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 22nd through January 2nd.

Positive Connection Night

We'll be holding our last PCN of the semester this Friday, December 8th! Come join us in the Gathering Room at 5:00 pm for good food and some old school Christmas movies. It will be a great way to relax before finals next week! 
Doyon Visit

Are you trying to complete Doyon's new Spring 2018 scholarship application? We can help with that! A representative from Doyon will be visiting Rural Student Services on Friday, December 8th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm, to help students get their scholarship applications in - don't hesitate to come see us if you need help! 

Registration Event: Winter Warm-Up

CTC is holding a registration event on December 6th from 4:00 to 6:00 pm! During this event, you'll be able to get advising (whether it be for financial aid, career paths, or courses), apply to a UAF CTC degree program (with the fee waived), or register for Spring 2018 courses! Prize drawings will be held throughout the night, so feel free to go down to CTC even if you just want to talk about programs and careers!  

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Dec. 9 - Last day of instruction
  • Dec. 11-Dec. 16 - Finals Week
  • Dec. 17 - Residence halls close
  • Dec. 20 - Deadline for faculty to post grades
  • Dec. 23-Jan. 2 - Winter Holiday, most offices closed
  • Dec. 22-Jan. 2 - 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.

Ordering Transcripts
Final grades will be posted by December 20th. 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. 


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
Combined Application for College and Higher Education (CACHE) - NSEDC and NSHC 
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 5th 
  • 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

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: Jillian Bjornstad

Rural Student Services Office Hours

Fall 2017 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).

You can also schedule online at:

Office location: Second Floor Brooks Buildling