College's Learning Center welcomes new staff members

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Posted: Wednesday, November 05, 2003

The KPC Learning Center plays a large role in the success of students who attend college at KPC. The Learning Center offers free adult basic education to people who are preparing for their GED or just looking for refresher courses in all general subjects.

The Learning Center announces Debra Moore, a retired special education teacher, has been hired as an instructor for the adult basic education program. Moore also will travel to the Learning Center site in Tyonek once a month to teach.

Also recently hired and assuming the role of "official tester" for all GED exams is Pam McDermott. McDermott is in charge of all preliminary and post-GED exams, as well.

Another recent hire, but not yet officially at work, is VISTA volunteer Janice Habermann. The Volunteers In Service To America program is sponsoring Habermann at the Learning Center as a full-time employee for one year. Habermann primarily will be involved in the Learning Center's literacy program, which is an accredited affiliate of ProLiteracy America. She will provide free tutoring in reading and writing and will help out with other Learning Center activities.

KPC welcomes these additions to the already powerful staff of educators in the Learning Center.

Professor's work honored

Even though she has been at KPC only a short time, photography assistant professor Jayne Jones has made quite a splash. Her classes are popular on campus and her professional work as an artist continues to make a statement in the Lower 48.

Jones is an accomplished professional photographer and artist and reports that she has three pieces in a show that recently opened in Clarksville, Tenn. The show is called "Playing 'Possum" and is at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. The show was created by Kaleidoscope, a collective of artists in Knoxville, Tenn., of which Jones is a longtime member. The show has been scheduled for three additional museums and gallery spaces and will travel to Morristown, Tenn., next.

The curator of the show, Alan Finch, said, "The artists interpreted the colloquial term 'Playing 'Possum,' which means playing dead, in a variety of ways. The most common theme comes across as pretense in the work, of reality not quite matching the initial appearance of the art. Jayne Jones' black and white photograph, 'They Say We're Young and We Don't Know' is an example of that in the way the viewer experiences it. From several feet away, the photograph appears to be of a man wearing a richly-feathered coat, with voluminous plumage around his shoulders and neck. A step closer reveals that the plumage is actually a torrent of water dumped over the man's head."

Besides the black and white image mentioned above, Jones has two mixed media pieces in the show that use color image transfer with some digital output to create intriguing artwork that illustrates the level of talent Jones has.

KPC congratulates Jones for her accomplishments and feels lucky to have an artist of her caliber to teach and inspire each and every student she comes in contact with.

Alaska to the Academia

Planning is under way for a spectacular private art tour to France and Italy next summer. KPC part-time art instructor Cathleen Rolph has put together an art appreciation class that will take students to the works of the masters up close and personal. The trip has been designed in conjunction with EF Educational Tours and will take adults and students, both high school and college, regardless of whether they sign up for the class. Students who choose to sign up for the class, not just the tour, will earn high school fine arts credit or three college credits.

The tour will travel from June 21 to July 3 to some of the most famous centers of art culture in France and Italy. Some of the highlights of the trip include Michelangelo's Pieta and the Sistine Chapel ceiling in Vatican City and the Colosseum in Rome. The group will visit the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, and then head off to Nice, France, to visit the Matisse Museum. The tour then takes a turn to the Louvre in Paris, where the Mona Lisa and other famous works of art are on display. There will be time to visit the Eiffel Tower and take a cruise on the Seine River. Although the trip is full of what could be considered highlights, the icing on the cake is the excursion to Giverney to see the home of Claude Monet and visit the Musee l'Orangrie, where visitors are surrounded by Monet's famous Water Lilies. Participants also will have plenty of scheduled time to sightsee on their own.

For more information about this incredible opportunity, contact Cathleen Rolph at Kenai Central High School at 283-4948 or tour leader Sarah Jones at Soldotna High School.

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

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