KPC around campus: KPC preparing to defend title in Soldotna Lion's Club bed race

Posted: Wednesday, September 28, 2005

The KPC Student Union, along with a full slate of student volunteers, will defend its title as Soldotna Lion's Club Vera Howarth Memorial Bed Race champions. The group is hoping to capture the event grand prize for the fourth consecutive year.

The fund-raiser, sponsored by the Soldotna Lion's Club, will begin at 4 p.m. Saturday on Park Street in Soldotna. This fund-raiser is dubbed "Dollars for Scholars" and the proceeds are directed to the Soldotna Lion's scholarship fund.

KPC enrollment statistics

According to KPC Student Services, the number of male students enrolled this semester is up 23 percent over 2004 at 548 students. Enrollment of female students is up 8 percent at 944 students versus 876 last year.

Director Gary Turner stated the low number of males enrolled compared to females reflects a disturbing nationwide trend in post-secondary education.

Update on the KPC Web site

Pages dedicated to an official KPC student "blogger" and to a "featured student" have been added to the Web site.

The first featured student on the Web site is 22-year-old artist Paul Tornow. Originally from Wisconsin, Tornow says he has drawn "forever." By the fourth grade, Tornow began formal art classes. By the time he was 13, his work was winning recognition in the Wisconsin Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest. Tornow is working toward a bachelor of fine arts degree at KPC. He also is the founding president of KPC's Art Student League.

A sample of Tornow's talent can be viewed, along with highlights of how he came to be the person he is today, via a link on the KPC Web site at

Also new to the KPC Web page is the addition of the first KPC student blog. Blogs, also known as Web logs or live journals, are online spaces where people can post their thoughts. KPC's student blog is an opportunity for getting a real student's perspective on what life on campus.

The official student blogger at KPC this semester is Holly Wiley. Wiley jokes she has been at KPC "forever" and currently is pursuing a bachelor's degree in psychology.

Wiley hails from Kasilof, is a mom and the singer in the local band Something Else. In addition to being an energetic Student Union representative, a full-time student and a commercial fisherman, she hosts her own radio show on Kasilof's public radio station, KWJG 91.5 FM.

Check out Wiley's first blog posting by visiting the KPC Web site at

Learning Center VISTA position announced

One of the many missions the Learning Center on the Kenai River Campus has is promoting literacy through its affiliation with ProLiteracy America. Learning Center coordinator Diane Taylor has developed a literacy volunteer outreach coordinator position through the federal Volunteers in Service to America program.

The current full-time opening Taylor is recruiting for will begin in December and last a year. The successful applicant will receive a stipend of approximately $1,000 per month, medical benefits and an education award of $4,700 upon completion of service.

Applicants are required to be age 18 or older, a U.S. citizen with a valid driver's license, have interest or experience teaching adult basic education and interest in working with individuals from diverse backgrounds.

Duties will include assisting Taylor in recruitment and training of at least 20 volunteer tutors and maintaining ongoing evaluation and progress reports on each tutor-student match through monthly communications with the volunteer and student.

Applications are online at The program listing for Kenai Peninsula College is "Nine Star Enterprises-KPC." Local applicants are asked to apply online and also submit a letter of intent to T. Musgrove, KPC Learning Center, 34820 College Dr., Soldotna, AK 99669.

For more information, contact the Learning Center at 262-0327.

New exhibit in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery

A new installation in the campus gallery highlighting the unique art of California artist Spelman Evans Downer is showing through Oct. 13. Downer's acrylic paintings bring together cartography and art.

Downer taught painting classes at the Kenai River Campus 15 years ago and now heads the art department at Copper Mountain College in Joshua Tree, Calif. Downer maintains a studio in Cooper Landing and is a river rafting guide in the summer months.

For more information about the exhibit, contact Celia Anderson at 262-0361 or e-mail at

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

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