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LFTC Ten-Minute Play Slam Coordinator Chosen

Posted on: April 23rd, 2014 by dlbickley No Comments

Anchorage theatre artist Carrie Yanagawa will be stepping in to coordinate this year’s Ten-Minute Play Slam at the 22nd Annual Last Frontier Theatre Conference. This popular program has run as a regular event at the Conference since 2007 with three different coordinators (not counting the first year when the job was shared by three directors). Playwrights participating in the Play Lab have the opportunity to submit one play each for consideration in the event, and 6-8 are chosen from a submission pool that is usually around 40 pieces. They rehearse all week and are then presented as readings during the day on the final Saturday of the Conference, June 14.

Carrie Yanagawa is an Anchorage-based Director, Scenic Designer, and Painter who currently serves as the Scenic Charge Artist for the Anchorage Opera. Recent directing credits for new one act plays include: Fourplay: Four Short Plays by Alaskans (Three Wise Moose) and many installments of the Alaska Overnighters (3WM/TBA). Recent design credits include: La cambiale di matrimonio (Anchorage Opera); A Gulag Mouse (TossPot Productions); The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe; Antigone (TBA); Fourplay; Rounding Third (3WM); Come to Me, Leopards; Pinkalicious; It’s a Wonderful Life (Cyrano’s). Recent painting credits include: Die Fledermaus; Lucia di Lammermoor; Pirates of Penzance; Tosca; Mrs. President; The Sound of Music; Macbeth; La Bohème (AO); Rush at Everlasting; the road weeps, the well runs dry; Betrayal; The Blue Bear (Perseverance Theatre); The Producers (Earl Cameron Theatre, Bermuda); Beauty & the Beast (Elgiva Theatre, England); The Veil; The Kitchen; Collaborators (National Theatre, London); as well as the feature film Big Miracle.

Help Fill an Empty Bowl

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by dlbickley No Comments

PWSCC, in coordination with Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society, is hosting the fifth Empty Bowls Project to raise funds for the Valdez Food Bank. It will take place on Friday, May 2, at 6:00 p.m. in the Sugarloaf Learning Center.

The Empty Bowls Project is an international effort to fight hunger, and it has raised tens of millions of dollars for anti-hunger organizations. It makes a direct impact on the local needs of people. The basic idea for the Empty Bowls Project is simple: Guests are served a simple meal of soup and bread, preferably in a handmade bowl. Guests get to keep their bowl as a reminder that there are always empty bowls in the world. Every time they take the bowl from their cupboard, they will be reminded that someone’s bowl is always empty and that on this one occasion they helped to alleviate hunger and could choose to do so again at any time.

There is a suggested donation of $10.00 to attend, and all proceeds will be donated to the Valdez Food Bank, but this project goes further. It is an opportunity to create more awareness about hunger and the Food Bank. The Valdez Food Bank has been helping local people meet basic food needs for over twenty years. Anyone who is willing to donate soup, homemade bread, or a special soup bowl is encouraged to contact Gail Renardson at grenardson AT pwscc DOT edu, or call 907-834-1664. Pictured is the soup line-up from last year’s event.

Kids2College Program Teaches Students to Plan for Their Future

Posted on: April 18th, 2014 by dlbickley No Comments

VALDEZ – April 18, 2014.
46 6th grade students from George Gilson Middle School joined nearly 2,000 5th and 6th grade students from 17 communities across Alaska to take what will be for many the first steps toward exploring their college and career interests in the Kids2College program.

This event is sponsored by a partnership between the Alaska Commission on Postsecondary Education and the UA College Savings Plan. Local students visited Prince William Sound Community College this past Friday and took part in a six-lesson curriculum and professions/career panels, culminating in a mock graduation ceremony.

Kids2College students visit college campuses and experience a day in the life of a college student, with fun, hands-on classes and age-appropriate lessons. Trying on haz-mat suits while learning about OSHA, practicing early resume and interview skills, understanding adaptive biology through a beak and seed science game, and gaining docent skills in the museum were some of the ways Kids2College classes engaged and stimulated career exploration and college preparation concepts.

To prepare for the visit, students explored various career pathways and presented the information to their classmates. Kids2College also brings to the classroom volunteers from various professions to talk about their own college and career experiences. Along the way, students learn about academic options and the steps they can take today to prepare for college. Kids2College teaches students about high school graduation and test requirements, college admissions, and how to qualify for financial aid opportunities like the Alaska Performance Scholarship.

Now in 28 states, Kids2College encourages students to aspire to education and training beyond high school – whether it’s an apprenticeship, a one-year technical program or a seven-year professional degree sequence – through its message that postsecondary training is important and attainable.
Kids2College alumni are more likely to discuss college preparation with parents and teachers, and to understand college is possible for them. For those children whose families may not have a college-going history, it’s an opportunity to learn first-hand about the career avenues and life experiences college offers.

Beach Party Raises Funds for Scholarships

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by dlbickley No Comments


The Prince William Sound Community College Annual Scholarship Fundraiser brought over 120 people to a beach party this past Saturday. The Valdez Civic Center ballrooms were festooned with palm trees, surf boards, and even a volcano. Leis adorned every neck and tiki torches lit up the night as community members gathered to support our students at the event of the season. This year’s theme: beach party!

Each year, the staff, students, and faculty at PWSCC host an event that includes live music, provided this year by local band Future Babes, a silent auction, outcry auction, raffles, cash bar, and catered dinner. A tasty Hawaiian-inspired meal was catered by The Fat Mermaid. The bidding wars were fierce for treasures great and small, donated by many individuals and organizations. The atmosphere was a welcome respite from the snow outside, as guests arrived wearing sandals, sarongs, Hawaiian shirts, and other beach attire.

Interim President Chris Washko presented a welcoming address touching on the importance of our community’s support. Student Government President Tatiana Topping expressed gratitude for all the opportunities she and other students have available through PWSCC and the City of Valdez. The formation of a special scholarship was announced, honoring the late Stan Stephens for his support of the college through many years. The City of Valdez was also honored for its generous amount of financial support and collaboration since the founding of PWSCC in 1978.

Mistress of ceremonies, Gianna Giusti-McCune, and auctioneer, Michael Holcombe, took the stage, and bid paddles flashed. Among the big ticket items this year were: a football signed by Russell Wilson, glacier cruises donated by Stan Stephens Wildlife Cruises, several pieces of expertly framed artwork, and a vasectomy donated by Dr. John Cullen.

Prince William Sound Community College would like to thank the organizations and individuals who donated items, bought tickets, and bid high and often to support student scholarships. PWSCC thanks the students, staff, and faculty who worked hard to make this event possible. With your help, we will continue to provide a quality, affordable education to all.

Photos by Shawn Standal.