This issue of the Reach Out will be the last until September 2018. In order to keep up with us throughout the summer, please like our Facebook page at

Keep in mind, our office will remain open throughout the summer. If you need advising assistance or other resources, give us a call at (907) 474-7871, email, or drop in. Our office will be open Monday through Friday 8-5:00pm.

Congratulations 2017-2018 Graduates!

Students who have graduated in the  Summer 2017, Fall 2017 and the current Spring 2018 semesters,  RSS commends you on your great accomplishment this year and  we wish you all the best in your future. It's been a privilege to have worked with you during your college years at UAF! If you have any questions about commencement, you can find information here. Also, don't forget to pick up a red sash from us if you are Alaska Native or American Indian. We hope to see you there!
Continuing students, you've (almost) made it through the semester! It's time to take a breath, finish up your finals, and have a safe, fun, and relaxing summer vacation. We can't wait to see you back here next semester! 
Tutors and Food at RSS

RSS will have tutoring this week on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 11:00am-7:00pm. If you need a last-minute study buddy, are having trouble with a concept, or just need some help. Stop by and put Ruth and Janessa to work! They would love to help you.

In other news, RSS always has a bunch of food here during finals week. If you need quick brain food, come grab some.
Finals Dogs

Do you need some puppy love? The Rasmuson Library is once again hosting finals dogs! Head over and de-stress with dogs from Companions Inc. They'll be there on Tuesday, May 1st and Wednesday, May 2nd from 1-5:00pm and 6-8:00pm. Brianna will be there with Leda (pictured) on Tuesday from 6-7:00pm - go see them!
Checklist for Finishing Up the Semester
Confirm your fall housing plans:  
If you are continuing in UAF housing, be sure to renew your housing agreement and make your room selection. Any questions, call 474-7247.
Renew your FAFSA:  
Renew your Free Application for Federal Student Aid. This is required for Pell Grant offers, student loan options and determining your student budget for your scholarship agencies.
Notify your funding agencies of your intent to continue:
If you have scholarships or grants that are continued into the next year, you should contact each agency or organization to ask what documentation they require for your continued status. 
Send your final grades:  
Most scholarship and grant agencies require a copy of your final grades at the end of each semester. If they only need an unofficial transcript or grade report, you can print that off of your student records account. If they require an official transcript then you will need to request that from UAOnline and pay a fee. Final grades will be posted by noon on May 9th.

Dennis Demmert Award
On April 24th,  we recognized a handful of outstanding staff and faculty here at UAF by presenting them with the Dennis Demmert Award. This year's recipients include Kathryn Dohner, Kathleen Meckel, Megan Huerd, and Sandra Wildfeuer. For this award, we ask students to nominate those who have made a positive impact on their academic efforts at UAF. The following people were awarded for their commitment to UAF's goal of being the educational center for Alaska Natives. 

From left to right: Kathryn Dohner, Annie Williams, Sandra Wildfeuer, Doreen Simmonds, Kathleen Meckel, Megan Contreras, and Megan Huerd

Thank you to our Writing Center, Frontier Baptist Church, and RSS tutors! We appreciate having you all in the Gathering Room. You provide an invaluable service to our students.

Choggiung Educational Endowment Foundation
  • Must be Choggiung shareholder
  • Full-time student
  • Apply by April 30th
  Doyon Foundation Scholarship
  • Must be enrolled to Doyon, Limited or be the child of an original enrollee
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by May 15th 
  American Indian College Fund Full Circle Scholarship 
  • Must be tribally enrolled or are a descendent of tribally enrolled member 
  • 2.0 GPA or equivalent
  • Apply by May 31st
Louis Bunyan Memorial Scholarship 
  • Must have resided in one of the Coastal Village member communities for a minimum of 5 years
  • Apply by June 1st
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

Summer 2018 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