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 Reach Out NewsletterMay 2012
In This Issue
May 2012 Happenings
AIBL 2012 Chapter of the Year
Fall 2012 Important Dates
Scholarships & Internships

May  2012 

Happenings at RSS


May 1  

1pm ANSEP Mtg 


May 1

4pm ANESA Mtg 


May 2

4pm NFPC Potluck 


May 3

1pm AISES & Dennis Demmert Awards Celebration 


May 4

Last day of classes 


May 7-10


May 13 
UAF Graduation

May 14
Residence Halls CLOSES

May 16
UAF Staff Appreciation Day 

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 Yeddh'=Athabascan Dance Group    


NFPC= Natives For a Positive Change 

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This May 2012 Issue will be the last Reach Out for the semester...we will return in September 2012.

"We wish all the best to the Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 graduates!"

To all students have a safe and wonderful summer vacation. 
AIBL 2012 Chapter of the Year &
3rd Place in the Business Plan Competition



The Native Alaskan Business Leaders (NABL) have been preparing for the National

American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL) conference since the beginning of the school year.  NABL is a chapter of AIBL, which is the only Native non-profit organization solely dedicated to empowering business students in the United States.  AIBL's mission is to increase the representation of Natives in business and entrepreneurial ventures through education and leadership development opportunities.  Every year, AIBL holds a national conference with at least two competitions for chapter of the year and a business plan.

          NABL held their bi-weekly meetings in the RSS Gathering Room to work on their business plan titled: the Alaska Native Student Development Program (ANSDP).  When thinking of what the business plan should be, NABL members thought of what affected them the most, and drop-out rates came up from almost the whole group.  NABL's business plan's primary goal is to reduce the number of Alaska Native high school student drop-outs, which is currently at 19%.  ANSDP will act as a mentoring program and will provide ANSDP/NABL members to travel around the state to implement three day workshops that encourage student success. 

          After successfully writing out the 26 page plan, NABL members then started preparing for the18th Annual National AIBL conference in Denver, CO.  One of the requirements for the competition was to have a PowerPoint

presentation and speech no more than 18 minutes prepared.  NABL members wrote out their speech parts and practiced in front of many audiences, including the RSS staff.

NABL went to Denver with the idea that they would only compete in the business plan competition; however, upon arrival and registration the AIBL staff asked if NABL would want to compete in the chapter competition-which happened the same night.  NABL took that opportunity and quickly put a presentation together in about 1.5 hours and presented it in the same night to a panel of three judges.  The next day NABL presented their business plan to a panel of three judges.  On the final night of the AIBL conference, was the banquet and awards night.  NABL was named 2012 AIBL Chapter of the Year and took 3rd place in the business plan competition.

CONGRATULATIONS! RSS is proud of the NABL Group. Students presenting at AIBL convention were Jerica Aamodt, Lynn Church, Caroline Hoover,  DeAnne Lincoln, and Sarah Walker. 
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

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

American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships 
Native students studying virtually any subject who are pursuing undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees at both tribal colleges and universities and non-tribal colleges are eligible to apply for American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarships.  These scholarships are administered by the American Indian College Fund and are generally based upon merit or demonstrated financial need. 

The American Indian College Fund has scholarships available ranging from $1000-$12,500 per year funded by Arizona Public Service, Cargil, Citi Foundation, Coca-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Nissan North America, Inc., Traveler's Foundation, United Health Foundation, Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., and many more.  

Eligibility requirements include:

U.S. Citizenship

Enrolled in an accredited college or university in the United States.

Registered as a member of a tribe or a descendant of at least one grandparent or parent who is an enrolled tribal member.

Minimum grade point average of 2.0, but many scholarships require a higher G.P.A.

Submission of a completed on-line application 

Apply today at

January 1-May 31