Icicle Seafoods has made a generous donation of $200,000 for the third year in a row in support of programs and scholarships at several University of Alaska campuses. New to this year's donation is the establishment of the Icicle Seafoods Endowed Scholarship at KPC. Scholarships from the endowment will provide financial aid for students from the Seward and Homer areas attending KPC's Resurrection Bay Extension Site or Kachemak Bay Campus. Part of this donation will also go to benefit the Kachemak Bay Campus Learning Resource Center.
Dr. Asma Al Farraj Al Kitbi will be giving a lecture on the culture and geology of Dubai and the United Arab Emirates at 7 p.m. on Monday in the KPC Kenai River Campus commons. Dr. Al-Kitbi is an associate professor of physical geography at the United Arab Emirates University in Al-Ain, Abu Dhabi, and current Fulbright Scholar at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. Dr. Al-Kitbi is currently exploring a famous Arab myth about a traveler who passed through Alaska 4,000-5,000 years ago on his way to Asia and Eastern Europe. Dr. Al-Kitbi will be speaking about the culture and geography of the UAE. All are welcome to attend. This event is being presented by KPC Phi Theta Kappa and the KPC Showcase.
Joe Hayes, University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association's executive director, will be the speaker for KPC's Kenai River Campus spring commencement. Hayes served as representative in the Alaska Legislature and is a UAF alumnus. Hayes was the first-ever African-American UAF student body president and UA Student Regent. At graduation he received the Joel Wiegert Award as the outstanding senior man. KRC's commencement will be at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4 at Kenai Central High School's Renee C. Henderson Auditorium.
The Alaska Native Oratory Society will be holding its second celebration of oral tradition and development in the skill of public speaking on April 10 at KPC's Kenai River Campus. The theme for this year's statewide event is "Sustain Our Cultures by Speaking Out Loud." The event is designed as a competition which allows Native and non-Native high school and college students to gain leadership and speaking skills by expressing themselves through oratory, commemorative narration, storytelling or Native language. The regional competition will begin at 9:30 a.m. in the KRC Riverview commons with a continental breakfast, followed by presentations and culminating with the awards ceremony at 3 p.m. Four students will be chosen to participate at the state level on April 17 at UAA. This event is open to everyone and cash prizes will be awarded at both the regional and statewide events. Registration forms are available in the McLane commons. For more information, please see Diane Taylor or Jimmy Andrew in the Learning Center or call 262-0327.
This article was written by Naomi Hagelund, communications specialist at Kenai Peninsula College.
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