KPC course aims to help tackle winter blues

Blues, be gone

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

Kenai Peninsula residents will learn ways to tackle depression and winter blues in a course called Defeating Depression, this weekend at Kenai Peninsula College. This one-credit psychology course will be Friday and Saturday at the Soldotna campus.

"Chronic depression is not a sign of character weakness, it is a total body illness," wrote Dr. Patricia Ainsworth in the book, "Understanding Depression."

Students will examine the symptoms and sources of depression, including "winter blues," or seasonal affective disorder (SAD), at this workshop. Psychological theories for the prevention and treatment of depression will be studied, as well. Registration is open until 5 p.m. Friday, when the course begins.

KPC Student Union News

Student Union members have been busy processing numerous applications for the new photo student ID for the college, which also will serve as a University of Alaska library card. Bring your proof of registration to the Student Union office for processing your application.

Students interested in the weekly drawings for the two front row parking spots need to fill out a coupon in the front of the Student Union office window and drop it into the box. This drawing is guaranteed to bring a warm feeling to the winners on any cold Alaska day.

Graduation announcements are on sale in the Student Union office. Purchase a pack of five invitations with double envelopes for $5. Feb. 15, the Student Union office will take reservations for graduation caps and gowns. The rental fee is $15 with a refundable deposit of $20 when the items are returned in the same condition as rented. One free graduation announcement will be given to each graduate upon rental of a cap and gown.

The Student Union is happy to provide the students, staff and faculty members with fresh popcorn, free on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Phi Theta Kappa has scheduled a meeting for all current and prospective members at Kaladi Brothers Coffee House in Soldotna at 9 a.m. Saturday. PTK will provided coffee. For more information about the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, stop by the Student Union office and see Mike Woods.

Spring semester enrollment

The KPC spring semester registration is up 9 percent from the spring semester last year.

Enrollment will continue to increase during the semester with ongoing registration for late starting classes, special course offerings and other training courses that come in by request from the business community, area agencies and other organizations.

Early enrollment figures for the college at the end of the first week of semester-length classes show 303 full-time, 975 part-time and 18 noncredit students for a total of 1,296.

Student Services

The Student Services Center is in the commons area near the administration offices and always prepared to offer assistance in academic advising, personal counseling, resource referrals, career counseling, financial aid, peer advising and assistance with college forms, catalogs, schedules and transcripts.

The Student Services staff consists of two counselors, a financial aid officer, a career center coordinator and knowledgeable student advisors, who work cohesively to make your college experience less intimidating and as stress-free as possible. Don't hesitate to stop by with a question; they are here for you.

Appointments can be scheduled by calling 262-0330.

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