It might be hard to believe, especially since the weather was so mild, but with the holidays approaching and the days getting shorter, KPC already has set the class schedule for next semester. Although the spring 2004 course schedule is just being polished up for printing, the draft schedule is available at the KPC Web site at www.kpc.alaska.edu and can be reached from the home page.
There are more than 250 classes being offered at the KPC campus in Soldotna, more than 100 planned at the Kachemak Bay Campus in Homer, and 15 planned for KPC's new Resurrection Bay extension site in Seward.
Once again, KPC leads the University of Alaska in the delivery of classroom instruction via interactive video. Next semester will have four classes originating from the KPC campus in Soldotna delivered to Homer, and for the first time, one class will be "beamed" to Seward and three to the University of Alaska Anchorage. KPC is proud of the fact that its Information Technology department continues to excel in the implementation of this technology to continually expand the offering of classes that otherwise may not be available in the south and eastern peninsula, and now, even Anchorage.
KPC is committed to delivering courses that meet the needs of students seeking degrees, but also seeks to serve peninsula residents who engage in life-long learning. Remember that most classes at KPC can be audited, meaning that students can attend the course, participate in all activities in the class, but not be "worried" about a grade. Also, it's important to realize that some classes that list prerequisites, courses that have to be completed before taking a class, don't necessarily apply to students just want to take the course for personal interest. Oftentimes, students can enter the class simply by getting the instructors permission. Don't let a list of prerequisites deter you from taking a class that stimulates your interest.
The spring 2004 semester at KPC definitely has something for everyone. The long, dark winter days in Alaska can be filled with the excitement of learning something new, reviewing something that you "once" knew, exercising your body, or stimulating your right brain with a great art or music class. Don't underestimate the power of knowledge; that's what we sell at KPC.
The Singers of Veracruz
KPC's Multicultural Consortium, in partnership with the Anna Goodrich Damon Foundation, World Music for the Kenai and KDLL, is hosting a concert featuring Tlen Huicani at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium at Kenai Central High School. The cost will be $18 general admission, $15 for seniors and students, $10 for teens with a parent and free for children under 12.
Tlen Huicani, a group of five talented musicians from Veracruz, Mexico, has performed all over South and North America for 30 years. Tlen Huicani, pronounced "wee-KAH-ne", means "the singers" in the indigenous Indian language of Nahuatl. They interpret the traditional folk music of their state and much of Latin America using the beautiful "harpa jarocha" or folk harp, as the centerpiece of their music.
This will be the first consortium concert of the year, but according to Diane Taylor, the head of the Multicultural Consortium, there are plans to bring the Athabascan Fiddlers and an Irish Music Festival later this year.
According to Taylor, the Multicultural Consortium will supplement the planned concerts with a wide ranging diversity of music played in the commons at KPC. The goal of the consortium is to promote music from different cultures and expose our communities to music they may not otherwise hear.
How are movies made?
The KPC Showcase, sponsored in part by the Damon Foundation, presents filmmaker Brian George Smith from Palmer, who will talk about a variety of aspects concerning the art and business of video production and filmmaking. He will present some film clips from his feature "Dixie Blue Summer" and from his newest feature work, "The Roosevelt Tree," which he describes as a story about "saving the last wild places on Earth" and taking action as an individual.
The public is invited to this free presentation, which will take place at 4 p.m. Saturday in room 132 at KPC's Soldotna campus.
In an effort to raise awareness about the cool, new 3-D art studio in the Ward building at the KPC campus in Soldotna, the KPC Student Union and the art department are sponsoring the first annual Holiday Throw-A-Pot Day. This has nothing to do with smashing pottery and everything to do with creating it.
The public is invited come out and try throwing a pot using clay and a potter's wheel. Participants are asked to donate their efforts to the Student Union's art auction, to be held in December.
Tools and clay will be provided and prizes will be awarded to those "winners" who throw the largest and the tallest pot.
Plan on joining the fun from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday and follow the signs to the ceramics-art studio at KPC.
This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at Kenai Peninsula College.
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