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Annual Report

KPC Annual Report

Director's Welcome

Director Gary J. Turner

KPC continues to be a robust institution and better serves our region every year because of our dedicated faculty and staff who do so much to provide students with quality education and training. But, it takes more than that.

We could not do all these wonderful things without the public's support. This ranges from our state legislators to the Kenai Peninsula Borough mayor and assembly, and the towns and villages that consider us "their" college (and we’re glad they do). The continuing support from our neighbors is ever present on our campuses and extension sites, and the various communities we serve. Because of this support, KPC has strong enrollments, and increasing graduation and retention rates. We also continue to see increasing numbers of rural and Alaska Native students and veteran students choose KPC.

The state of Alaska is facing a fiscal crisis and funding for the university has been reduced the last three years. We hope that trend is coming to an end. We have strategically dealt with these reductions and while KPC may look a bit different we will continue to serve you, our student, stakeholders and customers, in the outstanding way we have done over the last 54 years. 

Over the last few years we’ve seen new buildings and/or renovations at the Kenai River Campus and Kachemak Bay Campus. Due to the state’s fiscal condition, we don’t expect to see such major changes in the foreseeable future. However, while physical infrastructure is important and we continue to maintain our facilities in excellent condition, it is the resources inside the buildings that make the difference and are the key to our success.

You will read about all the accomplishments of our faculty, staff and students in the following pages. It is quite a volume so take your time and learn about all the wonderful things your college is doing, in large part due to your support. Now scroll down and click on the different sections to see what we've done during the past year.

Director Gary J. Turner Signature

Gary J. Turner
KPC Director/CEO

Annual Report Sections

Click on the headers to read each section's content.

  • New Faces at KRC 
    • Beatrice Sagoonick, developmental advisor
    • Kenneth Butler, custodial maintenance service worker
    • Robert Lewis, senior accountant
    • Amber Sweetland, faculty services administrative assistant
    • Anthony Munter, testing center administrator
    • Jim Tuttle, educational technology technician
    • Loretta Knudson-Spalding, ABE instructor
    • Melissa Towarak, Learning Center tutor
    • Cheryl Brock, payroll technician
    • Jennifer Pedersen, educational technology team lead instructional designer
    • Alasha Brito, communications specialist
    • Marci Lea, director’s office assistant
  • New Faces at KBC
    • Chris Maurer, maintenance service worker
    • Jonathon Ralph, information technology specialist
    • Christine Godfrey, administrative assistant
  • Faculty Promoted & Granted Tenure
    • Jane Fuerstenau, KRC library, full professor
    • Paul Landen, KRC psychology, full professor
    • Scott Downing, KRC English, tenure, associate professor
  • Kenai Peninsula Borough Funding
    • KPC Aerial ViewThe Kenai Peninsula Borough provided KPC with $812,453 in 2018 for a variety of programs and positions. The borough has supported the college since 1991, when Peninsula voters approved that up to 1/10th mill of property taxes could be directed to the college. Since then, KPC has received $11,896,471 from the borough.

  • Visitors to KPC Campuses

    KPC hosted many visitors at its campuses during 2017-18 fiscal year, including the following:

    • Alaska U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan

    • UAA Interim Chancellor Sam Gingerich

    • UAA Interim Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Duane Hrncir

    • UAA Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services Pat Shier

    • UAA Senior Vice Provost, Instructional Effectiveness, Renee Carter-Chapman

    • UAA College of Health Dean Jeff Jessee

    • UAA College of Art & Sciences Dean John Stalvey

    • UAA College of Engineering Dean Fred Barlow

  • Working with the Community & State
    • Dr. Christina Stuive, KRC associate professor of counseling, served on the Proposal Review Committee for the American Counselor Association’s 2018 conference, participated in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s Upstream program, and attended the UAA College of Health conference, where she participated in the “Longitudinal Progression of Complex Trauma and Addiction: Case Studies and Interventions” program. Dr. Stuive also completed a daylong training on “Traditional Health Based Practices,” which focused on Alaska Native health practices prior to western contact and the major changes leading to the current health status of the Alaska Native community.
    • Dr. Alan Boraas, KRC professor of anthropology, and colleague Dr. Ripan Malhi of the University of Illinois were interviewed by L. Jay Barrett on 2,000-year-old salmon DNA analysis from a Kenai River archaeological site for a "Science Friday" segment on the radio. Dr. Boraas also continued working on two other large-scale research projects; one addresses mapping the genome of Dena’ina people and the other focuses on Epigenetics/DNA methylation and PTSD within the Dena’ina people.
    • Masatoshi Sato, Head of the the Consular Office of Japan in Anchorage, visited KRC in October 2017. He discussed KPC’s international programs and visited KRC adjunct Yasuko Lehtinen’s Japanese I class to present on the Japan exchange and teaching program.
    • The KRC Learning Center hosted a local Interagency meeting in October 2017. The meeting was open to any agency representatives who wanted to attend and offered providers a brief overview of services available at each agency. Typically, 12 to 15 different agencies attend and participate in important collaboration among peers.
    • U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan held a full Senate Commerce Committee hearing on the reauthorization of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act in August 2017 at KRC. More than 120 community members attended.
  • Collaborating with Business, Industry & Organizations
    • In August 2017, Dr. Alan Boraas, KRC professor of anthropology, Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KPC rural and Native student services coordinator and KRC Ahtna language adjunct, and Joel Isaak, KRC Dena’ina language adjunct, participated in a three-day Dena’ina/Ahtna language revitalization meeting. The statewide meeting included both Ahtna and Dena’ina elders, language learners and language teachers.

    • KPC veteran services collaborated with the local veteran center to educate veteran students on the services offered there. Alaine Lagasse, a counselor from the veteran center, visited KRC in October 2017 to do outreach to students and educate KRC’s resident assistants and some staff on PTSD and military sexual trauma. KPC veteran services also distributed an informational postcard to veterans that were recently discharged from the military

    • The Village of Chickaloon paid tuition and fees for nine students enrolled in AKNS A101C: Elementary Ahtna Language I. The Kenaitze Indian Tribe funded four students enrolled in AKNS A101C: Elementary Dena’ina Language I. KPC greatly appreciates that these tribes are supporting students both locally and around the state and encouraging their members to learn Native languages.The Center for Alaska Coastal Studies in Homer named the KBC Semester by the Bay students and staff their Community Partner of the Year.

    • Dr. Jeff Meyers, KBC assistant professor of history, coordinated and facilitated a presentation in October 2017 with the Pratt Museum on “Melting the Ice Curtain: A Presentation on Alaska-Russian Relations.”

    • KRC’s Residence Hall hosted numerous conference events during the year, including the Project GRAD Leadership Conference, Chenega Bay and Tuntutuliak “Taste of College” visits, KPBSD Upstream Academy, EXCEL Alaska and Wounded Heroes.

    • Throughout the 2017-18 fiscal year, the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank, Save-U-More and Yo Tacos donated food to KRC students living in the Residence Hall and to the hall’s food pantry.

    • In October 2017, KRC held its first Operators Club and Advisory Committee meeting. Students, employers and professors came together to discuss what is being taught in process and instrumentation operations, what employers are seeking, and the overall outlook of the process technology and instrumentation industry. About 25 students attended the meeting and were able to network with representatives from Conoco Phillips and Peak Oil Field Services, all while enjoying lunch provided by Peak.

    • KRC’s ET A102: Basic Electronics: AC Circuits class, taught by Rich Kochis, assistant professor of electronics, welcomed Mike Salzetti from the Homer Electric Association as a guest lecturer at KRC in October 2017. He discussed the various ways that energy can be generated and the challenges HEA faces in making sure they can meet the energy demands of their customers. Students were presented with detailed information about nuclear, hydro and renewable energy generation, the costs involved in constructing sufficient generating capacity and the power lines involved to deliver it reliably to a wide geographic area.

    • KRC paramedic faculty and staff worked with members of the local fire departments for quarterly training, with considerable training using the high-fidelity simulators in the paramedic lab.

    • KRC paramedic students participated in the 2017 Kenai River Marathon by functioning as the medical staff. They had three teams that alternated between watering stations and were available to help any runner in need.

    • KBC received approval from the USCG National Maritime Center to offer Able Seaman training and examination. It is the starting point for all higher-level marine training certification.

    • Andy Veh, KRC associate professor of physics/mathematics, taught astronomy for three Wednesdays in November 2017 for Soldotna Community Schools, free of charge.

    • KRC hosted a Vietnam veterans commemoration event in March 2018 that was coordinated and planned by Royce Bird, KPC Veteran Affairs coordinator and safety officer. Approximately 20 Vietnam veterans attended and were presented with lapel pins.

    • KBC hosted the largest Homer College, Career and Job Fair to date in March 2018. Kim Frost, KBC student and enrollment services coordinator, estimated 300-400 individuals attended, including students, community members and youth from at least eleven area schools. Twenty-five presentations were made by UAA, KRC and KBC faculty and staff on various degrees and career choices. Many employers staffed information tables.

    • Anthony Doerr, who won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for fiction and was a National Book Award finalist for his New York Times bestselling novel “All the Light We Cannot See,” was the keynote presenter at KBC’s annual Kachemak Bay Writers’ Conference in Homer that attracted 130 registrants in summer 2018. KBC Director Carol Swartz founded the nationally recognized conference that is now in its 18th year. Sponsored by KBC, the 2018 conference had 15 other conference presenters, including authors, editors and agents who focused on creative fiction, nonfiction, poetry and the business of writing.

    • KBC’s Marine Technology program held eight classes in the spring 2018 semester, attended by 8-15 people each. The new 80-hour USCG license 100 Ton/OUPV class kicked off with 11 participants. Deckhand training provided participants with skills required to obtain a job on a fishing boat. A 20-hour Refrigerated Seawater Systems class with commercial fishing boat skippers/owners was held and taught by an instructor from Mat-Su College.

    • KPC’s financial aid office presented “How Can I Pay for College?” at Wildwood Prison for 45+ soon-to-be-released incarcerated individuals.

    • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KPC rural and Native student services coordinator, attended the quarterly Kenaitze Indian Tribe’s Education meeting in March 2018. She shared information about KRC’s Native language courses and the progress being made in her department. She also highlighted the various supports KRC has in place for Alaska Native students.

    • Officer Tobin Brennan from the Soldotna Police Department conducted an ALICE Active Shooter Training at KRC in January 2018. ALICE training became mandatory for all staff and faculty at KPC in the fall 2018 semester.

    • The KRC IT department rebuilt some older laptop computers and KRC donated them to the Kenai Peninsula Food Bank.

    • KRC Dena’ina language adjunct Joel Isaak and KRC Ahtna language adjunct Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart were the lead facilitators for the Dena’ina and Ahtna languages for the Alaska Native Language Institute. The UAF College of Rural and Community Development hosted an Alaska Native Language Revitalization Institute in May 2017 at the Troth Yeddha’ Campus in Fairbanks. The ANLRI is focused on advancing language revitalization work and preparation for teaching for nine Alaska Native languages.

    • KRC Dena’ina language adjunct Joel Isaak traveled to Fairbanks to participate in the Alaska Native Collaborative Hub for Research on Resilience in April 2018. This collaborative event brought a diverse group of people together from across the state representing various groups, agencies and individuals involved in the work of bringing about and promoting positive change and well-being for all Alaskans. This event was hosted by UAF in partnership with Kawerak’s Northwest Alaska Wellness Initiative and First Alaskans Institute.

    • Joel Isaak and Helen Dick, KRC Dena’ina language adjunct instructors, and Melissa Shaginoff, a curator for the Anchorage Museum received a grant to document moose hide preparation with the Smithsonian Arctic Studies Center. This project used a hide donated by Isaak and a hide from Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KRC Dena’ina language adjunct instructor. This was a joint project between Ahtna and Dena'ina.

    • KRC Native Language adjunct Sassa Petersen gave four presentations at Beaver Roundup in Dillingham. She conducted one presentation on Qaspeq Pattern-Making and three presentations on storytelling and Elders. She also did a similar presentation at KRC.

    • In December 2017, KRC Native language adjuncts Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart and Joel Isaak travelled to Seattle for a consultation meeting with staff of Islandwood Camp on Bainbridge Island on how to create culture collaboration with tribes and programs.

    • In October 2017, KRC Native language adjuncts Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart and Joel Isaak presented at the National Indian Education Association in Florida on the language work they have been doing. They presented on the similarities and differences between Ahtna and Dena'ina and how the groups are coming together like clans to revitalize the languages as partners by reestablishing traditional protocols to support language work. Their program was entitled “Ahtna and Dena’ina Language and Culture Revitalization Efforts.”

    • In February 2018, KBC staff and faculty attended an all-day Active Shooter and Workplace Security training conducted by the Homer Police and UAA Security staff.

    • KRC participated in active shooter training in January 2018, coordinated by Royce Bird, KPC safety officer. The training was presented by Tobin Brennan from the Soldotna Police Department. He presented the ALICE model of training and KPC will be moving to that model to match what is taught in the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District. Two officers from UAA’s University Police Department attended and participated in the training in order to view the ALICE model.

    • Royce Bird, KRC veteran services coordinator and safety officer, spent a week in Maryland at the National Emergency Training Center taking courses to become certified to teach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes. She attended two trainings while she was there in late January/early February 2018

  • Collaborating with the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District & Other Districts
    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs and Dr. Chris Stuive, KRC associate professor of counseling, attended the KPBSD Key Communicators Summit held at the Challenger Learning Center in Kenai in September 2017.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, and Matt Wideman, KPBSD tech prep coordinator, started work to add additional tech prep offerings to the district’s partnership with KPC in the areas of computer information office systems and electronics technology. Curriculum coordination is established through the department chairs and the high school teacher offering the tech prep courses.

    • Jackie Marshall, RBES coordinator, partnered with a Seward High School counselor to attend the Peninsula College Fair at Soldotna High School in October 2017. A tour of KRC for 20 students followed.

    • In September 2017, approximately 200 high school freshmen visited KRC as part of an annual event that Soldotna Prep School began in 2014. Similar to years past, multiple KPC staff and faculty volunteered to take students on tours of the residence hall, the CTEC building and the main campus.

    • EXCEL Alaska brought eight students from the Aniak region to visit KRC and take the Accuplacer exam. The students toured the campus and visited the paramedic lab, art studio, Learning Center and residence hall.
      KRC Financial Aid presented ‘FAFSA Completion Nights’ at Nikiski and Soldotna High Schools in November 2017.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, and Julie Cotterell, KPC director of student services, continued to serve on a statewide committee to discuss dual enrollment offerings and processes occurring at all three universities in the University of Alaska system. In addition, both Siemers and Cotterell also began serving on a UAA-specific concurrent enrollment committee to coordinate efforts across UAA. The work of these two committees greatly impact how KPC continues to offer its concurrent enrollment and tech prep offerings with the school district.

    • Rob Lewis Jr., KRC IT technician, and Don Eide, IT networking technician, participated in the Kenai Central High School job shadow program. Both students were very respectful and eager to learn. Lewis and Eide encouraged the students to get into the world of information technology and informed them about the KPC JumpStart tuition program funded by the borough that provides discounted tuition to high school juniors and seniors.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, Dr. Casey Rudkin, KRC assistant professor of English, Suzie Kendrick, KPC advancement programs manager, and Alasha Brito, KPC communications specialist, all participated in the Kenai Central High School job shadow program. They hosted KCHS junior, Hunter Hanson, a budding writer, and toured the campus and visited many areas.

    • Coordinated by Joe Thornton, KRC training and conference coordinator, the second Aspiring Workforce Day in March 2018 was a great success, with 60 fourth-grade students participating from Mountain View Elementary School. Presentations in the areas of welding, emergency trauma technician and process technology were well received and quite interactive, with many questions fielded that generated much enthusiasm from the young audience.

    • Joe Thornton, KRC training and conference coordinator, and Paul Perry, KRC assistant professor of paramedicine, hosted the Basic Firefighter Academy for 12 KPBSD student. The program offered students the opportunity to participate in a 40-hour, hands-on instruction class at the Nikiski Fire Station.

    • Gary J. Turner, KPC director, served as a semi-finalist judge for the Caring for the Kenai program in March 2018. It was his 11th year participating.

    • Each year, KPC offers discounted tuition ($71/credit vs. the regular rate of $201/credit) for up to six credits per semester for high school juniors and seniors. Funded by the Kenai Peninsula Borough, students that are residents of the borough are eligible to use the JumpStart program as early as the fall semester of their junior year in high school. Students are responsible for fees and textbooks.

    • The KRC Learning Center hosted a series of NETS (Necessary Education Technology and Skills) workshops focusing on adult career success during the spring 2018 semester. The free courses were open to adults (18+) who wanted to learn about resources, develop career and college readiness skills, and engage in community service. Terri Cowart, KRC adult basic education instructor, taught the workshops, which were funded through the Alaska Adult Basic Education Grant.

    • KRC Learning Center staff members Lisa Burkhart, Ken Hepner, Sara Hadfield, Terri Cowart and Bridget Clark attended the National Coalition Building Institute Social Inclusion and Equity workshop at UAA in January 2018. Cowart served on the leadership team for the workshop, along with six other NCBI colleagues.

    • Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center programs director, and Beatrice Sagoonick, KRC development advisor, attended a program entitled, “Racial Equity and Social Justice: A UAA Community Conversation” at UAA. The event was in partnership with the First Alaskans Institute Advancing Native Dialogues on Racial Equity project.

  • Faculty & Staff Accomplishments
    • Kachamak Bay Campus
    •  Dr. Lia Calhoun, KBC’s assistant professor of English, successfully defended her dissertation at Boston University in April 2018, thereby completing and earning her Ph.D.
    • As an alumni of the 2013-2015 cohort, Claudia Pearson, KBC instructional designer, traveled to UAA to participate in the kick-off of the 2018 Academic Innovations & eLearning Technology Fellows program.

      Lee Post, KBC adjunct biology instructor, was honored in April 2018 by the Friends of the Homer Public Library and awarded the community’s Lifelong Learning Award.

    • Scott Downing, KRC associate professor of English, served on the implementation team for the move of Tier 1 General Education Requirement courses to the proposed University and Technical College. Prof. Downing also agreed to serve on the committee to review AAS degree curriculum across UAA.

    • Dr. Casey Rudkin, KRC assistant professor of English, was elected to serve on the Chancellor search committee for UAA.

    • Bettina Kipp Lavea, KRC professor of counseling, served on UAA’s Undergraduate Academic Board (UAB) and the University-wide Faculty Evaluation Committee (UFEC). In addition, she presented trainings to KRC’s resident advisors on the topics of stress management and assertion and confrontation skills, facilitated KRC’s fall semester new student orientation and attended UAA’s College of Health conference.

    • Dr. Christina Stuive, KRC associate professor of counseling, represented KPC on UAA’s Faculty Senate and chaired the UAA-wide Student Success Committee.
      MATH A121: College Algebra for Managerial and Social Sciences course, taught by Tammy Farrell, KRC assistant professor of math, successfully met Quality Matters review expectations.


    • Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology, traveled to the North American Process Technology Alliance-Instructor Skills Conference [NAPTA-ISC] in New Orleans, LA. The three-day conference was held in September 2017 and attended by industry trainers and process technology educators. During the conference, Prof. Laube was invited to deliver five workshops: “How to Get Students Excited about PTEC”; “Instructor Tools to Teach Out of the Box”; “Demonstration of Low Cost, Desktop, Hands-on Process Models”; “Lab Assessments”; and “Leveraging Distance Learning.”

    • Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology, also attended the Simtronics User Conference in September 2017, where he served on a panel discussion of the best practice use of Simtronics by a school. Simtronics makes the DCS simulator used at KRC.

    • Kim Frost, KBC student and enrollment services coordinator, was accepted to the UAF Interdisciplinary Ph.D. program and started in spring 2018. During the program, she will combine aspects of education, psychology and business while looking at adult student success in online environments from a consumer behavior perspective.

    • Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology, worked with Pearson Publishing to revise their Introduction to Process Technology textbook, which is used in institutions across the country. The updated edition includes a digital library of pictures, lecture slides, an instructor's manual, test bank and electronic copies of the textbook. Laube is listed as a contributing author. KPC began using the new version of the book in fall 2018.

    • Claudia Pearson, KBC instructional designer, was selected to chair the UA systemwide Blackboard User Group (BbUG) in March 2018. Claudia worked with the university’s Interim Chief Information Technology Officer, Martha Mason, along with a team from Blackboard to implement best practices for building and managing a user group of faculty, instructional designers and learning management system staff.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, and Scott Downing, KRC associate professor of English, presented at the national Campus Compact Convention in Indianapolis on place-engaged service-learning initiatives. Their session was entitled “Reflecting the Rural: Crafting Critical Conversation around Rural and Urban Identity through Place-Engaged Practice.”

    • Jackie Marshall, RBES coordinator, held a UA Application Day in November 2017 at Seward High School. Emily Knight, KPC recruiter, attended the event. Marshall also met with the American Legion’s Seward Post #5 manager to discuss promotion of VA education benefits and KPC resources for veterans.

    • The KPC advancement office coordinated the filming and production of two TV commercials and a recruitment video. Silas Firth, owner/operator of Standing Tide Productions in Anchor Point, filmed at KRC and KBC locations in October 2017.


    • Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology, worked on the National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) grant. Prof. Laube attended the ATE-Primary Investigator (PI) Conference in Washington, DC in October 2017. Paul Golter (Co-PI on the project) and Dr. Laube staffed a booth that presented the Low-Cost Miniature Industrial Equipment (LCMIE) at the ATE-PI conference.

    • Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology, presented at the Alaska Association of Career and Technical Education Professional Development Conference in Anchorage in October 2017.

    • Educators from across Alaska presented workshops and best practices in the career and technical education fields. Laube showcased KPC’s process technology program and the use of the Low-Cost Miniature Industrial Models used in both online and on-campus process technology courses.

    • Terri Cowart, KRC Learning Center ABE instructor, traveled to the Citadel to attend the National Coalition Building Institute’s (NCBI) national train-the-trainer event. After completing the training she joined the UAA NCBI Leadership Team.

    • Diane Taylor, KRC Learning Center programs director, was asked to serve as an evaluator for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) and participated in accreditation site visits at Utah Valley University and Utah State University.

    • Beatrice Sagoonick, KRC developmental advisor, served on the UAA Professional Advisors’ Committee and on KPC’s Recruitment Committee.

    • Dr. Alan Boraas, KRC professor of anthropology, was the keynote speaker at the Alaska Anthropological Association Meeting in March 2018 in Anchorage.

    • Pearson Education, a British-owned education publishing company, brought Dr. Toby Long, KRC assistant professor of chemistry, on board to review new electronic textbooks for the field of organic chemistry.

    • Based on a recommendation from John Stalvey, UAA Dean of College and Arts and Sciences, Dr. Toby Long, KRC assistant professor of chemistry, was asked to create a 100-level GER chemistry master course. The Blackboard-based course will serve as a well-defined template for those in the department wishing to deliver the course via distance in the near future.

    • Gary J. Turner, KPC director/CEO, and Carol Swartz, KBC director, attended the Statewide Community Campus Directors Council (CCDC) two-day meeting in February 2018 in Anchorage. They met with UA President Jim Johnsen and other UA senior administrators. Much of the time was spent working on CCDC’s Strategic Priority goals and objectives. The CCDC meets in person each semester and by phone monthly. Turner is the chair of the CCDC and represents all UA community campuses on the President’s Summit Team.

    • Gary J. Turner, KPC director/CEO, is a member of the UA eLearning Committee and in December 2017 was appointed by UA President Jim Johnsen to a taskforce that looked at reducing tuition 25 percent for selected Occupational Endorsement Certificates (OEC) and one-year certificates.

    • Kim Frost, KBC student and enrollment services coordinator, was honored with UAA’s February 2018 Staff Recognition Award for both customer service and problem solving.

    • Debbie Tobin, KBC professor of biology, conducted a presentation in March 2018 at the Kachemak Bay Science Conference and discussed the KBC Semester by the Bay marine science program and student accomplishments.

    • Claudia Pearson, KBC instructional designer, and Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, represented KPC for the first meeting of the newly formed UAA Online Advisory Council (OLAC) in February 2018. The Council will further the work of ensuring quality design and delivery of distance education as well as compliance with federal and state laws.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, and Dr. Casey Rudkin, KRC assistant professor of English, co-hosted a Kenai Central High School job shadow student in February 2018.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, participated in a newly formed committee for associate deans and assistant directors at UAA. The committee addresses policy, practice and projects as it affects those holding these positions across various sites. The group provides important communication and training, especially for those new to the role.

    • Julie Cotterell, KPC student services director, and Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, attended a statewide conference on tech prep and vocational education in February 2018 in Anchorage.

    • Dr. Cheryl Siemers, KPC assistant director of academic affairs, was accepted into the prestigious HERS Women’s Leadership training during the summer of 2018. “HERS is dedicated to creating and sustaining a community of women leaders through leadership development programs and other strategies with a special focus on gender equity within the broader commitment to achieving equality and excellence in higher education.”

    • Tammie Willis, KRC associate director of residence life, attended a two-day training in Anchorage to learn how to use the new features of the housing assignment software that the KRC Residence Hall uses. Willis has spent several months working with various people across campus to automate more housing functions.

    • Mark Jensen, KPC IT services supervisor, started research to determine if it is possible for KPC’s emergency notification system (Informacast) to display a visual warning on the phone so hearing-impaired people will know when there is a warning or a test.

    • Cam Choy, KRC associate professor of art, exhibited his work at two venues on the Central Peninsula. His metal artwork was displayed at the Kenai Visitor Center from February to April 2018. Scott Hamann, local sculptor, also participated in the exhibit. Choy’s Asanas sculpture was displayed at YogaSol for the duration of spring 2018. The sculpture is part of an ongoing series that describes traditional yoga poses in sculptural relief.

  • Students Making a Difference...Making a Difference for Students
    • KPC students Jake Kuebert, Stephan Gergilevich and Shane Poindexter took second place at the National Troubleshooting Competition in Louisiana. The 2018 NAPTA Troubleshooting Skills Competition is a two round competition where teams from across the country compete to be one of the top 10 schools to advance to the championship round. All students must be enrolled in a process technology program and cannot be currently employed as an operator. KPC’s team was coached by Jeff Laube, KRC associate professor of process technology.

    • In September 2017, Alan Boraas, KRC professor of anthropology, Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KRC rural and Native student services coordinator and Ahtna language adjunct, and Joel Isaak, Dena’ina language adjunct, were invited on to KDLL to discuss indigenous language revitalization of Dena’ina and Ahtna. They were interviewed on-air by Shaylon Cochran. Boraas and Isaak were interviewed again in March 2018 and spoke about Native place names, how they’ve changed and why it matters.

    • KBC hosted 15 students for the Semester by the Bay program. These students, who represented lower 48 universities and UAA, took upper division marine biology courses and interned with organizations in Homer.

    • Nine KRC students participated in the fish net activity at the Kenatize Indian Tribal Educational Fish Site on Cannery Road. The students who joined helped to pull in the fish net and assisted with processing fish. Tribal member and KRC Dena’ina language adjunct Joel Isaak was gracious enough to share the fish with students and demonstrate his technique of skinning fish. These activities were a great way for students to be outside in an environment that they know and for others to see how the fishnet operates for the Kenaitze Dena’ina People.

    • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KRC rural and Native student services coordinator, served as the KRC Basketball Club’s staff advisor and Trish Tuluk, KRC student and resident advisor, served as the president. The club included five women and eight men. Participating in the City Men’s League, KRC is the first group to participate as a co-ed team.

    • In spring 2018, KRC Residence Life piloted a housing waiver program. The program offered select students a $600/year housing waiver, which was split between the fall and spring semesters. To qualify for the waiver, students were required to either be a Gateway Scholar or a UA Scholar who attended KPC and lived on campus. The eight students who were currently housed in the Gateway Living Learning Community were the recipients of the waiver. Two additional housing waivers were created to be used as a recruitment resource by Emily Knight, KPC recruiter, to encourage incoming students to live on campus.

    • KRC Residence Life created a specific apartment setup for special visiting guests. The apartment is equipped with a large TV, leather couch and a queen size bed and is fully stocked with dishes and cookware. Designated as the VIP apartment, it is utilized to house faculty, staff, elders, artists and other special guests who, while visiting KPC or the Kenai area, agree to host one engaging activity with students in the residence hall. In exchange, the special guest is permitted to stay one to three nights without charge. The goal of the program is to facilitate interactions between residence hall students and members of the larger community.

    • KBC’s marine mammal articulation class articulated “Woody,” the late sea lion from the Alaska Sealife Center. He was on exhibit in the KBC commons from December 2017 to January 2018, and then was returned to the Sealife Center for their permanent display that has a plaque identifying KPC students as those who articulated him.

    • KBC’s BIOL A473: Conservation Biology class and Semester by the Bay students enjoyed a special presentation by two NOAA scientists who brought in a Passive Acoustic Monitoring device and explained how they deployed several of the technical pieces of equipment to measure beluga sounds and environmental noise to be used in the conservation efforts of the CI beluga population.

    • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KRC rural and Native student services coordinator, and Trish Tuluk, KRC resident advisor, hosted an afternoon of berry picking event together. This event, which Shaginoff-Stuart has supported for several years, has proven to be a great way to get to know students in a relaxed environment. The Kenaitze Elders Progam participated in the event as well and students gave a portion of the berries they picked to the Elders Program.

    • The KRC Student Union sent Nathan Grilley, student union president, and Charlie Christoffersen, student union vice president, to the 2017 Coalition Summit, held at UAA. They were able to meet with UAA leadership and discuss the important happenings going on at each campus.

    • KRC ABE/GED staff members attended the statewide meeting in Anchorage of the twenty ABE programs across the state of Alaska. Included in the meeting was an awards luncheon, sponsored by the Alaska Adult Education Association (AAEA). Bridget Clark, KRC ESL instructor, was given the “Rising Star” award, which recognizes outstanding potential in educators new to the field of adult education.

    • KPC’s International Student Program was visited by Stephanie Garrard, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) representative for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Department of Homeland Security. Her visit offered support for KPC’s efforts to recruit international students and assured that KPC complies with DHS and ICE regulations.

    • Jackie Marshall, RBES coordinator, hosted a Financial Aid Night at Seward High School in September 2017. Emily Knight, KPC recruiter, provided an engaging presentation. More than 30 students and parents attended.
      KBC nursing students held a flu shot clinic in October 2017 for staff and students.

    • Emily Knight, KPC recruiter, visited high schools and college fairs across the state and hosted more than 30 student groups for KRC tours throughout the 17-18 academic year.

    • Peer Ambassador Scholars Alasha Brito, Natalya Oskolkoff and Myles Snell-Burton were very busy throughout the academic year, assisting Emily Knight, KPC recruiter, with events both on- and off-campus, including campus tours, college fairs and classroom presentations. When they weren’t serving as tour guides or campus liaisons, the Peer Ambassador Scholars were busy preparing informational packets for prospective students. (Peer Ambassadors Scholars are mature, outgoing, positive KPC students who have excelled both academically and in a variety of extracurricular activities. They are chosen for their communication skills, leadership qualities, and their desire to help prospective students.)

    • Sondra Shaginoff-Stuart, KRC rural and Native student services coordinator, attended and hosted numerous events during the academic year, including the Alaska Federation of Natives annual convention and Elders and Youth Conference.

    • All of the KRC paramedic students became American Heart Association (AHA) first aid and CPR instructors and taught monthly courses at KRC, free of charge, to any faculty, staff or students who were looking to get certified.

    • The KRC Student Union cohosted a Halloween party for students with the KRC Residence Hall staff in October 2017. They provided games, “haunted” sections and categorical prizes.
      Nathan Grilley, KRC student union president, attended the Board of Regents two-day meeting in November 2017, to act as the student voice and representative of the Coalition of Student Leaders.

    • Zobeida Rudkin, KBC student association secretary, and Nathan Grilley, KRC student union president, were student representatives sent to Juneau, as part of a contingent of UA student leaders, to advocate for the university budget to legislators. The meetings were noted as successful and positive towards the idea of higher education continuing to get funded.
      The KBC Student Association provided coffee, snacks and supplies for students in break rooms in Pioneer and Bayview Halls.

    • A KBC Resource Open House was held in August 2017 and had a record attendance of 30 individuals who met staff at four campus locations (library, computer lab, Learning Resource Center, student and enrollment services).

    • Rich Kochis, KRC associate professor or electronics, collaborated with Dana Edwards, Soldotna High School instructor, to bring a group of students to KRC for a day of experimenting with a very small, one chip computer, called the Arduino. Prof. Kochis led the students through a series of experiments to introduce them to computer programming and connecting circuits with the Arduino board. Arduino controlling external devices are an introduction to PLC and are being used in oil facilities today to control their processes. This class gave students the opportunity to learn how to connect resistors, LEDs, switches, potentiometers, fans, speakers and motors into a circuit, and then how to connect the circuit up to the Arduino.

    • KBC’s annual Student Art Showcase’s opening reception was held in April 2018. Student artwork, including painting, drawing and ceramics, were on exhibit. KRC’s annual Student Art Showcase was held in April and May of 2018 and displayed various art mediums as well.
      The KPC Recruitment Committee rolled out the Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI) in March 2018. The SSI is a survey that was emailed to all students attending KPC courses with the purpose of identifying gaps in service. The survey closed in April 2018. The national education research company who administered the survey was Ruffalo Noel Levitz. KPC received the results (that were excellent overall) and will use them to determine how best to better serve students.

    • Piera Larosa, KRC resident advisor, hosted a specialized program in which she gathered students and recorded testimonials about KPC and student housing. She edited and captioned the video, which is posted on KPC’s YouTube channel.

    • KRC, in conjunction with the UAA Facilities Planning and Construction Department, developed a McLane Building Renovation Project. The project addressed electrical, mechanical systems and code compliance items that had been identified as “past expected useful life” or “deferred maintenance.” A space assessment reviewed current and projected space uses for improvements to safety and customer service for the campus community. Funding and construction may reach into FY20 and beyond.

    • BDS Architects was contracted for design service of the KRC Ward Building Welding Lab Modernization. Design work started in April 2018 and continued over the summer months. Construction will be scheduled in phases due to funding availability, equipment lead times and to reduce impact to the instructional programs. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2019.

    • KBC saw an increase in the number of students from lower 48 universities coming to KBC for marine biology-related classes in their Semester by the Bay Program (SBB). As of April 2018, they had received 29 applications of Interest (an all-time high).

    • Jackie Marshall, RBES coordinator, and Dr. Debbie Tobin, KBC professor of biology, spent two full days hosting a KPC table at the National Ocean Science Bowl (NOSB) Alaska Regional Competition (Tsunami Bowl) held at Seward High School in February 2018. They talked with students and teachers from around the state and handed out KPC-specific literature.

    • Piera Larosa, KRC resident advisor, Leslie Byrd, KRC residence life coordinator, and Tammie Willis, KRC associate director of residence life, attended several online accessibility training sessions and began work on making all of the residence life online materials and website pages ADA accessible. Larosa worked on the website, while Byrd worked on the published residence hall handbook and Willis worked on the online application and other assignment/work order services.

    • The KRC advancement office, led by Suzie Kendrick, advancement programs manager, continued to participate in UAA trainings designed to instill best practices in website accessibility. Everything from standardized headers to “alt” text on all images (descriptive text associated with an image to facilitate understanding for people with visual impairments who use screen readers to access web-based information) to use of built-in accessibility tools in common programs were covered.

    • The KBC Student Association participated in the Homer Winter Carnival Parade in February 2018 with their mascot, Harmony the Humpback Whale. They won $75 Homer Bucks as first prize in their category.

  • Giving & Donations
    •  Upon his passing, Mr. John O’Dell, a well-known Nikiski homesteader, provided $50,000 from his estate for a scholarship endowment to benefit KRC students. His daughter and sister visited KRC in October 2018, which allowed KPC to personally thank them for administering Mr. O’Dell’s estate to benefit KRC students.
    • For the second time in the last ten years, KPC was notified that the UA Foundation and Land Management division was working with Mrs. Jean Brockel, who generously donated “the other” lot that sits adjacent to the one previously donated by the Brockel family. The acreage is located on the Sterling Highway, in the Dahler Subdivision, located between Soldotna and Sterling. Mrs. Brockel is the surviving spouse of Clayton Brockel, KPC’s founding director.


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