KPC celebrates the arts with reception, dedication

Posted: Wednesday, April 23, 2003

KPC's annual "Celebration of the Arts," will take place at 3 p.m. Sunday. The event is sponsored by the KPC Showcase, which is funded by a generous grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities program of the Damon Memorial Fund. Every year this literary, visual and theater arts extravaganza showcases the wide array of talent pursuing the arts on the KPC campus.

This year's celebration, however, is special for many reasons. Not only is it a reception for the student art show and a release party for Driftwood, the college's literary arts magazine, but it also is a dedication ceremony. During the program the KPC Art Gallery will be renamed in honor of retired art professor Gary Freeburg.

The festivities will feature several readings from Driftwood along with guitar and piano performances ranging from blues to country. Victoria Steik, Brent Johnson and Marilyn Wheeless will read, and musicians include Dr. Dave Wartinbee, Louis Lagoutaris and the duet of Kate Veh and Dudley Abbott. Also, theater students Chelsea Holden, Erin Hibberd, Lily Riley and Jerry Garoutte are scheduled to present a series of short performances. There will be food and drink and plenty of fun, so come and support the arts at KPC.

Microsoft certification available

In a world where computers are quickly becoming the operating equipment of our lives, people who know how to work such contraptions are in increasingly high demand. Meet Josh Bussdieker, KPC's very first Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).

Josh received his Microsoft certification after taking a seven-week course taught by KPC computer instructor Dan Beeler. The course prepares students to take and pass the first of five exams required in order to become a Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA). The class met twice a week in the evenings for seven weeks, covering a couple of chapters from Microsoft's own book each night.

Tests, which were designed to emulate the actual test required to receive the certification, were taken online over the university's "Blackboard" system. Another seven-week course will be offered at KPC during the fall 2003 semester that will prepare students to take the second Microsoft certification test.

"KPC was the only campus in Alaska that offered this program this semester," Bussdieker said. "I happened to be at the right place at the right time. A lot of people who get their MCSA are getting really good administrative jobs at pretty big companies."

Josh currently runs his own computer consulting business, Frontier Consulting Services, and is working with a variety of clients, ranging from Ron's Honda Center in Soldotna to the Popcorn Factory. Josh and his company can be reached at 398-7733.

Who's who

KPC's Who's Who highlights the faculty and staff who work hard to make KPC a college of first choice. This week KPC would like to introduce the process technology instructor.

Who: David Spann

Academic background: Spann has had a variety of specialized training from organizations such as the Instrument Society of America, the Foxboro Training Institute and MAPTS. He also attended KPC and can testify to the quality of the education he received.

Time in Alaska: "I have lived in Alaska for the last 20 years. I spent the formative years (the '60s) of my childhood in Haines. My family moved Outside, where I finished high school. A job in the petroleum industry offered me an opportunity to return to Alaska, so I jumped on it."

Hobbies/interests: "Gardening and landscaping and, of course, fishing. Nothing is better than sitting in a boat in the middle of Cook Inlet letting the waves gently rock you asleep."

Memorable job: "Working as a general manager for an oilfield service company was my favorite job. The excitement and interesting nature of the petrochemical industry is exhilarating."

Five years from now: "Teaching process technology and instrumentation classes here at KPC while continuing to work on my graduate degree."

Favorite thing about KPC: "The atmosphere! The people, students, staff and faculty you meet at KPC are all intelligent and inquisitive. I like that people come to KPC to learn."

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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