RH 101

    Suddenly cash won’t cover expenses. Your books indicate everything is fine. You wonder, why is cash so tight, and why does the CFO have so many new cars? That’s where UAA’s Justice for Fraud Victims Project (JFVP) come in. Learn how the students of JFVP and their CFE mentors solve this mystery.

  • Share your opinion! Help CBPP Faculty develop the best employees for you!
    Julie Wrigley, Stasia Straley
    RH 110

    CBPP prioritizes improvement! Help us brainstorm qualities Alaska’s employers want from CBPP graduates. Share your thoughts and provide feedback with CBPP Faculty to help us bring you even better qualified employees!

  • Kiviq – A Market Trading Game
    Paul Johnson, Kevin Berry, Jim Murphy, Lance Howe
    RH 117

    UAA faculty designed a market trading game to teach students about the fundamentals of supply and demand. Kiviq is being used in classrooms across the country and around the world. Join us during this session to try your hand at Kiviq and better understand economics by seeing the market.


Showcase Silent Auction Items

We are excited about the varied silent auction items our team has pulled together for guests to bid on during the CBPP Showcase. There’s something here for everyone! Bidding will take place on the first floor of Rasmuson Hall from 5-7 pm. Proceeds will support the College of Business & Public Policy student programs and scholarships.

  • Seawolf Experience Package
    UAA mascot Spirit

    Celebrate your inner Seawolf with:

    • Season tickets to sporting events
    • Apparel
    • Planetarium tickets for Spring 2024
    • 30 minutes on our Redbird Flight simulator
    • Gift certificate to Lucy’s Restaurant
    • Spring 2024 semester pass to campus facilities like the pool, gym, and ice rink.
    • BONUS: one year of free campus parking!
  • Onsite Corporate Training: Learn from CBPP Faculty
    CBPP Faculty

    Your team will benefit from a four-hour workplace training opportunity on your choice of topics such as Diversity, Human Resources, Negotiations, or the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. Associate Dean Dr. Terry Nelson, along with professors Sharon Lind, Julie Wrigley, and Kori Callison, will present this incredible leadership and training opportunity for up to 20 participants — with snacks!

  • Alaska Airlines Tickets for 2
    Alaska Airlines Logo

    New York or Palm Springs? Las Vegas or Orlando? Plan a special getaway starting with two Alaska Airlines tickets (Restrictions apply).

  • Dinner with UAA Chancellor Sean Parnell and Sandy Parnell
    The Bridge Co. Restaurant

    You and 5 guests will join Chancellor Sean Parnell and wife Sandy for dinner at The Bridge Co., compliments of co-owner and CBPP alumnus Tana Skye Nevada ‘16. Enjoy three courses of culinary delights with wine pairings prepared by co-owner Chef Lexa Gokey.

  • Port of Alaska logo
    Personal Tour: Port of Alaska

    Behind-the-scenes tour for four of the Port of Alaska operations led by Port Director Steve Ribuffo. Leave with a clear understanding of what this important Alaska supply chain connection means to the state and the nation. Ends with a hosted lunch.

  • Lunch with CBPP’s Dean Nofsinger

    You and three guests will join Dean John Nofsinger, author of 17 books and five-time Ironman finisher for lunch at Lucy’s Restaurant, UAA campus fine dining. Talk of teaching, finance, travel, or just about anything. Winner of this package will also receive several of John’s autographed books, including the most recent, “Sustainable Investing.”

  • AEDC Alaska Economic Forecast Luncheon - Table for 10
    AEDC logo

    Be the first to have your table reserved for the January 24, 2024 luncheon to hear AEDC’s presentation of the 1-year economic forecast for Anchorage. This package is for ten guests and is the largest sit-down business event in Alaska!

  • Alaska Railroad
    Alaska Railroad Tickets and Framed Print

    All aboard! This year the Alaska Railroad celebrates 100 years! Ride the rails with two round-trip tickets that reveal the beauty of the Alaska landscape! Also included is a beautifully framed photo of a train taken by Chris Mahlberg, husband of CBPP’s Heather Mahlberg.

  • Slay Sockeye Salmon with Dean Nofsinger and the Jones family

    You and a guest will enjoy a boat ride up the Kenai river to fish for sockeye salmon with CBPP Dean Nofsinger and Josiah Jones, husband of CBPP’s own Andrea Jones. Fishing gear, picnic lunch, and fish processing included. All you need is a license, waders, and a love of the great Alaskan outdoors!

  • Teri Lindseth
    Original Painting by Alaska Artist and Alum Teri Lindseth

    Brilliant colors and ultra-thick texture bring to life vibrant Alaska landscapes for your home or office. Teri’s work can be found adorning personal and corporate collections throughout the U.S., as well as select Alaska galleries.

Thank You for Bidding!

You'll be able to find full descriptions/limitations and bid sheets on the first floor of Rasmuson Hall the night of the event. Proceeds will support the College of Business & Public Policy student programs and scholarships.


Advisory Board Co-Hosts

We are grateful for their ongoing support for the success of this event.
  • Bruce Bustamante² (BBA ‘99)
  • Art Clark
  • Amy Cooper
  • Art Dahlin
  • Lori Davey² (MBA ‘99)
  • Bob Doehl
  • Brian Franklin² (BBA ‘12)
  • Rick Goodfellow
  • Patty Hickok
  • Martin Martensen
  • Debra Mason
  • Sophie Minich² (BBA ‘89)
  • Kathy Moffitt
  • Tana Skye Nevada² (BBA ‘16)
  • Sarah Oates, Chair
  • Rebecca Parker
  • Bill Popp
  • Jessica Roley
  • Carin Silkaitis
  • Andrea Story² (BBA ‘95)
  • Chad Stovall
  • Jenna Wright²
  • Joe Zimmermann² (BT ‘79)
² UAA alumni
Individual donor

Premiere Partner

First National Bank Alaska


Anchorage Economic Development Corporation Alaska CHARR AT&T The Bridge Co. Restaurant Chevron/Denali Marketing CIRI Klondike Promotions KPMG MedPhysicals Plus Northrim Bank Peak Trust Company Rasmuson Foundation R&M Consultants, Inc. Superman Moving Thomas, Head & Greisen, PC

Proceeds of this event and a portion of ticket sales will support the College of Business & Public Policy student programs and scholarships. Donations will be receipted by the University of Alaska Foundation.