First day of classes perfect time for a barbecue

Posted: Wednesday, September 03, 2003

Kenai Peninsula College invites everyone to join in the fun at the annual community "Welcome Back" barbecue from 4 to 7 p.m. today. This year, the barbecue will be held behind the college's Goodrich and McLane buildings overlooking the Kenai River. Whatever the weather, count on grilled hot dogs and hamburgers, along with an array of salads and desserts.

There will be music, Frisbee and tours of the new and improved student commons, bookstore and student services areas. Don't be shy about dropping by for a plate of food.

Still time to register

If you've been too busy to register for that class you've been meaning to take, relax. KPC's late registration period runs through Tuesday. After this date, students must get the instructor's signature on the registration form before they can get into the class.

Classes added to fall lineup

Since last week's column, a few more classes have been added to the fall semester schedule. In addition to the mechanical technology machine shop courses, commercial vessel license prep (6-pak) and oil and gas exploration and production classes listed last week, KPC will offer the following classes not listed in the schedule: Medical Terminology I, Word Processing I (Microsoft Word), Introduction to Semiconductors, and two early childhood development courses: Guidance and Discipline and Cognitive Activities for Young Children. Also, an additional section of Methods of Written Communication (English 111) will be offered due to overwhelming demand. For more information, contact student services at 262-0330.

NASA rep to visit peninsula

The NASA associate administrator for education, Dr. Adena Loston, will visit the Kenai Peninsula from Sept. 9 to 11 to discuss NASA education programs and talk with education leaders in the region.

Loston will speak to various groups, including a public lecture at KPC at 6 p.m. on Sept. 11, about NASA's goal of inspiring current and future generations by encouraging students who want to be part of space exploration to gain a strong understanding of science, mathematics and engineering.

Losten's visit is in conjunction with the arrival of NASA's traveling space transportation exhibit, Starship 2040, to the Challenger Learning Center of Alaska. The exhibit is designed to give visitors a glimpse of NASA's vision of human space flight as it might exist 40 years from now.

Gallery features new exhibit

KPC is proud to announce the first show of the 2003-04 season has been installed in the newly named Gary L. Freeburg Art Gallery. The University of Alaska Board of Regents officially dedicated the gallery during its last meeting in honor of recently retired, longtime KPC art and photography professor Gary Freeburg.

"The Journey or the Memory" is a collection of mixed media, watercolor and ink assemblages by artist Paula Dickey.

"The collection reflects the journeys we all take through life," Dickey said in her explanation of her work.

Dickey formerly was the head of the art program at Alaska Pacific University for eight years and taught art at the Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College for seven years. She has had numerous solo shows, including one at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art.

Currently she and her husband-collaborator, Brad Dickey, are creating glass mosaic murals for public spaces.

Don't miss this expressive collection of mixed media based art. Prepare to be amazed.

Instrument lab upgraded

KPC's simulator room is getting a facelift this year with a new generation of digital instrumentation sensors that will allow students to communicate remotely with instruments via computer and vice versa.

Students will be able to send instructions from a computer to digital sensors and be able to know exactly how the instructions they send affect the downstream instruments.

Most of the sensors and other simulation instruments in the lab are being re-wired completely, so instructors can seamlessly take their students from one simulation to another.

This creates a more realistic atmosphere that more closely parallels the modern equipment students can expect to see in the modern process workplace.

Not all of the equipment is new, though. While many of the instruments are recently donated, much of the older, analog equipment is being rewired right next to the new digital controls to make the most of KPC's hands-on teaching atmosphere.

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

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