Rural Student Services

Reach Out Newsletter
May 2010
In This Issue
40th Anniversary!
RSS Student Spotlight
Congratulations Graduates!
Dennis Demmert luncheon
Thank Yous!
Finish List
May 2010 Happenings at RSS

May 4 1pm ANSEP Meeting (last one)
May 7 Last day of classes
May 7  RSS survey deadline @ 5pm
May 10-14 Final Exams week.
May 11 12pm Dennis Demmert celebration @ RSS
May 15 4-6pm 40th Anniversary celebration @ RSS
May 16 UAF Graduation @ Carlson Center
May 19 UAF Staff appreciation day
May 31 UAF Holiday~ Memorial Day~ RSS CLOSED

All events in the Gathering Room are open to the public and we encourage all students to attend.  Stop by for more events posted every day at RSS!
The RSS Gathering Room hosts the following tutor groups:

AISES math and science tutors-Every day...stop by to see the schedule

UAF Writing Center Tutors-Monday thru Thursday 2:00-4:00PM

 Different Student Clubs:
ANSWA=Alaska Native Social Workers Association

ANESA=Alaska Native Education Student Association

FNA=Festival of Native Arts planning committee

AISES=American Indian Science & Engineering Society

ANSEP=Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program

NABL=Native Alaskan Business Leaders

IYDG= Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group

PCN=Positive Connection Night

The Chancellors Advisory Committee on Native Education (CACNE) decided that a special sash needed to be created to recognize the importance of Native graduates at UAF, so the RED SASH idea was created.  This sash is cut, sewn, and ironed by members of CACNE and other people from UAF.  On behalf of CACNE, we celebrate your accomplishments and offer a RED SASH for you to wear during the UAF commencement.  You are welcome to keep the sash after graduation or return it to either IAC, RSS, or CRCD to be used by another Native graduates.  CONGRATULATIONS on your achievement!
Red Sashes can be picked up at RSS, if you already haven't gotten one from IAC.
Please join us as we celebrate Honorary Ph.D recipient Paul John and 40 years of student support and success through Rural Student services 4:00pm-6:00pm Saturday, May 15th in the RSS Gathering Room.  RSS will provide hamburgers and hot dogs.  Please bring a salad, side dish, or dessert to share. 
For those unable to join us in person, the program will be presented via audio conference.  Toll free number: 1-800-893-8850 Participant PIN: 2400163

RSS Student Spotlight ~
Sarah Villalon
Sarah is from Barrow and has attended UAF since 2006. Sarah will graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting this May 2010, with Leadership Honors. She has been very involved with volunteer work on campus and around the community, including ASUAF Senator, Rural Student Services Peer Mentor, Native Alaskan Business Leaders President & Secretary, Greater Alaskan Accounting People Programs Officer, Leadership annual conference planning committee, and the Festival of Native Arts as volunteer, member and the Coordinator. She is also the recipient of the 2008 Emerging leader scholarship and placed first in the Business Plan Competition at the American Indian Business Leaders 2010 National Business Leadership Conference in Carlton Minnesota. Congratulations Sarah!

Congratulations 2009-10 Graduates! 

Students who have graduated in the

Summer 2009, Fall 2009 and the current Spring 2010 semesters,

RSS commends you on your great accomplishment this year and

we wish you all the best in your future. 

It's been a privilege to have worked with you during your college years at UAF!

Congratulations to the 2009-2010

Dennis Demmert Award Recipients!

 Each year UAF students nominate faculty and staff that they feel have positively impacted their academic efforts at UAF and have demonstrated UAF's goal of being the educational center for Alaska Natives. 

The awards will be presented at the luncheon on May 11th at 12pm in the Gathering Room.   The staff and students of RSS congratulate each of you!

RSS Thank You:
  •  Emily Chagluak, AVCP Student Liaison and Bryan Fritze, BBNA Student Liaison for assisting students throughout the school year.  We look forward to working with both organizations next school year
  •   All UAF students who positively impacted the high school students who visited RSS this year by sharing personal testimonies about their college experiences.
  • Writing Center Tutors who sat diligently in the Gathering Room every Mon-Thurs and helped students who were seeking assistance with their papers.
  • AISES Tutors who sat diligently in the back of the Gathering Room throughout the week and helped students who found math and science subjects overly-challenging.
  • The ANESA Tutor who sat diligently in the back of the Gathering Room throughout the week and helped students.
  •  The ANPsych Tutor who sat diligently in the back of the Gathering Room throughout the week and helped students.
  • Enjoy your summer and we look forward to another great year at UAF in 2010-2011! 

Check List for Finishing Up the Semester

Register for Fall 2010 classes:  If you have not already done so, stop by your advisor's office and set up an appointment.  Plan on 30-45 minutes so that you have time to discuss your program progress and future plans.

Confirm your Fall housing plans:  If you are continuing in UAF housing be sure to renew your housing agreement and make your room selection.  Any questions, call 474-7247.

Renew your FAFSA:  Now that you have your 2009 income taxes completed you can renew your free application for federal student aid.  This is required for Pell Grant offers, student loan options and determining your student budget for your scholarship agencies.

Notify your funding agencies of your intent to continue:  If you have scholarships or grants that are continued into the next year, you should contact each agency or organization to ask what documentation they require for your continued status.

Send your final grades:  Most scholarship and grant agencies require a copy of your final grades at the end of each semester.  If they only need an unofficial transcript or grade report you can print that off of your student records account.  If they require an Official Transcript then you will need to request that from the UAF Office of the Registrar and pay a fee. 

     For more information see /reg/transcripts/.


American Indian Graduate Center Fellowships & Financial Assistance

These are monetary awards made to American Indian and Alaska Native graduate or professional degree-seeking students.  Check out their programs at or call toll free 1-800-628-1920.  

Deadline: June 1, 2010.

Alaska Power Association Hank Nikkels Scholarship
Alaska Power Association (APA) is offering a $1,000 scholarship opportunity for Alaska residents attending college in Alaska who are studying electrical engineering or power generation. APA is the statewide trade association for the electric utilities that supply power to more than a half-million Alaskans in communities from Barrow to Unalaska and down the Inside Passage.
Rules of eligibility:
Who may apply: Alaska residents attending college in Alaska full-time or part-time working toward obtaining a doctoral, master's or bachelor's of science degree in electrical engineering or an associate of applied science degree in power generation/technology.
At the time of application, students must be at least a sophomore if pursuing a bachelor's degree or have completed two semesters if pursuing an associate's degree. Applicants must have a minimum 3.5 grade point average in college at the time of application.
Scholarship process:
A completed and signed application (located on the next page) must be accompanied by:
� A current official academic transcript
� A letter of recommendation from each of the following individuals:
- Instructor or department chair
- Community, industry member, or employer
- Personal reference
� A 500-word essay that addresses these questions:
- Why are you interested in pursuing a career in the electric industry?
- In what role do you see yourself contributing to the electric industry in Alaska?
The completed application (see next page) and the supporting documentation (transcript, letters of recommendation and essay) must be received by Alaska Power Association no later than 5 p.m. Friday, May 14, 2010. It is the responsibility of the scholarship applicant to contact Alaska Power Association to ensure that the scholarship packet was received by the deadline. For information, contact Crystal Enkvist, APR, Director of Member & Public Relations, at [email protected], 1-877-992-7322 (toll-free), 1-907-771-5711 (office).