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Feeding the Hungry by Filling an Empty Bowl

Posted on: May 8th, 2014 by Don No Comments

The fourth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place on Friday at Prince William Sound Community College’s training room, Sugarloaf Hall. About 40 college and community members came together to enjoy delicious home-made soups, breads, and camaraderie. The event featured a wonderfully optimistic tale of post-1964 Earthquake events, told by College Council member and local historian, Dorothy Moore.

For a minimum donation of $10, each person chose a bowl to fill and take home as a reminder of all the empty bowls and stomachs in the country. This year many of the eclectic bowls were donated by a potter in Rhode Island, Ellen Blomgren of Mudstone Studios. Blomgren shipped the bowls across the country when she received the request by old friend and PWSCC’s Community Engagement Coordinator, Wendy Goldstein. The bread and soup were donated by all local individuals and contributed to a successful outcome of $500 raised for the Valdez Food Bank.

This event started four years ago as a service project for Alpha Psi Gamma, PWSCC’s chapter of the national two-year service organization, Phi Theta Kappa. The Empty Bowls project is a nation-wide phenomenon, and one which resonated with the chapter which decided it would be a fitting way to help the community. Gracious thanks to all those who helped make this year’s event a success, either with much-needed donations, or by coming out and showing your support.

Last Frontier Theatre Conference

Posted on: May 7th, 2014 by Dennis Murphy No Comments

“The Last Frontier Theatre Conference strives to create an educational experience for playwrights, actors, directors, and theatre enthusiasts that enriches participants’ minds and inspires their souls.”
— Last Frontier Theater Conference Mission, by Dawson Moore

This year’s Last Frontier Theatre Conference will be held June 8-14 in Valdez, Alaska, and it promises to be another great event, filled with workshops, performances, and other activities. Approximately two-hundred participants are anticipated this year, attending from as far away as Australia.

The Play Lab, the heart and soul of the Conference, features 45 plays by writers from across the country, including 8 by Alaskans. They were culled from 397 submissions, the record for most ever in the history of the event. For a full list of playwrights and where they are coming, from, go

An excellent collection of Featured Artists are committed to participate as respondents and teachers. New this year are nationally renowned playwright Eric Coble, director Elena Araoz, and Broadway designer Justin Townsend. Go for a full list of who will be teaching and responding to work in the Play Lab this year.

There is an increased emphasis on classes for actors this year. The Monologue Workshop, where participants get to work with professional LA actor/teachers Laura Gardner and Frank Collison, is entering its sixth year. Actors work use monologues provided by Play Lab playwrights; a collection of the material from the first four years was published by Focus Publishing last year. Other classes include a three-day improv workshop with Scared Scriptless’ Jason Martin, Basic Unarmed Combat Techniques with Alaska theatre icon Michael Hood, and Acting Shakespeare, where participants will have the opportunity to work with Fairbanks Shakespeare’s founding Artistic Director, Bruce Rogers.

Many other exciting classes are planned for this year. Playwriting classes include “Choice and Consequence: Alternative History” with Sherry Kramer, “Gone in 60 Seconds” with Craig Pospisil, and “Playwriting Right Away” with Cassandra Medley. In total, sixteen classes are planned. Go here for the full Conference schedule.

There are six evenings of live theatre this year, starting with the college’s production of Eric Coble’s comedy Bright Ideas on June 7. Shows are at 8:00, and tickets are only ten dollars. For a full description of shows, including what age they are appropriate for, go

Full registration for the event is only $50. For more information on the Theatre Conference, call 907-834-1614 or e-mail

Congratulations PWSCC Graduating Class of 2014

Posted on: May 5th, 2014 by Don No Comments

Prince William Sound Community College held Commencement ceremonies Saturday at the Valdez Civic Center. Eighteen successful graduates received degrees, including four PWSCC staff members. An additional 33 students received GEDs.

University of Alaska, President, Patrick Gamble, was the Commencement speaker, and PWSCC, Student Body President, Tatiana Topping, was the student speaker. PWSCC, Acting President, Christopher Washko; Gamble; and University of Alaska, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Dana Thomas, conferred the degrees.

Each year, a student is chosen to receive the President’s Cup award. The President’s Cup recognizes a graduating student for outstanding scholastic achievement and citizenship. This year’s recipient achieved an array of scholastic honors through both the college and Phi Theta Kappa. She was the New Century Scholar from Alaska for 2013. She led the PWSCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter to a Five-Star Level and received numerous honors over the past three years, including serving as a Regional Officer in 2013 and 2014. She has been a Student Government officer and has served her community as Advocacy Chair for the 2012-2013 Relay For Life of Valdez. This year’s President’s Cup was awarded to Diana Lynn Hawkins. Diana also earned the rank of valedictorian.

The following students are to be congratulated upon achievement of their degrees:

Brooke A. Alexander, Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education; Sheila M. Mann, Bachelor of Liberal Arts, Interdisciplinary Studies; Austin F. Carter; Anna-Grace Jeffries; Colton Jason Koch; Hannah Marie Lunt; Susan J. Smith*; Amy Lynn Williams; Adam Keith Zamudio, Associate of Arts; Carolyn Lucille Doyle; Julie Ann Foraker**; Janelle Marie Lass**; Bobby L. LaSalle; Ann Marie Ritter**; Mary Kathy Tate; Heidi Christine Tomrdle**, Associate of Applied Science, Disabilities, Speech & Language Support; Gayle A. Kildal**, Associate of Applied Science, Computer Information and Office Systems; and Diana Lynn Hawkins**, Associate of Applied Science, Industrial Technology, Oil Spill Response.

The following students are to be honored for achievement of their GEDs: Ian Beall; Kenneth Bruck; David Burt; Christopher Calkinn; Matthew Charley; Anthony Cunningham; Devens Helgeson; Ralph Kosbruk; Daniel Lewis; Alexander Matthew; Rosaura Miller; Krystal Penayah; Lewis Williams; and an additional 20 individuals who wish to remain anonymous.

(Honors: *Cum Laude **Magna Cum Laude)