Students get chance to air college positives via video contest: Kenai Peninsula College

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Posted: Tuesday, September 18, 2007

KPC students promote University

For the last two years, the marketing and communications team at Kenai Peninsula College has helped in planning the University of Alaska's statewide marketing campaign. Having a seat at the table has allowed KPC to contribute to the process of crafting messages that reach out to students. The focus of the marketing plan revolves around the choices the university offers students at 16 campuses throughout the state.

The impact of KPC's involvement in marketing decisions at the state level can be seen in television and radio commercials currently running. The ad campaign dubbed "choices" revolves around four "real" UA students who choose how they are going to do their commercials. Students auditioned via video while reading prepared scripts. Two of the four students selected for the commercials are attending KPC.

Chris Pepper, majoring in elementary education and serving as the production officer for the Student Union, chose to do his commercial upside down. Harrison Deveer, originally from Ghana, West Africa is a paramedical technology major who chose to do his commercial with subtitles. Deveer speaks in his native tongue in the commercial with English subtitles and showcases his dancing skills.

The campaign is being followed up with a student generated, short video contest. Five winners will receive one year of tuition to UA.

Videos must emphasize all the choices the university offers and must be recorded and submitted before Dec. 15. More information about the contest, "UA My Way" visit

EMT 1 class added

Paul Perry, EMT/Paramedic coordinator announced the addition of an EMT 1 course. The class will be delivered in an accelerated format that works around most traditional work schedules.

Classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 9 through Dec. 15.

An EMT I has the emergency skills to assess a patient's condition and manage respiratory, cardiac and trauma emergencies.

Registration for this and other short courses has to be done in person at Campus Services. For more information, call Paul at 262-0378 or 398-7888 or e-mail

Professor invited to air views

Dr. Barbara Christian, English professor, has been invited by Dr. Patricia Ward of Vanderbilt University to join a roundtable discussion during the 2007 National Convention of the Modern Language Association.

The roundtable explores contemporary issues in religion and the teaching of world literature. Panelists will summarize their research and then engage in public discussion with other panelists and session attendees. Christian will share her ongoing study of the multiple spiritual systems that underlie characterization, motivation, and action in the writing of contemporary U.S. Latinas.

The annual Modern Language Association conference is the premier event for university literature professionals in the United States. This year it will be held in Chicago during the last week of December.

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

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