Student Life at PWSC
A number of activities are offered regularly on the PWSC campus through Student Affairs, Student Government, the Wellness Center, and others. Student Affairs and Residence Life each produce one significant social event for the Valdez campus community every month. These range from performances from open mic nights, game shows and trivia challenges, outdoor excursions such as hiking and kayaking trips, and movie nights. College staff also support student engagement in local activities and may arrange group attendance at off-campus community events.
To learn more about campus activities and an activities calendar, visit the campus calendar on the PWSC home page or inquire at the Student Affairs Help Desk. Students who have ideas for programming or would like to assist in producing campus activities should contact the Campus Life Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Copper Basin Extension Center frequently offers a variety of student activities. These are often sponsored by the Student Government, such as the annual Copper Basin 300 Open House. Other activities held on campus are Job Fairs, scientific public lectures, Ahtna language courses, and more. Students can contact the Copper Basin campus at 907.822.3673 for a current schedule.
Student Clubs and Organizations
Students interested in forming a club or other organization can learn about the process from the Student Affairs office in Valdez or contact email@example.com. Organizations at the Copper Basin and Cordova extension campuses are encouraged. PWSC clubs may be formed to cater to a wide range of interests, from activist groups to club sports to quilting clubs. A limited amount of financial support is awarded each year by Student Association to student organizations who submit club approval forms early, while funding lasts. Student groups must be approved by Student Association and on record to use any college resources or facilities for meetings and events.
Current Clubs and Organizations
Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa is a nationally recognized honor society with the following mission: “The purpose of Phi Theta Kappa shall be to recognize and encourage scholarship among two-year college students. To achieve this purpose, Phi Theta Kappa shall provide opportunity for the development of leadership and service, for an intellectual climate for exchange of ideas and ideals, for lively fellowship for scholars, and for stimulation of interest in continuing academic excellence.”
Phi Theta Kappa’s mission is two-fold: 1) to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and (2) to provide opportunities for individual growth and development through participation in honors, leadership, service, and fellowship programming.
Membership is based primarily on academic achievement. To be eligible, students must be admitted into an associate degree program, have completed at least 12 credit hours, and have a grade point average of 3.0. Students from all campuses are eligible and encouraged to apply. For more information contact the PTK advisor, Gail Renardson, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Prince William Sound College Student Association (PWSCSA) serves as the student governance board for the PWSC community. Student Association functions to serve the needs of all PWSC students and to promote positive relations between the student body and the administration and staff of the university. Student Association manages student organizations, produces several annual campus events, and addresses student concerns.
Copper Basin and Cordova also have seated representatives from their campuses, and all campus and outreach students are encouraged to become involved. Copper Basin students can contact Advisor Hillary Hartman at 907-822-3673, and Cordova students can contact Advisor Susan Harding at 907-424-7598, for more information on how to get involved.
2015-2016 Elected Officials
- President: Junaid Khan
- Vice President-Valdez: Tayler Hehir
- Vice President-Copper Basin: Ivy Catledge
- Secretary: Naomi Ray
- Treasurer: Daniel Rewis
- Advisors: Elizabeth Charnell and Hillary Hartman
Student Association Constitution
Student Association Constitution (92.1 KiB)
Student Health & Wellbeing
A successful student maintains his/her personal health and strives to achieve a state of wellness: physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually. College can be a very stressful time for many people, full of transition, deadlines, social adjustment, and pressure to succeed.
Health & Fitness
PWSC Students receive a special rate on passes to the PWSC Health and Fitness Center, and are eligible to utilize the ‘Ski for Free Program’. Please visit the Health & Fitness Center for more details.
Effective 8/14/15, UAA will no longer be sponsoring a student health insurance plan except for International Students
For more information on obtaining a separate policy visit UAA’s Insurance webpage by clicking here.
Community Health Resources
As a small institution, PWSCC does not employ certified clinicians on any of its campuses. However, Student Services staff on all three campuses can provide general guidance, conflict mediation services, and simply provide a listening ear. More serious physical or mental health needs can be referred to our community clinical partners and service providers, who we maintain close working relationships with. On the Valdez campus, students can seek moderate levels of behavioral health assistance, education, and guidance. Informational events regarding student health and wellness are provided periodically on campus, and students are encouraged to approach the Director of Student Services with suggestions for pertinent wellness education needs and ideas. Peer Education may also be available in person on the Valdez campus or over the phone to Cordova or Copper Basin campus students.
Public Health Services are available to students on a sliding pay scale determined by income level. Mental Health and Counseling services are included in these services.
- Valdez Public Health:
Providence Medical Center provides a full care facility for scheduled appointments or in the walk-in clinic. Students with insurance, or who purchase student insurance through the UA system, can easily utilize these services with minimal financial strain.
- Providence Medical:
There are a variety of services located in the Copper Basin and Cordova regions. Students can contact the Copper Basin Extension Center at 907-822-3673 or the Cordova Extension Center at 907-424-7598 for assistance.