Orientation, open house planned at KPC this week

Posted: Wednesday, January 02, 2002

Kenai Peninsula College invites the community to find out more about its campus as the new semester begins.

Today, the campus will host orientation sessions for new students, and Thursday it will host an open house with information, activities, refreshments and door prizes.

The orientation will run through three sessions beginning at 9 a.m., noon and 6 p.m. They will include information on degrees, certificate programs, financial aid, scholarships, career options and campus services. The orientations also provide opportunities to meet faculty advisers, get to know the staff, explore the campus and register early for classes. Reservations are recommended; to sign up call 262-0330.

Walk-in registration for currently admitted degree and certificate students begins today. The hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The general public can sign up for classes from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday.

Thursday's open house runs from 11 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Soldotna campus.

Free entertainment, food, tours, demonstrations and exhibits will be available, and two three-credit classes will be given away as door prizes.

Ongoing tours will explore the machine shop, welding shop, Learning Center and library. The Multi-cultural Consortium, Phi Theta Kappa, the quilting class, the student union and the sculpture class will have displays.

Instructors will present live demonstrations.

Yasuko Lehtinen will cook Japanese food from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Molly Mahurin will demonstrate floral design from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; and Dave Acheson will tie flies and show fly fishing techniques from 3 to 5 p.m.

Faculty members will participate in "ask faculty anything roundtables" throughout the day:

From 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. those available will be Allen Houtz, process technology; Sherril Miller, education; and Dayne Clark, business.

From 12:30 to 2 p.m. they will be Barb Christian, women's studies; Cathy Pearce, history; and Lance Petersen, the bachelor of liberal studies program.

From 2 to 3:30 p.m. they will be David Wartinbee, nursing; Dave Spann, process technology; and Ann Marina, studies including yoga, mind-body medicine, depression, anger management, herbs and nutrition.

From 3:30 to 5 p.m. they will be Dave Forbes, the bachelor of liberal studies program; Scott Kraxberger, computer technology; and Minda Tessler, psychology.

From 5 to 6:30 p.m. Ray Zagorski, business, will be available.

A stage will be set up in the main commons area with free entertainment all day. The acts will include guitarist Mike Morgan (11 a.m. to noon), guitarist Dave Wartinbee (noon to 12:30 p.m. and again from 5 to 5:30 p.m.), violinist Les Bender (12:30 to 1 p.m.), storyteller Carol Ford (1 to 1:30 p.m. and again from 4 to 4:30 p.m.), guitarist Holly Nagasako (2:30 to 3:30 p.m.), guitarist Whitey Dyment and flutist Sara Glaves (5:30 to 6 p.m.) and jazz and ballet from Lane Means (6 to 7 p.m.).

Classes will begin Monday.

The central peninsula campus is at the intersection of College Drive and Poppy Lane off Kalifornsky Beach Road west of Soldotna.

KPC is a fully accredited division of the University of Alaska Anchorage. It offers two- and four-year degree programs in selected subjects, business and industrial certificate programs and ongoing, individualized adult education.

For more information, call the campus at 262-0330.

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