University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan
Celebrates 50th Anniversary
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
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.
Source of News Release:
University of Alaska Southeast
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