Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Mark the calendar! The public is invited to take advantage of the annual KRC health fair event that will be held on Wedneday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in the McLane Commons.


Participants will have access to a vast array of health education materials through interactive learning centers and exhibits. There will be health screenings available including blood pressure measurement, body mass index readings and vision checks.

One of the most popular aspects of the health fair is the availability of low cost, high quality blood tests. Blood draws will be available in room 116 of the Ward Building. Tests available include: comprehensive chemistry/hematology profile (27 tests) that includes a complete metabolic panel, CBC (complete blood count) and lipids for $45; TSH (thyroid stimulating hormone) for $30; PSA (prostate specific antigen) for $25; vitamin D level for $50; hemoglobin A1C (measures average blood glucose control for the past 2-3 months) for $25; and ABO/RH blood typing for $20. Individuals being tested for the complete metabolic panel should fast for 10-12 hours prior to the blood draw and anyone having any blood test should drink lots of water prior to the event.

For more information, please contact Kathy Becher, KPC’s advanced nurse practitioner, at 262-0362 or e-mail

KRC construction update

With six more months until the grand opening/ribbon cutting ceremonies, KRC’s residence hall and Career and Technical Education Center are already impressive. Phillip Miller, KPC construction project manager, provided a tour of both facilities on Feb. 5 for KPC Director Gary Turner, Peninsula Clarion Reporter Dan Schwartz, and Associate Director of Residence Life Tammie Willis and Advancement personnel.

With more than 30 craftsmen working on the residence hall, significant progress is notable throughout the building. Miller explained that most of the plumbing, electrical, ventilation ducting and fire protection systems have been installed and that sheetrock is going up rapidly.

Although the CTEC is wrapped in reinforced visqueen, workers were busy inside putting up interior wall studs and installing electrical fixtures. Miller pointed out that the siding for the building is arriving in small lots and the windows for the project are currently being constructed.

There is no doubt that KPC’s Kenai River Campus will be greatly enhanced when the facilities are ready for occupancy in August.

Winter enlightenment: KPC Showcase's Spring Arts and Lecture Series

The first event of the KPC Showcase’s Spring Arts and Lecture Series will feature Anchorage performance artist, poet, actor and puppeteer Brian Hutton performing a combination of two of his plays at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in room 109 in the Ward Building at KRC.

Hutton will combine his play, “The Best of the 20th Century Man,” which features works from parts one and two of his 2008 plays as well as new material, and “In Their Own Words: Emma Goldman and Adolph Fischer,” which looks at the story of 19th century anarchist Adolph Fischer (Hutton’s great-grand uncle) and fellow anarchist Emma Goldman.

The public is invited to enjoy this free evening of entertainment. For more information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail


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