Revision

The UUI Scholarship is actually due on April 7th, not the 17th as it was listed in the previous version of this Reach Out. Sorry for any confusion! Thanks to all of our diligent students for pointing that out.

Registration

The  fall class list is available for you to see and registration opened on April 3rd (April 10th 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 http://www.uaf.edu/ruralss/advising-appointments/, click on your advisor's name, then follow the prompts. If you're not comfortable using this method, you can always call us at (907) 474-7871 or drop by! 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • April 3 - Begin registration and fee payment for Fall 2017 (degree-seeking students)
  • April 10 - Begin registration and fee payment for Fall 2017 (non-degree-seeking students)
  • April 21 - SpringFest (No Classes)
  • May 1 - Last day of instruction
Student Spotlight - Taniesha Emry
 
Taniesha Emry will be graduating with her Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Human Services with a concentration in Addictions Counseling in May. After graduation, she plans on returning to school in the fall to work on her Bachelor's in Social Work. After successfully completing her practicum/internship in December 2016 at Interior AIDS Association she was offered a job as the HIV Client Services Case Manager Assistant. Taniesha continues to work there and likes to be involved in the community including fundraising events.

Taniesha is excited to be working towards her Social Work degree and is involved with the Social Work club ANSWA. Besides work and school she is also busy raising her two-year-old son, Avery, with her fiancé Conrad Moses. To stay active she enjoys yoga, aerial silks, and playing basketball. She is originally from Northway, Alaska, a village along the ALCAN highway near Canada, and loves to take the four hour road trip home as often as she can.

If you see her, be sure to congratulate her on receiving the 2016-17 Outstanding Student Award this semester!  
 
  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 a three-credit tuition waiver! 

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.   
Dennis Demmert Award Nominations
 
The Dennis Demmert award recognizes staff and faculty members who have made a positive impact on the Alaska Native and rural student experience at UAF. As a student, if you know of someone who has gone above and beyond to educate, advocate, or support you, show them your appreciation by nominating them today! The deadline for nominations is April 14th. Click here  for the nomination form and more information or visit Rural Student Services in the Brooks Building!

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 Tuesday, April 24th at 1:00pm.
Springfest BBQ
 
From April 20th through the 22nd, 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, Karaoke, the Watermelon Drop, and the GSA Drag Show! For the full list of events, check out the Nanook Traditions webpage.

Also, on the 21st, when you're enjoying that much needed day off from classes, be sure to stop by RSS at noon for our annual barbecue!
2017 Graduation
 
If you're graduating this year, congratulations! Make sure you're ready to walk by getting the following done before commencement.
  • RSVP for commencement
  • Attend a graduation info session
    • March 30, 1-3pm
    • April 12, 3-5pm
    • April 18, 4-6pm
  • April 4 - Purchase regalia (caps, gowns, tassels, etc.)
  • April 29 - Celebrate at the Grad Bash!
  • May 6 - Commencement 
If you're an Alaska Native graduate, don't forget to pick up your red sash at the Rural Student Services front desk! We have them available now. 
 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 http://www.uaf.edu/ruralss/rss-survey/. It's completely anonymous, takes less than five minutes, and could mean even better services at RSS! 

We really appreciate your input!
VITA Tax Assistance Program
 
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 319 Bunnell Building on April 8th or the 15th between 10am and 2pm.  
 
If you would like to volunteer for this program or need more information, contact GAAP at (907) 474-7121. You can also visit GAAP's website or Facebook page.
 
 
Sexual Assault Awareness Month
 
The UAF Nanook Diversity and Action Center, UAF Leadership, Involvement & Volunteer Experience, UAF Resource & Advocacy Center, and UAF Residence Life are excited to bring some awesome events to our campus that raise awareness for sexual violence prevention! Check out what they have to offer.
Alaska Native Studies Conference
 
UAF is hosting the 2017 Alaska Native Studies Conference! This year's theme is Sustaining Indigenous Livelihoods and the conference will take place on April 8th and 9th.

To find out more about the conference and to register, visit the Alaska Native Studies Council website.  
 
Tutoring Services

We hope you're doing great in all of your classes! However, if you feel like you're falling behind or just need a little extra help, make sure you seek out a tutor.
 
We have tons of help on campus, at CTC, and even online! Whether you need to talk to someone about Math, English, Science, or a Foreign Language, you're covered. Visit our  tutor page  to figure out where and when tutors are available in your subject. 

In the Gathering Room at RSS, we have tutors from the American Indian Science and Engineering Society to help you with Math, Science, and Engineering questions (schedule here).  We also have tutors from 2-4:00pm Monday through Thursday from the Writing Center, another from the Speaking Center on Tuesdays from 2-4:00pm, and a handful from the Frontier Baptist Church who can help with Chemistry, Math, Physics, English, and Writing (schedule here).
Scholarships

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
  • Must be a BBNC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Show financial need
  • Apply by April 7th
  • www.bbnc.net 
AVEC Scholarship
  • Must reside in an active AVEC member's household
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 15th
  •  www.avec.org  
Teach for Alaska Presidential Scholarship
  • Must be a graduate from a qualified Alaska high school.
  • Plan to pursue a career as a teacher in Alaska
  • Apply by April 15th
  • Application Link
Kawerak, Inc. Scholarship
  • Must be enrolled to a tribe in the Bering Straits Region
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by April 15th
  • www.kawerak.org  
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 7th
  • www.unicom-alaska.com
Sue McHenry AISES Scholarship
  • Must be a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Apply by April 28th
  • Application Link 
Tanana Chiefs Conference Scholarship
  • Must be a tribal member in a community that TCC serves or an at-large shareholder of Doyon, Limited.
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by April 30th
  • https://www.tananachiefs.org/
Choggiung Educational Endowment Foundation

Join a Club!

A big part of college life is getting involved in things that you're interested in. Not only do you get a chance to make a difference or submerge yourself into your hobbies, but you get to do it with other like-minded people who have similar goals in mind. Those friendships that you create may be just the thing you need to forge ahead. Also, a ton of clubs provide free food, so there's that.

Here are some of the clubs we're involved with:

Aarigaa
Aarigaa is a group for students to come together to learn about God, worship, and spend time with one another.
Aarigaa Fairbanks Director: Tricia Ivanoff (907) 625-1622

Alaska Native Education Student Association (ANESA)
 
ANESA is a student organization for students interested in becoming elementary or high school teachers. All students are welcome to join whether or not they are majoring or interested in this area.
Staff Advisor :  Colleen Angaiak  (907) 474-7871

American Indian Sciences & Engineering Society (AISES) 
AISES is a student organization for students majoring or interested in the natural sciences, computer science, engineering, wildlife, mathematics, health fields, as well as students who intend to be math and/or science teachers.
Staff Advisor: Olga Skinner
(907) 474-7871
Faculty Advisor: Greg Owens (907) 474-6620

Alaska Native Social Workers Association (ANSWA)

ANSWA is a student organization for students majoring or interested in social work, sociology, psychology, human service technology. 
Staff Advisor: Gabrielle Russell (907) 474-7871
Faculty Advisor: LaVerne Demientieff (Social Work Department) 

Festival of Native Arts 
The Alaska Native Studies Department hosts the annual Festival of Native Arts in March. Volunteers are needed to assist the student-operated organization. Your energy and ideas will contribute to this successful event.
Contact  Alaska Native Studies Dept, (907)474-6889 or (907)474-6528

Iñu-Yupiaq 
The Iñu-Yupiaq Dance Group is a student dance club that performs many Inupiaq and Yup'ik songs and dances. Everyone is invited to participate.
Staff Advisor: Minnie Naylor (907) 474-6616

Native American Business Leaders (NABL)
NABL is a student organization for students majoring or interested in accounting, applied accounting, applied business, business administration, economics, or rural development.
Faculty Advisor: Sam Alexander (907) 474-5571

Native Games 
This is a group of students that get together to play Native games.
Staff Advisor: 
Gabrielle Russell
(907) 474-7871

Native Student Union of UAF
Group of students with intentions and ideas for a positive change in politics.  Everyone is invited to attend the meetings.
Faculty Advisor: Charlene Stern (907) 474-5293 

Unangax̂ Language and Culture Club 
The Unangax̂ Language and Culture Club is a club focusing on the Unangax̂ (Aleut) culture to revitalize the language and share another Alaska Native culture with the UAF campus.
Student Coordinator: Bobbie McNeley bobbie.mcneley@gmail.com    
  Gathering Room Schedule

Everyone is invited and encouraged to come to all of our events! That's why we make it super easy for you to find out what's going on. We put as much as we can in this newsletter, but because it only goes out once a month, there are some events that are inevitably absent. Because of this, we curate an event calendar on our website. We also frequently update our Facebook page, so be sure to like us! Finally, we send text messages on the day of our main events. If you'd like to receive them, just reply to this email with your cell phone number and the name of your carrier, contact your advisor, or give us a call at (907) 474-7871. 
  Rural Student Services Office Hours

Spring 2017 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday - 8-5:00pm

If you need to schedule an appointment with an advisor, please call (907) 474-7871 (locally) or (888) 478-1452 (toll free within Alaska).

Or schedule online at:  
http://www.uaf.edu/ruralss/advising-appointments/

Office location: Second Floor Brooks Buildling
Email:   uaf-rss@alaska.edu
Website:  www.uaf.edu/ruralss/
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/uafrss/ 

RSS Giving
You can now make contributions toward Rural Student Services. Contributions will go toward helping our students with additional programming and scholarships. Any amount is appreciated. To learn more, please visit our Giving page  http://www.uaf.edu/ruralss/giving/