Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

KRC Literacy Program volunteer orientation today
Anyone interested in learning to help others increase their reading skills is invited to attend an informational volunteer orientation about KPC’s Kenai River Campus Literacy Program. There will be two opportunities to attend today, Oct. 24, from 1-2 p.m. and 6-7 p.m. in the Learning Center at KRC (room 153). For more information, contact Diane Taylor at 262-0328.

KPC Showcase Lecture and Art series continues
The public is invited to hear Drs. Alan Boraas and Catherine Knott discuss their recent work for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency conducting a cultural assessment of the importance of salmon to villagers within the Bristol Bay basin. The event is free and will be held at 7 p.m. on Oct. 26 in room 109 of the Ward Building at KRC. For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.

Professor to curate wildlife art exhibit
Dr. David Wartinbee, professor of biology at the Kenai River Campus, will be the curator of the next summer-long art show at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. The exhibit will be the largest wildlife art show ever held in Alaska and will open on April 27, 2012.

According to Wartinbee, the very best wildlife artists in the world will be sending original paintings to the show. He expects to have over a hundred paintings on display by more than 35 different artists.                   
KPC process technology graduates hired
Assistant Professor of Process Technology Jeff Laube reports that of the 18 process technology graduates hired by British Petroleum last year, seven of them attended KRC and four attended KPC’s Anchorage Extension Site. In addition, BP hired 15 interns; six graduated from KRC and five from AES.

Paramedic program news
Paramedic students at KRC have formed the KPC Paramedic Association, a formal campus club that provides a venue for students enrolled in the program to pursue activities relating to the field.

The PA members will use club funds to sponsor travel to attend the Nov. 11-13, 2011 Alaska EMS Symposium in Anchorage. Students will have the opportunity to listen to leaders in the industry discuss select topics in much greater detail than is practical in a classroom setting. This year, the focus will be on topics relating to newborn babies and geriatric patients. In addition to attending seminars during the symposium, KPC paramedic students will participate in judging the skills competition on the last day of the event.

As part of a strong community outreach program, KPC paramedic faculty members visit local fire departments four times a year and provide training and equipment. Most recently the faculty assisted the Kenai Fire Department with their annual competence training by providing SimMan, the college’s high fidelity human simulator, as well as other equipment needed to ensure the medics were meeting industry standards.  In addition, Paul Perry, KRC assistant professor of paramedic technology, worked with Kenai Fire Department Medical Director Dr. Teri Elliot to review the department’s standing orders and issued each medic case studies and scenarios to respond to. Perry estimates the outreach assistance (equipment only) resulted in cost savings exceeding $125,000 for the Kenai Fire Department.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.