Rural Student Services
Reach Out Newsletter
December 2013
In This Issue
Final Exam Tips
Holiday Celebration
AISES Advisor of the Year
Ordering Transcripts
Financial Help
Need a Tutor
Events Happening in the Gathering Room December 2013  

December 6


  • Positive Connection Night - Holiday Celebration     
Important Dates and Events 

December 5 

402 Gruening


  • Financial $ense 
    Avoiding Holiday Spending

December 12

402 Gruening


  • Financial $ense Student Loan Repayment 

December 11  

Wood Center  


  • Chancellor's Holiday Gathering  

December 13    

  • Last day of instruction      
December 16-19
  • Final Exams  
  December 20 
  • Residence halls close
December 24
  • Deadline for faculty to post grades  
December 25-January 2   
  • 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 12


  • AISES 
December 3, 17
December 9
  • ANESA  
December 3, 10
  • ANSEP    

December 9


  • Festival of Native Arts





  • Inu-Yupiaq 

December 6, 13


  • NFPC





  • Native Games
December 6  
  • NABL

Note: There will be no meetings during Winter Break (December 25- January 2nd) 

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
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
Thomas Albert -
(907) 652-2015

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

NFPC - Natives for Positive Change
Carol Murphrey  - 474-6603
Barbara Blake -

Native Games
Gabrielle Russell - 474-6615


Troth Yeddha' Dance Group

Carol Murphrey - 474-6616  

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 2013 final exam schedule.
  • 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.  
  • Take care of your health. 
  • Eat apples and drink water to stay alert. If you're cramming, mix cocoa and coffee to stay awake. 
  • 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.  
  • Don't study for long periods of time. - Taking breaks helps your memory retain the information.  
  • Treat every day as if you had an exam tomorrow.
Holiday Celebration 
On December 6th 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 Chapter Advisor of the Year 
Rural Student Services Advisor Olga Skinner was awarded the American Indian Science and Engineering Advisor of the Year award at the National AISES conference in Denver, Colorado.

This distinguished award goes to an advisor who demonstrates hard work, dedication, and strong leadership. Recipients are nominated by the students that they serve. 


Ordering Transcripts
Final grades will be posted by your instructors on December 24th. 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 5
  • Avoiding Holiday Spending   

December 12

  • Student Loan Repayment 
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.
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.

Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association

  • Must have a goal beneficial to St. Paul Island, AK.
  • Deadline: December 15, 2013 
  • For application and more information, visit   

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, 2013
  • 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, 2013
  • 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, 2014    
  • For application and more information, visit