Register for spring semester now

The general public began registering for next semester at 12:01 a.m. this morning. Spring semester classes begin on Jan. 11, 2016. Students should seek advising to be sure they are on course for graduation in the least amount of time possible. Students are encouraged to take at least 15 credits each semester to earn associate’s degrees in two years and bachelor’s degrees in four.

The spring 2016 schedule offers almost 400 course sections, including more than 130 high-quality, online classes. Students should be diligent about checking KPC’s online, searchable schedule for changes before registering at UAOnline. Students who procrastinate can register during the late registration period, Jan. 11-15.

Play delivers strong message

KPC’s Kenai River Campus will be the next stop for a statewide tour of Alaska Native playwright Jack Dalton’s powerful play, “Assimilation.” Dalton will join five actors on stage in a performance that flips the concept of what the boarding school era looked like in Alaska.

According to Dalton, the play’s storyline is meant to be a catalyst toward understanding the effects of institutional and domestic abuse that many Alaska Natives suffered while enrolled in boarding schools.

The public is invited to experience this engaging and thought provoking play at 7 p.m., Nov. 30 in the McLane commons. Admission is free (donations welcome). A healing/talking circle will follow the play, as well as a potluck. Attendees are invited to bring a dish to share.

This event is being sponsored by the KPC Multicultural Consortium and the KPC Showcase. For more information, call 262-0328.

Bookstore holiday sale begins

The KRC Bookstore Holiday sale started this morning and some featured items include KPC Commemorative Coins and the 50-year history of KPC book, “Keeping the Fire Burning.”

The complete Commemorative Coin set, three silver and three copper, normally priced at $299, is on sale for $249. The two-coin set, one silver and one copper, normally priced at $140, will be on sale for $99. Single, copper coins are also available for $30.

Shoppers who purchase either of the coin sets will receive a copy of “Keeping the Fire Burning” for free. The history books are priced at $19.99 and a single copper coin is $30.

The KRC Bookstore is located in the McLane Building and is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information, call 262-0306.

Film as Literature course

Instructor Bob Amundson has announced that he will offer Humanities A220: Film as/and Literature this spring. The popular online course focuses on Film Noir and the literature that inspired these “dark films” which were produced between 1945 and 1955. Film Noir, a term coined by French film critics, has been recognized as a unique American cinematic art form. Common characteristics of these films include the use of black and white film and high contrast lighting, and voice-over narration allowing stories to unfold as a series of flashbacks.

Film Noir plot lines dealt with doomed love triangles, femme-fatales, obsessive/aberrant behaviors, lone-wolf and altruistic private eyes, and a host of alienated and flawed characters set against the backdrop of large, impersonal cities in post-World War II America.

Students will watch several classic noir films and are assigned readings including works by Lionel White (“Clean Break”), David Goodis (“Dark Passage”), Patricia Highsmith (“Strangers on a Train”), and Kenneth Fearing (“The Big Clock”).

For more information, please contact Amundson at

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