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Annual Report 2012 Working in partnership to improve the lives of the people on Alaska's North Slope and beyond through education.

Paammaagig単iq Cooperation

FROM OUR PRESIDENT I�isaġvik College exists because our Elders saw the need for advanced education and training for all North Slope residents if they were to succeed in the modern world. They wanted to keep this education local so that they could ensure the continuation of our ageless Iñupiaq traditions within the framework of the Western world that was now a presence on our traditional lands. I�isaġvik has worked to honor their commitment to the continuation of our cultural values and traditions within the context of a modern education. We have reached out to corporations, businesses, local government and other educational facilities throughout the state in order to form partnerships that enhance the education we offer while strengthening the bonds that create our strong culture. Over the course of the past year, I�isaġvik College has formed working partnerships with such diverse organizations as ASRC, Annette Island School District, Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (ICAS), the North Slope Borough and the North Slope Borough School District, the City of Wainwright, all seven

village corporations, the United States Coast Guard and ASNA, just to name a few. In each instance, our goal was to strengthen the local workforce and its expertise so that our people are qualified for jobs available here on the North Slope, here at home and across the State of Alaska. Our target population has increased, but we never lose sight of our ultimate goal of self-sufficiency on the North Slope, coupled with the strengthening of our bonds to our past and our cultural heritage. Iñupiat values are always a part of everything we do here and they are consistently referenced in our classes as the goals to which we aspire. I invite you to read our annual report and familiarize yourself with the great work of education and training being done right here on the North Slope. We continue to honor our past by preparing for our future. Please feel free to join us in that task. You are never too old for education. Pearl Kiyawn Brower President


Ida Angasan Chairperson Kaktovik

Elsie Itta Vice-Chairperson At-Large

Amos Nashookpuk Treasurer Wainwright

Lillian Lane Secretary Point Hope

Ethel Akpik ASRC

Mary Sage NSBSD Seat

Jack Smith, Jr. Barrow

JoAnne Neakok Point Lay

James Nageak Anaktuvuk Pass

Thomas Napageak Nuiqsut

Opposite: Jose Sanchez learned construction skills in a workforce readiness class for ASRC. *Vacant, Atqasuk


Preserve UQAUTCHIM UGLUA Uqautchim Uglua (Iñupiaq for language nest) is a new program launched through I�isaġvik College. Its purpose is twofold. It serves as a lab for I�isaġvik students working towards a degree in Iñupiaq Early Learning and provides up to 12 children from birth through three years of age with early immersion in their traditional culture and language. In its first year, which started in November of 2012, the program only accepted four 3-year-old children. The second year will have 12 children from birth through 3 in the program. The North Slope Borough School District provided Uqautchim Uglua the use of a room at the Kiita Learning Center to house the new program. This allows Kiita students to practice some of their skills while earning credit towards graduating. Kiita student Charlie Nayakik worked on two separate projects for the classroom. He said, “First it was a small tent frame that took a few days because the angles needed to be just right. Then it was a small freight sled, which took a few hours to build

because of the experience I had from Gary Boen’s construction class.” Lois Frantz, another Kiita student, is a gifted artist who drew sea and land animals for the children to identify in Iñupiaq. She also created Kisitchisit (Iñupiaq numbers) and depictions of culturally relevant community events like Nalukataq and community scenes like an igloo with dog sled. Before settling on a curriculum and direction for this program, Uqautchim Uglua staff met with the Arctic Slope Native Association, the Elders and Youth Conference, and held its own meeting entitled 'Uqautchim Uglua Gathering' to receive input from as many sources as possible for the program. The Iñupiaq Early Learning Associate of Arts degree was subsequently approved by the I�isaġvik College Academic Council in October of 2012. North Slope Borough Mayor Charlotte Brower also provided an additional $153,000 in funding for the language nest program, indicative of its importance in maintaining the endangered Iñupiat language and culture.

Opposite: Children having afternoon play time at Uqautchim Uglua. Above: Teacher Emma Ferguson speaks to the children only in Iñupiaq as they paint.


Under a special grant for Tribal Colleges from the United States Department of Agriculture - National Institute of Food and Agriculture, I�isaġvik’s Cooperative Extension program was developed to provide free, fun and educational one day classes for community members. Thanks to partnerships with a wide spectrum of organizations and businesses on the North Slope, classes have been varied and consistently full to capacity. Highlights include beading, qupaliullasiñiq (traditional bias trim design used on Iñupiaq style clothing), composting, container gardening, yoga, salsa making, pickling, and home made beauty products. Most recently, a partnership with Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital’s Diabetes Prevention Program offers free healthful cooking classes. SSMH’s support has allowed the college to expand its class offering from once a month to three and occasionally four times a month, covering topics as varied as making mozzarella, food safety, canning, and pickling. The partnership is an acknowledgment of the seriousness of diabetes in the North Slope population and I�isaġvik’s role in helping people learn the skills they need to help keep them healthy. SSMH and I�isaġvik are co-sponsoring a monthly 'Kids in the Kitchen' workshop where children aged five and up are taught to prepare healthy age-appropriate recipes. Children work in small groups, assisted by their parents, to make such foods as bite size quiches and quirky quesadillas.

In keeping with this effort, I�isaġvik has partnered with the Hopson Middle School Karate program to encourage young students to exercise and eat healthy. Participants in I�isaġvik’s program work out weekly with middle school students and I�isaġvik provides fresh fruit for each practice session. The Cooperative Extension program made it possible for Tony Nakazawa, a recognized official of the International Shotokan Karate Federation, to come to Barrow and conduct belt testing. All of the middle school students passed their belt exams and became yellow belts. Consequently, in the spring the program will be expanded to offer two classes. One class will continue for the existing group of yellow belt students, and a second for middle school and high school students who wish to try karate for the first time. In another effort to reach out to students at an early age and interest them in post secondary education, Rob Carrillo volunteered to bring his 'Simple Machines' workshop into one of the Ipalook Elementary 4th grade classrooms. This was done with the enthusiastic cooperation of the teacher, and introduced the students to some of the things they could learn about if they pursued an education beyond high school.

This page: Kids in the Kitchen! Opposite page: left, Making mozzarella with Diana Solenberger and Elizabeth Smith. Right, Scott Barr and his son create a window garden box.

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Workshops Participants

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT Since its initial creation,Workforce Development has remained a major focus of the college. Despite now offering a wide variety of academic courses that lead to AA degrees, the vast majority of teaching done at I�isaġvik is geared towards giving the local population the skills needed for jobs being offered in their villages and at industrial sites across the region.

TRAININGS PROVIDED FOR: • Annette Island School District • Arctic Slope Native Association • Arctic Slope Regional Corporation • Arctic Energy Services • City of Wainwright • Hiland Mountain Correctional Center • Iñupiat Community of the Arctic Slope • North Slope Borough • North Slope Borough School District • Native Village of Barrow • Native Village of Nuiqsut • Ukpeaġvik Iñupiat Corporation • Umiaq • United States Coast Guard

252 2,296 classes


“Ilisaġvik offers very specialized training to employees . and training schedules for employers that not only develops the workforce, but does so without compromising the employer’s ability to fulfill their mission.” - Scott Barr, North Slope Borough Public Works Top left: A 40 Hour HAZWOPER student practices safe spill clean up. Top right: Former graduate Christian Young (at right) and student Willard Neakok, working for TNHA in Point Lay. Opposite page: Adobe software training for the NSB. *Duplicated

" Partnering with Ilisa치vik College has enabled . Tikigaq Construction employees to acquire the training they need to perform effectively on many construction projects in Point Hope and around the State of Alaska. The residents of Point Hope have commented on the value of the services provided and they look forward to the trainings Ilisa치vik provides. " . - Chris Olds, Project Manager Tikigaq Construction LLC



Fall Semester Enrollment Increase since 2004

"This year has been a big change and a big turn in our lives! Both my husband and I have attended IlisaÄĄvik for the first semester. My husband finished level 1 carpentry, plumbing and pipe fitting. Next semester he's going for level 2! I'm half way through my first year of my AA degree in Business Management! So it's a good year for us!" - Josephine Morris-Koenig


Total students (unduplicated): 1,780 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) students: 980 Male: 915 Female: 865 Alaska Native/American Indian: 61% Village Students: 96 Credit, 355 Non credit Students Enrolled in Distance Delivery Courses: 839 Distance Delivery Courses Offered: 180 This page: Josephine Morris-Koenig with her family at a registration event. Opposite left: Allied Health student Laci Jade. Right: Kuutuuq Akpik teaching Jacqueline Aamodt how to sew an atikłuk.

621 '11 601 '10 591 '09 549 '08 536 '07 437 '06 408 '05 364 '04 315 '12

STUDENT RETENTION & PERSISTENCE I�isaġvik College received a two-year grant that came from the collaborative effort of the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the Walmart Foundation. The grant recognizes the unique needs of minority students and aims to help institutions serving them to come up with creative and proven solutions to the retention problem. I�isaġvik is also the recipient of a five-year award to improve student retention and graduation rates. This grant is available to I�isaġvik based on its status as the only federally recognized tribal college in Alaska.

STUDENT SUCCESS CENTER In an effort to focus more on retention and persistence, Student Services was renamed Student Success Center. Many changes have been made to make the residential center environment even more beneficial, and tutoring services even more accessible. RESIDENTIAL CENTER IMPROVEMENTS NEW Dorm Kitchen NEW Carpeting NEW Furniture NEW Paint and Murals COMMUNITY AND SUPPORT ACTIVITIES Talk Circles Potlucks Arts and Crafts WELLNESS ACTIVITIES Insanity workout P90X workout Yoga STUDENT SUPPORT Student support staff always on campus from 8:30am-11:00pm On-Call 24/7 LEARNING RESOURCE CENTER (LRC) Seven days a week, Tuzzy Library and Main Campus locations Opposite: Inuquyuk Simmonds sews qupak in the student lounge to decorate her handmade parka. Center: Decorative wall graffiti in the dorms. Opposite: Josh Dewey of Koyuk plays ball at the welcome to Fall semester bonfire and barbeque. Top right: Dion Susook, Kathryn Muhs, and Joe Okakok. Bottom Right: Student of the Month, September 2012, Naomi Ahsoak.

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OWL Online with Libraries NEW! Funded through a Federal grant, the State Library provided the libraries of the North Slope, including the village libraries in the schools, with $350,000 worth of T1 level bandwidth, computers, video conferencing equipment, training and services. http://www.library.state.ak.us/dev/owl.html ListenAlaska Plus NEW! ebooks added to ListenAlaska. Patrons can now read ebooks in addition to audio books. Tuzzy Library is a member of the program which gives patrons access to over 14,000 titles. http://tinyurl.com/listenalaskaplus Expansion Completed The library completed their construction project, adding 4,500 square feet for a total of 11,500 square feet of library space. The new Classroom and Video Conference Room spaces are used nearly every day by college students, organization training events, and community groups. Summer Reading Program

250 2,500

young readers from across the North Slope books read


from 2011

This page*: Miranda Rexford watches summer programming. Center: 40 foot forged glass art piece by Larry Ahvakana glows with backlit light in the new entryway. Top right: The new children's space is bright and welcoming. Bottom right*: a young reader. * Mary Virginia Stroud, photographer

400 + 37,000 52,000

free programs materials circulated


Patron Count




SUMMER CAMPS I�isaġvik offered summer camps to students free of charge with the help of grants and charitable donations from the Arctic Slope Community Foundation, Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC), ASRC Federal, Shell Oil, the North Slope Borough, Title III Grant funds, and North Slope Borough Autaaqtuq Grant funds.

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Summer Camps Students



• Construction Trades • Allied Health (High School & Middle School) • Digital Film • Climate Change • Computer • Public Safety • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) • Jurassic Genetics • Iñupiaq Land Values & Resources • Eider Journey • GED This page, top: Lavisa Ahvakana (Wainwright) dances in a film scene during the Digital Film camp. Bottom left: Mary Varner (Barrow) up to bat in the Allied Health - High School camp. Bottom right: Caroline Ekak (Wainwright) helped build the new awning for the Recreation Center. Opposite page, top left to right: Ooyan Lane (Point Hope), Samuel Ahsoak (Barrow) and Nellie Okpowruk (Shishmaref) cheering on a softball game. Kenneth Ivanoff (Barrow) in the Climate Change camp. Carolyn Long (Point Lay) working in the Construction Trades camp. Rupert Koonuk, Jr. (Point Lay), also in the Construction Trades camp.

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2012 GRADUATES Jerica Susan Niayuq Aamodt

James Kagak

Flora Agiak

Lillian Kaleak

Cindy S. Ahmaogak

Emily P. Lane

Roberta Panik Ahmaogak

Rebecca A. Leavitt

Heidi Ahsoak

Frank Lomuscio

Jennie R. Bodfish

Lilly Kay Miller

Thea F. Bodfish

Claudia Mongoyak

Eunice Mary Brower

Veronica Morales

Johnnie Kunaq Brower

Roy Ernest Nageak Jr.

Jaysun Cox

Vincent Nageak III

Emmanuellynn Ebue

Kivvaq Nungasak

Rebecca L. Ekak

Sonya Panik

Kelly Sue Elbert

Annie Uqsrubaaluk Rexford

Editha Erestain

Judy Ann Sanchez

Leslianne M. Grencio

Narong Siangdee

Elaine Grace Henke

Steven Takafua

Rebecca Carol Igtanloc

Travis Upicksoun

René Andrea Johnson

Kimberly VanZanten Kristine Alcantara Vinas

I�isaġvik College held its 17th commencement exercise with a class of 38 college graduates and 19 students receiving their GED. Graduates entered to the beat of drums played by members of the Iñupiaq Studies classes, and proceeded through a baleen arch held by I�isaġvik GED graduate and current college student Tiffany San Andres and former graduate Marilyn Booth.

Above: Sonya Panik, Rebecca Itta, Thea Bodfish, and Lillian Kaleak before the 2012 graduation ceremony. Opposite: The 2012 graduation class, with President Pearl Brower(bottom far left), Dean of Instruction Birgit Meany (bottom far right) and keynote speaker, Iditarod champion John Baker.

FY12 REVENUE AND EXPENSES FY 12 REVENUES North Slope Borough Contribution Local appropriation from the NSB To support: I�isaġvik College Tuzzy Library Village library operations ABE/GED Center Village ABE/GED operations 25% Village Liaisons’ salaries Rent paid to UIC Total NSB Contribution                                                


FY12 EXPENSES $1,317,000 $10,031,393

SELF GENERATED INCOME Grants and Contracts Donations BIE Tribal College Registration, Tuition, and Course Fees (net of Scholarships) Auxiliary Revenue (Dorms/Food/Bookstore) Miscellaneous Revenue PERS Contribution from State of Alaska Total Revenues

3,416,724 618,604 470,643 532,266 798,344 66,699 628,898 $16,563,571

Instruction Institution Auxiliary Enterprises Academic Support Operations and Maintenance Rent Student Services Depreciation Total FY 2012 Expenses Transfer to I�isaġvik College Foundation Operating Reserve Total Expenses and Commitments

5,019,274 3,110,223 1,414,572 2,051,210 999,636 1,317,000 1,547,278 167,097 $15,626,290

$400,000 $537,281 $16,563,571

Left: Matumiaq Stackhouse stands on a toy sled at Uqautchim Uglua. Right: Jerica Aamodt learned to make her parka in Traditional and Contemporary Skin Sewing.

GRANTS Bureau of Indian Affairs/BIA-BIE Tribal College Fund Autaaqtuq Understanding our Changing EnvironmentSummer camp Adobe Class/Software Training Academic Vocational Materials Purchase Arctic Slope Community Foundation (ASCF) Climate Change - Science in Cultural Context Iñupiat Studies Summer Immersion Camp US Department of Education / Title III TCCU / At Risk Student Force TCCU / Expansion and Technology Upgrade Alaska Native Education Program (Uqautchim Uglua) North Slope Borough – MOA Addition to Tuzzy Library / NSB MOA Alaska Native Education Program (Uqautchim Uglua) Alaska Department of Health & Human Services Adult Basic Education / Tutors (Contract) Alaska Department of Labor Adult Basic Education: Instruction Alaska Department of Commerce, Community and Economic Development (DCCED) I�isaġvik Workforce Development Programs I�isaġvik College Heavy Equipment North Slope Borough / NPRA Allied Health Training Programs


University of Alaska Anchorage / US DHHS Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Technical, Vocational and Education Program (TVEP) First Nations Development Institute Native Youth and Culture Fund US Institute of Museum and Library Services Basic Library Operations Alaska Departmentof Education & Early Development Public Library Assistance Grant (Village Library Operation) Poetry North Grant Institute Museum and Library Services / ASRC Native American Library Services / Basic Grant Best Beginnings / Friends of Tuzzy Library ConocoPhillips Dolly Parton - Imagination Library Imagination Library Program USDA-NIFA (National Institute of Food and Agriculture) Tribal Colleges Endowment Program Expansion Grant (Office Planning Special Emphasis Project) Equity Grants (Alaska Native Traditional Food Curriculum Development & Healthy Lifestyles Outreach) USDA Rural Development Campus Modernization Fleet Modernization / Purchased of Vehicles American Indian College Fund / W.K. Kellogg Foundation Wakanyeja (Sacred Little Ones) - Early Childhood Initiative WALMART Foundation/AIHEC, HACU, NAFEO Student Success Collaborative

DONATIONS There are many ways to give to I�isaġvik! Gifts of every size are used to realize our mission of providing quality education to the people of the North Slope and Alaska. Donations can be applied to specific programs or scholarships, as well as to building the college’s endowment through the I�isaġvik College Foundation and keeping our doors open with general operating funds. In FY12, I�isaġvik maintained corporate partnerships which sponsored Summer Camps, scholarships, and other great programming for our students. Individual donations increased through a new Employee Giving Campaign. Alaskans continued to share the bounty of their Permanent Fund Dividends (PFDs) with I�isaġvik through the Pick.Click.Give Program, for which ExxonMobil provided a matching gift of funds.

CORPORATE American Indian College Fund (AICF) Arctic Slope Regional Corporation (ASRC) ASRC Construction Holding Co. ASRC Federal Avant-Garde Learning Alliance BP ConocoPhillips ExxonMobil Friends of Tuzzy Library GCI Pioneer Natural Resources, Alaska Rasmuson Foundation Rotary Club of Barrow Samuel Simmonds Memorial Hospital Shell Oil Tikigaq Conam, LLC Wells Fargo

Your gifts have made a difference in the lives of our people.


INDIVIDUAL Fannie Akpik Ida Angasan Elizabeth Beardsley Ruby Beardsley Pearl Brower Geoffry Carroll Amm Charoonsophonsak Katie Davis Norman Edwards Dave Elbert Mary Ann Gallipeo Beverly Patkotak Grinage Kent Grinage Heather Heumann John Howlett

Steve Johnson Representative Reggie Joule Gail Kaliss Jennifer Kiser Nelvie Kooley John Lambrecht Lillian Lane Kathy Leary Dr. Edna MacLean Sarah Martinsen Colleen McCarthy Birgit Meany Anna Mekki Fred Miller

Many thanks to all of our anonymous donors!

Martha Monnin Dean Mori Kathy Nethercott Hilda Nobleza Romelito Nobleza Jennifer Okakok David Ongley Muriel Panik George Patkotak Annie Patterson Diana Perkett Matthew Rexford Alexandra Sage Andrew Sage Clara Sage

Kivvaq Sage Lawrence Sage Leo Sage Tiffiny San Andres Chris Smith Daniel Smith Jack M. Smith, Jr. Martha Stackhouse Andrew Stemp Mark SueSue Caitlin Sweeney Kevin Sweeney Tara Sweeney Karie Tieszen Bill Tracy, Sr.

Left to right: Ruth Aiken (Cultural Activities Specialist) and her father Wesley Aiken. Jamie Smith shows her drawing at the I単upiaq Fine Arts Festival. Shayn Elexendere, TomiLyn Ahmaogak, her mother Maasak Ahmaogak fletching the ugruk skin during the I単upiaq Land Use Values and Resources camp in Wainwright.

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P.O. Box 749 Barrow, Alaska 99723 www.ilisagvik.edu | 907.852.1867 or 1.800.478.7337 (in Alaska)


is the key to success - Eben Hopson, Sr.

Cover: Roy Ernest Nageak Jr. and Jamie Smith learning linoleum block printing in Beginning Drawing class, Fall 12.


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Alaska's only tribal college presents it's annual report for 2012.

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Alaska's only tribal college presents it's annual report for 2012.