Fall 2018 Leisure & Special Interest Courses

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
Mon., 9/10 - 12/3, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 10/8
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
Tues., 9/11 - 11/27, 6 - 8 p.m.
Gary Cellucci, Instructor

Learn to Play Mah Jongg
Whether you are a complete beginner or just need a refresher, join us in learning to play Mah Jongg. 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 online.
4 Sessions, DCC B05 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Tues., 10/23 - 11/13, 1 - 3 p.m.
Nancy Siegel, Instructor

An Unfulfilled Spirit: Empress Elisabeth of Austria-Hungary
She was the heroine of a true life fairytale: a shy fifteen-year-old beauty winning the heart of the handsome young emperor of Austria-Hungary. However this particular tale wouldn't end happily. Although highly intelligent, Elisabeth's youth, education, upbringing and ancestry left her ill-prepared for the duties and responsibilities of the role of empress. This was exacerbated by a well-meaning but dominating mother-in-law and the rigid, repressive protocol of the nineteenth century Viennese court. Ultimately, this would lead to estrangement from her doting husband and her two older children, culminating in a heartbreaking family tragedy as Elisabeth roamed restlessly across Europe in search of fulfillment. The course will follow the life and nomadic wanderings of this complex, contrary woman that would end with an encounter with fate on a dock in Geneva.
3 Sessions, ADM 102
Thurs., 9/27 - 10/11, 7 - 9 p.m.
Daniel O'Callaghan, Instructor

Introduction to Interscholastic Athletic Administration
This course will allow students who are interested in becoming an interscholastic athletic administrator (athletic director) the opportunity to learn the basic requirements and understand the inner workings of New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) and Section 2 Athletics. Students will also learn about professional development opportunities through the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA) and the New York State Athletic Administrators Association (NYSAAA). This course will provide and discuss real world and current athletic issues and debates and feature an array of guest speakers.
1 Session, ADM 101
Mon., 9/24, 6 - 9 p.m.
Andrew Santandera, Instructor

Improve Your Digital Photography Skills
Get beyond the auto setting and learn to fully explore the potential of your digital camera. This course will help you become more familiar with your camera and upgrade the quality and look of your images. You'll learn camera technique, manual settings, bracketing, white balance, available light, and compositional strategies to help you get more enjoyment from your camera and improve the quality of your Instagram feed.
6 Sessions, ADM 107
Tues., 10/9 - 11/13, 6 - 9 p.m.
Paul Sunday, Instructor

Sports Collectibles and Memorabilia: Our Passionate Connections to Sports
This seminar will introduce participants to the many types of collectibles that sports fans pursue to stay connected with their favorite sports. Those collectibles include autographed items like bats, balls, jerseys, helmets, and photographs in addition to sports cards, sports documents, game-used items, game programs, ticket stubs, and figurines. We'll discuss the sports card and collectibles market and how it has evolved over the years. Participants will get a chance to see some rare and unique collectibles displayed from the presenter's own collection. We will also encourage interested participants to connect and stay connected in order to share their common collecting passion.
1 Session, DCC 138 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Wed., 11/7, 6 - 9 p.m.
Matthew Lambert, Instructor

The Rich History of Sports in New York State
From the New York Yankee and Brooklyn Dodger dynasties in baseball, to the Winter Olympic tradition and college national championships across many sports, New York State is unequaled in its rich history of sports success and variety, and the Capital Region has made many contributions to this history as well. We'll explore the great sports venues like Madison Square Garden, Yankee Stadium, and the Syracuse University Carrier Dome, in addition to the many levels of sport participation that are offered in the Empire State. The Buffalo Bills, the New York Knicks, the New York Islanders, and many other New York teams have established great dynasties for the ages, which New York State residents can be proud of.
1 Session, DCC 138 (Viking Day Care Center (DCC): Parking Information)
Wed., 10/17, 6 - 9 p.m.
Matthew Lambert, Instructor

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Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)