Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
January 2013
In This Issue
Welcome Back (Almost)
Advising Appointments
January Events
AISES Meeting
Permanent Fund Dividend
Events Happening in the Gathering Room January 2013

January 17


  • Open House

January 25


  • RSS/MacLean PCN   
Important Dates and Events 

January 2 

  • WINTERmester begins 
January 9
  • Last day to withdraw from WINTERmester courses 

January 15


  • Residence halls open
January 16
  • New Student Orientation 

January 17    

  • First day of instruction      
January 21
  • Alaska Civil Rights Day (most offices closed)
January 25
  • Last day for adding classes, late registration, and fee payment 

January 25


Wood Center

  • UAF Student Job Fair
Club Meetings
January 16, 23, 30
  • Troth Yeddha' 

January 16, 23, 30  


January 19, 26  


  • Inu-Yupiaq      
January 22, 29 
January 21, 24, 28, 31


  • Festival of Native Arts     

January 24, 31    


  • Study Night
January 24  
  • AISES  
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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Welcome Back (Almost) 
We're excited to see you when you come back to UAF for the spring semester! We hope you had a wonderful holiday break and come back well rested and ready.

With just one week left until the start of the spring semester, you should be thinking about preparation. If you haven't already, make sure you talk with your advisor about next semester's classes, possible financial aid options, housing, or any other subject you need help with.


Advising Appointments
Gone are the days of paper schedules! We are now using Google Calendar to keep track of our appointments, which means it's more convenient than ever for you to schedule one with your advisor! Use our new system to make appointments from your home computer or stop by and sign up using our designated laptop.

You'll simply need to go to and click on the Advising Appointments button on the left side of the page. Once you get there, you'll see pictures of all of the advisors at RSS. Click on the name of yours and schedule your appointment by following the prompts. Once you've completed this process, you'll receive a confirmation e-mail with the date and time you selected.

The confirmation e-mail also contains a cancellation link. Please use this if you find you won't be able to make your appointment.

This is the page you'll encounter when you want to sign up for appointments with your advisor. You can click the picture to check it out.

Please note, It is not mandatory to use this system! If you are new to RSS, can't remember who your advisor is, or want to continue setting up appointments by contacting us directly, please feel free to call or e-mail us!
January Events 
We have two main events this January. We hope you will join us and help kick start this semester!

The first event, which will be on January 17 at 5:00pm, is an open house. The purpose of this is to welcome our new and returning students. There will be valuable information about clubs, events, and more and some good food to keep your hunger at bay.

The second event this January happens at 5:00pm on the 25th. This will be our first Positive Connection Night of the semester and we'll be playing Native Games! As always, food will be provided as well. This event is co-sponsored by the Eileen Panigeo MacLean House staff. The MacLean House is a small, community-focused residential house with the goal of easing the transition from a rural area to an academic and urban area. The staff at MacLean focus heavily on providing cultural activities for their residents, and will be involved in some of RSS's programming as well. We're delighted to have them on board!
AISES Meeting
On January 24th, AISES meetings will start back up. For the first meeting of the spring semester, Jeff Chen, Alaska Outreach Coordinator, will be recruiting students for a program called NPS Academy.

The program works with the National Park Service and offers a Spring Break orientation and paid summer internship position for 24 students in a national park in Alaska. Students will learn about the diverse job opportunities in the parks, and will also delve into culture and diversity topics as a focus of the training. The NPS Academy focuses on recruiting Alaska Native students. 
Please join us if you are interested or check out the website:


Permanent Fund Dividend
It's a new year and that means a new Alaska Permanent Fund
Photo taken from Alaska Dispatch
Dividend dispersal. But, before you can take a bite out of that pie, you must apply! It's easy to apply for the PFD using the  State of Alaska website. Just click on this link and follow the prompts.

The deadline for applications is March 31st. Do it now so you don't forget! 



UA Foundation Scholarships

Aqqaluk Trust
Truman D. Picard Scholarship
Huna Heritage Foundation The Institute of Internal Auditors Scholarship