KPC around campus: Technology upgrades a constant priority at KPC

Posted: Wednesday, October 12, 2005

The Kenai Peninsula College is committed to providing students with the latest in computer technology. This goal is challenging for two reasons the rapid rate technology is advancing and the University of Alaska budget challenges.

Computer processors are faster and more powerful, memory is expanding and communication bandwidth keeps increasing. Managing, maintaining, and upgrading servers, banks of computers, multiple interactive video components, and audio and video equipment in every classroom at the KPC keeps network administrator Mark Jensen and his staff hopping.

Standardizing multimedia components in the classrooms continues to be a priority at KPC. The goal is to have every classroom set-up with the same equipment. Over the summer, seven classrooms were upgraded to include high resolution computer and video projectors and sound systems that are integrated to work with one controller. This semester three more classrooms are slated for this equipment.

The campus computer labs in the Ward Building also had received significant upgrades. Twenty 3.4 gigahertz Dell workstations,with 1.0 gigabyte of main memory are up and running in lab 106A.

These stations were funded with student technology fees. The computers in this lab are used by digital art and photography classes that require the extra "horsepower" that these units have. The other computer lab, in room 108, also received a system memory upgrade to 1.0 gigabyte and now can accommodate the Computer Systems Technology degree related course work.

Celebrate Alaska Day

Alaska Day is the anniversary of the formal transfer of Alaska from the ownership of Russia to the United States. The purchase of Alaska was officially marked with the raising of the U.S. flag at Sitka on Oct. 18, 1867. The purchase of Alaska was approved with only a one vote margin in the U.S Senate and was referred to as "Seward's Folly" as a jab at Secretary of State William Seward who convinced the Senate to approve the purchase of what was thought of as a frozen wasteland.

Alaska has a rich and diverse history that is reflected in the names it's geographical features. Some place names reflect the languages of various indigenous peoples while others are derivations of the Russian language. Significant portions of Alaska, especially coastal regions, were named during early explorations commissioned by various European countries.

In recognition of Alaska Day, Gregory Weisssenburg, KPC's adjunct professor of Russian language, has prepared a presentation that explores Alaska place names of Russian origin, as well as usage of Russian borrowings in Alaskan vernacular. The public is invited to celebrate Alaska Day at the Kenai River Campus by attending this free lecture at 7 p.m., October 18, in room 201. The 90-minute presentation entitled "What's in a Name?" was prepared as part of Weissenburg's curriculum for the Elementary Russian 1 course he is teaching this semester.

KPC Showcase Series

For over 20 years, a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Foundation has supported a wide range of art, entertainment, and enlightenment programs through the KPC Showcase.

The first showcase features artist and photographer Hal Gage. Gage will present a slide lecture and have an opening reception for his photography exhibit "Ice" at 3 p.m. Sunday in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery.

According to his Web site, Gage was born in Anchorage and studied music and art at UAA. He is closely affiliated with the Alaska Photographic Center where he promotes Alaskan photographers and introduces nationally and internationally known photographers to Alaska. Gage's photographs have shown nationally and internationally and his work explores a number of themes. Gage's exhibit will show at KPC through Nov. 11.

The second showcase features a lecture and book signing by Dr. Barbara Christian. She will discuss her recently published book, "Belief in Dialogue: U.S. Latina Writers Confront Their Religious Heritage." The event will be at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19 in the commons. Christian's book will be available for purchase and signing by the author at the event and is also available in the Kenai River Campus bookstore.

For more information about these KPC showcase events, call Dave Atcheson at 262-0346.

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