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Spring 2016

*Classes and locations are subject to change. Click here to download a current calendar. "No Shows" are not refundable. To obtain a refund, you must cancel your registration in writing at least 48 hours before the first class meeting.


CREATIVE ART AND PHOTOGRAPHY


Writing Children's Books

Writing a Children’s Book – Getting Started

Learn how to turn your idea for a children’s book into a fully formed story with Oxford's own author and illustrator Sarah Frances Hardy. This course focuses on creating interesting characters, plotting exercises, developing a unique voice, and revising techniques. Illustration techniques are also touched, but it is not necessary to be an illustrator to attend the class. Sarah Frances Hardy holds a B.A. in Fine Arts from Davidson College and a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law. She has also participated in summer programs at Parsons School of Design in New York and Paris.

Publication credits:
PUZZLED BY PINK (Viking/Penguin Young Readers 2012)
PAINT ME! (Sky Pony Press 2014)
DRESS ME! (Sky Pony Press 2015)
Register early!  Space is limited!

Instructor: Sarah Frances Hardy, author and illustrator
Date: Mondays, March 21, 28 and April 4, 11
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Bryant Hall, Room 200
Fee: $129
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Illustrating a Children's Book

NEW! Illustrating a Children's Book

Participants should bring a draft of a picture book manuscript for the group to workshop before each class member makes a sketched storyboard. The instructor addresses issues of pacing and plotting and preparation of a finished product. Additionally, participants study different illustration styles and apply one of these styles to their own stories.

Special offer: If you attend the Writing a Children's Book class in March or any Writing a Children's Book taught by Sarah Frances Hardy at Ole Miss, you can receive a 10 percent discount off registration for this class if paid in full by April 1, 2016. You will need to contact Communiversity's office at 662-915-7158 to take advantage of the promotional code.

Instructor: Sarah Frances Hardy, author and illustrator
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 9 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location:  Bryant Hall, Room 200
Fee: $99
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Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

Getting to Know Your Digital Camera

Learn the basic skills involved in photography. Topics covered include efficient use of manual modes, quick-shooting techniques for more professional-looking shots, and most importantly, how to have fun with your camera. The instructor will touch on post-production editing and enhancing images, as well as hardware options for archiving, and printing. Participants should bring a creative spirit, enthusiasm, digital camera, manual, memory card, and charging cord to each class. If you have questions, email Communiversity at outreach@olemiss.edu.

Instructor: Robert Jordan, UM Director of Communications Photography
Date: Tuesday, February 16, and Thursday, February 18
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Insight Park, HR Training Room
Fee: $85
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Digital Photography

NEW! Photography Tricks for the Perfect Picture

Learn how lighting and composition will change the way you take photos and enhance your skills as a photographer. The course covers photo-editing techniques such as portrait retouching, combining images for High Dynamic Range (HDR) effect, panoramic stitching, and options for converting images to black and white.

This course is the next step for those who have a fundamental knowledge of their camera functions. Bring your camera and accessories. Prerequisite: Getting to Know Your Digital Camera or a similar course covering basic usage of a digital camera

Instructor: Robert Jordan, UM Director of Communications Photography
Date: Thursday, March 3
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $69
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Adobe Photoshop Workshop

Adobe Photoshop Workshop

Participants will receive hands-on experience on how to change the size and resolution of photos, recognize and use the toolbar, use color correction techniques, adjust color and contrast settings, correct red-eye caused by flash photography, make selections and crop images, restore old family photos, and save photos in various file formats. Participants will also learn how to extract an image from its background and place it into another photo and how to apply artistic and textural photo effects. The instructor will demonstrate how to create and manipulate layers, create images from scratch using paint tools, add text to images, layer styles, and use adjustment layers. Each participant who completes the class will receive a certificate of completion.

Instructor: Amanda Keys, Owner of Bright Ideas and Solutions
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 9:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $89
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Photography Tricks

NEW! Event Photography

A high percentage of professional photography these days is done in the field at events like weddings, plays, award ceremonies, and sporting events. Learn how to tell visual stories. Also covered in this class will be customer service, contracts, album design, and much more. A field trip is required. Details will be given upon registration. Participants must bring a digital camera and provide their own transportation. Prerequisite: Digital Photography. 

Instructor: Mikki K. Harris, Assistant Professor of Journalism Instruction
Date: Wednesday, April 20
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Bryant Hall, Room 200
Fee: $59
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Beyond Home Movies

NEW! Beyond Home Movies

Learn how to interview family, what questions to ask, and how to edit the information for life-long preservation. Create home movies from your phone and Mac computer that have a professional feel. Please bring at least a 64gb hard drive, iPhone or iPad, DSLR or camcorder. Mary Knight has 17 years experience in filming interviews and creating short video stories in both news and public relations fields.

Instructor: Mary Knight, Broadcast Communications Specialist
Date: Tuesday, April 12, and Thursday, April 14
Time: 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Location:  Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $75
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Drawing Techniques

Drawing Techniques for Teens and Adults

Take the entire drawing series for $285—six sessions!

These courses cover the foundations of realistic drawing. Beginners to advanced drawers will benefit from any of the courses. Participants in the Drawing Techniques Series who sign up for the full series will receive $10 off total class fee. Register for entire series here.

Follow The Edges: ($49) Saturday, February 13
Drawing anything realistically requires following the edge or contour of it with our eyes. This simple action can reveal everything about drawing. This fun, easy and powerful course will show you how to activate the drawing part of your brain simply by following the edges. Register for this class here.

Drawing in 3-D: Value and Shading ($49) Saturday, February 20
This course will teach how to create the illusion of three-dimensions on the two-dimensional surface of paper. Understand how light, value and contrast reveal 3-D form to the eyes. Use this information to shade drawings and achieve a 3-dimensional effect. Register for this class here.

Drawing in 3-D: Measuring Proportion ($49) Saturday, February 27
Wondering how to begin a drawing? Trying to get the size right? Learn step by step how to begin a drawing in the right scale and maintain or manipulate the scale throughout the drawing. Register for this class here.

Drawing in 3-D: Perspective, Angles and the Picture Plane ($49) Saturday, March 5
Diagonal lines are the building blocks of depth and distance. This is especially important for drawing landscape. There are 360 degrees of diagonals to choose from. This course teaches how to choose the right angles to achieve a desired effect. Learn how to observe angles in three-dimensional space and place them on paper. The course will also cover the basics of one-, two-, and three-point perspective. Register for this class here.

Realistic Portrait: ($99) Saturday, April 2 and Saturday, April 16
Put your new drawing skills to work by creating a portrait. Bring a quality photo of a pet, person or child to class. The instructor will guide students through the process of creating a likeness.*It is suggested but not required that students take this class after one or more of the Realistic Drawing Series courses. Register for this class here.

Sign up for the entire Drawing series or the Realistic Portrait class by April 1, 2016 you will get to attend a third Realistic Portrait class for FREE.

Instructor: Kirina Knight, Portrait Artist, Owner of Spotted Artist Fine Art
Portraiture, www.spottedartist.com
Dates: Provided above
Time: Saturdays, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Location: All classes will be held in Brevard Hall
Fee: Provided above
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COMPUTERS AND OFFICE APPLICATIONS


Adobe Photoshop Workshop

Adobe Photoshop Workshop

Participants will receive hands-on experience on how to change the size and resolution of photos, recognize and use the toolbar, use color correction techniques, adjust color and contrast settings, correct red-eye caused by flash photography, make selections and crop images, restore old family photos, and save photos in various file formats. Participants will also learn how to extract an image from its background and place it into another photo and how to apply artistic and textural photo effects. The instructor will demonstrate how to create and manipulate layers, create images from scratch using paint tools, add text to images, layer styles, and use adjustment layers. Each participant who completes the class will receive a certificate of completion.

Instructor: Amanda Keys, Owner of Bright Ideas and Solutions
Date: Saturday, April 2
Time: 9:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $89
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Excel level 2

Excel Level I

Take all three levels of Excel for $257 – six sessions!

Register for all six sessions online here.

Participants will learn how to open and close files, create formulas, build basic charts, and format a spreadsheet. Additionally, Excel I will cover the most important features of Excel including creating spreadsheets, entering data, and modifying a workbook; finding and replacing data in a workbook; organizing data within a workbook; finding and correcting errors in calculations; formatting a cell; adding images to a workbook; and generating charts and graphs from data. This course is ideal for someone about to start a new data processing job or looking for a new position. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the course.

Instructor: Jack McClurg, Ph.D., UM Associate Professor of Practice of CME
Date: Tuesday, March 8, and Thursday, March 10
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 107
Fee: $89
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Excel Level II

Excel Level II

In Excel II participants will use Microsoft Office Excel to streamline and enhance spreadsheets with templates, charts, graphics, and formulas. Upon completion of the course, class members will have an advanced knowledge that they can use in building spreadsheets that make them even more efficient when working with data. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the class.

Instructor: Jack McClurg, Ph.D., UM Associate Professor of Practice of CME
Date: Tuesday, March 22, and Thursday, March 24
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 107
Fee: $89
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Excel Level III

NEW! Excel Level III

In Excel III participants will learn to work with filters, formulas, and pivot tables. Participants will review basic building-block functions and a few critical keyboard shortcuts that will speed up working with Excel data. The instructor will demonstrate how to perform advanced searching and data retrieval with Lookup Functions; tabulate and sort data with counting and statistical functions; formulate data with text and math functions; and even work with financial data using advanced formulas. Practical examples that will help you transition to using these formulas and function in real-work scenarios will be provided. A certificate of completion will be awarded at the end of the class.

Instructor: Jack McClurg, Ph.D., UM Associate Professor of Practice of CME
Date: Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday April 7
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 107
Fee: $89
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Social Media Boot Camp

Social Media Boot Camp

Social media is one of the most exciting, highly effective communication tools that can provide powerful and cost-efficient marketing. Participants will walk away from this boot camp knowing how to set up and optimize social media sites, generate targeted leads via Facebook ads, generate traffic, increase returns on site investment, apply practical strategies and to navigate the do's and don'ts of social media. This course is great for small businesses or creative entrepreneurs who are just starting out in social media.

A working knowledge of computers and the Internet is required. You must also have a valid email address set up before class.

Instructor: Vanessa Cook, Assistant Director of Marketing for Division of
Outreach and Continuing Education
Dates: Mondays, April 18, 25, and May 2
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $69
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Computer and Internet Basics

Computer and Internet Basics

Designed for the computer novice, this course is for people who want to enter the computer age. Learn the fundamentals of using a PC; using the mouse and keyboard, typing a document on your computer, and saving to a CD. You will learn lots of computer terminology, how to identify items on your computer and the basics of windows. Participants will also learn the basics of the Internet, how it works, and what it can do for you.

Instructor: Jack McClurg, Ph.D., UM Associate Professor of Practice of CME
Date: Tuesday, March 1, and Thursday, March 3
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 107
Fee: $39
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iPhone, iPad, iWhat? For Life Long Learners

NEW! iPhone, iPad, iWhat? For Lifelong Learners

This class is for beginner iPhone and iPad users. Learn about basic settings and navigation so you can feel smarter than your smart device. Participants will walk away with the necessary need-to-know's every iPhone/iPad user should understand and use to make life's operations run much more effectively. Participants should bring their own iPhone or iPad to class.

Instructor: Penny Rice, Instructional Technology Specialist: Academic
Computing

Date: Thursday, March 10
Time: 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: Weir Hall, Room 104
Fee: $45
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Social Media: Is Your Child Safe?

NEW! Social Media: Is Your Child Safe?

There is a social media explosion and your child is a part of it. Learn about various forms of social media, including Instagram, Snapchat, and Tumblr, and how they work, who is logging on, and what is being said. The course will additionally cover social media safety including dealing with bullies, internet predators, and suggestions on how to educate children and monitor the online activity of minors. This class is for anyone 18 years or older.

Instructors: Vanessa Cook, Assistant Director of Marketing for Division of
Outreach and Continuing Education, and Lindsey Bartlett Mosvick,
Assistant Director of Violence Prevention at the UM Counseling
Center
Date: Tuesday, March 8
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 407
Fee: $25
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COOKING AND BAKING


Cake Decorating Techniques

Cake Decorating Techniques

This course is designed to help participants of all levels develop creativity and skill in the basics of cake decorating. Class members will have hands-on experience learning to ice a cake, create ribbon roses and other flowers, as well as shell and rosette borders. It's recommended that you bring your cake decorating tools. A supply list is available at registration.

Instructors: Jeff and Kathleen Taylor, Owners of Sweet T's Bakery, Oxford, MS
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Time:  6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Lenoir Hall Food Prep Lab
Fee: $59
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Sweet Treats for Mother's Day

NEW! Sweet Treats for Mother's Day

This class is designed to help you make the perfect treats for mom. Jeff and Kathleen Taylor share ideas and techniques that will assist you with decorating either a small heart shaped cake, cupcakes or cookies for that special person. You will receive a beautiful decorative box to carry your special treats home at the end of the class. A supply fee of $9 is charged to cover the cost of frosting, fondant, and other class supplies.

Instructors: Jeff and Kathleen Taylor, owners of Sweet T's Bakery, Oxford, MS
Date: Thursday, May 5
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: UM Depot
Fee: $59 plus supply fee: $9
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Cooking

Healthy Cooking: Recipe Makeover

In this class, you will learn the importance of eating healthy. You will also learn how to properly read a recipe and what ingredients to use as substitutions. During this workshop, you will be able to taste some delicious healthy dishes. Don't forget to bring your favorite recipe and have it "made over". This is a FREE class co-sponsored by RebelWell. Space is limited to the first 25 people.

Instructors: Mariana A. Jurss, MPH, RD, LD
Date: Wednesday, April 27
Time: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Location: UM Depot
Fee: No charge
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HEALTH AND WELL-BEING


CPR and First Aid Training

CPR and First Aid Training*

Become CPR Certified! Learn techniques that could save someone's life! Have a plan for an emergency and develop the skills necessary to help an adult, child or infant who is not breathing or whose heart has stopped beating. Learn the new CAB and early warning signs of stroke and cardiac arrest. AED (Automated External Defibrillator) training will be included with this course. Instructor will also cover basic First Aid, Home Safety, Splinting, Bleeding Control, Bandaging, and Victim Assessment. This course meets the requirements for Foster care, Adoption and Child Care workers. Class fee includes materials and American Red Cross Certification for 2 years.

*This class is not eligible for a discount

Instructor: Mathew Jessee, Certified CPR and First Aid Trainer
Date: Saturday, April 16
Time: 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Location: Insight Park HR Training Room
Fee: $65 (includes materials and American Red Cross Certification for 2 years)
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Ways to Relieve Head and Neck Pain

New! Ways to Relieve Head and Neck Pain

In this unique class participants will learn pain management techniques especially for an aching head or neck. This class is designed specifically for individuals who sit at a desk or computer a lot and will cover stretching, self massage, body mechanics and at-home remedies to help relieve head and neck pain.

Instructor: Kristal Woodruff, B.S., Nationally Approved Continuing Education provider approved through NCBTMB
Date: Monday, April 25, and Thursday, April 28
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall  
Fee: $45
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Belly Dancing – Learn Middle Eastern Dance Moves

Belly Dancing – Learn Middle Eastern Dance Moves

Belly dancing is a great way to improve flexibility and muscle tone and is a low-impact workout perfect for all ages and body types. Participants will learn the fun, flirty, and feminine fundamental movements that make up Middle Eastern Dance, such as head slides, ribcage movements, arm pathways, shimmies, hip drops, turns and traveling movements. Using the moves learned in class, participants will learn a fun and quick choreography. Get ready to laugh, sweat, and shimmy!

Instructor: Rachel Coleman, Professional Belly Dancer and Trainer
Dates: Mondays, February 22, 29, March 7, 21 and 28
Location: Yerby Conference Center
Time: 6 - 7:15 p.m.
Fee: $59
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Essential Oils

Essential Oils — Beyond Aromatherapy

Essential oils are natural aromatic compounds found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. They have been used throughout history in many cultures for their medicinal and therapeutic benefits. In this class, participants will try their hand at creating some oil-based blends that are perfect for bath, body, and home. Class members will learn how to use essential oils safely to replace household, personal care, and wellness products. You will also learn to make personal gifts for home, relaxation, pampering and more. Each participant will leave with small samples made in class and dozens of recipes and gift ideas.

Instructor: Ann Marie Farrell, Ph.D., N.D., L.M.T.
Date: Tuesdays, March 29, and April 5, 12, and 19
Time: 5:30 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Yerby Conference Center
Fee: $75 plus a $10 fee
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The Healing Power of Herbs and Spices

New! The Healing Power of Herbs and Spices

This hands-on interactive class focuses on the unique techniques of blending herbs and spices to promote good health. Participants will learn pairing herbs and spices and which are used all over the world to promote good health.

Instructor: Ann Marie Farrell, Ph.D., N.D., L.M.T.
Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 125
Fee: $29
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I Can't Sleep!

New! I Can't Sleep!

This great little workshop will discuss insomnia and ways to get a good night's sleep. Participants will meet two consecutive nights and will learn yoga, breathing, and how to make their own essential oil blends to help them be able to go to sleep and to stay asleep.

Instructor: Kristal Woodruff, B.S., Nationally Approved Continuing Education provider approved through NCBTMB
Date: Monday, May 2, and Tuesday, May 3
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location:  Lamar Hall
Fee: $50 fee includes essential oil
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HOME, SEWING, and CRAFTS


How To Make the Perfect Bow

NEW! How To Make the Perfect Bow

This will be a hands-on, step-by-step interactive class focusing on techniques used to tie the perfect bow. Learn this important skill for adding that special touch to your wreaths, crafts, and spring floral arrangements. Using a variety of ribbons, each participant will complete several different bows to take home. Please bring a pair of scissors and ribbon to use during class. Tools will be provided for classroom use. An assortment of ribbon will be available for purchase for $9 payable to the Instructor on the first day of class.

Instructor: Jordan Brown, Graduate Assistant Rebel Well
Date: Tuesday, March 22
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 125
Fee: $25
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Basic Sewing

Basic Sewing

This easy, step-by-step sewing class provides a quick tutorial on how a sewing machine works and what to do with all those knobs and buttons. With teacher's assistance, participants will learn to thread and operate a sewing machine and practice how to put in zippers, make buttonholes, gather stitches, hem, and more. Supply list available at registration. Please bring your own portable machine and accessories. Extension cord will be provided.

Instructor: Andi Bedsworth, Author of the Art to Go blog
Date: Monday, March 21
Time: 6 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Yerby
Fee: $59
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Sewing with a Pattern

Sewing Skills with a Pattern

Learn the skill of sewing using a pattern. Students will learn how to read a commercial pattern, lay out fabric and pattern pieces, and cut out and stitch up a simple garment or accessory. Bring a simple pattern with all its pieces and instruction sheets, a basic sewing kit including pins, tape measure, chalk marker or fabric marker, and good sewing scissors. Suggested patterns include bags, skirts, or pajama pants. If you do not have a basic pattern, one will be provided. Participants must bring their own portable sewing machine and have taken a basic sewing course similar to Communiversity's Basic Sewing.

Instructor: Andi Bedsworth, Author of the Art to Go blog
Date: Thursdays, April 7, 14, 21 and 28
Time: 6 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Yerby Conference Center
Fee: $129
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Jewelry Making

NEW! Make Your Own Beautiful Jewelry

Making your own jewelry is a great way to personalize an outfit or share a creative gift with a friend. This course covers basic jewelry-making techniques using beads, thread, wire, and ribbon. Participants will learn how to design and create earrings, necklaces, and bracelets. Class members will use skills learned to make a pair of earrings, a necklace, or a bracelet. Open to ages 12 years and up.

Tools will be provided for classroom use. Kits including all supplies will be available for purchase for $10 payable to the Instructor on the first day of class.

Instructor: Vanessa Cook, participant in Oxford Makers Market and proprietor of Simple Joys by Vanessa
Date: Tuesday, March 15
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 107
Fee: $25
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LANGUAGES


Spanish for Beginners

Conversational Spanish for Beginners

Learn basic conversational skills to communicate with Spanish-speaking people throughout the world. Participants will acquire listening and speaking skills while practicing greetings, introductions, numbers, and other common Spanish words and phrases. Instructor Ari Lugo is eager to share her knowledge and culture with others. The final class will meet at a local Mexican restaurant for an opportunity to practice ordering a meal using what you've learned in class.

Instructor: Ari Lugo, General Summer Instructional Expense International
Enrollment Counselor, Pre-College Programs
Date: Mondays, March 21, 28, and April 4, 11
Time: 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 125
Fee: $85
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SPECIAL SKILLS


Event and Wedding Planning

NEW! Event and Wedding Planning

This class focuses on the fundamentals of planning, orchestrating, and delivering a successful wedding or social event without breaking the budget. From weddings and anniversaries to birthdays and baby showers, this detailed step-by-step methodology teaches clear and concise strategies for detailing the personal and professional aspects of any social event.

Instructor:  Torie Marion White, Owner of Oh So Perfect Wedding and Special Events
Date: Saturday, February 27
Time:  9 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location:  Insight Park, HR Training Room
Fee:  $55
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Pruning Like a Pro

Pruning Like a Pro

Proper techniques for pruning trees and shrubs are essential for the health of your plants and future growth. It's not difficult if you know the right techniques and timing. In this class you will learn how to avoid spreading disease from tree to tree and also how to sharpen and clean your pruners. Class will include an outdoor demonstration. Jeff McManus will be sharing concepts from his book Pruning Like a Pro. There will be a Q&A, so if you have a question regarding pruning, email Communiversity at outreach@olemiss.edu and your question will be discussed during the class session.

Instructor: Jeff McManus, CGM, ISA-Certified Arborist, Director of Ole Miss Landscape Services, and author of "Pruning Like a Pro"
Date: Saturday, March 5
Time: 10 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: UM Depot
Fee: $25
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Singing for Adults

Singing 101 for Adults

Even those with little or no experience can learn the basics of good, healthy singing techniques like proper breathing, balanced tone, support, etc., in this fun and relaxing group class. Singers in choirs, bands, or anyone who would simply like to improve will also find the class beneficial and instructive. By the end of the five weeks, class members will sing in a small group and/or to perform a solo in class. Each participant will receive prepared sheet music.

A supply list will be distributed with registration confirmation. The total cost of supplies will be approximately $8.
 
Instructor: Davis Jones, Owner/Instructor of Mockingbird Music
Date: Thursdays, February 11, 18, 25, and March 3, 10
Time: 6 – 7:15 p.m.
Location: Music Building, Room 155
Fee: $135 plus $8 book fee
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The Solo Traveler

NEW! The Solo Traveler

Do you dream of traveling on your own or as a solo traveler joining a group? If questions/anxieties have stopped you, this class, geared for men and women alike, is designed for you. Whether you're visiting an exotic destination like the Galapagos or taking a road trip within the U.S., this class offers tips and resources for minimizing the rigors of travel, including information on packing, insurance, transporting electronics, handling money, safety, and optimizing your travel bucks. Seasoned traveler Laura Antonow will show you how the flexibility, solitude, and ease of solo travel can fit into your budget and travel plans.

Instructor: Laura Antonow, Ph.D., Director of College Programs
Date: Wednesday, February 17
Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: UM Depot
Fee: $29
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Safe Sitter Essential skills for kids ages 11 to 14

New! Safe Sitter Essential skills for kids ages 11 to 14

Fun Activities – New Friends – Life-Saving Skills
Safe Sitter is a program for 11-14 year olds where participants will learn life-saving skills so they can be safe if home alone or watching younger children. Participants will play fun games and do some role-playing exercises – even get to learn fundamental CPR and first aid practices to help rescue someone who is choking! At the end of the class participants will be prepared to handle whatever situation comes up. Parents are required to attend the last hour of class to participant in the recap and graduation ceremony. Participants are required to bring a lunch. Beverages and water will be provided.

Instructor: Sandra Sulton, Program Coordinator - Communiversity
Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Location:  Lamar Hall, Room 107
Fee: $45 plus $20 cost for The Official Safe Sitter Babysitter's Handbook
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PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT


Leadership Bootcamp: The Manager's Performance Workout

NEW! Leadership Bootcamp:
The Manager's Performance Workout

Increase your productivity, solve your biggest management dilemma, and find the fun in management again—in just five weeks. This is an action-oriented workshop designed to help new managers, experienced managers, and business owners work out their biggest management and leadership issues head on. In this workshop, facilitated by Executive Coach Julia Winston, Founder of Brave Communication, participants create a peer-tested, written strategy and action plan to address three of your biggest leadership or management headaches. This workshop is limited to 15 people and is crafted to give individual attention to each participant. Course includes one private coaching session with the facilitator for deeper clarity on strategy.

Instructor: Julia M Winston, M.Ed.
Date: Tuesday, March 29, Thursdays, March 31, April 14, April 21, and April 28, 2016
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: Insight Park, HR Training Room
Fee: $129 plus $10 material fee
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Stand and Deliver! Public Speaking for All

Stand and Deliver! Public Speaking for All

The focus of Stand and Deliver will be on public speaking and group presentation skills for novice to advanced-level speakers. Sharpening your speaking skills doesn't have to be complicated or difficult – it only requires learning some basic techniques and practice. JoAnn and Dex Edwards will combine their talents to share techniques for controlling voice and body language, developing messages, handling hecklers, and remembering your entire speech. JoAnn and Dex Edwards have a combined total of 30 years of experience in public speaking and have won many national and local public speaking awards.

Instructors: JoAnn Edwards, UM Instructor of Speech and Director of Forensics; Special Projects Manager of Lott Leadership Institute and Dex
Edwards, UM Associate Professor of Theatre Arts
Dates: Tuesday, March 29, Thursday, March 31, and Tuesday, April 5
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lamar Hall, Room 315
Fee: $55
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Communiversity classes are non-credit classes offered by the Division of Outreach that will have you swirling around a dance floor, searching for your ancestors, or traveling solo and loving it ­ and that’s just the beginning. Learn More »

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