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Rural and Native Student Services

Joel Isaak and Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart with AK Native crafts.
Athabascan artist and Dena'ina language adjunct instructor, Joel Isaak, (pictured left), along with Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, AK Native and Rural Student Services coordinator and language instructor, work hard to raise cultural awareness at KPC. Students from rural Alaska are finding their place at Kenai Peninsula College.

Yaghanen nagh nduniuyu!

(Welcome to the good land in Dena’ina language)

“Nts’e doht’ae? Yaghali nlan du?” This is a traditional greeting in KPC Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart's Athabaskan language of Ahtna and Dena’ina. It translates to the greeting, "How are you all doing?"

Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart suz'e dilaen, Taltsiine Cui-ui Ticutta ełaen, Ahtna Koht’aene Nay’dini’aa Na’ Paiute Pyramid Lake kayax tsin'siyaaden. Speaking in Ahtna Athabaskan, my name is Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart I am from the Athabaskan Ahtna Chickaloon Village Water clan and Paiute Pyramid Lake Fish-Eaters Tribes.

I am the Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator (RNSSC) for KPC. I work with Alaska Native, American Indian, and rural students to assist with all processes of admissions for students. I serve as an advocate and transition liaison for students to build relationships with the students, tribes, and corporations. Kenai Peninsula College is UAA on the Yaghanen (Kenai Peninsula, the good land in Dena’ina)! Check our partnership with UAA Native Student Services (NSS).

View KPC's Alaska Native Student Success Activities (compiled by Chris Stuive, KRC associate professor of counseling)

Remember Tribes and Corporations are different and you can apply to both for education scholarships.

Here is a list of corporations. Look under Alaska Native Education within each corporation to see if your family is listed.

Local Tribes

Fall 2018 Hours 

Monday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
Friday: Events/Programs

Contact Info

Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart
Rural and Native Student Services Coordinator
Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart
Campus: Kenai River Campus Web page