KPC Director Gary Turner recently made note of the fact that the first engineering practices class in KPC history will be offered at the Kenai River Campus in the spring. "It is the gateway course to the UAA engineering degree and would be an excellent choice for those students wondering if engineering is the right choice for them," said Turner.
The course will be offered from 10-11:15 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays in room 130 and will be taught by Geno Rohl, assistant professor of mathematics. Rohl holds Bachelor's and Master's degrees in civil engineering with emphasis in environmental engineering from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master's degree in national resource strategy from the National Defense University. Rohl taught engineering at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs for three years after serving in the Air Force for 25 years, retiring as a colonel.
"I wanted to teach this introductory engineering course because it will help students who think they might be interested in pursuing engineering find out more about the field. The course will provide a broad overview of the profession. If this course proves to be popular, I hope to offer the next course in the series, engineering practices II and more classes if the interest is there," said Rohl.
For more information, contact Geno Rohl at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 262-0271.
Arts and Lecture Series kicks off with 'Writing and the Alaska Environment'
The public is invited to the first KPC Showcase presentation of the academic year at 7 p.m. on Oct. 19 in room 109 in the Ward Building at KRC (free admission). Former Alaska Writer Laureate Nancy Lord will share excerpts from her 5 nonfiction books and talk about her reasons for writing them and some of the research that went into her work.
Lord's latest book is "Early Warming: Crisis and Response in the Climate-Changed North," and still fresh on the shelves is "Rock, Water, Wild: An Alaskan Life."
For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.
Countdown to priority spring semester registration
With the upswing in enrollment at KPC, competition to get into required courses continues to increase. The procedure for priority registration at UAA/KPC was modified last semester to a staggered priority system that allows students closer to graduation to access registration earlier. This ensures entry into courses necessary to meet graduation requirements.
Priority registration for 2012 spring semester opens for senior status (90 plus credits) on Monday, Nov. 14. Junior status (60-89 credits) students can register Tuesday, Nov. 15, sophomore status (30-59 credits) students register Wednesday, Nov. 16 and freshmen status (0-29 credits) registers on Thursday, Nov. 17. New, degree-seeking students are eligible for priority registration on Monday, Nov. 21.
General public web registration for the spring semester opens at 12:01 a.m. on Nov. 28. With more than 140 online classes available in the spring semester, college is accessible to Peninsula residents, regardless of location.
The spring semester draft schedule can be searched from KPC's web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.