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Fall 2014 Community Education Noncredit Classes

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Alternative Adult Studies / Art & Literature / Computers / Home & Garden / Languages

Money / Photography / Recreation/Enrichment / Special Interest / Sports / Tour / Wine Tasting       

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TOUR

DWIGHT D. EISENHOWER PRESIDENTIAL MUSEUM

Wichita State University Office of Continuing Education has planned a one day excursion to the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library, Museum and Boyhood Home in Abilene, KS.   This multi-year exhibit commemorates the 70th anniversary of WWII.  The museum has borrowed many rare items from collections around the world. This exhibit stands out from other interpretive WWII exhibits because of the focus on personal stories.

After our museum tour we will have lunch at the legendary Brookville Hotel, which is famous for generous portions of fried chicken, mashed potatoes with cream gravy, cream-style corn, baking powder biscuits, sweet-sour coleslaw, and home-style ice cream that have enticed flocks of people to visit the restaurant.  The meal is served on Blue Willow china, a tradition that began in the 1950's.

Tour length: 1 day, Thursday, December 11
Time:  7:30 a.m. –  Depart Hughes Metropolitan Complex parking lot, 29th Street at Oliver
           9 a.m. – Arrive at the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Museum Film/Guided tour of the
                         Boyhood Home
          10 a.m.  - Explore the museum on your own
          12:45 p.m.  - Depart museum for lunch at the Brookville Hotel
          1 p.m. - Lunch
          2:30 p.m. - Depart for Wichita
          4  p.m. - Arrive at the Hughes Metropolitan Complex
Fee:   $75 per person, includes round-trip bus transportation, lunch & museum fees

 

ALTERNATIVE ADULT STUDIES

DAYS OF SADNESS, YEARS OF TRIUMPH: PERSPECTIVES ON WORLD WAR II

As we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the bloodiest part of World War II, it seems appropriate to place the memory of the events of the period in historical context.   The course will not only examine the military events of the period, but also look at the war’s important social and cultural impact on the American homefront.   Documentary videos from the time, informal lecturers providing context, and class discussion will form the core of the course.

Class length:  10 weeks, Thursdays, September 11 – November 13
Time:   1:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Dr. John Dreifort, Professor of History, Wichita State University and Executive Secretary of the Wichita Committee on Foreign Policy
Fee:    $124 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver
Class maximum: 90 participants

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ART & LITERATURE


LEARN THE BASICS OF WRITING POPULAR FICTION

If you have a desire to write popular fiction, this class is for you.  The instructor currently has 17 published novels, written under the pseudonym of Shawna Delacorte.  The class includes such topics as plot development, creating characters, dialogue and narrative, conflict, point of view, research and a brief discussion of computer word processing and manuscript format.  The class will conclude with a short session on publishing.  Prerequisites for this class are an understanding of proper grammar and a serious desire to write fiction.

Class length: 8 weeks, Wednesdays, September 3 - October 22
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Sharon Dennison, Author
Fee: $97 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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COMPUTERS

BEGINNING MICROSOFT EXCEL 2013

This class will introduce you to spreadsheets using Microsoft Excel 2013.  Topics covered include: entering, navigating, modifying, moving and copying data, formatting, and printing.  You'll learn how this program can be utilized at home or work.  Students should have a basic understanding of computer and mouse operations.

Class length: 2 weeks, Thursdays, October 16 & 23
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lana Johnson
Fee: $124 per person, includes text
Location: WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)
Class maximum: 28 participants

COMPUTER BASICS

This class will introduce you, the FIRST-TIME user, to computers using Windows 7.  We will cover the following: basic computer operations, terminology, use of the mouse, word processing and a brief introduction to the Internet.

Class length: 2 weeks, Thursdays, September 4 & 11
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lana Johnson
Fee: $124 per person, includes text
Location: WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)
Class maximum: 16 participants

INTERMEDIATE MICROSOFT EXCEL 2013

This class will enable you to streamline and enhance your spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics, and formulas.  Students should have completed Beginning Microsoft Excel 2013 or have had considerable experience using Excel.

Class length: 2 weeks, Thursdays, October 30 & November 6
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor: Lana Johnson
Fee: $124 per person, includes text
Location: WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)
Class maximum: 28 participants

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HOME & GARDEN

BASIC PRINCIPLES OF LANDSCAPE DESIGN

A four-week lecture series focusing on the basic principles of landscape design applied at a residential scale. Topics include: basic design principles, the development of design objectives, conceptual design and planting design including Xeriscaping, and Edible Landscaping. 

Class length:  4 weeks, Tuesdays, September 9 - 30
Time:   7 – 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Kurt Huiras
Fee:    $70 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

CONTAINER GARDENING

This class will cover the important aspects of choosing a container, plant choices, maintenance and winter options. The focus will be on what to plant, when to plant and spacing, as well as learning to deal with pests and disease. We will also learn techniques for wintering your containers and winter plants. Create your planting plan for spring. Put a little spring in your February.

Class length:  4 weeks, Thursdays, September 4 - 25
Time:   7 – 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Peggy Griffith
Fee:   $70 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

INTERIOR DESIGN: TWENTY QUESTIONS

Ever wonder how a professional interior designer creates those great rooms?  It’s all about asking the right questions.  When you have the answers to a few key questions, you are on your way to making good design decisions.  This class will help you ask the right questions, however, will not include individual consultation.

Class length: 2 weeks, Mondays, September 22 & 29
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: William Little
Fee: $62 per person
Location: WSU South Campus, 200 W. Greenway, Suite 15A, Derby

INTERMEDIATE KNITTING

Are you tired of only knowing how to knit washcloths and scarves?  How about taking the next step and learn to knit in the round.  During this class we will knit a stocking cap and a pair of house socks.  Students are expected to have up to date skills in knitting, purling, casting-on and binding-off.  A list of supplies will be provided with your class confirmation.

Class length:  6 weeks, Thursdays, October 16 – November 20
Time:   7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Diane Moos
Fee:   $75 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

IT'S ALL ABOUT COLOR!

In design it is imperative to remember the importance of color. The difficulties most people have in unifying a look is directly related to color. A room can feel wrong for no other reason than the color, but why? It can be too cool, too energizing, or just plain ugly. The way you feel in a room directly relates to the color. Most people have heard the phrase color-coordination, but very few know what it means. What is a color wheel and how can we use it to help with coordination? All of these topics will be addressed, discussed, and used to get another step closer to really understanding the role color plays in the designers’ world.  Builds on the premise of  “Interior Design:  Twenty Questions;” which is recommended before this class.

Class length:  2 weeks, Mondays, October 6 & 13
Time:   7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  William Little
Fee:   $62 per person
Location:  WSU South Campus, 200 W. Greenway, Suite 15A, Derby

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LANGUAGES

All language classes offered by the Office of Continuing Education are for beginners and enable the participants to gain a working knowledge of the chosen language.  Instructors provide students with intense practice in both speaking and understanding the language.  Basic vocabulary, frequently used expressions, customs and cultures of the country will also be explored.  Languages offered  are:

FRENCH

Class length: 12 weeks, Mondays, September 8 - November 24
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Lily Fang-Yen
Fee: $143 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

ITALIAN

Class length: 12 weeks, Mondays, September 8 - November 24
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Nylas Moser
Fee: $143 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

SPANISH

Class length:  12 weeks, Wednesdays, September 3 - November 19
Time:  7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Liana Wagle, Academic Lecturer, Modern & Classical Languages & Literature, Wichita State University
Fee: $143 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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MONEY

FINANCIAL AND ESTATE PLANNING

Review all aspects of financial planning, including risk management, family insurance needs, savings and investments, asset allocation, tax planning, tax-favored investments, retirement plans, estate and gift taxes, property ownership forms and estate planning.

Class length: 2 weeks/4 sessions, Mondays & Wednesdays, September 15, 17, 22, 24
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Imelda Huhnke, CFP
Fee: $47 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

SEARCHING FOR SCHOLARSHIPS

Are you looking for money in all the wrong places?  Learn how to find and apply for scholarships through a variety of sources.  This session covers when students and/or families should begin searching and applying for available scholarships, different types of criteria for scholarships, how to develop an impressive application for scholarships, WSU invitationals, WSU general and departmental scholarships, how to search the Web and how to avoid scholarship scams.  We’ll also cover federal financial aid and other solutions that can make college more affordable.  Much of the information covered is intended for new or prospective college students.  This presentation provides information and does not provide individual assistance.

Reservations are required; call 316-978-3731.

Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, September 13
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location:  WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)
                   OR
Class length: 1 morning, Saturday, September 27
Time: 10 - 11:30 a.m.
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver
Instructor: Staff, WSU Office of Financial Aid
Fee: No charge; reservation required

STREET SMART INVESTING

Learn the methods to evaluate your investments in your 401(K), IRAs, mutual funds, and stocks and bonds.  This is a concise “real world” opportunity to understand your personal investments, the financial markets, and the problems to avoid.

Class length: 3 weeks, Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 21
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Brian Martz, CFP, CIMA
Fee: $77 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

BEYOND STREET SMART INVESTING

This course is designed for those who previously completed Street Smart Investing.  We will concentrate on advanced concepts for wealth creation, preservation, protection and distribution.  Topics include:  funding health care needs in retirement, when to take social security, risk reduction methods, effective use of 401(k)s, IRAs and deferred annuities, dealing with long term care issues and predictable retirement income planning.

Class length:  2 weeks, Thursdays, October 23 & 30
Time:   7 – 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Brian Martz, CFP, CIMA
Fee:   $51 per person
Location:  Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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PHOTOGRAPHY

 
PHOTOGRAPHY: MAXIMIZING THE FEATURES OF YOUR SLR

This class will cover: what lens to buy, achieving different aspects, external flash units, controlling light, close-up photography, night-time shooting, shooting action and low light shooting. The class will be very interactive. Bring to class: your camera, the manual, media cards, charged batteries and
any accessories you own.

Class length: 2 day, Saturdays, November 1 & 8
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Arthur Sprague
Fee: $61 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

PHOTOGRAPHY OF PEOPLE, PLACES, AND THINGS

This class will combine the technical aspects of camera settings, and how they relate to improving your pictures. This class will explore the basics of landscapes, posing people, composition, and how to light them. You will be taking both indoor and outdoor (outdoor sessions around the Metropolitan
Complex). Participants should bring their own digital camera or DSLR.

Class length: 2 weeks, Saturdays,September 13 & 20
Time: 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.
Instructor: Arthur Sprague
Fee: $61 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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RECREATION/ENRICHMENT

BEGINNING BRIDGE

Novice players are introduced into the basic mechanics of how to bid and how to play bridge in guidance with the American Contract Bridge League rules. These rules will allow you to play socially or in duplicate bridge games.

Class length: 10 weeks, Mondays, September 8 - November 10
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:  Diane Warren
Fee:  $99 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

INTERMEDIATE BRIDGE

This class is designed for those who have completed the beginning bridge class and will cover the Stayman Convention, Jacoby Transfer bids, Strong Opening bids and Slam Biddling.

Class length: 8 weeks, Mondays, September 15 - November 3
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Julie Phares
Fee: $91 per person, includes text
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

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SPECIAL INTEREST

GRANT WRITING 101 FOR THE NOT-FOR-PROFIT COMMUNITY

Understand the “must haves” in every fundable concept. Learn how and where to find grant makers interested in you, the grant seeker, and your idea. Learn the steps needed to create a proposal capable of securing funds for your department or organization. Fred McLean, past President of the Kansas Professional Grant Association, will present four 2-hour classes to help beginners hone the skills necessary to begin to research and prepare fundable proposals that you create. Participants will learn the steps necessary to compete for funds from government agencies, corporations, foundations, and philanthropic individuals to support your worthwhile initiative. The instructor will provide templates, outlines and helpful URL’s. In the months following the class the instructor will provide individual assistance in one hour time blocks as each participant needs.

Class length: 4 weeks, Tuesdays, September 9, - 30
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Fred McLean
Fee: $118 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver

INTRODUCTION TO THE IPAD

This class provides an overview of the Apple iPad. This class is designed for those with little to no computer background and those who wish to use an iPad for the first time. Topics covered include:

• Navigating the iPad
• Customizing the iPad
• Setting up passwords
• Surfing the internet
• Finding apps for your iPad

Feel free to bring your own iPad to gain the most from this session.  Participants who bring an iPad should know their Apple ID and password prior to start time.  Instruction is given on an iPad with Retina display, but users with iPad 2 or iPad mini should be able to follow along without problems.

Class length:  1 morning, Saturday, December 6
Time:   9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Instructor:  Jennifer Snyder, Application Developer, University Computing, Wichita State University
Fee:   $44 per person
Location:  WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd)

STARTING THE SEARCH FOR YOUR FAMILY HISTORY

Online resources have made finding your ancestors easier than ever! Discover many FREE tools beyond Ancestry.com and Family Search that are available, and learn the best search strategies for accurate results. We will start with basic vital information, then cover topics such as research organization, expanding genealogical context, preservation methods for family treasures, and obscure resources that break down brick walls. Basic computer knowledge is required.

Class length:  2 weeks, Saturdays, October 11 & 18
Time:   10 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Instructor:  Robyn Tiemeyer
Fee:   $51 per person
Location:   WSU West Campus, 3801 N. Walker Ave. (East of 37th St. N. & Maize Rd.)

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SPORTS

LEARN TO HIT THE GOLF BALL

Have you always wanted to learn to play golf?  Learn the etiquette and rules of golf, clubs and club selection, grip, swing, and follow through.  During this class, both the driving range and the putting green of the Braeburn Golf Course are available to class members.  If you do not have clubs, a limited supply is available.  In the case of inclement weather, make-up sessions will be scheduled.

Class length: 4 sessions, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, September 8, 9, 11, 12
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerry Himebaugh
Fee: $139 per person
Location: Braeburn Golf Club, 4201 E. 21st Street
Class maximum: 20 participants

LEARN TO HIT THE GOLF BALL, PART II

As a follow up to the beginning golf class, participants will spend all class time on the driving range at Braeburn Golf Course.  Students will be taught how to hit all the different clubs used in the game of golf.  The main focus of this class is to further your golf swing so that you can beome consistent and accurate with your golf shots.  There will be instruction on how to get your golf ball back after hitting a bad shot.  If you do not have clubs, clubs will be provided.

Class length: 4 sessions, Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, September 22, 23, 25, 26
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Instructor: Jerry Himebaugh
Fee: $139 per person
Location: Braeburn Golf Club, 4201 E. 21st Street
Class maximum: 20 participants

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TASTING

BEER TASTING

This class will explore how beer has an amazing history that's wrapped in culture and embraced by people who are passionate about brewing and supporting it. Learn the basics of evaluating beer by appearance, how it smells and tastes with an expanded beer vocabulary. Learn about different beer styles that describes its overall character and often time stamps its origin. This will aid in training your palate to appreciate their unique differences as you discover the world of beer.  Each class will consist of a brief lecture followed by a tasting of different beers from around the globe.  You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class Length:   4 weeks, Wednesdays, September 3 – September 24
Time:    7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor:   Rob Miller
Fee:   $85 per person
Location:   Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th St. at Oliver
Class Maximum:  40 participants

WINE TASTING AND ENJOYMENT

This class is a casual overview for the novice or experienced enthusiast.  Attendees will learn the basics of taste, how to recognize and describe varietal characteristics, and to identify personal likes and dislikes.  Learn about wines from different regions, and winemaker techniques that impact wine production.  Each class will consist of a brief introductory lecture followed by a tasting of different wines.  You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 4 weeks, Mondays, September 8 - 29
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower
Fee: $106 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver
Class maximum: 40 participants

WINE TASTING AND ENJOYMENT - ADVANCED

Open to all, but ideally suited for those who have completed the introductory wine class.  This class will focus on the differences that growing region, soil, climate and winemaker technique can make in a single grape variety.  Experience the difference in taste due to the types of oak barrels and the extended oak treatment.  Why is one wine $9 and another $50?  Expand your wine knowledge and wine enjoyment by comparing and contrasting individual wines and identifying characteristics of quality and style.  You must be at least 21 years of age to enroll.

Class length: 4 weeks, Mondays, October 6 - 27
Time: 7 - 9 p.m.
Instructor: Guy Bower
Fee: $121 per person
Location: Hughes Metropolitan Complex, 29th Street at Oliver
Class maximum: 40 participants

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