September 2015

This fall, two Alaska Native Science & Engineering Program (ANSEP) alumni will make history at the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) as the first tenure-track Alaska Native engineering faculty members. Both Michele Yatchmeneff and Matt Calhoun recently earned their doctorates in engineering and will begin teaching engineering courses during the fall semester of 2015 to develop the next generation of STEM industry professionals in Alaska.

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Conversational Koyukon Athabascan language classes offered for Grades K-5th and Grades 6-12th by Fairbanks Native Association in Fairbanks.

To apply for the class, fill out an application which is available at FNA – Ralph Perdue Center Building (located at 615 Hughes Avenue) or call Irene Todd at 907.458.1648, x 6404 or email

Since 1978, the Indian Health Service (IHS) Scholarship Program has been providing scholarship support to American Indian and Alaska Native students to pursue health profession careers. Since then, scholarship awards have helped nearly 7,000 American Indian and Alaska Natives achieve their health education goals. Many have committed to serving their health profession careers at IHS and some have even returned to serve their own Tribal communities.
Learn more about how the IHS Scholarship Program will help fuel your dreams at


Through its Fellowship Programs, the Ford Foundation seeks to increase the diversity of the nation’s college and university faculties by increasing their ethnic and racial diversity, to maximize the educational benefits of diversity, and to increase the number of professors who can and will use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.

Predoctoral, Dissertation, and Postdoctoral fellowships will be awarded in a national competition administered by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on behalf of the Ford Foundation. Prospective applicants should carefully read the eligibility requirements, thePredoctoral, Dissertation, or Postdoctoral Fact Sheets, and the instructions for How to Apply.

Awards will be made for study in research-based Ph.D. or Sc.D. programs; practice oriented degree programs are not eligible for support. In addition to the fellowship award, Ford Fellows are eligible to attend the Conference of Ford Fellows, a unique national conference of a select group of high-achieving scholars committed to diversifying the professoriate and using diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.
Eligibility to apply for a Ford fellowship is limited to:

  • All citizens, nationals, and permanent residents (holders of a Permanent Resident Card) of the United States, as well as individuals granted deferred action status under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program, regardless of race, national origin, religion, gender, age, disability, or sexual orientation,
  • Individuals with evidence of superior academic achievement (such as grade point average, class rank, honors or other designations), and
  • Individuals committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level.

Receipt of the fellowship award is conditioned upon each awardee providing satisfactory documentation that he or she meets the eligibility requirements.

Interior Alaska residents will share perspectives on subsistence livelihoods in a changing climate and discuss questions from the audience on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in the Wood Center ballroom.

The University of Alaska Fairbanks Resilience and Adaptation Program will host “Subsistence: Tales of Tradition and Change,” a panel discussion and storytelling session. The panelists are:

  • Rhonda Pitka, first chief of the Native Village of Beaver, who participated in a roundtable discussion with President Obama during his recent visit to Alaska.
  • Natasha Singh, staff member with Tanana Chiefs Conference and member of its Hunting and Fishing Task Force.
  • Sam Demientieff, who was born in Holy Cross in 1939 and grew up along the Yukon River.
  • William “Bill” Demoski, who grew up in Koyukuk and lived a traditional lifestyle based on hunting, trapping and fishing in the Galena area.
  • Diana Campbell, a writer for the UAF Geophysical Institute, who is Gwich’in and Alutiiq.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

The UAF Resilience and Adaptation Program,,  offers an interdisciplinary training and education curriculum that focuses on sustainability in times of rapid change.

ADDITIONAL CONTACT: Mary Van Muelken, 907-474-7029,

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The Legislative Internship program gives students the opportunity to earn 12 credits and a stipend, while working for a legislator’s office in the state capitol in Juneau, during the legislative session in January – May.

UAA encourages students, regardless of major, to apply.  This is an outstanding opportunity for students in pursuit of many different kinds of degrees.  To be eligible, students must have reached a junior’s standing by the time they attend the program, and must have completed at least one 3-credit political science course.

Students interested in becoming legislative interns for spring semester 2016, must apply by October 15, 2015.  Students must apply online, but also must have two letters of recommendation (at least one faculty) emailed to Dr. Forrest Nabors, Assistant Professor of Political Science UAA Campus Coordinator, by the application deadline.

Two informational meetings will be held in the Lyla Richards Conference Room, located on the lower level of the student union:

  • Friday, September 25th at 10:30AM.
  • Monday, September 28th at 10AM.

Students who are considering applying now or in future years, are encouraged to attend.

For more information about the program, please visit the Legislative internship web page on the website of UAA’s Department of Political Science:

Greetings Friends of Leadership Anchorage!

If you’ve been thinking about applying to Leadership Anchorage,

or if you want to encourage a nominee to apply,


Applications for LA19, Class of 2016 are due Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Please email your application and three letters of support to Kitty Farnham,

Program information can be found here. Any questions, just let me know!

Kitty Farnham

Leadership Anchorage ~ Alaska Humanities Forum

907-272-5324 (w) ~ 907-317-8771 (c)

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