With all the changes and innovations taking place at Kenai Peninsula College, attending the annual welcome back to school community barbeque has become necessary for anyone wishing to stay up to date with the popular Kenai Peninsula campus. This year the event even drew the new UAA Chancellor Elaine Maimon to the KPC campus, "This is actually my second visit, when I was a candidate for this job, this was the community campus that I visited, so I'm really glad to be back here and am enjoying meeting with so many members of the community," said Maimon.
In an interview Maimon made very clear that she did not intend the Anchorage campus to ever be referred to as the main campus, "This afternoon I told everyone at a large gathering in Anchorage not to refer to the Anchorage campus as the main campus, everyone of our campuses is a main campus, and I feel very strongly about improved collaboration, communication, and partnership among all of the campuses within the MAU. Certainly the KPC campus is extremely important to the overall vision I have for UAA," said Maimon. She also underscored her commitment to universities serving the community and helping it with its own particular problem solving, "I like the idea of the campus being the public square where the community comes for events like this, Gary has done a supreme job in making sure that first KPC is involved with the community, and you can tell that the community feels they belong here and that this is their campus and that it will be addressing the needs of the community," added Chancellor Maimon. She also expressed her passion for getting students involved and participating in the democratic process saying that there would be voter registration drives on all UAA campuses this fall, underscoring not only participation through voting, but the responsibility to cast an informed vote.
Looking to the future Maimon described the twenty first century as a knowledge economy, "Alaska is part of the Pacific Rim and we have a key role to play in the 21st century's knowledge economy, we are only 9 hours from any place you need to go to make an economic connection and I am very excited about coming to Alaska at the beginning of the 21st century and involved in the knowledge business," said Maimon.
According to Suzie Kendrick, KPC public relations director, some 90 under age students and their parents signed up for classes during the regular registration. Late registration will continue at KPC through September 3rd, for more information call 262-0300.
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