Local opportunities for Lifelong Learning

Press Release Florida State CollegeFlorida State College

Donald J. Hughes, Nassau Center Director

Registration for the spring term Center for Lifelong Learning Classes is still open.  Classes are held at the Amelia Island Plantation, St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, and the FSCJ Betty P. Cook Nassau Center.  Seats are still available in the following classes.

Amelia Island Plantation Classes:

Let’s Go to the Opera!, with Keith Thompson, will meet Thursdays, 9:30-11:30AM, February 20 through March 6.

This popular opera, set in Spain, tells the story of a love triangle with a Gypsy girl, a soldier and a bull fighter that ends in murder.  Bizet’s music is renowned for its expression of extreme human emotions.  The $60 cost of the class includes a ticket to attend the Artist Series sponsored Teatro Lirico D’Europa ‘s performance of Carmen by on March 7 at 8PM.  An additional ticket may be purchased by enrolled students for $15.

St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Classes:

American Voices, with Marilyn Wesley, will meet Mondays, 1:30-3:30PM, February 3 through March 24.

What really matters? Modern American poets have typically found answers to the abiding question in everyday language and ordinary experience.  In this class, students will learn and practice techniques for reading the poems of Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams and Langston Hughes.  The fee for this course is $50.
Monsters and Heroes, with Nancy Dickson, will meet Thursdays, 10AM-Noon, February 6 through March 27.

Monsters and heroes, epic battles between good and evil, and the nature of human existence as defined in old and modern English literature will be the focus of this course.  Students will read the Anglo-Saxon poem “Beowulf,” and John Gardner’s modern retelling of these events to examine the nature of monsters, the definition (ancient and modern) of good and evil, and explore the boundaries between human and ‘other.’  The fee for this course is $50.

The American Civil War, with Tony Daniels, will meet on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:30AM, February 4 through March 25.

This is a reading, discussion and hands-on class about the Civil War.  The instructor has been a Civil War re-enactor since 1982 and will provide genuine and authentic reproductions of arms, uniforms and equipment for students to examine.  Students will study causes of the conflict, the conflict itself and the outcomes that affect us still.  Emphasis will be given to eastern and western campaigns and battles of importance as well as diplomatic efforts by both the North and South.  The fee for this class is $50.

Florida State College Nassau Center Classes:

China Minor Arts, with Jim Kemp, will meet Tuesdays, 2:30-4:30PM, February 18 through March 4.

Chinese woodblock printing, Chinese seal making, and Chinese stone rubbings will be discussed in this class.  Original Chinese art works will be displayed in class for direct observation.  Students will print from woodblocks and seals in class to create their own prints.  Students will also learn how to get original works from China on eBay.  The fee for this class is $40.

I Turned on the Computer…..Now What?, with Mike Hendrix, will meet on Wednesdays, 1:00-3:00PM, February 5 through March 12.

This is an introductory class to help students better understand their computers.  Students will learn basic computer functions: how to use the Internet, how to set up and use an e-mail account, how to post pictures on the Internet, how to use Facebook and how to navigate online banking and shopping.  The instructor will also give tips on how to keep personal information safe.  The fee for this class is $50.

How to use a Digital Camera, with Wayne Howard, will meet on Tuesdays, 1:00-2:30PM, February 4 through February 18.

This course is a basic introduction to the digital camera.  Students will be taught how to use the camera’s controls and built-in features to produce better digital photographs.  The class also includes instruction on how to download, print and email images.  This course does not require any particular computer skills and is not part of the separate “Image Editing” course.  The fee for this class is $40.

Image Editing for Digital Photographers, with Wayne Howard, will meet on Tuesdays, 3-4:30PM, February 4 through March 11.

Powerful image editing software has made the “digital darkroom” available to everyone with tools for enhancing colors, creating collages and amazing visual effects, retouching photographs and much more.  Students will learn these image manipulation techniques with real hands-on experience using Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Version 4 installed on the classroom computers.  While image-editing experience is not required, students should have basic computing skills and be able to navigate through file browsers.  The fee for this class is $50.

The Center for Lifelong Learning program has offered 210 classes with 3,061 registrations since the fall of 2000.   Costs of materials (books, etc.) vary by class.  Please contact the Nassau Center at 548-4432 for registration assistance or for further information.  The Betty P. Cook Nassau Center is located at 76346 William Burgess Boulevard, Yulee, Florida.

Florida State College at Jacksonville is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC) to award the baccalaureate and associate degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, or call (404) 679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Florida State College at Jacksonville. The Commission is to be contacted only if there is evidence that appears to support an institution’s significant non-compliance with a requirement or standard.

January 23, 2014 7:20 a.m.

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