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ASRC’s Tara Sweeney becomes first Alaska Native woman to be nominated by a U.S. president. Details on page 3.

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1 ASRC executive makes history with national appointment ...................................... 3 ASRC honored as top of the Top 49ers .................................................................... 5 AGC repeats as Community Lender of the Year ....................................................... 5 VOICE passes resolution supporting ANWR development . ...................................... 6 Bearded seal listing poses significant implications for communities . ...................... 7 NASA awards contract to ASRC Federal .................................................................. 8 ASRC Lands Alert .................................................................................................... 8 Murre egg collectors learn the ropes from climbing pros ...................................... 10 US Coatings is now an AIS company ..................................................................... 11 Shareholder Spotlight: Angela Nasuk Cox ............................................................. 12 ASRC shareholder employee shares her positivity, perseverance .......................... 13 Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth ................................................................ 14 Saluting their service . .......................................................................................... 15 New coloring book aims to help kids name Arctic animals in Iñupiaq .................... 16 AEF congratulates students on 2016/2017 school year ......................................... 18 Report on the 2017 GeoFORCE Academy ...............................................................20 Youth’s weather station project connects to daily North Slope life ....................... 22 Pinasut (Three)…Malguk (Two)…Atausiq (One)…Blast off! ................................... 23 ASRC announces acquisition of assets from Kirkland Properties ...........................25 President’s Message ...............................................................................................


President’s Message All too quickly, the door has closed on our Alaska summer. We now focus our attention on preparing for darker days across our great state and the return of autumn’s chill. I congratulate the crews that had a safe and successful fall whaling season, including the Ipalook Crew in Nuiqsut and the Silver Star Crew in Kaktovik. Your hard work is greatly appreciated and will help feed families in your communities over the coming months. At ASRC, we are also preparing for the future by continuing our aggressive focus on one of our 2012-2017 Strategic Plan goals: growth and diversification. We recognized many years ago that a successful acquisition strategy will diversify revenue streams, increase earnings and generate new job opportunities for our shareholders.

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In September, we announced the acquisition strategy will diversify revenue of US Coatings, Inc. (USC) by our subsidiary streams, increase earnings and ASRC Industrial Services, LLC (AIS). This specialty industrial services contractor out of generate new job opportunities Mobile, Alabama, serves the marine industry for our shareholders.” with interior tank coating, cleaning and surface preparation services, and more. I welcome USC and its roughly 425 employees into the ASRC family of companies. You can read more about the USC acquisition later in this newsletter. In early July, AIS also acquired assets from Kirkland Properties, LLC of Augusta, Georgia. This included a 56,000 square-foot industrial facility that will be utilized by another recentlyacquired, Georgia-based subsidiary, DACA Specialty Services. Among other big news is the nomination of our own Tara MacLean Sweeney to the position of Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs within the Trump administration. This was one of the worst-kept secrets in Alaska, as many of us spent the summer waiting for the official announcement from Washington. It finally came in mid-October, setting the stage for Tara’s appointment process through the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, which includes Alaska’s senior Senator Lisa Murkowski. I congratulate Tara on this historic nomination and her eventual appointment. She is taking the first and only presidential nomination and U.S. Senateconfirmed position for any Alaska Native woman in the history of our state. Read more about Tara’s new position in this newsletter.

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We made more history this summer when Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat, or VOICE, announced its support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling and exploration. That declaration was echoed by Alaska’s Governor Bill Walker, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, North Slope Borough leadership, the majority of Arctic Slope village leadership and the overwhelming majority of Alaska residents. ASRC is a proud member of VOICE, along with 19 other regional entities. The VOICE board of directors passed a resolution officially backing safe and responsible development in the refuge – specifically the 1002 coastal plain area that represents eight percent of ANWR’s total acreage. I congratulate VOICE members for supporting thoughtful development in this area and I remain hopeful that Congress will identify this opportunity as a priority for Alaskans and the nation. I was also pleased with the recent amicus filings submitted by the Resource Development Council and the Chamber of Commerce, the Alaska Federation of Natives, and a coalition of states that challenged the Ninth Circuit Court’s backing of a government decision to list the Pacific bearded seal as a threatened species. This strong amicus participation underscores the need for the U.S. Supreme Court to hear the case and ultimately reverse the Ninth Circuit Court’s decision. And I’m thrilled to share that for the 23rd consecutive year, the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Business Monthly magazine and Alaska’s business leaders recognized ASRC as the top locally-owned and operated business. This is a shared honor and a consistent success that is fueled by your commitment, the direction set by our board of directors and the work of dedicated employees. Thank you for reading this newsletter and for helping make ASRC a stronger company. I look forward to the next 23 years and sharing our continued success along the way. Taikuu and God Bless.  Rex A. Rock Sr. President, CEO



Arctic Slope Regional Corporation Executive Makes History with Nomination Tara MacLean Sweeney picked to become new Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs ASRC is congratulating Tara Sweeney for her nomination to the position of Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (ASIA). President Trump made the intent to nominate announcement from Washington in mid-October. If confirmed by the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, Sweeney would oversee the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), among other offices, as well as manage a nearly $3 billion budget. It would be the first and only presidential nomination and U.S. Senateconfirmed position for any Alaska Native woman in the history of the state. “I am humbled and honored to be considered for this important position,” said Tara Sweeney. “I look forward to working with this administration and Congress to strengthen the federal government’s relationship with Indian Country.” The role of the AS-IA is to assist and support the Interior Secretary in fulfilling the United States’ trust responsibility to federallyrecognized tribes as well as individual Indian trust beneficiaries. “I’m pleased to see the federal government is recognizing what Alaskans have known for quite some time – that Tara is a tireless

and effective advocate for balanced Native American policy,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “All of us at ASRC wish her the very best throughout the confirmation process. We know Indian Affairs will be in good hands.”

“ I’m pleased to see the federal government recognizing what Alaskans have known for quite some time – that Tara is a tireless and effective advocate for balanced Native American policy” Originally from Utqiaġvik (Barrow), Sweeney has served ASRC for nearly 20 years in a variety of roles, most recently as executive vice president of external affairs, overseeing government relations for the corporation as well as communications. She has also served on numerous business and nonprofit boards at both the state and national levels. In May of this year, Sweeney wrapped up a two-year chairmanship of the Arctic Economic Council. In 1998, Sweeney earned a bachelor’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University.





Making History Arctic Slope Regional Corporation congratulates our own Tara MacLean Sweeney on her nomination to be the next Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs. It’s history in the making, as Tara is now the first Alaska Native woman to be nominated by a sitting president. We’re confident of her successful confirmation through the U.S. Senate. We’ve seen Tara be a powerful voice, leading with her heart and conscience on Native issues. In a position to oversee a variety of departments, including Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, we know Indian Country will be in good hands. ASRC wishes Tara the very best in her new role as Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs.



ASRC honored as top of the Top 49ers list for 23rd consecutive year prior year’s gross revenues. In 2016, ASRC’s revenues came in at nearly $2.4 billion. “2016 was another year of growth and expansion for ASRC,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “With the local and national economies continuing to pose challenges in many areas of our lines of business, diversification has been one of the keys to our success.” In September, ASRC was recognized by the Alaska State Chamber of Commerce, Alaska Business Monthly magazine and Alaska’s business leaders as the top Alaska-owned and operated corporation. This is the 23rd consecutive year that ASRC has ranked No. 1 on the Top 49ers List, which is based on the

He added, “To the other distinguished Alaska-based businesses on this list, my congratulations for a successful year.” The complete Top 49ers List can be found in the October 2017 edition of Alaska Business Monthly.

Alaska Growth Capital repeats as SBA Alaska District 2016 Community Lender of the Year In July, the Small Business Administration (SBA) in Alaska recognized Alaska Growth Capital as SBA Alaska District 2016 Community Lender of the Year for the seventh consecutive year. Headquartered in Anchorage, the corporation achieved the highest number of local SBA loan approvals to businesses during the fiscal year, closing 20 loans totaling $22.9 million. “Alaska Growth Capital is honored to again be awarded the SBA Alaska Community Lender of the Year award,” said Logan Birch, Alaska Growth Capital BIDCO, Inc. president and CEO. “We do not take these awards for granted and I am humbled by our team’s dedication to our customers’ success and the mission of the SBA. Alaska Growth Capital is committed to supporting our customers, helping them to create and retain thousands of jobs annually, all while delivering value to our parent company, ASRC, and its 13,000 Iñupiat shareholders.”





VOICE passes resolution supporting ANWR development

Voice of the Arctic Iñupiat (VOICE) recently announced its support for opening the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR) to drilling. The board of directors passed the resolution officially backing safe and responsible development in the refuge – specifically the 1002 coastal plain area that represents eight percent of ANWR’s total acreage. With this announcement, VOICE joins Alaska Governor Bill Walker, Alaska’s Congressional Delegation, North Slope Borough leadership, the majority of Arctic Slope village leadership, and the overwhelming majority of Alaskans in calling for resource production in a small portion of the Arctic refuge. “The VOICE organization and the villages it represents strongly support economic development in the region,” said John Hopson, Jr., mayor of Wainwright and vice chairman of VOICE. “Collectively, we are concerned about the future of our communities and, as of today, we stand together with our members from Kaktovik in support of ANWR development as part of the economic solution for the Arctic Slope region.” Oil and gas resources have been safely developed in the Arctic for more than 40 years. This


development has supported our communities through infrastructure investment, business opportunities and much needed jobs. Industry revenues have built the region’s schools, health clinics and sanitation systems while providing other basic services that most Americans take for granted. “Opening the Arctic refuge to oil production will resurrect Alaska’s economy and the economies of our Arctic communities,” said Sayers Tuzroyluk, president of VOICE. “It will also make the U.S. more energy secure as China, Russia and other European nations produce increasingly more Arctic energy.”

“Most Americans recognize ANWR as home to crucial habitat but fail to acknowledge the needs of thousands of Iñupiat who call the Arctic Slope home,” added Tuzroyluk. “Today’s announcement should send a clear message that the people who live here, the ones who are undeniably most affected by Arctic policy decisions, support ANWR development and fully expect to be included in the debate.”


Bearded seal listing poses significant implications for Alaska’s Native communities In July, ASRC filed a petition for writ of certiorari with the U.S. Supreme Court in response to a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals October 2016 ruling that upheld the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) 2012 decision to list the Alaska population of the bearded seal as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The State of Alaska, the North Slope Borough, the Northwest Arctic Borough, the Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope and NANA Regional Corporation joined ASRC in the petition. “This is yet another example of federal overreach threatening the quality of life and economic viability of Alaska Native communities,” said Rex A. Rock Sr., ASRC president and CEO. “The Ninth Circuit’s decision will have detrimental effects on growth and sustainability in our region at a time when the state’s economy is already on unstable ground.” Rock added, “By accepting uncertain 100year climate projections as the basis for a threatened listing, the appellate court has undermined the statutory requirement that threats to a species be foreseeable. The Ninth Circuit’s permissive standard for the listing of species not only creates unnecessary regulatory burdens on the North Slope, but sets the stage for additional species to be considered for ESA listing throughout the entire state.”

“If the ESA listing for bearded seals were to stand, it would require us to recover a population that has not yet declined,” said Bruce Dale, Director of the Division of Wildlife Conservation with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. “That is simply not possible and a poor use of resources.” “We are deeply concerned by this decision, just as we were five years ago,” added Harry K. Brower, Jr., North Slope Borough mayor. “We want to work together with industry and government agencies to protect the subsistence rights of our people, protect the environment, and develop all the resources of the North Slope in a responsible manner. We support this court petition, but we are always ready to meet and discuss a way forward.”





NASA awards contract to ASRC Federal NASA recently awarded the Kennedy Infrastructure, Applications and Communication (KIAC) contract to ASRC Federal Data Solutions, LLC of Beltsville, Maryland. KIAC is a firm-fixedprice contract and has a two-year base period followed by one two-year option and one oneyear option. If all options are exercised, the maximum potential value for the contract is approximately $319 million. The KIAC contract is the primary provider of infrastructure and application services, communication services, and multimedia support services for NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. This contract delivers products and services to NASA and the Department of Defense. It also provides benefit

to other government agencies, contractors, academia, news media organizations and various space-related industry entities. ASRC Federal Data Solutions will provide products and services, including application operations and software development; data center operations; voice, imaging and data communications; multimedia services support; documentation and reproduction; and research and library management. Products and services will be provided to customers at Kennedy, NASA facilities at the adjacent Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and other locations.

ASRC Lands Alert In August 2016, ASRC became aware of a possible land trespass issue in the area of the Killik River. ASRC went out to investigate and found evidence that a small camp had been located in the area. In the spring of 2017, ASRC reviewed hunt information for the area in question. The review showed extensive unauthorized use of ASRC lands. ASRC immediately contacted the Alaska Wildlife Troopers who initiated a formal investigation of the matter. The troopers worked closely with Lands Department staff to compile all relevant information. While the investigation was ongoing, ASRC staff was held to strict confidentiality related to the issue so as not to compromise the efforts of the troopers.  We are now able to share some information we have obtained. Through the investigation it was learned that two national TV shows were filmed on ASRC lands


as part of a guide’s activity. After completion of the trooper investigation in late July, ASRC immediately contacted the TV production companies to have the shows removed from any form of circulation. One of the shows complied with our request and we continue to work with the other. Both of the production companies were unaware of their filming locations and counted on the guide to know the boundaries of private lands in the area. We continue to be engaged in the investigation with all the proper agencies. We felt it was important to provide our shareholders with this information. The ASRC Lands Department will provide an update to this situation if any new major developments occur. If you have any information about unusual activity on ASRC lands or questions about this incident please email info_lands@asrc.com.


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Murre egg collectors learn the ropes from climbing pros Mountaineering School in Talkeetna. “We wanted to pass along a few safety tips and techniques that we’ve learned from our time in the mountains in order for these guys to continue to scale the cliffs safely. They were eager to learn and picked up the new techniques pretty quickly.”

In late August, mountain-climbing guides Colby Coombs and Blaine Smith traveled to Point Hope to host a two-day rope-skills class for locals who will collect murre eggs from the nearby cliffs next summer. The training was sponsored by ASRC and covered safety protocols for climbing in the backcountry – from building and securing anchors to safely hoisting and lowering other climbers. “It really is fascinating to see how resourceful the locals are in collecting and transporting these eggs, far away from any supermarket,” said Coombs, founder of the Alaska

Fellow guide Smith, an accomplished climber who has scaled Denali a dozen times, added, “50 mile-per-hour winds and blowing snow kept us from traveling to the cliffs, but from the pictures we saw, they certainly deserve respect. I wish the locals a safe egg-collecting season next year as they put their new skills to the test.” The common murre is a familiar sight around Point Hope. The seabird normally lays its eggs on the cliffs near the last week June. Successful egg-collectors can bring 50 or more eggs to the community at a time. Those attending the workshop included Adam Sage, Ricky Stone Jr., Eli Booth, Randy Oktollik, Guy Omnik and Malachi Koenig.



US Coatings is now an AIS company In September, ASRC and its wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC (AIS) acquired US Coatings, Inc. (USC). Headquartered in Mobile, Alabama, USC was founded more than 10 years ago. USC is a specialty industrial services contractor serving the marine industry and specializes in providing interior tank coating, cleaning and surface preparation services for assorted Maine vessel tanks, including cargo, ballast and freshwater. Additionally, USC is an applicator of advanced coatings and protective systems for marine hulls, decks and superstructures. USC operates across the Gulf Coast, in the Midwest and in the Mid-Atlantic. It serves multiple end-markets within the marine industry, including transportation, logistics, tourism, leisure, commercial fishing and the federal government. USC will become a component of AIS’s Construction, Maintenance and Repair (CMR) operating group. “On behalf of ASRC’s board of directors, I am pleased to welcome the talented employees of US Coatings to the ASRC family of companies,” said Rex A. Rock Sr.,

president and CEO of ASRC. “The acquisition of USC demonstrates continued progress and commitment to the execution of the AIS strategy that was announced last September and we believe it will deliver long-term value for ASRC shareholders.” “The management team and talented workforce at USC have worked together to build the company’s reputation as a customer-centric, value-added service provider,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “The addition of USC to AIS’s CMR operating group positions AIS to provide increased development opportunities for employees, as well as increased value to existing and new customers.” “The vision and strategy ASRC has embraced for AIS is unique in the industrial services market and will ultimately become a competitive differentiator,” said Cecil Williams, president of USC. “The USC management team looks forward to working with the AIS team to provide increased opportunities for our employees, additional services to our customers and ultimately financial returns for ASRC’s shareholders.”

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Shareholder Spotlight: Angela Nasuk Cox Years after landing a one-year internship with Rasmuson Foundation, Angela Cox has returned as its vice president of external affairs. In her words, it was “a homecoming of sorts,” returning to the place where her career and love for philanthropy began. Many may know Cox from Utqiaġvik, where she grew up and returned after graduate school to work for ASRC and, later, the Arctic Slope Native Association. Her collegiate schooling began at Washington State University, where she studied communications. As a senior, she served as student regent, a gubernatorialappointed position held by just one student each school year. She chose to pursue communications because, she said, “I thought the pressure the media placed on women, and continues to place on women today, was simply too much. I wanted to study the effect of the media on women, young girls, and people of color. This led to an interest in advertising and the world of communications.” After graduating, Cox began her internship with Rasmuson Foundation. That experience led her to apply for a master’s degree program with an emphasis on nonprofit management at New York University. There, she interned for Ford Foundation, one of the world’s largest nonprofit leaders. “I must share, I appreciated working for the largest foundation in Alaska and then being able to work at Ford,” she said. “The scale went from state-specific to global funding.


The experience was eye-opening.” Throughout her journey of cross-country moves and career changes, Cox said she received outpourings of support from family and her community. And while working toward multiple degrees – especially far from home – was difficult at times, she learned a lot along the way. “So many times, I questioned my capabilities, and then I would remember where I come from – where we come from – and I would laugh at myself for ever doubting what I could do,” she said. “There is so much strength in who we are – hunters, warriors, story tellers, master seamstresses, survivors. Why then, should you ever doubt yourself?”


ASRC shareholder employee Jeannie “Aalaak” Hall shares her positivity, perseverance gangrene, which can cause body tissue to die. This illness resulted in the amputation of her left arm. Her twin brother lost his life after also being exposed to gangrene.

“ Don’t feel like you have to put handicap to the side. It is better to go out and try.” Jeannie has worked for a number of the ASRC subsidiaries and gained a range of experience along the way. She thanks the ASRC board members and her supervisors for their willingness to give her a chance. She also shares her positive message of perseverance to others: “If I can do it, you can do it, too.” She added that she is happy working somewhere where she can use her Iñupiaq language and preserve her culture. “I always wanted to work for our corporation; I feel comfortable working with our people,” Jeannie said. If there is one familiar face that employees recognize around ASRC’s Anchorage headquarters, it’s Jeannie “Aalaak” Hall. Jeannie has worked for ASRC and its subsidiaries for almost five years and always offers a smiling face and a willingness to help. She currently works as an ASRC Liaison and has the opportunity to help different subsidiaries with various tasks.

She also does not let her handicap slow her down, at work or anywhere in life. She said, “I am happy to be who I am.” For readers who might be thinking about pursuing a job, but feel held back by limitations, Jeannie advised, “Don’t feel like you have to put handicap to the side. It is better to go out and try. If I can do it, you can do it, too.”

Shortly after she was born in Utqiaġvik, Jeannie was diagnosed with the skin disease





Arctic Stars: highlighting Iñupiat youth ASRC intern Angela Miguel is currently seeking her undergraduate degree in business management at the University of Alaska Anchorage, a goal she’s had since her freshman year in high school. Angela was raised in Utqiaġvik with her four younger siblings and graduated from Barrow High School in 2014. She played volleyball and basketball during her four years at the school and now plays women’s and co-ed volleyball with the Anchorage Sports Association. She is also on the committee for the Pamiuq Nageak Community Service Award Scholarship. With only two years left until college graduation, Angela is as certain about her future career as she was six years ago. Not only is she still considering owning a bakery, she also wants to open activity centers for youth.

“At the time, I loved baking and always thought to myself that I could open my own bakery one day after college,” Angela said. “I took a business course with Ilisaġvik when I was a sophomore in high school and loved everything about it. I just knew that’s what I wanted to do when I got to college.”


“Everything I hope to do after graduating, or where I see myself in 10 years, would be giving back to the community of Barrow,” she said. “They have encouraged and supported me throughout everything and I couldn’t be more grateful.” Angela is the daughter of Lilibeth Nageak and Vincent Nageak III.


Saluting their service George Harrington Koonaloak of Barrow served in the United States Marine Corps from 1973 to 1976. He was just 20 years old when he enlisted, beginning his military service as an administrative clerk. Koonaloak was soon deployed for training, but the conflict at the time was resolved before he ever had to partake in an assault mission. He said his time in the military was a learning experience that made him a better person and more accountable for his actions. “Go after your goals – the military is a tool to get you where you want to go,” said Koonaloak. “God Bless all of the active and veteran military and God Bless America.”

Ron Nalikak

“My highlight was learning the skills I needed to hone my craft, becoming a leader of men, and all the friends and colleagues I served with and befriended,” said Nalikak. “I learned a lot about myself and my capabilities, which I still rely on to this day.” Nalikak now serves as ASRC’s director of enterprise facilities and shares the positives of the armed services.

George Harrington Koonaloak

Ron Nalikak was 21 years old when he enlisted with the United States Marine Corps. It was 1976 and the Vietnam War had just come to an end. As a peacetime Marine, Nalikak was never deployed, but he still acquired lifelong skills that would benefit him in civilian life.

“I think it is a wonderful way to get your skills and education, and gain direction as well as discipline,” he said. “I would do your research or homework really well before deciding which branch to serve. And most of all, believe in yourself and your abilities. Remember, be prepared for anything and know that doing your part in the armed services is a commitment which one should not take lightly.”





New coloring book aims to help kids name Arctic animals in Iñupiaq Author: Tamara Ikenberg Reprinted from Alaska Dispatch News, 8/16/17 Aiviq is Iñupiaq for walrus. Qavvik is wolverine. And tuttu is caribou. Those are just a few of the Arctic animal names topping the corresponding creatures in Iñupiaq artist Britt’Nee Kivliqtaruq Brower’s upcoming coloring book. The English names are written under the images.

back to her childhood to help make the book an effective teaching tool. “The first Iñupiaq words we learned in elementary school were animals and the ones I included were the easiest ones that I remembered learning,” she said. “A few that I picked out were common animals that were seen in Barrow.” Among the 15 animals populating the pages are the Arctic ground squirrel (siksrik), red fox (kayuqtuq) and bearded seal (ugruk). The project is funded by ASRC and Brower hopes the book will be published within a month. It’s still being determined how it will be distributed once it’s printed. For updates on the coloring book’s release and where to purchase it, visit brittneebrower.wixsite.com/kivliq.

Brower’s clean, uncomplicated drawings give kids plenty of space to color in the critters and create their own patterns while staying inside the lines and learning new words. “I try to keep my drawings simple so they can use their imagination and draw in the background, the eyes, and more details,” said Brower, 29, who grew up in Utqiaġvik and currently lives in Anchorage. She hearkened


Brower developed the coloring book at an Alaska Humanities Forum leadership training in Anchorage last year. She explained her motivation for the project in the book’s introduction: “Here in Alaska, the Iñupiaq language is rarely spoken by the younger generation and those who do speak it are often not fluent. Language is our identity. If the language is gone, what do we have? This book is my contribution to efforts occurring throughout Alaska to preserve and protect Native languages.” She was also inspired by her own desire to learn more of the language for the benefit of herself and daughter Kyree, 6. Though some


Iñupiaq was taught at her elementary and middle schools, and she studied it a little in college, Brower said she never got a grasp of the grammar. She also didn’t get a chance to speak it at home. “There’s that disconnect and I experienced this when I was younger. My grandma on my dad’s side only spoke Iñupiaq, and I only spoke English,” Brower said. “My dad is the youngest of 17 and he’s the only one who cannot speak fluently in Iñupiaq. That affects me, that affects Kyree and that affects maybe my grandkids.”

on her career in occupational safety and health at organizations like the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium. During training, she was required to set a personal goal. She selected art as her focus. In addition to animals, her illustrations also incorporate qupaks, traditional decorative Iñupiaq trim, into the book. Slightly more advanced coloring skills are required to fill in the small triangles, diamonds, hourglass shapes and other qupak designs that frame every page and also turn up on walrus tusks, the necks of ringed seals, and more of the book’s menagerie. “I wanted something visually unique to our culture,” Brower said. “You’ll see these qupak designs on our mukluks and parkas. There are a lot of different meanings behind them. I was also encouraged to make up my own and make new meanings. That way it kind of modernizes it for today’s culture.”

Most of the images in the coloring book were made during a challenge to create 100 drawings in 100 days. Brower posted her daily drawings on Instagram. The challenge was issued by local artist Heather Dongoski, one of the mentors Brower enlisted at the leadership training. “Her drawing style is very unique and refreshing. She can evoke a lot of emotion in very few strokes,” Dongoski said of Brower. Brower is also a painter and tattoo-artist-intraining, and has made prints and greeting cards out of her library of 100 images. She said leadership training gave her the chance to return to making art after a decade focusing

The project also allows Brower to share something she enjoyed as a child. When she was young, some Utqiaġvik grocery stores held coloring contests. Once, Brower’s first-place coloring page of Alvin and the Chipmunks earned her free tickets to an Alvin and the Chipmunks concert in Utqiaġvik. “I was so proud,” Brower said. “A big part of what I remember growing up was looking forward to those coloring contests.” Brower recently held a contest in which participants were asked to color in the book’s brown bear (aklaq) to win a free copy of her coloring book. “I thought it would be so cool to bring that back,” she said.





AEF congratulates students on the 2016/2017 school year Congratulations to 4.0 GPA students: LORYN AVALOS Diablo Valley College Japanese

HEATHER JEAN GORDON University of Alaska Fairbanks Indigenous Studies

VINCENT AARON NUSUNGINYA University of Alaska Anchorage Anthropology

GABRIELLE SUZANNE CAIN University of Alaska Anchorage Undeclared

JOHN MARTIN GREGORY University of Alaska Anchorage Nursing Science

KIMBERLY MINNIEMAE PIKOK University of Alaska Fairbanks Wildlife Biology & Conservation

HEATHER MARIE DINGMAN Tanalian Aviation Inc. Certified Flight Instructor

REBEKAH GUECO Alliant International University Clinical Psychology

SHANNON CASEY PRUITT Pierce College Registered Nursing

AMBER DOWNEY Ilisaġvik College Early Childhood Education

VERONICA LYNN JONES University of Alaska Anchorage Geological Sciences

MYRNA LOY SARREN University of Alaska Fairbanks Alaska Native Studies

JADYN EDWARDSENHARRINGTON Ilisaġvik College Accounting

KEIFER ANGELO KANAYURAK University of Alaska Fairbanks Civil Engineering

BRITTANY ROSE SMITH University of Alaska Fairbanks Nursing

JAMES TONY LANE University of Alaska Anchorage Journalism & Public Communication

CRYSTAL ROSE TINGOOK University of Alaska Anchorage Project Management

LEANNA ROCHELLE MACK Georgetown University Project Management

MILISSA ANN VENT University of Alaska Fairbanks Rural Development

JAMES EUGENE MILLER University of Alaska Fairbanks Electrical Engineering

MARTHA WHITE University of Alaska Fairbanks Accounting

BERNADETTE AANAVAK FISCHER University of Alaska Southeast Public Administration PRISCILLA JEWEL LEANNE FRANKSON University of Alaska Anchorage Aviation Technology DONNA KAY FRANTZ University of Alaska Anchorage General Studies

SERENA NESTEBY Western New Mexico University Social Work

2017 Anaġi Leadership Award and Ivalu Leadership Award winners: Congratulations! ANAĠI LEADERSHIP AWARD: Tennessee Judkins, Utqiaġvik IVALU LEADERSHIP AWARD: Angelica Dawn Telfair, Utqiaġvik Deadline for the 2018 Anaġi Leadership Award and Ivalu Leadership Award is June 30, 2018. One scholarship is awarded each year.



Scholarship amount increases effective August 1, 2017 ANAĠI LEADERSHIP AWARD: $24,000 IVALU LEADERSHIP AWARD: $15,000 TWO-YEAR PROGRAMS (Associate degree and certificate):

GRADUATE PROGRAMS (Master’s and Doctorate degree):

$3,833 per quarter $5,750 per semester $11,500 yearly limit

$7,167 per quarter $10,750 per semester $21,500 yearly limit

FOUR-YEAR PROGRAMS (Bachelor’s degree):


$4,500 per quarter $6,750 per semester $13,500 yearly limit

$4,500 yearly limit

Opportunities to give Arctic Education Foundation (AEF) is eligible to receive donations through a Paypal link at www.arcticed.com. All donations are tax deductible and used for tuition, books, fees, and room and board for eligible applicants. Consider making your donation today!

Training and scholarships available Scholarships for college and vocational training are available. Programs that are less than four 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. AEF SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATION DEADLINES


Fall – August 1

AEF is now located on the third floor of the Bank Building in Utqiaġvik.

Spring/Winter – December 1 Spring – March 1 Summer – May 1

Email: Arcticed@asrc.com Phone: (907) 852-8633





Report on the 2017 GeoFORCE Academy

Rural Alaska students accomplished another successful GeoFORCE summer trip, this time in the Southwest U.S. GeoFORCE Alaska is a fouryear, field-based, summer geoscience program for high school students from rural Alaska. ASRC works closely with University of Alaska Fairbanks and other Alaska companies to sponsor 8th-12th grade students from the North Slope for hands-on geology that provides instruction in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Over the course of four years, a cohort of students learns the equivalent of a semester of collegelevel geology. During that four-year period, the cohort travels to geologic sites in Alaska and the Lower 48, including the Pacific Northwest, the Southwest and the Rockies.


Students are required to maintain a B grade or better in all math and science classes to continue in the GeoFORCE program. During their tenure, students are provided an opportunity to network with professional geologists and can receive academic support from the GeoFORCE staff if they fall behind. This June, sophomores from the Arctic Slope region and the NANA region traveled to spectacular geological locations of Zion National Park, Antelope Canyon, Horseshoe Bend and the Grand Canyon. This year’s focuses were the concepts of geologic time, sediment transportation, erosion, deposition, fossils, asteroids, ancient environments, and more. Students also enjoyed playing games, creating skits, visiting national parks,


doing scavenger hunts and swimming in the Colorado River. Amyaa Edwards-Davis, a student from Barrow, said, “The whole part about not being in a room, that was the best part. Every place we went to was like a fresh breath. It was something new to learn, and it was interesting.”

GeoFORCE Alaska’s mission is to create that “breath of fresh air” while raising high school graduation rates, encourage students to pursue STEM majors in college and increase the number of Alaska Natives in Alaska’s technical workforce. ASRC is proud that through our investment and that of our Alaska partners, the first GeoFORCE cohort had a 94 percent high

school graduation rate in 2015. In addition, 72 percent of the first cohort attended college and 61 percent chose majors in the STEM fields. Seven attended college in Alaska and five chose majors in the geosciences. That takes dedication from students, the UAF staff and many others – and it’s something everyone can be proud of. We plan to replicate those achievements again and again. Following the first cohort’s success, the second cohort recruited 31 students from the ASRC and NANA regions. North Slope students make up about 65 percent of the cohort. The new cohort started in 2016 and learned about Alaska geological processes including rivers, glaciers, minerals, rocks, permafrost, the rock record and Alaska dinosaurs. This cohort is off to a successful start, and we continue seeing high test scores from these students. Go GeoFORCE!





Youth’s weather station project connects to daily North Slope life On the North Slope, weather is a significant factor in day-to-day activities. Even in the summer when temperatures are relatively moderate, fog can roll in to limit visibility and hamper flights that deliver supplies and provide transportation to other areas. Also, weather must be considered when hunting and whaling, two activities that are critical to sustaining resources needed by Point Hope residents. In partnership with ASRC and consultant Drew Regner, the ASRC Federal team selected a weather station project for the first day of the STEM initiative to illustrate the importance of STEM to village activities.

Using the Department of Transportation facility, the STEM team provided a range of activities related to skills needed to construct and operate a weather station. Youth learned about computer programming by playing board games that use the same logic as coding. One station contained drawable circuits that used conductive ink, which let students explore how varying electronic components are connected. Where age appropriate, youth were able to practice soldering and help assemble sensors onto the weather station. Other projects included building models of satellites used in weather forecasting and reading weather-related activity books. In coordination with Tikiqaq School staff, two team members skillfully mounted the weather station on the school building. The weather station provides barometric pressure, relative humidity, luminosity, temperature, wind speed and direction, a rain gauge and a live video feed.

Drew with students.


This information is available in real-time, can be accessed via the internet, and benefits the entire community. Teachers and students can learn more about weather and its impact on the village, and create educational opportunities by using data collected during the year. The weather station also serves as a backup to the Point Hope airport and can be used by whaling captains to monitor conditions and act as a secondary source of information during hunting season.


Pinasut (Three)…Malguk (Two)…Atausiq (One)… Blast off! Over 14 bottle rockets were launched into the skies above Point Hope from the Transportation Department building as part of ASRC Federal’s STEM initiative.

water, chose the rocket’s orientation by considering wind speed and direction, and pressurized the cylinders for takeoff by using an air compressor.

Working in pairs, youth ranging in ages from 5 to 14 moved from multiple stations to assemble bottle rockets made from twoliter plastic bottles, duct tape, plastic cones, trash bags and manila folders. All were encouraged to complete their bottle rockets by adding personal designs using paint, glitter and markers.

Using their Native Iñupiat language, the youth shouted out the countdown prior to each launch. The excitement of each launch was evident in the cheers of the youth and Point Hope residents who watched from a distance as some of the rockets soared over 70 feet into the air.

Once the assembly and design phases were complete, youth worked with STEM cocoordinators Scott Howard, software engineer from ASRC Federal Mission Solutions, and Lisa Sedares, senior systems engineer from ASRC Federal Technical Services, to prepare for the launch. Youth filled their bottles with

second day of the Point Hope STEM initiative; day one had students building a weather station. Sedares explained that rockets are an essential element to get weather satellites positioned in our Earth’s atmosphere to take data from space.

The bottle rocket project took place on the







ASRC announces acquisition of certain assets from Kirkland Properties, LLC In early July, ASRC and its wholly-owned subsidiary ASRC Industrial Services, LLC (AIS) acquired certain assets from Kirkland Properties, LLC (Kirkland). Assets acquired include nine acres of property inclusive of a 56,000 square-foot industrial facility in Augusta, Georgia. AIS also acquired specialty coating and application equipment. The assets will be immediately integrated into AIS’s recently acquired, Atlanta-based wholly-owned subsidiary DACA Specialty Services (DACA). Integration of the assets will allow DACA to expand service offerings related to surface preparation and coatings application. Additionally, the acquired assets provide DACA with an important presence in the Augusta market. “Following our acquisition of Finite Holdings in May, the acquisition of these assets is a continuation of the execution of the AIS growth strategy that we announced last September,” said Rex A. Rock Sr, president and CEO of ASRC. “I continue to believe the

strategy we are executing to build an enduring enterprise at AIS will provide long-term value for our shareholders.” “The addition of the Kirkland assets to the AIS platform demonstrates our commitment to growing in the Southeast United States to increase our service offerings to customers and provide new opportunities for our talented employees,” said Greg Johnson, president and CEO of AIS. “I am confident that the DACA management team will leverage these assets to expand its service offerings and build on DACA’s reputation as a customer-focused, value-added solutions provider.” “A little over a month since the acquisition of DACA by AIS, today is another exciting day for the employees and customers of DACA,” said David Joiner, president of DACA. “The acquisition and integration of these assets into DACA would not have been possible prior to being acquired by AIS. I appreciate ASRC and AIS’s support and commitment to enabling DACA to grow.”

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





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