KPC around campus: Video gamers, card players unite for club

Posted: Wednesday, February 23, 2005

According to KPC student Brett Encelewski, the ship has finally arrived for peninsula gamers. Gamers engage in any gaming activity ranging from cards to the most advanced online video games. Gamers focus on mind dexterity and strategy and competition. They have a new place to go to find others of like mind; enter the Kenai Peninsula College Gamers Association (KPCGA).

Peninsula gamers are invited to the first meeting of the KPCGA at 6 p.m. in the commons .

Encelewski, the primary organizer of the new group, said, "If you are a gamer this is the club for you."

There are plans for a monthly newsletter with a classified ad section dedicated specifically to gamers on the peninsula. It is hoped that the group will hold an annual gaming convention at KPC (tentatively dubbed PEN-CON) and will host unofficial Magic: The Gathering tournaments. The club would like to host an annual Wizards of the Coast tournament and will pursue conducting LAN (network/hub multiplayer computer game) parties for members.

Encelewski has taken the KPCGA idea to several businesses in the area that cater to gamers and said he has gotten excellent feedback. Encelewski also said there will be representatives from the Hobby Shop, The Peninsula Model RC Flying Group and Hawk's Games and other veteran gamers attending the meeting.

Bill Howell, KPC director of student services and long-time Dungeons and Dragons campaigner will serve as advisor.

"One thing every gamer requires is someone to compete against. Hopefully, the KPCGA will become the one-stop-shop for gamers looking to compete on the peninsula. It will also provide the venue for finding players in a member's areas of interest, as well as exposure to new and different types of gaming. In a nutshell, our goal is to have fun playing challenging and exciting games."

The meeting will include refreshments. A micro-Magic tournament will take place following the meeting. The winner will take home three booster packs of the latest Magic cards. For more information about the first meeting of the KPCGA, e-mail Brett Encelewski at

Author, band to visit KPC

KPC is buzzing this week with preparations for two events.

Pam Houston, author, will be here 7:30 p.m. Thursday to talk about her work. Houston, an author of short story collections, will be signing her recently published first novel "Sighthound." The event is free and the public is invited to take advantage of this opportunity to hear her speak about her approach to creative writing.

The Anchorage-based band, Last Night's Fun, will play Irish folk and traditional music Friday at 7 p.m.

According to its Web site, the band is made up of five members: Mark Ward on fiddle, guitar, whistle, mandolin and vocals; Kenny Karabelnikoff on guitar and vocals; Dan Possumato on button accordion and melodeon, John Walsh on banjo, mandolin and vocals; and Gerard McDonnell on bodhran and vocals.

The band plays the Alaska Folk Festival in Juneau and the Anchorage Folk Festival in Anchorage.

Tickets for the show will be available at the door. The cost is $10 general admission and $8 for KPC students. The show is sponsored in part by the KPC Multicultural Consortium, the KPC Showcase and by a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

Kachemak Bay campus expansion open house

The new 9,300 square-foot wing of Kenai Peninsula College's Kachemak Bay campus east facility will showcase an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday.

Students and faculty began using three new classrooms, the new commons, bookstore and student and enrollment services areas earlier this month. In a few weeks, the new science lab will be ready for classes, as well.

The public is invited to check out student's art from the fall semester Two-Dimensional Design class on exhibit in the commons. Additional furnishings and landscaping will be added this summer.

The last opportunity to learn to tie Alaskan flies is from 5 to 9:30 p.m. Friday and from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdayin room 114 at the Kenai River campus in Soldotna.

Tony Weaver, fly fisher and author, will instruct anglers. The patterns and flies covered in this one-credit class will be oriented toward Alaska fisheries.

Students need to come to the college to register for the class prior to the class meeting. For more information call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346 or e-mail :

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at KPC.

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