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Spring/Summer 2014

*Classes and locations are subject to change.

ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY


Calligraphy, Introduction to the Art of

Participants will learn the fundamentals of creative calligraphy writing in this two-part class. Participants should bring a favorite quote to class for a finished keepsake. A material list will be provided at the time of registration. Class size is limited to 20.

Instructor: Beth Hunt of Beth Hunt Calligraphy and Design
Dates: May 1 and 8
Time: 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: UM - Depot
Fee: $60
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Digital Photography – Beginners

This class, led by Robert Jordan, UM Director of Brand Photography Services and an award-winning photographer, covers camera techniques, composition and lighting tips that can be applied to all cameras and will help participants make the most of photo opportunities. Participants should bring their creative spirits, enthusiasm, and cameras.

Instructor: Robert Jordan, Director of Communications Photography
Dates: February 18 and 27
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Location: UM - Depot
Fee: $85.00
Registration Closed


Digital Photography – Taking Control

This class, led by Robert Jordan, UM Director of Brand Photography Services and an award winning photographer, will expand participants’ understanding of how the camera ‘sees’ the world differently from the eye and how to use that knowledge, along with advanced techniques, to create desired images. The instructor will touch on post-production editing and enhancing images as well as hardware options for archiving and printing. Participants should bring their own cameras.

Instructor: Robert Jordan, Director of Communications Photography
Dates: April 21 - 23
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: EF Yerby Conference Center
Fee: $85.00
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Secrets of Realistic Drawing

Draw anything you see! This six-week class is for both the beginning and advanced drawers. Participants will learn how to pinpoint and focus on characteristics giving drawings a realistic appearance and will learn how and why to think in terms of light and dark instead of objects. Participants will also learn how to create value, proportion, and perspective in drawings of all subject matter. No prior experience necessary. This class is open to ages 10 and up. Class size is limited to eight.

Instructor: Chandra Williams
Dates: February 11, 18, 25, March 4, 18, 25
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: UM - E.F. Yerby Conference Center
Fee: $70.00 plus $10 materials fee
Registration Closed


COMPUTERS


Microsoft Office Excel - Level 1

This is an introductory class to spreadsheet management using Microsoft Office Excel.  The course provides instruction in creating, entering data, and modifying a workbook, finding and replacing data in a workbook, organizing data within a workbook, creating formulas to calculate values, finding and correcting errors in calculations, formatting a cell and adding images to a workbook, as well as generating charts and graphs from data.

Instructor: Jack McClurg
Dates: March 4 and 6
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir 107
Fee: $85.00
Registration Closed


Microsoft Office Excel - Level 2

In this class participants will improve their proficiency in Microsoft Excel.  In Microsoft Office Excel Level 1, basic spreadsheets were created, edited, formatted, and printed. In this course participants will use Microsoft Office Excel to streamline and enhance their spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics, and formulas.

Instructor: Jack McClurg
Dates: March 24 & March 26
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir 107
Fee: $85.00
Registration Closed


COOKING


You Can Have Your Cake and Eat it Too!

This fun hands-on class teaches basic cake decorating.  No previous experience is required.  This course introduces the fundamentals of cake decorating, including preparation of cakes, working with various types of icing, proper use of decorating tools, and instruction in skills needed to prepare a variety of borders and flowers.

Participants will have:

  • A fun experience!
  • Streamlined curriculum
  • Practice time with instructor
  • Exciting new decorating skills
  • Cake!

Instructors: Jeff and Kathleen Taylor, owners of Sweet Ts Bakery in Oxford, MS
Dates: May 12, 15, 19, 22
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: UM Depot
Fee: $60
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HEALTH AND WELL BEING


Essential Oils—Beyond Aromatherapy

In this six-week class, participants will experience and work hands-on with essential oils.  The instructor will demonstrate how to use essential oils safely to replace household products, personal care, and wellness care products.  Participants will receive a workbook, single-note essential oils, blending oil, and instructions on how to make additional products. This class is ideal for the novice as well as those with some experience in essential oil  use.

Instructor:  Ann Marie Farrell
Dates:  April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30
Time:  5:30 - 7:00 p.m.
Location:  UM-Depot
Fee:  $80.00
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The Medicine Wheel

In this class participants will learn about the Medicine Wheel, an ancient symbol found in traditions worldwide. The Medicine Wheel is seen as a mirror of the universe and a map directing us through the spiritual journey of life. Sometimes called the Sacred Hoop, it proceeds in a circle where endings merge seamlessly into new beginnings. Within the Wheel there are four directions representing “Four Great Powers”: wisdom, trust, introspection, and illumination. Used, as a guide, working with the Wheel is a sacred journey, a quest toward integration and balance of spirit, heart, body, and mind.

The Medicine Wheel teachings are an oral tradition, handed down from generation to generation and kept alive by those who carry the story forward. These teachings were received from roots sourced in Cheyenne, Lakota, and Mayan cultures and enriched with contemporary insights based on archetypal psychology.

Instructor: Lucia Vinograd
Dates: April 14, 16, 21, 23, 28  & 30
Time:  5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Yerby Conference Room
Fee: $80 plus $10 materials fee
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Tai Chi

This five-week class is a course in Tai Chi, the internal Chinese martial art practiced for both its defense training and health benefits.  This moving mediation is practiced for a variety of other personal reasons: hard and soft martial art technique, balance, discipline, flexibility and strength. The class is open to ages 18 and up. Class size is limited to ten.

Instructor: John Polk Stewart
Dates: February 1, 8, 15, 22, and March 1
Time: 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.  
Location: UM - Depot
Fee: $60.00
Registration Closed


HOME


Go Ahead and Decorate!

Learn the simplest ways to organize a decorating project.  Topics include finding inspiration, determining personal style, and creating a blueprint.  Participants will also receive the top ten tips for updating existing spaces. 

Instructor: Kimberly Ward
Dates: February 12 and 19
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: UM -Depot
Fee: $80.00
Registration Closed


SPECIAL SKILLS


CPR, First Aid and Infant CPR Training

Need CPR/First Aid certification? A certified trainer leads. Participants will be certified upon successful completion of the exam. First come, first served. Fee includes materials. For more information, click here to download a .pdf flyer.

Instructor: Matthew Jessee
Dates: Saturday, July 12
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Location: 1 Grove Loop
Fee: $55
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Foil Fencing - Beginners

This course is an introduction to the competitive sport of foil fencing. Foil is one of the three types of swords that are recognized for sport fencing by the International Olympic Committee, and other sports governing bodies. Competitive fencing can be a lifelong, fun, safe, and healthy activity.  By the end of the course you will have reached a level where you can be competent in basic competition skills for foil fencing. This will include competencies in fencing safety, foot and blade work, competition etiquette, and fencing rules. The class is open to participants ages 10 years and older.

Instructor: John C. Matthews
Dates: March 1, 8, 22, 29 April 5, 12 and 26
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Oxford Fencers Club, 606 Mclarty Rd. Oxford, MS
Fee: $80 plus $80 equipment fee
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Let Your Fingers Do The Talking

This four-week class in American Sign Language teaches basic skills for communicating with individuals who are hearing impaired. Participants will utilize vocabulary and fingerspelling. Class size is limited to 20.

Instructor: Vera Edwards
Dates: February 6, 13, 20 and 26
Time: 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Location: UM - Depot

Fee: $80.00
Registration Closed


Stand and Deliver! Public Speaking for All.

Participants will be taught the necessary skills to speak with confidence in front of an audience. Focus will be on public speaking and group presentation skills from novice to advanced. The instructors will share techniques for controlling voice and body language, developing messages, handling hecklers and remembering the entire speech. Supplies needed: Pencil, 3x5 note cards, and a bottle of water.

Instructors: JoAnn and Dex Edwards
Dates: May 5 and 6
Time: 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: UM - Depot
Fee: $50.00
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So You Think You Can Dance

Line dancing never goes out of style and provides a foundation for country, Latin, urban, swing, and ballroom style dancing.  Participants will master popular and classic dance footwork and moves.  Most importantly, this is a class designed to experience the joy and fun of dance—with or without a partner. 
 
Participants will learn a variety of line dances, ranging from the 1960's Stroll, the 1970's Bus Stop, to current line dances such as The Wobble, The Cha-Cha Slide, and The Zydeco Bounce—and of course everyone's favorite—The Electric Slide.  The class is open to ages 16 years and older.
 
Bring your dancing shoes and get ready to boogie down!

Instructor: Jennifer M Mizenko, Professor, Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Mississippi
Dates: April 14 and 21
Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Location: Turner Dance Studio 9
Fee: $35
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SEWING AND CRAFTING


Alter Your Own Clothes

The instructor of Alter Your Own Clothes will cover simple repair and alteration techniques. Participants will learn how to hem pants by hand and machine. Techniques for taking in simple garments, replacing buttons, and fixing rips will be demonstrated. A material list is available at the time of registration. Class size is limited to ten.

Instructor: Andi Bedsworth

Dates: May 19

Time: 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. 

Location: Yerby Conference Center
Fee: $55.00
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Basic Sewing 101

Participants will learn how to use a sewing machine. Participants will need to bring their personal machines for a quick tutorial on how it work and what those pieces, knobs and buttons are all for. Participants will practice how to put in zippers and button holes, gather stitches, hem, etc. A minimal material list is available at the time of registration. Class size is limited to ten.

Instructor: Andi Bedsworth
Dates: March 24  
Time: 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UM - Depot
Fee: $50.00
Registration Closed


Quilting for Beginners

In this quilting class participants will receive hands-on instructions in templates, proper cutting methods, piecing, batting selection, basting, binding, and information on hand quilting.  Quilts will be on display as examples of both new and old patterns and methods. Various quilt makers will demonstrate antique, decorative, and functional techniques. Participants will receive a supply list at the first class meeting.

Instructor: Megan Patton
Dates: April 14, 21, 28 and May 5
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: UM- UNION Room 412
Fee: $60.00 
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