Reach Out Newsletter
April 2014

In This Issue
Financial Aid Drawing
Dennis Demmert Award
Springfest BBQ
RSS Survey
Eileen's House Openings
Student Code of Conduct Revision
Big Brothers Big Sisters
VITA Tax Help
Events Happening in the Gathering Room April 2014

April 3rd 


April 4th


AVCP Visit 
April 8th & 9th


Doyon Visit  


April 14th 


St Mary's Student Visit


April 14th


Festival of Native Arts Thank You Gathering


April 15th


Future Educators of Alaska Tour


April 23rd




April 25th


Springfest BBQ  


May 1st


Dennis Demmert and Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley Award Reception 



Dates and Events 

April 5th
Nenana Parking Lot
Spring Fling 5k Race 

April 7th
Registration opens for degree students

April 7-13th 
Carlson Center
2014 Alaska Miners Association

April 10th
UAF Music Wing
UAF Jazz Fest, 2014

April 11-18th
Humans vs. Zombies

April 12th
Patty Center
2014 Beat Beethoven 5K Race

April 14th
IARC 501
Education Games Gathering

April 14
Registration opens for non-degree students

April 15th
Wood Center Ballroom
Scholarship & Award Breakfast

April 18th
Wood Center Ballroom
UAF Pre-Vet Spaghetti Feed

April 23rd

April 23rd
Great Hall
Fine Arts Showcase

April 25-27th 

Springfest (no classes)  


April 26th


Patty Center

Tanana Valley Sportsman Gun Show


April 26th



Spring 5k 


April 29th


Wood Center  

Research Day  


Group Meetings

April 10, 17


April 8, 15, 22, 29


April 9, 16, 23, 30  


April 5, 12, 19, 26  




April 4



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

Alaska Native Education Student Association
Colleen Angaiak - 474-6623


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

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

Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group
Thomas Albert - [email protected]

Native Alaskan Business Leaders
Liz Ross - 474-7793

Troth Yeddha' Dance Group
Carol Murphrey - 474-6616

Natives for Positive Change 
Barbara Blake - 474-5948
Carol Murphrey - 474-6616

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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Rural Student Services

Welcome To Our New Staff Member!

The moment we've all been waiting for has finally come! We got a new Director! Her name is Annette Freiburger and she started her new job on March 24th. She not only directs Rural Student Services, but Rural Alaska Honors Institute and Eileen's House as well. She's going to be a pretty busy lady, but we're sure she can handle it!


Annette comes to us from Fairbanks by way of Tanana. She's the daughter of the late Andrew and Effie Kokrine and has been married to Vincent Freiburger for 33 years. They have two sons, Brent and Michael, and to two grandsons, Aydan and Kyen. She received her bachelor's degree in sociology and human services from Fort Lewis College in Colorado and her master's degree in northern studies from UAF.   


She's very involved with the community and has been part of the university for 18 years. Her most recent position was as  the coordinator for the Nenana Center with the Interior-Aleutians Campus. Before that, she worked for the Fairbanks Native Association as the executive director where she was making an impact on Rural Student Services already.


Without Annette, we may not have had the opportunity to have Carol Murphrey on our team! Years ago, when Carol was hired as a temporary office assistant at the Fairbanks Native Association's Early Head Start Program, Annette encouraged her to apply for a job opening at UAF with the Alaska Native Studies Department. Carol attributes her career at UAF, in part, to Annette because without her guidance, leadership, and encouragement, she may never have stepped outside of her comfort zone and applied for that job.  


We'd all like to thank her very much for taking on this new endeavor!   


The fall class list is available for you to see and registration opens up on April 7th (April 14th if you're non-degree seeking)! Classes fill up fast, so schedule an appointment with your advisor soon to go over options for next semester.


The easiest way to set up an appointment is online! Visit and click on Advising Appointments. From there, you'll click on your advisor's name and follow the prompts! If you're not comfortable using this method, you can always call us at (907) 474-7871 or drop by! 

Financial Aid Drawing
When you're not working on your studies, be sure to start applying for financial aid! Not only will it help you next semester, but you could win some awesome prizes from us!

Fill out financial aid applications for the fall semester, let your advisor know, and you'll be entered into our drawing! You'll get one entry per piece so the more you fill out, the higher your chances are of winning! Already filled out some financial aid? Meet up with your advisor and see if it qualifies.

Prizes this year include:
  • 3-Credit Tuition Waivers
  • Gift Certificates to the Bookstore
  • Much More!

The drawing will be held during our Springfest Barbecue on April 25th! 

Dennis Demmert Award Nominations
For 20 years, we've been presenting the Dennis Demmert Award to deserving staff and faculty members who have helped support Alaska Native Education. We need your input to keep it going!

Do you know of an awesome staff or faculty member that you want to have recognized for supporting Alaska Native Students? Get your nomination form in for the Dennis Demmert Award! It's really quick and extremely easy to do. All you need is the person's name, department, and a brief message about why you're nominating them.

Fill out the form here by April 18th:
You can also stop by our office and fill it out on paper if you prefer.

Please understand that because this award is offered through Rural Student Services, the RSS staff cannot be considered as award recipients!

Recipients of this award and the Angayuqaq Oscar Kawagley Award will be recognized at a reception in the RSS Gathering Room on Thursday, May 1 at 1:00pm
Springfest BBQ
From April 25th to the 27th, UAF will be celebrating Springfest! There will be tons of activities going on around the main campus. Keep your ears open for the awesome things to check out like the Mud Volleyball Tournament, Mustache Dash Fun Run, the Watermelon Drop, and Lottanobooza!

Also, on the 25th, when you're enjoying that much needed day off from classes, be sure to stop by RSS at noon for our annual barbecue!
RSS Survey
It's that time again! Every year, we ask you about how we're doing. We need your input so we can serve you better! In the past, we've used responses to add services like free coffee and change ones that aren't working out for you.

Be sure to fill out our year-end survey and enter in the drawing for a chance to win a $50 Gift Certificate!

You can fill out the survey in person when you stop by our office, or you can simply go to and click on RSS Survey. It's completely anonymous, takes less than five minutes, and could mean even better services at RSS!

We really appreciate your input!
Eileen's House Openings
Are you looking to move into a different dorm in the fall semester? The Eileen Panigeo MacLean House has openings for one female and three males.

Eileen's House is a dorm that was established to provide students from the Arctic region and other rural areas of Alaska with a safe, inviting, and supportive community environment that would be helpful in the transition from small, tight-knit rural communities to the hustle and bustle of university life. The dorm offers students the opportunity to live in a small community with a cultural focus, allowing them to feel at home in an academic and urban environment, while at the same time supporting their academic efforts and celebrating their successes.

If this sounds like something you'd be interested in, you can find the application at or you can contact Tim Murphrey to find out more information at [email protected].
Student Code of Conduct Revision
The University of Alaska is revisiting the Student Code of Conduct in order to make it more relevant for today's students. The current version was last reviewed in full in 1998.

The student code is designed to dictate how students should conduct themselves. It covers things like plagiarism, harassment, endangerment, drug use, and a lot more.

The Student Code of Conduct Review Team has set several goals for the revised version and is ready for feedback from the community, which includes students! Use this chance to make your voice heard and let them know what you'd like to see in the new Student Code of Conduct.

Click here to make an impact. Don't be deterred by the UAA website. The Student Code of Conduct is University-wide and your input will be highly valued!
Big Brothers Big Sisters

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Alaska is looking for mentors for Alaska Native youth, particularly those who are at risk of educational failure. If you would like to help make a difference in a youth's life by becoming a mentor, consider becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.  


If you'd like more information, click here or call (907) 452-8110.  


VITA Tax Help 

The deadline to get your taxes in is April 15th!!!


Lucky for you, Great Alaska Accounting People (GAAP) provides free income tax assistance, preparation, and electronic filing as part of the IRS Voluntary Income Tax Assistance (VITA). If you need help with your taxes, stop by the Bunnell Building on April 5 and 12 between 10:00am and 12:00pm. There will be someone just outside the Schiable Auditorium ready to assist you.  


If you'd like more information, contact Brendon Allen, at [email protected] or (907) 474-7121. You can also visit GAAP's website.



Members of the student club, American Indian Science and Engineering Society, are kind enough to offer their brains in the form of tutoring each semester. If you would like to see the current schedule, click here.

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 from 2-4:00pm Monday through Thursday.

If you need tutoring, but we don't offer it in the field you need, please check here for more resources!



American Indian Education Foundation

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

  • Must be a BBNC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Show financial need
  • Apply by April 4th 

AVEC Scholarship

  • Must reside in an active AVEC member's household
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 15th

Doyon Foundation

  • Must be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 15th 

Kawerak, Inc.

  • Must be enrolled to a tribe in the Bering Straits Region
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 15th for spring semester

United Utilities, Inc. Scholarship

  • Must live in in a location where UUI and KUC provide communication services
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 16th

Chancellors Advisory Committee on Native Education Scholarship

  • Must be Alaska Native/Native American UAF student
  • 2.5 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 18th
  • Pick up application from Rural Student Services

Choggiung Educational Endowment Foundation

  • Must be Choggiung shareholder
  • Full-time student
  • Apply by April 30th

Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

  • Must be a Goldbelt shareholder or descendant
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 30th

Sue McHenry AISES Scholarship

  • Must be a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Apply by May 2nd