College announces summer session classes for lifelong learning

Posted: Wednesday, May 01, 2002

The 2002 summer session at Kenai Peninsula College will be limited to four classes. From math to field archaeology and flora identification, Kenai Peninsula College continues to offer students interesting ways to learn.

Students will have an opportunity to take trigonometry or calculus III. Offering these classes during the summer helps students who may be home from college stay ahead of the academic curve. The trigonometry class begins May 28 and ends July 18 and will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. Calculus III beings May 6 and ends June 27 and will meet Monday through Thursday from 3:45 p.m. until 5:45 p.m.

Kenai Peninsula College's Anthropology Department is excited to be working in conjunction with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe to offer "Field Methods in Archaeology."

Alan Boraas will be directing the class project that will involve excavation at the historic "Kalifornsky Village."

The Kenaitze Tribe's youth archaeology camp, known as "Susten," will have eight to 12 youth working on the project. KPC students will round out the class to assist Boraas, who has done similar work on and off for more than 30 years. The site of the project, whose English translation of the Dena'ina name is "Last Creek Down," is located near the mouth of the Kasilof River.

The village was founded around 1820 and historic records indicate it was occupied until at least 1910. The great influenza epidemic of 1918 devastated the village and census records from 1920 show that the village disappeared, with survivors relocating in other villages. At the peak of occupation, there were six to eight houses in the village. The site has provided a tremendous amount of insight into what life was like for the indigenous people of the region.

Boraas will be coordinating the class with Kenaitze Cultural Heritage Director Amber Genzel. The three-credit class will meet from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, June 10 to July 3. The first class will meet in Room 206 at the college with the remaining classes being in the field.

And if you have been putting off taking Naturalist Boyd Shaffer's "Field Identification of Alaska Flora" class, this summer will be your last chance. With his many years of collective knowledge, there is no one more qualified to teach this class than Boyd Shaffer.

He has written books on the subject and is well known for his knowledge of the local flora and fauna. Boyd is offering the three-credit class during a time when mushrooms will be at their peak. So if you've always wondered about what grows in our local woods, this class will answer your questions.

The Saturday classes will meet from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., July 6 to Aug. 24. Boyd reminds everyone that the class will occur rain or shine and students need to have rain gear, rubber footwear and, most importantly, bug dope. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn from a true master of his craft.

Boyd Shaffer's treasure of knowledge is relocating to Belize and this is the last time he will teach this class at KPC. We thank Boyd for giving us so many years of his wonderful knowledge.

You can register for any of these classes by contacting KPC Student Services at 262-0330. Kenai Peninsula College invites you to keep your mind stimulated, even if it is summer in Alaska.

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

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