Calling all aspiring writers: Saturday a time to speak up

Around Campus

Posted: Wednesday, November 17, 2004

For those who love to write, there is a support group called the Kenai Peninsula College Writers Group. This informal organization was formed to provide a venue for creative thinkers to share their work. The group emphasizes that participants need not be associated with KPC to get involved. They invite reluctant writers who may not be quite ready to share their work in public to come to the gatherings and interact with the writers who do put out their work.

The next opportunity to broaden literary horizons with the KPC Writers Group will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at River City Books in Soldotna at the "Y." The presentation is free and everyone is welcome. Writers who would like to read some of their works during the event are asked to contact Vicki Steik at 262-0308 or by e-mail, no later than today.

Driftwood magazine

open for submissions

Driftwood has long been KPC's venue for local literary and new artworks. The magazine publishes poetry, fiction, essays and full-color artwork. Dr. Barbara Christian, editor of the periodical magazine, said she expanded the magazine to include works from writers around Alaska in addition to the work submitted by KPC students. This year she decided to give the magazine even more exposure by taking the call for manuscripts national. Submissions from all over the United States are rolling into Christian's office since the Driftwood call for manuscripts appeared in the national magazine Poets and Writers. Christian hopes for a similar response from KPC students and Alaska writers.

Writers interested in having work considered for the next edition of Driftwood are asked to call Christian at 262-0364 or e-mail her at for information regarding submission guidelines. Artwork is included in the magazine at the invitation of the KPC art department. For more information about artwork submissions, contact Celia Anderson in the KPC art department at 262-0361 or by e-mail at

Scholarships available

According to Bill Howell, student services director, students now have the opportunity to apply for a number of scholarships granted through KPC. Spring semester scholarship packets are now available from the financial aid office.

For those wondering if they qualify for any of the available scholarships, the take-home message is that those who do not apply will not receive a scholarship. Many of the scholarships go unclaimed for lack of applicants. The mantra in financial aid circles is "apply early and apply often."

Students and parents may call the financial aid office at 262-0332 or e-mail it at or come by the campus to request the spring packet.

KPC Student Union

president moving up

Todd Closson, KPC Student Union president, was elected to Coalition of Student Leaders. Closson, a father and student, is a busy person on campus, but he always has a smile on his face and is quick to engage his peers, teachers and fellow student union officers.

Closson is known for his positive outlook, quick wit and sense of humor. He attended the University of Alaska Coalition of Student Leaders meeting in Fairbanks. He was elected to join the Northwest Student Leadership Conference in Portland, Ore., where he will attend workshops such as nontraditional students in higher education, being an effective spokesperson and building power at community colleges.

Congratulations to Closson for being recognized for his leadership.

Nursing coordinator hired

KPC announces that a nursing coordinator has been hired as the clinical supervisor for the nursing program that will begin at the Kenai River Campus in January.

The new coordinator is Lynn Sennett, R.N., who lives in Soldotna and has been the clinical supervisor for the Weber State nursing program that has offered their program at both KPC campuses over the past two years.

Sennett has good rapport with her students and is respected in the local medical community. KPC and UAA are pleased to have her on board.

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

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