April 2013

University of Alaska Fairbanks Students,

The purpose of the NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) of Fairbanks Joy Albin Memorial, Ann Denardo Memorial, Rural Campus, and Graduate Scholarships is to provide scholarships to part-time or full-time students in any field of study at UAF. First preference is given to those who have been treated for a serious mental illness. Preference is also given to other students who are interested in education, advocacy and removal of stigma regarding mental illness, particularly those majoring in the disciplines of counseling, psychology, social work or similar fields and who intend to serve those who live with mental illness.

For more information on this scholarship or others offered local, sign into your UAF student account, click on financial aid, under scholarships for NAMI’s scholarship application. You can also contact the scholarship coordinator at 907.474.6228.

The Neal O. Thorpe Memorial Scholarship supports Alaskan students who are the first in their immediate family to attend post-secondary school. Dr. Thorpe was a Trustee and Executive Director of the Murdock Charitable Trust and had deep ties to Alaska through his work to improve the quality of life for Alaskans. Dr. Thorpe enjoyed flying, and for many years owned and flew his own small private plane. A humble and quiet man, Dr. Thorpe’s hearty and infectious laugh could nonetheless often be heard and enjoyed from far away. Understated but wise, he always thought carefully and thoroughly before speaking. His dry sense of humor and keen wit displayed the apparent spontaneity that only careful thought can produce. Dr. Thorpe did many things well, and was very much appreciated and loved by all those who worked with him. He would wish to be especially remembered as a person of strong faith, deep personal integrity, and deep love for his family.

The scholarship application must be completed through The Alaska Community Foundation’s (ACF) online application system. The online application can be accessed through www.alaskacf.org/scholarships. Please contact ACF with any questions about the online application system or scholarship program at adalton@alaskacf.org or 907-334-6700.


Neal Thorpe Memorial Scholarship Fund summary.docx


Alaska Works Partnership is recruiting for a Women in the Trades INTRODUCTORY COURSE training that will be held May 13th – 24th. The course will provide participants hands-on training in Carpentry, Plumbing & Pipefitting, Painting & Taping and Electrical. Classes will be held at class will be held at various locations.

Interested applicants must be 18 years or older, complete Career Ready 101 Assessment and be drug free. Applicants will need to submit a complete application packet by May 1st at 4:00 pm.

*If you have questions about meeting application requirements, please contact them at (907) 457-2597.

Click here for the link to their website: http://akwp.org/index.php?page=women-in-the-trades-3

First off, we would like to thank the students who have contacted us to confirm their graduation by filling out the questionnaire!

Graduates who fill out the questionnaire will be featured in a special issue of the Doyon Foundation e-newsletter this spring.  We asked that graduates fill out this questionnaire by today for a list being compiled to recognize students at our 2013 graduate reception. The reception is scheduled to take place at the Doyon Limited Chiefs Court Plaza at 2pm. May 10th.

If you are a graduate but didn’t submit your information to us, please do so here, http://fs8.formsite.com/doyonfoundation/form9/index.html!  We still want to hear from you.  Thank you.

If you plan to pursue a career in Alaska, chances are you will interact with Native businesses. This course will help you better understand the unique nature of these companies and their approaches to business.

Fall 2013 ANCSA Class Flyer.pdf

Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship (MSM)

The Mellen Shea Memorial Scholarship was established in 2006 to honor the memory of Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea. Mary Ellen “Mellen” Shea was a passionate educator. She spent her professional life as a classroom teacher, an academic counselor, an athletic coach, and a mentor and friend to countless youth in Anchorage. Mellen devoted the last six years of her life to inspiring and empowering Alaska Native and American Indian students through CITC’s educational services, where she was respected, admired, and loved by CITC students and staff alike.

Mellen was an enthusiastic and accomplished mountaineer, skijorer, and dog musher. She climbed Denali, finished the Iditarod Trail Sled Dog Race, and made six additional trips to Nome as part of the Serum Run with famed explorer Colonel Norman Vaughan. Mellen embraced and embodied a true spirit of determination; she had tremendous initiative, courage, and heart. She was known for her bright smile, her cheerful disposition, her inquisitive mind, and her irrepressible spirit.

This scholarship fund was developed to provide financial assistance to Alaska Native and American Indian students who are pursuing a postsecondary degree in Education, aspiring to be teachers. Scholarship award selection criteria are based upon timely submission of a complete applicant form, as well as the quality and sincerity of the written essay.

Eligibility: Alaska Native & Native Americans. Reside in the anchorage area. Enrolled in or admitted to a postsecondary undergraduate education degree program. Have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale, and Aspiring to be a teacher.

Purpose: To provide financial assistance for students who are pursuing a postsecondary undergraduate education for Associates or Bachelors degree program.

Amount: $1,000 maximum per academic year. Two students are awarded each year.

Duration: Must re-apply each deadline.

Deadline: May 1.

Web: http://citci.org/education/scholarships/

Attached are job descriptions for two permanent, full-time, benefited Alaska Federation of Natives positions – one for Vice President and one for Convention Coordinator.

Please direct resumes and letters of interest or questions to: Julie Kitka, President, Alaska Federation of Natives at 907.274.3611 or email nevakitka.

042913 Vice_President position.doc

042913 Convention_Coordinator Position description.doc

The Leadership Workshop Series is modeled after the UAF Summer Leadership Institute and will consist of four day-long sessions of classroom activities. These sessions will include a variety of team-based activities, workshops, lectures, research, and ideas about how to engage with the community.

For more information:



Alaska Native Heritage Center’s Language Summit in Anchorage, Alaska on April 26th and 27th 2013!

Two full days of great language events that will have direct impact on the future of our Indigenous languages across the state! It is free to attend. All those interested in Alaska Native language revitalization are encouraged and welcome to attend. Please see the attached flyer for the conference and also the special lodging rates with Westmark Hotel, there will also be shuttle service from Westmark to the Heritage Center. I hope to see you there!

If you haven’t done so already, please complete our online survey. www.surveymonkey.com/s/anhclanguagesurvey The results of this survey will be presented during the summit.

To register for this event please contact: Laura Atwood / 907-330-8013 / email: latwood@alaskanative.net.  Please contact Laura if you have any further questions. Niyuk kwaa ji’ neenihaal’yaa! I will see you soon!

Summit Flyer.pdf

Westmark flyer rates Lang Summit.pdf

Effie Kokrine Charter School students will be holding an Indian Taco Fundraiser at the David Salmon Tribal Hall to support the activities of the Alaska FFA this Saturday, April 27th 3:30-5:30. $10 includes the works! Attached is a flier to share with the community.

EKCS students have worked really hard to host this event and appreciate any help in supporting their efforts. Thank you for your time, consideration and assistance.

EKCS FFA Fundraiser Flier.docx

BLM IS 700 FEMA Training course offered online

To take the online course go to: http://training.fema.gov/EMIWeb/is/is700alst.asp

Anyone who is interested in taking the Bureau of Land Management pack test on May 4th here in Fairbanks will need to take this online course beforehand. The Tanana Chiefs Conference education department can help with studying for the final exam for this online course. If you need assistance call Ava Vent at 452-8251 ext. 3032 to set up a meeting.

BLM Training Information.pdf

AK Fire Service Cache is holding a “Cashe Orientation”

When: May 23rd from 1:30PM to 4PM

Interested individuals can sign up at the orientation as a Casual Support Worker with AK Fire Service. Casual Support Workers are drivers, barracks, warehouse, and kitchen. Start out as a laborer and possibly work your way up to Warehouse worker which pays around $18-$20 an hour.

Interested workers must be at least 18 years of age and understand that work days will most likely be 12 hours, 7 days a week, with two days off every 21st day. Prior to coming to work, individuals must have a pair of leather boots. Attached is an employment & training application if you need assistance in purchasing the leather boots. Space is limited to 30 individuals.

For more information or to sign up for orientation please call Abe Camp or Gary Lee at 907-356-5743 as soon as you can before the space fills.

If you want to be considered for casual work in other positions with the AK Fire Service or for the State of Alaska, Division of Forestry, submit an application to the Fairbanks Job Center at 675 7th Ave. on or before April 30, 2013.

If you have any questions you can contact Vivian Bifelt, Fire Support Assistant at 907-356-5571.

Alaska Business Week is a one-week summer program teaching the basic principles of private sector business to Alaskan high school students. Participants live on campus at the University of Alaska’s Fairbanks campus where they grow as leaders, mentored by Alaska’s business elite. The 2013 program will host over 100 students from more 35 Alaskan communities.

Alaska Business Week 2013 is quickly approaching… starting the first week of June; and is truly a transformative experience for kids.

Over the past three years, several regional and village corporations have sponsored teens from their communities to attend the program. Shareholders and community leaders appreciate and are energized by the presentations that ABW grads bring home with them. This year, the Alaska Chamber is challenging communities to identify two students to attend the program.

Alaska Chamber is challenging people to help create a network of young people who understand life in the world of business. They are asking you to identify your community’s future employers, managers and executives. Please take a moment to investigate the program and call or write with questions about how to kick start Alaska’s future business professionals.

More info online:

REGISTER NOW or Andy Rogers with the Alaska Chamber and let them know once you have identified your two students.


Wed, May 29 – Sun, June 16

UAF will host a film production to be shot with local and national professionals providing an On the Job Training (OJT) environment. Students will be able to progress through an entire project from start to finish, and understand the mechanics of a working film set both behind and in front of the camera. By providing a “working classroom” with hands-on training, students will gain valuable knowledge while working with mentors in key positions.

REGISTER for 3 credits of either:

Film 298 Undergraduate Research CRN:53053
Film 498 Undergraduate Research CRN: 53056


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