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"College Track 3" to be shown Sunday on 360 North

In Juneau, 360 North is on GCI cable channel 18 or over the air at 3.3.

A locally-produced documentary that features Alaska Native students working to balance cultural obligations with a college education will be broadcast at 8 p.m. on Sunday, April 21 on 360 North Public Television. Following the documentary, a half-hour panel discussion on the film taped at the UAS Egan Lecture Hall as part of the Sound and Motion premiere March 29 will be shown.

In Juneau, 360 North is on GCI cable channel 18 or over the air at 3.3.

Since 2004, the Alaska College Track Series has followed several rural Alaska Native students on their path toward graduation, including Ralph and Gloria Wolfe of Yakutat and Hydaburg residents Ben and Marita Young. The series documents how different a university education can be when a student is also struggling to preserve and rebuild a culture.

Yakutat resident Amanda Bremner Porter has been featured in all three installments of the College Track series, in 2004, 2007 and 2013. In 2011, she received a bachelor’s degree from UAS in liberal arts with an emphasis in English and minor in social science and Tlingit. She is the current Lingit Language Director for the Yakutat Tlingit Tribe.

Bremner Porter is also part of the half-hour panel discussion with alumnae and current students immediately following the documentary. The panel is moderated by X̱’unei Lance Twitchell, Assistant Professor of Alaska Native Languages at UAS. Also on the panel are current students Jasper Nelson and Charles McKenry and Michelle Martin, who coaches and works with the Parents as Teachers program with the Hoonah School District. Like Bremner Porter, Martin was part of a televised panel discussion for the initial Alaska College Track program back in 2004. She received her M.A.T. from UAS in 2008.

Alaska College Track 3 is produced by Lucid Reverie in association with UAS, with funding from First National Bank Alaska.

Members of the post-College Track 3 discussion panel

Members of the post-College Track 3 discussion panel pose with Ronalda Cadiente Brown, director of Preparing Indigenous Teachers for Alaska Schools. From left to right: Jasper Nelson, Ronalda Cadiente-Brown, Charles McHenry, Amanda Bremner-Porter and Michelle Martin.


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