Institute for Adult Learning Classes

Classes starting 8/21/2014  to  10/30/2014 | See all classes for this semester

Note: All IAL classes will be held in the Higher Education Building unless they require a special room or there is a conflicting time with another class. The IAL classroom, HEC-210, will be used for most classes unless otherwise specified.

Course No./Title/Description/Dates/Times
CEL 136 Touchstones
This course uses diverse, primary source texts from cultures such as Ancient Greece, China, India and Rome, as well as contemporary sources. Students will explore perspectives and topics through collaborative discussion while exploring topics, answering questions and engaging in lively discussions to improve their critical thinking, listening and speaking skills. There will be a $10 materials fee for the book that will be used.
Section F
9/2/2014 - 11/4/2014
T  10:30 am - noon (no class 9/23, 10/28)
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Chelsea Adams
CEL 233 Psychology
This course is designed to introduce the layperson to psychology through an investigation of four schools of psychological thought: Behaviorism, Freudianism, Cognitive Psychology and Humanism. The course will include brief in-class readings and activities, Socratic seminars, brief lectures and discussion. The culmination of the course will see each course member reach his or her conclusions regarding an explanation of humanity.
Section F
9/2/2014 - 10/28/2014
T  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Steve Kinlock
CEL 234 Meteorology
Students will learn about the weather, learning first the weather variables, and how to make their own station models as used on U.S. Weather Maps. They will be shown how to make their own weather instruments. After mastering the skills of collecting weather data, we will investigate the weather on a more worldwide scale. We will derive the wind belts, and investigate a little known fact of how Amelia Earhart may have met her fate in July of 1937.
Section F
9/4/2014 - 10/9/2014
Th  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Frank Benjamin
CEL 235 Successful Business Techniques
This is a class designed to provide an overview of federal contract procedures and describes how to sell to the government. The course is easy to follow and the subject matter is indexed for quick reference and easy access. Additional time will be needed to review included resource materials and to complete the suggested next steps at the end of the course. These steps will help you to apply what you have learned and engage you in the government contracting process.
Section F
9/4/2014 - 9/25/2014
Th  8:45 - 10:15 am
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: William Engelmeyer
CEL 026 Nutrition for a Healthy Life
Get the facts. Take the mystery out of nutrition. How do proteins affect how you feel? Discover the different carbohydrates and how they relate to diabetes and obesity. Make a distinction between the healthy fats and unhealthy fats and what they have to do with your brain, heart disease and cancer. Look at salt and certain minerals in foods and find out what they can do to raise or lower blood pressure.
Section F
9/8/2014 - 9/29/2014
M  3:00 - 4:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Dr. Julianna Pax
CEL 129 Spanish for Beginners (continued)
Students will learn to speak using complete sentences in order to obtain information and respond in Spanish to native speakers. Students will clarify grammatical points and apply what they learn. The book Spanish in 10 Minutes a Day will be used.
Section F
9/8/2014 - 10/6/2014
M  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Marjorie Engelmeyer
CES 315 Yoga
Help reverse the negative effects of a less than optimal diet and a sedentary, stressed-out lifestyle with this style of yoga that combines the postures of Hatha yoga with yogic breathing, relaxation, and meditation. The practice of Kripalu yoga guides us to develop an awareness of body alignment as we move in and out of the postures, connecting breath with movement, exploring ways to still the mind, settle the body, and nourish the spirit.
Section F
9/8/2014 - 9/29/2014
M  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Darleen Greer
CES 357 Zentangle (intermediate)
How can a paper tile, a string and several tangles help you to relax yet be focused? Zentangle is a mindful practice that increases attentiveness, creativity and imagination. It is an easy to learn, fun way to draw beautiful black and white images using organized, repetitive, simple strokes. The Zentangle method is an experience. It is a practice for ANYONE - no artistic talent is required. There are no right or wrong tangles. Everything is done "one stroke at a time." There will be a $5 materials fee.
Section F
9/9/2014 - 9/30/2014
T  9:00 - 10:30 am
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Susan Green
CEL 110 The Power of Poetry II
Poets and singers have influenced humanity from its earliest civilizations to today. Is poetry, however, a dying art or is it still as potent as it was millennia ago? The answer to this question will form the basis of our exploration of poems and their influence through the centuries. In the first class we will look at some of the oldest examples of verse and work our way to 21st Century forms. Poems will be available as class handouts and on the Internet.
Section F
9/10/2014 - 10/10/2014
W, F  10:30 - noon (Wed, 9/10 - 10/1 and Fri, 10/10)
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: John H. Wieczoreck
CEL 111 Silent Cinema II
The popularity of French director Michel Hazanavicius’ black and white film The Artist (2011) is testament to the public’s fascination with the silent film genre. It is a genre that has tremendous power and one that has the ability to entertain in a very seductive fashion. The art of silent film creation reached its artistic zenith in the mid-to-late 1920’s before it was replaced by films with sound. This course will trace the history and conventions of silent cinema by presenting examples of popular and classic films of its three-decade long period.
Section F
9/10/2014 - 10/1/2014
W  8:45 - 10:15 am
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: John H. Wieczoreck
CES 062 Beginner Yoga
Beginner yoga is about optimizing the function of every system in your body from the muscles to digestion, circulation, and immunity. Yoga promotes joint health, body awareness and improves flexibility. This slower paced yoga is ideal for those new to yoga or for those who have minor limitations.
Section F
9/11/2014 - 10/9/2014
Th  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Hope Walzak
CES 532 Cooking with Italian Herbs
Italian herbs are used daily in our cooking, but in this class we will learn about their history, when to use them, and how to enjoy their aromas. Come cook Italian. There will be a $20 materials fee due at the time of registration.
Section F
9/26/2014
F  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WMC  TPAC Kitchen
Instructor: Katherine Moose
CEL 104 Current Events
Facilitators will lead participant-directed current events discussion sessions. Topics will be identified weekly by class members from their reading of newspapers and news magazines, and should be wide-ranging, including science, the environment, business, medicine, world events, politics, sports and religion. The objective of this course will be to stimulate discussion, to foster respect for differing points of view, to explore unfamiliar areas and to learn from one another.
Section F
10/6/2014 - 11/3/2014
M  10:00 - 11:30 am
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Mary Whitehead and Larry Blount
CEL 236 Italian Renaissance Art
The transition from the medieval world to our modern way of living is well seen by looking at Italian art from the 13th to the 17th centuries. Italian Renaissance art demonstrates the changes which occurred in thought due to the introduction of Humanism. The rise of the self-consciousness of artists from Giotto to Michelangelo and beyond illustrates this process.
Section F
10/8/2014 - 10/29/2014
W  8:45 - 10:15 am
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Douglas Sassi
CEL 237 The Luminaries - Prize Winners and Runners-Up
Reading the best of the best - students will discuss contemporary recent prize winners. This course will read and examine the Luminaries, winner of the Mann Booker Prize 2014.
Section F
10/8/2014 - 10/22/2014
W  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Margot Miller
CEL 238 The Rise of Modern Nations
This class is essentially a continuation of City State to Nation State. The course will examine the rapid growth of technology and those nations which benefitted and those nations which were less successful. We will also revisit the effects of the destructiveness of modern warfare and the attempts to establish non-violent methods of reducing warfare between nations.
Section F
10/8/2014 - 11/5/2014
W  10:30 am - noon
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Robert Springer
CEL 113 German for Beginners Plus
This course will provide language skills and also cultural and historical background information. Some German knowledge is required. This class is aimed at better conversational skills combined with stronger grammar applications. Prepare better for your possible journey to Germany or to read documents concerning you heritage. Discover some of Germany’s history, geography, political structure and great composers, poets and philosophers and personalities. The class will be taught by a German native. There will be a $5 materials fee.
Section F
10/16/2014 - 11/20/2014
Th  10:30 am - noon
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Anna Christina DeGroodt
CEL 239 Navigation at Sea, Waves, Currents & Tides
This is a basic course in oceanography. Students will begin by determining north, south, east and west when the navigator is out of sight of land. We will then investigate how to determine both latitude and longitude when out at sea, out of sight of land. We will discuss how the Polynesians of years ago were able to travel for thousands of miles across the open ocean to find islands such as Hawaii without ever knowing beforehand that they were there. We will learn some basic astronomy, Polaris, Octans-Octantis, Orion the Hunter, and relevant stars such as Sirius and Betelgeuse, and the mysterious section of the sky known as Eridani. We will also investigate the waves, currents and tides. The class will conclude with a look at The Bounty Trilogy, and Thor Heyerdahl (Kon Tiki), and his controversial trip across the Pacific.
Section F
10/16/2014 - 11/20/2014
Th  1:00 - 2:30 pm
WMC  HEC-210
Instructor: Frank Benjamin
CES 533 Creole & Cajun Cooking
New Orleans and Louisiana have their own unique style of cooking that has been influenced by the Creole, French, Spanish and what was available. Come and enjoy the wonderful flavors that make this one of America’s favorites. There will be a $20 materials fee due at the time of registration.
Section F
10/17/2014
F  10:00 am - 1:00 pm
WMC  TPAC Kitchen
Instructor: Katherine Moose
CEL 081 Word 2007
This course is designed to teach students the basics of Word 2007/2010. Students will learn how to open, close, exit, create new documents, highlight/block text, and edit. This class will also cover how to insert bullets, numbering, page numbers, headers and footers and symbols. Students will learn to understand the ribbon, the tabs, the groups and the commands. Students do not need prior experience using Word; however, students do need some experience using a computer. There is a $5 computer lab fee due at the time of registration.
Section F
10/24/2014 - 11/14/2014
F  10:30 am - Noon
WMC  HEC-200
Instructor: Maxine Wixom
CES 463 Basic Dance Steps
This is a beginner dance class where students will learn the basic dance steps for a different dance style each week. Students will also learn a routine to go with each basic dance step learned. This class is definitely for someone who wants to get some exercise for a healthy lifestyle and have fun. Dances will include: Salsa, Merengue, Line, Mambo, Charleston, Swing, and others, if time permits. You do not need a partner for this class, so come on and join in the fun, and get some exercise!
Section f
10/24/2014 - 11/21/2014
F  1:00 - 2:00 pm
WMC  TBA
Instructor: Maxine Wixom

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