Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
March 2012
In This Issue
March 2012 Happenings
Student Spotlight~Alaina Ctibor
39th Annual Festival of Native Arts
Fairbanks Events
Dennis Demmert Nominations
Scholarships & Internships

March 2012 

Happenings at RSS


March 1-3

Festival of Native Arts at the Davis Concert Hall, UAF 


March 1 & 29

1pm NABL Mtg 


March 6, 20, 27 

1pm ANSEP Mtg 


March 6 & 20 

1pm ANESA Mtg 


March 8 & 22 

1pm AISES Mtg 


March 12-16 


March 16 

March 23
5pm Positive Connection Night: Native Games

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


Troth Yeddha'=Athabascan Dance Group    


NFPC= Natives For a Positive Change 

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Student Spotlight ~ Alaina Ctibor
My name is Alaina Ctibor and I grew up in Bethel, AK. I am currently a fourth year psychology major here at the university and intend to go on to grad school either in clinical psychology or public health after I receive my bachelors degree. My experience here at UAF has been wonderful. I currently am employed through the Center for Alaska Native Health Research here on campus as a student research assistant. Technically it's not an internship, but because I am working with people who are in the psychology department and am doing work regarding psychology, it's more than just a job, it's something that will help me in the future. I was lucky enough to volunteer with one of the PhD students in the psychology program here last spring which I think is really important for students to do, especially if they want to continue on with their education after getting their bachelors. After volunteering for some time, a job opportunity was presented to me and that's how I became a student research assistant. Besides working on campus I am also a student ambassador for the university.
The UAF student ambassador program consists of a handful of student volunteers, our main objective is to help inform prospective students and their families about the university and what it is like to be a student here and what it has to offer by giving campus tours, responding to mail and emails as well as chatting online with students who are visiting the UAF website. I am also part of ANPSYCH (which stands for Alaska Natives into Psychology), and that has been a great experience.
A couple things that motivate me to do well in school are my parents and just my own personal goals and career choice. If it weren't for their support I wouldn't be where I am now. In addition to them (and many other supportive people in my life) the fact that I took my time to really explore my career options contributed to my work and enthusiasm that has kept me here. I think choosing something that you love and are interested in is one of the most, if not THE most, important thing to keep in mind when preparing and attending college. I didn't know what I wanted to study when I arrived and I didn't declare my major until after I had been here for a few semesters because I was still exploring my options. I think a big mistake a lot of students make when coming to college is just deciding a major just because they're pressured to or because a lot of people have declared. It's not something that should be rushed, nobody wants to be 40 years old wishing they had done something else with their lives. Not that it's too late at 40 to change, but I guess what I'm trying to get across is that life is short and you should do something that you love and be sure to explore your options. 

Keep up the good work Alaina, RSS continues to be proud of you! 


"Walking with our ancestors"

March 1-3, 2012
Davis Concert Hall
Thursday & Friday 6:30pm
Saturday 5:00pm

Thursday & Friday
10:00am - 4:00pm
Wood Center

Denaa Film Celebration
Saturday @ 1:00pm
Schaible Auditorium

Performance and workshop schedule available at: 
Performances broadcast live on website.
Events happening around Fairbanks in March:

March 7, 2012
Fairbanks Native Association 2012 Annual Membership Meeting at Tribal Hall, 6pm

March 12-15, 2012

Tanana Chiefs Conference 2012 Tribal Overview, Annual Delegate and Full Board of Director's Meeting @ the West mark Hotel, Fairbanks.The TCC Convention will be web cast - to log on, please go to the TCC website at, under "What's New" link.

March 14-17, 2012

WEIO Basketball Tournament, UAF

March 15-17, 2012
Athabascan Fiddler Association Dance Fundraiser @ the Tribal Hall, 7pm-12:30am

Friday, March 16, 2012
Doyon, Limited

2012 Annual Meeting of Shareholders  
@ the Carlson Center, Fairbanks
The doors will open @ 8am and the meeting will begin @ 9am.

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Fairbanks Native Association Potlatch @
Tribal Hall, 3pm



The Dennis Demmert award provides an opportunity for students to nominate a person whom they feel has positively affected their academic efforts at UAF.  2012 marks the 18th year the RSS students and staff will recognize individuals at UAF whose efforts demonstrate UAF's goal of being the educational center for Alaska Natives.  During the 1994 Native Summit at UAF, Dennis Demmert recommended that something be done to recognize individuals whose actions have proved their support. The name was changed from RSS Appreciation and Recognition Award to the Dennis Demmert Appreciation and Recognition Award in honor of the many years of service that Dennis has given for the betterment of the Alaska Native community.


To nominate someone, please fill out a form (can be picked up at RSS) and then

Submit your nomination to RSS by  

5:00PM Friday, April 20th


You may also fax your nomination to (907) 474-6619 or submit by email to the following address: [email protected].


Please understand that because this award is offered through Rural Student Services, the RSS staff can not be considered as award recipients!


Recipients of this award will be recognized at a reception in their honor at the

RSS Gathering Room on Thursday, May 3, 2012 at 1:00 pm.


For more information, please contact Carol Murphrey, 474-6616. 




Native American Summer Research Internship 

The Native American Research Internship is a dynamic summer research opportunity for Native American Undergraduate Junior and Senior students who are interested in Health Science research. The internship is located at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, Utah. It is a 10-week, paid summer internship, funded by the National Institutes of Health. The internship focus is to provide Native American students an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world class research faculty at the University of Utah. The goal of the internship is to support the academic, career, and personal development of Native American students who are interested in Health Science careers. Each student will participate in approximately 40 hours/week of internship activities. Approximately 30 hours/week will be for research related activities, and approximately 10 hours/week will be for academic/professional development. Students will work closely with research mentors as well as Native American faculty and staff mentors, develop meaningful relationships within the Health Science and Native American research communities, attend a Native American Health conference, and have opportunities to shadow physicians at their clinical practice. Students will also gain insightful knowledge in the areas of: graduate/medical school preparation, career development, additional academic opportunities, community engagement, professionalism, creating scientific posters, and presenting research material. Additionally, students who successfully complete a summer internship have the option of participating again during the following summer, essentially being able to participate for two summers. The Native American Research Internship provides students a stipend as well as housing at the University of Utah. Both University of Utah students and non-University of Utah undergraduate students are encouraged to apply. No previous research experience is required.

Program Contact:
Richard White

[email protected] 




- Alaska Native/American Indian/rural Alaskan college students or recent graduates in good academic standing are encouraged to apply.

- Ten-week paid internship with statewide placement options.
- Leadership training and networking opportunities.

- Application & more information available at
- Applications due March 16, 2012.


Scholarships for Women

The University of Alaska Fairbanks University Women's Association ~ Academic Year 2012-13

Women students enrolled in either an Associate Degree program with 9 or more credits or a Bachelor's degree program with 12 or more credits with sophmore standing or above may apply.  Applicants must have a 3.0 or better GPA for the past two semesters.

Applications and information at

Awards range from $1000 - $3000 for UAF undergraduate women.   

Application Deadline: March 9, 2012.   



Interested in Dentistry, Medicine or Research?

Thinking about applying to Graduate School?

Join Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)

for the 2012 Equity Summer Research Program

The OHSU Equity Summer Research, Dental and Medicine Internship Program offers:

� An exciting opportunity to spend 8 to 10 weeks working with faculty and graduate students in

a research setting, learning new skills and gaining hands-on experience.

� Weekly seminars and meetings with fellow students and faculty to discuss ongoing research.

� An opportunity to present a poster presentation of your summer research project.

� Ongoing, personal mentoring about your individual career pathway from OHSU faculty.

� A paid stipend during the program ($9.00/h - 2,880.00 total) - The stipend will be distributed July and August (June 18 - August 10, 2012)


Please visit link below for further details about this wonderful opportunity

Applications Deadline:

Monday, April 2, 2012

4:00pm (PST)


Contact the Center for Diversity & Inclusion




3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd.

Portland, Oregon 97239-3098 L601


The American Indian Education Foundation was established to support educational opportunities for American Indian and Alaska Native students.  Our vision is strong, self sufficient American Indian communities.  Scholarships are awarded for each school year and are chosen by a national selection committee.  Decisions are based on an overall          assessment of the application.   
Applicant Criteria:
Native American or Alaska Native descent 
Attending an accredited 2 or 4 year college/university or technical/vocational school. 
Must be enrolled as a full time student. 
GPA between 2.0-3.4 is desirable. 
An ACT score of 14 or above is desirable. 
Scholarships are available for undergraduate studies only - online colleges are not applicable. 
Scholarships can only be used for tuition and books.
Download application at