University of Alaska Southeast offers a free Off to College event 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Glacier View Room of the Egan Classroom Wing. (Nicole Honeywell | Unsplash)

University of Alaska Southeast offers a free Off to College event 4-7 p.m. Wednesday in the Glacier View Room of the Egan Classroom Wing. (Nicole Honeywell | Unsplash)

Kenai Peninsula College Around Campus for the week of Nov. 26, 2018

Public registration for spring semester open

Although it’s not easy to tell by looking outside, the fall semester is rapidly coming to an end and students are looking forward to a break. Many current students have taken advantage of the priority registration period and are lined out for the spring semester.

Public registration for the upcoming spring semester opened today, Nov. 26. Search KPC classes at Registration is available from the KPC homepage by clicking on UAOnline. Spring semester classes begin on Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

First time college students are encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan the best approach to completing a certificate or degree program. They can assist with adjustment and transition issues, transcript requests and offer advice and help to resolve any individual concerns.

Something for everyone on the spring schedule

KPC strives to offer a diverse mix of classes to a diverse population of students throughout the peninsula and the state. Although many courses offered are part of set, degree-driven curricula, there are many electives and community-enrichment classes offered.

Some of the fun classes that are perfect for the dark months of winter include beginning Pilates and yoga, fingerstyle guitar, basics of ground-source heat pump systems, modern qaspeq making, a variety of art courses, beginning fly fishing, introduction to creative writing, film as/and literature, natural peer support and natural wellness, and theater appreciation.

The Kenai River Campus will also be offering a number of “flex college” courses that will hopefully make college accessible to working adults and parents. These are classes offered in the evenings and/or weekends. Some of the classes include business foundations, fundamentals of supervision, fundamentals of communication and life span development. Other opportunities include both pipe and TIG welding offered at night.

For more information, call 262-0330 or email

KBC Semester by the Bay sponsoring Marine Biology Symposium

Dr. Debbie Tobin, KBC professor of biology and coordinator of the SBB, invites the public to learn about marine mammals and the intertidal zone organisms of Kachemak Bay and beyond from 12-6 p.m., Friday, Nov. 30 at KBC.

Biological science students will provide 10-15 minute oral presentations on the work they have done over the semester. The students will also prepare posters highlighting field trips, including research in Kenai Fjords National Park and the 2018 Beluga Count, as well as surveys of Kachemak Bay.

The symposium offers undergraduate students experience making presentations and fielding questions about their work. The event will provide the public with a rare look into the academic work completed by the SBB students.

Oral presentations will be held from 12-3:30 p.m. on topics including signature whistles in dolphins and whales, social behavior of harbor seals, feeding behaviors of humpback whales and much more.

Poster presentations will take place from 4-6 p.m. Subjects include photo-identification of marine mammals, harbor porpoises in Halibut Cove Lagoon, the intertidal zones of several bays in Kachemak Bay and a variety of other marine-related subjects.

For more information, call 235-7743.

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