Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

Posted: Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Distance education offered

What do soldiers serving in Iraq, a person living in Montana, another in Louisiana working on an oil platform and a woman working on a fishing boat have in common? They have taken the school's Online Survey of Chemistry class co-taught by adjunct professors Bob Amundson and Susan Mircovich and full-time professor Andy Veh.

Amundson says it has been satisfying putting together the curriculum for the course and lab. Students asked for the next level of the discipline, General Chemistry, to be adapted to the distance delivery format.

"Susan Mircovich, who lives in the Mat-Su Valley, and I developed the class and she will be teaching it in the spring," said Amundson.

How does a student experience laboratory experiments online? According to the course description, aside from virtual experiments, the online lab section requires students to attend a six-hour lab session to be completed at either a KPC campus or in the Anchorage/MatSu area or it is set up by the individual student at a facility close to them.

In addition to the online chemistry class, Amundson also has adapted Intermediate Algebra to online delivery. The Web-based course is set-up as pre-recorded online sessions that students can access and proceed at their own pace. Amundson offers virtual office hours to give immediate feedback to questions, as well as being available daily via e-mail.

Amundson also teaches the humanities course, Film as Literature Film Noir.

"The traditional Film Noir class has been going strong for the past seven years and has been popular with KPC students and especially our JumpStart students. As a result of the class, together with a former student of mine Clyde Folley, who incidentally is at film school at Vassar, we made a public presentation on film noir at KPC in February 2004. I also did presentations in Homer, Seward, and two at the Anchorage Museum of History and Art and one at UAA. And as a result of those presentations, I was invited to speak on Film Noir and French New Wave Cinema at the Dallas Art Museum/Nasher Sculpture Center during their closing events for the Matisse, Painter Sculptor Exhibit in late April 2007. These presentations sparked interest in the topic and the new online class is a result of that interest, since students anywhere can enroll."

Ceramic artist opens exhibit

The Kenai River Campus will welcome ceramics artist Gina Hollomon during an opening reception and slide presentation and lecture from 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday in the G.L. Freeburg Gallery in Soldotna. Hollomon's exhibition, "Fur Feathers Fins Fire," will run Sunday through Dec. 14. For more information, call 262-0361.

Alumni association meeting set

Anyone who has completed a three credit class at any KPC site is invited to attend the alumni association meeting at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 20 in the conference room of the Mining and Petroleum Training Service Building. The goal of the organizational meeting will be to serve as a mixer for alumni and to identify members who want to serve as volunteers for the association. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, call 262-0314 or e-mail

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

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