Kenai Peninsula College is getting ready to say goodbye to several key faculty members at the end of this semester.
Director Ginger Steffy will be retiring after 30 years of service.
Boyd Shaffer, artist, renowned naturalist and a permanent fixture on campus since day one, also is leaving.
The most recent retirement announcement comes from Gary Freeburg. Gary has headed up the art department on campus for many years and will leave a highly regarded art program.
It is not easy to say goodbye to individuals who have made such huge contributions to their communities.
KPC will have a public reception honoring these exceptional people April 5 from 4 to 7 p.m. in the Brockel Building. Whether you are a student, alumnus, personal friend, professional acquaintance or colleague, you are invited to come by and help the college pay tribute to these individuals.
Sunday showcase presents ...
KPC is fortunate to have part-time faculty whose talents enrich the college, whether or not it is in the classroom.
The upcoming Sunday Showcase will present "Cultural Contrasts," an afternoon of classical piano, spanning the globe from Russia to Argentina, performed by area virtuoso Maria Allison.
Maria received her masters degree in music from the University of Nebraska, where she studied piano with Audun Ravnan. She has been involved in the musical life of Alaska since she moved to Kenai in 1979. She has taught a variety of music courses at KPC, is on the staff of the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival and has collaborated in concert with Linda Rosenthal, Russell Guyver and Karen Clift. In addition, she has played with various area artists, as well as accompanying the college, borough and community choirs.
Her upcoming recital will be Sunday at 3 p.m. in the Brockel Building.
KPC artists' update
Several KPC students and instructors have been selected to participate in Homer's Pratt Museum juried art show, an exhibition of Southcentral coastal communities, which will run from March 15 through April 21.
Sara Glaves' painting, "Tulip No. 2," a watercolor and charcoal piece, was selected, as well as Juanita Hillhouse's three-dimensional wood sculpture, "Emotions." Two of instructor Ann Wilson's coil pots will be featured in the exhibit, one a large human bust entitled "Memory of Egypt." Instructor Joy Falls has a stone sculpture, "Alexandria," that will be included, as does Connie Tarbox, whose piece, "Fragile," was selected as an honorable mention by the judges.
Kenai Peninsula Job
and Career Fair update
KPC, along with the Peninsula Job Center and the Kenai Peninsula Economic Development District, encourages businesses, organizations and agencies to reserve tables for the upcoming job and career fair. There is no cost for participating, and the event will be a great opportunity to meet with potential employees face-to-face and to network with other businesses.
KPC encourages your participation whether or not you currently have job openings. Consider the job fair a good way to identify qualified "future" employees and a way to show the public why you would be a great employer.
Although the registration process has just begun, the following organizations already have reserved space: Heritage Place, Nana Training Systems, Central Peninsula General Hospital, F and F Safety Specialist, Safeway-Carrs, Kenai Peninsula Community Care Center, Frontier Community Services, Dairy Queen and Kenai Peninsula College.
To register for a table, call the Peninsula Job Center at 283-2900. Registration closes March 15.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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