Showcase: The World of Folk with the Russian American Colony Singers: Around Campus

Kenai Peninsula College

Posted: Wednesday, November 15, 2006

The KPC Showcase series has collaborated with the UAA Diversity Council, the KPC Multicultural Consortium and Rotary International to bring an evening of traditional Russian and international folk music to the Kenai. The Anchorage-based choral group, the Russian American Colony Singers, along with visiting members of the Sharomov Ensemble of Novosibirsk, will be presenting an introductory lecture followed by a concert of traditional Russian music and dancing at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at Kenai Central High School Auditorium.

The Russian American Colony Singers (RACS), a group of 22 performers, began performing together in the Anchorage area in 2001. Since then they have given over 25 concerts throughout Alaska. The director, Zlata Lund, and over half of the performers are local Russian immigrants, many from Anchorage’s sister city, Magadan. The RACS repertoire ranges from classical and opera to skits and folk music performed in traditional Russian costumes.

Tickets for the event are available at the KPC Bookstore, River City Books, and the Kenai Convention and Visitors Bureau. General admission is $12 and for students and senior citizens, admission is $10.

The KPC Showcase is made possible by a generous grant from the Anna Fosset Goodrich Humanities Program of the Damon Memorial Fund.

Veterans eligible for CLEP reimbursement

Military veterans can now receive full reimbursement for all College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) testing fees, as a result of a recently implemented law that enhances veterans’ educational benefits. The U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) will reimburse eligible veterans for the $60 CLEP examination fee and for the test center administration fee. It is necessary, however, for veterans to pay the fees at the time of testing.

Benefits of CLEP testing include saving students money by giving them the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores on exams. Veterans can make the most of their GI Bill tuition benefits by applying those funds toward needed coursework. This approach saves time by allowing veterans to bypass courses in subject areas for which they already have knowledge. This can significantly accelerate the pace of degree-program completion and can allow students to move on to higher-level coursework more quickly.

There are 34 different CLEP exams and all are administered on a computer, offering instant score reports, with the exception of the English composition with essay exam. Subject areas include composition and literature, science and mathematics, foreign languages, history and social sciences, and business. The 90-minute exams are administered in the KRC Learning Center (262-0327) by appointment.

According to Diane Taylor, Learning Center coordinator, it is advantageous for students to seek advising prior to CLEP testing. “Unless students are admitted into a degree-program, the credits they may earn by CLEP testing float around until they have decided on a degree. And it is important to determine what institutions will accept CLEP credits,” she said.

For more information about eligibility requirements for the CLEP benefit and how to submit a claim, visit the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs at: For details regarding the CLEP program and the benefits available to veterans, visit or call 1-800-257-9558.

Veterans interested in CLEP testing are encouraged to make an appointment to discuss enrolling in a degree-program with a KRC counselor by calling 262-0330.

Nursing informational meeting tomorrow

Anyone interested in learning what it takes to be admitted into KPC’s two-year, associate of applied science nursing degree program should plan on attending an informational meeting from 2-3:30 p.m., tomorrow in Room 116 at the Kenai River Campus in Soldotna.

For more information, contact Lynn Senette at 262-0333 or Dr. David Wartinbee at 262-0377.

Spring semester course schedule available online

KRC’s spring semester course schedule is currently being printed and will be mailed out to central peninsula households during the last week of November. The electronic version of the entire document is now available from the home page of the KPC Web site. There is also a short version of the schedule that lists just the class title, course number, time and location.

Web registration for the spring semester is currently open to students who are admitted to a degree program. Web registration for the general public opens on December 1.

It is important to note that popular classes fill up quickly, so early registration is encouraged. Also, classes with very low enrollments may be cancelled, sometimes even prior to late registration, in order to avoid inconvenience to students and instructors.

Everyone is reminded that some changes to the schedule are unavoidable and those changes can greatly change registration options. Changes can include dates, times, locations, and even cancellations. The public is urged to periodically check the “Class Changes” on the Web site before classes begin.

Anyone thinking about college should seek advising regarding what degree or certificate they would like to pursue. Contact Campus Services at 262-0330 to schedule an appointment.

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

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