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Beach Party Raises Funds for Scholarships

Posted on: March 26th, 2014 by Don 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.

Naturalist Bill Sherwonit Writing Workshop

Posted on: March 17th, 2014 by Don No Comments

Prince William Sound Community College is proud to announce that award-winning Alaskan nature writer Bill Sherwonit will be teaching a creative non-fiction writing workshop, “Writing Down the Wild,” April 25- 27. For only $175, this non-credit community interest course is a fantastic opportunity to nurture your creativity this spring.

Students will examine and practice the steps necessary for powerful, effective nature writing (and creative nonfiction writing in general). This will include spending time outdoors in the local landscape, as well as reading, writing, and group discussions. The terms “wildness” and “wild nature” will be considered, and students will explore the ways that this practice——this way of being in the world——can lead not only to compelling stories, but also to an increased intimacy with the wildness that surrounds us, wherever we are, and that each of us carries within us.

Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Bill Sherwonit has called Alaska home since 1982. He has contributed essays and articles to a wide variety of publications, and is also the author of 13 books. His most recent books include Living with Wildness: An Alaskan Odyssey and Changing Paths: Travels and Meditations in Alaska’s Arctic Wilderness. Most of Sherwonit’s work focuses on Alaskan subjects, with emphases on wilderness adventure, wildlands preservation, environmental issues, natural history, wildlife management, relationship with place, and notions of wildness, including the wildness to be found in and around his adopted home, Anchorage.

This course takes place over the weekend on April 25–27. It meets Friday from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to noon and 2:00 to 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Registration is required, and there is a maximum of 12 students. To register or get more information, call 907-834-1600, or stop by PWSCC’s Valdez Campus during normal business hours.