Spring semester enrollment up at Kenai Peninsula College

Around Campus

Posted: Tuesday, January 29, 2008

At the end of the first week of classes, overall enrollment at is up over 10 percent in headcount and up more than four percent in credit hours over the same period last year.

There are almost 300 full-time and more than 1,100 part-time students enrolled at KPC campuses and extension sites this semester. There are more than 125 students enrolled in adult basic education or non-credit classes.

Professor gets book deal

History professor Dr. Cathryn Pearce's book proposal, "Cornish Wrecking, 1700-1860 Myth and Reality," has been accepted by Boydell and Brewer Publishing Ltd. in Suffolk, U.K.

HPV vaccine information available

The Student Health Clinic is hosting Autumn Leach, health educator for Planned Parenthood, for a one-hour lunch time health presentation called "HPV Vaccine: The shot that can save your life." The presentation will be at noon Wednesday in room 107. The event is open to the public and there will be a question and answer session about the vaccine, the diseases it prevents and who the target population is.

According the Centers for Disease Control Web site, genital HPV infection is a sexually transmitted disease (STD) that is caused by human papillomavirus (HPV). HPV is the name of a group of viruses that includes more than 100 different strains.

Kathy Becher, advanced nurse practitioner at the Student Health Clinic, provided information that HPV is the cause of cervical cancer; the second leading cause of cancer in women. It is the most common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. and it usually has no symptoms.

Becher says that 50 percent of men and women who are sexually active have HPV infection. The new vaccine prevents cervical cancer and genital warts and is 100 percent effective with minimal side effects. The vaccine also has been shown to prevent oral/pharyngeal cancers caused by HPV.

"The vaccine will not encourage sexual activity; much like using a seatbelt doesn't promote reckless driving," said Becher.

The vaccine is given in a series of three injections. Most insurance policies, including Medicaid, cover the cost of the vaccine and it is free to income eligible recipients.

The vaccine is recommended for female's ages 9 to 26.

For more information, call Kathy Becher at 262-0347.

Community Health Fair planned

The second annual health fair will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 20 in room 107 in the commons.

Kathy Becher, ANP, said, "There will be free health screenings and referrals, low cost blood tests, information promoting health awareness, disease prevention and healthy lifestyles."

Exhibitors include community agencies such as Love, Inc., Peninsula Smoke-Free, Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Disaster Preparedness, Dena'ina Health Clinic Nutrition Educator, Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Planned Parenthood, Nature's Remedies (SAD lights/herbal supplements,) The LeeShore Center, National Caregiver Association, hospice, Red Cross, and many others.

Door prizes will be health related items such as blood pressure monitors, relaxation CD's, fruit baskets and more.

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

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