5 of the Best Reasons to Visit Peninsula College

Peninsula College in Port AngelesPeninsula College in Port Angeles is an established education, culture, and athletics hub in the region. These relevant community programs enrich the Peninsula through practical knowledge and creative endeavors. For example, Peninsula College in Port Angeles hosts outstanding cultural events where you can learn about the region’s Native American heritage, listen to contemporary poets, see the works of local artists, and experience live performances by musicians. In addition, whether you’re a basketball or soccer fan, the men’s and women’s athletic programs always put on a great game. Residents and visitors alike should keep reading to find out 5 of the best reasons to visit Peninsula College in Port Angeles!

1. Athletics

The athletics program, with emphasis on basketball and soccer, not only strives to win championships, but also to prepare student-athletes through academics for opportunities at the next level, and to teach and model the principles of good citizenship. Peninsula College Pirate athletes regularly participate in community service activities, leadership development, youth sports camps and clinics, and a variety of student life opportunities. You can feel proud of the athletic achievements – women’s basketball placed 1st and men’s placed 3rd in the conference championship finals – but you can really root for the athletes themselves. These young people play an important role on the field or court and in the community. Check out the women’s basketball schedule and the men’s basketball schedule to plan your game day.

2. Community Programs

The Peninsula College in Port Angeles community programs strengthen the ties between the school and the region. The result is a rich exchange of knowledge and resources through classes, training and development courses. The available courses range from Accounting to Acrylics, Writing to Clinical Dental Assistant, and everything in between. One of the most exciting community programs is Green Building, which teaches energy-efficient concepts as well as hands-on carpentry. For a low-commitment but high-impact community program, you can enjoy the one-time lectures and performances of the Studium Generale Series. This series covers Humanities, Social Sciences, and Sciences in a series of presentations throughout the year. For example, this winter, Peninsula College in Port Angeles faculty member Marina Shipova will present the work of the following students: Makayla DeScala, Martha Ireland, Sarah Lindquist, Carrie Overton, Melissa Penic, and David Pierik, some of whom will read passages from their recently published books. Wrapping up the spring series in March, Peninsula College Multicultural Services Coordinator, Educational Planner, and adjunct faculty member Kristi Leora Gansworth will read from her book of poems, Dark Swimming. All Studium Generale events are free to the public.

3. Longhouse

Longhouse, or The House of Learning in Port Angeles, is the first of these facilities in the nation to be built on a community college campus. The vision for Longhouse is to serve as a center for cultural expression and educational achievement for all students and community members. This vision has been woven together by Peninsula College and six local coastal tribes: Hoh, Quileute, Makah, Port Gamble S’Klallam, Jamestown S’Klallam, and Elwha Klallam. To learn more about this fascinating project, you can watch a 30-minute documentary on the Longhouse at the Peninsula College Port Angeles Longhouse webpage.

4. Maier Hall Concert Series

The Maier Hall Concert Series may present the types of free public music performances we’ve become accustomed to from an institute of higher education, but the performances are anything but typical. The two performances scheduled for this year include Cabalito Negro and Timothy Hudson. Caballito Negro is an unusual flute and percussion duo. New Zealand flutist Tessa Brinckman has regional and international praise and has worked with many classical music ensembles in concert series in the U.S., South Africa, and New Zealand. Percussionist Terry Longshore’s genre-crossing work balances the artistry of the concert stage with the spontaneity of jazz and the energy of a rock club. Their Maier Hall performance will include the Olympic Peninsula premiere of Dr. David P. Jones’ “Music for South Africa.” Tim Hudson is one of the finest young trumpet soloists in the U.S. His principal trumpet credits include the Knoxville Symphony, State of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, and Chamber Orchestra of Northern New York. He has also performed with the Oslo Philharmonic, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, North Carolina Symphony, and the International Orchestra. Dr. Hudson’s program, sure to include a broad range of interesting and accessible works for trumpet, will also feature a composition written expressly for him by Dr. David P. Jones, Copper Lake Fantasy. Dr. Jones will accompany a Peninsula College in Port Angeles soloist at the piano.

5. Magic of Cinema Series

Peninsula College in Port Angeles presents, in collaboration with other organizations, the Magic of Cinema series. The next film showing, in February, is a collaboration with The Sierra Club North Olympic Group to present The Breach, a story of filmmaker and fishing guide Mark Titus’ journey to discover why the populations of native salmon – the most sustainable wild food left on the planet – have plummeted in the Pacific Northwest. For more information about dates, times, and locations for these free showings, visit the Magic of Cinema webpage. For a complete listing of the cultural events at Peninsula College in Port Angeles, visit the college’s cultural events webpage. As vested members of the Port Angeles and Olympic Peninsula community, we at the George Washington Inn would love to host your next trip to the region. We put on a number of our own programs and events throughout the year, and we’re proud to support the excellent community programs in the area. And no matter what brings you to Port Angeles, you can count on the most stunning views and charming accommodations at George Washington Inn.