KPC health fair scheduled

Posted: Monday, January 25, 2010

The student health clinic at the Kenai River Campus is sponsoring the fourth annual public health fair from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 17 in the McLane Commons.

In addition to discounted blood tests, including wellness panels, there will be five health-related exhibits, provided by Alaska Health Fair, Inc., on display. In addition, there will be more than 20 local organizations providing informational exhibits, including Arctic Chiropractic, Dena'ina Health Clinic, Frontier Community Services, Geneva Woods Healthcare, Hospice of the Central Peninsula, Independent Living Center, Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management, The Leeshore Center, Peninsula Health Center, Peninsula Smokefree Partnership, Alaska Family Services (WIC) and KPC's Paramedic Program Coordinator Paul Perry and his current group of student paramedics. For more information, contact Kathy Becher, ANP, at the KRC Health Clinic at 262-0362 or e-mail

Tutor Program recertified

The Learning Center at Kenai Peninsula College's Kenai River Campus recently had their Tutor Training Program recertified by the College Reading and Learning Association. The program has carried this certification for the past 15 years, with recertification every five years. The reviewers who evaluated the program's certification application were impressed with how the tutor training program was presented. They requested permission to use the Learning Center's program as one of their models for "colleagues to consult while developing their own tutor training programs and certification applications." The Learning Center's program manager, Diane Taylor, added that for the first time, their Master Level Tutor Seminar was offered via distance delivery last semester.

Swartz receives award

Alaska Center for the Book , a non-profit organization that has been celebrating the richness and diversity of language since 1991, has selected KBC Director Carol Swartz as one of four recipients of the 2009 Contributions to Literacy in Alaska award. Swartz is being recognized for her work in establishing the Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference held in Homer, Alaska every summer. The highly acclaimed conference features workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and the business of writing.

This year, the conference will be held June 11 to 15 at Land's End Resort. The keynote speaker will be Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, Michael Cunningham. Cunningham's books include "Specimen Days," "Laws for Creations," "Flesh and Blood" and "The Hours."

Enrollment for the conference is limited and academic credit is optional. For more information, visit the conference Web site at

Language course popular

In some ways, KRC Anthropology Professor Dr. Alan Boraas feels like he is collaborating with an old friend to teach his introductory Dena'ina language course this semester.

"Fifteen students of all ages and backgrounds are signed up. The class is very unique," Boraas said.

"Though I am the instructor of record, in essence most of the materials are those of Peter Kalifornsky and other elders as translated into a Web-based program that most of you are aware of. Though he has been dead for 17 years, Peter Kalifornsky is the primary instructor."

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, KPC Advancement Program Manager.

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