Spring Break

Spring Break is less than two weeks away (March 12-16th)! 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 16th. 

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Mar. 12-16 - Spring Break
  • Mar. 16 - University holiday, most offices closed
  • Mar. 19 - Fall course list available at UAOnline
  • Mar. 30 - Last day for student and faculty-initiated withdrawals (W grade appears on academic transcript)
Festival of Native Arts

The 45th Annual Festival of Native Arts is this week! From March 1st-3rd, join UAF in the celebration of cultures from all across Alaska. This year's theme is "45 Years of Festival of Native Arts."

This year's event will feature several dance groups on the main stage at the Davis Concert Hall, more than ten 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 background! Be sure to take advantage of this wonderful event.

Scholarship and Internship Fair
Rural Student Services will be hosting the Alaska Native and Rural Scholarship and Internship Fair on March 2nd! Stop by the Great Hall between 11:00 am and 4:00 pm to meet with agencies that provide scholarships and internships to UAF students. It's a great opportunity to connect with funding agencies and get help filling out their applications. The  UAF Financial Aid office will also be there to help answer any questions you may have about funding.

Also, please join us for a potluck lunch from 1:00 - 2:00 pm. Bring a dish to share if you can!

Dennis Demmert Award
For 24 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 6th:

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

UAF Katmai Volcanological Field School 
A scholarship is being offered to attend the 2018 UAF International Volcanological Field School and serve as an AVO ambassador. To be eligible, you must be an Alaskan resident living within 50 miles of an active volcano, and at least 18 years of age. The school will be held in the Valley of Ten Thousand Smokes from June 3rd-16th, 2018, and the  scholarship covers  course fees, tuition, meals, lodging, and travel expense. You can also get 3 credits towards your degree! 

If you have any questions, contact Taryn Lopez at tmlopez@alaska.edu. The deadline to apply for this scholarship is March 15th, so start working on your application today! 

Women's History Month
The UAF Nanook Diversity and Action Center is excited to bring some awesome events to our campus that celebrate gender and culture! Check out what they have to offer on their Facebook page.

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! 

Hurry and apply by March 2nd 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 .

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 3rd, 24th, 31st, and 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.

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! 

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. 


Golden Valley Electric Association
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 

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  

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

Beading and Sewing Club 
This is a group of students that get together to practice beading and sewing.
Staff Advisor: 
Minnie Naylor (907) 474-6616 

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:  

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