Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
March 2011
In This Issue
March 2011 Happenings
RSS Student Spotlight
Festival of Native Arts
AISES Tutors
Scholarships & Internships



Happenings at RSS


Mar 1, 8, 22, 29

1pm ANSEP Meetings

Mar 2 & 7 

4pm Festival of Native Arts volunteer committee Meeting

Mar 3 

10am Career Services: NASA presentation

Mar 3  

1pm NABL Mtg - "Meet representatives from SEAlaska and learn how to apply for an internship and/or scholarships" 

Mar 3 

2pm Festival of Native Arts volunteer committee Meeting

Mar 3-5

Festival of Native Arts @ Davis Concert Hall 

Mar 10 & 24 

1pm AISES Mtg (Mar 24th Richard Glenn guest speaker)

Mar 14-18

Spring Break
Mar 18

UAF Holiday~RSS Offices CLOSED

Mar 21 & 22

Bristol Bay Economic Development Corporation @ RSS to meet with students  

Mar 25 

Last day to withdraw from classes.
Mar 25

10am-2pm Major mania and job fair @ Wood Center 

Mar 30 

10am Doyon Foundation @ RSS for scholarship

Mar 31

1pm NABL Mtg


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: Kavelina Torres

My name is Kavelina Torres.  My parents are Terry and Craig Anderson.  My Dad is from Bellevue, New Jersey, right across the water from Newark, NJ.  My Mother was born in Aniak to Catherine Ann Terry who was born to Massapokorluk wife to Chief Steven Nickolai on the Yukon River.

I currently live in North Pole, Alaska with my husband and four children.  I am a Junior at UAF taking concurrently an Associates in Business and an Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Technology in Yup'ik Filmmaking (encompassing Film, Business, Yup'ik Language and Alaska Native Studies). I love telling stories!  I have told many of my stories to my

children!  I have always told stories the difference now is that I write them down to remember them for later.  And now I have so many waiting in queue waiting to be developed and only so many hours of the day for college, research for my writing, time with family, household chores and actual writing!  Never enough time!  Never enough time! Never enough time! To that end, I have written a play for the Alaska Native Heritage Center that has been subsequently selected for a play lab in Valdez at The Last Frontier Theater Conference.  I have also written 10 minute bilingual plays. A screenplay that I have written has been entered into the Sundance Native Lab Fellowship - though they only select four writers from across the nation, so I am okay if they do not choose my script!

Kavelina shares her experience about her recent internship.  I have had the immutable pleasure of recently completing an internship with NBC Universal! I worked on "The Everybody Loves Whales" set in Anchorage this last semester.  I was able to observe business practices, Alaska Native languages at work (Yup'ik and Inupiat) and see how a major motion picture really comes into being!  It was a fantastic opportunity that I would recommend to anyone wanting to learn the film industry up close.  My job was a production assistant. We fill in the nooks and crannies that need filling!  Like getting breakfasts for the cast, making sure they were comfortable, collecting time sheets and making sure everyone knew when they needed to be back, making sure the crew of 150-300 cast and crew can hear the Director and Assistant Director. That means going to a specific location and repeating the directions given over a radio to the cast crew present in that locale. It also means keeping everyone quiet during the camera taping! The movie was so relevant to my major, Yup'ik Filmmaking, as I want to make films and I want Alaska Natives in them speaking our languages, whether that be an actual language or language of culture. Being involved in Everybody Loves Whales afforded me the pleasure of making new and renewing old friendships!  It was both very hard work and exciting! The most important thing I learned in the internship was that I can't do it alone. Surrounding myself with like-minded, capable individuals who share a passion for not just making movies but also making Alaska movies with a good story is another goal I have attained! My advice to students thinking of entering an internship:  DO IT!!! DO IT!  DO IT!  Any internship will be good for you!  An internship only increases your knowledge of an area of work.  Even if it is to learn that you don't want to do that job ever again!  Then you won't waste your time studying for something you will not like! If, on the other hand, you find that you like a job, it will solidify your resolve to continue to learn about the area of study!  It allows a person to be able to put into practice what they have been learning about and learn many more skills on the job.

Kavelina shares the importance of being involved in extra curricular activities such as student clubs. I have participated in a single club and attended meetings of other clubs.  The Business club I regularly attended in 2009. I have attended meetings with AISES, NABL, Drama and Theater and Film club. I have trouble putting them into my schedule.  I do wish there was a writing club on campus that I could attend.

Kavelina's motivation to do well in college comes from her goals, relatives and her children.  I set my goals early on so that I know what I am striving for and what I need to do to get there.  I did not know my ancestors personally but I know they would be disappointed in me if I were not to meet those goals.  I am also showing my children what life is like beyond grade and middle school.  I hope to lead by example to show them that it is never too late to learn and that you can study something you like or want.

Kavelina shares some of the challenges she has faced as a student at UAF. I have had many challenges at UAF. Student culture was foreign to me as was large groups of people.  Speaking in front of people was my most crippling challenge.  Practice makes perfect! The more I speak the better I get.  I am not excited about doing it but when I am excited about the topic no one can stop me from speaking about it!

College costs money...this is how Kavelina pays for school.  I pay for school by applying for scholarships, saving money, and getting the lowest interest in loans (ones that are   deferrable - so I can wait to pay them after I have completed college).  The most important step to getting a scholarship is to get good grades!  There are several scholarships that are based just on good grades. Apply for a scholarship is the most important thing you could do in your college life.  Let's face it, in the day and time we could all use some free money!  The only way you can do that is by logging onto and filling out the scholarship application.  It's really just writing about you and your accomplishments.  Simple and easy.

"RSS is pleased and honored to have you as part of the family Kavelina!" 




Thank you to the AISES Student Club for hosting  

Jacob Adams Sr as the first speaker in  

the UAF/CRCD/ASRC Leadership Series.   





Watch out for the next speaker, Richard Glenn on March 24th at 1pm in the RSS Gathering Room and at 8pm in the MacLean House.  

Richard K. Glenn has a Masters in Geology from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.  His professional experience includes petroleum geologic studies, field geologic mapping, structural geologic and seismic interpretations, permafrost, methane hydrate, and borehole temperature profile research.  Other specialties include year-round studies of physical properties of sea ice near Barrow, Alaska; temperature, salinity and crystallographic profiles of first- and multi-year sea ice and documentation of freeze-up, ice movement events and spring thaw.

Mr. Glenn is a member of the Unites States Arctic Research Commission; Illisagvik College Board of Trustees; Board President of the Barrow Arctic Science Consortium; board member of the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States and member of the Native American Science Education Commission.

He has served as the director of the Department of the Energy Management, North Slope Borough; general manager of the Barrow Technical Services, a technical firm which provided project management consulting and geologic and scientific research support services; and as a geologist for the Arctic Slope Consulting Group. 

Freshman progress reports are out, freshman may go to to check grades.  If you need to see your advisor, please schedule an appointment with them to discuss your grades.

Graduation with Leadership Honors
Applications for graduation with Leadership Honors are available in the Wood Center and at
For more information, please contact the UAF Leadership Program at 474-1170 or via email at
Deadline: March 25, 2011 at 5pm


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AISES Tutors schedule
As midterms come around you might need some additional academic support.  Stop by the RSS Gathering room for tutoring in Math, English, Stat/Dynamics, Biology, Chemistry, Basic Engineering, and Physics.  AISES tutoring is available for all students; if you have suggestions or comments, please contact Joel Hunt at

Monday: 1-2pm Uinniq Ahgeak - DEVM Stats
Tuesday: 9:45-11:15am Tim Nick - Math up to 108
              11-2pm Sterling DeWilde - Math, Calc III, English,  Physics,
                                   Stats/Dynamics, Chem 105/106
Tuesday: 3:40-5:10pm Thomas Hughes - Math up to 108, Basic    
Tuesday: 3:40-5:10pm Uinniq Ahgeak - Math & Stats
Thursday:  10am-1pm & 3-5pm Courtney Enright -History, Basic
                   Engineering, Math thru Calc II, basic English
                 2-3:30pm Rebecca Church - Biology, General Chemistry,
                                                         Math, & Calc 1
Friday: 1-2pm Derek Nashookpuk - Math & Calc
             3-5pm Courtney Enright - all subjects listed above

Additionally, the following tutors are available:
Nick Shellabarger - Computers & Math; email:; text: 1-907-310-6651
Maasak Mills - Geography; email:
MJ Roseberry - CHEM 105 and math up to Calc; email:


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




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.


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

Alaska Government Finance Officers Association

The Alaska Government Finance Officers Association (AGFOA) annually offers several scholarships to college students preparing for a career in state and local government finances.  This year they will be offering two $1000 scholarships to full-time students and one $1000 scholarship to a full-time or part-time student.  Anyone preparing for a career in public finance, including financial management, risk management, auditing, accounting, cash management or banking is eligible to apply. 

Interested students must submit an AGFOA Scholarship Application, current high school or college transcript, and an essay that includes the following topics:

1. A brief biography

2. A description of the applicant's future career plans.

3. Why the applicant is pursuing a career in their chosen field and what  

    impacts they hope to have on public finance.

The application, transcript, and essay must be received by March 31, 2011.

Mail completed application to:

Jim Soileau, AGFOA Scholarship Chair

City of Fairbanks

800 Cushman Street

Fairbanks, Alaska 99701