KPC has come a long way since 1964 when its first director, Clayton Brockel, essentially ran the college from the back of his old car everyone knew as "ol' Blue." Over the years, thousands of students have found Kenai Peninsula College an outstanding academic and vocational unit of the University of Alaska Anchorage. KPC, with campuses in the Soldotna-Kenai area, Homer and an extension site in Seward, has grown to become the definitive leader in post-secondary education on the Kenai Peninsula.
KPC will celebrate its 40th anniversary Thursday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the annual spring semester open house. The open house is held in conjunction with the first day of general public walk-in registration for the spring semester. This year the event is jam packed with fun!
KPC's open house is designed to showcase what the campus has to offer students and the community. It's hard to believe, but some residents have not even visited the campus before. If you're in this category, it's time to change that. Two three-credit classes and a halibut fishing charter (compliments of Bo Ansel and the Kenai Fishing Academy) will be given away as door prizes.
There will be ongoing entertainment throughout the day and free food. Faculty will be available at "Ask the Faculty Anything" roundtables to advise students and answer any questions they can come up with. Displays will include showcases of student artwork and a history of the buildings that make up the campus in Soldotna.
As in past years, there are many interesting demonstrations planned by KPC faculty. Seeing someone actually doing an activity can be the spark that ignites the desire to learn something yourself. Watercolor and wildlife painting, Japanese cooking, digital photography, Tai Chi, fly tying, hand-built ceramics, furniture making, design and fingerstyle guitar demonstrations are planned. Dave Atcheson, local author and coordinator of the Kenai Fishing Academy, will be available to sign copies of his book, "Fishing Alaska's Kenai Peninsula" and answer any questions about KPC's Fishing Academy.
There will be a special dedication ceremony beginning at 6 p.m. for the new three-dimensional art studio in the Ward Building. Funding for the studio was provided in part by the Anna Lea Fossett Goodrich program of the Damon Foundation. A plaque will be hung designating the new studio the "Anna Lea Fossett Goodrich 3-D Art Studio." KPC is very fortunate to have this facility and is thankful to the family that made this donation a reality. Immediately following the dedication, the art department will host an opening reception for a new show in the KPC Freeburg Gallery (see below for details).
The open house festivities will lead right into the first installment of KPC's Open Mic Night from 7 to 10. The KPC Student Union has a full slate of acts lined up to entertain everyone. The price for admission to the event is two cans of food (or packages of dry goods) that will be donated to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Attendees are reminded that mature subject matter may be presented and that persons under 13 need to be accompanied by an adult.
'Rarified Light' opens
Celia Anderson, KPC art professor and gallery director, is excited to announce the opening of the widely acclaimed "Rarified Light" photography exhibit in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery. The opening will be held in conjunction with all the open house festivities. Originally scheduled for Tuesday, the opening reception will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the Brockel Building.
This annual photography show, with incredible images from a wide variety of Alaska photographers, is always a treat and should not be missed. KPC is honored to be included in the traveling show's itinerary until Feb. 6.
Something for everyone
Without all the students at KPC, there wouldn't be much to celebrate at the open house. Students are reminded that online registration, something that didn't even exist 40 years ago, for the spring semester currently is available and will be throughout this week. Students also can register at the KPC Bookstore from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday.
The first day of classes will be Monday. Don't miss this opportunity to take a positive step in your life. Go to college; join the fun at KPC.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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