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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Thanks from the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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The Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center benefited from two generous volunteer efforts on the weekend of Oct. 13 and 14. We wish to thank the people who offered their expertise to improve our facility and increase its service to the community.

On Saturday, Oct. 13, University of Alaska Southeast students and their adviser cleared overgrown vegetation from the Easy Walk Ramp entrance to the visitor center. As part of the university's Saturday of Service program, Marsha Squires, UAS's Academic Exchange and Study Abroad coordinator and International Student adviser, led a team of five students. Their effort was in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Tongass National Forest. Ben Tost, Ben Young, Dave Pete, Caiti Pendergrast, Sam Braband and Squires cut and removed brush.

On Sunday, Oct. 14, professional photographers Bob Armstrong and Jeff Gnass donated their time to provide a free photography workshop at the visitor center. Fifty-five local photographers met in the visitor center auditorium to ask questions about digital cameras, composition and other aspects of photography, including the ethics of photographing wildlife.

We deeply appreciate the generosity of these kind friends.

Ron Marvin

Director, Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

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