Book signings scheduled for KPC instructor's new edition

Posted: Wednesday, March 07, 2001

Shaffer book signing scheduled

"The Flora of South Central Alaska" arrived on campus last Wednesday with little fanfare. Students, staff and faculty have made their way to the bookstore, one by one, as if it were a crusade, to see the new book written by Boyd Shaffer, a longtime instructor at Kenai Peninsula College.

This handbook for field identification of common lichens, mosses, liverworts and vascular plants is the third edition by Shaffer. It is the first in full color, with nearly 400 pages of colorful plants along with their descriptions, habitat and places to find them. With the long-awaited arrival of his new text, the author is beginning to relax, just a little.

"I took a copy home last night and looked at every single page and every single plant to see if they got it right -- and they did," he said.

He's ready to sign copies of his new book for anyone who wishes to have their own autographed copy. A book signing is scheduled for Thursday at the Campus Book-store from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 5 to 8 p.m. A reception for the author is scheduled from 6 to 7 p.m. Shaffer also will be available to sign books Friday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

As he states in the preface of the book, "The idea for this book was conceived after 29 years of teaching college courses in field identification of the flora of Alaska."

The book is dedicated to his wife, Susan Fry Shaffer, with special thanks to KPC Director Ginger Steffy. Just reading the introduction gives one a sense of the detail and respect the author has for his subject.

"Improper identification of plant species has been an endless problem," he wrote. "Spanish Moss is not a moss and not related to mosses. ... In fact, the Douglas fir is not a fir, Abies, but a hemlock spruce, Pseudotsuga."

The book is on sale in the KPC bookstore for $40.

New additions in computer lab

There have been some new additions in the computer labs during the past semester. Room 106 A, the old Mac lab, has been totally remodeled with new computer furniture designed by Scott Kraxberger. Technology fees purchased all the new computers to make this lab the best on campus.

The computers in all the labs are now more user friendly, thanks to a new security device recently installed. In addition, each computer has CD-ROMs installed for that "interesting" software that comes free in the back of textbooks.

The school has had a great group of lab aides this semester to help get that pesky word processor to run so you can type up your English assignment.

Network lab technicians this semester are Mike Hopp, Brian Jones and Don Edie. The computer lab aides are Jackie Blom, Dan Castimore, Ty Schemanski and Traci Knutson. Beth Strange is the Web mistress and part-time lab aide. Mike Hopp also is available to tutor programming and other computer-related classes. Mike has a sign-up sheet on the "Computer Sick Bay" door in the lab area.

UA is good business

The Coalition of Student Leaders and the Student Union offices from all the University of Alaska campuses are campaigning your legislators for a budget increase for the university system. They are seeking an increase of $16.9 million, which will benefit every student on each campus in one way or another. The campaign is kicking off with posters that read, "UA is Good Business."

If anyone would like to participate by displaying one of the posters to show your support, contact Sherri Dub in the Student Union office.

Phi Theta Kappa

Phi Theta Kappa meets Thursday at 8 a.m. in the commons. Please attend if you are a member, or if you are interested in finding out more about the honor society.

If you are a graduate this year and need to purchase your Phi Theta Kappa honor tassels, you must do this on the Web site. Honor stoles, in a limited number, may be borrowed from the Student Union office if you contact Mike Woods.

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