Vol. 6, No. 9 | September 2012    Having trouble reading this email? View it online.

NDC President’s Message:
Live United

Helvi Sandvik

This month marks two events. We honored employees who’ve reached milestones with NANA Development Corporation and thanked them for their commitment. We also launched our United Way workplace campaign, another way to express commitment and caring.

United Way is a support and leadership organization that provides important services to a network of community-based non-profits. So, whether you’re in Alaska, Virginia, Louisiana or any of the places where we live and work, your gift is an investment in your community.

It’s simple to give and you can choose how you want your gift invested — including to the Aqqaluk Trust, an organization that provides direct benefits to NANA shareholders.

In this month’s e-bulletin, you’ll see how easy it is to participate, and how remarkable the results are.

We’re all united.

Helvi K. Sandvik, President
NANA Development Corporation


Billingsley Brothers Take the Lead

Brothers Eric and Craig Billingsley, lead NANA’s 2012 United Way workplace campaign.
Brothers Eric and Craig Billingsley lead NANA’s 2012 United Way workplace campaign.

NANA’s United Way efforts have two new faces: brothers Craig and Eric Billingsley are the United Way of Anchorage campaign coordinators.

This is their first time running the campaign and also working together on a project. Eric has been with NANA Development Corporation (NDC) for five years as operations program manager. Craig has worked in several NDC departments over the last three years and is now the senior human resources information systems administrator.

"It has been a bit more involved than we thought going into this," Eric said. They’ve taken last year’s program and compressed it from a two-month campaign into a one-month campaign.

They’ve utilized the experience of past volunteers and brought back past successful events, but are thinking outside the box for fundraising. New fundraising activities this year are Wii Olympics, Pie-in-the-Face and the Coin War.

The Coin War is a friendly rivalry between departments. To gain points, teams place their loose change in a jar. Coins equate to points, however quarters are considered sabotage or negative points.

"The accounting department has taken this game on full steam and filled two jars worth of coins in the first week already while sabotaging the third and first floor jars pretty heavily," Craig said.

Good fun for a good cause — two ways the two Billingsley brothers enjoy their involvement in the United Way campaign.



NANA’s Anchorage United Way 2012 Goal

This year NANA’s goal is to raise $223,000 among the eight NANA companies in Anchorage participating in the campaign.



When United Way and Aqqaluk Trust Team Up, Shareholders Benefit

Camp Sivuniigvik (Sivu) holds week-long sessions where NANA youth, ages 8-16, can have an outdoor subsistence experience.
Camp Sivuniigvik (Sivu) holds week-long sessions where NANA youth, ages 8-16, can have an outdoor subsistence experience.

"The Aqqaluk Trust has the ability to reach out and do things that sometimes NANA can’t do," said Helvi Sandvik, president of NANA Development Corporation (NDC). "It can help our students and shareholders pursue their dreams – whatever they may be."

The Aqqaluk Trust is a non-profit organization that supports educational, Iñupiaq cultural and language programs. The Trust helps NANA shareholders achieve their goals in part through the donations received each year through the United Way campaign. The funds help support a variety of programs, like culture camps for the youth of the NANA region.

"The Trust began receiving pledges from United Way in 2007," says Sarah Hobart, development director for the Aqqaluk Trust. Since then, the Trust has received a total of $111,473 in donor dollars from United Way. In 2011 alone, donors pledged $33,578 in donations to the Aqqaluk Trust through the United Way campaign.

In 2011, the Aqqaluk Trust distributed more than $830,000 in scholarships for NANA shareholders, their descendants and dependents pursing college or post-graduate degrees and/or vocational training. More than 365 students received funding from the Trust — with money donated through United Way.

Sandvik encourages NDC and other enterprise-wide employees to contribute to the Aqqaluk Trust. "We can donate directly to help the Trust grow — as part of its mission to empower Iñupiat people through language, culture and education," said Sandvik.

If you want to designate that your contribution is directed to the Aqqaluk Trust or another specific cause, please indicate so on your donation form. You can opt for a payroll deduction, whether it’s a one-time, monthly or quarterly gift.

For more information, please talk to your company's United Way representative.



From Camp Sivu to a College Basketball Court – the Aqqaluk Trust's Impact on One Shareholder’s Life

Brianna Kirk (back row, left) was a camp counselor at Camp Sivunniigvik this summer.
Brianna Kirk (back row, left) was a camp counselor at Camp Sivuniigvik this summer.

The skills Brianna Kirk brings to the University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) basketball court come from years of hard work, dedication and patience. The 18-year-old freshman from Noatak (in the NANA region) was a star player in high school, and was awarded a partial athletic scholarship to UAF this year.

But when you ask what got her to where she is today, she doesn’t just talk about what she’s learned in the gym. Kirk says she owes much of her success to what she learned at Camp Sivunniigvik (Sivu), the culture camp run by the Aqqaluk Trust — that receives funding from United Way.

"Each time I went to Camp Sivu I learned something new about my culture, from beading, to cutting fish, to my Native language," says Kirk who visited the camp three times as a youngster and then worked there as a counselor this past summer. "It made me take pride in my culture and feel so much more connected."

Camp Sivu sits along the banks of the Kobuk River east of Kotzebue. The camp is open each July to children ages 8 to 16 who come for one-week sessions. Young counselors, along with NANA Elders, teach traditional life skills such as berry picking, outdoor survival and subsistence fishing — skills kids don’t usually get at school.

Kirk was born in Anchorage, but her parents decided to move back to Noatak when she was six, so she and her brother could grow up in the NANA region and experience more of their Native culture.

While Kirk is grateful for that, she also points out that day-to-day village life has been modernized, and she learned the majority of her cultural life skills at Camp Sivu, one reason she returned as a counselor.

"It was cool to be able to give back," said Kirk. "Teaching kids what goes into catching and processing fish is not easy and requires a lot of patience and teamwork. They didn’t always like it, but later they’ll realize they’re good skills to have and values to learn," she said.

And Kirk said she knows those values, and the drive to work hard, will serve her well on the UAF basketball team. She’s also an Aqqaluk Trust scholarship recipient. She’s grateful for that experience and encourages more NANA employees to help support the foundation for future generations.

"Between Camp Sivu and my college scholarship, the Aqqaluk Trust has played a huge role in my life. I don’t think I would be the same person I am today without it," said Kirk.



Living the United Way

At WHPacific, employees are planning a fun twist on this year’s United Way slogan of LIVE UNITED.

"We try to be creative and keep people involved," said Ioana Paris, administrative coordinator who is serving her third term as employee campaign coordinator.

Paris plans at least three events for the Anchorage office: a chili feed and a silent auction of donated items.

Another activity from last year that has been updated for this year is to guess the number of M&Ms. Participants donate $1 per guess.

The Anchorage office has reached its goal each year despite some difficult economic times, Paris said, and she’s confident about the 2012 campaign.

"This year our projection is very optimistic since we just merged with Sivuniq, LLC and our team is bigger," she said.

The Albuquerque office holds its United Way campaign in November. Sherri Bornhoft, human resources partner for WHPacific, says they are working on details. "So far our plans include having a kick-off presentation at our All Hands meeting in October and doing a drawing for participants," she said.

Over at NMS, Penny Cotten, vice president of marketing communications, said they take their United Way campaign to the individual work locations, which is a big undertaking considering NMS has contracts across the United States. "We have found that to be more successful than party-type events," Cotten said.




NDC Honors Employees' Service, Dedication

NANA 2012 Honorees
NANA 2012 Honorees.

This week NANA Development Corporation hosted their annual service awards banquet, which honored 43 employees who have marked anniversaries with our company—of five, 10, 15, 20 and 25 years.

"If you do the math, that’s over 290 years of experience in this room," said Dave Márquez, NDC senior vice president and chief operating officer who served as the evening’s emcee.

"I’m proud to be a part of NANA, to be working with some extraordinary people," said Márquez, who went on to thank and acknowledge the people who do not directly receive a paycheck from NANA, but are integral to the success of each of our employees.

"They are the family members—mothers and fathers who encouraged us to get the education we need, spouses and significant others who hold our lives together when we are at work, traveling on behalf of the company… and sisters, brothers and friends whom we all rely on, from time to time, to support our progress in life. None of us do our work alone," said Márquez, "and we thank all the people who have supported the careers of our NANA employees."


Safety Matters: Drowsy Driving Can Be Deadly

By Robert Bulger, Executive Director, HSE & Quality and the National Safety Council

Exhausted drivers are a major danger on the road. More than 100,000 motor vehicle crashes each year are a result of drowsy driving, according to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates. Earlier this month, an Anchorage Wastewater Utility Safety Officer who fell asleep crashed his Ford Escape into a minivan, injuring a mother and her 4-year-old daughter.

According to Washington-based National Sleep Foundation, drowsiness has a number of physical side effects that can impair driving, including tunnel vision, shortened attention span and reduced reaction times. Drowsy drivers can’t process information as quickly or as accurately as an alert one. This makes it much more difficult to become aware of a potential accident and react safely to it.

Facts and Fiction about Sleep
Many people have misconceptions about sleep, which National Sleep Foundation dispels:

"Caffeine can overcome drowsiness while driving."
Only sleep can truly overcome drowsiness. Caffeine may make you feel more alert, but the results are temporary. People who take stimulants while severely sleep-deprived are likely to have "micro sleeps," which are essentially four- to five-second naps. A vehicle traveling at 55 mph can cover more than 100 yards in four to five seconds – plenty of time for an accident.

"I’m a safe driver so it doesn’t matter if I am sleepy."
The only safe driver is an alert one. When fatigued, even the best drivers become confused and use poor judgment.

"I can’t take naps."
Despite the fact that many people insist they cannot nap, sleep-deprived individuals usually can do so easily if they give themselves the chance. Even if you think you can’t nap, pull over and recline for 15 minutes – it is likely you will be able to fall asleep. Always be sure to do so safely with your car doors locked.

"I can tell when I am going to fall asleep."
While most people believe they can control and predict when they are about to fall asleep, they cannot. A drowsy person can fall asleep without even being aware of it. People are also unable to tell how long they have been asleep. It only takes a few seconds of sleep on the road to cause a major accident.

When Drowsiness Strikes
Under no circumstances should you drive while drowsy. Turning up the radio, rolling down the windows, getting out of the car and running, or slapping yourself are not effective means of waking yourself up. The only remedy for drowsiness is sleep.

If you find yourself becoming sleepy while behind the wheel — other signs include drifting in and out of your lane or driving over rumble strips — you should pull over immediately. Options for getting home safely include taking a nap on the side of the road until you are rested enough to drive, calling a friend or family member to come pick you up, or taking a cab or public transportation home. Drowsy driving accidents most often occur when a driver is alone in the vehicle. Carpooling provides someone who can alert the driver of danger and take over behind the wheel if necessary.

You also can take measures to prevent drowsiness from striking. The average person requires anywhere from seven to nine hours of sleep each night. It is best if you can keep a regular sleep schedule and stick to it. And stay off the road when exhaustion hits.


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