Around Campus: Fall semester registration open

Posted: Monday, April 18, 2011

General public registration opened for the fall at 12:01 a.m. this morning, April 18 and classes are filling rapidly.

The university online registration website, UAOnline ( has been modified to provide more in depth information about all UA classes but the details are not visible unless the CRN (course reference number located first in the line item listing the class) is clicked on. This is important so students know which campus their class is administered from.

National Geographic book signing: Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond

There will be a book reading, slide show and signing at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 21 in the KRC McLane commons by night coordinator and adjunct instructor Dave Atcheson, author of the new book Hidden Alaska: Bristol Bay and Beyond, recently published by National Geographic Books. The slide show will feature photos from the book, taken by noted National Geographic photographer Michael Melford, interspersed with both recent and historical photos of those interviewed for the project.

The KRC Bookstore will have the book available for purchase. The event is sponsored by River City Books, KRC Books, and the KRC Student Union.

Earth Day at KRC

The KPC Sustainability Club will be hosting the third annual Earth Day celebration from 2-9 p.m. on Friday, April 22 in KRC's McLane commons, Brockel lobby and room 158. This will be an opportunity for community members to visit informational booths with tips for environmental stewardship and self-sufficiency. There will be guest speakers, films and panel discussions focused on food sustainability and recycling. There will be live music provided by Robb Justice, Andrew Hanrahan and friends and refreshments will be served.

The films that will be shown include King Corn, Big River, Weather the Storm, and Addicted to Plastic. Displays will be provided by Kenai Resilience, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, UAF Cooperative Extension Service, Re-Group, Kenai Watershed Forum, Cook Inletkeeper, Earthships, KPC Sustainability Club, Solar Wind Energy, Alaskan Wind Industries, Central Peninsula Garden Club, Winter Greens and Caring for the Kenai.

Host a foreign exchange student

The Kenai River Campus is recruiting people to host college-age foreign exchange students for the 2011-12 school year. Hosting can be for the academic year, a semester, a short term backup or even as a day host.

"The only requirements is that they be willing to provide a room for them to sleep in, be willing to share meals and our Alaskan culture," said Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center programs manager and coordinator of the Youth For Understanding foreign exchange program.

There is a monthly stipend for the host family and families are not required to provide transportation.

"These are college students who use our public transportation service, CARTS, and in some situations they may even buy a vehicle. They get very good at networking and car pooling," said Taylor.

"It was fun! They had a good influence on my family. They even cooked for me! They were like sons to me," said former host Mary Bell of her experience.

For more information, call Diane Taylor at 262-0328 or call Mark Larson at 283-9293.

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