ANCHORAGE – University of Alaska Anchorage interim athletic director Tim McDiffett announced Tuesday that former student-athletes Curtis Glencross (hockey) and Mary (Pearce) Ahonen (women’s outdoor track & field), along with longtime supporter Bobbi Ramos Olson, have been selected as the newest members of the Seawolf Hall of Fame.

The Class of 2017 will be inducted in a public ceremony at the Alaska Airlines Center on Sunday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.

Nominations for the 2016 class were accepted through May 1. Former UAA student-athletes and teams are eligible for nomination 10 years following their last competition at UAA. Former UAA coaches and staff members are eligible five years following their university service. Volunteer contributors may be nominated at any time.

Seawolf Hall of Fame inductees are chosen by an athletic director-appointed committee consisting of UAA Athletics staff, coaches, boosters, volunteers and faculty members.

Here is a look at the accomplishments of the Seawolf Hall of Fame Class of ’17:

In two seasons with the Seawolves, Curtis Glencross [2002-04] delivered a combination of skills – speed, toughness, and a knack for finding the back of the net – that made him a fan favorite and put fear into the hearts of UAA’s Western Collegiate Hockey Association opponents. And after taking his lumps during a painful 1-28-7 freshman campaign, no player was more responsible for the team’s turnaround the following season. Glencross was the top goal- and point-scorer on a 2003-04 Seawolf team that posted a 13-win improvement and achieved the program’s deepest run in the WCHA era, reaching the WCHA Final Five semifinals thanks to his four goals and one assist in six playoff games. With 21 goals and 13 assists as a sophomore, the Red Deer, Alberta, native became the first Seawolf in nearly a decade to top the 20-goal and 30-point barriers. In addition to a hat trick and 4-point effort in a Dec. 2003 win over Colorado College, he delivered an explosive playoff performance the following spring, including two goals in the deciding Game 3 of UAA’s first-round series at Wisconsin. Departing for a guaranteed minor-league contract with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, Glencross played three full seasons in the American Hockey League before making his NHL debut in 2007 and, after suiting up for Anaheim, Columbus and Edmonton over a two year stretch, finally landed with the Calgary Flames in 2008. A fixture in the Flames’ lineup over the next seven seasons, he was dealt to Washington toward the end of his final season in 2015, finishing his NHL career with 134 goals and 141 assists in 507 games – all highs for a Seawolf alum. Since retiring from hockey, Glencross has remained active in both business and philanthropy in the Calgary area, working as a consultant and running the Glencross Invitational Charity Roughstock Event, which has raised over $1.2 million since its founding in 2011. Curtis and his wife Tanya are the parents of three children, Karter, Paisley and Stratton.

In her four decades as a volunteer, supporter and donor, it’s easier to list the aspects of the Seawolf Athletics program that Bobbi Ramos Olson has not touched. A former financial planner and still active in the Anchorage business community, Olson started her involvement with UAA during the program’s infancy, serving on the committee for the inaugural GCI Great Alaska Shootout – then known as the Sea Wolf Classic – in 1978, and as the committee chair for the inaugural Northern Lights Invitational women’s basketball tournament in 1980. One of a handful of people to attend every Shootout and NLI, she has served in virtually every capacity for those events, including 10 years as a Seawolf Captain and 17 years as Seawolf Captains coordinator, the 1991 Shootout Chair, and 52 combined years of committee involvement. Prior to the formation of UAA’s individual booster clubs into the Seawolf Athletic Association, Olson was a board member and president of both the Rebounders (men’s basketball) and 3-Point (women’s basketball) booster clubs, as well as a member of the Blueliners and Spikers organizations, and she has remained highly active with the SAA. Along with supporting individual sports, her contributions have touched the entire department over the years as she worked to coordinate multiple Seawolf auctions and golf tournaments, served six years as an Interscholastic Athletic Board member, helped five times with UAA search committees for athletic directors or basketball coaches, and currently serves on the UAA Advisory Committee. When not attending home games or traveling the country to follow the Seawolves on the road, Bobbi and her husband Jim have backed up their actions with financial support, helping with the formation of the Seawolf Legacy Fund and becoming one of its inaugural contributors, and making a major gift that resulted in the naming of the Jim & Bobbi Olson Conference Room at the Alaska Airlines Center. Currently a member of the Municipality of Anchorage’s Advisory Board, she has been just as active outside UAA Athletics as a business person and philanthropist, serving as development director for Anchorage Women’s Aid in Crisis; Anchorage East Rotary board member and past president; Boy & Girls Clubs board member, president, trustee and national board member; a member of the 1992 and 1994 Winter Olympics Committee organizing committees; and numerous other roles. In 2008, Olson was recognized as the Alaska Family Philanthropist of the Year, and she has been involved with the Anchorage ATHENA Society since 1995. When not traveling the nation with Jim to follow the Seawolves, Bobbi enjoys spending time with her daughter Laile and her grandchildren Sam and Liza, along with a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

Before there was even such a thing as Seawolf Track & Field, Mary Pearce [2006-07] was collecting league and state titles during four legendary prep seasons at Anchorage’s Dimond High School. So it’s only appropriate that Pearce – after transferring home from Div. I power Baylor – became the student-athlete who would lay the foundation for the sport’s success at UAA, earning the first two All-America honors in program history and setting standards of excellence that still stand today. Breaking onto the scene as the 2006 Great Northwest Athletic Conference Newcomer of the Year in her junior season, Pearce swept the 200- and 400-meter titles at the league meet and paced the 4x100 relay to a runner-up finish, winning the Most Outstanding Performer of the Meet award. A few weeks later, as the first Seawolf sprinter to make the NCAA Championships, she broke the GNAC 400-meter record in 54.82 seconds in the preliminaries, and lowered it again to 54.20 in the finals for a fifth-place finish. As a senior, Pearce defended her GNAC 400-meter title and placed runner-up in the 200 and 100, running her career total to six all-conference awards. Also an academic all-conference honoree, Pearce’s 46 points in two league meets stood as the Seawolves’ most per season for nearly a decade. For her finale at the NCAA Championships, she sliced the GNAC record to 53.88 in the prelims and again to 53.56 in the finals, establishing a 400-meter record she still holds today by nine-tenths of a second. Her fourth-place NCAA finish also made her the first two-time All-American in Seawolf Track & Field history. Pearce earned her bachelor’s degree in anthropology in 2008 and works now locally as a teacher at Service High School. She and her husband, Adam Ahonen, were married in 2012 and are the parents of a young son, Olin, with their second child due this spring.

Seawolf Hall of Fame Classes
2017
Curtis Glencross, hockey, 2002-04

Bobbi Ramos Olson, supporter, 1978-
Mary (Pearce) Ahonen, women’s outdoor track & field, 2006-07

2016
Kemmy Burgess, men’s basketball, 2003-06

Kamie Jo (Massey) James, women’s basketball/cross country/track & field, 2002-04
Mandy Kaempf, women’s skiing/cross country/track & field, 2003-06
Tom and Vicki Packer, supporters, 1992-

2015
No induction class

2014
Peter Bullock, men’s basketball, 2000-04

Tim Molle, hockey, 1981-84
Eric Strabel, men’s cross country/skiing, 2000-03

2013
Peter Hupperten, booster/volunteer, 1984-2015

Tobias Schwoerer, men’s cross country/skiing, 2000-03

2012
Charlie Bruns, men’s basketball coach, 1980-2004

Doug Spooner, hockey, 1987-91

2011
William ‘Bill’ MacKay, 1985-

Dr. William J. Mills, team physician emeritus, 1976-2011
Zuzana Razusova, women’s skiing, 1995-98
Ryan Williams, men’s basketball, 1995-97

2010
Linda Bruns, women’s basketball coach, 1979-90
Fran Ulmer, chancellor, 2007-11

2009
Paul Crews, ski coach, 1982-2001

Jim Hajdukovich, men’s basketball, 1995-99

2008
Rick Stafford, men’s basketball, 1995-97

2007
Rob Conn, hockey, 1988-91

Elena (Tkacheva) Lowery, gymnastics, 1994-97

2006
Allegra (Stoetzel) Butler, women’s basketball, 1992-96

Derek Donald, hockey, 1988-92
Harry Larrabee, basketball coach/administrator/athletic director, 1979-86 & 1991-2000

2005
Jason Kaiser, men’s basketball, 1993-95

Pete McEnaney, hockey, 1984-88
Ron Petro, athletic director, 1984-92
Ken Ralph, swimming, 1988-90

2004
Cheryl Bishop, women’s basketball, 1982-87

Tiina (Kantola) Hoffman, skiing & cross country, 1982-92
Paul Krake, hockey, 1988-92
Jack Peterson, faculty athletic representative, 1975-97

2003
Dr. Jay Caldwell, team physician, 1979-04

Wendy Sturgis, women’s basketball, 1988-92
Chuck Homan, hockey booster, 1977-present
Jennie (Szczerbinski) Krupp, volleyball, 1988-92
Dean Larson, hockey, 1988-92

2002
Brush Christiansen, hockey coach, 1979-96

Jesse Jackson, men’s basketball, 1985-87
Britta Kjellstrand, women’s skiing & cross country, 1978-82
Jon Pauole, swimming, 1989-92
Mike Peluso, hockey, 1985-89

2001
Tom Besh, ski coach, 1977-90

Teri Frankie-Lavallee, gymnastics, 1985-90
Hansi Gnad, men's basketball, 1983-87
Robin Graul, women’s basketball, 1985-89
Dr. Lee Piccard, administrator, 1976-94
Dennis Sorenson, hockey, 1980-84
Tracy Zink, volleyball, 1987-90