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Uqalugaawich W H E R E







Artist and entertainer David Girabaldi amazes guests at the 2018 Ivalu Gala with surprise painting of Jacob Adams Sr.

Qiksiksrautiqabniqput Avanmun Respect for Each Other – We embrace and respect the cultural diversity of our organization through sharing and team building for continued trust and connection.


Contents T A B L E


1 AES developing apprenticeship program for shareholders ....................................... 3 ASRC announces new acquisition ............................................................................ 4 Subsidiary spotlight................................................................................................. 5 CIRI joins with ASRC in helping to solve homelessness .......................................... 6 Community updates from Iḷisaġvik College ............................................................. 9 2018 Ivalu Gala .................................................................................................... 10 Cheryl ‘Qataaq’ Stine leaves ASRC after 12 years .................................................. 14 Understanding Alaska Growth Capital ................................................................... 16 Arctic Education Foundation opportunities ........................................................... 17 Exciting news from RSI EnTech ............................................................................. 18 2018 ASAA State Basketball Tournament scores.................................................... 19 Arctic Stars – Brandon and Alissa Pili....................................................................20 Itinerant housing modules being installed in North Slope villages......................... 21 Message from the North Slope Borough Prevention Crew......................................22 Services spotlight..................................................................................................23 Shareholder spotlight – Wilhelmina Solski.............................................................24 President’s message ...............................................................................................


President’s message Even before our incorporation in 1972, Iñupiaq values have been the cornerstone of our decision-making process, a road map for ASRC’s early leaders to follow while managing our lands, our resources and our expanding line of businesses. I’m pleased to report that the same careful and well thought-out system of navigation continues to this day – more than 45 years after the Corporation got its start. As we begin to shape the company’s 2018-2023 Strategic Plan, setting the course for ASRC to begin its next period of growth and diversification, we continue to lean on those values to ensure the greatest value and opportunity for our shareholders, our employees and stakeholders. Our deliberate plan of diversification included investing more than a billion dollars in acquisitions, as well as reinvesting in our current companies and making alternative investments. Thanks to an unwavering strategic focus on improving the quality of our earnings, the Corporation has never been financially stronger. I’m excited for the future of ASRC, and we’ll share all the details of this important Strategic Plan later this spring and summer. It didn’t take long into the New Year for our family of companies to expand. In mid-February, we announced the acquisition of Mavo Systems by our subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC. With the addition of Mavo, and its headquarters in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, the ASRC footprint “ Thanks to an unwavering now extends into the upper Midwest. Mavo and its strategic focus on improving talented group of approximately 375 employees specializes in asbestos, lead and mold removal, as the quality of our earnings, well as demolition, insulation, emergency response the Corporation has never and restoration services. You can learn more about the Mavo Systems acquisition a bit later in been financially stronger.” this newsletter. For the fourth year in a row, ASRC was proud to be part of Arctic Education Foundation’s largest fundraiser of the year. The Ivalu Gala was held in early February in downtown Anchorage, as more than 400 guests were treated to world-class entertainment and one-of-a-kind auction items. This event seems to get bigger and bigger each year, and I’d like to thank the many Ivalu sponsors, including Rasmuson Foundation, the North Slope Borough, Chevron, ASRC Federal Holding Company, ASRC Energy Services and ASRC Construction Holding Company, for making the night such a rousing success. For more details on this exciting fundraiser, check out the story on page 10 of this newsletter. continued on page 2 FOURTH QUARTER, 2017




We are also proud to be joining forces with Cook Inlet, Incorporated (CIRI) in promoting and raising funds for Path to Independence, an initiative being administered by Catholic Social Services aimed at helping people in the Anchorage area access stable housing. We are asking other Alaska Native corporations to join us in this effort, as we believe innovative methods and partnerships are exactly what we need to tackle the issue of homelessness, which affects Alaska Natives at a higher rate than any other group in Alaska. In a model that has proven effective in other states and communities, Path to Independence will work to house 40 individuals or families in the first year – half of whom are expected to be American Indian/Alaska Native. We’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date on the progress of this initiative throughout the year. As we roll into spring, we’ve also been treated to another successful ASAA March Madness basketball tournament. This event is always near and dear to my heart, and I’d like to applaud the players and staff members both inside and outside of our region for an exciting state championship. Congratulations to the Barrow Boys, who took home the 3A state title and the Barrow Girls for their third-place finish. And, of course, congratulations as well to Ramona and her Tikiġaq team who won the state championship in the 2A division. I'd also like to applaud the Anaktuvuk Pass boys for coming in second, and the Wainwright girls for making it to the state championships. You can read the full list of scores from the tournament later in this newsletter. With the new season in full swing, I also extend my thoughts to the whaling crews across the four communities on the North Slope, including my hometown of Point Hope, that take part in the spring hunt. I join others across the region in praying for a safe and successful season. Taikuu, and God bless.

Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO



ASRC Energy Services developing apprenticeship program for shareholders ASRC Energy Services (AES) is developing a new shareholder development program in an effort to continue providing growth, learning and employment opportunities to ASRC shareholders. The Nutaaq Iļisaqtuaq “New Learner” Program is a comprehensive apprenticeship platform that will offer shareholders the opportunity to receive training and on-the-job experience in order to become competent, qualified craft journeymen in industry-related fields. In addition to providing technical skills, the program aims to develop leadership skills and provide structured career pathways to real employment opportunities. The Nutaaq Program will deliver valuable training to apprentices utilizing a nationally accredited training curriculum and other employer qualified programs. The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) offers a curriculum that provides competency-based training in trades such as equipment operations, electrical, pipefitting, health & safety, carpentry and

administration. As a supplement to the NCCER curriculum, AES will also provide apprentices with soft skills training in areas such as leadership development, hazard recognition and assessment, ethics and respect, study skills and time management. Nutaaq apprentices will receive a minimum of 144 hours of related technical instruction and up to 2,000 hours of on-the-job proficiency based training and experience annually, which is all observed and evaluated by NCCER certified instructors. Depending on trade type, the program may take 2-4 years to complete. Upon successful completion of the program, apprentices will qualify as registered journeymen in their trade, and in some cases, they may also qualify to be licensed. While these nationally certified journeymen will be attractive to employers across Alaska and the United States, AES hopes to offer employment opportunities to qualified journeymen who complete the program. As the Nutaaq Program is further developed, more information will be shared regarding openings and how to apply.

If you have questions about the program, please contact the Nutaaq Program managers: Samuel Rexford-Brown: 907.334.1557 Samuel.rexford-brown@asrcenergy.com George Murray 907.339.6271 george.murray@asrcenergy.com





ASRC announces new acquisition In mid-February, ASRC announced the acquisition of Mavo Systems (Mavo) by our wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC (AIS).

companies,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., president and CEO of ASRC. “The acquisition of Mavo is another important step in pursuit of the AIS strategy that ASRC announced in September 2016. I am confident the team at Mavo will work collaboratively with the AIS team to deliver long-term value to ASRC shareholders.” “The management team and talented workforce at Mavo have worked together to differentiate themselves from their competitors and earn their reputation as a customercentric, value-added service provider,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “Mavo provides AIS a strong foundation within the RRS operating group, from which we will pursue our vision of building an enduring enterprise that is recognized as the premier value-added service provider focused on the industrial services complex.”

Headquartered in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, Mavo was founded in 1982. The company is recognized as a premier environmental and specialty services contractor serving multiple end-markets, including healthcare, industrial manufacturing, higher education and power generation. Specifically, Mavo provides asbestos, lead and mold abatement, demolition, insulation, emergency response and restoration services. The company serves customers across the upper Midwest from its headquarters in White Bear Lake as well as from its satellite offices in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. Mavo will become the foundation of AIS’s Remediation and Response Services (RRS) operating group. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome the talented employees of Mavo Systems to the ASRC family of


“ I am confident the team at Mavo will work collaboratively with the AIS team to deliver long-term value to ASRC shareholders.” “ASRC’s approach and commitment to the industrial services market is unique and is what convinced my partners and me that AIS was the right long-term home for Mavo,” said Jay Robertson, president of Mavo. “The Mavo management team looks forward to working with AIS leadership to pursue the AIS strategy, thereby providing additional opportunities for our employees, additional services to current and future customers and ultimately meaningful financial returns to ASRC shareholders.”


Subsidiary spotlight

Mavo Systems, Inc. was founded in 1982 by Cynthia Meuwissen and her father Chuck. In 2000, Jay Robertson, Larry Reese and Dana Sawrey purchased a 75 percent stake in Mavo. A year later, the group purchased the remaining 25 percent and became the sole owners of the company. In 2003, Mavo was recognized as the fastest growing privately held company in the Twin City area – growing at a rate of 550 percent over its first three years. Mavo was acquired by ASRC Industrial Services, LLC in February 2018. Currently, Mavo has approximately 375 employees and works in the following industries: • • • • • • •

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Mavo is a leading environmental and specialty contractor, and operates out of six offices throughout the Midwest: Rochester, Minnesota; White Bear Lake, Minnesota; Duluth, Minnesota; Superior, Wisconsin; Wausau, Wisconsin; and Bismarck, North Dakota.

Mavo is licensed to operate in the states of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Michigan and Montana and specializes in: • Asbestos & lead abatement • Mechanical insulation – commercial/ industrial • Interior demolition • Interior protection • Concrete sawing services • Brokk demolition • Flat, wire, wall sawing • Core drilling • Flooring services • Floor removal & prep • Terrazzo floor install • Epoxy floor coatings • Concrete/Terrazzo grinding & polishing • Mold abatement • HVAC cleaning & decontamination • Air duct sealing • Specialty cleaning • Combustible dust mitigation • Cable tray cleaning • Dry ice blasting • Sand blasting • Vacuum truck services • Vec loader services • Scaffolding • Water, fire & storm restoration





CIRI joins with ASRC in helping to solve homelessness Arctic Slope Regional Corporation is joining forces with Cook Inlet, Incorporated, or CIRI, in raising awareness and funds for the Path to Independence pilot program. Both are asking other Alaska Native Regional corporations to add their names and contribute financially to the collective effort. “Homelessness is not a new issue in our communities, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t look for new approaches to solving it,” wrote Sophie Minich, CIRI president and CEO in a letter sent to the other Alaska Native corporations. “In fact, we believe innovative methods and partnerships are exactly what we need to tackle the issue of homelessness, which affects Alaska Natives at a higher rate than any other group in Alaska.” The Path to Independence pilot, aimed at helping people in the Anchorage bowl access stable housing, would be administered by Catholic Social Services. Its goal is to quickly house individuals and families experiencing homelessness and help them remain housed permanently. The pilot will test innovative approaches to engage private landlords as both housing providers and potential employers of homeless individuals. Path to Independence has already gained the support of Weidner Apartment Homes, the largest private landlord in Alaska, which has committed $200,000 in funding and will be an engaged partner in the program. Cook Inlet Housing Authority, which served more than 3,000 Alaska Native and American Indian people in 2016-17, is also engaged as both a landlord participant and a program partner. Nonprofits and funders across the


Anchorage area are also becoming involved as part of the network. In its first year, Path to Independence will work to quickly house 40 individuals/families – half of whom are expected to be American Indian/Alaska Native – and will pair housing assistance with requirements to prepare for and pursue employment, including, when possible, with private landlords. This is a model that has proven effective in other states and communities. According to the Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness, employment/income is the most reported cause of homelessness in Anchorage. Path to Independence will help participants simultaneously pursue stable housing, stable employment, and additional supportive services. This type of wrap-around approach provides the opportunity for people to stabilize and leave homelessness behind for good.

“ we believe innovative methods and partnerships are exactly what we need to tackle the issue of homelessness” The long-term goal of Path to Independence is to promote self-sufficiency and to create an engaged network of landlords, nonprofits and government entities that collaborate to strategically address homelessness. In its inaugural year, the pilot will provide up to $6,500 in financial assistance for each participant for housing and critical support. But the program will do more than just that. Participants will also receive a year


of case management to help them prepare for and pursue education, job training and employment opportunities while also connecting participants to an existing network of supportive services. Participating landlords will be asked to make modest rent

concessions in the first year, and Path to Independence will hire a landlord liaison, who will become a single point of contact to make landlord participation as easy and straightforward as possible.

Homelessness Among Alaska’s AIAN Population IN ALASKA Homelessness in Alaska disproportionately affects the state’s AIAN population. American Indians and Alaska Natives make up an estimated:



of Alaska’s homeless population

of Alaska’s population

IN ANCHORAGE In Anchorage, AIAN individuals make up almost half of all clients served by homeless service providers, Oct-Dec 2017.

AIAN individuals served by CIHA-funded homelessness programs, 2016-2017. Tribal/ANCSA affiliation

Employment/income are the most commonly reported causes of homelessness in Anchorage:

31% of homeless individuals in Anchorage cite employment/income as the cause.

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Data sources: Alaska Coalition on Housing and Homelessness; Anchorage Coalition to End Homelessness; State of Alaska.

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The goal of the Path to Independence pilot program is to quickly house individuals and families experiencing homelessness and to help them remain housed permanently.

PURPOSES • Engage private landlords to help address homelessness through a mutually beneficial public-private partnership. • Relieve overcrowding in our shelter facilities by quickly transitioning low-acuity homeless persons into housing. • Help homeless individuals prepare for and obtain sustainable employment. • Promote long-term self-sufficiency and reduce instances of recurrent shelter stays among potentially employable low-income persons.


Financial assistance

Case management

Landlord liaison

Landlord risk pool

Provide up to $6,500 per Facilitate access to job Offer landlords a single Mitigate landlord risk by point of contact for all guaranteeing security participant for housing, training, employment, issues, making their deposits and funding a employment, and financial education, portion of damages. supportive services costs. healthcare, child care, etc. participation simple.

Administrative expenses Support ongoing administrative expenses incurred by participating nonprofits.

DURATION - Financial assistance will be provided to participants for up to six months. - Case management will be provided to participants for up to one year. - Landlords will be asked to provide modest rent considerations for one year.

PARTNERS - Participating landlords: Weidner Apartment Homes and Cook Inlet Housing Authority (to be expanded) - Case management providers: Catholic Social Services (CSS), in coordination with the Community Housing Project, including Covenant House, RurAL CAP, and McKinnell - Referral providers: Coordinated Entry, Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission, Hope Center, 211, shelter facilities - Job training and education providers: Nine Star, Anchorage School District, CITC, Alaska Work Source - Supportive service providers: SCF, CITC, YWCA, Food Bank, AWAIC, etc. - Committed funders: Weidner Apartment Homes, Providence Alaska, Rasmuson Foundation, Alaska Mental Health Trust



Community updates from Iḷisaġvik College Iḷisaġvik College is pleased to announce that the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) has reaffirmed Iḷisaġvik’s accreditation after the Fall 2017 Year Seven Evaluation. This official confirmation highlights how Iḷisaġvik College is meeting its obligations and the educational goals of its stakeholders by maintaining regional accreditation. President Dr. Pearl Brower acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Iḷisaġvik’s accreditation committee, as well as all faculty, staff, board members and students, who have all contributed to this accomplishment.   Iḷisaġvik is also now offering a bachelor’s degree in business administration, providing local residents the opportunity to earn a high-level degree while remaining on the North Slope. Iḷisaġvik College has also advanced the student internship program by providing interns the opportunity to have paid internships while also earning credits – supported by Alyeska Pipeline Service Company and Great Lakes. For more information contact Justina Wilhelm, dean of institutional advancement at 907.852.1772. In partnership together, North Slope Borough Mayor Harry K. Brower, Jr. and Iḷisaġvik College President Dr. Pearl Brower are pleased to announce a pilot program to make post-secondary education more affordable for all North Slope residents. For the Spring 2018 semester, Iḷisaġvik offered a tuition waiver for any North Slope resident attending the college, thanks to a generous financial contribution from the North Slope Borough (NSB). This waiver is available for any Iḷisaġvik program that requires tuition payments,

whether academic or vocational. To apply, students will need to attend a financial aid counseling session, attend a financial aid workshop offered through the college and apply for at least one scholarship. Residency will be determined by the NSB’s definition of resident for voting purposes. Course fees, books and other supplies are not part of the waiver. Recruiting staff have been traveling to North Slope communities to encourage residents to enroll in Iḷisaġvik College, and many courses are offered via distance education, allowing residents to remain in their home communities. Iḷisaġvik College is thankful for its continued partnership with ASRC. Iḷisaġvik College’s Workforce Development Business has been offering courses to meet the professional development needs of teams employed at Top of the World Hotel, Nap, Eskimo’s Inc. and Performance Sports who attend classes at Iḷisaġvik. These courses include Customer Services, Assertiveness Skills, and Communicating with Employees. Additionally, faculty has traveled to Nuiqsut and Wainwright with support of ASRC Energy Services to provide these offerings in the villages. For more information or to arrange courses in your community, please contact Arth Brown, dean of workforce development and vocational education at 907.852.6257. Iḷisaġvik College is now accepting applications for the 2018 Summer Camp. Opportunities are open to middle school and high school students as well as adults. For more information, contact Simon Aina at 907.852.1776.





2018 Ivalu Gala

In early February, guests from across Alaska gathered to celebrate the fourth annual Ivalu Gala, benefitting Arctic Education Foundation. The Ivalu Gala, after just a few short years, has quickly become the premium event of the year in Anchorage. The gala sold out once again in 2018 with representatives in attendance from across Alaska in industries such as oil and gas, finance, transportation, aviation and even insurance. The Ivalu Gala was held at the Hotel Captain Cook in downtown Anchorage. ASRC and AEF welcomed Mr. Paul Gertner, corporate magician, as their special guest in the sponsor reception that took place before the main event. Paul performed his sleight-of-hand that has made him a winner of first place awards in international competitions and an icon to his peers. Paul may be a familiar face to those who have seen him on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us” show or even on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson.


ASRC and AEF also welcomed former KTVA News Anchor Dave Stroh as the Master of Ceremonies for the evening. Mr. Stroh is the long-time voice of Fur Rondy on Ice, the ceremonial start of the Iditarod since 1994, the American Heart Association’s Alaska Heart Run, and is currently “Super Dave” on OLDIES 102.1.

Each year the Ivalu Gala committee seeks to make the event better than before, and in 2018 they did not disappoint. New features


were introduced this year, namely, the mobile bidding application that allowed guests to bid on items from the comfort of their own cell phone. This year the mobile bidding was kept “in house” to those guests in attendance. However, with its success, Monica Wiehl, the new AEF manager, shared that the mobile bidding link will be made public for future events. “The Ivalu Gala is AEF’s largest fundraiser of the year and we are so grateful for everyone who can attend. However, we understand that not everyone is able to be there in person. We definitely plan to make this link open to the public so that everyone has a chance to contribute to AEF – and win some beautiful silent auction items in the process,” she shared. Over 400 guests attended the gala with over 30 volunteers who ensured a smooth event process. Many of the volunteers and Ivalu Gala committee members are former or present recipients of AEF and treat the

event as a way they can give back to AEF leaders – who had the foresight to ensure all ASRC shareholders have a chance to pursue a higher education. The faces of AEF were seen on stage as presenters or models, at the registration booth as the first faces guest see, as ushers to personally greet each guest and much more. AEF alumni were also present as employees and executives of the various Alaskan businesses in the crowd.

AEF was pleased to announce the honorees for 2018:

Umialik Award - Rasmusson Foundation

Flossie Hopson-Andersen Award - Patsy Aamodt

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Rasmuson Foundation has been a long-time supporter of not only AEF, but many initiatives on the North Slope and to our shareholders – the Ivalu Gala, being one of them. “Rasmuson has been a key supporter since the inaugural gala in 2015, when they provided a $25,000 match for the evening’s Paddle Raise,” said Angel Telfair, Ivalu Scholarship awardee. The Rasmuson Foundation donates to the Ivalu Gala each year and returned in 2018 once again as a Paddle Raise matcher up to $10,000. The Umialik Award presentation is AEF’s opportunity to show its appreciation to Rasmuson for the foundation’s dedication to the students of AEF. Diane Kaplan, president and CEO of the Rasmuson Foundation, was present to accept the award on the organization’s behalf.

Patsy “Pausan” Aamodt was joined by her family that night to receive the Flossie Hopson-Andersen Award. Monica Wiehl shared, “Patsy is an individual who has played an instrumental role in the growth and success of AEF. She’s worked in the North Slope Borough School District for more than two decades, serving in numerous roles, including teacher, principal and superintendent. In addition, she’s served


on the AEF board for a total of 17 years – providing invaluable direction and expertise and helping to shape the Foundation into what it is today. This award is AEF’s public declaration of gratitude for all the great things Patsy has done for the students of AEF.” Entertainment for the 2018 Ivalu Gala was David Garibaldi, a performance painter widely known for his thrilling portrait designs. With music as a backdrop, large portrait paintings come together on stage in a matter of minutes. Garibaldi painted a total of three portraits that evening, with one of those being a wonderful surprise to everyone in attendance. A custom portrait was also made for the foundation, which was kept a secret from the crowd. In just a matter of minutes, which ended with tears of joy across the ballroom, Garibaldi created a stunning portrait of one of ASRC’s and AEF’s prominent leaders – Jacob Adams Sr. The paintings were then auctioned off, along with other great items, by returning Ivalu Auctioneer, Paul McGuire. Overall, it was another successful gala with over $300,000 raised for Arctic Education Foundation. AEF, its staff and board of


Slope Borough – who came in at a $15,000 sponsorship level. We would also like to thank our Amiksraq Sponsors who donated at the $10,000 level – ASRC Energy Services, ASRC Construction Holding Company and Chevron.

directors would like to thank every individual and organization that contributed to the ultimate goal – an educated, trained Iñupiaq professional workforce that is ready to take on any job. The Ivalu Gala is just one way for us to reach that goal together. For more information about the Ivalu Gala, how to become involved or to be added to future mailing lists, contact Marie Duriez at 907.339.6889 or MDuriez@asrc.com. AEF staff and the board of directors would like to thank our Ivalu Sponsors – ASRC Federal Holding Company and the North

We would also like to thank all the volunteers and crew leads who contributed their time and efforts to make the 2018 Ivalu Gala a success: Marie Duriez, Project Manager

Marie Monexay, Registration Lead

Ty Hardt, Entertainment and Communications Director

Marianne Rexford, Art and Packaging Director

Aurora Warrior, Volunteer Coordinator

Georgia Hopson, Art Staging Director

Katie Mumford, Stage Manager

Benjamin Akootchook, IT Support

Georgianna Sielak, Registration Director

Eric Studnek, IT Support

Britt’Nee Brower, Model Lead





Cheryl ‘Qataaq’ Stine leaves ASRC after 12 years managing ASRC’s enterprise-wide efforts in community economic development. She also worked closely with ASRC’s partners at Quintillion Holdings to bring high-speed internet to the North Slope region as part of our comprehensive broadband strategy.

In early January, Cheryl announced her decision to leave ASRC after more than a dozen years in various leadership positions. Most recently, she served as the Corporation’s executive vice president and chief administrative officer, responsible for

Stine got her start at the Corporation through subsidiary ASRC Construction Holding Company. In mid-March, a farewell party was held for Cheryl in Anchorage. Best of luck Cheryl, and thank you for your service!

It’s almost that time of year again, so jump in while you can! *ALL CAMPS TAKE PLACE IN BARROW UNLESS NOTED OTHERWISE



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TA I K U U Arctic Slope Regional Corporation thanks Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat and its 20 member organizations for their tireless effort on the “Open ANWR!” campaign, which played a vital role in December’s passage of legislation allowing for exploration in the 1002 area of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. ASRC also thanks the North Slope Borough and the community of Kaktovik for their unwavering support and testimony, which helped ensure that this small area of the refuge specifically set aside for oil and gas exploration has the chance to reach its full economic potential. We remain committed to working with all the Kaktovikmiut, the VOICE and the North Slope Borough as the Department of Interior works through the Environmental Impact Statement to ensure the local voice is heard and that impacts are mitigated. Taikuu,

Rex A. Rock Sr.





Understanding Alaska Growth Capital Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc. (“AGC”) is an innovative economic development company providing loans, tax credits and consulting services across Alaska, Montana, Hawaii, Idaho, Washington, Colorado and Wyoming. Founded in 1997 as Alaska’s first Business and Industrial Development Corporation (“BIDCO”), ASRC recognized the financing gap present in rural communities and sought to create an organization that provided both risk capital and management assistance to businesses throughout the state. Over 20 years later, AGC is a nationally recognized industry leader in SBA and USDA financing, filling a niche for companies underserved by traditional banks and providing business financing of up to $10 million. AGC is strategically aligned with ASRC’s vision and goals and has proven itself a good steward of ASRC’s initial capital investment of $5.4 million, providing over $44 million of EBITDA since inception and over $16 million in shareholder equity. AGC is a for-profit community development subsidiary of ASRC. Shareholder and employee development are also central to the work of AGC. The current team consists of 18 talented professionals


and includes 38 percent shareholder hire with a deep understanding of the markets in which AGC operates. The company recently celebrated the one year anniversary of its new CEO, Logan Birch, a long-time employee of ASRC. To advance its mission and ensure community economic development and shareholder success, AGC provides financial and technical resources to entrepreneurs on the North Slope through the North Slope Marketplace (“NSM”) business plan competition. The program, started in partnership with ASRC, provides vital grant funds of up to $25,000 to new shareholder businesses located on the North Slope. To date, the NSM has funded and supported 47 shareholder businesses and provided countless training to new and existing entrepreneurs. In 2017, AGC assumed sole sponsorship and administration of the NSM, reaffirming the company’s commitment to fostering adaptive entrepreneurial activity for sustainable North Slope communities. AGC is a proud member of the ASRC family and strives to grow economic opportunity, rooted in the values and communities of the Arctic Slope region.


Arctic Education Foundation opportunities Anaġi and Ivalu Scholarships The deadline for the Anaġi Leadership Award and Ivalu Scholarship Award is June 30, 2018. One scholarship is awarded each year. To access the application and view the requirements please visit www.arcticed.com. If you have any questions email arcticed@asrc.com or call 907.852.8633

Alumni Program Arctic Education Foundation would like to enhance communication with our alumni. There are many different ways for our alumni to get involved with AEF, which can offer meaningful opportunities for every stage of their journey. AEF offers a variety of avenues for you to get involved and stay engaged. See what opportunities are available. • • • • • • • •

Serving as mentors ASRC career opportunities Join our AEF Facebook page (coming soon) Fundraising and volunteer opportunities Get to know your fellow alumni and recipients Relationship building with prospective students Meet and greets with alumni and recipients Graduation gifts

Our program is fueled by your ideas and suggestions. We want your thoughts about new and different ways to connect. We also need more information to help build the alumni database. AEF is requesting that all alumni who have graduated with a college degree or a professional certification to please contact an AEF representative. You can contact AEF by calling 907-852-8633 or 1-800-770-2772 or email arcticed@asrc.com.





Short-Term training

Opportunities to give

Programs that are less than four (4) months long are considered short-term training and do not have a deadline. However, the application needs to be submitted prior to the class start date. Qualified individuals can be awarded up to $4,500 each year.

Arctic Education Foundation is eligible to receive donations through a Paypal link on the arcticed.com website. All donations to the Foundation are used towards tuition, books, fees, and room and board of eligible applicants. Consider making your donation today!



FALL – August 1

AEF is now located on the 3rd floor of the Bank Building in Utqiaġvik, Alaska.


Email: arcticed@asrc.com Phone: 907.852.8633

SUMMER – May 1

Exciting news from RSI EnTech ASRC acquired Restoration Services, Inc. (RSI) in October of 2016 and is now part of the ASRC Industrial Services family of companies. The Oak Ridge, Tennessee-based company recently changed its name to RSI Entech, LLC, identifying its core business segments of environment, engineering, energy and technology. With the New Year underway, there are a number of exciting business opportunities on the horizon for RSI. First, they have established a new RSI subsidiary company, EnTech Advantage, LLC, which will be led by Brad Spears. Another tool to help RSI’s growth is the continued integration of business development with its parent company, ASRC Industrial Services. The two have already collaborated on several commercial opportunities with the potential to benefit RSI and its sister companies. By leveraging the AIS corporate assets, RSI has the ability to expand into new markets and diversify its customer base.


RSI EnTech has recently received great news substantiating the value of its outstanding service to its customers. The Portsmouth Environmental Technical Services project received a 97 percent award fee rating for 2017 and the Tennessee Valley Authority project received a maximum award fee score for the most recent quarter. Also, RSI’s UCOR team received management and performance incentive fee ratings ranging from “very good” to “high confidence”, and the ASRC subsidiary’s West Valley, Transuranic Waste Processing Center, and International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor teams continue to receive outstanding feedback from their customers.


2018 ASAA State Basketball Tournament Held at Alaska Airlines Center, UAA

1A Boys

2A Girls

3A Girls

3A Boys

Opening Round




Nunamiut 58 Buckland 56

Tikiġaq 53 Glennallen 27

Barrow 55 Nikiski 41

Barrow 49 Valdez 39





Nunamiut 56 Nikolaevsk 42

Tikiġaq 56 Nenana 42

Barrow 32 Anchorage Christian 50

Barrow 52 Monroe Catholic 46



Barrow 48 Valdez 43

Barrow 65 Grace Christian 52

Semifinals Nunamiut 60 Newhalen 56







Noatak 71 Nunamiut 35





Arctic Stars: Brandon and Alissa Pili Brandon and Alissa Pili have been playing sports for most of their lives – since the third grade to be exact. Like most siblings, the pair grew up playing, wrestling and competing against each other. But for these siblings, the games were never about winning or bragging rights. They were about making each other better. “As the older brother, I pushed [Alissa] from a young age,” said Brandon. “I knew it would help her in the long run if we trained together. We’re each other’s greatest critics, but we’re also very supportive and will always have each other’s backs.” Years of those backyard matches and critiques paid off. Today, the powerhouse siblings are excelling in their respective sports. Alissa is a star forward on the Dimond High School varsity basketball team, already eliciting the interest of college recruiters. Brandon will soon start his second year at the University of Southern California where he’s a defensive tackle on the football team.

From top left to right: Kayla, Brandon, Alissa and Trinity. From bottom left to right: Braden, Caden, Alyna and Billy in front.

I do is for my family and I wouldn’t know what to do without them.”

Together, these two just might be unstoppable. Both Brandon and Alissa have dreams of playing professionally, and they say family is their greatest motivation.

The athletic siblings come from a large family, and both were born in Barrow before moving to Anchorage during their elementary school years. As the oldest of eight children, Brandon and Alissa are now hoping to pave the way for their younger brothers and sisters.

“My family, especially my dad, has helped me become the person I am today,” said Alissa. “They continue to push me to be the best person and athlete I can be, and it’s important to put family first.”

Alissa spends her spare time helping the little Pili’s improve their game – just as her older brother did for her. And while Brandon is in California for most of the year, family is still top of mind.

Brandon added, “One value that is big in Iñupiaq culture is family. It’s taught me to do whatever [I can] for the ones I love. Everything

“My goal is to show my younger cousins and siblings that they can do whatever they put their mind to,” said Brandon.



Itinerant housing modules being installed in North Slope villages The new housing has been completed in Kaktovik and Point Hope, utilizing the local operators and labor force during onsite installation, which included foundation installation and utility extensions/ connections. Foundation pads were prepared by the NSB prior to BCM’s arrival on-site.

In July 2017 Builders Choice Modular (BCM), a subsidiary of ASRC Construction Holding Company, LLC (ACHC), entered into a contract with the North Slope Borough (NSB) to design, build and install pre-fabricated mini-camp modules for seven NSB villages. The project is intended to provide “turnkey” housing for use by NSB employees who are currently being housed in rented properties in the villages of Atqasuk, Anaktuvuk Pass, Kaktovik, Point Hope, Point Lay, Nuiqsut and Wainwright. Each unit has been designed with nine bedrooms (eight single bedrooms and one double), four bathrooms, double kitchens, a laundry room and a lounge/dining area.

Modules are currently staged in Nuiqsut, awaiting a final decision on location, and BCM is preparing for installation in Atqasuk. The remaining villages will follow in short order, with final completion for all of the housing projects scheduled for December 30, 2018.





Message from the North Slope Borough Prevention Crew Alcohol abuse is an issue that affects not just one person, but everyone in our community. In 2014 more than 200 criminal cases involved alcohol consumption, costing offenders thousands of dollars in fines. Please be responsible and know the law.

In the Prevention Crew’s 2016 “Adult Alcohol Consumption Survey,” respondents were asked if law enforcement should strongly enforce laws relating to underage drinking. Figure 20 shows that almost 85 percent support stronger law enforcement.

Figure 20. Should local law enforcement strongly enforce laws regulating alcohol use by youth under age 21? 60 Percent of Respondents

50.7 45 34.1 30 15


0 Strongly agree


Neither agree nor disagree




Strongly disagree

If you or someone you know is in need of support, do not hesitate to contact one of the following resources: • Call the North Slope Borough Hotline at 1-800-478-0267 • Call the North Slope Borough Behavioral Health Center at 907-852-0366 • Call the North Slope Borough Prevention Program at 907-855-8501





Paul Macheena Stone of Point Lay served in the Alaska National Guard for six years during the early 1990s, a time when Persian Gulf tensions led to an increase in security along the trans-Alaska pipeline. Stone was 20 years old when friends convinced him to enlist, and he followed in the footsteps of his father, who was once an Army Ranger. Although he was never deployed, he was offered the chance to participate in airborne training and join the U.S. Marine Corps. “It was good to join the Alaska National Guard,” said Stone. “You can improve upon yourself and also be on the frontlines in the case that Alaska is ever threatened.” Bernard Nash, Jr. of Point Hope served in the Army National Guard for six years, from 1974 to 1980. Nash served during a time of relative peace, but was able to help with efforts at home, including preparing for evacuation after flooding affected the Point Hope Old Townsite and taking part in the search for a missing person.

Bernard Nash Jr.

Looking back on his experience in the military, Nash said, “You learn great discipline, work ethic, useful skills and respect for your leaders. Most importantly, you learn to have patriotism – respect for our country and our flag.”





Shareholder spotlight – Wilhelmina Solski Store Manager, Sourdough Fuel Farmer’s Loop

With every question Director of Retail Sales & Operations David Atlee asks when interviewing a potential manager, he’s ultimately looking to answer the question ‘Is this person someone I would like to work for?’ In the case of Farmer’s Loop Manager, Wilhelmina Solski, the answer was a resounding ‘yes!’ This winter, Wilhelmina became the first graduate of the Shareholder Retail Management Trainee Program to take on the responsibility of her own store. Wilhelmina began the program in November 2016 after her mom urged her to look into it. Wilhelmina grew up in Utqiaġvik, but moved to Fairbanks for the first time in 2007 and graduated from Lathrop High School. Like many young Alaskans, she has worked a number of unique jobs. She was a protected species observer in the Beaufort Sea, did some work on the Slope and even spent summers as a wildland firefighter. She decided to move back to Fairbanks permanently after her son Elijah was born. In addition to firefighting, she held customer service and management positions at Safeway and Lowes. David commented that Wilhelmina’s prior experience gave her a solid management foundation that was evident throughout the trainee program. “Seeing employees grow and move up professionally is extremely gratifying,” said David.


Wilhelmina started the program with Suzanne Adams, Danby’s manager, as a cashier and lot attendant. She worked her way up at every store, eventually becoming an assistant manager. When the store manager position at Farmer’s Loop became available, Wilhelmina had just graduated and the timing worked out well. “Wilhelmina has a great eye for seeing how a store should look,” said Retail Operations Supervisor Bill McKenzie. “She’s also very creative with ideas for new products.” This intuition came in handy during the store’s recent rebuild, where Wilhelmina, as the assistant, was instrumental in developing the new displays and ensuring everything was in place for the grand opening this fall. When asked what she liked most about her job, there was no hesitation. “It’s working with people,” Wilhelmina said. “I learn something from everybody.” David reiterated Wilhelmina’s talent in this arena. “Wilhelmina is very young in her leadership career. She doesn’t have years of managerial experience yet, but she more than makes up for it by treating people with respect.” That respect gets reciprocated by her employees, and we’re excited to welcome our first shareholder store manager to Sourdough Fuel. Sourdough Fuel is a subsidiary of ASRC’s Petro Star Inc.


ATTENTION SHAREHOLDERS PULLING TOGETHER Together...we can build a successful organization. Together...we can ensure an outstanding reputation. Together...we can preserve our values. ASRC is committed to an environment where open, honest communications are the expectation, not the exception. When you speak, we will listen. Help us defend our values and maintain the integrity of ASRC. Step up. Speak out. Shareholders are welcome to report any concerns by contacting the hotline.

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