Reach Out Newsletter
April 2016

In This Issue
Financial Aid Drawing
Dennis Demmert Award
Springfest BBQ
RSS Survey
VITA Tax Help
Events Happening in the Gathering Room April 2016

April 4th 


April 5th


AVCP Visit


April 12th




April 15th


Northern Perspectives


April 21st


Dennis Demmert Award Ceremony


April 22nd


Springfest Barbecue

 April 26th


Niqipiaq Night


Dates and Events 

April 4th
Registration opens for degree students

April 11th
Registration opens for non-degree-seeking students

April 16th
Patty Center
Beat Beethoven 5K Race 

April 21-23rd 



April 24th

UAF Police Department
Run for Respect
Group Meetings

April 14, 28



April 6, 13, 20, 27   


April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30   




April 12, 26 



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
Brian Rasley - 474-5029

Alaska Native Social Work Association
LaVerne Demientieff - 474-6267
Gabrielle Russell - 474-6615

Inu-Yupiaq Dance Group
Baxter Bond - [email protected]

Native Alaskan Business Leaders
Sam Alexander - [email protected]

Natives for Positive Change 
Charlene Stern - 474-5948
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


The fall class list is available for you to see and registration opens up on April 4th (April 11th 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 three three-credit tuition waivers! 
Dennis Demmert Award Nominations
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!

Recipients of this award will be recognized at a reception in the RSS Gathering Room on Thursday, April 21st at 1:00pm.
Springfest BBQ
From April 21st to the 23rd, 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 22nd, 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 a $50 gift card!

You can fill out the survey in person when you stop by our office, or you can simply go to It's completely anonymous, takes less than five minutes, and could mean even better services at RSS!

We really appreciate your input!

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 2nd and 9th between 10:30am and 2:30pm. There will be someone ready to assist you.  


If you'd like more information, contact GAAP, at (907) 474-7121. You can also visit their 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!



American Indian Education Fund

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation

  • Must be a BBNC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Show financial need
  • Apply by April 8th

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 29th
  • Application Link

Choggiung Educational Endowment Foundation

  • Must be Choggiung shareholder
  • Full-time student
  • Apply by April 29th

Goldbelt Heritage Foundation

  • Must be a Goldbelt shareholder or descendant
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 30th