KPC to host 7th annual Arts Education Institute next month

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, May 19, 2004

KPC's Kenai River Campus once again will host the Arts Education Institute from June 7 to 11. This year, the institute will focus on integrating arts with integrity with the unifying theme of "Faces and Facades." The annual event is a program of the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, supported in part by the Alaska State Council on the Arts and coordinated by a local team of dedicated educators, including KPC faculty members Celia Anderson and Lance Petersen. The overall effort is under the umbrella of the Alaska Alliance for Arts Education.

The institute is designed for classroom teachers, arts specialists, administrators, home-school parents-teachers and anyone interested in integrating the tools of art education into instruction and achievement. There will be a comprehensive selection of one-credit courses, through KPC-University of Alaska Anchorage that meet professional development requirements for teachers seeking credential recertification. Participants may take up to three credits during the weeklong program at a rate of $134 per credit.

Previously taken courses of the same number and letter may be taken up to three times and applied toward recertification.

Registration forms and further information about the institute can be found on the KPC Web site at www.

Along with the "for credit" classes, the institute offers special presentations, open to the public free of charge. These presentations will last one hour and will take place at 10 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. June 7, 8 and 9 and at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. June 10. The presentations will be provided by the faculty of experts who will teach the Institutes classes and will be held in classrooms at KPC.

Interested individuals need only to come to the college and follow the signs to these free presentations.

The special presentation schedule is:

June 7, 10 a.m. Keynote speaker Judith Conk of the Galef Institute will present "Different Ways of Knowing: Developing student literacy."

June 7, 2 p.m. Phil Borges, internationally renowned photographer, will discuss Bridges, an online classroom project connecting students from indigenous cultures with their urban contemporaries.

June 7, 7 p.m. Phil Borges will present a slideshow of his work followed by a book signing. For more info about Borges, check out his Web site at

June 8, 10 a.m. Jack Dalton, Native American storyteller, will speak.

June 8, 2 p.m. Maria Alison and Celia Andersen will discuss visual art and music.

June 8, 7 p.m. Linda Benson will present "Very Special Arts," focusing on children with special needs.

June 9, 10 a.m. Linda Benson will offer a workshop.

June 9, 2 p.m. A poetry slam with Brian Hutton. Bring your own work to read.

June 9, 7 p.m. Keynote speaker Judith Conk will present a workshop for the community.

June10, 10 a.m. Violinist Liang Ding How and pianist Julieanne Smith will offer a concert.

June 10, 2 p.m. keynote speaker Judith Conk will repeat her workshop for the community.

For more information about these presentations, contact Jean Brockel at 262-4084.

There also will be a separate Arts Institute for youth starting June 14. For more information about this opportunity for young people, contact Soldotna Community Schools at 262-6768.

Media group, KDLL team up

KPC announces a collaborative effort between one of the newest "clubs" on campus with Southcentral Alaska's National Public Radio station, KDLL.

The KPC Media Group, known as the KPCMG, has grown from a group of dedicated student writers and their mentoring professor, Janice High, to a formalized club with bylaws and a constitution (official paperwork has been filed.) The newly elected officers include Brian Keith, president; Sarah Shearer, vice president; Z Durham, secretary; Cara Steadman, treasurer; and Aaron Holland, club representative to the Student Union.

Several months ago, KPC Director Gary Turner had a chance meeting with Len Clark, the new station director for public radio on the peninsula. Clark hails originally from Illinois, where he had strong ties to university-run radio stations, and he expressed the desire to work closely with KPC. Turner brought together a team on campus who took on the task of forming this alliance with the radio station. Further meetings have firmed up the commitment to develop student-run music shows, a weekly campus report and the possibility of future talk shows and on-air student news reporters.

Professor High has since been elected to the KDLL advisory board and her background as a television and radio reporter and anchor will serve the radio station well.

Current and future students, faculty, staff and alumni are encouraged to consider joining the KPCMG.

KPC is offering yet another outlet for folks to pursue their media interest. Introduction to Mass Communication will be offered during the fall semester. High will teach the class, which will include academic study, hands-on media experience and independent project pursuits. For more information on the class or KPCMG, contact High at ifjmh@uaa. or at 262-0321.

Fall semester around corner

This will be the last column the college files for this academic year, but readers take note that the first day of classes for the fall semester will be Aug. 30. Online registration will be available to the public Aug. 16 to 27 Walk-in registration for currently admitted degree-seeking students will be Aug. 24 to 26 and then for the general public Aug. 26 and 27. The printed KPC schedule will be mailed to central peninsula residents in early August, but is available now on campus. The schedule for the summer and fall semesters also is available online at the KPC Web site.

The KPC annual welcome back barbecue will be from 4 to 7 p.m. Aug. 26 at the Kenai River Campus. Mark your calendars and plan to come join in the fun and enjoy free food, entertainment and lots of good conversation.

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

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