Help us develop lessons for online language learning

Elder and youth recording Native language translations
Doyon Foundation
is looking for fluent speakers of Gwich’in (Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa) and Holikachuk to serve on our Native Speaker Review Committee. The volunteer members of this committee will assist us in reviewing lesson materials produced for the Doyon Languages Online project, and provide linguistic and/or cultural knowledge.

Interested individuals are encouraged to contact Allan Hayton or Nathan Feemster by Wednesday, November 15, 2017, using the following contact information:

Committee members may be Elders or anyone else wishing to be involved with the Doyon Languages Online project.

The Doyon Languages Online project, funded with a grant from the Administration for Native Americans, aims to create 280 introductory online lessons for five of the endangered Doyon region languages: Holikachuk, Denaakk’e, Benhti Kenaga’, Hän, and Dinjii Zhuh K’yaa.

For additional information on Doyon Foundation or the Doyon Languages Online project, visit www.doyonfoundation.com or contact Allan Hayton at haytona@doyon.com or 907.459.2162.

Doyon Foundation is currently seeking candidates for three open seats on its board of directors. The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16 at 5 p.m. The open positions are for three-year terms expiring in 2020. 

Qualifications

Candidates seeking election to the Doyon Foundation board must be:

  • A Doyon shareholder
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Knowledgeable about private foundation management and higher education
  • Familiar with the Foundation’s vision, goals, mission and purpose
  • Committed to carrying out the duties of a board member, which include:
    • Attending quarterly board meetings
    • Serving on two board committees
    • Completing work outside of meetings
    • Representing the Foundation at various events
    • Speaking on behalf of the Foundation at events, if asked

Doyon Foundation is specifically interested in candidates with experience with nonprofit boards, fundraising, financial management, endowment fund investing, culture and language revitalization, and Alaska Native education.

Important Notice

Please note that, under federal laws governing private foundations, family members of Doyon Foundation board members are NOT eligible to receive a Doyon Foundation basic or competitive scholarship during their term on the board. Family members are defined as the board members’ spouse, ancestors, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and the spouses of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Current Doyon Foundation scholarship recipients are also not eligible to serve on the board.

Responsibilities/Job Description

The duties of a Doyon Foundation board member include:

  • Contribute skills that help the Foundation make progress on planning.
  • Consistently work toward and produce results related to the Foundation’s strategic focus areas, which include providing consistent measurable results, diversifying and growing revenue streams, increasing shareholder educational opportunities, enhancing operations, and revitalizing languages and traditional Native values.
  • Define and oversee the mission of the Foundation and keep it relevant to the needs of Doyon shareholders and their descendants.
  • Approve programs/services and monitor their effectiveness.
  • Provide strategic guidance to the Foundation and its executive director.
  • Ensure financial solvency and help raise resources.
  • Select, support and evaluate the executive director.
  • Ensure continuous board improvement.
  • Attend quarterly meetings in Fairbanks, Alaska, as well as any special meetings called.
  • Serve on two board committees and possibly chair one committee, which include finance/investment, development/fundraising, language revitalization/culture, and governance.
  • Participate in at least one board training event each year.
  • Demonstrate willingness to take on other duties and assignments, as needed.
  • Represent and, if asked, speak on behalf of Doyon Foundation at various events.

Application Instructions/Deadline

Applications are accepted using this online form. The form does not take long to fill out and candidates are able to upload resumes and/or other materials.

Candidates may also download and print the 2017 board candidate application to complete and mail to Doyon Foundation, 615 Bidwell Avenue, Suite 101, Fairbanks, Alaska, 99701. Mailing instructions are provided on the form.

Please note that candidates are required to submit an updated resume along with their completed application.

It is highly recommended that candidates familiarize themselves with the Foundation and its work by reviewing the Foundation’s website, blog and Facebook page prior to submitting an application.

The deadline to apply is Monday, October 16 at 5 p.m.

For more information, please visit doyonfoundation.com or contact Doris Miller, Doyon Foundation executive director, at 907.459.2048 or millerd@doyon.com.

Meet Northern Industrial Training Outreach Coordinators (Patrick Rose and Chris Chappel), or stop by and listen to a presentation from NIT’s dynamic and highly entertaining Kevin Worrell, CSP!

Click HERE for a schedule of presentations.

Doyon Foundation extends an enormous “thank you” to the 120 golfers, 50 volunteers and 50 sponsors for “chipping in for education” at the recent 15th annual Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic! The 2015 event took place Thursday and Friday, June 18 and 19 in Fairbanks, Alaska. See event photos on Facebook.

2015 MTMGC Winners - Stewart Thompson, Dennis Mullen, Frank Thompson, Micah Bartlett

This year’s golf classic was remarkable for several reasons – gross income (before expenses) from the Calcutta, live auction and golf classic totaled more than $255,000! Plus, the tournament field sold out within two weeks of mailing out the invitation, and all 18 holes were sponsored.

A total of 120 golfers on 30 teams participated in the 2015 event. Congratulations to this year’s winning teams, including the first place golf classic winners, Micah Bartlett, Stewart Thompson, Dennis Mullen and Frank Thompson, who were also the winning Calcutta team buyer! See the full list of tournament winners, as well as winners of the putting contest, longest drive contest and chipping contest, on the Foundation website.

The Calcutta, held Thursday evening at the Wedgewood Resort, featured a live auction. Thank you to all who participated, especially the auction winners, who successfully bid on items including several all-expenses-paid trips and collectors golf bags.

A total of 50 individuals also volunteered their time at this year’s event. See the list of volunteers on the Foundation website.

The 2015 golf classic brought in more than $152,000 in corporate sponsorships. The Foundation thanks all 50 sponsors, including $15,000+ doctorate-level sponsors Doyon Family of Companies, KeyBank and Key Equipment Finance, and Sodexo. See the list of sponsors on the Foundation website.

The annual golf classic raises money for the Foundation’s Morris Thompson competitive scholarships. With the support of golfers and sponsors, the Foundation awarded $46,000 in scholarships to 14 students during the 2014 – 2015 academic year. Read about this year’s recipients in a previous blog post.

Jennifer Romer, a $5,000 graduate competitive scholarship recipient, was the student speaker at this year’s Calcutta. Romer, an Athabascan/Yup’ik originally from Fairbanks and Bethel, is a graduate student at New York University, where she is pursuing a master’s of science in sports business, professional and collegiate operations. In her address, Romer spoke on “life-long learning as it relates to a main component of our culture and my career.” She also thanked Doyon, Limited and Doyon Foundation employees and volunteers for their tireless effort.

“Doyon Foundation has provided me with financial support that has contributed to successfully completing year one of two of my graduate studies,” she said.

The 2016 Morris Thompson Memorial Golf Classic will take place Thursday and Friday, June 16 and 17.

For more information on the classic or how to get involved, email admin@doyon.com or call 907.459.2098.

Students, alumni and guests enjoyed prizes, food and fun at the spring student dinner, hosted by Doyon Foundation and the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association on April 30 in Fairbanks.IMG_4749 final See more photos on Facebook.

The Foundation extends special thanks yous to Tracy Snow for organizing alumni volunteers and for the salmon dish; Maurine McGinty for the moose meat for soup; Andrea Durny for the door prize donation; and Jen McLean for cooking the soup and donating rolls.

In addition to full stomachs, several of the approximately 20 guests went home with door prizes including $10 movie gift cards, $15 iTunes gift cards, $25 Fred Meyer gift cards and a $50 VISA gift card.

Please watch the Foundation website, blog or Facebook page for upcoming event invitations. Interested in getting involved with the alumni association? Contact Tracy Snow at 907.451.0543 or inspire_consulting@yahoo.com, or visit the Foundation website for more information.

Would you like an extra set of eyes on your competitive scholarship essay? If so, the Doyon Foundation Alumni Association members would be happy to help!

A group of alumni association members have offered to review Doyon Foundation students’ competitive scholarship essays before the May 15 deadline. The essay is an important part of your application, worth up to 40 possible points (out of a total of 120 possible points), so all applicants are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

If you would like to have your essay proofread, please contact Doris Miller at millerd@doyon.com. To allow adequate time for review, please send your essay no later than Monday, May 11 at 5 p.m.

For more information on the competitive scholarship application process, please visit our website.

Doyon Foundation welcomes Katie Sommer, our new administrative assistant. Katie, of Fairbanks, is the daughter of Joyce and Earl Sommer, and the granddaughter of Jean and George Jenkins, and Dorothy and Fred Sommer. She is the sister of Kristie Sommer, Terrance Sommer and Earl N. Sommer, and mother of Kaylynn O’Brien. Katie Sommer

Katie, a Doyon, Limited shareholder, is a 2008 graduate of Nenana City Public School. She completed one year of her electrical apprenticeship through AVTEC, and is a level 1 and 2 certified pipefitter through NIT.

Prior to joining the Foundation, Katie worked as a sales associate with Prospector Outfitters, and was an electrician apprentice with IRHA.

“I thought (joining Doyon Foundation) would be a great work experience,” Katie said about her new role. “I’m looking forward to learning a lot more about the company and being able to be a part of helping students get a higher education.”