Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
March 2013
In This Issue
Spring Break
Craft Day
Need Help With Your Taxes?
NYO Judges Needed
Graduation Deadline
FNA Potlatch Pageant
Festival of Native Arts
Events Happening in the Gathering Room February 2013

March 21-22
  • BBEDC, BBNA, BBNA WFD, BBNC, BBSRI, and Bristol Industries, LLC Visit 
March 29 


  • Craft Day  
Important Dates and Events 

March 2


Effie Kokrine Charter School

  • NYO Spaghetti Feed Fundraiser

March 5


Wood Center   

  • UAF Graduation Fair  

March 11-15

  • Spring Break! 
March 15
  • Campus Closed 
March 16
Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall
  • FNA 50th Annual Potlatch      
March 18   
  • Fall class list available
March 22
  • Withdrawal and audit deadline  
March 22
Fairbanks Curling Club    
  • ANSWA/OSSW Pasta Feed   
March 22-23
See Flyer for Times
Effie Kokrine Charter School
  • FNSBSD NYO Competition
March 23 & 30
Bunnell Building Hallway (Outside of Auditorium)
  • GAAP Tax Assistance   
March 31 
  • Alaska State PFD Deadline  
Club Meetings

March 7, 21  
March 2  
  • ANESA  
March 5, 19, 26 
  • ANSEP    
March 2, 9, 23, 30


March 6, 20, 27   


  • Inu-Yupiaq
March 1, 4, 8, 18, 22, 25, 29


  • Native Games 
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 - [email protected]

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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Spring Break 
Spring Break (March 11-15th) is just around the corner. We know it's tough, but hang in there! Take the time to regroup and prepare for the rest of the semester. You'll be about halfway through!

Also, keep in mind that RSS, along with most of the offices on campus, will be closed on March 15th.
Student Spotlight
Tayesia Genevieve Belynda Ann Nick (Panicungaq) has been chosen as an outstanding student that we would like to recognize in this month's edition of the Reach Out.

Tayesia is from Pilot Station and is now a Junior studying natural resources management. She is excited to say that she's been selected for her first internship with the Alaska Oregon Research Training Partnership and would offer the following advice to anyone who was interested in applying for an internship: "Apply for as many as you can. When accepted for multiple ones, choose the one that will benefit you the most."

Tayesia understands that she can get more from college than a degree. She is outgoing and has been taking advantage of different programs at UAF since the spring of 2012. She is a secretary for Natives for Positive change and a Secretariat for Native Alaskan Business Leaders. She is also involved with the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program and American Indian Science and Engineering Society. She says that this level of social and academic involvement helps motivate her to do well in her classes.

She is not without struggle, however, and finds that her most common challenge is the fear of failing a class. She feels that overcoming the fear and actually passing her classes takes a lot of effort. She says that drawing on her time management skills to stay structured and also studying with friends helps her push forward.

Tayesia also offered some insight on some of the best ways to pay for school. She employs the use of grants and scholarships to cover her costs. Her advice is to apply for all of the scholarships that you qualify for and keep in touch with your funding sources so you are aware and can make them aware of any changes or updates.

Finally, Tayesia closed the interview with the following words of advice: "It is scientifically proven that thinking positive and believing in what you want to accomplish helps." We think this is applicable to all things in life and hope you find the same.

Thank you, Tayesia, for being such an outstanding student!
It's March! That means the PFD is due very soon, the 31st to be exact. If you haven't applied for it yet, do it now! You may blink and find that it's too late.

Here's the link to the online application:


Sun catcher by Charlene Church.
Craft Day

On March 29th from 1-5pm, you will have the opportunity to show, create, and view Native crafts in the Gathering Room! Bring something to work on and collaborate with your fellow talented artists. If you just want to look around that's okay too! We'll provide snacks!


Need Help With Your Taxes?
The Great Alaskan Accounting People (GAAP) provides free income tax assistance, preparation, and electronic filing. The gurus will be helping students with their taxes on March 23 & 30 and April 6 & 13 from 10-2:00pm in Bunnell outside of the Schaible Auditorium.
Fittest Winner Competition
Do you like to exercise or want a reason to start doing it? UAF and the Parkour and Free Running Student Org has put together a little competition for students just like you! It's called the Fittest Winner and it's all about staying or getting fit and teamwork.

Round up 4-8 of your friends to create a team or join one and register for the competition. The competition runs from February 27th - April 24th, but you can register your team until March 15th. It's free and you'll have a chance to win some great prizes and you'll stay motivated with the help of your friends to meet your fitness goals!

Visit for more information about the competition and to register.


NYO Judges Needed
The Fairbanks North Star Bureau School District is looking for judges for their upcoming Native Youth Olympics Competition.
Click here to see a flyer for the competition.
If this sounds like something you'd be interested in doing, get in touch with your advisor and let them know!

The competition will be held at the Effie Kokrine Early College Charter School Gym on March 22 and 23rd.

Also, they're having a fundraiser spaghetti feed at Effie Kokrine this Saturday, March 2nd from 5-7:00pm. The plates are $10 and the proceeds will help benefit the NYO program.
UAF Seeks Orientation Leaders 
If you would like to be an Orientation Leader and help
Photo taken from UAF Orientation Leaders website.
introduce new students to UAF, apply now! The application deadline is March 29th. To get to the application, click  here.

Orientation Leaders dedicate a week of their summer (August 29-September 4th) to welcome students to UAF. They stay busy by helping move students into their dorms, giving campus tours, and answering questions about university life.
Fairbanks Native Association Potlatch 
On Saturday, March 16 at 3:00pm, the Fairbanks Native
2012 Miss FNA winner, Clara Perdue. Photo taken from Fairbanks Native Association website.
Association will be having their 50th Annual Potlatch at Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. Not only will there be food, but the judgement of the Miss FNA Contest will be taking place as

If you're interested in being a contestant for the pageant or know someone who is, be sure to call 452-1648 for an application packet. They are looking for Miss FNA, FNA Princess, and FNA Baby contestants. Applications are due by March 8. 

They are also looking for volunteers to cook, set up and serve food and are looking for wood, food, or gift donations. If you're willing to throw in a hand, call the number above and let them know!
  Social Worker's Pasta Feed Fundraiser
ANSWA and OSSW are having a pasta feed fundraiser and everyone's invited! It will be on Friday, March 22nd from 6-8:00pm at the Curling Club. For $10 a plate, support some great student clubs and chow down on some awesome pasta.
AISES Tutors have set their schedule! They can help you with math, science, and engineering questions. Click here for their schedule.

We are also lucky enough to have students from the Writing Center stop by and help with English questions. This semester, they will be in the Gathering Room from 12-4:00pm on Mondays and from 2-4:00pm on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.

Check out our website for more information about tutors and other academic assistance available around campus.


Internships & Jobs

National Park Service 
NPS is looking for a GS-3 Term Park Guide at the Alaska Public Land Information Center (located downtown in the Morris Thompson Center). This staff person will help visitors plan trips onto Alaska public lands, assist with school groups, staff the Alaska Geographic bookstore, and work on other interpretive projects as time allows. This job is a great way to get your foot in the door with the National Park Service. If anyone has questions, they are welcome to contact Adia Cotter (459-3732).

Visit for more information.

Haskell Environmental Research Studies (HERS) Internship
HERS is looking for students that are interested in research to apply for their summer internship. If you are selected, you will have a chance to develop a research question and create a poster that you may present at the Vine Deloria Jr. Symposium, held at Northwestern Indian College in Washington State.

If you're interested, visit their website here. The deadline to apply is March 15.


The Institute of Internal Auditors Scholarship

 United Utilities, Inc Scholarship

  • Live in a location where UUI provides communications services  
  • Have at least 2.0 GPA  
  • Deadline:  April 12, 2013  
  • For application and more information, visit      

University Women's Association Undergraduate Scholarships