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Coins celebrate KPC's past

Posted: December 1, 2013 - 2:59pm  |  Updated: December 2, 2013 - 8:51am

50th anniversary commemorative coins on sale now

Reservations are now being accepted, as well as pre-payment, for the Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Peninsula Borough and Kenai Peninsula Borough School District commemorative coin sets. The collectable coins are being minted in both silver and copper with unique serial numbers.

Clayton Brockel (1923-2013), KPC’s founding director, Harold Pomeroy (1902-1983), the first borough chairman (now mayor) and Sterling Sears (1903-1992), the initial superintendent of the school district, will have their likenesses, along with the organizations’ logos, on the coins. Each coin will have a certificate of authenticity that reflects their historical significance.

The six coin sets, three silver and three copper (with matching serial numbers) are packaged together. The first production run is 155 sets and a second run of coins may be considered, depending on demand, but no more than 215 sets will be produced.

Cost of the coin sets is $380 and any sales profits will fund a KPC art student scholarship. The purchase of the coins will be through the KRC Bookstore (cash, check or credit card). Payment by credit card is available by calling 907-262-0312 (toll free 1-877-262-0330 and ask for the bookstore). Shipping and handling, including insurance, is available via priority, registered mail for $25. All serial number reservations will be taken on a first come, first serve basis and must be made directly via e-mail to: wskendrick@kpc.alaska.edu. Once the reservation has been requested, purchase can be made. Everyone who has reserved a set will be contacted when the shipment arrives and reservations will be held until 5 p.m. on Feb. 28 at which time sets not yet purchased will be returned to the general pool. A delivery date for the coin sets has not been determined but they are expected before the holiday break.

The Kenai River Campus Bookstore hours are: Dec. 20 & 23: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Dec. 24: 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m., Jan. 7-10: 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. and Jan. 13-17: 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. The remainder of January and February, the bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Seward High School students visit KRC

Martha Fleming, Seward High School counselor, and seven students enrolled in the Upward Bound program stayed the night in the KRC Residence Hall and spent a day finding out what college was like.

Tammie Willis, KPC’s associate director of residence life, put together a schedule for the group that included having breakfast in the hall with the Resident Advisors, meeting with career advisors, interacting with faculty members in their areas of interest, tours of the facilities, lunch at Joe’s Café in the commons and meeting with financial aid advisors.

“The goal of the visit was to provide students with an opportunity to explore how college fits into their future plans and gain an understanding of what they need to do to achieve their academic goals,” said Willis.

Willis did an initial survey with the students to gauge what their college plans were and followed up with an exit survey after their experiences at KPC. The results were remarkable and illustrated the value of their journey to explore the college.

Upon arrival, Josh indicated he was planning to study art at a school in Colorado that specializes in ceramics. In his exit interview it was apparent that the time he spent with Cam Choy, KRC assistant professor of art, had made an impression—he said he was thinking of getting his associate of arts degree at KRC so he could study with Cam and be more prepared when he goes out of state.

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