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Posted: Monday, January 14, 2002

First Lady's Volunteer Awards open for nominations

Nominations for the First Lady's Volunteer Awards, given by Susan Knowles, are being accepted through March 25. The awards will be presented to unpaid volunteers whose efforts have significantly benefited their community or the state. Nominations can be submitted by individuals or by organizations, and they will be judged on the following criteria -- length of service benefiting the community or the state, extraordinary personal commitment, participation in an innovative or creative volunteer project, or significant impact on or benefit to the community or the state.

The final decision will be made by a statewide, nonpartisan panel of judges. Last year, Susan Knowles presented awards to 20 volunteers from across the state.

Nomination forms can be obtained by downloading the application from the Web site at www.gov.state.ak.us or by calling the office of the governor at 269-7450 in Anchorage. For more information, contact Melinda Taylor at 269-7450.

Homer Community Schools announcements

The Teens as Teachers/Youth Advocacy Program seminar still has openings. There is no fee and lunch is provided. For more information, call 235-4991.

The Cross-Country Skate Skiing class dates have been changed to Jan. 27 and Feb. 3. There are still openings and registration is continuing.

The Effective Foot Reflexology dates are listed in the catalogue as March 7 through April 25 but should be March 6 through April 24.

Anyone in need of a tutor or interested in becoming a tutor can call Homer Community Schools. For more information, call 235-6090.

Alaska SeaLife Center news

In less than two weeks, Dr. Bob Ballard, the explorer who discovered the wreckage of the RMS Titanic, will come to the center with more than two dozen students and teachers from the United States and Great Britain to participate in a unique distance learning program. From Jan. 28 to Feb. 8, the Jason Project will broadcast 55 live, one-hour programs via satellite and the Internet. The broadcasts start at 6 a.m. Jan. 28. More than one million students worldwide will experience the interdisciplinary, multimedia learning expedition, which will explore topics like marine mammals, glaciers, polar exploration, monitoring climate change from space and Alaska Native culture.

During the Jason Project's two-week stay, ASLC guests will be able to view three live broadcasts daily, at 9 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and noon in the center's exit video gallery. The center is also finalizing plans to host special lectures at 2 p.m. throughout the two-week period. These special presentations will cover a number of "Frozen Worlds" subjects, including research in Antarctica, traversing the Harding Icefield, glaciers, ice diving, penguins and ASLC research.

For more information about special educational opportunities during the Jason Project, including the special "Frozen Worlds" lectures, contact the ASLC at 1-800-224-2525.



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