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Join the Mat-Su Area UAA Alumni Chapter Today!

November 25th, 2014  

Did you know there are more than 5,000 registered UAA alumni living right here in this area? We invite you to join your fellow Seawolves in the Mat-Su Area chapter today. Membership to your UAA Alumni Association and chapter is FREE. The purpose of this chapter is to promote the alumni-to-alumni connection, to create and maintain a lifelong affinity with the alma mater and to keep you in touch with the Seawolves in your area. All chapters are alumni led.

If you would like to learn more, please feel free to contact Nona Wilson at

Veterans Day 2014

November 25th, 2014  

November 11 brought many community members, students, faculty and staff together to celebrate at our annual Veterans Day Ceremony. We continued the tradition of having the local Colony High School JROTC team perform the formal folding of the American flag. At each fold of the flag retired SMSgt Tom Spangler read parts of our Constitution, quotes by historical figures, and the beginning portion of the Declaration of Independence. After the flag was folded Specialist E-4 Gene Horner played Taps on his bugle.

New this year was the building of the Honor Wall. The wall was built to honor military veterans or active duty members. Everyone was encouraged to put names on the wall and it filled quickly!  We look forward to next year’s event and hope to see you there!

Lunafest 2015 – Save The Date!

November 25th, 2014  

Friday, March 20, 2015, will mark our Third Annual Lunafest Film Festival!  Lunafest is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women.  This season, the program of nine films – filled with stories of reflection, hope and humor – will travel to over 150 cities and we are excited to say Palmer, Alaska is again one of these locations! Proceeds of the event benefit the Breast Cancer Fund and the local non-profit, MyHouse, which works to provide safe shelter for homeless youth with a goal of connecting kids to a network of caring individuals and agencies able to assist them in becoming self-sufficient.

We are excited to also announce that we are expanding the festival to include our first ever Equinox Women’s Film Festival on Saturday, March 21, 2015.  Saturday’s films will consist of both short and feature length films from local and national female producers.

The Glenn Massay Theater

November 25th, 2014   

We are excited to announce the new 520-seat, state-of-the-art, Glenn Massay Theater, located on the campus of the College. The new facility will give the college the ability to host a variety of events including plays, musicals, lectures, conferences, concerts, competitions, festivals, benefits, recitals, movie screenings, receptions, and more. The goal of the venue is to become an outlet for both the campus and the Mat-Su Valley community to have a new stage to present their ideas and creative endeavors to the public. It will be a venue of education and entertainment that can help to strengthen, engage, provoke dialogue and empower the community.

As an alumni of the college, you can play a huge role in the success of the new theater.  Come visit us and enjoy the variety of events that will take place. Be sure to spread the word to the community. Finally, get involved, either with the various businesses and organizations around town that will be using the theater, or with the college’s events through ushering, volunteering, or even auditioning for the upcoming college productions!

Very soon you will be able to stay informed on upcoming events using our theater website, Facebook page, and Twitter feeds.  You will also be able to use the Walletini app on your iPhone or Android based phone.  Keep checking in for information on current and future concerts, plays, musicals, lectures, and more!

Mat-Su College offers Career Services to Alumni

November 25th, 2014  

Did you know that MSC’s career services extend to Alumni?  Whether you are looking for a job, looking for a high quality employee with a related certificate or degree, struggling with an issue in your current job, in need of referral to service providers in the community, or thinking about returning to college to build on a certificate or degree you have earned, our career development coordinator is here for you.  If you are a job seeker you can check out announcements from local employers who contact the college HERE.  Employers may contact the career development coordinator at or 746-9319 if they wish to post an announcement.

The University of Alaska Anchorage also extends it services to Mat-Su College job seekers and employers.  Click on “Create Account” to register!  For general information about career services and additional resources check out our website.  Karen Backlund, Career Development Coordinator, is eager to work with you on career related issues.

Alumni BBQ and Alumni Chapter Formation

September 10th, 2014

Pictured left to right are Charter members David Johnson, Keith Asche and Delena Johnson; Director of Marketing at Mat-Su College Courtney Brooke Smith and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Alumni Relations Rachel Morse at the official signing of the Mat-Su Area Alumni Chapter

Matanuska-Susitna College hosted the third annual Alumni BBQ on July 8 in the MSC café.  Delicious hamburgers were grilled up and alumni and their families brought delicious side dishes for sharing.  You can view photos of the event on our Pinterest site!

As a result of this event and eager alumni coming together again, we are excited to announce the formation of the first ever Mat-Su Area Alumni Chapter – the newest addition to the UAA Alumni Association.  The group will be responsible for holding at least one meeting annually, participate in the annual Alumni Assembly and host one event per year.  The official signing took place at Vagabond Blues in Palmer.  All MSC graduates, as well as UAA graduates, are invited to join the chapter!  If you are interested, please email

Congratulations MSC Graduates of 2014!

September 10th, 2014

On Thursday, May 8, 2014, Mat-Su College graduates congregated at Mat-Su Career and Technical High School to walk across the stage.  Approximately 175 graduates left the evening, proudly sporting their caps and gowns, and holding diplomas and certificates in hand.

Fellow graduate Rebecca Stiner, receiving an Associate of Arts degree and graduating with honor as a Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society member, was the student speaker for the class of 2014.  Guest commencement speaker Emil Notti, a distinguished Alaskan and prominent leader whose life’s work has shaped Alaska policy in many ways, shared a little from Alaskan history and his experiences as Commissioner.

Dr. Ping-Tung Chang, an MSC professor who has served the institution for 26 years, was presented with Emeritus status at the ceremony as well.  Dr. Chang retired this year, but has certainly left a lasting legacy.

Dedicated Faculty Retire After Years of Service

September 10th, 2014

Pictured left to right are Mr. Jack Cypher and Dr. Ping-Tung Chang

Among many other contributions to the college, Dr. Ping-Tung Chang started a math club, taught in a unique “Grow Your Own” style, was awarded with the CASE 2010 U.S. Professor of the Year, founded the Ping-Tung Chang Scholarship Fund and has received numerous awards from various groups for all of his efforts to help students succeed.  Dr. Chang, or “PT” as he is more affectionately known, was also presented with Emeritus status at the 2014 Commencement Ceremony in May.

Jack Cypher taught at MSC for 16 years within the Refrigeration and Heating Technology program.  A graduate of MSC himself, Mr. Cypher was active in both the community and college.  Mr. Cypher was honored by the Mat-Su Borough Historical Commission for his work installing a heating system at the Knik Museum and was a national winner in the North American Technician Excellence competition in 2006. Mr. Cypher was one of the quietest and most reliable people on campus and will be missed!

Happy retirement to you both!

New Program Waives Nonresident Tuition Surcharge

September 10th, 2014

We are excited to announce the new program “Come Home to Alaska!” As of Monday, July 28, 2014, The University of Alaska System has put in place a new initiative enticing Lower 48 students with family ties in Alaska to head north.

“Come Home to Alaska” waives the nonresident surcharge for students with parents or grandparents currently living in the state. This means a substantial savings to an out-of-state student—over $13,000 for 30 undergraduate credits a year.

The program will start with the fall 2014 semester. Please contact Student Services (Admissions) at 907-745-9746 for more information.

Mat-Su College Receives $26,000 Scholarship

September 10th, 2014

Talis Colberg, Mat-Su College Director and Mrs. Mary Jane Phelps

Mat-Su College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Frank and Jennie Clark Memorial Scholarship – a perpetual scholarship name for the benefit of students at MSC.  Mr. and Mrs. Phelps donated $26,000 to the University of Alaska Foundation to establish this fund in memory of Frank and Jennie Clark.

The Clarks established a homestead on Lazy Mountain in 1932 and Clark-Wolverine Road is named in part in recognition of their family.  They had two daughters, Mary Jane (Phelps) and Betty Jeanne (Frisk).  Mary Jane Phelps recalls her parents’ strong belief that hard work and education would always serve them well.