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ANSEP shares condolences for Mike Nabers

18-Dec-2017
Dear ANSEP Community:
 
It is with a deep sadness that I pass along news that our friend and brother Mike Nabers died unexpectedly early last Friday morning. The loss of such a vibrant person is hard to explain and harder to understand. The ANSEP team extends our deepest sympathy to the families, ANSEPers, friends, ANTHC co-workers, ANSEP staff and faculty, and others who are affected by this news.
 
Mike was from Wainwright, Alaska. I first met Mike and recruited him to be part of ANSEP when he was a student at East High School. Even back then, Mike had a bright and jovial personality. He was chosen for the 1999 ANSEP Summer Bridge internship component with seven other recent high school graduates. As a university student, he quickly became a leader by mentoring and encouraging younger students as they joined ANSEP. Mike earned a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Alaska Anchorage in 2005. He helped lay the foundation for what ANSEP is today.
 
Mike went on to work as a Construction Engineer at Hawaiian Dredging Construction Company, Regional Director for ANSEP Precollege Programs, and President of Eskimo Water Drilling in Texas. Most recently, Mike worked as an Operations Engineer at ANTHC’s Alaska Rural Utility Collaborative (ARUC) program, where he was dearly loved. While at ANTHC, Mike facilitated ANSEP Acceleration Academy learning activities, advocated for paid internships for ANSEP students, and recruited ANSEP alumni into professional positions.
 
Here are several resources that tell more of Mike’s life stories: 
  • http://www.ansep.net/student-success-stories/michael-nabers
  • https://anthc.org/news/anthc-engineers-help-ansep-acceleration-academy-students-learn-about-the-science-of-clean-water/
During this difficult time of need, the University and Anchorage communities have many excellent programs and resources to turn to for assistance if you find yourself in need or you know someone who needs help. I want to highlight a few of them:
 
Resources for UAA students
UAA Student Health and Counseling Center: 786-4048
UAA Psychological Services: 786-1795
UAA CARE Team: 786-6058
UAA Counselor on Call (24 hours): 317-2332
University Police Department (24 hours)786-1120
 
Off-campus Anchorage resources
Providence Psychiatric Emergency Department: 212-2800
Providence Family Practice Center: 562-9229
Southcentral Foundation Fireweed Clinic: 729-2500
24 Hour Crisis Hotline “Alaska Careline”: 1 (877) 266-4357 (or Text: ‘4help’ to 839863)
 
Resources for UAA employees
Deeroaks Employee Assistance Program1 (866) 993-7650
www.deeeroakseap.com
username: UofA; password: UofA
 
Alaska Department of Health and Human Services Careline Crisis Intervention
http://dhss.alaska.gov/dbh/Documents/Prevention/docs/Careline-Brochure-General.pdf
 
We know that you may want to reach out to the family and other ANSEPers to offer support and condolences. We will let you know if additional information becomes available about other arrangements or opportunities to offer support.
 
Please take care of yourselves and each other, and do not hesitate to reach out to your ANSEP family, any family member or friend, or the resources listed above if you find yourself in crisis, distress, or contemplating suicide. Whatever struggles you are facing you are not alone.
 
Thank you for all the care and concern I know you will give each other during this very sad time. 
 
Herb Schroeder