Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Many KPC employees spend their entire adult working lives helping students find success at the college. One such longtime employee, Shelly Blatchford, recently retired from the admissions office in KRC’s Campus Services after 30 years of service.


Julie Cotterell will be filling the very big shoes left by Blatchford as KPC’s new admissions and student records coordinator. Cotterell has worked as a UAA employee in Anchorage as an academic advisor, an administrative secretary and academic support advisor and for a short time, as a student association advisor and administrative assistant at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer.

Jennifer Anderson recently joined the KRC staff and will serve as the faculty office manager. Anderson is replacing Jacque Hill who served as faculty secretary for the Arts and Sciences division for more than 25 years. Hill retires at the end of the current academic year.

Anderson’s work experience includes being the director and owner of HomeGrown Kids Childcare since her move to Alaska in the summer of 2012. She also served as an adjunct instructor at several community colleges in the Portland area and as a marketing communications specialist at Portland Community College.

KRC faculty members promoted

KPC Director Gary Turner has announced that three KPC assistant professors have been granted tenure and promoted to associate professor effective July 1. These outstanding faculty members include Mike Hawfield, KBC assistant professor of history/political science, Paul Landen, KRC assistant professor of psychology, and Cheryl Siemers, KRC assistant professor of English.

KRC Student Art Exhibition award recipients announced

According to the KRC Art Students’ League Association, this year’s annual Student Art Show got rave reviews as one of the finest ever shown in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery. The exhibit was juried by Bill Heath and Cathy Rolph, KRC adjunct art instructors, and Cam Choy, KRC’s new associate professor of art.

The following students received awards for their work in KRC’s 2013 Student Art Exhibition. The best of show award went to Chris Banas; juror’s choice was Sheri Sather and the honorable mentions were given to Tracie Stang, Christopher Bender, Jennie Barenholtz and Melinda Nelson.

Fall, summer registration open

Public registration for the upcoming summer and fall semesters is currently underway and class sections continue to fill up and close. Although the pace of enrollment is lagging slightly behind the same time last year, as the snow melts, enrollments are trending up daily. The fall semester begins Aug. 26.

Summer semester registration is also open and students can register up until the first day of the class. Some courses are offered in a condensed, five-week block.

Register for KPC classes at UAOnline from the KPC website homepage. For more information, call KRC Student Services at 262-0330 or e-mail

Kenai Community Library to host artist showcase

The Kenai Community Library will be hosting a featured local artist showcase at 6 p.m. on May 30 with singer/songwriter, and recent KPC graduate, Chris Pepper.

Pepper, a longtime host of KRC open mic nights and a popular local personality, is sure to provide a rousing evening of entertainment.

For more information, please contact the Kenai Community Library at 283-4378.


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


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