The Financial Aid office will be offering free help from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays through Feb. 28. Anyone needing assistance to filling a FAFSA for 2009/10 is encouraged to come to the help sessions. Attendees should bring their completed 2008 tax forms and nontax filers must bring documentation identifying 2009 untaxed income. University of Alaska students are encouraged to apply before Feb. 28 in order to be entered in a drawing to receive one of 100 1GB jump drives being given away. Call 262-0322 for more information.
Summer college classes can be a good way to catch up on college credits in a short period of time and reach graduation day more quickly. Summer classes are great for getting into popular classes that normally fill up quickly in the fall and spring semesters. The college is offering around 20 classes during its summer session, including multiple English, math and EMT classes, and registration is right around the corner. Online and walk-in registration is available beginning Feb. 23. Call Campus Services at 262-0330 for more information. Students registering for online summer classes should remember that they can only order textbooks for distance classes at http://www.mbsdirect.net.
See New York artist Alexandra Baio's unusual and refreshing exhibit "Leader of the Pack" at the Gary L. Freeburg Gallery from now until March 4. Baio won the Boit Award for painting at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
The annual Kachemak Bay Writers Conference in Homer will feature widely acclaimed poet and author of four critically acclaimed books of poetry. Li-Young Lee as its keynote speaker. The conference includes workshops, readings and panel presentations in fiction, poetry, nonfiction and the business of writing. The conference will be held at Land's End Resort from June 12 to 16 and is open to 150 participants. Registration information and forms are available at http://writersconference.homer.alaska.edu.
Ruth Greiss, Student Union president, and Remy Spring, a student delegate, are heading to Juneau from Feb. 20 to 25 in order to represent the student body's opposition to the UA budget, which has had every community campus capital budget request removed by the Board of Regents. All capital budget requests from community campuses were replaced with a $4 million feasibility study.
Greiss and Spring will attend a legislative conference hosted by UAS for the first two days, going through workshops with legislators. During the next two days, they will meet with legislators and possibly Gov Palin to advocate, on behalf of UA students, the approval of the UAA budget request, which still had community campus budget requests included.
This article was provided by Naomi Hagelund, Kenai Peninsula College Advancement.
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