Students strive to keep their grades up for a variety of reasons, one of which is to be recognized for their achievements. At KPC, students who have a grade point average of 3.5 or above are eligible to be invited into the internationally recognized honor society for two-year colleges, Phi Theta Kappa. The honor society, founded in 1918, serves to encourage students in their academic achievements and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through leadership and service.
Last Wednesday evening, Kathy Bender, PTK president at KPC, inducted Naomi J. Hagelund, Jamie M. Encelewski, Monica C. Fox, Nichole M. Polzin, Nicholas P. Berg, Brett A. Encelewski and Michele Buchco into the honor society.
KPC congratulates these outstanding students for their accomplishments and encourages them to continue working toward academic excellence.
What's the mystery?
KPC's newest full-time art faculty member, Jayne Jones, is the featured artist at the Kenai Visitors and Convention Center through mid-March.
The exhibit, titled "Mystery in a Common Place," features black-and-white photography that grew out of the artist's desire to reveal the cultural wealth, dignity and mystery found in an ordinary, rural East Tennessee mountain community. The photographs depict cultural aspects of the rural Smoky Mountains through portraiture of a family, their friends and neighbors.
Be sure to see this exhibit at the center. It is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.
For more information, contact the visitors center at 283-1991 or KPC Community Relations at 262-0320.
KPC's Who's Who highlights the faculty and staff who work hard to make KPC a college of first choice. This week KPC would like to introduce the assistant to the director, AAEO officer and adjunct t'ai chi instructor.
Who: Karen Dorcas
Academic background: Karen earned her associate of arts degree at KPC in 1985. She has taken more than 35 additional classes over and above those required for her degree. Over the years, Dorcas has participated in 23 different seminars to increase her skills in both her profession and her many artistic hobbies.
Time is Alaska: "I've been in Alaska since Feb. 22, 1971. ...Yikes, 32 years, all of my growing up years! My husband had been stationed in Fairbanks and decided to move to Alaska. Kenai was our destination because I knew someone and already had a job. At that time we needed to list everything on paper that we had with us (everything in a small Datsun pickup), how much money we had and that we had jobs before crossing the Canadian border."
Hobbies: "I am passionate about book arts (creating books, including making the paper), beading (mostly wearable and "Native" style beading), and numerous other arts -- watercolor, painting, drawing. I also tie flies (fishing flies). I also practice t'ai chi ch'uan yang long form and am teaching the advanced class at KPC this semester."
Memorable occupation: "An interesting position I held was with Boeing in Seattle (around 1968.) It's back when we had typesetters that made ticker tape when you typed. The only way to duplicate was to duplicate the ticker tape with corrections. I believe I've gone through the whole realm of technology since I took a typing test on a manual typewriter in high school."
Five years from now: "I hope to be retired for sure, but Lord willing, hardly sitting down. I'm active and attend classes and workshops on any subject that catches my fancy. And, one day I'll put all of my knowledge together in making 'whatever' I want."
Favorite thing about KPC: "Since I've been with KPC for more than 24 years, I feel there are really two characteristics of the community that I truly enjoy. One is the sense of family. After all, I've been here most of my adult life and, most of us have grown up together. The other wonderful characteristic of an educational community is to have the chance to take classes. I've taken many over the years and received my two-year associate of arts degree in the process. I feel KPC/UAA is a great place to work and has terrific benefits for its employees."
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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