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Kenai Peninsula College: Interest in Residence Hall is growing

Posted: October 6, 2013 - 3:49pm  |  Updated: October 7, 2013 - 7:50am

People joke that although Alaska is the biggest state in the U.S., everyone knows someone and news has a way of spreading rapidly. The news about KPC’s first residence life program is getting out and the buzz is growing.

The new, 92-bed facility is not yet half full in its first semester of operation and that was expected by KPC administrators. But all indicators point to the hall’s population increasing next semester and beyond. Traditionally, most residents move in their apartments just prior to the beginning of a semester but the hall has seen some residents moving in during the semester, as rates are prorated for later move-in dates.

According to Tammie Willis, associate director of residence life, the hall staff has been providing quite a few tours. “Some have been for current students who have stopped by to attend one of our programs. Others have been for groups holding meetings in the hall multipurpose room. The Kenai Peninsula Borough School District counselors are among those who have met there and they were interested in seeing the facility and discussing using it for conferences. There have also been future students that Student Services has sent our way after meeting with them,” Willis said.

Most inquiries and tour requests are coming from around the Peninsula, but Willis says there have been several from around the state and a few from the lower 48. She is particularly excited about working with Elon College in New York. “They are interested in housing ten students with us over the summer as part of their Study USA program,” Willis said.

The most common thing she hears when giving a tour is “This is not like I remember in college.” “KPC’s hall is not in any way the traditional residence hall that most folks think of when they hear the word dorm. The next thing I hear after that is ‘I want to live here.’ ” Willis said.

What features do tour takers seem to like best about the residence hall?

“I think it’s a toss-up between the private bedrooms and the free laundry. Parents who tour definitely like the idea that their kids shouldn’t be bringing home bags of dirty clothes,” Willis said.

To learn more about the KRC Residence Hall, visit the web site at kpcdorms.com or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/KPCDorms . To schedule a tour of the facility, call 262-0265 or e-mail hheath2@kpc.alaska.edu.

KPC joins borough and school district to commemorate major milestone

Alaska became a state in 1959 and five years later, Kenai Peninsula College, the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District were all founded. In a state only 54 years old, a 50 year anniversary is a significant landmark.

The three organizations have come together to commemorate the fiftieth tri-anniversary in 2014 by having three-coin sets minted (in both silver and copper versions) that show the first leaders of each organization, Clayton Brockel (KPC), Harold Pomeroy (KPB) and Stirling Sears (KPBSD), on the front sides and the logos on the reverse. The collectable, serial numbered sets, as well as individual coins will become available in December.

Anyone interested in being notified when the coins are available can e-mail wskendrick@kpc.alaska.edu or send their name, address and phone number to KPC Advancement, 156 College Rd., Soldotna, AK 99669.

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

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