Reach Out Newsletter
February 2016

In This Issue
Positive Connection Night
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
First Alaskans Institute Visit
Meet Ernestine Hayes
Summer Jobs in Denali
Spring Career Fair
UAF Scholarships Deadline
Graduation Deadline
Festival of Native Arts
Student Success Workshops
VITA Tax Help
Big Brothers Big Sisters
Events Happening in the Gathering Room February 2016

February 12th


Positive Connection Night - Valentine's Day Family Feud 


February 16th 


First Alaskan's Summer Internships Visit 


February 17th


Eileen's House Visiting Elder Potluck


February 22nd


Ernestine Hayes Visit 


February 23rd


Doyon Foundation Presentation 

Important Dates and Events

February 2nd
Murie Auditorium
Alaska Native Corporation Seminar

February 6th
Wood Center Ballroom
Alaska Alpine Club Gear Swap
February 14th 
Freshman progress reports due
February 15th
Deadline to apply for UA scholarships and graduation
February 20th
Wood Center Ballroom
Elizabeth Peratrovich Day
February 24th
Wood Center
Spring Job Internship Fair
Club Meetings

February 4, 18


February 2, 16 

February 3, 10, 17, 24
Festival of Native Arts


February 3, 10, 17, 24 


February 6, 13, 20, 27




February 2, 16  


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
Brian Rasley - 474-5029

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
Sam Alexander - [email protected]

Natives for Positive Change 
Charlene Stern - 474-5293
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
It's baaaaaack!!! Be sure to join us for the Valentine's Day PCN in The Gathering Room at 5:00pm on February 12th! 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! The responses we've gotten in previous years were great and we're looking forward to more! 
Our last PCN of this semester will be held on Wednesday, March 9th at 5:00pm. Since it falls during mid-term season, we're not going to have an activity. Just come by to eat a bunch of good, hearty, traditional foods, cooked with the intention of togetherness, comfort, and relaxation.
To stay updated on what we've got going on, visit us on Facebook!
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 20th from 1-4:00pm in the Wood Center Ballroom.

If you would like more information, please contact RSS at (907) 474-7871.
First Alaskans Institute Visit
Are you looking for a leg up in your field and want to have a higher chance of gaining employment after college? An internship can really help you do just that. One of the many organizations that offer internships is the First Alaskans Institute and they happen to be recruiting!

Dewey Hoffman will be hosting a Lunch and Learn session in the Brooks Gathering Room on Tuesday, February 16, 2016 from 2-5:00pm. The goal of this is to get students interested in some of the many internships that they coordinate around Alaska. If you're interested in learning more, show up, visit, or talk to one of your fellow students who have done it themselves!

Meet Ernestine Hayes  

Ernestine Hayes, of Juneau, is the Alaska Native author of the prize-winning book, Blonde Indian: An Alaska Native Memoir. She is currently on tour talking about her book and has chosen to stop at Rural Student Services along the way!

Stop by the Brooks Gathering Room on Monday, February 22nd, 2016 from 1-2:00pm to meet her and hear what she has to say. Let's give her a warm welcome!
Summer Jobs in Denali
Doyon, Limited and Aramark are recruiting for their summer jobs! If you're interested in working and living in the Denali National Park, this opportunity is for you.

Amber Wright, of Doyon, Limited, will be in the Brooks Gathering Room on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 from 1-2:00pm to tell you about what they have to offer this summer. Be sure to stop by! If you would like information beforehand, feel free to visit

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 24th 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.

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
L to R: Abby Moses, Charlene Church, Misty Nickoli 

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.  


Festival of Native Arts 

Get ready for the Annual Festival of Native Arts! This year's theme is "Experience the Heartbeat of the Drum. " From March 3-5th, 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 Room 319 Bunnell Building on March 5, 26 and April 2, 9 between 10:30am and 2:30pm. There will be someone just outside the Schiable Auditorium ready to assist you.  


If you'd like more information, contact GAAP, 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



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 4th 

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