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Friday, April 18, 2014
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Despite their mischievous nature, ravens seem capable of feeling empathy. When a raven’s friend loses in a fight, they will seem to console the losing bird.

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Posted: April 18, 2014
Mental health training to be offered in Soldotna next month
mental healthThe Trust Training Cooperative will be offering mental health first aid training from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. on May 8 at Peninsula Community Health Services in Soldotna. Similar to first aid and CPR, mental health first aid will teach participants how to help those experiencing mental health problems until professional help is available. Learn more about the training by visiting this website. The training is free to university staff, faculty and students; standard registration is $75. Register here. For more information, please contact Jill Ramsey at (907) 264-6228.
Posted: April 18, 2014
Spring 2014 graduation checklist

checklistStudents who are graduating from KPC's Kenai River Campus this spring are reminded to complete the following steps:

  • Apply for graduation by April 18;
  • Order graduation announcements through CB Announcements;
  • Buy a cap, gown and tassel from the KRC Bookstore.

Important note: Students graduating from UAA or another UA campus need to contact KPC's registrar, Julie Cotterell at 262-0311 in order to be included in the commencement ceremony. KRC's 2013 Spring Commencement will be held at 7 p.m. on May 8 in the Renee C. Henderson Auditorium (graduates are asked to arrive at 6 p.m.). For more information, please contact Student Services at 262-0330.

Posted: April 18, 2014
KRC back-fill construction update

hardhatPlease review this message from Phillip Miller, KPC construction manager:

"As a reminder the use of the second floor Ward Building is wrapping down in preparation for the construction. We will move the shutdown of ROOM 203 to the close of campus on April 24, 2014. ANY ROOM 203 EVENT AFTER THURSDAY, APRIL 24, 2014 NEEDS TO BE RESCHEDULED TO ANOTHER ROOM. The Office Supplies in room 205 should be moved out no later than Monday April 21, 2014. I will be making arrangements to have the copier moved and stored no later by April 25, 2014. Steve Horn, Jack Bell, Paul Landen and Phillip Miller will need to be out of their office spaces on May 6 or 7, 2014. We will work with Steve and Paul to delay their moves to the last moment."

Posted: April 18, 2014
newKBC/UAA biology major to participate in Charles H. Turner program

Rachel Rooney, KBC/UAA biology major was chosen to participate in the Charles H. Turner Program at the 2014 Annual Conference of the Animal Behavior Society at Princeton University in August. She was one of ten chosen internationally to have all expenses paid to attend the conference. Her professor, Dr. Debbie Tobin, KBC associate professor of biology will accompany her.
Rachel will make an oral and poster presentation at the UAA Undergraduate Research Symposium and present her poster at the Behavioral Sciences Conference of the North in Anchorage this week. Her research project is “Coastal Northern River Otter (Lontra canadensis) Behavior and Olfactory Communication at a Latrine Site.”

Rooney was awarded an undergraduate research grant from the UAA Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship in 2012 to support this research as her BIOL A499 Senior Thesis project.
Over the last two years, using monies awarded to Tobin for two KPC community-engagement service-learning mini-grants, a weatherproof remote video camera was purchased and installed on the NOAA/UAF Kasitsna Bay Lab dock ramp with assistance from community-partner staff from NOAA/UAF and the Pratt Museum. Rooney’s project is based on the research she conducted at the site.
Charles H. Turner Award

charles h. turnerBeginning in 2002, the Animal Behavior Society created the Charles H. Turner Program for undergraduate participation at the annual Society meetings. With generous support from the National Science Foundation, the ABS Diversity committee brings a group of about 10 undergraduates to the meetings each year, covering all expenses, and providing a full program of mentoring events including a pre-meeting workshop and mentors. Charles Turner was one of the very first African-American researchers in animal behavior. Among other things, his research showed that insects can hear and exhibit trial-and-error learning. By naming the undergraduate program after him, the ABS Diversity Committee emphasizes its goal to increase the diversity of its membership by encouraging researchers of all ages, levels, and ethnic groups to participate in the annual meetings.

Posted: April 18, 2014
newJA in a Day program seeking volunteers

junior achievementAmarin Ellis, Community Program Manager for Junior Achievement of Alaska is seeking volunteers for their JA in a Day program at K-Beach Elementary. This event will take place on April 25th, 2014.

Junior Achievement programs align with common core standards and teach students the value of workforce readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. Our hands-on, age appropriate curriculum equips students with the knowledge needed to be successful in today’s ever changing global economy.

This event requires eighteen volunteers to teach Junior Achievement programs to the entire school for one day. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Three volunteers are still needed for this event. If you or anyone you know would be interested in volunteering in a classroom please reply to aellis@ja-alaska.org. Please see this list of teachers still needing to be matched up with a volunteer. If you would like a specific grade or teacher, please note that in your email as well.

We also have classrooms outside of this event that still need to be matched with volunteers. Those opportunities can be provided to anyone who would like more information.

View the following documents for more information:

Elementary Programs (pdf)
ES Scope & Sequence (pdf)
JA in a Day Flyer (pdf)

Posted: April 17, 2014
KPC employees: learn how to save on healthcare!

As previously reported, the University of Alaska is teaming up with Quest Diagnostics and the Healthyroads wellness program to offer UA employees a biometric screening, at no cost, to employees and their spouses. By completing biometric screenings and personal health assessments by June 30, 2014, employees and spouses/financially interdependent partners enrolled in the UA Choice health plan will be eligible to earn a rebate of $600 each on their health plan payroll contribution.

KPC Human Resources would like to recommend that KPC employees interested in taking advantage of this opportunity review this Healthyroads Q&A page. Read through the page and learn more about about Healthyroads, personal health assessments, biometric screenings and the $600 rebate.

For more informaiton, please contact Melanie Hagen at 262-0307.

Posted: Aprili 17, 2014
Engineering degree advising to be offered April 21

Crickett Watt, UAA college of engineering advisor, will be offering one-on-one advising to students interested in pursuing an engineering degree from 3:30-5:30 p.m. on April 21 in room 107 at KRC. Students who would like to schedule an appointment with Watt can contact Bettina Kipp Lavea at 262-0334. Walk-ins will also be accommodated as best as possible.

Posted: April 16, 2014
KPC Student Art Exhibition currently on display at G.L. Freeburg Gallery

The 2014 KPC Student Show, a mixed-media exhibition that features pieces created by KPC art students, is currently on display at KRC's Gary L. Freeburg Gallery. The exhibition can be viewed from 8:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Fridays. There will also be a closing reception for the show from 3:30-5 p.m. on May 2 (directly following the KRC Student Union end-of-year BBQ). Stop by, enjoy refreshments, and find out which pieces took the awards for Best of Show, Juror's Choice and Honorable Mention. For more information, please contact Cam Choy at 262-0274.

Posted: April 16, 2014
KPC College Council to meet today
KPC's College Council will be meeting at 6 p.m. today, April 17, at the Resurrection Bay Extension Site in Seward. View the meeting's agenda and future meeting dates on KPC's website.
Posted: April 15, 2014
Fall 2014 student housing applications now open

KPC students can now complete their fall 2014 student housing application! Applications open today, April 15, and can be completed via UAOnline. To complete an application, students should go to UAOnline > Log In > Student Services & Account Information > Campus Housing and Dining > KPC Housing > ApplyOnline. Questions? Contact KRC Residence Life at 262-0256.

Posted: April 17, 2014
Free spring concert coming up in Homer
spring concertThe Homer Youth String Orchestra and the Central Peninsula Community Orchestra will be putting on a free spring concert at 4 p.m. on May 4 at the Islands and Ocean Visitor Center in Homer. Come out, enjoy wonderful music and have free refreshments!
Posted: April 17, 2014
Opening reception for KBC's 2014 Student Art Showcase to be held April 25
artThere will be an opening reception for KBC's 2014 Student Art Showcase from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 25 in the commons gallery. The showcase includes pieces created by KBC painting and ceramics students. The public is welcome to attend this free event, which will be co-sponsored by the KBCSA. For more information, contact KBC Student Services at 235-7743.
Posted: April 16, 2014
Book buyback to begin next week at KRC
Students, remember that book buyback kicks off on April 21 at the KRC Bookstore! Stop by between 10 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1-3 p.m., April 21 through May 8, to sell back course textbooks for a good price. Questions? Contact the bookstore at 262-0312.
Posted: April 15, 2014
KRC Earth Day celebration set for April 22
KRC will be hosting an Earth Day celebration from 5-9 p.m. on April 22. Representatives from the UAF Cooperative Extension, Cook Inletkeeper, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, Kenai Watershed Forum, Living Lightly on Earth and Re-Group will have booths set up at the event. In addition, Andy Loranger, Kenai National Wildlife Refuge manager, will be giving a brief presentation on the history of the Refuge, followed by a screening of the film "Wild by Law" at 7 p.m. "Wild by Law" outlines the story of the Wilderness Act of 1964 and is the kick-off event in a series of Wilderness Act 50th anniversary events sponsored by the Wildlife Refuge. Everyone is welcome to attend this free Earth Day celebration! The event will be co-sponsored by the KPC Showcase, KRC Career and Community Engagement Center and the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. For more information, please contact Krista Timlin at 262-0337.
Posted: April 15, 2014
Host a KPC exchange student

The KRC Learning Center is currently searching for host families for Kenai Peninsula College international exchange students, through the Youth for Understanding program. Families are needed to host a student for a semester or for the entirety of the 2014-15 academic year. Exchange students are responsible for their own transportation (using carpooling or CARTS) and have their own funds for any other needs. Hosts will receive a monthly stipend of $200. Interested? Contact Mark Larson at 252-3058 or Diane Taylor at 262-0328 for more information about applying.

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