Keep going strong!

We're just over a month through the semester and midterms are just around the corner! Ten weeks of instruction remain for the fall semester. We hope everything is going well in your classes, but if you need any help, we're here for you. Your advisor is a great resource and can help you find tutors in our office and around campus, decide whether or not to drop that class you're worried about, change your major, start the financial aid process for next semester, help you find counseling services, and the list goes on. Please d on't hesitate to go to them with any concerns you have! And if there's anything we can do for you as a department, be sure to make a suggestion.

Winter Warm-Up
That familiar crisp air has arrived. We're waking up to frost on sidewalks, sweaters are making an appearance, and pumpkin spice lattes are back. Do you have all of the gear you need to keep you warm for winter? Do you have too much gear that you'd like to see get used? Winter Warm-Up might be the solution! 

Winter Warm-Up is a free-cycle event that starts up at 10:00 am on October 7th at the Hess Rec Center. Stop by to pick up what you need and drop off what you don't! Drop off is October 7th from 8:30-10:00 am!

Festival of Native Arts Logo Contest

Festival of Native Arts is on a mission to find their 2018 logo! Will you be the one to create it? The winner of the contest will receive one UAF undergraduate tuition credit (value = $244) and complimentary Festival items featuring the artwork. Be sure to submit your entry to the Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development by 5:00 pm on October 11th.

The Festival of Native Arts is a student-run event that brings together people from all over Alaska to celebrate culture. This year, it will be held March 1-3, 2018 and the theme is "45 Years of Festival of Native Arts." If logo-creation isn't your thing but you still want to help out, you are more than welcome! The Festival Planning Committee meets every Wednesday from 1:00-2:00 pm in the Brooks Building Gathering Room.

Positive Connection Nights

Rural Student Services is hosting two Positive Connection Nights  this month  in the Brooks Gathering Room!

October 6th at 5:00 pm
The first PCN will be a Kahoot! Trivia night! J ust in time for midterms, this event will be all about relaxing with friends, having fun, and eating good food (we'll be serving moose stroganoff)! 

October 27th at 5:00 pm
This PCN is Halloween-themed! Get the extra mile out of your costume by wearing it to the event. We'll be cooking up some spooky snacks and playing Minute to Win It! 

Student Highlights

Denae Benson

Denae Benson is a History major with a double minor in Spanish and Political Science. After obtaining her Bachelor's degree, she wants to attend graduate school to get a Master's in Education.   In 2015,  Denae was able to intern with Lisa Murkowski, and this past summer she was invited to participate in the Model Arctic Council (MAC). She spent a week at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire while playing the role of the Inuit Circumpolar Council representative, discussing issues that face the Arctic and the people who live there. She says that " this opportunity was absolutely an amazing experience and I may have the opportunity to travel to Finland next year to participate in the MAC again." Lastly, she encourages other students to "look for opportunities!" 

Alaska Federation of Natives

A FN is coming up soon! The  Elders and Youth Conference will be held on October 16-18th and the AFN  convention will be on October 19-21st in Anchorage. If you plan to attend either of these events instead of classes, make sure you're caught up and talk to your instructors about being absent from class. Midterms are generally set to take place around this time as well, so plan ahead! 

Important Dates
  • Oct. 16 - Deadline to apply for fall 2017 graduation
  • Oct. 31 - Deadline to complete AlcoholEdu and Haven training
  • Oct. 30 - Spring 2018 course list available
  • Nov. 3 - Last day for student and faculty initiated withdrawals
AlcoholEdu and Haven Reminder

Don't forget to complete your AlcoholEdu and Haven training by October 31st! Failure to complete this training by the deadline will result in a registration hold being placed on your account for the upcoming spring semester. You can access the training on UAOnline.

Study Away Fair

Are you interested in traveling or studying at a university outside of Alaska? Stop by the Study Away Fair in the Wood Center on October 10th from 9:00 am-4:00 pm! UAF offers hundreds of national and international exchanges or study abroad programs. The UAF International Programs & Initiatives office will be there to show you all of the different opportunities available to you.

Indigenous Peoples Day

Come and join the celebration of Indigenous Peoples Day on October 9th from 3:00-9:00 pm! The celebration will begin with a blessing at Troth Yeddha' park at 3:00 pm before moving down to the Wood Center multilevel lounge at 4:00 pm. There will be dancing, refreshments, artisan sales, and more! 
Alternative Spring Break

Alternative Spring Break is a program that aims to give students a chance to make a positive difference in communities through hands-on work. This year, the SLI office will be taking a trip to Houston, TX to do Hurricane Harvey relief. Relief efforts will be provided in the form of restoring and rebuilding housing, renovating youth centers, and giving support to those displaced by the hurricane. If you would like to make a difference with your Spring Break, this is a great opportunity! Apply now on Orgsync! Applications are due October 20th by 5:00 pm. 

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 tutoring 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. 

Join a Club!

Getting involved in things that you're interested in is a big part of college life. 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: Jillian Bjornstad


Bivin Memorial Scholarship 
David E. Knox Memorial Nursing Fellowship
T he Dr. John Halligan Scholarship

Rural Student Services Office Hours

Fall 2017 Office Hours:
Monday through Friday - 8:00am-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