A wide variety of non-credit courses being offered at ISU

August 22 2008

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. -- Indiana State University is offering a variety of non-credit arts and language courses this fall, ranging from basket weaving, art basics for children and digital photography to classes in French, Spanish and Arabic.

The course "Making a Market Basket" instructs participants in weaving a market basket with a filled woven bottom. Basic under-over weaving, rimming and lashing techniques will be taught during this one-session class. Participants need to bring a two gallon pail, towel, tape measure, scissors, and spray bottle. The course is offered from 5:30-8:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 18 in room 103 of the Family and Consumer Sciences Building. Jean Wright and Arlene Jennings will instruct the course. There is a fee of $35 for the course and a $15 materials fee.

"Capturing Life -- An Introduction to Storytelling Photography" provides a basic overview of photojournalism. The class is structured for beginning journalists of all ages, publications, and public relations professionals and others who are interested in a more candid form of photography. The course will touch on the topics of history, ethics, new media, studio lighting, image editing, storytelling as well as basic tips and techniques. Coursework will focus on the photojournalistic style of capturing compelling images of sports, spot news, events, features and portraits, with corresponding photo projects. Participants will receive hands-on experience with studio lighting, Photoshop and SLR digital cameras. Participants are encouraged to bring their own cameras and equipment. Basic photography equipment will be supplied during course hours.

The course is offered from 6-8 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 17-Oct. 8 in Root Hall A-109. Tony Campbell, Kara Berchem and Marjorie Loomis of Indiana State's Photography Services office will instruct the course. There is a fee of $45 for the class.

Are you thinking about buying a digital camera' Have you recently bought one, and are wondering where to begin' The course "Every Pixel Tells a Story" is a verbal instruction manual on digital basics- camera controls, what you can and can't do with your digital camera. It will cover accessories, flash, removing red eye, pixel size, and cropping. You'll learn to import images into the computer and what can be done with them after. You are encouraged to bring any equipment you have. The course is offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 7-28 at Mic's Pics, 670 East Springhill Drive in Terre Haute. Mic Orman will instruct the course. There is a fee of $45 for the class.

"Art Smart Basics for Kids" is designed for young artists, ages 7 to 12 interested in basic drawing, painting, and collage. The course is offered from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Saturdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25 in room 103 of the Family and Consumer Sciences Building. Connie Claypoole Maxwell will instruct the course. There is a fee of $60.

Indiana State is offering non-credit language and culture courses in French, Arabic and Spanish this spring.

Farooq AlTameemy, instructor, will teach basic Arabic daily life conversations in "Conversational Arabic I." Classes will start from zero level of Arabic comprehension. You will learn to read and write the alphabet, vocabulary and simple sentences. The focus will be on using these in daily life conversations. This course is offered 5:30 -7 p.m., Wednesdays, Sept. 17-Nov. 19 in Root Hall, room A-111. There is a fee of $125.

"Conversational Arabic II" is designed as a continuation of Conversational Arabic, or for those who already have a little knowledge of Arabic. In this class students will learn sentences and expressions taken from daily life and more about the Arabian culture. By the end of the class, you will be able to read some Arabic and write what is dictated by the instructor, as well as look for meanings in the dictionary. This course is offered 5:30 -- 7 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 15-Nov. 17 in Root Hall, room A-111. AlTameemy will instruct the course. There is a fee of $125.

Come and learn the basics of Spanish, a language that is becoming more popular and useful each day. In "Conversational Spanish for Beginners" learn about different cultures while learning Spanish. Be able to have a conversation when you travel to any of the 20 Spanish-speaking countries. This course is offered 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, Sept. 16-Nov. 18 in Root Hall, room A-109. Ruth Torres will instruct the course. There is a fee of $125.

"French for Travelers" will help participants develop basic reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in French while providing an introduction to the French culture. This course is offered 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Sept. 15-Dec. 1 in Root Hall, room A-012. Bassou El Mansour will instruct the course. There is a fee of $125.

Other classes offered cover special interests, such as writing, literature, astronomy and history.

"Terre Haute $in City" will examine the social, cultural, and political history of the City of Terre Haute and how those aspects have shaped the city we live in today.

This course is offered 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, from Sept. 15-Oct. 22 in Root Hall, room A-005. Jessica D. Fields of Indiana State's Ecological and Environmental Sciences; Geography, Geology, and Anthropology; and History departments will instruct the course. There is a fee of $100.

Learn more about the night sky and the solar system by taking a course in astronomy. If weather permits, outdoor observations will be part of the learning experience. This course if offered 6:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursdays from Sept. 16-Oct. 16 in Root Hall, room A-002. Walter Hadley will teach the course. There is a fee of $125. Participants are encouraged to purchase "Astronomy, From Earth to the Universe," 6th edition, 2002 media edition by Jay Pasachoff.

"Holmes Again" will focus on the life and times of Sherlock Holmes and his biographer, Dr. Watson. Participants will discuss his creator, Arthur Conan Doyle, and read his first Sherlock Holmes novel, "A Study in Scarlet" as well as some of his short stories. The course is offered from 7-9 p.m., Mondays, Oct. 20-Nov. 17 in Root Hall room A-112. Judith Francis will instruct the course. There is a fee of $50.

A class on fiction writing will explore the creative process. After examining how well-known authors craft their stories, students will write their own short story that will be critiqued during a class workshop. The course is offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m., Wednesdays, Oct. 22-Nov. 19 in Root Hall room A-014. Shannon A. Forster will instruct the course. There is a fee of $50.

Have you ever wondered if there was a historical figure in your family tree' This course, "What's in Your Gene Pool," will help you learn how to uncover the hidden past in your family genealogy and in doing so, will introduce your present to your past via the internet, local library resources and old-fashioned detective work.

This course is offered 7-8:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, from Oct. 27 to Dec. 3 in Root Hall, room A-012. Jessica D. Fields of Indiana State's Ecological and Environmental Sciences; Geography, Geology, and Anthropology; and History departments will instruct the course.

A variety of recreation classes are being offered ranging from youth racquetball and social dancing, to scuba diving. Other classes, such as safety courses for adults and children, an ASP/CSP examination preparation course, an online health center activity director course and basics of AutoCad, automated computer design, are also available this fall. More details are available by calling 812-237-4101.

In addition to these courses taught in a traditional classroom setting, a wide variety of non-credit courses are also available via distance-education from Education 2 Go and JER online. More information on distance-education non-credit courses can be found by going to http://www1.indstate.edu/conted/contedonlinecourses.htm

ISU provides non-credit courses to promote, develop, and offer quality education programs to the community.

A complete course description for non-credit classes is available at http://www1.indstate.edu/conted/noncredithealth.htm. Participants must register in advance for classes. To register for non-credit courses, print out and complete the form at http://www1.indstate.edu/conted/non-credit.pdf or call 812-237-4101 or 800-234-1639.

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Contact: Linda Crossett, Continuing Education, (812) 237-8479

Writer: Paula Meyer, ISU Communications & Marketing, (812) 237-3783 or paula.meyer@indstate.edu

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Indiana State University is offering a variety of non-credit arts and language courses this fall, ranging from basket weaving, art basics for children and digital photography to classes in French, Spanish and Arabic.

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