New instructors bring fresh ideas to college atmosphere

Posted: Wednesday, September 04, 2002

Kenai Peninsula College saw a number of longtime professors retire at the end of last semester. Consequently, there are a few new faces among the faculty this year.

Celia Anderson has been a part-time art instructor within the University of Alaska for 20 years. She said she could not be happier in her new full-time teaching position at KPC.

Although she loved her previous job, Celia left her position as the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District's art specialist to come to the college because the opportunity was something she had always hoped for.

She has taught part-time at KPC for the last 10 years, teaching classes such as drawing, two- and three-dimensional design, fiber structure, painting, life drawing, art appreciation and art history.

She said she is ready to devote herself to her work and explore the depth of her professional potential. Anderson's extensive education and experience make her an incredibly qualified art instructor.

With fine arts undergraduate degrees in painting and sculpture and master's degrees in interdisciplinary studies that include the fine arts, art education and anthropology, Anderson has the skills to enhance the art curriculum at KPC.

When asked where she would like to see the art department in a year, Anderson doesn't hesitate, "I'd like to see serious student art work happening in all my classes. I want to help the many talented students here reach their full potential."

She said she also would like to expand the classes she offers.

"I'd like to develop a class in computer art and design and look at adding other technology based programs."

Anderson said that in five years she would like to see a dedicated area on campus for three-dimensional artwork classes such as sculpture, metallurgy and ceramics.

She also wants the art department to take an active role in the campus community by promoting the visual arts in as many ways as possible.

As a board member on the Kenai River Council for the Arts, the Summer Arts Institute, and the Alaska Alliance for Arts Education, Anderson lends her expertise to her community to help expand the arts in Alaska.

Kenai Peninsula College is honored to welcome Celia Anderson to the faculty and hopes she will lend her teaching talents to KPC students for many years to come.

Anderson is just one of several new faces at KPC. Look for more profiles in future KPC columns, starting with Andy Veh, KPC's new physics instructor next week.

There's still time

Even though classes have started for the fall semester, don't think college is out of the question. KPC's late registration continues through Tuesday. Call Student Services at 262-0330 with any questions about how to register for a class.

If you can't spare the time to take a class that lasts a full semester, consider one of KPC's short courses. Most are one-credit courses that take significantly less time to complete than traditional, full-semester classes.

There are a variety of subjects being taught in this format -- everything from log cabin construction to basic math is available in the "short course" format. Check out page 33 in the Fall 2002 Class Schedule for a complete list of what's available. Schedules are available at KPC or or by calling 262-0320.

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

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