Kenai River Campus celebrates commencement

Kenai Peninsula College

The Kenai River Campus will hold its 42nd commencement ceremony at 7 p.m., May 15, at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson auditorium. KRC chooses valedictorians from the two major academic divisions at the college. David Duncan, graduating with his general business associate of applied science degree, is the Business & Industry valedictorian, and Melissa Humphrey, earning her associate of arts degree, is the Arts & Sciences valedictorian.


The keynote speaker at the commencement will be Linda Swarner, executive director of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank and a KPC alumna. Swarner earned her Master's degree in Public Administration from the University of Alaska Southeast in 2010, attending the bulk of the courses at KRC via satellite transmission from Juneau.

UA President Patrick Gamble, UAA Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor Michael Driscoll and Regents Carl Marrs, Dale Anderson and Tim Brady will participate in the ceremony.

The KRC Student Services, with assistance by the Student Union, will provide a reception for the graduates and their families in the auditorium lobby immediately following the ceremony.

KRC biology professor to curate wildlife art show
For the third time since he's been in Alaska, Dr. David Wartinbee has been busy arranging a world-class, wildlife art show. The summer-long show, entitled A Celebration of Wildlife Art: 2012, will have a grand opening reception from 6-9 p.m. on Friday, June 1 at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center.

The show will consist of more than 100 original paintings and pencil sketches created by 48 wildlife artists. According to Wartinbee, it will be the biggest wildlife art show ever held in Alaska.

"The artists whose original works will be on display reads like a who's who of the wildlife art world: Jason Adcox, Al Agnew, John Banovich, Robert Bateman, Larry Beckstein,  Rollie Brandt, Carl Brenders, Guy Coheleach, Julie Chapman, Randall Compton, Lindsey Foggett, Rod Frederick, Brian Grimm, Tony Hilscher, Terry Isaac, Cole Johnson, James Kasper,  David Kitler, Shane Lamb, George Lockwood, John Lofgreen, Gary Lyons, David Maass, Peter Mathios, Greg McHuron, Jan McQuire, Krystii Melaine, Bruce Miller, Rosemary Millette,  Thomas Moen, James Morgan, Gail Niebrugge, Ralph Oberg, Steve Oliver, John Seerey-Lester,  Suzie Seerey-Lester, Michael Sieve, Adam Smith, Dan Smith, Mort Solberg, Scott Storm, Ed Tussey, Ron Van Guilder, Jon Van Zyle, Persis Weirs, and Derek Wick," said Wartinbee.

"All of the animals depicted in this show are ones found in Alaska. Each artist was invited to create a miniature painting so many smaller pieces by these famous artists will also be on display and virtually all of the paintings will be for sale."

Artist Dan Smith has painted a polar bear image that will serve as the show's official poster and another participating artist, Carl Brenders, is creating a painting of two grizzly bear cubs that will be debuted on opening night. Wartinbee says many pieces were created especially for the show and they will be displayed for the first time. 

The exhibition will be on display through Monday, Sept. 3. To learn more about the show contact the KVVC at 283-1991 or Dr. David Wartinbee at 262-0337.

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