KPC's Alan Boraas to travel to Finland for anthropology conference

Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Kenai Peninsula College announced professor Alan Boraas has been invited to make a presentation at an international anthropology conference.

Boraas will travel to the Renvall Institute at the University of Helsinki in Finland to talk about anthropological findings he has made on the Kenai Peninsula in the past 30 years.

The September conference, held every two years, is considered an important forum for anthropologists from around the world to exchange ideas.

This year's conference theme is "Reconfiguring Native North America," and Boraas' talk will center on the efforts of the local Kenaitze Indian Tribe to rebuild their indigenous identity.

He also will discuss the findings of this summer's archeological excavation at the Kalifornsky Village site that was done in collaboration with Kenaitze Tribe youth.

The 14-person team excavated the site every day for the month of June, and Boraas said he was surprised both at the amount and variety of artifacts that were uncovered.

It will take three to four years of laboratory time to analyze and catalog the artifacts and fully determine the importance of the findings.

Boraas said this opportunity has forced him to look at his body of work in a new way. He said he hopes to learn about other northern environments and the indigenous people who live in those areas.

Boraas will return with a wealth of information he plans to share with his KPC students and the Kenaitze Tribe.

KPC nature trail has new name

Did you know that Kenai Peninsula College has an established nature trail that winds approximately a mile and a half through the woods around the campus?

The trail was first set back in 1966 when the founding director, Clayton Brockel, tapped Boyd Shaffer to become KPC's first art instructor and resident naturalist.

Since that time, Shaffer spent countless hours using the trail as an Alaska classroom to teach his students about the flora and fauna of Southcentral Alaska.

More than 60 people attended a ceremony that marked the designation of the trail as the Boyd Shaffer Nature Trail. Longtime Shaffer aficionado and University of Alaska Fairbanks Cooperative Extension Agent Linda Tannehill was the lead organizer of the event with assistance from Ann Marina. Shaffer signed copies of his book "The Flora of Southcentral Alaska" and bid farewell to his many associates and friends.

Computerized CLEP at KPC

What's a CLEP? It's the national program of credit by examination, commonly referred to as the College-Level Examination Program, that allows students to obtain recognition for college-level achievement.

KPC's Learning Center is the only site in Southcentral Alaska that offers computerized CLEP testing. The computerized testing allows for immediate feedback of test results.

Prior course work, personal reading, professional training, cultural pursuits or distance learning courses may have prepared students to earn college credit for their existing knowledge.

Every college has its own policy as to whether they accept CLEP testing for credit, but usually the same amount of credit is given to students who earn satisfactory scores on the CLEP exam as it grants to students successfully completing that course.

Wherever or however students have learned and no matter what your age, they can take CLEP exams. There are associated fees with the exam process, and don't think CLEP testing will be an "easy" way out of a college class.

The exams are representative of college course work one would expect to encounter during the first two years of college.

Thos interested in CLEP should call the KPC Learning Center at 262-0327 or visit the CLEP Web site at www.collegeboard. com/clep.

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

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