Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
February 2011
In This Issue
Feb 2011 Happenings
RSS Student Spotlight
Loose to win
Scholarships & internships
Happenings at RSS

Feb 1, 8, 15, 22
1pm ANSEP Meetings

Feb 2

Athabascan Dance practice @ Effie Kokrine Charter School, 4pm

Feb 8

Alaska Native Education Student Association Special Event, 5:30pm
Feb 7,9,14,16,21,23,28
4pm Festival of Native Arts Mtgs
Feb 3 & 17
1pm NABL Meetings

Feb 2,5,9,12,16,19,23,26

IYDG Dance Practices @ 7pm

Feb 4
5pm Positive Connection Night: Board Games
Feb 10 & 24

1pm AISES Meetings
Feb 11
5pm Positive Connection Night: Valentine's Day theme

Feb 16

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day, events/activities TBA
Feb 18
5pm Positive Connection Night: Video Games

Feb 22

The Alaska Native Education Leadership Panel Presentation, Morris Thompson Cultural Center, 3-5pm
Feb 25
5pm Positive Connection Night: Native Authors

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!

 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


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RSS Student Spotlight ~ Eric Hamar

I am of the Kaigani Haida from the village of Kasaan on Prince of Wales Island in southeast Alaska, and I am currently attending the

University of Alaska Fairbanks in pursuit of a Bachelors degree in Fine Arts, with emphasis on Native art.  

My Haida names are Nang K'adangaas (The Smart One), Kats Ts'ilaa (Curly Hair) and K'uhlaal (Bent Knife). My father is Glenn Hamar and my mother is Bonnie Neet.  I am the grandson of George Hamar and Ethel Almquist, great grandson of Elmer Almquist and Phyllis Alexander.  In June of 2010, I was accepted into the College Emerging Artist Program through the National Museum of the American Indian. Right at the beginning of December I was able to spend a full week in Washington D.C studying old masks and regalia collected at the turn of the twentieth century from across southeast Alaska, and I also attended classes on how to market my artwork to the public. This experience was endlessly inspirational and made me realize the true goal that I have been trying to achieve: the revival of the Kasaan style of Haida art.  Over the past century, Haida art has slowly been melting from a diverse art form with many styles to a single, basic style that is dictated more by personal preference opposed to geographic region as was historically the case. I aim to bring back the uniqueness of the Kasaan style of carving as well as two dimensional works so that those that come after us will be able to recognize my style as Kasaan style, not just my individual style. As it stands now, there are a total of two artists that reside in Kasaan including myself and it just isn't enough to continue the line of Kasaan art. As I've been attending college at UAF, I have been honing my skills as a carver and trying to exemplify what the unique qualities of Kasaan art are. It is my hope that when I leave college, I will be able to bring that art back to my community to share as well as to teach so that it continues on.

I was also recently awarded the Undergraduate Research Grant by the

College of Liberal arts within UAF. Under this grant, I will be

studying the use of masks in theatre performance. The grant will also

pay my way to Toronto, Canada, where I will take part in a staged

reading of Lance Twitchell's play "Raven Speak" at a First Nations

theatre conference in Toronto, Canada. After I return to Fairbanks, I

will be in charge of making a variety of masks and other props for a

future full production of the play.
We are so proud that you are a part of the RSS family. 

Important Dates:

Friday, Feb 4th

Last day for student-initiated and faculty-initiated drops (course does not appear on academic record)

Friday, Feb 4th

Last day for 50% refund of tuition (tuition only, no fees refunded)

Tuesday, Feb 15th

Last day to apply for Spring 2011 graduation

Tuesday, Feb 15th

Last day to apply for UA Foundation and privately funded scholarships  Friday, February 25th

Freshman progress reporst are due, you can check your grades at uaonline 


Student Weight Loss Incentive Program


Wood Center Conference Room E/F

Thursday, February 3rd

5:30 - 7:30pm

For more information and to sign up

call: Nancy Bayer @ 474-7043

Student Health & Counseling Center

Scholarships & Internships

Intertribal Timber Council Scholarship Announcement

For Native American/Alaskan Natural Resource Students

The Truman D. Picard Scholarship Program is dedicated to the support of Native American students pursuing a higher education in Natural Resources.

Required Materials:  

1) Letter of Application

2) Resume

3)Three Letters of Reference

4)Evidence of validated enrollment in a federally recognized tribe or Alaska Native Corporation.

5) Transcripts

All requested information MUST be received by the close of business (5:00 pm) March 18, 2011.  For more information, please visit the website Fax (503) 282-1274 and email


Alyeska Pipeline Service Company 

Alyeska Pipeline Service Company seeks applications from highly motivated college students currently attending an accredited university. Specifically Alyeska is looking for individuals who are seeking more than just a summer position, but a future career pathway by participating in a 12 - week paid internship program on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline System (TAPS).

The Application Packet Must Include The Following For Consideration:

o    Internship Application

o    Current Resume

o    Copy of Official College Transcript(S)

o    Two (2) Letters Of Recommendation

o    Personal Statement

o    EEO Form (recommended)


Incomplete Applications Will Not Be Considered

Indian Health Services Scholarship Program

Application cycle for 2011-2012 academic year is now open.  Deadlines:

New applicants - March 28, 2011

Continuation Students - February 28, 2011

Indian Health Programs need dedicated  health and allied health professionals to fill staffing needs - people like you who envision a career with a purpose and mission and who are willing to commit to working in Indian communities where they can truly make a difference.

Go to for more information




About the Foundation

Jeannette Rankin, the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, was an advocate of women's rights. A

bequest from Rankin's estate provided the seed money for establishing Jeannette Rankin Women's Scholarship Fund (JRF). Since 1978, JRF has been awarding scholarships to low-income adult women who have a vision of how a college education will benefit themselves, their families, and their communities.

Postmark Deadline is March 1, 2011

Which Students are Eligible?
Women, at least 35 years of age as of March 1, 2011


U.S. citizens

Pursuing a technical or vocational education, an associate's degree, or a first bachelor's degree,

Enrolled in, or accepted to, a regionally or ACICS accredited college for the Fall 2011 term,

Low-income according to the government guidelines below.


2011 Conservation Internship Program

Employer: Alaska Conservation Foundation

Description: Calling all college students and recent college graduates interested in protecting Alaska's pristine environment!  The conservation Internship Program offers 16 paid summer internship opportunities with leading conservation organizations and agencies located throughout the state of Alaska.  Undergraduate and graduate students as well as recent college graduates with an interest in beginning or furthering their career in conservation, environmental justice or another related field are encouraged to apply.  Both Alaska residents and non-residents are welcome!   

How to apply:

You must apply online through the Alaska Conservation Foundation Website at

Requested Documents:

* Resume

* Cover Letter

* Other Documents

* Unofficial Transcripts

Applications accepted until: February 14, 2011  


First Alaskans Institute

First Alaskans Institute is pleased to announce its 2011 Summer Intern Program to place approximately 30 Alaska Native/American Indian and rural undergraduate and graduate students into organizations around Alaska to provide real-world leadership development experiences.  

Internship application due: March 4, 2011 

For more information and to download an application, go to If you have any questions about the program or would like more information please feel free to call 907-677-1700.