Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

General public registration for the upcoming semester opened online at 12:01 a.m. and undoubtedly there were students on their computers trying their best to get a seat in the classes they need.


Registration priority, held over the last two weeks, is given to students enrolled, or having pending status, in certificate or degree programs. The intent is to ensure there are no barriers for students to earn certificates or degrees in the least amount of time possible. Staying on track for degree completion is a current theme being encouraged throughout the University of Alaska system.

Online registration will continue until classes start on Jan. 14. For those who prefer to register on campus, walk-in registration will be available from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Jan. 10 and 11.

For those who miss the registration windows, late registration is available during the first week of classes (Jan. 14-18). For details about the late registration fee and other requirements, including getting faculty approval, contact KPC’s Campus Services at KRC at 262-0330 or e-mail

First there was the popular, community interest class he developed and teaches every spring semester: The Art and History of Brewing. Now Bill Howell, KPC director of Student Services, has released his first book on the subject: “Beer on the Last Frontier: The Craft Breweries of Alaska, Volume I: Kenai Peninsula and Kodiak Island Breweries.”

“To my knowledge, no one has ever written a book on craft beers in Alaska. Given the tremendous growth in the last few years, I thought it was time. I hope people will find this work enlightening, entertaining and useful. It represents a small gift back, on my part, to all the brewers who work hard every day to give us exceptional beers to enjoy. I hope the book encourages both visitors and locals alike to seek out and sample some of the wonderful beers Alaska has to offer,” said Howell.

Howell says that in one sense, he’s been working on the book for the 20 years he has been pursuing craft beer. “In the strictest sense, I started actually writing the book in March of this year.”

According to Howell, this book is the first step toward the larger goal of covering breweries throughout the state of Alaska.

“I have two more volumes planned to complete the project: Volume II: Anchorage, Fairbanks and Everything in Between and Volume III: Southeast Alaska. When all three are complete, I will edit them into a single volume, which I will hopefully publish in paperback,” Howell said.

Howell’s book is available in Amazon Kindle format online at:

Since last report, the KRC Student Union has partnered with the Alaska Native Oratory Society to present the second open mic night of the semester from 7-9 p.m. on Nov. 29 in the Steffy Building. It has been announced that the popular, special guest DJ, Chris Pepper, will be facilitating a fun night of singing, karaoke, poetry and more.

Anyone interested in performing can sign up at the Student Union office (located in the Brockel Building), e-mail or call 262-0339.

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


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