Reach Out Newsletter
March 2016

In This Issue
Spring Break
Midterm Potluck
Festival of Native Arts
2016 FNA Potlatch & Pageant
Student Success Workshops
VITA Tax Help
Permanent Fund Dividend
Events Happening in the Gathering Room March 2016

March 9th


Positive Connection Night Midterm Potluck

Important Dates and Events

March 3-5th
Various Locations 

March 4 & 5th


Carlson Center

Governor's Cup 

March 5th


319 Bunnell

GAAP VITA Tax Preparation 

March 12-18th

Various Times and Locations
Arctic Science Summit Week  

March 14-18th

Spring Break - No Classes

 March 18th

University Holiday - Most offices closed


March 19th


Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall

2016 FNA Potlatch 

March 20th


Ski Hut


March 21st

Fall 2016 course list available 

March 25th

Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals 


March 26th


Troth Yeddha' Park

Snowshoe Scramble

March 26th


319 Bunnell

GAAP VITA Tax Preparation 

Club Meetings
March 3

March 2, 4, 9
Festival of Native Arts


March 2, 9, 23, 30


March 5, 12, 26




March 29


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 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

Spring Break

Spring Break is less than two weeks away (March 14-18th)! 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 18th. 

Midterm Potluck  
Swing by our potluck next Wednesday, March 9th, at 5:00pm in the Brooks Gathering Room! 

The midway point of the spring semester is quickly approaching and we thought it would be nice to invite students, staff, and faculty alike to come over, relax, and fuel up for the rest of the semester with some good comfort food. Last semester we had a great turnout and a huge array of food. We're aiming to do the same this time around! Everyone is encouraged to bring family, friends, and a dish to share.

We hope you can make it!
Festival of Native Arts 
The 43rd Annual Festival of Native Arts, dedicated to the late Evan Charles, is this week! From March 3-5th, join UAF in the celebration of cultures from all across Alaska. This year's theme is "Experience the Heartbeat of the Drum."

This year's event will feature over twenty different dance groups on the main stage at the Davis Concert Hall, fourteen 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.

We're currently still in need of some volunteer cooks for the annual potluck! If you would like to help out with this or with Festival in the future, please contact the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development at (866) 478-2721 or [email protected].

2016 FNA Potlatch & Pageant 

Opportunities for traditional food and community engagement abound this month! On March 19th, you are invited to attend Fairbanks Native Association's 53rd annual potlatch. The event will take place at 5:00pm in the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. 


This event started out as an opportunity for the native community to gather and share food and company. It has since evolved as an event to celebrate culture and community. Everyone is welcome to attend this event!

Dennis Demmert Award 
For 22 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 15th:

Please understand that because this award is offered through Rural Student Services, the RSS staff cannot be considered as award recipients! 

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 319 Bunnell Building on March 5th or 26th 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 GAAP, at (907) 474-7121. You can also visit GAAP's website.

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:


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
Presbyterian Hospitality House



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
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