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KPC boldly goes where no class has gone before

Posted: Wednesday, December 11, 2002

KPC is taking a bold step into distance delivery education next semester by offering two classes via interactive video.

Introduction to Women's Studies (WS 200, section I 10), taught by Sammie Crawford, will be taught at the Soldotna campus from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. The class will be broadcast live to the Kachemak Bay campus. Western Civilization II (HIST 102, section R 10), taught by Michael Hawfield, will be offered at the Kachemak Bay campus from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. Thursdays. The class will be broadcast to the Soldotna campus.

The college recently received a two-camera interactive video system. The camera-TV system allows an instructor to see the class at the remote site, and students there will be able to see him or her. The instructor will be able to call on students at both locations and class discussions between the two sites can be accomplished.

The new system will allow KPC to offer classes at both campuses without requiring students to drive to the other campus.

"We're really excited about teaching classes like this," said Gary J. Turner, KPC college director. "This new technology gives us the chance to reach more students at both campuses and save them a drive."

Turner said that sometimes classes at both campuses have low enrollment and have to be canceled. With interactive video delivery, a class that may have been canceled should now have enough students since it is being delivered to both campuses.

Holiday stress relief

Ann Marina will present a free yoga class from 5 to 6:30 p.m. today in room 132 at KPC. No experience is necessary. Students are invited to enjoy some breathing, stretching and relaxation to relieve stress and get their minds and bodies ready for the holidays.

"There's a wide range of misconceptions about yoga in the U.S.," Marina said. "Some people think it's just sitting cross-legged and chanting or meditating for an hour. Others think it's really tough, doing pretzel-like contortions, standing on your head and such things that they wouldn't even try to do."

Yoga began centuries ago in India and evolved into different forms. Hatha yoga, the style Marina teaches, focuses on the physical postures, breathing and relaxation.

Other kinds, such as Raja yoga, focus on meditation and mental exercises. Hatha yoga promotes flexibility of the spine and joints, muscle tone, better posture and balance. People often report relief from back pain and being able to sleep better at night. Many hospitals and clinics now provide yoga for pain management and stress reduction. It is included in various treatment programs for heart disease, cancer and arthritis.

Marina has led yoga classes part time for more than 20 years. She studied at the Yoga Institute of Washington, D.C., and with other teachers in Alaska and the D.C. area. Two of her former instructors are from India. Marina returns to KPC next semester with two yoga classes on Monday evenings: Intermediate level at 5:30 p.m., and beginners level at 7:15 p.m. These are one-credit physical education courses.

For more information about the classes, call Marina at 283-5950 or e-mail her at amarina@alaska.net.

Bonus Sunday Showcase

KPC continues its quest to provide free entertainment via the Sunday Showcase series for the enjoyment of all.

This week there's a bonus performance Saturday. World Music for the Kenai, in conjunction with the KPC Sunday Showcase and the Damon Foundation, presents Anchorage-area folk singer Kim Acuna in a free concert at 7 p.m. Saturday in the KPC Commons. For more information, call Mike Morgan at 262-6548.

The KPC Community Chorus will present "Christmas in Alaska: An 'Elka,'" a musical celebration of Alaska's past at 3 p.m. Sunday in the KPC Brockel Building.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, community relations coordinator at KPC. Student reporter Clayton Hillhouse contributed.



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