KPC Student Union sponsoring Halloween fun

The public is invited to attend the annual Halloween celebration at KPC's Kenai River Campus from 3-5 p.m. on Monday. Parents are encouraged to bring their costumed kids in KRC's center entrance to pick up a map to the departments that are participating in the trick-or-treat fest. The map is also available from the Kenai Peninsula College Facebook page (be sure to like the page and help the college reach the goal of 1,000 likes.)

Trick-or-treaters and their chaperones will be asked to take part in the judging of each department's decorating efforts. The Student Union will provide prizes for the best decorated area of the college and for the best student costume.

For more information, contact the Student Union at 262-0339 or send a message to the KRC Student Union Facebook page.

KPC Showcase Art and Lecture series upcoming event
For more than 25 years the KPC Showcase, formerly known as the Sunday Showcase, has brought arts, entertainment and lectures to central Peninsula residents. This semester the tradition continues by featuring a variety of interesting speakers, authors and performers.

The Showcase events are free and are scheduled to occur at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in room 109 at KRC's Ward Building through Nov. 30 (excluding Nov. 23 because of the Thanksgiving holiday.)

The next program in the schedule will occur on Nov. 2 focusing on Alaska's wildlife refuges. The public is invited to join Andy Loranger, manager of the Kenai Wildlife Refuge, and Steve Delehanty, manager of the Alaska Maritime Refuge, to explore what makes these and Alaska's other wildlife refuges special. Jerry MacDonnell, a representative of the Friends of the National Wildlife Refuges, will also participate in the presentation.

Alaska's 16 refuges are part of the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the first refuge was established in 1903 by President Theodore Roosevelt, the system has grown to more than 150 million acres with 555 refuges nationwide.

For more information about this or other upcoming Showcase events, contact Coordinator Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail: indaa@kpc.alaska.edu.

Kachemak Bay Campus' Semester by the Bay update
This is the first semester that KPC's campus in Homer has offered the Semester by the Bay program, a learning experience tailored for students interested in marine biology, ecology, environmental science, field biology or similar fields. Students from around Alaska and the U.S. spend a semester in the maritime environment of Kachemak Bay taking a selection of upper division biology and ecology courses and a variety of Alaska-themed courses at KBC.

The program is the brainchild of Dr. Debbie Boege-Tobin, assistant professor of biology at KBC. She characterizes the program as a place-based educational experience designed to meet the needs of college students majoring in the natural sciences to meet their individual goals in a creative and adventurous way.

Visit the Semester by the Bay Facebook page to see pictures documenting a recent whale carcass recovery and other images of the students' adventures.

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

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