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University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan Celebrates 50th Anniversary
Public invited to attend the 50 year mark festivities!


September 21, 2004

Ketchikan, Alaska - The public is invited to commemorate 50 years of community college education in Ketchikan on Saturday, September 25th. Ketchikan was the second city in Alaska to open a community college in 1954 just behind Anchorage the same year. The college had a strong commitment to educating the citizens of our community in both traditional college courses and in necessary vocational and technical training. That commitment continues today.

The college has grown to offer more than two year degrees by the affiliation with the statewide system. Today, students can achieve one year certificates, two year associate, four year bachelor and even master degrees without ever leaving Ketchikan.

At 10:00am, Saturday, September 25th, the public is invited to commemorate the 50 year mark with a ceremony at the Main Campus, located at 2600 Seventh Avenue. Speakers will include UAS Provost Robbie Stell, UAS Ketchikan Campus Director Karen Polley, City of Ketchikan Mayor Bob Weinstein, UAS Professor Priscilla Schulte, UAS Ketchikan Campus Advisory Council Chair Doug Ward, Ketchikan Indian Community President Stephanie Rainwater-Sande and UAS Ketchikan student Wendy Walden.


The winners of the UAS Ketchikan Essay Contest, "2054, An Educational Odyssey - Higher Education 50 Years From Now " will be announced. The grand prize is a tuition waiver worth 12 credits of classes; second place is 6 credits of tuition waivers and third place is 3 credits of tuition waivers.

Balloons and pennants will be handed out as the group starts a historical walk from the main campus over the new Third Avenue bypass to the lower campus, located at 600 Stedman. Assistant Director Cathy LeCompte will lead the group.

A Community Appreciation Barbecue will be held from 12:00-2:00pm at the UAS Ketchikan Technical Center, 600 Stedman. The public is invited to enjoy hamburgers, hot dogs, soda and chips with cake for dessert, prepared by faculty and staff of the campus. In addition, a trivia contest on the college and the year 1954 will be held. Door prizes will be drawn every half hour and several local musical groups will entertain.

In addition, tours are available at the newly remodeled Robertson Building and the new Geographic Information System computer stations and the new state-of-the-art Radar Training Software will be on display. The public is invited to stop by and look over the new equipment and software.

This is a family community event and everyone is invited to join UAS Ketchikan in celebrating 50 years of serving the higher education needs of Ketchikan.



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