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News Posts

  • 2018
    • January
      Journey/Healthy Impact Event: Mid-day Meditation

      January 30, 2018

      WHEN: Wednesday, Jan. 31, 12 – 12:50pm

      WHERE: Fred & Sara Machetanz Building - Room 207 (FSM 207)

      Regular meditation practice can bring balance into a busy life by reducing stress, anxiety, and depression; improving focus and attention; and, reducing high blood pressure and risk of heart disease. Take a 50-minute meditation break with Jenn Bartholomew!


      Les Miserables - The Musical 

      January 30, 2018

      WHEN: Fri & Sat, Feb. 2, 3, 9, 10 at 7 pm
      WHERE: 
      Glenn Massay Theater

      Les Misérables tells the story of Jean Valjean, a former convict who spends 
      a lifetime seeking redemption. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France 
      after the French Revolution, this moving story of intertwined destinies reveals the 
      power of compassion and the quiet evil of indifference to human suffering. 

      An epic and uplifting pop-opera that packs an emotional wallop, thrilling audiences all over the world.

      Current MSC Students get FREE ENTRY with WolfCard!

      Box Office Opens at 6 pm
      Theater Opens at 6:30 pm
      Show Begins at 7 pm

      Directed by AJ Seims


      High School Art Portfolio Competition
      January 26, 2018
       

      Open to all Alaska High School Seniors 

      Portfolio Dropoff: April 16-18
      Winners Announced: April 19
      Art Show: April 19 - May 2, 2018
       
      Prizes:
      1st Place Award: 2-semester tuition scholarship
      2nd Place Award: 6-credit tuition scholarship
      3rd Place Award: Certificate of Achievement

      Honorable Mention: Certificate of Achievement

      Contest Entry Form


      Journey Event: Herbalism
      January 25, 2018
       
      WHEN: Friday, January 26, 2018, 12 – 2pm
      WHERE: Snodgrass Hall - Room 119
       

      Herbs have been used to heal the body and mind for thousands of years. Come and learn the basics of herbalism and make a few items yourself! This event is hosted by the HUMS Club.

      Limited capacity: must pre-register by e-mailing dgbannan@alaska.edu.


      CPR Class
      AHA BLS for Healthcare Providers
      January 25, 2018
       

      WHEN: Saturday, Feb. 10, 9am - 5pm 

       
      Cost: $65
      Tundra Talks: Early Childhood Language & Literacy
      January 22, 2018
       
      WHEN: Thursday 6-8 pm, January 25 

      WHERE: FSM 202

      SPEAKERS:
      Laura Young-Campbell, MS, CCC-SLP
      Leslie Rost, SLP
      Sara Saxton, MLIS

      Journey Event: Backcountry Safety
      January 19, 2018

      Alaska in the winter is a beautiful place, but the snow can hold many dangers. Come and learn the basics of backcountry safety in Alaska with Mike Buck.

      Takes Place: January 25: 5-7pm, FSM 206


      College 101 Sessions
      January 16, 2017

      college 101UPCOMING SESSIONS:

      • Tuesday February 20 at 3:00P
      • Wednesday March 28 at 6:00P
      • Tuesday April 17 at 6:00P

      Call 745-9762 to make your reservation!

      All sessions held in FSM 104


      New Year Resolutions
      January 3, 2018

      The start of a new year is the perfect time to reflect and take inventory of our personal and professional progress.

      As the Spring Semester at Mat-Su College begins, we are encouraged to set realistic goals to avoid disappointment later in the year. Ideally, our new year's resolutions will contribute to a healthier mind and body and overall happier life. 

      Placing our focus on the good things in life improves our mood and mental health, which in turn, will reflect on the world around us.

    • February
      MSC Nursing Program Expansion
      February 26, 2018
       

      Mat-Su College is rising to the occasion to meet growing demand for healthcare services in the Valley. Starting in Fall of 2018, our nursing program will double the number of active cohorts. 

      This highly competitive program is designed to fill the increased number of healthcare positions with the expansion of the Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. 

      Working closely with Mat-Su community healthcare providers, our nursing students are preparing to provide state-of-the-art health services with a thorough knowledge of the latest technologies and time-tested medical techniques. 

      Application Deadlines for Mat-Su:

      ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE
      FALL 2018 START: May 1, 2018
      SPRING 2020 START: July 1, 2019
      BACHELOR OF SCIENCE
      FALL 2020 START: March 1, 2020
       

      Read the full article in the Frontiersman.


      MyHouse Needs Drive

      February 22, 2018

      It is time for our 3rd Annual 

      My House Needs Drive!

      Join with us to help provide much assistance to our homeless teens in the Valley.

      Needed Items:

      -Hats, gloves, scarves
      -Backpacks
      -Fruit snacks
      -Granola bars
      -Chap Stick
      -Deodorant
      -Toothpaste/toothbrushes
      -Hand warmers
      - Or anything else you want to donate

      We have collection bins around campus through March 9th for your donation drop-off.

      So think of supporting the cause of My House on your next shopping trip or when you are cleaning out that coat closet at home!


      Part-time Adjunct Instructors Wanted

      February 21, 2018

      Mat-Su College is recruiting qualified applicants for its pool of adjunct instructors in disciplines including: Communications, English, Psychology and Chemistry.

      All courses are held on the campus of Mat-Su College.

      "Opportunities start here" is more than a slogan at Matanuska-Susitna College (Mat-Su College); it is our mission. Our aim is to transform student aspirations into realities. Matanuska-Susitna College seeks applicants who possess a desire to help students succeed in reaching their goals.

      Postings for adjunct instructors are found at Careers at UA.


      Thoughtful Wednesdays: Emotional Intelligence

      February 19, 2018

      When we get stuck in the same old routines, we miss opportunities and chances to grow. Expand your horizons by exploring, creating, and experiencing something new! 

      Emotional Intelligence – What is it? Why is it so important?

      WHEN: Wednesday, February 21, 1 to 2 pm

      WHERE: MSC - FSM 200

      Bring your lunch and join this informative discussion led by Dr. Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services. 


      Mat-Su Get Connected Expo

      February 14, 2018

      Come and get gonnected with the Mat-Su Community! We invite you to join these amazing local vendors with special interests, from sports and recreation to crafts and clubs,  in sharing the passion and knowledge they have to offer.

      You will have lots of hand-on activities to check out, along with new opportunities and activities based in the Mat-Su Valley.

      This is a FREE EVENT open to the community!
       
      WHEN: Saturday, March 3, 10am to 2pm
      WHERE: Mat-Su College Campus
       
      Sponsored by Mat-Su Health Foundation, Thrive Mat-Su, and Mat-Su College
      Resume Building Workshop

      February 13, 2018

      Learn the basic components of writing a resume, integrating action verbs to demonstrate your abilities and experience, and personalizing it.

      WHEN: Tues, Feb. 27, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
           Weds, Feb. 28, 11 am to 12 pm

      WHERE: FSM 104

      Workshop Registration Here!


      Campus Open - Monday, Feb 12

      February 12, 2018

      Mat-Su College is open today. All scheduled classes, workshops, and meetings are being held. Check Facebook and the college homepage for the latest campus closure notices.


      Northrim Bank Lecture Series:
      Dr. Gunnar Knapp- Alaska Fiscal Facts and Choices

      February 7, 2018

      Join us for this FREE EVENT!
       
      WHEN: Tuesday, February 13th
      Reception at 6 pm
      Lecture at 7 pm
      WHERE: Glenn Massay Theater
       
      Gunnar Knapp is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (ISER), where he worked after receiving his Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University in 1981 until his retirement in 2016. Additionally, Knapp served as the Director of ISER from 2014-2016.
       
      Dr. Knapp has studied the Alaskan economy for over three decades. The past few years, he has performed extensive analysis of the serious fiscal challenge facing Alaska, and has given numerous presentations on this very important topic. He has focused on helping Alaskans understand the facts of Alaska's fiscal changes and the choices facing the state.

      Journey/Healthy Impact Event: Intro to Tai Chi

      February 6, 2018

      WHEN: Thursday, February 7, Noon - 12:50 pm

      WHERE: Glenn Massay Lobby

      Join Jenn Bartholomew for “meditation in motion”. Tai Chi is a noncompetitive martial art known for both its defense techniques and its health benefits. The regular practice of Tai Chi can strengthen muscles, improve balance, and reduce stress.


      UAA Scholarships Workshops

      February 6, 2018

      Learn how to apply for UAA Scholarships, using the new UA Online application!

      WHEN: Thursday, February 8th at 3:30 pm
      WHERE:  FSM 104 on MSC Campus
       
      QUESTIONS??? Call 907-745-9762
    • March
      Student Showcase - Recognizing Excellence

      March 29, 2018

      Enter your "A" paper or project in the 2018 MSC Student Showcase Conference for the chance to win a 3-credit tuition waiver, an iPad mini, or an Amazon Kindle.

      This is an opportunity to present your body of work, get your project published, gain recognition, and WIN PRIZES!

      EXTENDED DEADLINE: April 6 at 5pm


      EMS Training and Open House

      March 26. 2018

      Come to our open house and meet current students, instructors, and special guests from Mat-Su Borough EMS and LifeMed. Free food and drinks, EMS trivia, prizes, and demonstrations!
       

      You can also setup advising appointments. If you are interested in applying to Paramedic School for Fall 2018, we will have special opportunities for you.  

      WHEN: Thursday, March 29th, 5 - 8 pm
      WHERE: Snodgrass Hall 145
       

      For more info, contact Dane Wallace, Asst. Prof of Paramedical Technology, at 907-746-9329.


      Journey Event: Thoughtful Wednesdays
      Effective Communication

      March 19. 2018

      Bring your lunch/dinner and join this informative discussion led by Dr. Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services.

      Effective Communication – Can we learn to be heard, and also to hear?

      WHERE: FSM200

      WHEN: Wednesday, March 28th, 4 - 5 pm


      2018 Mat-Su Employer Expo

      March 13, 2018

      Calling all job seekers!
      Mat-Su Employer Expo, featuring 100+ companies to meet you for entry-level, technical and professional jobs.

      Meet with career counselors and attend career workshops.

      WHEN: Wednesday, March 14th, 10 am - 3 pm
      WHERE: Mat-Su College
      Kids2College Volunteers Needed

      March 12, 2018

      We are recruiting current students to act as Group Leaders for our Kids2College program on April 6th at Mat-Su College.

      Interested candidates can contact Mariana Weatherby at 907-745-9762 to find out more information.

      WHEN: Friday, April 6, 9:30 am - 3:30 pm

      WHERE: MSC Campus


      Comedy Hypnotist, Dan Lornitis, Live

      March 1, 2018

      On Friday, March 9th, come see the unforgettable experience that is Dan Lornitis. Mesmerizing audiences across the globe, Dan is bringing his signature blend of comedy, entertainment, and good wholesome fun to the Glenn Massay Theater.
       
      Dan has toured for years, with opening duties for the likes of Weird Al Yankovic, Louie Anderson, and Phyllis Diller. This event promises to be a "unique-and wildly entertaining-experience" that you are sure to enjoy.
       
      WHEN: Friday, March 9 at 7 pm

      WHERE: Glenn Massay Theater

      Be sure to arrive early to get a good seat so you don't miss out on the action!

       

    • April
      Student Services is Hiring a Student Worker!

      April 24, 2018

      Do you have these skills?

      • Strong Work Ethic
      • Dependable
      • Positive Attitude
      • Team Oriented
      • Confident
      • Organized
      • Flexible
      • Self-Motivated
      • Effective Communicator

      If you checked yes to all of these, please go to UA Jobs Site and explore the possibilities by applying for our Student Services Assistant.


      Student Government Council Elections Results

      April 23, 2018

      Every spring, Mat-Su College students vote for the office of President and Vice President of the Student Government Council for the following school year.

      Each officer serves one academic year with no chance for consecutive re-election to the same office.

      The winners of this years elections are:
      Brittany Harvey for President
      Gunnar Ihde for Vice President
       
      If you see our newly elected officers around campus, be sure to tell them, congratualations.

      Thoughtful Wednesdays: Color Psychology

      April 20, 2018

      How does color factor into the way we interact with the world around us?

      Bring your lunch or dinner and join these informative discussions led by Dr. Bannan, Assistant Professor of Human Services.

      When: Wednesday, April 25th at 12 pm

      Where: FSM 200


      Finals Week Extended Library Hours

      April 19, 2018

      Get ready for your finals at the Okeson Library, open extra hours during finals week.

      The library's hours for the week of April 23 - May 5 are listed below:

      Monday - Thursday: 8:30 AM - 10 PM
      Friday: 8:30 AM - 6 PM

      Saturday: 9 AM - 4 PM


      2018 Student Showcase
      Recognizing Academic Excellence

      April 17, 2018

      Please join us in supporting your fellow Mat-Su student presenters sharing academic papers, technological projects, and artwork.

      When: Friday, April 20, 12:30 - 4 PM

      Where: JKB 124

      Schedule of Presentations

      Earth Day Event

      April 16, 2018

      Mat-Su Carbon Crew and Mat-Su Recyclers bring you Earth Day Event. Learn about renewable energy sources, the impact plastic bags have on our environment and receive a free canvas bag (first 250 people). We hope to see you there!

      WhenThursday, April 18th at 11 am

      Where: FSM 112A


      Federal Resume Writing Training

      April 16, 2018

      Have you ever applied for a federal position only to not be referred to the hiring official?Do you want to create a competitive advantage in your application?

      Do you understand the nuances of applying for Federal positions?

      In this training you will learn how to ensure your qualifications are reflected in your resume. You will review examples of highly successful resumes and have some of your resume questions answered bya certified federal career coach. 

      When: Thursday, April 19th from 1 - 3 pm
      Where: FSM105
      Pi Day Celebration

      April 12, 2018

      The MSC Math Department presents: $1 Pies for MyHouse.

      Throw a pie at your favorite faculty or staff member for charity!

      Also, you will have a chance to purchase tasty snacks and treats.

      WhenWednesday, April 18, 11AM to 4PM
      Where: JKB Atrium
      National Library Week

      April 10, 2018

      Join the 60th Anniversary of National Library Week by stopping in the Okeson Library.

      Our knowledgeable and friendly librarians are offering to help level up your research skills by hosting workshops throughout the week.

      So come and get your Journey stamp for the 'Balance: Stay on Track' section of their Journey Passport. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops!

      • Library Research Workshops:
          • Tuesday, April 10 at 12pm
          • Tuesday, April 10 at 6pm
          • Wednesday, April 11 at 6pm
      • Zotero Research Workshop:
          • Tuesday, April 10 at 2:30pm

      Journey Event: Trauma & Children

      April 6, 2018

      Join Dr. Bannan, to learn some of the basics about the ways in which trauma impacts the development of children, how you can assist children who have experienced trauma, and help adults who experienced trauma as children.

      When: Monday, April 9 at 12 pm

      Where: MSC, Snodgrass Hall - Room 119


      1 Free Ticket for Current MSC Students: Mary Poppins the Musical

      April 6, 2018

      Bring your Wolfcard to the Glenn Massay Theater box office during business hours to claim your ticket.

      Provided by your Mat-Su College Student Activity Fee.


      Safezone Ally Training

      April 4, 2018

      MSC is hosting a UAA Safezone Ally Training.

      Ally trainings help participants examine their thoughts and views while prepping them to become better allies for the GLBTQA+ community.

      Students, faculty, staff, and community members are encouraged to join us in FSM 103 as we discuss awareness, inclusion, support, and advocacy.

      When: Friday, April 13, 10am - 12pm
      Where: FSM103
    • May
      Student Showcase Winners Announced

      May 31, 2018

      This year's Student Showcase featured presentations on a variety of subjects, from DNA forensics to gender pay gaps in America.

      This year's winners are: 

      • 1st Place: Noelle Flodin - From Broken Childhood to Aduthood: Adverse Childhood Experiences and Adult Health
      • 2nd Place: Ben Henderson - The Ethics of Genetic Enhancement
      • 3rd Place: Graham Dinkel and Courtney Mulkins - The Ladder Problem

      Presenters are recommended to the Showcase committee by their professorsprofessorsprofessors for coursework receiving an A during the school year.


      Latest edition of Mat-Su Monitor

      May 23, 2018

      Check out the summer issue of Mat-Su Monitor online or in person. You can find print copies of the Monitor when you are on campus to visit with your advisor.

      And for the first time, the Mat-Su Monitor is now published online as an Accessible PDF for screen readers and other assistive technology.

      We want to extend a HUGE thank you to Audrey Badger and Micah Muer, the Mat-Su Monitor staff advisors, for their tireless work making the newspaper accessible for all!


      Machetanz Arts Festival

      May 10, 2018

      Mat-Su College is hosting the annual Machetanz Arts Festival Workshops. 

      Each year, we invite local artists from various disciplines to share their knowledge, insights, and artistic passions.

      Workshops are scheduled for full and half-day sessions. This is your opportunity to learn a new technique, such as needle felting, or continue your journey in a discipline, like watercolors.

      See all of the course descriptions and register here!

      When: Saturday, June 2

      Where: Mat-Su College


      Congrats 2018 MSC Graduates!

      May 4, 2018

      Commencement is scheduled for Friday, May 11th at 7:30 pm and will take place at The Glenn Massay Theater on the Mat-Su College Campus, 8295 E. College Drive, Palmer AK  99645

      When: Friday, May 11 at 7:30pm

      Where: The Glenn Massay Theater


      Highway and Trail Cleanup

      May 3, 2018

      As a land grant institution, Mat-Su College is dedicated to protecting and preserving our environment. On May 9th, we will spring into action and pick up litter on the trail system surrounding campus.

      You are invited to pitch in and help make our land grand!

      When: May 9 from 11 AM to 4 PM

      Where: Mat-Su College Atrium


      Spring Student Art Show & Sale

      May 1, 2018

      The Mat-Su College Art Department proudly presents the 2018 Spring Student Art Show and Sale.

      Witness the talents of our studio arts students as they display amazing works of art, lovingly created over the last year.

      Stop by and be wowed by the show/sale between Friday, May 4th and Friday, May 25th in the art department of the Mat-Su College campus, FSM200.

      When: Friday, May 4 - Friday, May 25

      Where: FSM 200 at MSC

    • June
      Happy Independence Day

      June 29, 2018

      Mat-Su College will be closed July 4-5th in observance of Independence Day.

      Campus is closed on Wednesday, July 4 and Thursday, July 5, re-opening Friday, July 6.

      No classes are held Wednesday through Friday, July 4-6.


      Photo Shoot at MSC

      June 21, 2018

      Are you an Instagram star? Want to be part of a professional photography session?

      You can be the face of Mat-Su College by joining our fall photo shoot!

      Just call 907-745-9762 to register for the MSC photo session in August.


      Follow Up: Colony Days Parade

      June 15, 2018

      The Mat-Su College Colony Days Parade float was a resounding success!

      Each year, our students, faculty, and staff gather to walk and represent Mat-Su College at its best.

      This year, we collaborated with the UAF Experimental Farm to create our best float ever. With lots of staff and students, including the new Student Government officers, we gave away all of our candy and spread the good word about Mat-Su College.


      Colony Days Parade

      June 3, 2018

      Join Mat-Su College in participating in the Colony Days Parade 

      Each year, our students, faculty, and staff gather to walk and represent Mat-Su College at its best.

      This is your opportunity to get out and ride on the float, walk in the parade, and give away candy!

      When: Saturday, June 9 at 10:30 AM

      Where: Downtown Palmer

    • July
      MSC Paramedics Host Emergency Scenario Simulation

      July 30, 2018

      In a collaborative effort, UAA School of Nursing and Paramedics Programs took part in a simulation, involving "multiple layers of pre-hospital emergency care" from an active shooter scenario.

      The exercise served as a final practical exam for paramedic and nursing students. The project's focus on simulation utilizes the latest technology available to aspiring emergency technicians in MSC's Snodgrass Hall. 

      Associate Professor of Nursing, Dorothy Kinley, and Dane Wallace, Assistant Professor of Paramedical Technology, both work to promote healthy, working relationships and interdisciplinary collaboration between emergency care teams to improve today's standard of healthcare in Alaska. 


      Work in Campus Cache

      July 26, 2018

      MSC Campus Cache is looking for hard-working, detail oriented students for the 2019/2019 academic year.

      You can apply online at the UA Jobs Site. Students must be registered in 6 or more credits for Fall 2018 to apply.

      Consideration will be given to work study eligible students.


      Got Questions?

      July 25, 2018

      Student Services has answers!

      Drop in anytime on Wednesdays, through the month of July, and speak with one of our friendly advisors, no appointment necessary.


      Financial Aid Makes College Possible

      July 18, 2018

      Come meet with a financial aid advisor to find out about grants, scholarships, loans, and work study.  Chelsea Cooley just joined our team of advisors, and is available to meet with you in person or by phone.

      A lifelong Alaskan who has worked for the University for almost 5 years, most recently as an advisor in the Aviation Technology Division in Anchorage, Chelsea brings a wealth of knowledge.  She earned a degree in Air Traffic Control from UAA and is now pursuing a Bachelor’s in Applied Leadership. In her free time, she loves hiking, off-roading with her husband, and spending time with her boxer puppy, Moody.  

      She’s excited to be working with students interested in managing their finances. Chelsea’s advice: Think ahead and picture what your life will be like after you finish college. Talk to someone with experience, so you make choices now that will benefit you later.

      We are grateful to have Chelsea join the Arctic Dragon community!

      Call Student Services at (907) 745-9762 to make an appointment with an advisor today.


      Summer Study Movitation

      July 16, 2018

      In the middle of summer, it can be tough to stay motivated to study.

      Here are 3 tips to keep you study-motivated this summer:

      1-Keep your goals in mind. If you need to pass an English class to graduate this year, write your goal down somewhere to remind you daily of your path.

      2-Map out your hours. With all the activities going on (hiking, camping, fishing) it is important to schedule time for your studies.

      3-Treat yourself. Build in rewards to keep you going. If you finish your assignment on time or make that study session, a small/inexpensive reward goes a long ways.


      July Advisor Drop-in Appointments

      July 9, 2018

      For the month of July, MSC Student Services is dedicated to helping students prepare for fall term.

      On Wednesdays, walk-in anytime during business hours and speak with a student success advisor, no appointment necessary!

      Here is your opportunity to have questions answered about coursework, financial aid and class schedules answered by a knowledgeable, friendly advisor.

    • August
      Labor Day: Campus Closed

      August 31, 2018

      In observance of Labor Day, 2018, we will have no classes on Monday, September 4th.

      The campus will be closed Monday, with our normal schedule resuming Tuesday, September 5th.

      We hope you enjoy the holiday!


      Fall Semester is Here!

      August 24, 2018

      Welcome to Fall 2018 semester! We trust you are all ready to go for this school year.

      Around campus, we are getting excited about celebrating our 60th year as a college! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 4th at 6pm. There will be a concert in The Glenn Massay Theater, showing photos and telling stories about the history of Mat-Su College.

      We are thrilled you have joined us for this school year. Be sure to get involved in the many activities and student clubs around campus. You will see signs around the halls for upcoming events and happenings.

      College is all about getting out what you put in. So, let's make this the best year at Mat-Su College, ever!


      Fall Semester is Here!

      August 24, 2018

      Welcome to Fall 2018 semester! We trust you are all ready to go for this school year.

      Around campus, we are getting excited about celebrating our 60th year as a college! Mark your calendars for Thursday, October 4th at 6pm. There will be a concert in The Glenn Massay Theater, showing photos and telling stories about the history of Mat-Su College.

      We are thrilled you have joined us for this school year. Be sure to get involved in the many activities and student clubs around campus. You will see signs around the halls for upcoming events and happenings.

      College is all about getting out what you put in. So, let's make this the best year at Mat-Su College, ever!


      Professional Photography Shoot

      August 23, 2018

      On Monday, August 27, Relic Photography will be on campus taking photographs of our students in class and around campus. You may see us around the library, in the cafe, or campus cache.

      If you would like to volunteer as a participant, feel free to meet in the main lobby in front of Student Services at 10:30 am. Plan for several hours for the session.

      As a reminder, these images are a representation of the university, and the goal of this shoot is conveying campus life to prospective students and their families. Please call (907) 745-9762 for more information.


      Alaska State Fair

      August 22, 2018

      It that special time of year again, and Mat-Su College is ready for the Alaska State Fair!

      Every year at the fair, you can find us giving away great college gear, including sunglasses, re-usable grocery bags, and other cool stuff.  Also, be sure to check out the fun games we have for you, including PLINKO, soft darts, and a chance to put the first daily hole-in-one for a prize.

      This year, you can dress up in costumes from the Glenn Massay Theater's collection and take a selfie in our digital photo booth.

      Like for your digital photo booth picture on the Mat-Su College Instagram feed.

      Find our cabin on the Purple Trail, right next to the Gyro (pronounced Hero) stand!


      New Student Orientation

      August 13, 2018

      Starting college can be an exciting time. You want to be prepared for the first week of class, and New Student Orientation (NSO) will help you.

      Get to know your way around campus, find your classrooms, and order your textbooks, all while at NSO.

      Registration is easy! Just submit online, and we will follow up with you.


      Federal Student Aid Services Unavailable

      August 3, 2018

      Federal Student Aid sites and offices are currently out of service. According to the US Department of Education:
       

      The following sites and services are unavailable during planned maintenance from 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3, until 8 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 6:

      fafsa.gov and FAFSA processing
      nslds.ed.gov usage of the FSA ID username and password on Federal Student Aid sites
      1-800-4-FED-AID
      studentaid@ed.gov
       

      Our Financial Aid Advisors recommend gathering your 2016 tax returns and any other documentation you need over the weekend. When the sites open on Monday, you will be ready to go!


      Student Assistant Position in Nursing Lab

      August 2, 2018

      School of Nursing currently has a job opening for the Student Assistant position in the Matsu Nursing Lab

      The schedule for this position is flexible, depending on the needs of the labs and the student worker's school schedule. This is a part-time, temporary position, with up to 20 hours per week.

      To find out more about this job, visit: School of Nursing Student Lab Assistant


      MSC New Mailing Address

      August 1, 2018

      The college is changing mailing addresses. Please update your records to reflect this change. Going forward, all mail, subscriptions, and deliveries should be addressed to our physical address: 8295 E College Drive, Palmer AK  99645.

    • September
      Mat-Su Legislative Forum

      September 30, 2018

      All MSC faculty, students, staff, and members of the community are welcome to:

      • Meet the candidates from your district
      • Find out about issues in the valley
      • Learn how the political process works
      • Get involved with local politics
      When: Monday, October 8th 4pm - 5:30pm
      Where: Glenn Massay Theater
      Journey Event: Let's Talk- Difficult Dialogues

      September 28, 2018

      How do we talk about critical issues like race, class, and gender relations with those who have differing opinions? How do we respectfully grapple with issues such as gun control, gay marriage, institutional racism, and climate change? Join us to learn several strategies to engage in civil, but effective dialogue - even when others don’t agree.

      When: Tuesday, October 9 from 12pm
      Where: FSM 204
      Journey Event: Clothesline Project

      September 28, 2018

      October is Domestic Violence Month.

      Drop by the art studio and take a few minutes to make a statement about respect and nonviolence on a shirt! Then, hang the shirt on a clothesline to be viewed by others as a testimony to the problem of domestic violence.

      Supplies, including t-shirts, provided.


      Where:
       FSM 208
      When: Tuesday, October 2 at 10am

      Culture of Respect Seminar

      September 24, 2018

      Pizza will be served!
       
      Attend this session and you don't have to complete Haven, the online Title IX training for students.  In addition to satisfying the requirement, attendees will earn an "Awareness" stamp under the Journey Program, so bring your passports.
       

      This mandate for training applies to all degree-seeking Mat-Su College and UAA students.  You'll be hearing more about this from UAA before the deadline of October 31 and about ways to opt out in certain circumstances.  Student who fail to complete the training lose the ability to register during priority registration.  

      When: Tuesday, September 25 from 12pm - 12:50pm
      Where: FSM202
      Free Big Fat Buddha Concert

      September 24, 2018

      The MSC Student Activity Committee presents Big Fat Buddha, live at The Glenn Massay Theater.

      Big Fat Buddha from Anchorage, brings the funk with a tinges of rock and soul. This will be their first appearance on the Glenn Massay stage, and we are excited about the collaboration.

      This is a free event, open to the public, so be sure to get your tickets early.

      Tickets available online from My Alaska Tix!

      When: Saturday, September 29 at 7pm
      Where: Glenn Massay Theater
      Journey Event: Farm to Table Fresh Food Demo & Tasting

      September 24, 2018

      We all know that Alaska vegetables and other farm products are fresher and taste better, and when we buy local, we’re also keeping jobs and money in our community.

      Mat-Su is currently at the center of the locally-grown food movement, and here’s your chance to learn how to cook some delicious and nutritious dishes using fresh ingredients from right here in the Valley!

      When: Thursday September 28 at 11am
      Where: The Atrium in Okeson Library Building (OLB)
      Be Part of  an MSC Commercial!

      September 11, 2018

      On Friday, September 21, CGI will be on campus shooting a commercial.

      If you would like to volunteer as a participant, please call (907) 745-9762 for more information.

      To start the day, we will meet in the main lobby in front of Student Services at 9 am. Plan for several hours for the shoot. If you are unable to participate for entire day, just let us know your availability, and we will work with you!

      As a reminder, this commercial is a representation of the university, and the goal of this shoot is to convey campus life to prospective students and their families. 

      When: Friday, September 21, from 9am - 4pm
      Where: Main Entrance

      Free Health Fair on Campus

      September 10, 2018

      Mat-Su College students, currently enrolled, are eligible to receive discounted blood tests (limited to the first 50 participants over 18 years old). Also, you can get checked up from head to toe by having your:

      • Vision Screened
      • Blood pressure measured
      • Consult with medical professionals
      • Speak with educators
      When: Wednesday, September 19 from 8am - 12pm
      Where: Main entrance of Mat-Su College
      Journey Event: Farm to Table Fresh Food Demo & Tasting

      September 10, 2018

      We all know that Alaska vegetables and other farm products are fresher and taste better, and when we buy local, we’re also keeping jobs and money in our community.

      Mat-Su is currently at the center of the locally-grown food movement, and here’s your chance to learn how to cook some delicious and nutritious dishes using fresh ingredients from right here in the Valley!

      When: Thursday September 13 at 11:30am
      Where: The Atrium in Okeson Library Building (OLB)
      Health Science Student Association Meeting

      September 10, 2018

      All Mat-Su College students, pre-majors, and majors in Health Sciences are encouraged to attend this networking opportunity to meet with other students in EMT, Paramedic, Nursing, and CNA programs.

      Free food will be provided.
       
      When: Tuesday, September 11 at 4pm

      Where: SGH 145


      September Dates and Deadlines

      September 4, 2018

      September has arrived, the days are getting shorter, and there are lots of things to take care of to stay on track this semester. Be sure to keep up to date with all of the upcoming deadlines on Academic Dates & Deadlines.

      A few upcoming dates for you to consider:

      • September 4: Faculty approval required to add a class
      • September 7 at 5pm: Add/Drop Deadline
          • Credit/No-Credit Deadline
          • Credit-to-Audit Deadline
      • September 8: Withdrawal period begins online
      • September 17: Payment Deadline ($125 late fee incurred after 5pm)

      Financial aid recipients: Changing your course load or earning poor grades can affect your Financial Aid eligibility. Please contact one our our Financial Aid Officers before making changes to your schedule.


      Journey Event- Let's Talk: Road Rage

      September 4, 2018

      We all have cognitive distortions, or a way of thinking about things that may lead to poor choices. We will look at some of those distortions, how we apply them, and what we can do to change how we think.

      WhenTuesday, September 11, 12 – 1pm

      Where: Fred & Sara Machetanz Building (FSM) - Room 204

    • October

      Student Title IX Training: Culture of Respect

      October 31, 2018

      Complete your required Title IX training for students at this session You can earn an "Awareness" stamp under the Journey Program, so bring your passports!

      This annual training applies to all degree-seeking MSC and UAA students. Unfortunately, students who fail to complete the training, will lose the ability to register during priority registration.

      When: Thursday, November 1 at 3pm
      Where: FSM 205

      CNA Information Night

       October 31, 2018

      Learn about the CNA career field, job outlook, application process, and scholarship opportunities.

      When: Thursday, Nov. 1 at 5:30pm
      Where: FSM 202

      Career Readiness Workshop

      October 26, 2018

      Learn about the eight essential key competencies that employers are looking for in the graduates they hire!

      When: Tuesday, October 30 at noon
      Where: FSM 204

      Journey Event: Tips and Treats

      October 24, 2018

      Receive tips from fellow students on their strategies to be healthy and successful in college. Get treats in exchange for completing a brief survey from the Journey team. It's spooktacular!

      When: Wednesday, October 31, 8am – 6pm

      Race on Campus Panel Discussion

      October 23, 2018

      What role does race play in the classroom dynamics, specifically on the Mat-Su College Campus? What is your role in the conversation?

      Join us to discuss this timely and sensitive issue with Libby Roderick and a panel of students and staff. You won’t want to miss it!

      When: Tuesday, October 30th at 6pm
      Where: Snodgrass Hall 117/119 

      Free Comedy Show

      October 17, 2018

      SMILE is an autobiographical one-man show about major clinical depression, suicidal ideation, and the loss of first love. AND, it's really funny. We promise.

       
      Clayton will moderate a discussion after the hour long comedy show.
       
      This FREE event is part of the Journey/Healthy Impact grant.
       
      When: Thursday, October 25 at 7pm
      Where: Glenn Massay Theater

      Chancellor Sandeen visits MSC

      October 12, 2018

      UAA's newest chancellor participated in a meet and greet on the MSC campus on October 11th. During her visit, Chancellor Cathy Sandeen, took the time to speak with students, staff, and faculty in three different sessions.

      Chancellor Sandeen discussed her goals for the UAA system, including: raising awareness and enhancing the reputation of MSC in the Valley community, strategic communication of the college's values, goals, and mission, and creating seamless transitions between courses among campuses in the UAA system.

      It was a great opportunity to talk about the plans for our college and university system with the highest-level administrator. We are pleased to have Dr. Sandeen join us as an Arctic Dragon! 


      Journey Event: Intro to Yoga

      October 11, 2018

      Join Ailis Vann for introductory yoga sessions to help you become familiar with a few basic yoga poses, plus breathing, relaxation, and concentration techniques. Please wear comfortable clothes, bring a water bottle, and have an open mind to try something new: Your body and mind will thank you! Yoga mats will be provided. 

      When: Tuesday, October. 16, 12 – 12:45pm
      Where: Glenn Massay Theater Lobby

      Meet and Greet with Chancellor Sandeen

      October 10, 2018

      Come and talk with UAA's new chancellor, in her first visit with students at Mat-Su College. Dr. Sandeen joins the UA system, after serving as chancellor at the University of Wisconsin Colleges, where she advocated for strategic innovation in education. 

      Join the conversation and represent your interests to the University of Alaska Anchorage's highest administrative officer.

      When: October 11 at 4pm
      Where: The College Cafe in JKB

      MSC Celebrates 60 Years

      October 10, 2018

      On Thursday, October 4th, the Glenn Massay Theater played host to a litany of guests, including local dignitaries, a former college director, and UAA's new chancellor. 

      The celebration highlighted 6 decades of higher education in the Mat-Su Valley, that all began with a typing class in 1958, before Alaskan statehood. Throughout the evening, Director Colberg spoke about different phases of growth and expansion the college has seen, as well as, some of the memorable people who contributed greatly to our institution.

      The Mat-Su Community Chorus, directed by Amber Sumner, performed a popular song from each decade of the college's existence throughout the evening, including: At the Hop by Danny and the Juniors from 1958,  Man in the Mirror by Michael Jackson in 1988, and, most recently, I'm Yours by Jason Mraz in 2008.

      It was a great opportunity to collectively reflect on our past as an educational institution, examine our present situation in the context of history, and plan for the future, however unknown.


      Free Admission for MSC Students

      October 3, 2018

      The Carpenter Brothers and Nomad Cinematics continue to showcase local talent, inside jokes, and pure Alaskana in their second film, Sudsy Slim Rides Again.

      From IMDB: "Sudsy Slim Rides Again" is an action-comedy-heist movie about two fugitives who break out of prison and in an attempt to escape the town they're held up in, kidnap the town's most famous resident - The mummified body of Sudsy Slim.

      To claim a free ticket, current MSC students should present their WolfCard at the Glenn Massay Theater box office, during business hours.

      When: Saturday, October 6th
      Where: Glenn Massay Theater

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