Under the umbrella of the statement, “Because no one deserves to be hungry,” the Kenai River Campus will host BAND-AID to benefit the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.
The BAND-AID concert will be held in conjunction with the KRC Celebration of the Arts, from 5 to 10 p.m. April 28 at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna. Organization of this multifaceted event is the result of collaboration between the Phi Theta Kappa honor society, the KPC Showcase and the Art Students’ League Association.
The Celebration of the Arts begins at 5 p.m. in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery with a presentation by art professor Celia Anderson titled, “KPC Arts at a Glance” and a fiber structures fashion show by students from the fiber structures class. Immediately following will be the release and signing of the 2007 edition of “Driftwood,” KRC’s literary and art magazine published by Dr. Barb Christian. The annual student art exhibit, currently on display in the gallery, will be featured with a closing reception bringing the artists together with instructors and art aficionados. The juried show consists of 39 works in painting, drawing, photography, ceramics, fiber and mixed media. Student art work also will be on display throughout the college.
The fundraising concert event of the evening, BAND-AID, will feature local musicians donating their talents to benefit the food bank. The concert begins at 7 p.m. in the Ward Building and an $8 donation is requested at the door. Personnel from the Food Bank will serve free soup during the event. A new guitar and case, provided at a discounted rate for the event by Old Towne Music in Kenai, will be given as a door prize during the show. As part of the fundraising efforts, the BAND-AID event has produced T-shirts, provided at a discounted rate by Sundog Screenprinting and Embroidery in Soldotna, currently on sale in the KRC Bookstore for $15.
The public can make donations for the fundraiser by calling Steve Schoonmaker or Diane Taylor at 262-0327. Questions regarding the Celebration of the Arts activities can be directed to Celia Anderson at 262-0361.
Students recognized for research projects
University of Alaska Anchorage’s office of undergraduate research and scholarship recently announced that KRC student Shane Lopez, working toward a bachelor of arts degree in history, was selected as a winner of the 2006-07 Consortium Library Prize. This award recognizes “an exemplary undergraduate research project which demonstrates evidence of significant scholarly investigation and utilization of library resources, archival as well as electronic.”
The award includes a $500 cash prize.
In their evaluation, the Consortium Library Prize Panel concluded, “Shane Lopez’s research is topical and relevant.
“His project is a well done historical research project regarding the control of Alaska natural resources, Alaska Natives, and those outside of Alaska trying to gain control of these natural resources.”
Lopez will be presented the Consortium Library Prize at the Undergraduate Research Awards Ceremony during the 2007 Undergraduate Research and Discovery Symposium April 20 on the UAA Anchorage campus. The panel noted that Lopez’s mentor, Dr. Cathryn Pearce, professor of history at KRC, will also be recognized at the awards ceremony.
Shane Lopez’s accomplishment was characterized by KRC director Gary Turner as a major accomplishment. “The faculty review committee does not award this prize every year and didn’t last year since the standards are so high and only outstanding student research is recognized,” he said.
Another KRC student, Randy Ashford, will receive the UAA Social Science Research Award for the project he submitted. Ashford will be graduating this semester with a UAA bachelor of arts in psychology, earned entirely at the Kenai River Campus. Ashford is a student employee in KRC’s Career Services Resource Center and is an active member of the KRC Psychology Club.
Dr. Shelley Theno, professor of psychology at KRC, advises and mentors psychology students pursuing bachelor’s degrees at KPC. For more information regarding psychology degrees available at KRC, contact Dr. Theno at 262-0394 or email firstname.lastname@example.org .
New tool assists with planning for college
A planning tool called FAFSA4Caster has been developed by the Department of Education to assist families determine an estimate of students’ financial aid resources based on current income and asset levels. This program was designed to help parents get started with financial planning earlier.
The tool, at www.fafsa4caster.ed.gov, has been described as a precursor to the Free Application for Federal Student Aid.When students are ready to apply for federal aid for real, they can easily transition from the FAFSA4caster tool to the actual “FAFSA on the Web” application.
The public is reminded that the official Department of Education Web sites all end with the extension “.gov” and to be very aware of for-profit companies who may take advantage of inexperienced consumers.
Summer course registration available
Despite this year’s reluctant transition from winter to spring, summer is just around the corner. Registration for the summer term at the Kenai River Campus opened Tuesday. The summer course offerings are available on the KPC home page at kpc.alaska.edu.
Summer is a great time to conquer that math class some students find themselves putting off. The accelerated course work, small classes and individual attention instructors can give students is very conducive to mastering math concepts. Offerings include elementary, intermediate and college algebra, trigonometry and calculus III. College algebra and trigonometry qualify as general education requirements. The trigonometry class will be offered over the internet in the Elluminate Live (ELive) format. For more information about the ELive platform, see the KPC Web site at http://www.kpc.alaska.edu/online/elive.html.
Other classes offered this summer that qualify as general education requirements include fundamentals of oral communication, introduction to written communication, also offered in ELive format, and technical writing, delivered in a Web-based format.
For more information about the summer schedule, contact Student Services at 262-0330.
Camera loaner progra ready for students
A new program will make digital and film cameras available to students who are attending KPC’s Kenai River Campus and exploring a career in photography and digital art. The cameras have been made possible by donations from the Soldotna Rotary Club and private donors.
The cameras will be checked out to students during fall 2007 and spring 2008 semesters as long as they are enrolled in a three-credit digital or film photography course at KRC.
Cameras are awarded based on the candidate’s interest in photography and digital art, financial need, and scholastic achievement, in that order. Priority will be given to full-time students or students enrolled in two or more art and photography courses. There will be at least two SLR digital cameras and two SLR film cameras available.
Application forms are available to download at www.kpc.alaska.edu or from Student Services at KRC. Application packets must be submitted to Student Services by May 1 for fall 2007 semester. For additional information or to donate to this program, contact Jayne Jones at 262-0374 or email@example.com.
KPC professor UA’s newest PhD faculty
Dr. Cathy Pearce, associate professor of history, successfully defended her dissertation over spring break in London, and will be awarded her PhD in Maritime History from the Greenwich Maritime Institute, University of Greenwich, London.
Two days after defending her dissertation, Dr. Pearce was contacted by Boydell and Brewer, an academic publisher of maritime history in London. Additionally, Cathy’s committee chair states she believes that Oxford, Yale and Cambridge publishing houses will likely be interested in her research.
While in London, Pearce was extensively interviewed and videotaped for the award-winning BBC documentary series, “Timewatch.”
Dr. Pearce was a recipient of the 2007 Chancellor’s Fund Competition that will enable her to continue her research in Cornwall this summer. The title of her proposal was, “Lured by False Lights: Cornish Wrecking and Victorian Myth.”
Welders train to hang from oil platforms
Students enrolled in welding courses this semester at KRC recently got an unexpected opportunity to further increase their prospects for employment. Fritz Miller, long-time welding instructor at KRC, was contacted by Remote Access Technology International, a company based in Nova Scotia, Canada, who offered his students a rare opportunity for free training.
“The company needed welders to train using their remote access technology and offered to come to us, train our students, sponsor their independent certification testing, all at no cost to the school or the students. The training and certification usually costs about $1,500,” said Miller.
Stuart Goldstein, KRC adjunct welding instructor, and the students attended the intensive, four-day module that included rope suspension from the ceiling of the welding shop as well as classroom training. The rope access technology trains welders to safely reach difficult to access places, like the under-decks of offshore oil platforms and towers in processing plants where scaffolding is not viable.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at KPC.
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