In a few months students will move into Kenai Peninsula College’s first residence hall on the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. Seeing the tide turn from being a commuter campus to a residential campus after almost 50 years of operation is a dream come true for those close to the college.
In an effort to give students a preview of what their private bedrooms might look like, a mockup has been set-up just outside the KRC bookstore. The layout and furniture will mirror what students can expect to find in their rooms.
But according to Tammie Willis, KPC’s new associate director of residence life, residence life is not just about giving students a place to sleep and study — it’s about them learning to be positive, contributing members of their communities.
“Within small, tight-knit, living-learning communities, students are able to shape their college experience by linking what they are learning inside and outside the classroom to their own lives and learning becomes personal, and learning is always deepest when it’s personal,” Willis said.
Applications to live and learn in the new facility for the fall semester will be accepted beginning April 15, the same day that general registration for the fall semester opens.
The public is invited to enroll in CED A133, Beginning Fly Fishing, with published National Geographic author Dave Atcheson, also the author of “Fishing Alaska’s Kenai Peninsula: A Complete Angler’s Guide.”
The one-credit, six-week course will be held from 7:15-9:15 p.m. on Wednesdays beginning March 20 in room 158. The course introduces the basics and is designed for those new to fly fishing. Students will learn how to fish local lakes and streams for trout, salmon and steelhead.
Register at UAOnline or call 262-0346 for more information.
There will be a screening of the film “Booker’s Place: a Mississippi Story” at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in room 108. The film follows the story of Booker Wright, an African-American restaurant owner and waiter, who became an unlikely activist of the Civil Rights Movement. The screening is free, open to the public and will be followed by a Q-and-A session with the film’s co-producer, Yvette Johnson.
A second free event is provided by Anchorage performance artist, poet, actor and puppeteer Brian Hutton who will be performing at 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 21 in room 109.
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.
For more information, call 262-0346 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Friday Dialogue series, sponsored by the Roundtable: Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue and the KRC Student Union, brings community members together to discuss important issues in a safe and welcoming forum.
An optional potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. and dialogue starts at 7 p.m. on Feb. 22 in the McLane Commons. Everyone is welcome and admission is free.
For more information, please contact Krista Timlin at 262-0337.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.