Community and Professional Education

Winter/Spring 2018 Offerings: Leisure and Special Interest

Contemporary Guitar Skills I
This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 2/13 - 5/15, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/27 & 4/3
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Contemporary Guitar Skills II
This class is a continuation of "Contemporary Guitar Skills I" or for the intermediate guitar player with one to four years playing experience. Topics will include major and minor pentatonic scales, soloing techniques, modes, phrasing, theory, playing with other musicians, chord progressions, warm-up exercises and developing good practice habits.
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 2/12 - 5/14, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/26 & 4/2
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Victoria Regina
Her reign was the longest of any British monarch until she was surpassed by her great-great granddaughter, Queen Elizabeth II in 2015. She was Victoria, Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and Empress of India, associated with Britain at its zenith, the booming Industrial Revolution, and particularly with empire. Victoria bore nine children, yet hated being pregnant, and thought newborns ugly. The title "Grandmother of Europe" was applied to her, but she also passed along a dangerous genetic defect to some of her descendants. Her marriage with Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg was for love, and his untimely death in 1861 threw her into a black depression. Still, afterwards, Victoria relied increasingly on a Scottish manservant, John Brown, to the extent that salacious gossip of a romance appeared in print, and the Queen was sarcastically referred to as "Mrs. Brown." Discover the life of this remarkable sovereign and woman who gave her name to the exciting age in which she ruled "the Victorian Era."
4 Sessions, ADM 102
Thurs., 4/12 - 5/3, 7 - 9 p.m.
Dan O'Callaghan, Instructor

Culture Shock! An Experience
This course invites you to a first-hand experience of crossing over into a strange new culture without traveling out of the country. Activities include working with a partner and playing games to broaden your awareness of yourself and the world. If you are traveling, studying, or moving abroad, or just want to experience new perspectives, this is for you!
1 Session, ADM 103
Tues., 5/8, 6 - 8 p.m.
Lisa Jiardini, Instructor

Movin' and Groovin'
Calling all adult men and women! Do you need to incorporate exercise into your life and don't know where to begin? Go back to the basics of your youth when you danced like no one was watching. It was exercise in disguise! Our version of Soul Line Dancing is no-partner dancing to tunes from Elvis to Bruno Mars with a generous sprinkling of Motown mixed in. We have no rules in our dancing! We teach easy-to-learn routines, but we encourage individuality and creating your own interpretation. Join us for this fun, no-pressure class, and you'll dance with your heart and feel your soul.
6 Sessions, MCD 192
Thurs., 4/12 - 5/17, 7 - 8:30 p.m.
Mary Colby, Instructor

Introduction to Permaculture and Nature Connection
Along with industrialization and globalization has come a flood of environmental and cultural consequences. Our relationship to, and use of, the natural world has changed dramatically, and the great challenge of our time is seeking a solution to this issue. Join us to learn about some of the grassroots, community-based, and fast-spreading solutions that have emerged.

We will focus on deepening our personal and group relationships to nature through awareness-building core routines focusing on bird language, tracking, primitive skills, wild and medicinal plants, mentoring and culture repair.

We'll also discover permaculture and practice the creative design system that aims to meet human needs, while also meeting the needs of the rest of the ecosystem.
3 Sessions, DCC B05 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 5/8 - 5/22, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Kevin Bose, Instructor

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Whether you are a complete beginner or just need a refresher, join us. This class includes basic instruction and the opportunity to play with people of varying skill levels. Please bring a 2018 National Mah Jongg League, Inc. Official Standard Hands and Rules card. If you have a Mah Jongg set, please bring it with you. Cards can be purchased at
4 Sessions, DCC B06 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 5/1 - 5/22, 1 - 3 p.m.
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

Mass Incarceration, Affirmative Action and the Constitution
Analyzing racism in America as a series of legal issues, this course will examine the rules - from the Constitution, Supreme Court cases and federal laws – as well as the realities. We will look at the controversies concerning race and criminal justice with a focus on the causes of what's called mass incarceration. The discussion then shifts to the debates about Affirmative Action in higher education and employment, wrestling with such questions as: Is US law colorblind? Should it be?
2 Sessions, WIL 113
Fri., 3/16 - 3/23, 1 - 3 p.m.
Stephan Haimowitz, J.D., Instructor

Start an Edible Garden
Grow delicious, nutritious fruit and vegetables in your own backyard! In this course, you'll learn how to give your garden a healthy start and keep it growing strong all season. This course is taught online through Ed2go. You will receive your online ed2go username and password within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online course dates: 3/15 - 5/15

Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera
Get control of your digital SLR camera! In this course, you'll break through the technology barrier and learn how to use your DSLR to take beautiful photos.

You'll start out by learning about the many features and controls of your DSLR and look at the lenses you need for the kind of photography you enjoy. Next, we'll explore exposure controls. You'll learn about metering, exposure compensation, managing aperture, shutter speed, and ISO. You'll find out how to use these features to get the right exposure for every shot.

Then we'll turn our attention to flash photography, managing camera controls, photo files, and even working in manual mode. With these skills, you'll be able to take your photography to the next level. Finally, the course explores high dynamic range photos and how to master those difficult and tricky exposure situations.

By the end of this course, you'll truly be a DSLR master, and most of all, you'll be able to use your camera to take the photos you've always dreamed of. This course is taught online through Ed2go.

You will receive your online username and password within one week of registration. More detailed information on this course can be found at
Online course dates: 3/14 - 5/4

Life History Calendars
You will leave this course with a basic understanding of Life History Calendars: how they have been used in social science research, and how they may be reformulated for your own self-discovery.

Life history calendars (LHCs) are data collection tools that have been used by social scientists since the late 20th century. They have been used to collect personal event history data to analyze life dynamics and also as a therapeutic assessment tool and guide.

This new introductory course reformats LHC's use and places the power of their effectiveness into your hands, whether you are a manager, trainer, retreat leader, memoirist or just an individual interested in exploring your personal history for self-discovery.

The LHC can provide accurate reporting on how we become the individuals we are, why we behave the way we do, and it may answer some often persistent questions about whether we can change. The applications of LHCs are endless, as they can be developed for the purpose of identifying information specific to a particular question.
5 Sessions, DCC 138 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Wed., 4/11 - 5/9, 6 - 8 p.m.
Patricia Carson, Instructor