Reach Out Newsletter
March 2015

In This Issue
Spring Break
Permanent Fund Dividend
Byron Mallott Meet and Greet
Festival of Native Arts
Alaska Native Studies Conference
Student Success Workshops
VITA Tax Help
Events Happening in the Gathering Room March 2015

March 6th


Meet and Greet with Lt. Governor Byron Mallott 


Important Dates and Events

March 5-7th
Various Locations 
Festival of Native Arts

March 6-8th

Various Locations 

Alaska Native Studies Conference  


March 7th


Outside Schiable Auditorium

GAAP VITA Tax Preparation 


March 10th


Wood Center 

Graduation Fair 


March 13th

Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals


March 16-20th

Spring Break - No Classes 


March 20th

University Holiday - Most offices closed 


March 22nd


Ski Hut



March 23rd

Fall 2015 course list available  


March 28th


Outside Schiable Auditorium

GAAP VITA Tax Preparation 

Club Meetings
March 5, 19

March 4, 10, 11, 24, 25
Festival of Native Arts


March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 


March 7, 14, 21, 28




March 3, 31 


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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Spring Break
Photo taken by Brianna Pauling

Spring Break is just two weeks away (March 16-20th)! We know it's tough, but hang in there. Take the time to breathe and regroup for the remainder of the semester. You'll be a little over halfway through!


Also, keep in mind that RSS and most other offices on campus will be closed on the last day of Spring Break, Friday, March 20th. 

Permanent Fund Dividend
It's March! That means your PFD application needs to be in by the end of the month (March 31st). If you haven't done it yet, get it out of the way and do it now! Don't join the masses who push it off right up until it's too late.

Here's the link to the application:


Byron Mallott to Visit RSS  

Lt. Governor Byron Mallott will be in the Gathering Room from 2-3:00pm on Friday, March 6th for an informal meet and greet.

He'd love to hear from anyone who cares to speak with him, so stop by and say hello!

Festival of Native Arts 

The 42nd Annual Festival of Native Arts is this Week! From March 5-7th, join UAF in the celebration of cultures from all across Alaska.

This year's event will feature over twenty different dance groups on the main stage at the Davis Concert Hall, seven different workshops in the Wood Center, and tons of vendors selling Alaska Native art in the Fine Arts Complex. You can find out what else is happening at

The Festival of Native Arts is free of charge and open to all people, no matter their backgrounds! Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful event.
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. That's this weekend! 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!

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 March 7 and 28 between 10:30am and 2:30pm. There will be someone just outside of 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.



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



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
Koniag Education Foundation

Catching the Dream

  • Must have at least 1/4 Native blood and be an enrolled tribal member
  • Competitive scholarship available for summer semester
  • Apply by March 15th

Doyon Foundation

  • Must be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Deadline for summer application is March 15th

Indian Health Service Health Profession

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