Reach Out Newsletter
February 2015

In This Issue
Positive Connection Night
Alaska Native and Rural Scholarship and Internship Fair
Spring Career Fair
Real Time MACS Bus System
UAF Scholarships Deadline
Graduation Deadline
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
Alaska Native Studies Conference
Festival of Native Arts
Student Success Workshops
VITA Tax Help
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Events Happening in the Gathering Room February 2015

February 6th


Norma Shorty's Thesis Defense


February 13th 


Positive Connection Night - Valentine's Day Family Feud


February 27th


Positive Connection Night - Game Night

Important Dates and Events

February 4th
Murie Auditorium
Alaska Native Corporation Seminar

February 7th


Wood CenterBallroom

Alaska Alpine Club Gear Swap


February 10th


Wood Center Ballroom

Alaska Native and Rural Student Scholarship and Internship Fair


February 15th

Deadline to apply for UA scholarships and graduation


February 15th


Wood Center Ballroom

Elizabeth Peratrovich Day


February 21st


The Pub

The Front Bottoms Concert


February 22nd

Freshman progress reports due


February 23rd

Registration and fee payment for summer sessions begins


February 25th


Wood Center

Spring Job Internship Fair

Club Meetings

February 5, 19


February 4, 10, 11, 18, 24, 25
Festival of Native Arts


February 3, 10, 17, 24 


February 7, 14, 21, 28




February 3, 17 


Get Involved,
Join a Club!
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
Joel Forbes - 987-0940

Native Alaskan Business Leaders
Liz Ross - 474-7793

Natives for Positive Change 
Charlene Stern - 474-5293

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

Positive Connection Night

Be sure to join us for the Valentine's Day PCN in The Gathering Room at 5:00pm on February 13th! We're playing Family Feud, and your responses will be used! You can visit 
to anonymously weigh in on 25 questions that will be used for the game. Alternatively, stop by the office and grab a paper version! Last year's responses were great and we're looking forward to more! 


Our last PCN of this semester will be held on February 27th at 5:00pm. This time around, we'll be playing board, video, and card games. Swing by to get in on some Never Alone, Ataat's "Big Game", Cards Against Humanity, Snerts, and more! Do you have a favorite game? Bring it in!


To stay updated on what we've got going on, visit us on Facebook!
Alaska Native and Rural Scholarship and Internship Fair
For the first time ever, RSS will host the Alaska Native and Rural Scholarship and Internship Fair! Stop by the Wood Center Ballroom between 10 and 4:00pm on February 10th to meet with agencies that provide scholarships and internships to UAF students. It's a great opportunity to connect with funding agencies and get help with filling out their applications. The UAF Financial Aid office will also be there to help answer any questions you may have about funding.

Also, please join us for a potluck lunch from 1-2:00pm. CRCD Vice Chancellor Evon Peter will open the potluck with a few words of welcome and will be followed by UAF's own I�u-Yupiaq Dance Group. Bring a dish to share if you can!

Spring Career Fair 

Eric Engman/News-Miner
Utilize the resources that UAF provides by going to the Spring Career Fair this semester! Stop by the Wood Center on February 25th between 11:00am and 4:00pm. There you will find employers who are looking to fill full time, part time and seasonal positions in engineering, business, social services and many other sectors. For more information, visit Career Services


You're not just here to go to classes, but also to gain experience that you can use to strengthen your skills and resume. Speaking of which, be sure you have a complete, up-to-date resume on College Central Network and bring one with you when you visit potential employers at the fair.


Real Time MACS Bus System 

FNSB Transportation
The Fairbanks North Star Borough Metropolitan Area Commuter System, better known as the MACS Transit Bus System, has a new feature! You can view where the buses are in real time, which means less waiting!

Check out this page to see where each bus is at right now and get a better idea of when you need to be at the bus stop. Don't forget to take your Polar Express Card with you as it grants you free rides anywhere the bus will take you!
UAF Scholarships Deadline

Last year, UAF awarded over $1,000,000 to UAF students from over 350 privately funded scholarships! Be sure to apply online at UAOnline before the February 15th deadline. There is one easy application that puts you in the running for each scholarship that you qualify for. 

Graduation Deadline

If you're ready to graduate at the end of this semester, make sure you get your application in by February 15th. The application fee is $50 before and on that date. Afterwards, you will be charged a $30 late fee, bringing the total up to $80. Apply early and don't get hit with that late fee!


Click here to apply.  


Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
The UAF Natives For Positive Change organization is inviting you to a celebration of Elizabeth Wanamaker Peratrovich, Alaska Native Civil Rights Leader. The celebration will take place on Saturday, February 15th from 4-6:00pm in the Wood Center Ballroom.

If you would like more information, please contact RSS at (907) 474-7871.
Alaska Native Studies Conference 
The third annual Alaska Native Studies Conference, hosted by the University of Alaska, will be held at the Fairbanks campus, March 6-8, 2015. This will be the largest Alaska Native Studies Conference to date, with more than 50 presentations on research and activism from all fields related to Alaska Native Studies. 

The conference will feature Dennis Demmert from Klawock, Alaska and Marie Battiste from Saskatchewan, Canada as keynote speakers. Scholars and practitioners from all fields will address a variety of issues including: Culturally Responsive Leadership and Education, Alaska Native Identities, Alaska Native Languages, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA), Self-Determination and Sovereignty, Documenting and Honoring Indigenous Knowledge Systems, History, Oral Traditions and Contemporary Texts, Indigenous Research Methodologies, Alaska Native Science and Math, Indigenous Pedagogies vs. Western Paradigms, Subsistence and Sustainability, and more!

Click here to learn more and register!
Festival of Native Arts 

Get ready for the Annual Festival of Native Arts! This year's theme is "Connecting As One. " From March 5-7th, you will be able to immerse yourself in Native dance, music and traditional arts.


The Festival of Native Arts is a student-led tradition that has been bringing together artists, performers, and performance groups for over 40 years! Click here if you'd like to find out more. 


Student Success Workshops  

The Academic Advising Center offers a large number of workshops designed to promote study and university skills important to student success. Upcoming topics include, effectively reading a textbook, reducing math anxiety, successful test taking, note taking skills and many more!  


Click here for the full list of workshops that are being offered this semester.



VITA Tax Help 

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 February 16 and 23 between 5:00pm and 7:30pm. There will be someone just outside the Schiable Auditorium ready to assist you.  


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

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.  



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. They have come up with their first schedule that includes when tutors will be in the Gathering Room and what they can help students with.

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.


First Alaskans Institute
Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Must be BBNC shareholder, spouse, or descendant
  • Offers internships year-round, no deadlines



UA Foundation

Bivin Memorial

Gwichyaa Zhee Gwich'in Tribal Government/Native Village of Fort Yukon

  • Must have at least � Native blood
  • Must be recognized by GGTG/NVFY and enrollee
  • Apply by February 28th for Summer Semester


Golden Valley Electric Association

  • Must be or be a dependent of a member of Golden Valley Electric Association
  • Apply by March 6th 

Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.

  • Must have at least � Native blood and/or be an enrolled tribal member
  • Must be enrolled member of a tribe served by TCC, or At-large member of Doyon
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by March 15th

Indian Health Service Health Profession

  • Must be American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by March 28th