Rural Student Services
Reach Out NewsletterApril 2012
In This Issue
April 2012 Happenings
Fall 2012 Registration
Dennis Demmert Nominations
Spring Fest 2012
Spring Fest 2012
Thank you from the RSS Staff
Important dates for fall 2012 semester
Scholarships and Internships

April  2012 

Happenings at RSS


April 2 

Fall 2012 Registration begins for Degree Seeking Students 


April 3, 10, 17, 24 

1pm ANSEP Mtg 


April 5, 19  

1pm AISES Mtg 


April 9 

Fall 2012 Registration begins for Non Degree Seeking Students 


April 20 

Dennis Demmert nominations due by 5pm  


April 27 

Spring Fest ~ NO CLASSES

April 27 
RSS Spring Fest Luncheon in the Gathering Room


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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Fall 2012 Course Registration

Online registration for Fall 2012 begins for degree-seeking students at 8:00 AM next Monday, April 2.  Registration for non-degree-seeking students begins at 8:00 AM on Monday, April 9.

All continuing students who register for 6 or more credits for Fall 2012 before the end of the Spring semester (May 10) will automatically be entered to win in a drawing for an iPad3.  Two additional students will win $250 Bear Bucks credits.  For details on the contest, see The drawing will be held the week of September 17 and you must still be enrolled at that time to win.

Remember, it's important to register as early as possible so you don't end up closed out of a class you want or need.  Many sections of Fall classes
are full with wait lists before the end of the Spring term.

Now's the time to see your advisor and make a plan for Fall 2012.  See for our registration guide.  Courses are available for you to see now on

Contact your academic advisor or email
[email protected] if you have questions about registration.



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.   


RSS Spring Fest picnic will be held in the Gathering Room on Friday, April 27th at 12 noon.
Come one, come all and enjoy good food and lots of fun.
spring fest
No classes Friday, April 27th.

$$ RSS challenges YOU! $$

* Finish your 2011 Taxes.
* Renew scholarships for fall 2012.
* Renew FAFSA for 2012-2013.

When you complete one or more of the above financial aid requirements,  let your advisor know and you will be entered in a drawing for a prize! 

The drawing will take place during the RSS Springfest BBQ on April 27th.

stu visit

Each year, Rural Student Services welcomes visitors who wish to learn more about UAF. RSS is grateful for the many students who volunteer to meet with prospective students and visiting organizations. In the coming months, we will be welcoming groups from Barrow, Yukon Koyukuk School District, the First Aid/CPR group from Interior Aleutians Campus, and Aniak. Over the course of this school year, groups from the following communities and organizations have visited RSS.
Cook Inlet Tribal Council
Tanana Chiefs Conference Student Delegates
St. Michael
Robotics students
FNA Women and Children
Bering Straits School District
NANA Shareholders Development Staff
Rural Social Work Cohort
Mt. Edgecumbe High School
Yukon Koyukuk School District
Kuspuk School District
Important dates for fall 2012 semester

September 7, 2012 ~ Fee payment deadline; late fees will be assessed after this date.
September 14, 2012 ~ Drop for non payment; this allows students a week after late fees are assessed to drop, swap, add, etc. and take care of account balances before any drops for non-payment will occur. (Please note that this extra week of refunds at 100% replaces the previous week of 50% refunds.)  Students who are dropped for non-payment and wish to be reinstated will be required to pay a reinstatement fee. 
Payment plans are available for students who prefer or need to spread their payments out over the course of the semester.  Student with pending guaranteed financial aid are able to enter into a promissory note, allowing them to remain enrolled and able to access other services such as the SRC, housing and dining services. 

Students who elect to enroll in a payment plan or enter into a promissory note will not be dropped for non-payment.  Only students who have neither paid their account in full nor made any of the above arrangements will be dropped.
Should you have any questions, please call the registrar office at 474-7500 or email your questions to [email protected]
Scholarships and Internships


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


2012-2013 Talent Grant Opportunity 
William and Dorothy Jane Wood Talent Grant 
Former University of Alaska President William R. Wood and his wife Dorothy Jane were longtime and ardent supporters of the University. This talent grant endowment was funded and grown for many years through the Crossroads fashion show held by the UAF College of Fellows.  The purpose of the grant is to recruit and retain students at the University of Alaska Fairbanks who exhibit exceptional potential for excellence in the fine arts and to encourage them to further develop their talent while enrolled at UAF. 
1. Applicant must be an undergraduate or graduate student attending or planning to attend UAF, and must be declare an academic major in a program within the Music, Art, or Theatre Departments. 
2. Applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.5.
3. Applicant must demonstrate talent and potential to excel in the fine arts.
Award Amount: One or several awards (minimun $1000) will be made at the discretion of the selection committee.
Application Procedure:
Students must submit the Wood Talent Grant application form, essay, letter of recommendation, and portfolio/performance samples by May 11, 2012.  Application forms are available at the Music, Art and Theatre Department offices and the UAF Financial Aid Office.  Continuing grants for previous year recipients may be considered, but students must re-apply.

2012-2013 Scholarship Opportunity
George and Mine' Mikami Scholarship
George and Mine' Mikami arrived in Seward, Alaska in 1914.  In 1915, George went to Anchorage as it was being founded as a tent city on Ship Creek Flats; the family followed soon after.  Their four children went through the Anchorage schools and all attended UAF, graduating in 1934, 1935, 1937, and 1941. The Mikami children established this scholarsip in honor of their parents for two students (one male and one female) who have good moral character.  This fund was established in 1961 and has grown to be one of UAF's largest scholarship.
1. Applicant must be a full-time undergraduate student in the top 25% of his or her class.
2. Applicant must have sophmore or junior standing at the beginning of the Fall 2012 (have between 30 -90 earned credits).
3. Applicant must be in good academic standing with a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0.
4. Applicant must plan to remain in Alaska after graduation.
5. Applicant must demonstrate good moral character.
Award Amount:
At least two awards (minimum $5000) will be made at the discretion of the selection committee.
Applicant Procedure:
To apply, students must submit:
1. A Mikami Scholarship application form (available from Financial Aid Office).
2. An essay on what "sound moral character" means to them.
3. A letter of recommendation from a faculty member.
All application materials must be received by 5:00pm on Friday May 11, 2012.

TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship
Are you currently pursuing a degree in health care? The makers of TYLENOL are awarding a total of $250,000 in scholarships to people who are committed to a career for caring for others. 
Future health care professionals are encouraged to apply to the TYLENOL Future Care Scholarship.  The application period is March 12-May 31, 2012 and awards will be announced on August 31, 2012.  Ten applicants will receive a $10,000 scholarship and 30 applicants will receive a $5,000 scholarship. 
The scholarship application consists of two 500-word essays based on your career aspirations and your resume.   
For more information, go to

April 1: American Indian Scholarship, Daughters of the Revolution.

April 4: American Indian Education Foundation
April 6: Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

April 13: United Utilities

April 15: Alaska Village Electric Cooperative (AVEC)

April 18: Indian Health Service Scholarships.