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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Announcement

  • Sign-up for SMSU ALERT Emergency Notification System

    SMSU ALERT will be used for providing important emergency, safety and weather announcements for the campus community. Notification messages will briefly note the nature of the emergency, what action, if any, you are to take, and where to find additional information.
     
    All current students and employees have their e-mail addresses automatically enrolled in the system. In order to receive messages via text, voice mail or at alternative e-mail addresses, students and employees will need to create an SMSU ALERT account using the Blackboard Connect Portal at http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/publicsafety/?id=9745. Through your account, you can add multiple cell numbers to receive text messages. This will enable persons such as parents and spouses to receive notifications. In addition, throughout your status as a student or employee, you can modify the information in your account.
     
    Should you require any assistance with creating an account and/or adding information into your account, please contact the Technology Resource Center at 507-537-6111 or trchelpdesk@smsu.edu.
     
     
    Let’s continue to work safely together.

    Michael J. Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety
    Southwest Minnesota State University
    Office Phone: 507-537-7252

Athletics

  • Former Mustang Turek to Compete at Rio Paralympics

     Former Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball standout Josh Turek was recently named to the 2016 USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team that will compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in September.

    The team was selected by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Men’s Player Selection Committee. Turek was a member of the 2004 Paralympic team that competed in Athens and was a member of the 2012 team that took home bronze at the London games. He was also a member of the 2014 U.S. World Championship squad that won a silver medal.

    The U.S. team will open the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Sept. 8, against host country Brazil in the Rio Olympic Arena. USA will play five games in pool play before the quarterfinals begin on Sept. 14. The U.S. men's team qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. men outscored the competition by 36 points per game.

    Turek, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, attended SMSU from 1997 to 2002 and left the wheelchair basketball program as the most prolific scorer in history. The 2002 SMSU male student-athlete of the year, Turek finished his career scoring 4,024 points and grabbing 1,213 rebounds. He was a four-time team MVP, four-time All-American and three-year team captain. He holds school single-season records in field goals made and points, along with holding single-game records for points scored, 3-point field goals made and free throws made.

    As a senior in 2001-02, he led SMSU to a 27-10 record and was named MVP of the NWBA Region Tournament. Turek has played professionally in Europe the past 15 years, including most recently for a team in Poland.
    — Kelly Loft

     

Attention

  • Join the SMSU Ambassador Program

    The Admission office is welcoming new and current students to apply to be a part of the SMSU Ambassador program.

    Ambassadors are an elite, recognized, fun group on campus that help give tours to prospective students throughout the academic year. Ambassadors also help with different events around campus such as the SMSU Gala. This is a great opportunity to volunteer while building leadership and people skills. It also looks great on a resume and you get free stuff (SMSU apparel, free suite tickets, etc.) throughout the year!

    If you are interested, please stop by the Admission Office in Founders Hall, First Floor to pick up an application. Questions, email Laura.C.Johnson@smsu.edu.

    — Laura Johnson
    laura.c.johnson@smsu.edu

     

  • Parking Permit Deadline Approaches


    Ticketing begins the first day of classes with the exception of "REGULAR" permits which will begin at 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Public Safety would like to remind everyone to purchase your parking permit at Business Services (Cashiers Window) which is located in the IL Building, or at the Public Safety Office located in the basement of Founders Hall, if you haven't already done so. Employees who are interested in payroll deduction when purchasing your permit, please complete the forms as soon as possible. This will allow Human Resources sufficient time to process the deduction prior to the next pay period. Thank You.
    — Laurie Taveirne

  • Parking Alert for Thursday Game


    On Thursday, September 1st, 2016, SMSU will be hosting a home football game versus UMD. All vehicles will need to be removed from the RA Lot by 10pm on August 31st. There will be no parking on Mustang Trail in front of the Schwan’s Regional Event Center after midnight on August 31st. Violators will be cited and towed. Please obey all signs and barricades.
    — SMSU Public Safety

     

  • SMSU Parent & Family Fund Drive


    Help SMSU Students. Like Yours! Current Mustang students will be calling parents and family members of SMSU students and graduates starting August 28. Learn how you can support the Parent & Family Fund Drive through your donation to the Southwest Fund.

    The Southwest Fund provides financial support for critical needs at SMSU, like student scholarships, academic programs, technology, and special projects. Gifts made through the Parent & Family Fund Drive helped raise $200,000 for the Southwest Fund last year. www.smsufoundation.org
    — Erik Vogel, Director of Annual Giving

  • GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 14

     The fall session of GOLD College at Southwest Minnesota State University will kick off at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

    The program features a presentation by Michael Lansing entitled “Insurgent Democracy: New Visions of the Nonpartisan League.” Lansing is the Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A historian of the modern United States, his research focuses on the North American West and Midwest, political history, environmental history, and gender history. Lansing is the author of Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.

    Registration will be held from 2:15-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to pick up class schedules and parking permits while enjoying refreshments and learning about the “Go for the Gold” Poker Run.

    The kickoff program will begin at 3 p.m. with an overview of the GOLD College fall session, followed by the presentation and an opportunity to meet study group leaders.

    GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Each class is held one day per week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all educational levels.

    Study groups are planned for six weeks, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 28.

    Contact the GOLD College office for registration materials and more information: GoldCollege@smsu.edu; 507-537-7164.

    Senior classes this session include:

    Mondays

    Ellis Island, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Mary Jones, instructor. Explore the people, the journey and the challenge of the Ellis Island inspection process as immigrants came to American to start a new life.
    The Art of Persuasion – Letting Other People Have Your Way, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Rich, instructor. Join us to learn more about your social style and how to identify the social style of other people. With that knowledge, you can successfully get your way more often.
    Founding Fathers and Mothers, 2-4 p.m., Pastor Dave Johnston, instructor. Study the five greatest American Founding Fathers, and three of the greatest Founding Mothers. These are the men and women who shaped the course of the Revolution by their ideals and courage.
    Computer Tips and Tricks, 2-4 p.m., Beth Westra, instructor. Topics such as on-line banking, email, uploading photos to various sites, Facebook tips, sync computer with iPhone and iPad, Microsoft office tips with Word and Excel, internet tricks and tips, etc.

    Tuesdays

    Current Events, 9-11 a.m., Gary Graubau, instructor. A thoughtful and provocative discussion for those interested in world, national & regional events.
    Relationships, 9-11 a.m., Jerry Bottelberghe, instructor. This class will discuss a variety of relationships that distinguish who you are, and how you interact with your friends and family. In addition, it will explore how your relationships affect your health and your physical well-being. 
    Conflicted Elections of Earlier Times, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Lloyd Petersen, instructor. Every four years, Americans elect a president and every four years, battle lines are drawn and conflict prevails. Look back at some of the most distinctive conflicts and hear how those the parties maintained unity in the midst of such intense turmoil.
    Hobbies – No Skills Required, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., This class will introduce you to a variety of new ideas, sure to enrich your life. Make and explore Scandinavian paper clipping, woven felt heart baskets and the German paper star, as well as handmade greeting cards, beaded jewelry, star petal fold 3-D book and the joy of little Golden books.
    Fun with Origami, 2-4 p.m., Pam Blake, instructor. You will learn about the history of origami, including where it originated, what types of papers can be used and how to make basic folds.
    Fishing 101, 2-4 p.m., Nick Simonson, instructor. An introduction to the equipment, species and methods of angling in the upper Midwest covering the biological, seasonal and situational aspects of fish and their environment and best methods to angle for them in any water, any time of year.

    Wednesdays

    World War II, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Lloyd Petersen, instructor. Search for answers about the war that had such a huge influence on the U.S., our parents and our grandparents.


    Police Work – Past and Present, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Brian West, instructor. This class offers a closer view into events that impact people in our region and at the national level. Special guests include Phil Smith-MADD advocate, former NYC police officer and current Minnesota State Patrol trooper. Matt Smith will speak about 9/11, along with Janet Timmerman from the Murray County Historical Society, who will present details of the 1940 vehicle crash near Slayton. Representatives from the Lyon County Sheriff's Dept. and the Marshall Police Dept. will discuss current trends and issues addressed by their agencies.
    The Fight to End Slavery, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Joan Gittens, instructor. This class will look at six different topics of slavery in American history: the establishment of slavery in the American colonies, the issue of slavery in the American Revolution and the Constitution, early attempts to end slavery, the rise of Immediate Abolitionism and the growth of the anti-slavery movement from the 1830s to the passage of the 13th amendment in 1864.
    Sociology in Children’s Stories, 2-4 p.m., Erin Reps, instructor. Explore the role that children’s literature plays in helping us understand the social world around us. Visit both timeless classics and modern works of children’s tales to see what talking animals, heroes, fairies, and other fantastical characters have to teach us about ourselves and society.
    Pottery, 2-4 p.m., Pat Hand, instructor. Students will work with clay to create their own unique hand-built pottery forms. These will be dried and fired in a kiln to bisque temperature, then glazed and fired again to the glaze temperature. Working on a potter’s wheel may be an additional option.

    Thursdays

    The Mountain Men, 9-11 a.m., Herb Pagel, instructor. The Mountain Men were the first wave of the white incursion into the West. Look into their adventures and hardships — how they braved cold, bears, and hostile natives to exploit the natural resources to satisfy the demands of fashionable men.


    Art at the Box Office, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pat Hand, instructor. This course will view and discuss selected visual art works, artists and art styles and movements that have appeared within the context of various classic movies. Interesting tidbits on the history and techniques of making motions pictures will also be included.


    Senior Stay Strong, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Erin Kasmarik-Mallett, instructor. This class is designed to tackle a variety of challenges encountered as people age: balance, flexibility, strength, fall prevention, and overall mobility. Use equipment such as resistance bands, light hand weights and texture balls. Explore varieties of nutrition to maintain a healthy body and exercises to keep a sharp mind. The class is designed to promote overall wellness by providing you with the skills necessary to continue an active and productive lifestyle.


    Art, Music and Literature from the Renaissance to the Age of Reason, 2-4 p.m., Steve Linstrom, instructor. This class is a study of Western Humanities, from the Renaissance (1400) to the Age of Reason (1789). Explore the art, music and literature from each period and consider the social and historical impacts. Politics, religion and philosophy are all reflected in the art of each period.  We will be examining the great masterpieces of the time and profiling the artists that created them.

     

Monday, August 29, 2016

Announcement

  • Sign-up for SMSU ALERT Emergency Notification System

    SMSU ALERT will be used for providing important emergency, safety and weather announcements for the campus community. Notification messages will briefly note the nature of the emergency, what action, if any, you are to take, and where to find additional information.
     
    All current students and employees have their e-mail addresses automatically enrolled in the system. In order to receive messages via text, voice mail or at alternative e-mail addresses, students and employees will need to create an SMSU ALERT account using the Blackboard Connect Portal at http://www.smsu.edu/campuslife/publicsafety/?id=9745. Through your account, you can add multiple cell numbers to receive text messages. This will enable persons such as parents and spouses to receive notifications. In addition, throughout your status as a student or employee, you can modify the information in your account.
     
    Should you require any assistance with creating an account and/or adding information into your account, please contact the Technology Resource Center at 507-537-6111 or trchelpdesk@smsu.edu.
     
     
    Let’s continue to work safely together.

    Michael J. Munford CPP, CPO
    Director of University Public Safety
    Southwest Minnesota State University
    Office Phone: 507-537-7252

Athletics

  • Former Mustang Turek to Compete at Rio Paralympics

     Former Southwest Minnesota State University wheelchair basketball standout Josh Turek was recently named to the 2016 USA Men's Wheelchair Basketball Team that will compete at the Paralympics in Rio de Janeiro in September.

    The team was selected by the National Wheelchair Basketball Association Men’s Player Selection Committee. Turek was a member of the 2004 Paralympic team that competed in Athens and was a member of the 2012 team that took home bronze at the London games. He was also a member of the 2014 U.S. World Championship squad that won a silver medal.

    The U.S. team will open the Rio 2016 Paralympics on Sept. 8, against host country Brazil in the Rio Olympic Arena. USA will play five games in pool play before the quarterfinals begin on Sept. 14. The U.S. men's team qualified for the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games by winning the 2015 Parapan Am Games in Toronto, Canada. The U.S. men outscored the competition by 36 points per game.

    Turek, a native of Council Bluffs, Iowa, attended SMSU from 1997 to 2002 and left the wheelchair basketball program as the most prolific scorer in history. The 2002 SMSU male student-athlete of the year, Turek finished his career scoring 4,024 points and grabbing 1,213 rebounds. He was a four-time team MVP, four-time All-American and three-year team captain. He holds school single-season records in field goals made and points, along with holding single-game records for points scored, 3-point field goals made and free throws made.

    As a senior in 2001-02, he led SMSU to a 27-10 record and was named MVP of the NWBA Region Tournament. Turek has played professionally in Europe the past 15 years, including most recently for a team in Poland.
    — Kelly Loft

     

Attention

  • Join the SMSU Ambassador Program

    The Admission office is welcoming new and current students to apply to be a part of the SMSU Ambassador program.

    Ambassadors are an elite, recognized, fun group on campus that help give tours to prospective students throughout the academic year. Ambassadors also help with different events around campus such as the SMSU Gala. This is a great opportunity to volunteer while building leadership and people skills. It also looks great on a resume and you get free stuff (SMSU apparel, free suite tickets, etc.) throughout the year!

    If you are interested, please stop by the Admission Office in Founders Hall, First Floor to pick up an application. Questions, email Laura.C.Johnson@smsu.edu.

    — Laura Johnson
    laura.c.johnson@smsu.edu

     

  • Family Weekend Sept. 16-18

    Families of Southwest Minnesota State University students are invited to join the festivities of Family Weekend, Sept. 16-18. Parents, siblings, grandparents, and other family members will have an opportunity to experience campus life with their student while participating in the variety of fun activities planned.

    Family Weekend begins on Friday evening, Sept. 16 with two showings of “Finding Dory” at 6:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. in the Student Center Lower Level TV Lounge.

    A “Planetarium Star Show & Laser Light Show” will be held at 7 p.m. Friday in the Planetarium, SM 108. Take 2 Improv will perform in the Fine Arts Black Box Theater at 8 p.m.

    On Saturday, Sept. 17, a complementary Welcome Brunch will be served in the Conference Center Upper Ballroom at 11 a.m., with greetings from President Connie J. Gores and the SMSU Student Association. Be sure to RSVP online by noon on Sept. 14. (click here to complete form)

    Residence Life and RHA will be providing cotton candy and popcorn at the Schwan Regional Event Center beginning at 11 a.m., before the Mustang football team takes on the University of Mary at 1 p.m. Tickets to the game are free for SMSU students.

    The Chemistry Club will present a Magic Show at 2 p.m. in BA 102, with liquid nitrogen ice cream to follow. Families will have the opportunity to visit the William Whipple Art Gallery exhibit from 2-4 p.m. The Mustang Zone on the second floor of the Student Center will also be open, with free game play from 2-5 p.m. A “Life’s Short, Dessert First” ice cream social will begin at 4 p.m. at the Campus Religious Center. RSVP to Lutheran.Chaplain@smsu.edu by Wed., Sept. 17.

    To end the night, families are invited to attend the Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Festival at the Schwan Regional Event Center. Entry is $10 per person at the gate.

    Friday, September 16

    5:00-6:30 p.m. *Dinner On Your Own

    6:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m.:  Cinema @ the Centers “Finding Dory” Student Center Lower Level TV Lounge (Seating for 35)

    7:00 p.m.:  Planetarium Show: “Planetarium Star Show & Laser Light Show” Planetarium SM 108

    8:00 p.m.:  Take 2 Improv Show, Fine Arts Black Box Theatre

     

    Saturday, September 17

    8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.:  *Breakfast On Your Own

    10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  *Barnes & Noble Bookstore Hours (SC East Entrance)

    10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.:  Family Weekend Check-in at Student Center East Entrance 

    11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  *The Coffeehouse @ SMSU, Student Center

    11:00 a.m.  Complimentary Welcome Brunch, Conference Center Upper Ballroom

    Welcome by President Gores   

    Welcome by Student Association

    Brunch is complimentary with online RSVP by noon Sept. 14

     (click here to complete form)

    Menu: Vegetable stratta, Sliced ham, seasoned breakfast potatoes, fresh fruit, a variety of muffins, Coffee, milk, orange juice

    11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.:  Res Life/RHA Event, cotton candy & popcorn at The Schwan Regional Event Center

    1:00 p.m.:  *Football Game SMSU vs. U of Mary, The Schwan Regional Event Center

    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.:  Chemistry Club Magic Show (followed by Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream) BA 102

    2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.:  William Whipple Art Gallery Exhibit, Enter through SMSU Library

    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.:  Mustang Zone (Free Play), Student Center Upper Level Game Room

    4:00 p.m.:  Life’s Short Dessert First (Ice Cream Social) at the Campus Religious Center for relaxation and fellowship. RSVP by Wednesday, Sept. 17 to: Lutheran.Chaplain@smsu.edu

           Evening:  Dinner On Your Own

    5:30 p.m.:  Pursuit of Excellence Marching Band Festival, The Schwan Regional Event Center, Entry: $10 at the gate

     

    Sunday, September 18

    11:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.:  The Coffeehouse @ SMSU Hours, Student Center

    Free time with the family!

     

    For questions and additional information, contact Scott Ewing: scott.ewing@SMSU.edu or 507-537-6394. 

     

     

  • Parking Permit Deadline Approaches


    Ticketing begins the first day of classes with the exception of "REGULAR" permits which will begin at 8:00a.m. on Tuesday, September 6, 2016. Public Safety would like to remind everyone to purchase your parking permit at Business Services (Cashiers Window) which is located in the IL Building, or at the Public Safety Office located in the basement of Founders Hall, if you haven't already done so. Employees who are interested in payroll deduction when purchasing your permit, please complete the forms as soon as possible. This will allow Human Resources sufficient time to process the deduction prior to the next pay period. Thank You.
    — Laurie Taveirne

  • Parking Alert for Thursday Game


    On Thursday, September 1st, 2016, SMSU will be hosting a home football game versus UMD. All vehicles will need to be removed from the RA Lot by 10pm on August 31st. There will be no parking on Mustang Trail in front of the Schwan’s Regional Event Center after midnight on August 31st. Violators will be cited and towed. Please obey all signs and barricades.
    — SMSU Public Safety

     

  • SMSU Parent & Family Fund Drive


    Help SMSU Students. Like Yours! Current Mustang students will be calling parents and family members of SMSU students and graduates starting August 28. Learn how you can support the Parent & Family Fund Drive through your donation to the Southwest Fund.

    The Southwest Fund provides financial support for critical needs at SMSU, like student scholarships, academic programs, technology, and special projects. Gifts made through the Parent & Family Fund Drive helped raise $200,000 for the Southwest Fund last year. www.smsufoundation.org
    — Erik Vogel, Director of Annual Giving

  • GOLD College Kickoff Sept. 14

     The fall session of GOLD College at Southwest Minnesota State University will kick off at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 14, 2016 in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

    The program features a presentation by Michael Lansing entitled “Insurgent Democracy: New Visions of the Nonpartisan League.” Lansing is the Associate Professor of History at Augsburg College in Minneapolis. A historian of the modern United States, his research focuses on the North American West and Midwest, political history, environmental history, and gender history. Lansing is the author of Insurgent Democracy: The Nonpartisan League in North American Politics.

    Registration will be held from 2:15-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to pick up class schedules and parking permits while enjoying refreshments and learning about the “Go for the Gold” Poker Run.

    The kickoff program will begin at 3 p.m. with an overview of the GOLD College fall session, followed by the presentation and an opportunity to meet study group leaders.

    GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Each class is held one day per week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all educational levels.

    Study groups are planned for six weeks, from Sept. 19 through Oct. 28.

    Contact the GOLD College office for registration materials and more information: GoldCollege@smsu.edu; 507-537-7164.

    Senior classes this session include:

    Mondays

    Ellis Island, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Mary Jones, instructor. Explore the people, the journey and the challenge of the Ellis Island inspection process as immigrants came to American to start a new life.
    The Art of Persuasion – Letting Other People Have Your Way, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Michael Rich, instructor. Join us to learn more about your social style and how to identify the social style of other people. With that knowledge, you can successfully get your way more often.
    Founding Fathers and Mothers, 2-4 p.m., Pastor Dave Johnston, instructor. Study the five greatest American Founding Fathers, and three of the greatest Founding Mothers. These are the men and women who shaped the course of the Revolution by their ideals and courage.
    Computer Tips and Tricks, 2-4 p.m., Beth Westra, instructor. Topics such as on-line banking, email, uploading photos to various sites, Facebook tips, sync computer with iPhone and iPad, Microsoft office tips with Word and Excel, internet tricks and tips, etc.

    Tuesdays

    Current Events, 9-11 a.m., Gary Graubau, instructor. A thoughtful and provocative discussion for those interested in world, national & regional events.
    Relationships, 9-11 a.m., Jerry Bottelberghe, instructor. This class will discuss a variety of relationships that distinguish who you are, and how you interact with your friends and family. In addition, it will explore how your relationships affect your health and your physical well-being. 
    Conflicted Elections of Earlier Times, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Lloyd Petersen, instructor. Every four years, Americans elect a president and every four years, battle lines are drawn and conflict prevails. Look back at some of the most distinctive conflicts and hear how those the parties maintained unity in the midst of such intense turmoil.
    Hobbies – No Skills Required, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., This class will introduce you to a variety of new ideas, sure to enrich your life. Make and explore Scandinavian paper clipping, woven felt heart baskets and the German paper star, as well as handmade greeting cards, beaded jewelry, star petal fold 3-D book and the joy of little Golden books.
    Fun with Origami, 2-4 p.m., Pam Blake, instructor. You will learn about the history of origami, including where it originated, what types of papers can be used and how to make basic folds.
    Fishing 101, 2-4 p.m., Nick Simonson, instructor. An introduction to the equipment, species and methods of angling in the upper Midwest covering the biological, seasonal and situational aspects of fish and their environment and best methods to angle for them in any water, any time of year.

    Wednesdays

    World War II, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Lloyd Petersen, instructor. Search for answers about the war that had such a huge influence on the U.S., our parents and our grandparents.


    Police Work – Past and Present, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Brian West, instructor. This class offers a closer view into events that impact people in our region and at the national level. Special guests include Phil Smith-MADD advocate, former NYC police officer and current Minnesota State Patrol trooper. Matt Smith will speak about 9/11, along with Janet Timmerman from the Murray County Historical Society, who will present details of the 1940 vehicle crash near Slayton. Representatives from the Lyon County Sheriff's Dept. and the Marshall Police Dept. will discuss current trends and issues addressed by their agencies.
    The Fight to End Slavery, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Dr. Joan Gittens, instructor. This class will look at six different topics of slavery in American history: the establishment of slavery in the American colonies, the issue of slavery in the American Revolution and the Constitution, early attempts to end slavery, the rise of Immediate Abolitionism and the growth of the anti-slavery movement from the 1830s to the passage of the 13th amendment in 1864.
    Sociology in Children’s Stories, 2-4 p.m., Erin Reps, instructor. Explore the role that children’s literature plays in helping us understand the social world around us. Visit both timeless classics and modern works of children’s tales to see what talking animals, heroes, fairies, and other fantastical characters have to teach us about ourselves and society.
    Pottery, 2-4 p.m., Pat Hand, instructor. Students will work with clay to create their own unique hand-built pottery forms. These will be dried and fired in a kiln to bisque temperature, then glazed and fired again to the glaze temperature. Working on a potter’s wheel may be an additional option.

    Thursdays

    The Mountain Men, 9-11 a.m., Herb Pagel, instructor. The Mountain Men were the first wave of the white incursion into the West. Look into their adventures and hardships — how they braved cold, bears, and hostile natives to exploit the natural resources to satisfy the demands of fashionable men.


    Art at the Box Office, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Pat Hand, instructor. This course will view and discuss selected visual art works, artists and art styles and movements that have appeared within the context of various classic movies. Interesting tidbits on the history and techniques of making motions pictures will also be included.


    Senior Stay Strong, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Erin Kasmarik-Mallett, instructor. This class is designed to tackle a variety of challenges encountered as people age: balance, flexibility, strength, fall prevention, and overall mobility. Use equipment such as resistance bands, light hand weights and texture balls. Explore varieties of nutrition to maintain a healthy body and exercises to keep a sharp mind. The class is designed to promote overall wellness by providing you with the skills necessary to continue an active and productive lifestyle.


    Art, Music and Literature from the Renaissance to the Age of Reason, 2-4 p.m., Steve Linstrom, instructor. This class is a study of Western Humanities, from the Renaissance (1400) to the Age of Reason (1789). Explore the art, music and literature from each period and consider the social and historical impacts. Politics, religion and philosophy are all reflected in the art of each period.  We will be examining the great masterpieces of the time and profiling the artists that created them.

     

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