August 2010

Prepare yourself for a career in the oil industry through the roustabout training program, an entry-level program offered in partnership with Doyon Drilling and Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC). The recruitment process is now underway for the 30th roustabout training program. Applications are being accepted by TCC now through October 29 at 5 p.m.

For more information or to find a roustabout application, go to

Today’s Science Student – Tomorrow’s Leader

The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) is the second largest Institute at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). NIAID is recognized worldwide for cutting-edge medical and scientific research. Our research programs aim to improve diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of immunological, allergic, and emerging and re-emerging infectious diseases.

Want to improve global health in the 21st century? NIAID wants to train you.

The Intramural NIAID Research Opportunities (INRO) program is for students with strong academic standing who are from populations underrepresented in biomedical research. Candidates who are a senior, medical school student, or doctoral candidate, and from a population underrepresented in the biomedical sciences are eligible.

Selected applicants will:

• Interview with scientists for potential research training positions.

• Hear scientific lectures from world-renowned scientists.

• Tour Institute laboratories and see the state-of-the-science technologies.

The 4-day exploratory program takes place in Bethesda, Maryland, on the NIH campus, February 7–10, 2011. Student expenses for travel, hotel accommodations, and meals will be paid.

Applications are accepted between August 15 and October 15. To learn more about INRO, to check eligibility, and to apply, visit:

Through scholarships and low-interest loans, Health Careers Foundation fills the funding gap created by a decrease in available educational dollars. This is especially important for nontraditional students, whose financial aid options are limited. In addition, HCF’s program strives to alleviate shortages of trained healthcare professionals by encouraging education in the fields of:

· dietetics
· occupational therapy
· radiological sciences
· medical records/ transcription/coding
· pharmacy
· respiratory therapy
· medical technology
· physical therapy
· speech pathology
· nursing

*Scholarship/loan program runs January 1st to April 1st of each year. To request an application for the Scholarship/Loan Program, please send a name and mailing address to inquiries.


Searching for scholarships takes time and energy, but remember: It’s free money. If you spend five hours applying for scholarships and receive only one $500 scholarship, that’s the same as earning $100 an hour — not bad! To make things easier, The Sallie Mae Fund website offers free scholarship searches (click here) and other scholarship tips and information.

The information on the flyer listed below is for an Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA) class taught by this fall Gordon Pullar of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Alaska Native and Rural Development. It is offered by two different delivery methods, audio conference and on-line and offered at both and undergraduate and the graduate level. There will also be an open on-line version posted on the University of Alaska Fairbanks’ Center for Distance Education website for those who don’t need the credits and may want to take the class just for the information. There will be no charge for the open version. Please share with anyone you think may be interested.

For further information contact Dr. Gordon L. Pullar via email at or phone (907) 279-2706/toll-free 1-800-770-9531.

ANCSA course flyer 8.14.10.docx

Rio Tinto offers scholarships to students entering their second year of study in mining, metallurgy/mineral processing, geosciences and electrical engineering disciplines at the following universities in the US. Along with providing funds to assist with study, students receiving Rio Tinto scholarships are given preference for our internship vacancies that will provide hands on, paid experience with a Rio Tinto business unit.

Eligible universities are shown below and contact should be made though the relevant department at the University:

University Mining engineering Metallurgy /  Minerals processing Geosciences Electrical engineering
Virginia Tech 




Missouri University of Science and Technology





Colorado School of Mines





University of Utah



University of Arizona       



Rio Tinto is one of the world’s leading mining and exploration companies. They find, mine and process the earth’s mineral resources – metals and minerals essential for making thousands of everyday products that meet society’s needs and contribute to improved living standards. Their activities span the world with production from every continent. Their products include aluminum, copper, diamonds, energy products, gold, industrial minerals and iron ore. For more information visit the Rio Tinto website at

Rio Tinto is seeking talented and enthusiastic university students to undertake internships (paid work experience) in their field of study during the summer at our US operations. Embarking upon one of our internships will give students the opportunity to work on technical projects, conduct research or be part of a site operations team. Additionally students will have the opportunity to work with, and learn from, a diverse group of professionals who are leaders in their field. Students will be undertaking real work that will add value to Rio Tinto and provide them with valuable insight into the mining industry. The aim of their internships is to source future graduates and potentially future leaders within the Rio Tinto Group. Internships also provide the opportunity to explore our operations and help to develop your career path.


Internship opportunities are available to undergraduate students attending an accredited university who meet the following requirements:

· Overall GPA of above 3.0

· Ability to work 40 hours per week for the duration of the internship

· Eligibility to work in the US at the location of the internship

How do I apply?

To apply for an internship the first step is to complete an onine application which is available at The applications open in September and close at the end of December. The online application process will take approximately 20 minutes. You will be asked to answer some preliminary questions and upload your resume. Please ensure you have a valid email address that you check regularly.

Since 1986, Resource Data, Inc. (RDI) has been dedicated to providing custom IT solutions. They provide custom database, Web, and GIS programming services for our clients from offices in Anchorage, Boise, Fairbanks, Houston, and Juneau. Their excellent local reputation has led to the successful completion of projects for hundreds of clients, ranging from small firms to some of the world’s largest corporations. People, technology, results: That’s what RDI was built on, and that’s still what they are all about.

If you would like to explore an opportunity with RDI you may use their online application (Apply Now!) or send a resume and salary history to All inquiries will be confidential.

Sr. Programmer/Analyst

RDI has a position open for a Senior Programmer/Analyst. Candidates should have at least 3 years experience in Microsoft .Net or Java, strong SQL Server or Oracle experience, and excellent written and verbal communication skills. Position involves leading development teams, software architecture and design, database design, and technical leadership. EOE


RDI is seeking application developers with skills in Java, .Net, Cold Fusion, Oracle and SQL Server. Our diverse project base includes design, development and integration of database, GIS, and web-based applications across a variety of industries. EOE

DEADLINE: September 1, 2010
Leadership Anchorage (LA) is looking for community service project proposals for the 2009-2010 year!

The community service project provides a way for LA to “give back” to Anchorage, and participants provide talented leadership and creativity to our city’s businesses, governmental offices, and nonprofits for projects that may lack the time, labor, or coordination skills to be realized. Past sponsors have said their projects have built organizational effectiveness and boosted outreach to the community not only for the period of the project, but also beyond.

Please keep in mind that these volunteers are our up and coming leaders as well as potential future board members so this is a great opportunity for both your organization and our participants.

Please direct all inquiries regarding community service project proposals to Jim MacKenzie, Deputy Executive Officer, Alaska Humanities Forum Director, Leadership Anchorage Coordinator, Alaska History & Cultural Studies Program, 421 West First Avenue, Suite 300, Anchorage, AK, 99501, Tel: 907-272-5324, Cell: 907-575-8755, Fax: 907-272-3979, Email:, URL: &

L.A. 2010-2011 Community Service Project RFP.pdf

The purpose of the Interior Alaska Career Academy is to offer career exploration classes to high school students who want to expand their opportunities and learn about technical fields in high-growth, high-demand areas that can lead to success­ful career opportunities. Students should be 16 years of age and juniors or seniors in high school with a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. Students will earn one (1) UAF/CTC credit for successfully passing each session. At the completion of two sessions, participants may earn 0.5 high school elective credits. The student cost per session is $200. Scholarships may be available to qualifying students.

For more information visit or contact career guidance special­ist, Nina Tartakoff at or the UAF Community & Techni­cal College at 455-2800.

NOTE: Doyon Foundation offers an Advanced College Credit Scholarship to Doyon, Limited original shareholders and their children. Go to and read Doyon Foundation’s guidelines to find out more about this scholarship opportunity.


The Academy of National Native Leadership is a Native owned school with locations in Montana and New Mexico which provides innovative training programs. The academy gives Native Americans the tools and knowledge to succeed and at the completion of the training, qualify for jobs that become available on their land.

For more information, please click here or contact Kelly Bailey at 1.888.512.8814, extension 255 or email

How to Find Cheaper College Textbooks


You might call it the college student’s first lesson in exploitation: paying $100 for a textbook, then getting a mere $12 when reselling to the campus bookstore at the end of the semester.

College textbook prices rose about 6 percent, on average, every year — that’s twice the rate of inflation — from 1986 to 2004. And there’s nothing more infuriating than paying the sticker price on textbooks (well, with the exception of tuition itself), when many other books are available at a discount. The cost of buying the textbooks can easily add up to $1,000 a year or more.

Thankfully, federal rules that went into effect in July may help ease the pain. Publishers can no longer bundle their textbooks with accompanying materials like workbooks, and they must reveal their prices to professors when making a sales pitch. Colleges, meanwhile, are now required to provide students with a list of assigned textbooks during course registration, which allows for more time for shopping before classes begin.

That’s especially important now because there are an increasing number of ways to save on books if you buy or rent them online. This Times article from last year provides a lot of helpful information. But we also spoke with Nicole Allen, textbook advocate at the Student Public Interest Research Groups, for some more tips:

Read the rest of this article at by clicking here.

Announcing an excellent Native language workshop in Fairbanks. If you are interested please contact Sonta Hamilton at 907.450.8405 or via email at If you are unable to attend, but will be able to sponsor interested participants, please contact Sonta Hamilton to discuss funding or sponsorship opportunities.

Alaskan Language Teacher Training Workshop on Accelerated Second Language Acquisition©ªA Systematic Approach for Effective Language Instruction in the Classroom
August 23-25, 2010, 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM
Morris Thompson Culture and Visitor Center, Fairbanks, Alaska
Conference Fee: $175.00*
Sponsored by: Alaska Association of Bilingual Educators & The Morris Thompson CVC

Dr. Neyooxet Greymorning will facilitate the teacher-training workshop and will guide language instructors through a method he developed called Accelerated Second Language Acquisition©ª. This method has broad application as a tool for language instruction across diverse languages and age groups, which will be illustrated with video footage of work with children and adult college classes, as well as workshop demonstrations.  Dr. Greymorning developed this approach to specifically bring second language learners to a level of language competency while accommodating language instructors working with limited resources and time. By the end of the three-day training session participants will have developed a full year of language instructional materials structured toward creating second language speakers. The training workshop is not magical, it is based on a fully developed systematic approach. Participants should come with the understanding that the three-day teacher training sessions will be work intensive, but also rewarding. The workshop will be most effective if participants are fluent speakers or have fluent speakers with them. If possible, participants should bring a lap top computer as there will be a lot to write.

* Please make checks payable to the Alaska Association for Bilingual Education.

AK Language Teachers Agenda.doc

Monica Garcia is one of Doyon Foundation’s many success stories. Garcia graduated from the University of Alaska Anchorage with a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing in 2008, and is now working as a labor and delivery nurse at the Alaska Native Medical Center. She would also like to become a commissioned officer in the U.S. Public Health Service and work in the Indian Health Service facilities where she can continue providing care to the Alaska Native community.

But getting to where she’s at wasn’t always easy for Garcia, who is originally from Northway, Alaska. In addition to challenges such as the stress of her clinicals, her husband leaving for the Alaska State Trooper training academy, having a baby just four weeks before graduation, and taking care of a newborn while finishing her preceptorship, Garcia also lost a close friend during her last year of nursing school.

“I surrounded myself with friends and family that pushed me to finish my last two months, and held on to the thought that on the day I got my nursing pin, that she was watching down, knowing that I could have done it all along,” Garcia said about how she overcame that difficult time.

“Surround yourself with people that are going to support you and what you are trying to do,” she advises other students. “No matter what challenges you face throughout your educational career, never lose sight of your goals. That sense of accomplishment you feel when you are finished is priceless, and knowing that you have put a smile on all those that have invested their time encouraging and supporting you, and that you didn’t let them down.”

Among the support she received, Garcia said that Doyon Foundation helped her financially throughout her educational endeavors.

“They also gave me a connection to other students that were trying to finish school. That provided me with well-needed motivation to finish. Knowing that other students were graduating provided that extra push I needed to keep going when faced with many of life’s challenges,” she said.

Garcia is the daughter of the late Alfred Felix and Lee and Lorraine Titus of Northway, and the granddaughter of Frank Felix and Ellen Demit of Healy Lake and Kenneth and Enna Albert of Northway.

The Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development of the University of Alaska Fairbanks College of Rural and Community Development is offering a NEW course in ANCSA, the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.

This course has been developed with interviews from many of the Alaskan’s involved with the land claims. Learn more about this exciting era of Alaska history! Seee the flyer below which includes information about the course and contact for registration information.

There is also a link to a flyer containing additional courses that may be of interest to you and your organization.

-Department of Alaska Native Studies and Rural Development College of Rural and Community Development University of Alaska Fairbanks Website:

ANCSA course Fall 2010.pdf
RD Courses Fall 2010 Flyer.pdf

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