November Housekeeping

We're entering our last full month of this semester, and it's bound to be a busy one as you finish up your coursework, prepare for finals, and look forward to Thanksgiving. On top of all that, you also get to start thinking about next semester! 

On Monday, October 31st, the Spring 2017 course list was made available. There are two weeks between the arrival of the course list and the start of registration. Use this time to meet with your advisor to discuss the courses you are interested in taking next semester. Preparation is the key to beating the registration rush and getting into your classes early will ensure that you do not end up on the wait list. Registration opens up on November 14 for degree-seeking students and November 21 for non-degree-seeking students.

You should also be filling out scholarship applications in your free time. Having too much money makes life at UAF a lot easier than having too little, so be financially prepared for next semester! Your advisor is a great resource for financial aid, as is the  Financial Aid Office !    

Important Dates and Deadlines
  • Oct. 31 - Spring 2017 course list available
  • Nov. 4 - Deadline for student- and faculty-initiated withdrawals
  • Nov. 14 - Degree-seeking students begin registration and fee payment for Spring 2017
  • Nov. 21 - Non-degree-seeking students begin registration and fee payment for Spring 2017
Native Oratory Competition

Once again, Native Student Union is bringing the Native Oratory Competition to UAF! This competition is a chance to showcase your voice and win some great prizes, including a three-credit tuition wavier! It is also a great opportunity to listen to some very powerful students. 

Here are the categories:
  • Storytelling
  • Declamation
  • Poetry/Spoken Word 
The competition will take place in the RSS Gathering Room from 6-9pm on November 5th. If you'd like to compete, be sure to register before November 2nd.
Presidential Election

The 2016 Presidential Election is coming up and the Wood Center will be an official voting venue! Be sure to stop by during the following times to cast your vote:
  • Nov. 7, 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Nov. 8, 6:30am-8:00pm
If you haven't registered to vote and would like to do so, click  here
Doyon Foundation Visit

Doyon Foundation will be at Rural Student Services on November 8 to help their students fill out next semester's scholarship application! Be sure to stop by or give us a call to sign up for an appointment with them. 

Coastal Villages Region Fund Visit
Coastal Villages Region Fund (CVRF) will be here on November 10th to see their students and help fill out next semester's applications. Be sure to stop by and touch base with them!

Positive Connection Night
Start off your weekend at RSS with a Positive Connection Night! You'll be surrounded by friends, activity, and good food!
We're hosting our monthly PCN on Friday, November 18 at 5:00pm in the Gathering Room. We haven't picked an activity or dinner yet, so if you're dying for anything in particular, let us know!

A Celebration of Indigenous Art, Music & Fashion

Native Student Union of UAF presents an evening of Indigenous Art, Music, and Fashion! This is a ticketed only, non-alcoholic event. Must be at least 18 years old to attend. Tickets are on sale now for $10/student or $20/general. Contact Charlene Stern, Ben Anderson-Agimuk, Crystal Frank, Caity Tozier, or Christina Edwin to purchase tickets.

November 19th at The Hub
  • 6:00pm: Art & Appetizers
  • 7:00pm: Fashion Show
  • 8:00pm: DJ Music
College of Rural and Community Development Thanksgiving

Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education Evon Peter invites all CRCD and CTC faculty, staff, students to a  potluck luncheon on Friday, November 18, 2015 from 11:30 - 1:00 in the RSS Gathering Room, 2nd floor Brooks Building. Family is welcome to attend!  We will have a prize for most creative dish, music and a few fun games for all ages! Please consider joining us!

If you can bring a dish! Please fill-in what you will be bringing on the following form. 

Dish suggestions, if your last name starts with:

A - H:    Salads or vegetables
I - P:  Hot Dishes
Q - Z:  Desserts

Thank you! Questions? Please contact Izzy at 474-5860,
Student Highlights

Katie Roseberry

Katie Roseberry is finishing up her Bachelor of Science degree in Biological Sciences with a minor in Biochemistry. She is from Utqiagvik, formerly known as Barrow, AK. Besides working towards her degree requirements, Katie has taken advantage of other opportunities. She has been involved in science and engineering organizations such as ANSEP and AISES.  Through the BLaST program, she worked in Diane O'Brien's lab and worked on research that focused on nitrogen isotope ratios in native foods to determine if we could use them as a biomarker of traditional food intake for the Inupiat of the North Slope. This last summer she served as an intern Clinical and Research Services department of the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium in Anchorage. As an intern, she did a variety of tasks from data entry, shadowing practitioners, and conducting background research for current or upcoming projects. As an intern she was required to attend weekly presentations on topics such as LGBTQ patients, how to treat stress, and breastfeeding.
Student Success Workshops

UAF's Academic Advising department hosts several free workshops each semester that focus on skills that every student needs to develop. Be sure to take a look at the following events and see if there's something you should attend!
  • Nov. 8 - Put Your Degree to Work


If you need a little yoga in your life, stop by the Gathering Room on Fridays from 8-9:00am. Kathleen Meckel is instructing free sessions all semester long and welcomes everyone to check it out. Be sure to bring a yoga mat, water bottle, and yoga blocks for support if you have them.

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)

Doyon Foundation 

Tanana Chiefs Conference  
The Aleut Foundation 
 Association of Village Council Presidents 
  • Must be an AVCP Region resident and have a tribal ID card or tribal verification form
  • Apply by December 1st 
  • Stop by Rural Student Services for their application!
Arctic Education Foundation (ASRC) 
  • Must be an ASRC shareholder or a direct lineal descendant of an ASRC shareholder
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Apply by December 1st
Caleb Scholars Program
  • Must be enrolled in a tribe located in Norton Sound, Northwest Arctic Borough, or Arctic Slope Borough
  • Already have completed 36 credit hours
  • Be a full-time student
  • Apply by Dec. 1st

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