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Terri Cowart, KRC Learning Center adult basic education instructor, was awarded the prestigious Alaska Adult Education Association’s Educator Award at the recent statewide AAEA meeting in Anchorage.

The Alaska Adult Education Association, founded in 1977, is open to all adult educators in the areas of adult, continuing, literacy, agricultural, military, corrections, religious, higher, vocational, community, and extension education. The non-profit group is dedicated to the development of an effective education and job training program for adults in Alaska. Programs and services include, but are not limited to, English language and literacy, citizenship, GED preparation and testing, college and career awareness, workforce readiness, and basic skills development.

Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center programs manager, wrote in Cowart’s nomination, “Terri epitomizes what excellence in education looks like! This, along with her genuine compassion and sensitivity to her students, makes her worthy of receiving this recognition from the AAEA.”

Cowart is admired by both her students and her colleagues in the Learning Center.

“Terri Cowart is the ultimate adult educator. Her persistence, patience and encouragement changes students from anxious, impatient test takers to enthralled lifelong learners. Many students have received “The Look” from Terri! Her direct gaze conveys a message of, ‘you can do this’, before she even expresses her support verbally. Her sincerity is reflected back by teary graduates as they thank her and share hugs at graduation,” said Bev Edwards, Cowart’s fellow adult basic education instructor in the Learning Center.

The KPC Student Health Clinic recently organized and coordinated the first blood drive held since a five hour event in 2005 that saw 11 donors register with a grand total of seven units of blood collected.

This year’s drive was held from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 9 in the Blood Bank of Alaska’s LifeMobile that was parked in front of the new KRC Residence Hall. Overall, 45 donors registered to give blood. A total of 34 units were collected. Of the 45 donors who registered to participate, 16 were new blood donors.

According to Kathy Becher, KPC’s Advanced Nurse Practitioner, Julia Johnson, KPC student and clinic receptionist, “gets all the kudos for this one! She organized the entire drive and called every donor to remind them of their appointment and worked with BBA to get this accomplished.”

Becher also complimented the BBA staff onsite as being “professional, kind, funny and accommodating to all the donors.”

“There is nothing I know of that the BBA team could do to make it better. We would love to have them back anytime; twice a year would be great,” said Becher.

KPC’s Kenai River Campus will again celebrate Halloween with a series of festivities including trick-or-treating for the kids and contests for best decorated department and best student costume.

This year’s event will be held from 3-5 p.m. on Oct. 31. Community members are welcome to attend and participate in department trick-or-treating (maps can be picked up at the front door; trick-or-treaters can follow the posted arrows to treats).

For more information about this event, please contact the KRC Student Union (who is organizing the event) at 262-0339.

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