KPC, community collaboration benefits food bank

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, May 17, 2006

It would be hard not to notice the colorful, new sign along Kalifornsky Beach Road in front of the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

The eye-catching food bank marquee was installed at a celebration ceremony earlier this month.

According to Krista Timlin, Kenai River Campus Career Center and service-learning coordinator, the project was collaboration in every sense of the word.

Another product of the “service- learning” concept that has been embraced by the college, the effort involved the Principles of Marketing class, Two Dimensional Design class and the TIG Welding class.

Steve Schoonmaker, a student seeking a business degree, served as the project manager and go-to-guy. Schoonmaker received the Outstanding Service-Learning Student of the Year award for his three-semester commitment to this community engagement project.

KRC professor Ray Zagorskis Principles of Marketing class was responsible for getting the reader board portion of the marquee. The class literally dug the former Pizza Hut reader board out of a snow bank in hopes of someday turning it into a viable sign for the food bank. It sat in back of the welding shop until Schoonmaker (enrolled in Zagorskis marketing class) was able to get a commitment from faculty members to continue the project.

Celia Anderson, art professor, and Fritz Miller, welding instructor, mutually agreed to take on the project. Anderson’s Two Dimensional Design class acted as the design team charged with devising a scheme for the upper part of the marquee that would identify the food bank and give some indication of what goes on there.

Their goal was to create a sign that was welcoming and worked visually with the colorful mural that was installed on the Kalifornsky Beach side of the building earlier this year. After the sign boards were created Miller’s TIG welding class took over and created the necessary superstructure to hold the sign and the reader board sections together.

Project manager Schoonmaker mobilized support from many area businesses and community members.

The Food Bank marquee project is one of many service-learning projects students have engaged in with the food bank. Several English and journalism classes, business, art and welding classes have worked to benefit the food bank as a part of the classes curriculums.

Members of the Service-Learning team, including Celia Anderson and Krista Timlin, along with Linda Swarner, director of the food bank, will travel to Scottsdale, Ariz. on May 26 to accept a national collaboration award for the colleges ongoing service-learning relationship with the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank. In addition to accepting the award, the group will make a presentation about the partnership at the Community College National Center for Community Engagements 15th annual conference titled “Enlightenment: The Evolution of Change.”

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

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