Doyon Foundation News


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO WEDNESDAY, MAY 17

photo boothDid you graduate last year? Or are you expecting to graduate in academic year 2016-2017? If you are a Doyon, Limited shareholder, or are the child of an original shareholder, Doyon Foundation wants to hear from you!

We are asking all Doyon, Limited shareholders and children of original shareholders who are graduating during the 2016-2017 school year to complete a short graduation information request form. We have extended the deadline to Wednesday, May 17 to allow more students to participate. You do not need to be a Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient to participate.

We’ll feature the information you share in our popular annual graduate yearbook! Check out the 2016 graduate yearbook on our website.

This is our opportunity to celebrate all of your hard work and accomplishments! So please take a few moments now to fill out our graduate questionnaire. Thank you!

We need your help to reach our goal!

pcg-logo-fb-profileWith just two days left before the PFD application deadline, Doyon Foundation is still short of our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. fundraising goal. As of the last report, we were just over halfway, with pledges of $2,625.

The Pick. Click. Give. program is an important part of the Foundation’s scholarship fundraising efforts. However, Pick. Click. Give. contributions have been down significantly this year for nonprofits across the state.

Here’s how you can help:

  • Please also consider inviting your family, friends and colleagues to Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation by sending an email or posting on your social media pages.

Remember – donations of any amount are welcomed. Every little bit moves us toward our goal!

Want to see the difference your Pick. Click. Give. donations can make? Check out these real student stories:

On behalf of the Foundation and the students we serve, thank you for your support!

The Doyon Foundation board of directors grew from seven to nine members, following a vote at its annual membership meeting. The Foundation is pleased to welcome two new board members: LaVerne Demientieff and Marie Monroe. Incumbents Lanien Livingston and Sonta Roach were re-elected at the meeting.

LaVerne Bio PicLaVerne, who was born in Fairbanks, Alaska, graduated from the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) with her bachelor’s in social work and went on to receive her master’s in social work from Washington University in St. Louis. She is currently working toward a PhD in social work from the University of Utah, College of Social Work. LaVerne also works as a clinical associate professor for UAF’s bachelor’s of social work program, and is a licensed master social worker through the State of Alaska. A former Doyon Foundation scholarship recipient, LaVerne stated that the scholarship was so needed and helpful for many years. She is happy to be able to serve on the Doyon Foundation board to give back to the organization and her community.

Marie Monroe 2Marie Irwin Monroe, of Nenana, Alaska, graduated from Nenana High School in 1970, and owned and operated her own transportation business from 1975 to 2000. From 1996 to present, she has been general manager of the Kantishna Roadhouse/Doyon Tourism. Marie, who has several family members who received scholarships from Doyon Foundation, says, “I am excited about the language revitalization work the Foundation has embarked upon, and I look forward to contributing to this and all of the other educational programs and opportunities the Foundation brings to our community.”

The board also held an officer election at the board meeting earlier this month. The officers remain the same, with Lanien Livingston serving as president, Paul Mountain as vice president, and Julie Anderson as secretary treasurer.

Other board members include Victor Nicholas, Helena Jacobs, Joshua Peter and Sonta Roach.

For more information, including full board member bios, visit www.doyonfoundation.com.

Candidates sought for scholarship review committee

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Help us connect students with scholarships – apply to serve on our competitive scholarship review committee!

Would you like to help connect students with scholarships? We have the perfect opportunity! We currently have three open seats on the Doyon Foundation competitive scholarship review committee. Interested candidates are encouraged to apply by Friday, April 28.

To qualify for this position, candidates must:

  • Be a Doyon shareholder.
  • Be age 18 or older.
  • Value and support higher education.
  • Be committed to serve a three-year term.
  • Have an internet-accessible computer with recent version of web browser installed (Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Safari, Opera).
  • Attend an orientation in May/June in Fairbanks, either in person or via teleconference.
  • Spend 30 – 40 hours reviewing, evaluating and scoring all competitive scholarship applications online via the Doyon Foundation website.
  • Attend a one-day meeting in Fairbanks in June/July to award the scholarships.
  • Meet with Doyon Foundation administration to review and recommend competitive scholarship policy changes.

Candidates residing in rural areas are preferred, but applications from urban candidates are also welcomed. Please note that per IRS regulations, committee members cannot be employees of the Doyon Family of Companies or Doyon Foundation.

Service on the scholarship review committee is on a voluntary basis. Individuals interested in giving back and helping students achieve their full potential are encouraged to consider serving on this important committee.

Interested candidates should submit a résumé and a letter of interest outlining why they’d like to serve to Doris Miller, Foundation executive director, at millerd@doyon.com by Friday, April 28. The Doyon Foundation board of directors will select the new committee member at their next regularly scheduled meeting in Fairbanks.

For more information, please contact Doyon Foundation at 907.459.2048 or foundation@doyon.com.

df-pcg-meme-for-facebookFebruary 15 marked the midway point for this year’s Pick. Click. Give. campaign – and yet Doyon Foundation was nowhere near the halfway point of our Pick. Click. Give. fundraising goal.

As of February 15, 28 donors had pledged $1,625 to Doyon Foundation, leaving a $3,375 gap between pledges and our $5,000 fundraising goal.

We are asking all Alaskans to consider helping us get to our $5,000 Pick. Click. Give. goal.

“Your Pick. Click. Give. donations go directly to support the Foundation’s general scholarship fund, which helps offset the high cost of tuition and books for both full-time and part-time college students,” says Doris Miller, executive director of Doyon Foundation.

Pick. Click. Give. donations are down significantly from last year, negatively impacting nonprofits statewide. Less than 5 percent of Alaskans are choosing to Pick. Click. Give. when they complete their PFD applications.

Last year, 70 donors contributed $5,375 to Doyon Foundation through Pick. Click. Give. This year, we just hope to reach the $5,000 mark.

“We know it is a tough year for a lot of Alaskans,” Doris acknowledges. “At the same time, we need to continue supporting the efforts of students who are going to school with the goal of getting an education and improving the quality of life for themselves, their families and their communities. Because in the end, that benefits us all.”

Alaskans are encouraged to Pick. Click. Give. to Doyon Foundation when completing their 2017 PFD application. The deadline to submit a 2017 PFD application is Friday, March 31.

Those who have already submitted a PFD application can easily add a Pick. Click. Give. contribution by logging back into their application at pfd.alaska.gov. Step-by-step instructions for making a Pick. Click. Give. donation are available here.

Donations of any amount are welcomed. “Every little bit moves us toward our goal,” Doris says.

 

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the Doyon Foundation 2017 spring student dinner! Nearly 50 guests, including students, alumni and donors, enjoyed the event, which took place February 10 in Fairbanks. View more event photos on Facebook.

We were especially honored to welcome our special guests, including Al Sr. and Betty Ketzler; Foundation board president Lanien Livingston, vice president Paul Mountain, new member LaVerne Demientieff; and Doyon, Limited chair Walter “Wally” Carlo.

The menu included fish strips, half dried and baked salmon, moose soup, a salmon casserole, cupcakes and blueberry dessert, contributed by Paul Mountain, Doris Miller, Maurine McGinty, Susan Paskvan, Lessa Peter and LaVerne Demientieff.

In addition to the meal, we had a Valentine’s Day card-making table, and Susan Paskvan led a paper/rock/scissors game in Denaakk’e!

As if the delicious food and fun activities weren’t enough, many guests went home as winners of some fabulous door prizes, including:

  • Woman’s fleece sweater
  • Coffee mug and $25 Starbucks gift card
  • Star Wars movie basket
  • Valentine’s baking basket
  • Fleece blanket
  • Round-trip ticket on Ravn Alaska
  • Beaded key chain and cardholder, donated by alumnus Allan Hayton
  • University of Alaska Fairbanks Department of Social Work gift bags filled with coffee mugs, candy, notepads and more, donated by board member LaVerne Demientieff
  • $25 Fred Meyer gift card, donated by alumna Sheryl Meierotto

We were thrilled with the wonderful turnout at our spring student dinner, and can’t wait for the fall event! Keep an eye on our website, blog and Facebook page, or subscribe to our email list, for details on future events – we hope to see you there!

Continuing a lifetime of language work

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Ruth recording lessons with John Ritter at the Yukon Native Language Centre

As Doyon Foundation continues to grow our language revitalization efforts in the Doyon region, we are noticing a group of people who are committed and dedicating their own time to learning and perpetuating their ancestral language. We are pleased to share some of these “Language Champion” profiles with you. If you know a language champion, please nominate him or her by contacting our language program director at haytona@doyon.com. Language champions may also complete our profile questionnaire here. You may learn more about our language revitalization program on our website.

Ruth Ridley is a fluent speaker of the Eagle, Alaska, dialect of the Hän Athabascan language. She has been a language champion for many years, following in the footsteps of her late mother Louise Paul. Ruth’s lifetime work of transcribing and translating Hän language began when she was a child. “I started off doing transcriptions for Hän language that mom recorded with John Ritter (of the Yukon Native Language Centre),” she explains.

Ruth Ridley

Ruth at home with sewing projects

Ruth was brought up by her parents Louise and Susie Paul in a mining camp just downriver from Eagle. “We grew up in Coal Creek mining camp. Our families lived there, summer and winter,” Ruth shares. “My mom’s parents were Eliza and Joe Malcolm in Eagle, and my dad’s parents were Elizabeth and Paul Josie in Old Crow.” Ruth has many good memories of growing up in the Eagle area. “There are creeks with grayling, and beaver ponds, and lots of porcupine, and lots of moose, caribou, and a lot of grizzly bear,” she says.

Ruth sometimes spent all summer with her grandparents. “We would go to fish camp with my grandma and grandpa and they spoke Loucheux or Gwich’in. My grandma didn’t speak English, so we had to speak to her in Hän, and then she would talk back to us in Gwich’in. So that’s how we learned too,” Ruth recalls.

Over the years, Ruth has maintained language connections with her Hän and Gwich’in-speaking relatives in Canada, attending workshops in both Dawson City and at the Yukon Native Language Centre (YNLC) at Yukon College, Whitehorse. “My dad’s sister was Edith Josie, who did lot of language work in Old Crow,” Ruth says.

Ruth has been involved in Hän language work since the late 1970s when she collaborated with professor Michael Krauss at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) to develop the first practical writing system for the language. She composed a collection of stories in Hän based on traditional village life, Eagle Hän Huchʼinn Hòdök, published in bilingual format by the Alaska Native Language Center in 1983. Also in that year, she served as Alaska chair of an important Athabaskan language conference held at UAF, a gathering that attracted participants from throughout Canada and the United States. She also served as principal speaker in a three-week Hän practicum offered as a part of CoLang 2016 at UAF.

Recently (2015-2016) Ruth has been a Hän language consultant for Doyon Foundation, working with YNLC linguist John Ritter to record and transcribe a set of basic Hän language lessons. These lessons will be shared first as a booklet with accompanying audio, and later posted on the internet as part of the Doyon Languages Online project, a partnership of Doyon Foundation and 7,000 Languages.

On the importance of creating language lessons such as these, Ruth shared, “I think it would be easier to speak in sentences than just one word at a time. And that way kids can look at the words and they could pronounce it, like my grandchildren they say they’re hungry and they’re thirsty in Hän.”

Ruth feels language is important because “you could really find out about your culture and the kind of person you are, if you could understand and speak your language. I think it’s important that people learn where they come from and where they are going.”

Ruth is looking forward to sharing these lessons with learners. “I guess the biggest challenge is to get started and get going in the right direction,” she remarks. “If they could get started with these lessons then they’ll know which way they’re supposed to go.”

Ruth is also curious about the next steps of posting the lessons online through the Doyon Languages Online project. “I’m just waiting for them to get on the internet to see how people like the language, or how useful they would be for teaching themselves on the computer,” she says.

According to the Alaska Native Language Center, “Hän is the Athabascan language spoken in Alaska at the village of Eagle and in Yukon Territory at Dawson. A writing system was established in the 1970s, and considerable documentation has been carried out at the Alaska Native Language Center as well as at the Yukon Native Language Centre in Whitehorse.”

For more information about how to get copies of Ruth’s Hän language lessons, or to learn more about the Doyon Languages Online project, please contact Allan Hayton at 907.459.2162 or haytona@doyon.com.

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