Campus mourns loss of professor, appreciates community support

Posted: Wednesday, October 16, 2002

Kenai Peninsula College would like to thank peninsula communities for the outpouring of support and condolences the college received after the recent loss of long-time English professor Dave Forbes.

His unexpected departure was a severe shock to the campus and leaves everyone with newfound perspectives regarding what's really important in life.

KPC potpourri

Enrollment at the college is up 2 percent this semester with a total of 1,716 students attending the campuses in Soldotna and Homer. Three hundred of those students are attending KPC full-time in pursuit of their degrees or certificates.

There are 637 male and 1,079 female students attending KPC this semester.

The average age of a KPC student is approximately 34, with student ages ranging from 14 to 85 years old. This demographic diversity makes KPC an environment where young students learn from mature students and vice versa. Many students comment that age diversity in the classroom helps make discussions more interesting because of the wide variety of perspectives across the age groups.

Learn to build a log cabin

Even though the fall semester is well under way, KPC's popular log cabin building class is scheduled to begin Friday at 6:30 p.m. in room 201 of the Soldotna campus. Folks wanting to learn this unique Alaska skill can register for the class right up until the class begins.

Master log craftsman, Tom Corr, will teach students to build a log cabin with a hands-on approach.

The class will work on a project in the KPC parking lot to get practical experience necessary so that students can apply their acquired skills to their own cabin project.

For more information about the class, contact Scott Kraxberger at 262-0354. For questions about how to register, contact Student Services at 262-0330.

First Sunday Showcase

Don't miss the first installment of KPC's entertainment series, The KPC Sunday Showcase. This production, featuring nationally acclaimed folk singers Suzzy and Maggie Roche, is being co-sponsored by KPC's Multi-Cultural Consortium and World Music for the Kenai. The show will be held at the Kenai Visitors and Cultural Center starting at 7 p.m. Friday. Tickets are $15 for students and senior citizens and $18 general admission.

Make a note of these upcoming KPC Sunday Showcases: Judy Russell will present a vocal recital Nov. 10, and KPC's Russina Chorus will perform in a Christmas recital Dec. 15.

The Sunday Showcase is partially funded through a grant from the Anna Fossett Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

Visiting Writers Series

Kachemak Bay Campus announced that its annual Visiting Writer Series will feature poet and University of Alaska Fairbanks professor emeritus John Morgan who will conduct a poetry workshop titled "Spells and Augeries" Oct. 23, 24 and 26.

Participants will discuss the role of poetry, the work of several poets and different forms of poetry, such as the sonnet, free verse, surrealism, prose and monologue. Students' work will be reviewed. The cost of the workshop is $118.50. Advanced registration is required.

Morgan also will present an "Evening of Poetry," reading his work at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 25. It is open to the public at no cost. For more information, call Carol Swartz at 235-7743.

Breast cancer awareness

The KPC Student Union invites the public to attend a discussion on thermographic imaging of breast tissue today at 2:15 p.m. in the KPC commons. Linda Price, from Optimum Health, will be the presenter. For more information, call the KPC Student Union at 262-0339.

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



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