Hamilton plans visit to touch base

Posted: Tuesday, March 16, 2004

University of Alaska President Mark Hamilton will be on the Kenai Peninsula this week visiting with community members and students and providing an update on the state of the state's university system.

"He's been traveling across the state for the last month or so, visiting every campus, and giving an update on the progress of the university and what the plans are for the future," said Kenai Peninsula College Director Gary Turner.

Hamilton will be in Soldotna today, where he will tour the KPC campus and art gallery, speak to the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce and borough assembly, as well as groups of students at the college and at Soldotna High School and meet with KPC College Council members and area officials.

On Wednesday, Hamilton will be in Homer, where he also will speak to high school and college students, the chamber of commerce and area officials and business leaders. While in Homer, Hamilton also will participate in KBBI Radio's "Coffee Table" radio show.

Turner said Hamilton will provide information on the university system's progress in terms of retaining Alaska students and developing nongovernmental funding sources, as well as the university's need for continued support from the community and the state.

He will be looking for ideas, as well, Turner said.

"He's a big supporter of the community campuses," Turner said. "He tries to be visible in the communities, not just the big cities."

Also part of Hamilton's trip to the peninsula will be a visit by Dr. Elaine Maimon, a candidate for chancellor of the University of Alaska Anchorage, a position that will be vacated in June when the current chancellor, Lee Gorsuch, retires.

"(She) is coming to see KPC and meet with students," Turner said. "That's pretty special for us."

Maimon will host a faculty, staff and student forum in the KPC Commons in Soldotna at 10:30 a.m. today.

The public is invited to hear President Hamilton speak at the Soldotna Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon today at the Riverside House, at the assembly meeting at 7 tonight at the Borough Building in Soldotna and at the Homer Chamber of Commerce meeting at noon Wednesday at the Bidarka Inn.

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