E-News Bulletin, August 1, 2009
Vol 3, No. 13 — August 1, 2009
This summer NANA companies hosted 22 interns in Alaska, Colorado, North Carolina, New Mexico and Virginia. Our 2009 summer interns performed a variety of important functions for our corporation. On behalf of all of NANA, I want to thank them for their hard work.
I would also like to extend my thanks to the NANA companies who opened their doors to share their time, resources and knowledge with our young students. Shareholder development plays a key role in the life of our corporation and our summer internship program is an excellent example of the ways in which NANA works to educate and employee our shareholders. Our companies who assist our interns are showing true corporate leadership. Thank you Akima, Akmaaq, DOWLHKM, KPSG, NANA WorleyParsons, NMS, Qivliq, Sivuniq, WHPacific, NANA Oilfield Services (NOSI) and many departments here at NANA Development Corporation.
I also wish to acknowledge our dedicated Shareholder Development department. They are always striving to find new, innovative ways to reach out to those NANA shareholders interested in pursuing education or employment opportunities. Kristina Patrick, Ron Adams, Annette Zella and Stefanie Armstrong are four of our most enthusiastic and energetic employees. It is clear that they collectively share a passion for what they do.
Many of our employees who are based outside of Alaska may not realize that, during the course of their work, Kristina, Ron,Annette and Stefanie overcome significant challenges to conduct meaningful outreach to our shareholders. NANA’s largest village, Kotzebue, is 966 miles away from Anchorage, with the other 11 villages spread out over an area the size of Indiana. This is a part of the state where people are far more likely to hear news and receive useful information from their CB radio as opposed to the Internet.
Despite these geographical and technological hurdles, Shareholder Development continues active recruitment, often putting in long hours and traveling hundreds of miles to make a meaningful difference in the lives of young shareholders. I applaud them in their efforts and am inspired by their dedication to our company and our people.
Chief Operating Officer
NANA Development Corporation
by Tracy Porter
Growing up 3,000 miles from the region my great-grandmother called home left me with little knowledge of what life in Alaska for an Iñupiat was like. My Aaka (great grandmother) was from the village of Deering, but like many others, she was sent to the Chemawa Boarding School in Oregon. That is how my family came to live in a state so far from our homeland. Now, as a senior in college at Southern Oregon University, I have been granted the opportunity to return to my roots in Alaska as an intern for NANA Development Corporation.
Being in Alaska for the first time has been quite an experience. I have learned a few Iñupiaq words, tried muktuk for the first time, gone fishing, visited the region, met family and made friends; all the while, gaining business experience through my internship.
Throughout my stay in Alaska, I've been hyper-alert to my surrounding due to sheer curiosity and a drive to learn about my family’s Native heritage.
While working in the NANA office, I noticed that the NANA motto: “Doing Business for 10,000 Years.” However, while becoming oriented with NANA, I learned that NANA had only been in existence for 35 years as an official business. I was perplexed. Why did the company state 10,000 years of business history?
I was able to find the answer to my question by traveling to Kotzebue for the Qatnut Trade Fair.
Qatnut, or "bringing people together", is a continuing tradition that has been happening for thousands of years. Originally held in Sisualik, located on a long and narrow spit of land about 10 miles northwest of Kotzebue, the trade fair was a time for our people and other inhabitants from outlying villages to put aside differences and celebrate, dance, trade, play games, visit and feast.
Sisualik was an opportune site for the summer festivity because it is situated at the mouths of three rivers, providing an ample amount of marine food and land accessibility for travelers.
Today, the Qatnut Trade Fair is held in Kotzebue. This year’s Qatnut, held July 6-7, 2009, brought many local artists displaying their handicrafts, traditional games, foods and Eskimo dancing late into the night. The Trade Fair also provided the attendees and participants ample time to socialize.
By witnessing Qatnut’s history and NANA’s present day business practices, I now have a better understanding of the rich business history of my people. We truly have been "doing business in Alaska for 10,000 years."
By Michael Johnson
I am a senior studying Civil Engineering at the University of Alaska, Anchorage (UAA). My summer internship was at DOWL HKM in their Anchorage office.
I have been working continuously with DOWL HKM since the fall of 2006. My title is Civil Engineering Intern. I work in the civil design department with six licensed professional engineers and four engineers in training. Our department primarily works on private developments and other non-transportation projects.
My summer has been devoted to a military housing contract to remodel and reconstruct over 700 housing units in Fort Wainwright and Fort Greely and also assorted Providence Alaska Medical Center Projects.
I worked in a supporting role to other engineers in order to asses existing conditions on-site; evaluate demand for the proposed developments; review design standards within the region; design water, sewer, and storm water controls on-site and to permit our project and respond to any review comments made by a client or government agency.
It has been a great experience for me.
By Megan Jones
After this past spring semester in college, I decided that I wanted to apply for an internship to gain employment experience. I knew that NANA offers an internship program for shareholders, so I applied.
I must admit I wasn’t confident I would receive it because I didn’t have much employment experience. Fortunately, I did receive it, and have been able to intern for Ki, LLC, in Colorado Springs.
When I arrived in Colorado, I realized it was very different from Alaska. The environment was different, not to mention the weather. Colorado has a beauty all its own. We are right next to the Rocky Mountains and we are a mile closer to the beautiful blue sky.
This internship helped me gain the experience I wanted to succeed with my major in business management. I was also able to meet a lot of great people. Over the past few weeks, I've learned about the different kinds of services Ki offers to the federal government. I also learned a lot about the contract proposals, business development, and marketing. I was able to make a presentation based on NANA shareholder benefits for Ki to help them explain their relationship to NANA shareholders for their commercial clients.
I even had the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. and meet with Alaska Senators Lisa Murkowski and Mark Begich (pictured) and Congressman Don Young. I also was able to meet with other congressional members to discuss how important NANA has been in my life.
This internship helped me realize the difference between rural and urban lifestyles, not to mention the fact that it is going to look great on my resume. I greatly appreciate the experience that NANA and Ki, LLC, have given me through this internship.
By Vivian Shellabarger
Usually the summer of your freshmen year in college is occupied by either a fun summer back in your hometown, traveling the world, or working at your worst job ever.
In my case, I lucked out! I was hired as NANA’s Enterprise IT intern. It was one of the best jobs I’ve ever had.
When I first arrived in the Tudor office, I began helping the applications department with everything from creating contact lists to fixing technical problems in Cognos.
I was able to create my own diary, just for people in the office to read. I also created digital signage using power point that will be displayed on the televisions around the Tudor office.
The best thing about working for NANA is all the support, the new friends I made and of course the wonderful baking skills of my co-worker Sandy Baker.
I’d like to thank NANA for granting me one of the best jobs I could have had this summer.