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University Board of Regents Meet at KPC
By Brian Keith, KPC Student

The University of Alaska Board of Regents will be meeting at Kenai Peninsula College on April 17-18. The first day will end with a community reception at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai.

The times for the meetings and reception are not yet determined, but will be posted on the KPC News Network monitors around campus as soon as they are available.

The meetings are open to the public and will begin with a period for public testimony, giving people in the community a chance to voice their opinions before the meetings begin.

The UA Board of Regents meets regularly at different campuses within the UA system to discuss and make decisions pertaining to the University of Alaska. Although the decisions that will be brought to the floor on the 17th and 18th are not currently available, agendas for the meetings will be accessible to students and the public at the KPC library approximately 5 days prior to the meetings.

Further information and the meeting agenda, when available, can also be accessed at the Board of Regents website at: www.alaska.edu/bor/.

Accommodations for the deaf or hearing impaired can be arranged by contacting Jeannie Phillips, Board Regents Officer at (907) 474-7908 or by email at: sybor@alaska.edu.

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Ask The Director Action Line Works For Students

Response by KPC Director Gary Turner

Question: The college has not been offering English 111 as a summer course for the last several years. It would be greatly appreciated by many students who need to get that class out of the way, if the college would add it to the curriculum for this summer.

Answer: I'm pleased to say that not only will we be offering ENG 111, Methods of Written Communication, but we'll also have 23 other courses to choose from this summer. The schedule is still being worked on at press time, but you can expect to see the full summer schedule out in mid-April. Plus students will be able to register for these classes either online, via WolfLink or in-person.

Like classes held during the rest of the year, classes typically need to have 12 students enrolled in order for the class to "make." The last thing I want to do is cancel a class, but without 12 students we're operating at a loss and we can't afford to do that especially as things get tighter fiscally. So, please tell your friends to sign up for a class or two.

These summer classes are ideal for students already enrolled at KPC, for college students who are coming home for the summer, and for high school grads who will be going to college out of the area in the fall. This gives those students an opportunity to take a class(es) while living at home during the summer so they get a headstart on knocking out those credits. Thanks for your call.

Note: Students can leave a message for the Director’s Action Line at 262-0342.


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Summer Job? New Career? College?

Don’t miss the College, Career, & Job Fairs
Coming Soon To A Location Close To YOU!

Homer College & Career Fair 9 am-1:30 pm Friday,
April 4 Homer High School

Need More Info? Call 235-7746

Kenai Peninsula Career & Job Fair 9 am-3 pm Saturday,
April 5 Kenai Central High

Need More Info? Call 262-0337

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THANKS FROM THE KPC STUDENT UNION!

As we begin the final month of the 2002-2003 academic year, the Student Union office extends it’s thanks to all students, staff and faculty. It has been our honor to serve KPC and represent the student body.

Our final month is full of events and wrap-up projects. We hope this overview of April's calendar will help students plan for the end of the semester.

Caps and gowns will be available for rental throughout the month of April for $15.00, with a $5.00 additional deposit. Be sure and contact the bookstore for tassels.

Graduation announcements are available in the student union office for $1.00 each.

Student Forums are scheduled for April 8 & 9. Students are encouraged to stop to chat with the KPC Administration Team. The forums will be held in the commons from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8 and from 5:15 p.m.- 6:15 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9. Bring your concerns, ideas, and comments!

Blood Drive! To be held from 10 a.m. - 4p.m. Wednesday, April 9. The Kenai Peninsula Branch of the Blood Bank of Alaska will be on campus to take blood donations. Donors are asked to drink plenty of fluids the day before donating and eat a good meal and avoid caffeine the day of your donation. Please stop by and give the gift of life to someone less fortunate, someday it may be you or someone in your family who needs blood.

Spring Celebration and Egg Hunt Wednesday, April 16. The Student Union will be hosting the final on-campus social for the year. Join us for an egg hunt with prizes, and a baked-treats potluck. Egg hunt will begin at 11:30 am, and desserts will be served at 12:45pm.

Board of Regents Meeting April 17-18 KPC will host the Board of Regents. A public reception will be held at the Challenger Learning Center, at a time yet to be determined on April 17, 2003.

Congratulations to all graduating students, and wishes for a good summer to everyone at KPC.


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Freedom Of Expression Alive And Well At Kenai Peninsula College
By KPC Director Gary Turner

Over the past few months, Kenai Peninsula College students and faculty and staff, have engaged in dialogue about the conflict in Iraq. That's good. A college is meant to be an institution where freedom of expression is not only expected, but encouraged.

Freedom of expression is fundamental to our democratic process and with that concept comes individual responsibility. That responsibility brings with it respect for other points of view. The beliefs you hold and express will not necessarily be those held by your classmates or co-workers. And that is good, too. If we all held the same beliefs, this country and college would be a pretty vanilla place.

However, since February, I have noticed and been told that people are taking down notices on the bulletin boards that may not agree with their beliefs. People who are in favor of sending troops to Iraq have taken down posters of those who are against the conflict, and vice versa. Many people have come to my office representing both sides of the fence and asked how could we allow people to put such information on the boards.

That is when I explain to them that if people can't express their views in an institution of higher learning, then we are not fulfilling our role in expanding people's intellect and encouraging them to explore. Colleges are places where people are expected to spread their wings, to challenge their minds, to engage in philosophical arguments, to explore other cultures and beliefs…and to express their beliefs.

I ask each of you to think of this when you talk with someone whose beliefs are different from yours, and to respect the rights of those who place items on the bulletin boards that are in direct opposition to what you believe. Your rights and their rights are equal, it just so happens that your beliefs are not the same. And that is good, too.

Two years ago, UA President Mark Hamilton, wrote a memo about freedom of expression to all members of the university community. I believe his words are worth revisiting. Here are a few excerpts from his memo that apply just as much now as they did two years ago:

"A number of recent events has convinced me that I take the unusual step to state clearly and unambiguously what all of us would take as a given-The University of Alaska acknowledges and espouses the right to freedom of speech…Opinions expressed by our employees, students, faculty or administrators don't have to be politic or polite. However personally offended we might be, however unfair the association of the University to the opinion might be, I insist that we remain a certain trumpet of this most precious of Constitutional rights."

So the next time you read an item on the bulletin board that might not agree with your point of view, at least respect the person's opinion. There are few countries in this world where people are able to publicly express what they believe without fear of retribution. Unfettered freedom of expression is alive and well at KPC.


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Kachemak Bay Campus
2003 Visiting Writers Series

Nationally Known Authors Make April Writing Series Special

The Kachemak Bay Campus of Kenai Peninsula College invites the public to its Visiting Writer Series in April featuring two nationally- recognized novelists.

Author and UAA professor Jo-Ann Mapson will conduct a reading from her work at 8 pm, Friday, April 11 at Bunnell Street Gallery. She is the author of seven books of fiction including her most recent Along Came Mary: A Bad Girl Creek Novel and bestsellers Hank and Chloe, The Wilder Sisters, and Blue Rodeo, which was made into a TV movie. Jo-Anne will also conduct a creative writing workshop at the campus.

San Francisco novelist Alfredo Vea will conduct a reading of his work at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 14 at the Bunnell Street Gallery,. Reviewers have hailed his novels as "big-hearted and magical," "brilliant, rich and extravagant." He has been called "a cross between John Steinbeck and Gabriel Barcia Marquez." His novels include La Maravilla, which became a minor classic of Chicano literature, The Silver Cloud Café and Gods Go Begging, named one of the best books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of the 1999 Bay Area Book Reviewers' Award for Fiction. It draws upon his own personal history. He was born in Arizona, living the life of a migrant worker before being sent to Viet Nam. After his discharge, he worked a series of jobs as he put himself through law school.

Also, reading from his work will be Sitka author John Straley who is known for his award-winning mystery books such as The Woman Who Married a Bear, The Music of What Happens, and Cold Water Burning.

This event is supported in part by the Alaska Center for the Book and Bunnell St. Gallery, and is free and open to the public.


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Damon Foundation
Gives $15,905 to KPC for 3-D Art Studio

The Damon Memorial Fund Council has donated $15,905 to Kenai Peninsula College to purchase equipment and supplies to outfit its new 3-D art studio.

Clarence and Anna Goodrich established the foundation in 1973 to provide scholarships to KPC students and humanities grants to the college. The Goodrich family donated their daughter Frances' estate, consisting of a 160-acre homestead to the college and funds from sales of this land support this endowment in perpetuity. The foundation is in memory of the Goodrich's daughter, Frances Helen Damon and grandson, Lawrence E. Damon, who were killed in a tidal wave off the coast of Whittier following the Alaska earthquake of 1964.

The funds will be used to purchase potters wheels, clay, kiln furniture and other supplies for the newly constructed 3-D studio that was built at KPC during the winter class break. Dr. Steve Stringham, a KPC adjunct faculty member, has also donated an electric kiln for the facility.


 

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Kenai Peninsula College
Seeks Council Representatives

Kenai Peninsula College is looking for several energetic individuals to serve on the KPC College Council. The council serves a public advisory role for the college and seeks to have representation from all sectors of the Kenai Peninsula.

Interested individuals, as well as the general public, are invited to attend the next KPC College Council meeting scheduled to be held at 6:30 p.m. on April 10 at the east campus of the Kachemak Bay Branch of Kenai Peninsula College in room 117.

If you would like to be considered for one of these positions, please send a letter of interest and a resume to Kenai Peninsula College, Director's Office, 34820 College Drive, Soldotna, Alaska 99669. If you have any questions or want to know more, contact Mary Rainwater at 262-0336 or email to inmer@uaa.alaska.edu .


 

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