Registration

The  fall class list is available for you to look at and registration is open as of April 2nd (April 16th if you're non-degree seeking)! Classes fill up fast, so be sure to schedule an appointment with your advisor soon to discuss 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, and follow the prompts. If you're not comfortable using this method, you can always call us at (907) 474-7871 or drop by the office! 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • April 2 - Begin registration and fee payment for Fall 2018 (degree-seeking students)
  • April 16 - Begin registration and fee payment for Fall 2018 (non-degree-seeking students)
  • April 20 - SpringFest (Classes are not canceled)
  • April 30 - Last day of instruction
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! 

If you fill out any financial aid applications for the fall semester, let your advisor know and you'll be entered into our drawing. You can get one entry per piece so the more you fill out, the higher your chances are of winning. Already filled out some financial aid applications? The last day to enter the drawing is on April 24th before the Dennis Demmert Award Ceremony

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 11th. 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 1:00 pm.

Springfest BBQ
 
From April 19th through the 21st, UAF will be celebrating Springfest! There will be tons of  activities  going on around the main campus. Keep your ears open for some of the awesome events to check out like the Pool Volleyball Tournament, Karaoke, and the Watermelon Drop! For the full list of events, check out the Nanook Traditions webpage.

Even though classes won't be canceled on the 20th, be sure to stop by RSS at noon for our annual barbecue!

2018 Graduation
  
If you are graduating this year, congratulations! Make sure you're ready to walk by getting the following done before commencement.
  • Purchase regalia (cap and gown, etc.) and invitations
  • Celebrate at the Grad Bash on April 28th at The Pub!
  • Attend the commencement ceremony on May 5th 
If you're an Alaska Native or American Indian graduate, don't forget to pick up your red sash at the Rural Student Services front desk! We have them available now. 

Summer Scholarships
 
Are you planning to take classes this summer but need some financial assistance? The UAF Summer Sessions and the eLearning and Distance Education programs are offering some great scholarships! Whether you are looking to save on plane fare to Fairbanks or want to win a $500 eLearning tuition award, there are plenty of ways to save some money this summer! Check out their scholarships here and here

RSS Survey
 
It's that time again! Every year, we ask you about how we're doing. We need your input so that 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 by April 23rd 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 appreciate your input!

Sexual Assault Awareness Month
 
The UAF Nanook Diversity and Action CenterUAF Student Leadership and Involvement OfficeUAF Resource & Advocacy Center, UAF Student Activities Office, 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.

VITA Tax Assistance Program
 
The deadline to get your taxes in is April 15th!

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 Nook in the Bunnell Building on April 7th between 10:00 am and 2:00 pm.  
 
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 .
 
Career Workshop
 
Need to update your resume? Is your picture on LinkedIn professional? Do you know how to set yourself apart from other candidates in an interview? Join the UAF COJO and English Departments at their Career Workshop which will provide feedback, practice, and a headshot. Take the opportunity to improve your career success and join them on April 12th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm on the first floor of Bunnell! 
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! We also have some great student tutors available in the Gathering Room! 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. 

Scholarships

Bristol Bay Native Corporation Education Foundation
  • Must be a BBNC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Show financial need
  • Apply by April 6th
  • 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
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
Sue McHenry AISES Scholarship
  • Must be a member of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society
  • Apply by April 27th
  • 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
  • Must be Choggiung shareholder
  • Full-time student
  • Apply by April 30th
  • www.choggiung.com
R.G. & Onnie V. Bouchum/La Shina R. Jones Memorial Summer Scholarships
Florence Marshall Summer Scholarship
Joseph Thompson Memorial Summer Scholarship
Louise Thompson Summer Scholarship
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 

Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP)
Open to any students interested in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering. They also provide members with internship and scholarship opportunities.
Director:  Brian Rasley (907) 474-5029

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

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 

Troth Yeddha' Dance Group
The Troth Yeddha' Dance Group is a student organization that performs Athabascan songs and dances.
Staff Advisor:  Gabrielle Russell (907) 474-6615

Rural Student Services Office Hours

Spring 2018 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday - 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

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/