Reach Out Newsletter
May 2015

In This Issue
Checklist for Finishing Up Semester
Dennis Demmert Award
2015 Spirit of KUAC Award
Design Contest
Springfest BBQ
Dates and Events 

May 5-8th
Final Exams 

May 10th
Carlson Center

May 11th
MAYmester courses begin and Residence Halls close

May 12th
Late payment fees begin for MAYmester

May 13th
Deadline for faculty to post grades

May 18th
Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals for MAYmester 

May 22nd
Last day of MAYmester instruction

May 25th 
Memorial Day

May 26th 
First day of instruction for summer eLearning

May 28th
Deadline to register and attendance required for Six-Week Session I


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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Students who have graduated in the Summer 2014, Fall 2014 and the current Spring 2015 semesters, RSS commends you on your great accomplishment this year and we wish you all the best in your future. It's been a privilege to have worked with you during your college years at UAF!


Continuing students, you've (almost) made it through the semester! It's time to take a breath, finish up your finals, and have a safe, fun, and relaxing summer vacation. We can't wait to see you back here next semester! 

Checklist for Finishing Up the Semester

Confirm your fall housing plans: 
If you are continuing in UAF housing, be sure to renew your housing agreement and make your room selection. Any questions, call 474-7247.


Renew your FAFSA:  
Now that you have completed your 2014 income taxes, you can renew your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is required for Pell Grant offers, student loan options and determining your student budget for your scholarship agencies.


Notify your funding agencies of your intent to continue:
If you have scholarships or grants that are continued into the next year, you should contact each agency or organization to ask what documentation they require for your continued status. 


Send your final grades:  
Most scholarship and grant agencies require a copy of your final grades at the end of each semester. If they only need an unofficial transcript or grade report, you can print that off of your student records account. If they require an official transcript then you will need to request that from UAOnline and pay a fee.
Dennis Demmert Award
On April 30th, we recognized a handful of outstanding staff and faculty here at UAF by presenting them with the Dennis Demmert Award. For this award, we ask students to nominate those who have made a positive impact on their academic efforts at UAF. The following people were awarded for their commitment to UAF's goal of being the educational center for Alaska Natives.

Evon Peter - Vice Chancellor, College of Rural and Community Development
Cindy Fabbri - Assistant Professor, Education
Todd Brinkman - Research Assistant Professor, Biology and Wildlife
Knut Kielland - Assistant Professor, Biology and Wildlife
Pamm Zierfuss-Hubbard - Contracts Manager, Dining Services
Brian Rasley - Director, Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program
2015 Spirit of KUAC Award
Steve Hormann, soon to be graduating with his degree in Journalism, was recently recognized by KUAC radio for their 2015 Spirit of KUAC Award. He has been a student with RSS since 2008. Congratulations Steve! 
Design Contest
Are you artistically inclined? We sure aren't. That's why we're asking you to design next year's t-shirts! Just submit some artwork to us at [email protected]. If your design is picked, we'll send you a $50 Visa Gift Card! Submit it by May 15th to be considered!
Springfest BBQ
On April 24th, we kicked off UAF's annual SpringFest weekend with a barbecue. We had a great turnout and wanted to thank you all for coming! We all had a great time and hope you did too!


Thank you to our AISES and Writing Center tutors! We appreciate having you all in the Gathering Room. You provide an invaluable service to our students!



Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska College Student Assistance Program 

  • Must originate and/or be enrolled with one of the following communities: Craig, Haines, Juneau, Kasaan, Pleican, Saxman, Tenakee, or Wrangell
  • Apply by May 15th 


Doyon Foundation Scholarship

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


American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship 

  • Must be tribally enrolled or are a descendent of tribally enrolled member 
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by May 31st

Louis Bunyan Memorial Scholarship 

  • Must have resided in one of the Coastal Village member communities for a minimum of 5 years
  • Apply by June 1st