It's not over yet: Late registration designed for busy Alaskans

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, September 01, 2004

If you thought you missed the opportunity to sign up for classes this fall, think again. KPC realizes that sometimes the demands of a busy life get in the way of meeting walk-in registration deadlines. That's why students always have the option of registering during the late registration period.

This semester, late registration continues through Friday. After that date, students can only get into a class if they get approval from the instructor of the course and have a registration form signed.

Students are encouraged to check the status of the classes they want to sign up for. Some classes may be full, other classes may have been added, and occasionally, some classes have to be canceled due to inadequate enrollment. This information is available on the KPC Web site and is posted on a board outside the KPC Bookstore.

So don't wait any longer to make a positive change in your life; college can be the spark that ignites the fire of opportunity.

For more information about KPC and the programs offered, call Student Services at 262-0330 or toll-free at (877) 262-0330.

A new leader

It's been a long time since KPC's Student Services had a person sitting at the desk where the buck stops. According to Marci Zimmerman, KPC's director of administrative services, massive cuts to the University of Alaska budget in 1987 resulted in the elimination of the director position. The result has reverberated in the department since.

Because of the vital roles that Student Services plays at the college, such as providing financial aid information, admissions and registration, counseling and advising, career services and recruitment and retention of students, the desk where the director of these essential services sits is now occupied.

After a nationwide search, KPC announces Bill Howell has accepted the director position and couldn't be happier to have finally arrived at the place he wants to "dig in" and call home.

Born in New Orleans in 1962, Howell grew up there and attended Tulane University on a Navy ROTC scholarship. For 22 years, he lived on the same street. He earned a bachelor of science degree in biomedical engineering and was commissioned in the Navy in May 1984.

During his 20-year naval career, Howell trained in Naval Nuclear Propulsion and served on three different submarines, and he rarely lived anywhere more than three years before being transferred.

He spent three years as a junior officer on USS Silversides, based in Norfolk, Va. He served as chief engineer of USS Tautog in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. His last sea-going assignment was as executive officer of USS Florida, a Trident submarine based in Bangor, Wash.

In between his sea tours, Howell was assigned as an instructor at the Navy Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Dam Neck, Va; attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in a joint program with the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, earning his master's of science degree in oceanographic engineering; and was assigned to the staff of the Commander-in-Chief, U.S. Navy Europe, in London. His most recent assignment was as executive officer of Navy ROTC at Vanderbilt University, in Nashville. He retired from that assignment with the rank of commander.

Howell and his wife, Elaine, first visited the Kenai Peninsula eight years ago on a three-week vacation. Although he had literally traveled the world, "no place grabbed him like Alaska." They fell in love with the peninsula, and he said he knew this was the place he wanted to retire to when his service in the Navy was completed.

Luck and serendipity; these are words Howell uses to describe how he found his Alaska dream job. He and his wife already had bought land in Sterling and begun the process of building their home when he checked out the KPC Web site for potential work as an adjunct instructor. There, he read the job posting for the position he ultimately interviewed for and accepted.

His background at Vanderbilt was a perfect fit for Student Services director, and he wants the community to know, "I'm glad to be here, put down roots and get involved in the community."

Howell's first impressions of KPC came via the Web cams that can be viewed on the KPC Web site. He sees KPC as a facility with tremendous potential, and he hopes to become an "old-timer" on campus.

"I have seen plenty of the world; I do not desire to go anywhere," he said. "I want to be the one, who in 25 years, everyone refers to as the old-timer on campus."

When asked if he had a message for current and future KPC students, Howell didn't hesitate: "There are two messages I want to send. The first is a surfing analogy: It's a lot easier to ride the crest of the wave than to dig yourself out of the trough. In other words, stay ahead of the game, overdo upfront, rather that allowing yourself to get behind and having to make it up later.

"The second thing is this: Learning never stops. Education is a lifetime endeavor and all knowledge is valuable.

"The one thing the world can't take away from you is between your ears. Your knowledge is yours forever."

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

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