Spring Break

Spring Break is less than two weeks away (March 13-17th)! We know it's tough, but hang in there. Take the time to breathe and regroup for the remainder of the semester. You'll be a little over halfway through!
Keep in mind that RSS and most other offices on campus will be closed on the last day of Spring Break, Friday, March 17th. 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Mar. 13-17 - Spring Break
  • Mar. 17 - University holiday, most offices closed
  • Mar. 20 - Fall course list available at UAOnline
  • Mar. 31 - Last day for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
Student Spotlight - Zane DeBilt

Hello, my name is Zane DeBilt and I am a senior studying Japanese with a minor in history. I am from the Southwestern part of Alaska, and through my time here at UAF, have had many incredible experiences. In the 2014-2015 school year, I was able to study abroad for a year in Japan, and that memory is one of the best of my time in university so far. I aim to pursue a Master's degree in International Business with Marketing, and will be attending the University of Stirling in Scotland to attain that goal.

Before I head to the U.K., I hope to continue to gain knowledge and experience in business through internships. I have applied to an internship in Seattle, which will take place over the summer with the sales department of a company I have had the good fortune to work with in previous years. The real-world experience I gain will help me in my studies once I enter graduate school. UAF has been an awesome experience, and I would like to thank everyone I have come across for making it so.  

  Festival of Native Arts

The 44th Annual Festival of Native Arts, dedicated to the late Riba DeWilde, is this week! From March 2-4th, join UAF in the celebration of cultures from all across Alaska. This year's theme is "Carry your drum, carry your culture."

This year's event will feature over twenty different dance groups on the main stage at the Davis Concert Hall, fourteen different workshops in the Wood Center, and tons of vendors selling Alaska Native art in the Fine Arts Complex. You can find out what else is happening at  https://fna.community.uaf.edu/ .

The Festival of Native Arts is free of charge and open to all people, no matter their backgrounds! Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful event.
Major Mania!

This year's Major Mania will take place from 11am-2pm on Friday, March 10 in the Wood Center. Take this opportunity to explore different majors that UAF has to offer and talk to representatives from each program about how they can work for you! This is a great opportunity, especially if you're unsure about what you want to be doing.
Fairbanks Native Association Annual Meeting
The Fairbanks Native Association Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, March 10 at 6:00pm in the Chief David Salmon Tribal Hall. At this event, you can learn about the services that FNA provides, participate in the Board of Elections, enjoy some good food, and qualify for door prizes.
 Dennis Demmert Award
For 23 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 14th:

Please understand that because this award is offered through Rural Student Services, the RSS staff cannot be considered as award recipients! 

Women's History and Cultural Month
The Student Activities Office, UAF Nanook Diversity and Action Center, and UAF Leadership, Involvement & Volunteer Experience are excited to bring some awesome events to our campus that celebrate gender and culture! Check out what they have to offer.
First Alaskans Institute

Are you looking for a leg up in your field and want to have a higher chance of gaining employment after college? An internship can really help you do just that. One of the many organizations that offer internships is the First Alaskans Institute and they happen to be recruiting! 

Apply by March 10th to be considered for a ten week, paid internship that will allow you to explore and understand Indigenous values-based leadership skills, grow your professional network, and be placed anywhere across Alaska. If you're interested in learning more, visit  www.FirstAlaskans.org , or talk to one of your fellow students who have done it themselves!
VITA Tax Assistance Program
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 March 4th, 25th, April 1st, 8th, and 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.

Permanent Fund Dividend

We're headed toward a new Alaska Permanent Fund Dividend dispersal! But, before you can take a bite out of that pie, you have to apply. It's easy to apply for the PFD using the State of Alaska website. Just click on this link  http://pfd.alaska.gov/  and follow the prompts.

The deadline for applications is March 31st. Do it now so you don't forget! 
Student Success Workshops
The Academic Advising Center offers a large number of workshops designed to promote study and university skills important to student success. Upcoming topics include, effectively reading a textbook, reducing math anxiety, successful test taking, note taking skills and many more!  
Click  here for the full list of workshops that are being offered this semester.

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).

Golden Valley Electric Association
  • Must be or be a dependent of a member of Golden Valley Electric Association
  • Apply by March 3rd 
  •  http://www.gvea.com/
Catching the Dream
  • Must have at least 1/4 Native blood and be an enrolled tribal member
  • Competitive scholarship available for summer semester
  • Apply by March 15th
  • www.catchingthedream.org
Doyon Foundation Summer Scholarship
Koniag Education Foundation
Tanana Chiefs Conference, Inc.
  • Must have at least ¼ Native blood and/or be an enrolled tribal member
  • Must be enrolled member of a tribe served by TCC, or At-large member of Doyon
  • Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by March 15th
  • http://www.tananachiefs.org/
Indian Health Service Health Profession
  • Must be American Indian or Alaska Native
  • Have a minimum 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by March 28th
  • http://www.ihs.gov/ 

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 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:  

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

RSS Giving
You've asked, and we've listened! 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/