Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
December 2012
In This Issue
Final Exam Tips
Study Night
Holiday Celebration
AISES National Conference
Welcoming Staff
Ordering Transcripts
Financial Help
Need a Tutor
Events Happening in the Gathering Room December 2012 

November 30 


  • Positive Connection Night - Holiday Celebration     
Important Dates and Events 

December 2

UAF Great Hall 


  • Holiday Market Place

December 5

Wood Center


  • Chancellor's Holiday Gathering

December 6

402 Gruening


  • Financial $ense 
    Avoiding Holiday Spending

December 7 

Art Department 


  • Student Art Sale 

December 10   

  • Last day of instruction      
December 12-15
  • Final Exams  
December 14
4th Floor Brooks Building
  • CRCD Holiday Open House  
December 16 
  • Residence halls close
December 19
  • Deadline for faculty to post grades  
December 22-January 1  
  • Winter holiday - Most offices closed 

December 25

  • Christmas   

December 31

Museum of the North


  • Annual New Years Eve Sparktacular (lots and lots of fireworks) 
Club Meetings


December 4


  • ANSEP    

December 4, 11 


  • Study Night
December 5, 12
  • Troth Yeddha' 

December 1, 8 


December  5, 12 


  • Inu-Yupiaq      
December 6  
  • NABL

Note: There will be no meetings during Winter Break (December 16- January 16th) 

Get Involved, Join a Club!
AISES - American Indian Science & Engineering Society
Olga Skinner - 474-5152

ANESA - Alaska Native Education Student Association
Colleen Angaiak - 474-6623

ANPSYCH - Alaska Natives into Psychology
Project Director of Psychology Dept - 474-7007

ANSEP - Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program
Olga Skinner - 474-5152

ANSWA - Alaska Native Social Work Association
LaVerne Demientieff - 474-6267
Gabrielle Russell - 474-6615

Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group
Naaqtuuq Dommek -

NABL - Native Alaskan Business Leaders
Liz Ross - 474 - 7793

Troth Yeddha' Dance Group
Carol Murphrey - 474-6616

NFPC - Natives for Positive Change
Tim Murphrey - 474-6603

Native Games
Gabrielle Russell - 474-6615


RSS Contact Information
Main Floor Brooks Building

PO Box 756320
Fairbanks, AK 99775

Phone: (907) 474-7871
Toll Free:
(888) 478-1452
Fax: (907) 474-6619




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Final Exam Tips
Finals are coming up and we wish you the best of luck! To help you get through them, we compiled a list of tips that, if followed, should serve to make finals as manageable as possible.
  • Find out when your finals are. - This information is readily available from your instructors or your class syllabi. You can also find out when they are by looking at UAF's Fall 2012 final exam schedule.
    -Gabrielle Russell          
  • Relax - Hard to do, I know. But, research suggests that stress blocks chemical reactions in your brain that aid in learning. So, start studying early and be sure to set aside enough time for sleeping, eating, and exercising.  
    -Brianna Pauling   
  • Take care of your health. 
    -Olga Skinner      
  • Eat apples and drink water to stay alert. If you're cramming, mix cocoa and coffee to stay awake. 
    -Carol Murphrey    
  • Don't Cram - Studying the night before your exam leads to lack of sleep, high stress, and short tempers. Giving yourself enough time to confidently work through your course materials will benefit you far more than rushing through them.
    -Colleen Angaiak     
  • Don't study for long periods of time. - Taking breaks helps your memory retain the information.  
    -Woman (Charlene) Church 
  • Treat every day as if you had an exam tomorrow.
    -Walkie Charles
Study Night
If you need a quiet place to study, head down to RSS on Tuesday nights from 6-8pm. The Gathering Room will be open for your studying needs and snacks will be provided!
Holiday Celebration 
On November 30th at 5:00pm, we will have our last positive connection night of the semester. Be sure to stop by RSS for good food, crafts, cookie decorating, and Eskimo Bingo!

If you don't know how to play Eskimo Bingo, the rules are simple and it's easy to win! All you need to do is sit in a circle with your peers and take turns rolling a pair of dice. If you get a double, you get a gift!

Thank you to the Alaska Native Education Student Association for helping us put this on!
AISES National Conference
Eleven members of the UAF chapter of AISES attended the National AISES Conference in November. There, they took part in science and engineering
L to R: Olga Skinner, Lonny Strunk, Stefan Weingarth, Ruth Osborne, Brian Rasley, Charlie Carlson, Rachel DeWilde, Jesstin Patterson, Thomas Hughes, MJ Roseberry
workshops, had interviews for internships, scholarships, and graduate schools, and networked with many different science and engineering companies, including the US Navy, 3M, Microsoft, and Google.

Four UAF members, Ralph Sinnok, Stefan Weingarth, Rachel DeWilde, and Jesstin Patterson, presented workshops at the conference. Sterling DeWilde serves as a regional representative and led the region in winning the spirit stick.

If you would like a chance to participate in future AISES National Conferences, contact Olga Skinner or one of the members and ask about becoming an AISES member.


Welcoming Staff
We're pleased to announce that Tim Murphrey (former Assistant Manager for Rural Alaska Honors Institute) has accepted a position as Interim Program Manager of Eileen Panigeo MacLean Inupiat House for the College of Rural and Community Development, Rural Student Services.

Tim has a strong connection to the North Slope of Alaska through
Tim Murphrey,
 Interim Program Manager of Eileen Panigeo MacLean Inupiat House
his wife, Carol, who is from Atqasuk. MacLean House was built in partnership with Arctic Slope Regional Corporation to provide Alaska Native and other students from rural Alaska a safe, inviting and supportive campus residential environment.  The residence offers students the opportunity to live in a small community with a cultural focus, allowing them to make the transition to an academic and urban environment in a manner that supports their academic efforts and eases separation from family.

We're also excited to announce that Kate Pendelton has joined the Rural Alaska Honor's Institute as the new Assistant Manager.

Kate has worked with the Alaska Summer Research Academy and the College of Science and Mathematics for the past 4 1/2 years. There are many ASRA students from all over Alaska now attending UAF and some of the students also attended RAHI. She loves seeing them on campus and looks forward to having the opportunity to work with many new students and staff.

Please help us welcome Tim and Kate as they take on their new roles!
Hearing on Reclaiming our Image and Identity for the Next Seven Generations
Marjorie Tahbone, last year's Miss Indian World, represented Native Americans to the Indian Affairs Committee at the Hearing on Reclaiming our Image and Identity for the Next Seven Generations in Washington D.C. She stood next to other prominent Native Americans and voiced her concern over stereotypes, hardships, and injustices and offered solutions to some problems that Native Americans face today. If you're interested in hearing what she and the other panelists had to say at the hearing, you can view the webcast.


Ordering Transcripts
Final grades will be posted by your instructors on December 19th. If you need to get an official transcript for any reason, be sure to order it on UAOnline after this date so it will show this semester's grades.

Please note that if you request an electronic copy to be delivered via e-mail, have it sent to yourself so you can forward it to up to seven different people/organizations without being charged extra. It takes little effort and could save you up to $72.00!
Financial Help
The Financial Aid Office is great when you need help with scholarships, grants and loans, but that's not all they do! This semester, they have a wide array of workshops designed to help you efficiently manage your money. If you want to be smart with your money, attend the Financial $ense sessions! This is a listing for December, look for the next Reach Out to see their later workshops or check their website.

December 6
  • Avoiding Holiday Spending  
Workshops are from 1:05pm to 1:55pm in Gruening 402.

Need a Tutor? 
You can find tutors for math, science and English in the RSS Gathering Room almost every day of the week!

English tutors are available Monday-Thursday from 2-4:00pm.
Math and Science tutors are sponsored by AISES and are available every day. Click the following link to check out the AISES Tutor's schedule.
(L to R) Stefan Weingarth, Justin Calkins, Will Riley, Ryan Cudo, Jacob Martin, Thomas Hughes, Ruth Osborne and Rachel Dewilde are AISES tutors in the Gathering Room on weekdays.

These are not the only tutors available on campus! You can also stop by any of the following places to get help with your classes. Click the links to see their schedules.
Last, but not least, the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) also sponsors tutors, who will be in Bunnell 410 on Saturdays, from 10-11:00am for those who need help with Math up to MATH 200 and from 11:15-12:15pm for those who need help with CHEM 105/106.

Arctic Education Foundation
  • Must be an ASRC shareholder or a direct lineal descendant of an ASRC shareholder  
  • Deadline: December 1, 2012     
  • For application and more information, visit    

Chenega Future Inc.

Eben Hopson Sr., Memorial Scholarship

  • Must intend to remain in Barrow after graduation
  • Must be a full time student
  • Deadline: December 1, 2012
  • For application and more information, visit     

Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association

Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship

Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association

  • Must be a resident of one of the YDFDA member villages
  • 2.0 GPA for Freshman and Sophomores, 2.5 GPA for Juniors and Seniors
  • Deadline: December 15, 2012
  • For application and more information, visit  

Combined Application for College and Higher Education (CACHE) 

  • Contains applications for Bering Straits Foundation, Sitnasuak, Kawerak, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, and Norton Sound Health Corporation
  • Deadline: December 31, 2012
  • For application and more information, including eligibility requirements for each of the scholarships in the CACHE application, visit    

Native Village of Kotzebue, Kotzebue IRA

Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
  • Up to $7500
  • Must be planning a career in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • GPA 3.0, top fourth of class
  • Deadline: January 4, 2013   
  • For application and more information, visit