Professor to read at Writers Night; literacy contest planned

Posted: Wednesday, March 14, 2001

Professor to read at Writers Night

Dr. Barbara Christian, associate professor of English and communication, will read two poems at the fourth annual Central Peninsula Writers Night on Thursday at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center. One poem is about her grandfather, who was a blacksmith on the plains during the Dust Bowl.

The other is a humorous piece about the cultural differences between Minnesotans and Minnesotans-who-have-become-Alaskans.

Writers Night is a community-sponsored event showcasing area literary talent. Admission is $20 for adults; students are free. Refreshments and door prizes are included, with all proceeds benefiting the Friends of the Kenai Community Library and the visitors center.

LVA sponsors literacy essay contest

Literacy Volunteers of America at Kenai Peninsula College and the Peninsula Clarion are sponsoring an essay contest, "What Literacy Means to Me." Winners in each of the five age-group categories will receive a $100 savings bond. Anyone living on the peninsula may enter the contest, and all entries must be received by March 30.

For contest rules and requirements, call the Learning Center at 262-0327. Entries can be mailed or delivered to the center at 34820 College Drive, Soldotna, AK 99669. Winners will be announced April 18.

Literacy Volunteers of America Inc. is a national nonprofit organization, managed by professionals, that delivers local literacy services through a network of more than 375 community programs that support more than 50,000 volunteers and more than 70,000 adult literacy students.

New faces on campus

KPC has two new maintenance service workers, Russell Carew and Tim Fowler.

Carew is a lifelong Alaskan, growing up in Fairbanks and Anchorage in the 1960s and '70s. He has lived in North Kenai for the past 22 years. He has 20 years experience in residential and commercial construction and maintenance and has worked for the Kenai Peninsula Borough in various capacities in school maintenance and the roads department.

Carew also is a licensed commercial pilot flying single- and multi-engined planes. He soloed his first plane at age 16 in 1975. His hobbies include flying and aerial photography, travel, antiques and crafts, casino gambling and woodworking.

Born on Washington's Vashon Island, Fowler has lived in Alaska since he was 4 months old. He grew up in Anchorage and graduated from Bartlett High School. He then moved to the Matanuska Valley, where he lived until 1997. Fowler enjoys most outdoor activities, especially hunting and fishing, and most recently has taken up archery.

He brings 15 years of experience in building and vehicle maintenance and repair to serve the college.

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