KPC announces keynote speakers, valedictorians

Posted: Monday, April 26, 2010

The 46th annual graduation ceremony will be held at 7 p.m. May 4 at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The keynote speaker for this year's event will be Joe Hayes, University of Alaska Fairbanks Alumni Association's executive director. A reception will follow the ceremony with live music performed by KRC student Chris Pepper. This year's KRC valedictorians are Hannah Heath, from the Arts and Sciences division, and Remy Spring, from the Business and Industry division.

Outdoor concert at KRC

Bandfest, an event celebrating local musicians, will be held from 6-9:30 p.m. on Friday, April 30 on KRC's front lawn. Playing will be 907 (formerly known as Yeti), Mike Morgan, Men With Guns, Bull Don and the Moose Nuggets, Pisces, and the Ocean. This event is open to the public. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy some live music. Bandfest is being sponsored by the KRC Student Union.

Change in loan program requires student action

KPC is transitioning from the current Federal Family Education Loan Program to the William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan program. This will impact all students, new and continuing, using federal Stafford loans to help fund their education. These students will be required to complete new Master Promissory Notes and entrance counseling to receive student loans in the 2010-11 academic year. Students with loans should stop by the Financial Aid Office or call 262-0332 for more information.

KPC's Caring for the Kenai semi finalist chosen

Madison Cunningham was chosen as KPC's Caring for the Kenai winner by Director Gary J. Turner for her project "Re-Make," which involved recycling old banners into document bags. Turner presented Cunningham with a KPC sweatshirt and t-shirt on April 1. Cunningham went on to place 4th and earn a $650 cash prize in the competition.

Optimistic news for KPC in the state's capital budget

KPC Director Gary J. Turner announced the following to the campus community on April 21: "There is $1.8M in the capital budget for design work on KRC student housing. There is also $250,000 in the capital budget to help complete the new KBC classroom/office building that will break ground in late May/early June. The governor has line item veto authority to delete items from this bill. We sincerely hope he sees the need for both of these items." In addition, the legislature approved a General Obligation bond and sent it to the governor who can either approve or disapprove it. KRC projects in the GO bond include $16 million for KRC student housing and $14.5 million for a KRC Career and Technical Center. If the bond is approved, construction on the Career and Technical Center could begin as soon as 2012. KPC would like to thank the KPC College Council for their advocacy with Peninsula legislators for these projects.

In addition, Director Turner particularly thanked Speaker of the House Mike Chenault for adding the KRC projects and Representative Paul Seaton for adding the KBC construction funding to the GO bond.

This article was provvided by Naomi Hagelund with KPC advancement.

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