De cember Housekeeping

The semester is quickly coming to a close! There's only one short week of instruction left before finals week. Get your ends tied up now so you don't end up cramming (too much) for your exams!

On that note, be sure to stop by RSS before break if you need any help. Our office will be closed from December 24th through January 8th
AISES Goes to the National Conference

AISES members, Carlton Hautala, Baxter Bond, Jason Slats, and Will Czyzewski, attended the National AISES conference held in Minneapolis, MN in November. Our UAF Chapter was the recipient of the Recruitment and Retention Award! Great work, guys!
Student Highlights

Bobbie McNeley

My name is Bobbie McNeley, I am Alaskan Aleut from Nelson Lagoon, Alaska, on the Alaska Peninsula. I am in my third year at UAF, majoring in Alaska Native Studies with a concentration in Alaska Native Law, Government and Politics, and a minor in Law and Society. I am a representative for my regional non-profit Aleutian Pribilof Island Association Language Revitalization Program. Over the Summer I participated in a language camp where I learned Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language). After participating in the camp I started a club at the UAF campus called the Fairbanks Unangam Tunuu (Aleut Language) Club, where I teach the language to a group of students and community members.

Bobbie works as a student Assistant with the Office of Admissions and the Registrar and has been with Rural Student Services since she graduated from Mount Edgecumbe High School in 2014. Once she arrived on campus she also became involved with the Student Support Services Program (SSSP). Bobbie has many interests and an exceptional determination to learn and be accomplished in all realms and she is well on her way to completing her Bachelor's Degree in 3 years. Last spring semester she registered for and completed a record 27 credits in one semester and also graduated with her Certificate in UAF's CTC Diesel and Heavy Equipment Program. 

Last Lunches

In lieu of a Positive Connection Night this month, we're cooking up some lunches! First up, caribou stroganoff on Thursday, Dec. 8. Then, a big ol' pot of moose soup on Thursday, Dec. 15! Stop by the Gathering Room around noon on both days for a warm, homemade lunch just in time for finals.
4-H Potluck


The 4-H Program, part of UAF's Cooperative Extension Department, is hosting a lunch on Monday, December 12th. Aside from providing free, fresh food, they're hoping to gather some insight as to what is important to you as a young leader in Alaska. Swing by the Gathering Room at 1:00pm to grab some grub and offer your voice!

College of Rural and Community Development Christmas Potluck

Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education Evon Peter invites all CRCD and CTC faculty, staff, and students to a Christmas  potluck Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 from 11:00 - 1:00pm in the RSS Gathering Room, 2nd floor Brooks Building. Family is welcome to attend!  Please consider joining us and bring a dish if you can!

Thank you! If you have any questions, please contact Izzy at 474-5860,
Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Dec. 10 - Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 12-Dec. 17 - Finals Week
  • Dec. 18 - Residence halls close
  • Dec. 21 - Deadline for faculty to post grades
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 3 - Winter Holiday, most offices closed
  • Dec. 24-Jan. 8 - RSS Closed 
Final Exams Schedule

Your final exams will rarely take place at the same time as your actual class. It may not even take place in the same room. Make sure you prepare by asking your professor when and where yours are taking place. You can also check the schedule for the time here.

Winter Break Reminders

Ordering Transcripts
Final grades will be posted by December 21st. If you need to get an official transcript for any reason, be sure to order it after this date so it will show this semester's grades.

To order your transcript, you must log in to UAOnline. You will find the option to request an official transcript under the Student Services & Account Information menu. If you need any assistance, feel free to give us a call at  (888) 478-1452 . Keep in mind that this is a process that must be done from your student account. Unfortunately, an advisor cannot initiate it for you.

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. You can view their 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)

Central Bering Sea Fishermen's Association
  • Must have a goal beneficial to St. Paul Island, AK
  • Deadline: December 15th
  • For application and more information, visit
Walter Charley Memorial Scholarship
Yukon Delta Fisheries Development Association
  • Must be a resident of one of the YDFDA member villages
  • 2.0 GPA for Freshman and Sophomores, 2.5 GPA for Juniors and Seniors
  • Deadline: December 15th
  • Apply through UA Foundation
  • For more information, visit
Louis Bunyan Memorial Scholarship
Combined Application for College and Higher Education (CACHE) - NSEDC and NSHC 
  • Contains applications for Bering Straits Foundation, Sitnasuak, Kawerak, Norton Sound Economic Development Corporation, and Norton Sound Health Corporation
  • Deadline: December 31st
  • For application and more information, including eligibility requirements for each of the scholarships in the CACHE application, visit
Ukpeagvik Inupiat Corporation
  • Must be a UIC shareholder or descendent
  • GPA 2.0
  • Deadline: January 1st 
  • For application and more information, visit
Barry M. Goldwater Scholarship and Excellence in Education Program
  • Up to $7500
  • Must be planning a career in science, mathematics, or engineering
  • GPA 3.0, top fourth of class
  • Deadline: January 13th 
  • For application and more information, visit
Native Village of Kotzebue, Kotzebue IRA
  • Must be  enrolled in Kotzebue I.R.A.
  • Deadline: January 10th
  • For application and more information, visit

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 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

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  

If you're interested in learning more about these clubs, swing by our Blast Off event! We'll be talking about these and more at 5:00pm on Monday in the Brooks Building Gathering Room. 

Rural Student Services Office Hours

Fall 2016 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).

You can also schedule online at:

Office location: Second Floor Brooks Buildling