KPC around campus: Candidates to take up issues with students, community

Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

All candidates and their constituents have been invited to attend "Real Talk." Issues like peak energy, the pension system, teacher negotiations, taxes and spending will be raised. Conversations will form around agenda topics created by participants at the beginning of the dialogue. A finger food potluck begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in the commons. The dialogue starts at 7 and ends at 10:30 p.m. The event is hosted by the Roundtable Center for Mediation and Community Dialogue, Kenai Peninsula College and the Student Union. For more information, call Chris Gehrett at 262-0367 or e-mail

Steffy receives award

MAPTS, a division of KPC, has provided training to Alaskans and students from as far away as Sakhalin Island in Russia, Aruba, the Philippines, and Venezuela. The driving force for MAPTS success is director Dennis Steffy and his staff. Steffy was recognized for his contributions at the 2005 Industry Appreciation Day in Kenai. He was presented the first Don Gilman Service to Community Award as a result of over 37 years of providing resource industry training across the state of Alaska and around the globe.

UAA Chancellor Elaine Maimon said in a prepared statement for the event that Steffy, "Epitomized the importance of the partnership between higher education and industry, and led the university to understand how industry and education must work together for the betterment of the state." Maimon went on to say that Steffy convinced the university, "To listen, rather than dictate, to industry how to train their present and future employees."

MAPTS has an office in Soldotna and in UAA's complex at the University Center in Anchorage. For more information about training opportunities, visit the KPC Web site at or call 262-2788.

Gallery features Combs

Celia Anderson, head of the art department said she has wanted to get Alex Combs' paintings on campus "forever." She describes Combs' work as "electric, abstract expressionist paintings rich with texture and brilliant color. Wow is the only word for these sumptuous compositions by the man often called the father of modern art in Alaska."

Combs arrived in Alaska in 1955 and worked as a potter, painter, sculptor, teacher and an mentor to Alaska artists. He taught at Anchorage Community College and at the University of Alaska Anchorage. He has lived in Halibut Cove across Kachemak Bay from Homer since 1979. He is 86. The Combs exhibition will continue through Sept. 16. For more information, call Celia Anderson at 262-0361.

Christian publishes book

Dr. Barbara Christian, arts and sciences division chair, announced that advance copies of her book on the spiritual patterns visible in U.S. Latina literature titled "Belief in Dialogue" is available. It was published by Other Press. The book is available at the campus bookstore. For more information or to reserve a copy, call 262-0312.

Beginning printmaking

Adjunct art professor Oluf Hartvigson will teach beginning printmaking from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m. Mondays in the art room. Students will be accepted through Monday but must have the instructor's signature. The course covers beginning lithography, serigraphy, intaglio and relief history and techniques. Samples of prints can be viewed in the display case between the library and the gallery. For more information, call Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail .

Hopper selected to Leadership Forum

Brian Hopper was selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Forum to be held Sept. 22 through 25 in Washington, D.C.

The forum is hosted by members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

It is an opportunity for national leaders to interact with student leaders from around the country. Discussions center on the role of faith, values and leadership in today's society.

The Around Campus column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.

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