January 2010

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Doyon Foundation will host an open house on Friday, February 5, 2010 from 3 – 6 p.m. at their new offices at 714 4th Ave., Suite 302B in Fairbanks, Alaska.

All Doyon Foundation students, alumni, family, friends, donors, sponsors and other supporters are invited to attend. During the event, attendees can tour the new office; find out about scholarship programs, the alumni association and other Foundation efforts; and learn about volunteer, donor and sponsorship opportunities.

For more information or to RSVP, please contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Dear Doyon Foundation supporters,

The Doyon Foundation recently received both the honor and the opportunity to benefit from an event being hosted by University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) Chancellor Brian Rogers and Sherry Modrow. The event, Dancing with the Cars, is a gala celebration of university and Fairbanks community partnership, and will be held on Friday, February 12 from 7 – 11 p.m. at the Fountainhead Antique Auto Museum.

On behalf of the Doyon Foundation, I would like to invite you to attend this wonderful event, which will feature fine food, antique autos, music, dancing, a live auction and a preview of the Fairbanks Concert Association’s performance by Street Beat. Tickets are $75 per person or $60 per person for two or more, and are available for purchase now at www.uaf.edu. All proceeds benefit Doyon Foundation scholarships, as well as the UAF Arctic Innovation Competition.

We are so honored to be asked to participate in and benefit from this event, and would deeply appreciate your attendance at and support of Dancing with the Cars.

Please see the Dancing with the Cars invite for additional information. I hope to see you at Dancing with the Cars on February 12!


Doris Miller

Doyon Foundation Interim Executive Director

Doyon Foundation and the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association hosted a spring 2010 student dinner on Tuesday, January 26, 2010 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. at the Doyon, Limited building at 1 Doyon Place in Fairbanks, Alaska.

The event had an excellent turnout of about 70 people, including approximately 25 students, as well as Foundation alumni, family, friends and other supporters. The Foundation was honored to be joined by Second Traditional Chief Trimble Gilbert and his wife.

The Foundation wishes to thank the alumni who donated time, food and door prizes; Teisha Simmons and Miranda Wright for moose meat for the soup; Downriver Singers for their wonderful performance; and Dee Linzner for making the soup and rolls.

Watch this blog, www.doyonfoundation.com and the Foundation e-newsletter for news on future student dinners and other upcoming events!

Doyon Foundation extends its deep gratitude to its newest donors:

  • Gordon & Clara Clark, $1,000 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor, in memory of Lu Young
  • ConocoPhillips, Inc., $2,000 corporate donor, in memory of Lu Young
  • Paul & Patricia Costello, $100 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • James Dahl, $600 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor, in memory of Ethel Haberbush
  • Design Alaska, Inc., $9,000 corporate donor
  • MC & JE Harper, $25 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor, in memory of Lu Young
  • Anthony Mallott, $1,000 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • Byron & Antoinette Mallott, $200 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • Shell Exploration & Production, Inc., $500 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • Jorge Silva, BP Fabric of America, $500 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • Helen Stafford, $150 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor
  • Beverly Staskanis, $50 Nee Ts’e Neyh donor, in memory of Lu Young

To learn more about how you can show support of Doyon Foundation, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com or call 907.459.2048 or 1.888.478.4755 ext. 2048.

Doyon Foundation congratulates student James Ketzler of Nenana, Alaska, who recently graduated from the Law Enforcement Academy at the University of Alaska Tanana Valley Campus in November 2009. For more information on the Law Enforcement Academy, visit http://www.tvc.uaf.edu/programs/lawacad/index.html. For information on Doyon Foundation Law Enforcement Academy scholarship opportunities, contact the Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

Husband. Father. Student. Employee. Active community member. These are just some of the hats that Doyon Foundation student Ramy Brooks is currently wearing.

“As a non-traditional student, I have had to juggle the demands of being a husband and father who has to provide for his family and also the demands of being a full-time student. The scholarships that I have received from the Doyon Foundation, along with other scholarships like the CH2MHill scholarship that I heard of through the Foundation newsletter, have made it possible for me to pursue my education,” Brooks said.

Brooks is currently attending the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where is he studying geological engineering. He expects to graduate in 2013. In the future, Brooks would like to move out of the field of heavy equipment operation, where he currently works, and into a new career in geological engineering.

There are two major challenges Brooks is facing in pursuit of his goals – money and time.

“To overcome both of these challenges, I think that it is necessary to stay focused on your studies and to get good grades so that there are scholarship opportunities available. It also takes sacrifices from your entire family to understand that you might have to do with less for awhile so that in the end you can benefit from getting a higher education,” he said.

His advice for other students?

“When you need help, whether it is financial or academic, there is no stupid question. There are resources for help, and if you don’t find the help that you need from the first place, look elsewhere,” Brooks said, suggesting that students utilize groups like the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program, student chapters of professional organizations, and the Doyon Foundation newsletter.

Brooks is the son of Roxy Wright and Mike Brooks, and the grandson of Gareth and Miranda Wright, and Vera Strack. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family, dog mushing, hunting, reading, being outdoors and working with the Alaska Mental Health Trust to raise awareness of mental health issues.

Greg Bringhurst, Doyon Foundation's interim scholarship program manager, presents scholarship program information to Tanana Chiefs Conference youth delegates who attended the Interior Education Summit in November 2009.

Doyon Foundation reminds current and prospective students about the two upcoming spring scholarship application deadlines. March 15, 2010 is the deadline to apply for basic scholarships for the summer 2010 semester. April 15 is the deadline to submit applications for basic scholarships for the fall 2010 semester and for competitive scholarships for the 2010 – 2011 academic year. For more information or to apply online, please visit www.doyonfoundation.com. Students may also contact Greg Bringhurst, the Foundation’s interim scholarship program manager, at bringhurstg@doyon.com or 907.459.2049.

Student Walter Nollner was the first student to visit the Doyon Foundation staff in their new office. Last fall, the Foundation relocated from its previous location at the Doyon, Limited building at 1 Doyon Place, Suite 300, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701 to its new office in the Jimmy Huntington Building at 714 4th Ave., Suite 302B, Fairbanks, Alaska 99701.

To all of our students, alumni, donors, sponsors, volunteers and other supporters – Happy New Year from all of us at the Doyon Foundation!

We’re very excited about the coming year – providing scholarships, hosting events, sharing opportunities and offering other support our students need to succeed. Continuing to work with our generous donors and volunteers on fundraising opportunities, including our 10th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic this year. Growing our alumni association and helping them to connect with each other and our current students. Sharing important news through our Web site, e-newsletter and blog. And much more!

If you’re a current or potential student looking for support, we encourage you to get in touch. If you’re an alumnus wanting to reconnect, please visit our Web site to see how you can get involved. And if you’re a potential donor, sponsor or volunteer who wants to find out how you can support the Foundation this year, please contact us.

We look forward to working with each and every one of you in the coming year to strengthen and move the Foundation forward in our goal to help our students succeed!

Doris Miller
Doyon Foundation Interim Executive Director

Native American Public Telecommunications (NAPT) has a three-year internship opening for an undergraduate college student enrolled in a degree program in the media. The intern will work with NAPT staff in various projects that support its mission of sharing Native stories with the world through support of the creation, promotion and distribution of Native media. In addition, the student will be required to attend the Native Nations Media Conference, July 22-24 in St. Paul, Minnesota, and an Emma Bowen Student Conference.

The Emma L. Bowen Foundation was created in 1989 to prepare minority youth for careers in the media industry. Students have an opportunity to learn many aspects of corporate operations and develop company-specific skills. Corporations have an opportunity to train and mentor students with the option of full-time employment upon completion of their college degrees.

View the application at: http://www.emmabowenfoundation.com/pdf/2010_LA_APP.pdf.

ASRC Federal is sponsoring internships this summer through two partners:

• AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) (placements in Washington, DC and Cleveland, OH)

• WINS (Washington Internships for Native Students) (placements in Washington, DC)

Amy Greene, ASRC Federal Internship Coordinator, will be at the University of Alaska Anchorage on Monday, February 8. Please contact her in advance if you would like to meet with her on campus about summer opportunities at amy.greene@asrcfederal.com or 301-837-9028.

This is a friendly reminder that Doyon, Limited and the Fairbanks Police Department will hold two law enforcement profession informational sessions tomorrow, January 27, 2010 at noon and 2:00 p.m. The Fairbanks Police Department is currently recruiting for five police officers. Alaska Native applicants are encouraged. For more information contact: Melissa McGinty, Shareholder Outreach Manager, at (907) 459-2085 or mcginty@doyon.com.

Doyon-FPD Recruiting Informational Sessions (Read-Only).pdf

See below flyer for more information on “Understanding your Credit” workshops and FAFSA form assistance. For more information, contact Mary Ellen Havens, Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education, Outreach Division, at 907.269.7995.

Become Credit SavvyCombined012010.doc

The Alaska Summer Research Academy – July 19 – 30, 2010

ASRA proudly celebrates it’s 10th year. Please join them for a fabulous summer experience on the UAF campus.

New modules this year include Genetics, Advanced Robotics, Not So Simple Machines, and an advanced biology and engineering module.

Forensics and Civil Engineering are returning for a total of 17 exciting modules! Please check their website for complete details.

Applications will only be accepted February 15 to March 1, so don’t wait!  Click here to go to their website: http://www.uaf.edu/asra

Jeff Drake, Director, Alaska Summer Research Academy (ASRA), College of Natural Science and Mathematics, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Fairbanks, Alaska 99775, 907-474-7077.

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