High school senior scholarships offered

Posted: Monday, March 22, 2010

Kenai Peninsula College is offering six 2010/2011 full-tuition scholarships to graduating seniors from Cook Inlet Academy, Kenai Alternative High School, Kenai Central, Nikiski High, Ninilchik High, Seward High, Skyview, Soldotna High or Borough residents participating in home-school programs. Recipients of this scholarship will have full-time tuition -- up to 15 credits -- waived for the fall and spring semesters of the 2010/2011 school year. Fees and books are not included in the scholarships. Applications are available from the KPC home page and due to the Financial Aid office at the Kenai River Campus by April 9.

Fall scholarship packet available

The 2010 campus-based scholarship packet contains 16 scholarships available to all new and returning KPC students including incoming freshmen. This packet. , contains a description of the scholarships including requirements, an application and a list of three questions required for the KPC College Council Community Scholarship. Unofficial transcripts must be attached to the application. Recent high school graduates must provide transcripts or a copy of their GED. University of Alaska transcripts can be obtained via UAOnline at no cost. A three-page personal essay outlining educational and career goals is also required. Students must complete the 2010/2011 FAFSA to apply. Applications and all other required materials must be received at the Kenai River Campus Financial Aid office by 5 p.m. April 9.

KRC hires new math professor

Clair Kochis has been appointed as a 2-year term assistant professor of math in the Arts and Sciences division at KRC. Kochis has been an adjunct instructor teaching distance math courses since fall 2009 and she begins her new appointment in August, teaching math distance courses from her home in Colorado.

KPC releases download policy

KPC is closely monitoring students, staff, faculty or the public who use the college's network to illegally download copyrighted content from the Web. According to network administrators this is becoming a serious problem in colleges and universities throughout the country and UAA/KPC is no exception.

KPC has adopted a very stringent three-strikes-and-you-are-out policy. First time offenders will be barred from using the wireless network until they come forward and meet several requirements designed to educate them about the laws regarding downloading copyrighted materials. Second time offenders will be immediately assigned to the no wireless access list. These violators face more extensive requirements, including attending a 3-hour mandatory lecture and exam, in order to regain access to the college's wireless network. Third time offenders will be forever assigned to the no access list.

The federal government is becoming more involved with the prosecution of copyright violations. The Recording Industry Association of America and the Motion Picture Association of America, as well as other similar organizations are becoming more aggressive in finding and prosecuting alleged offenders. Penalties for first time offenders could result in fines up to $250,000 plus five years in jail and civil damages up to $150,000 for each illegally downloaded song or movie.

The complete policy regarding downloading copyrighted content via the college's wireless network is available on the KPC Web site at Online Services.

This article was provided by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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