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Student Union launches Students for Safe Access campaign

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: February 6, 2012 - 10:03am

Because of increased usage and safety concerns, administrators at KPC, the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District and Alaska Christian College have come together  asking the state legislature to support and fund a capital construction project that would extend and light the paved path along Poppy Lane to the intersection of College Road. The current paved path ends in front of K-Beach Elementary. In addition, the Kenai Peninsula College Council has adopted a resolution in support of the project.

Recently, the KRCSU has partnered with students at Alaska Christian College and K-Beach Elementary to initiate the Students' for Safe Access campaign in support of making a safer route for students and the community to walk along Poppy Lane.

The campaign centers on students' advocating for the project via postcards and e-mail to central Peninsula legislators and promotion of the project to other community members.

KPC English and Art departments' collaborative project receives award
The Awards Committee of the Two-Year College English Association (TYCA) of the National Council of the Teachers of English (NCTE) has announced that Kenai Peninsula College has won a 2012 Diana Hacker TYCA Award for Outstanding Programs in English for Two-Year Colleges and Teachers.

KPC's "Interdisciplinary Service-Learning: Making Connections in Art and Writing for Community Concerns" project has been selected as the exemplary program in the category of Reaching Across Borders. According to the TYCA, the project illustrates the KPC English Department's "creative response to the challenge of educating two-year college students and demonstrates professionalism in the commitment to educating diverse student populations."

A description of KPC's innovative, award-winning program will be published in "Teaching English in the Two-Year College," a national journal, and on the National TYCA web site. In addition, a plaque will be presented to KPC at the upcoming Convention of the Conference on College Composition and Communication in St. Louis, Missouri.

KRC Learning Center employee honored at UAA
KRC Learning Center GED Examiner Mary Bell was honored recently at the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Appreciation Luncheon at UAA. The event served to recognize UAA students who have made positive contributions to UAA/KPC. The students who were honored fill a variety of different leadership roles in student organizations, work behind the scenes for numerous departments and go above and beyond in their courses.

Taken from Dr. King's theme, "Everyone makes a difference," this was an opportunity to honor students as individuals who have made a difference through their work at UAA/KPC. According to the nomination that was submitted by KRC Learning Center Programs Manager Diane Taylor, Mary Bell was an AmeriCorps member at KRC for two years before becoming a GED Examiner, which allows her to travel to native and rural communities on the Kenai Peninsula. She has welcomed and hosted KRC foreign exchange students in her home, volunteers as a member of the Community Emergency Response Team and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society for two-year college students' with a GPA of 3.5 or greater.   

"Through all that she does, Mary embodies the answer to Dr. King's question, 'What are we doing for others?' and it was great to have her recognized for her efforts. It was empowering and meant a lot of Mary," said Taylor.

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

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