BP provides public forum on proposed natural gas pipeline: Kenai Peninsula College

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Posted: Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Kenai Peninsula College’s Kenai River Campus will be hosting two informational sessions regarding the proposed natural gas pipeline contract currently being considered by the state of Alaska.

The oil company, BP, will send two engineers to campus to make an informational presentation to the public from 5 to 6 p.m. Thursday in Room 158. There will be an earlier, afternoon presentation for students, faculty and staff.

The sessions will provide general information, from the company’s perspective, on issues regarding the proposed natural gas line contract. There will be time allowed for questions at the end of the sessions.

Arts and Sciences division welcomes new faculty

After an extensive search process, Marion Yapuncich was offered and has accepted a position as assistant professor of mathematics at the Kenai River Campus (KRC).

Yapuncich has a Ph.D. in mathematics, masters of science in electrical engineering and a doctorate in medical research. She previously taught at the University of Alaska Anchorage and held positions at Los Alamos National Laboratories, Sandia National Laboratory and Texas Instruments.

“She has published extensively, and we are very fortunate to have her here,” said Bettie Wallace, assistant professor of mathematics and department chair of math and physical sciences at KRC.

Yapuncich said, “My initial impression on the first day of classes was that education is the number one priority of everyone at KPC. The campus is beautiful, and there is a good feeling of cooperation between faculty and students. It seems that everyone, including faculty, staff and students, wants to be here.”

Yanpuncich lived in Ninilchik last summer and wanted to return to the area. She added, “Also, I enjoy teaching at the community college level where students are working hard to get an education and improve their earning power for their families.”

When asked about her classes this semester, she said, “The students are great. They are interested in math and work hard. I enjoy teaching my classes. My students are dedicated enough to juggle work, home and school — and for some students, even high school — in order to be here. I really respect that. I hope that my classes are of service to these great students.”

New student blogger debuts on campus Web site

In an attempt to keep up with the latest technological twists in communication and media, the KPC Web site has devoted space for a student bloggers to make posts from their perspective as students.

The newest blogger is Whitney Brown, currently a senior at Kenai Central High School and a Jump Start student attending the Kenai River Campus. As a high school senior, Brown is taking advantage of the discounted college tuition program, Jump Start, which is made possible by the Kenai Peninsula Borough.

The first KPC blogger was Holly Wiley, whose first post was Sept. 20, 2005. Charles Pulliam took over the posting duties in March 2006 and the position has been vacant since April.

Brown aspires to be a journalist and is well on her way. In addition to her job as official KPC blogger, she writes a column for the Peninsula Clarion that appears in the Schools section called Verbatim.

Brown’s first column appeared Sept. 13. The column titled “Journey to adulthood nearly complete for high school senior,” illustrates she is reflecting on the increasingly rapid passing of time.

“There is no more time for believing in magic; there is work, bills and higher education,” says Brown in her column.

In addition to her position as official KPC blogger, Brown also is employed in Student Services as a peer adviser where she helps other students navigate their way through college. By the time Brown graduates from high school, she will have two semesters of college and two on-campus jobs under her belt and can count herself as a published author.

Brown’s blog entries, as well as archived blogs, can be accessed from the home page of the KPC Web site at kpc.alaska.edu.

New exhibit set to open in G.L. Freeburg Gallery

“We are getting ready for a stunning show of photography work by Alaska’s premier black and white photographer, Barry McWayne. The exhibit, composed entirely of digital photographs, will present selections from three distinctly different portfolios: Of Northern Flora, Out of the Ordinary, and The American Southwest,” said Celia Anderson, KPC art professor.

According to his Web site, Fairbanks photographer McWayne has been with the University of Alaska Museum for more than 30 years. His role at the museum has evolved from making photographs of the research collections and exhibitions to curating all the museum’s fine art collections.

Over the years, McWayne has shown work in more than 100 exhibitions and received numerous awards for his works. He has served as guest curator to many exhibitions and taught at the university level and conducted workshops across the state.

The exhibit will open at 3 p.m. Sunday with the artist’s gallery talk beginning at 4 p.m.

A workshop will immediately follow from 5 to 8 p.m., focusing on making black and white ink jet prints. The workshop will continue from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday in the computer lab in Room 119.

Seating is limited and registration for the workshop begins today at the Campus Services desk at the Kenai River Campus. The workshop will cover techniques, papers, inks, printers, longevity and demonstrate the QuadTone Rip. The fee for the workshop is $35.

For more information, contact Celia Anderson at 262-0361.

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

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