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Register for Marine Biology and Lab this summer!

Posted on: May 26th, 2015 by J Y No Comments

Marine Biology and Lab (4 Credits)

This three-week course will be an intensive introduction to marine natural history, with an emphasis on inter-tidal invertebrates and algae. Other topics include: seabirds, marine mammals, fish, bottom organisms, and plankton.

  • July 13 – August 3
  • Monday through Thursday
  • 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with a one hour break.
  • Valdez Campus

Farewell to Retiring Professors Melodie Mackey and Julie Fronzuto

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by J Y No Comments

Article by Wendy Goldstein

Prince William Sound Community College has been fortunate to employ many excellent instructors over the years. Two of these instructors are retiring this year, and their expertise and energy will be greatly missed.

Melodie Mackey, Professor of Humanities, is retiring from the University after 23 years. Melodie received her B.A. from Illinois Benedictine College in 1973 and her M.A. from California State University, Dominguez Hill, in 1998. She was instrumental in the development of PWSCC’s dual credit program with the Valdez High School.
Melodie has taught several classes, including Natives of Alaska, Comparative Religion, Western Civilization, English, Logic, and Introduction to Theatre. Past students have called Professor Mackey “one of those ‘change your life’ kind of teachers,” calling her teaching style, “tough but fair.”

Dr. Julie Fronzuto, Associate Professor of Biology, has been with PWSCC since January, 2007. She has a PhD in Zoology from Washington State University. During her stay at PWSCC, Julie revitalized the department of Natural Sciences. She worked closely with Virtual Worlds Designer, Don Bickley, creating virtual wet labs in Second Life. This cutting edge technology, which won the Distributed Learning category for the Federal Virtual Worlds Challenge, is a “hands on” lab environment where students can do a live lab together, regardless of physical location.

Julie has enjoyed teaching Anatomy and Physiology, Natural History of Alaska, Botany, Microbiology, and has especially enjoyed working with the pre-nursing students due to their enthusiasm. Of Dr. Julie students have said, “Dr. Julie goes out of her way to make sure that you get the most out of your laboratory time,” and “her enthusiasm for nature inspires me.”

The staff, faculty, and students of PWSCC wish Melodie and Julie well in their future endeavors.

Empty Bowl Success

Posted on: May 7th, 2015 by J Y No Comments

Article by: Wendy Goldstein

Empty Bowls is an international grassroots effort to fight hunger. Its basic premise is simple: potters and craftspeople, educators, and others, work with the community to create handcrafted bowls or donate bowls. Guests are invited to a simple meal of soup and bread. In exchange for a cash donation, guests are asked to keep a bowl as a reminder of all the empty bowls in the world.

Around fifty members of the college and the community gathered Friday, April 24, for the sixth Empty Bowl event in Valdez. Soup and home-baked bread were provided by several individuals as well as A Rogue’s Garden. Many bowls were donated. A special part of the evening was music provided by Pastor Eric Wiseman. The event brought in just over $500 in donations, all of which will benefit the Valdez Food Bank.

Gail Renardson, advisor for Phi Theta Kappa, noted that next year both the Valdez High School and Valdez Parks and Recreation Department may join the college in promoting this event.

2015 Valdez Fly-In Schedule of Events

Posted on: May 5th, 2015 by J Y No Comments

The 2015 Valdez Fly-In Schedule of Events is now in. Take a look below or click on the link for a viewable PDF.

2015 Fly In Schedule Of Events (355.9 KiB)

May Day Valdez Fly-In and Air Show 2015, Schedule of Events