KPC Around campus: Survey says: Open mic night too hot to drop

Posted: Wednesday, February 16, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula College Student Union has announced it is reviving last semester's KPC Open Mic Night due to popular demand. According to Amber Tirado, communication officer, and Lacy Grubb, production officer, a recent survey of students indicated that Open Mic Night came out as a clear winner in the "activities to continue" category.

The first installment of Open Mic Night will be from 7 to 10 p.m. Friday in the Brockel Building of the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. The event is designed to be a monthly charitable entertainment venue produced by the KPC Student Union to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. Two cans of food or two boxes of dry food goods is the price of admission to the event. Mature subject matter may be presented.

In order for Open Mic Night to grow and prosper, the campus invites any and all area performers who are looking for a venue to come forward. The event invites musicians, performance artists, authors, poets and story-tellers to come.

For more information about the event, contact the KPC Student Union at 262-0339.

Award-winning author Houston coming to KPC

The KPC Showcase series has invited Pam Houston to be on campus at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24 to talk about her craft. Houston, an accomplished author of short story collections, will sign her recently published novel "Sighthound." This novel was on theNew York Times' Best Seller List.

According to her Web site, Houston is the director of the creative writing program at the University of California Davis and will teach at this year's Kachemak Bay Writers' Conference in Homer.

Houston is known for her two collections of short stories, "Cowboys Are My Weakness," which has been translated into nine languages, and "Waltzing the Cat."

A number of Houston's stories have been selected for the Best American Short Stories, the O. Henry Awards, the Pushcart Prize and the Best American Short Stories of the Century. A collection of essays, "A Little More About Me," was published in the fall of 1999.

Houston can also claim playwright in her credits for the 2001 stage play, "Tracking the Pleiades." She has served as an editor for a collection of fiction, nonfiction and poetry for Ecco Press and has appeared on television as a guest on the "Oprah Winfrey Show."

KPC Books, the campus bookstore, has Houston's books available for purchase.

The public is encouraged to attend this free presentation made possible in part by a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

For further information, contact Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail .

Phi Theta Kappa society inducts eight new members

The KPC chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, an international honor society for two-year colleges, inducted eight new honor students this week. Congratulations to the following students: Todd Closson, Dagmar Mayer, Mista Sando, Inung Lia Puspita, Grant Henderson, Pearl Grimsley, Charlotte Nicolet and Amber Udelhoven.

Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education and has more than 1.5 million members and 1,200 chapters around the world. According to its Web site, more than 90,000 students are inducted into Phi Theta Kappa annually. To be eligible for membership a student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of associate's degree course work and generally earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher. The average age of a new member is 29 and members range from 18 to 80. Part-time and full-time students are eligible for membership

For more information about KPC's honor society, contact Phi Theta Kappa Advisor Diane Taylor at 262-0328.

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

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