Kenai Peninsula College: Around Campus

There will be a nursing information and advising session for current and prospective students at 9 a.m. on March 27 in room 107 at the Kenai River Campus. The session is open to anyone interested in pursuing a career in nursing.

Dr. David Wartinbee, KRC professor of biology, and Anastasia Monyahan, UAA assistant professor of nursing and KRC nursing program coordinator, will be presenting information about all of the nursing programs offered by UAA at KPC. They will discuss information about the upcoming application period and the ranking system used for the next cohort of nursing students, as well as the newly-mandated HESI exam that is part of the application process.

Individual advising sessions will be available starting at 10:30 a.m. Sign up for one of these sessions by visiting KRC Student Services or calling 262-0330. For additional information about the session, contact Wartinbee at 262-0377 or or Monyahan at 262-0333 or .

According to their website, the Alaska Native Oratory Society is more than the speaking event it appears on the surface. AkNOS offers a platform for Alaska Native students and others to share stories, songs, and address issues that are meaningful to them. It is a sharing and learning gathering that is based on Alaska Native community values. It provides an opportunity for students to develop their skills in oratory in a supportive environment.

The seventh annual regional UAA/KPC AkNOS event will be held from 1-3 p.m. on March 27 in the KRC McLane commons. Participants can access the registration form and more information at the KPC homepage, events section. Pre-registration is encouraged but will also be available at the event. The event is being sponsored by the Alaska Native Studies Program, UAA Diversity Action Council and the KRC Student Union.

This year’s theme is “Let Your Spirit Speak: Finding Our Voices.” Students are encouraged to participate by speaking out on issues of importance to their community and region. Traditional fry bread will be served and several door prizes will be given away. Jack Dalton, well-known Alaska Native poet and orator, will be the master of ceremonies.

For more information, contact Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center director, at 262-0328 or

The Central Peninsula League of Women Voters and the KRC Student Union are hosting a workshop titled, Climate Change in Our Backyard: Living the paradigm shift through science and conversation. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on March 28 at the Kenai River Campus.

Researchers from the U.S. Geological Survey, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Department of Natural Resource Conservation, along with other respected area scientists, will share findings on local climate change impacts. Discussion topics include flooding frequency, salmon stressors, coastal erosion and wildfire risk.

Nancy Lord, Homer-based author of “Early Warming,” will provide the keynote address covering current climate impacts, forecasted concerns and strategies to increase the Peninsula’s resiliency.

The public is encouraged to participate in the conference. There will be a children’s’ program provided and parents are asked to pre-register children ages 3-10 years old at Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring a water bottle and coffee mug.

As part of her scheduled visit to the Kenai Peninsula, U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski will visit KPC’s Kenai River Campus on April 3. During her time on campus, Murkowski will tour the new Career and Technical Education Center and the KRC Res Hall.

The senator will hold a town hall gathering from 3-3:30 p.m. on April 3, upstairs in the Riverview commons (Goodrich building). The public is encouraged to attend the event.

This column is provided by Suzie Kendrick, Advancement Programs Manager at Kenai Peninsula College.

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