Longtime scholarship donor John B. Hakala dies; legacy remains

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, January 18, 2006

In April 1996, John B. Hakala established the Kenai Peninsula College John B. and Mae M. Hakala Scholarship endowment through the University of Alaska Foundation for students pursuing a degree in art, nursing or biological sciences.

Hakala, 86, died of natural causes Jan. 3 in Fairbanks. A memorial service for Hakala will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Soldotna Methodist Church.

His niece, Karen, serves as the grants management and payroll technician in Campus Services at KPC. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that condolences and donations for the scholarship fund be sent c/o Karen Hakala, 36815 Hakala Lane, Soldotna, AK 99669.

For information on setting up private scholarship funds, call Marci Zimmerman, director of administrative services, at 262-0304.

Portrait project displayed

Art professor Celia Anderson has been heard in the halls saying, “Have you seen all the faces staring at you from the walls of the commons or the library gallery?” Anderson is referring to the end products of a community engagement partnership between last semester’s beginning drawing, color photography and writing in the natural and social sciences classes and the Kenai Senior Citizens Center.

Art students partnered with seniors in order to create expressive portraits of them. The project culminated in a public exhibition of portraits first at the senior center and now at the school until the end of January.

Grants workshop scheduled

The school is partnering with the Kenai River Council on the Arts to present a grants for artists workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the campus.

The facilitator at the workshop will be Victoria Lord, former senior curator of programs for the Ketchikan Museum, who recently joined the Rasmuson Foundation as a program associate. Lord brings a wealth of experience to her new role, focusing on the programs created through the foundation’s recently announced 10-year, $20 million Arts and Culture Initiative.

According the Rasmuson Foundation Web site, during Lord’s seven-year tenure at the Ketchikan Museum, she was responsible for museum programs, workshops, special events, publications and educational activities and worked extensively with Northwest Coast artists. Previously, she served 11 years as executive director for the Ketchikan Area Arts and Humanities Council and is the co-chair of the Alaska Culture Center’s Consortium.

The event is free to artists of all media and venues. Space is limited. Call 262-7767 to register. Private consultations with Lord also are available.

Presentation set on millennial generation

The school will host Robert W. Wendover, director of the Center for Generational Studies in Aurora, Colo.

Wendover has been studying age diversity within American society for more than a decade. He is the author of “Hey Dude! The Manager’s Short Course on the Emerging Generations” and numerous other works on the topic. He also is a frequent contributor to print and electronic media, including CNN and CNBC.

Wendover’s presentation will be from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 27 in Room 101A in the Ward Building.

The event is free and the public is encouraged to attend. For more information, call 262-0320 or e-mail insk@uaa.alaska.edu.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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