Reach Out Newsletter
April 2015

In This Issue
Celebration of Live
Alaska Native Oratory Competition
Financial Aid Drawing
Dennis Demmert Award
Springfest BBQ
RSS Survey
Big Brothers Big Sisters
VITA Tax Help
Events Happening in the Gathering Room April 2015

April 3rd 


Alaska Native Oratory Competition
April 13th


National Parks Seminar


April 15th 




April 16th


Rural Counselor Welcome


April 23rd


NACADA Webinar


April 24th


Springfest Barbecue


April 30th


Dennis Demmert Award Ceremony


Dates and Events 

April 2nd
Wood Center Ballroom
Celebration of Life for Evan Charles

April 6th
Registration opens for degree students

April 13th
Registration opens for non-degree-seeking students

April 16-18th
UAF Music Wing
UAF Jazz Fest, 2015 

April 11th
Patty Center
2015 Beat Beethoven 5K Race 

April 15th

April 23-25th 


Group Meetings

April 9, 23


April 7, 8
Festival of Native Arts


April 7, 14, 21, 28   


April 4, 11, 18, 25   




April 14, 28 



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

Celebration of Life

On March 13, 2015, we lost our good friend, Evan Charles. Evan was a sophomore at UAF from Emmonak. His bright smile and easy-going nature is sorely missed.


Tonight, April 2nd, there will be a Celebration of Life in his honor. Please join us at 5:30pm in the Wood Center Ballroom to gather and share fond memories of him.  

Here is the program:

  • Performance by I�u-Yupiaq Dance Group
  • Evon Peter, Vice Chancellor, College of Rural and Community Development
  • Brian Rogers, Chancellor, University of Alaska Fairbanks
  • Two short films by Evan
  • Sveta Yamin-Pasternak, Anthropology Department
  • Colleen Angaiak, Rural Student Services
  • Cathy Brooks & Adrienne Titus, Festival of Native Arts
  • Maasak Mills, I�u-Yupiaq Dance Group
  • John Nelson, Natives For Positive Change
  • Invitation for others to speak
  • A few words from Evan's family
  • Song by Christina Edwin
  • Final Roll Call
Alaska Native Oratory Competition

The 2015 Alaska Native Oratory Competition will be held on Friday, April 3rd at 5:30pm in the RSS Gathering Room. The event is an opportunity to celebrate Alaska Native oratory traditions by featuring performances in three categories: Storytelling, Declamation, and Poetry/Spoken Word.  


Stop by to listen to your peers compete! The event is being sponsored by UAF's student group, Natives for Positive Change, who will be serving chili and fry bread and drawing door prizes so please invite your family and friends to support this wonderful event.


The fall class list is available for you to see and registration opens up on April 6th (April 13th 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.

You could win one of two three-credit tuition waivers!

The drawing will be held during our Springfest Barbecue on April 24th! 

Dennis Demmert Award Nominations
For 21 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 short form here by April 17th:

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 will be recognized at a reception in the RSS Gathering Room on Thursday, April 30th at 1:00pm
Springfest BBQ
From April 23th to the 25th, 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, Knocker Ball, the Watermelon Drop, and Lottanobooza!

Also, on the 24th, 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 some awesome prizes!

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!
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 319 on April 4th and 11th between 10:30am and 2:30pm. There will be someone 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. 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!



Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

  • Must be a BBNC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Show financial need
  • Apply by April 3rd

American Indian Education Foundation

AVEC Scholarship

  • Must reside in an active AVEC member's household
  • 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 17th

Sue McHenry AISES Scholarship

  • Must be a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Apply by April 24th
  • Application Link

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