Around Campus: KPC celebrating 50th anniversary

Plans have been in the works for two years preparing for the huge milestone the college will mark this year. Taking into consideration that Alaska has only been a state for 55 years, celebrating a 50 year anniversary is indicative of an organization that has greatly contributed to the fabric of the Kenai Peninsula.


KPC will be sharing the stage with both the Kenai Peninsula Borough and the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District, as all three will celebrate 50 years of service to the Kenai Peninsula. Talks are under way to determine if there will be shared events to commemorate the occasion, as the three organizations have worked hand-in-hand over the years to build the infrastructure that defines the Peninsula’s local government, K-12 education and post-secondary education.

KPC has commissioned a 50 year anniversary history book that is nearing completion, partnered with the borough and school district to produce collectable, commemorative coins and will have a combination community barbeque and anniversary celebration on Aug. 21 at the Kenai River Campus.

KPC has also released a 50th anniversary logo that will be used throughout the year to promote the historic occasion.

Free winter concert of traditional Irish music

The KRC Learning Center invites the community to enjoy an evening of traditional Irish music and folklore at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 23 at the Kenai River Campus McLane commons.

Don’t miss this opportunity to see renowned musicians John Walsh (tenor banjo), Pat Broaders (vocals and bouzouki) and Sean McComiskey (button accordion) playing a free concert of Irish music.

This annual event is sponsored by the KPC Multicultural Consortium, the UAA Diversity Action Council and the KPC Showcase. For more information, please contact Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or e-mail

Registration open or 2014 Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference

Registration is now open for the 2014 Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference. The nationally recognized writing conference, held at Land’s End Resort in Homer, features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and the business of writing.

This year’s conference will be held from June 13-17 and the keynote speaker will be international best-selling novelist Alice Sebold, the author of “The Lovely Bones,” a novel, and “Lucky,” a memoir. Both were No. 1 New York Times bestsellers. Her third book, “The Almost Moon” was published in 2007.

Sebold won the American Booksellers Association Book of the Year Award for Adult Fiction in 2003 for “The Lovely Bones” and the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel in 2002. Sebold is an alumna of the Ragdale Foundation and she edited “The Best American Short Stories 2009.”

Presenting writers include Heidi Bell, Richard Chiappone, Tracy Daughtery, Kwame Dawes, Debbie Dahl Edwardson, Katherine Faussett, Erin Coughlin Hollowell, Holly Hughes, Tom Kizzia, Nancy Lord, Lee Martin, dg naouch okpik, Benjamin Percy, Schott Russell Sanders, Marjorie Sandor, Eva Saulitis, Peggy Shumaker, Sherry Simpson and guest speaker Eowyn Ivey.

Registration for the conference will cost $375 through 5 p.m. on May 2 ($300 for admitted, UA degree-seeking students) and $395 from May 3 through June 12. This cost covers all conference activities, including opening dinner, workshops and luncheons. Access the registration form and learn more about the conference at the Writers’ Conference website at This conference is sponsored by KPC’s Kachemak Bay Campus. For more information, please call 235-7743 or e-mail


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


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