Mel Kalkowski receives JPC Alumni Award

Mel Kalkowski is the director of Military Programs at the Community & Technical College. On April 26, the Department of Journalism and Public Communications honored Kalkowski with a JPC Alumni Award. Individuals who receive this honor are selected based on their contributions to the journalism and mass communications industry and to the community. The annual award was launched during the 2011-2012 academic year. Kalkowski is its second recipient. 
Mel Kalkowski
Mel Kalkowski, Director of Military Programs

Paola Banchero, associate professor and chair of the Department of Journalism and Public Communications, highlighted the accomplishments noted in Kalkowski’s biography during the award ceremony.

About Mel Kalkowski
Melvin P. Kalkowski is the director of Military Programs at the University of Alaska Anchorage. Prior to his current role, he served as UAA’s chief public affairs officer and subsequent director of electronic communications. He has also taught radio, television and public relations courses in the Department of Journalism and Public Communications as an affiliate professor.

Kalkowski has participated in the implementation of the Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout for all 34-years of the annual tournament, which brings some of the best college teams in the nation to Alaska.

He has a long history of service to the community of Anchorage attaining the rank of major as an Anchorage Police Department reserve officer. He has served on numerous boards and committees including the Three Barons Renaissance Fair, Special Olympics 2001 World Winter Games, and Muscular Dystrophy Association Telethon. He is the official race announcer for the World Championship Sled Dog Race. He is currently the Flotilla Commander for the Eagle River Flotilla, U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

Kalkowski has received two Aurora Awards of Excellence and two Aurora Awards from the Public Relations Society of America. He is also a recipient of the Chancellor’s Award for Excellence and a Certificate of Appreciation from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

He is a recipient of the Mayor’s Award for Community Service. In 2005, then Anchorage Mayor Mark Begich honored Kalkowski by declaring June 30, Mel Kalkowski Day in recognition of his contributions and achievements.
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