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Community University Studies Fall 2014 Course Offerings

Basic Computer Skills I

Learn how to navigate a computer. This course is specifically for beginners with little to no computer experience. Students will learn the basic operations of a computer and how to use the Internet, create an e-mail account, organize files, and more.

Basic Italian II

Prerequisite: Basic Italian I or equivalent basic education in the language. This course is the continuation of the Basic Italian I level and for students who have taken formal instruction a while ago, or have previous informal exposure to the language. Students will learn to conduct simple conversations on a range of everyday subjects.  Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course.                    

Required textbook: Parliamo Italiano 2nd Edition (ISBN#0618102647).  Students can purchase a used copy of the textbook on The textbook will be the only book students will need for Basic Italian I, II, III, and IV, Intermediate Italian I and II, and Advanced Italian.  A dictionary is required.

Beginning American Sign Language​

Learn to converse with people who are hearing impaired. Students will learn the basics of sign language, including form, finger spelling, and concepts that underlie signing for words. Upon completion of the course, students will have the skills to communicate effectively with people who are deaf or hard of hearing.

Communicate in Color with Six Hats​ – Northpointe Campus

Bring color to communication with six thinking hats, and enjoy the process of improving communication and problem-solving skills. Students will learn a process invented by Edward DeBono and will discuss each of his six thinking hats. Participants will try on sequences of hats to promote teamwork, cooperation, creative problem solving, and analysis of ideas. Two hat activities will be presented in a playful atmosphere, and participants will apply this strategy to their lives and play an interactive game to enjoy the new communication tool. In addition, these hats nurture teamwork, focus, and cooperation and help people to understand and expand their thinking.

Drawing Basics

This course is for both beginners and students with experience. Students will explore the language of drawing and develop observational abilities and rendering skills. In this introduction to the art of drawing, the instructor presents methods of describing objects in terms of line, value, shape, and texture. Course projects help students to explore the principles of light, space, composition, and perspective using a variety of media and techniques. Students will be encouraged to do still-life drawings, study basic shapes and shading, and experiment with new tools and drawing media. By the end of the class, students will have the skills necessary to convey their ideas and concepts through drawing.

Getting the Most from Microsoft Excel: The Basics

Students will learn how to create, edit, format, and save spreadsheets. Use of formulas, graphs, and the Office ribbon will be covered as time permits. Anyone unfamiliar with Microsoft Excel who would like to learn how to use it for professional or personal computing is welcome.

How to Edit Digital Photographs

Learn easy ways to edit your digital photographs with free software that can be downloaded from the Internet. Techniques such as color contrast, cropping, and enhancing your photographs will be discussed.

Introduction to Belly Dancing – Level One​

Students will learn traditional belly dance movements set to both modern pop and traditional belly dance music. Students also will learn about musicality and the history of belly dance while learning to express personal creativity. People of all shapes, sizes, and ages are welcome to learn!

Introduction to Color

This course will introduce students to basic color theory through still-life drawing and landscape painting. Still life allows them to practice skills using inanimate objects arranged in an artful manner and lit in a way that will enhance the final work. They will learn to appreciate pure line and form, light and shadow, color and hue, and the correct proportion of objects. Through the practice of techniques such as mixing color, under painting, washing, dry brushing, and use of the palette knife, students will explore contemporary approaches to landscape painting, gain experience in observing and expressing the changing nature of light and color, and study common elements such as skies, trees, mountains, rocks, and water arranged into a coherent composition.

Individual instruction will be provided, with ample time allotted for students to work on still-life projects or use their own photographs for landscape painting. Instruction will consist of a combination of painting demonstrations and experimentation with special techniques to achieve depth.

This class is for both beginning students and students with experience.

Introduction to Grant Seeking and Grant Writing – Northpointe Campus

Take the mystery and myth out of locating grant funding opportunities and writing a great grant proposal! Students will learn the sound planning skills needed to prepare for the grant writing experience, how to identify and qualify appropriate grant funding opportunities, and the basic structure of a grant proposal. They will also learn how to identify and use research, evaluation techniques, and budgeting to communicate goals and objectives in a clear and concise manner. Special emphasis will be placed on how to find grants for their organizations, how to develop partnerships with community agencies, sustainability plans for programs/projects, and tips on skillful writing.

Introduction to the iPad​

Is your iPad sitting on a shelf or lying in a drawer? It's time to get it out and learn how to use it. Learn about connectivity, applications, media, and syncing your iPad. This is a course where everyone will participate and learn the functionality of the device. (Please bring your iPad to class.)

Know Yourself Better – Northpointe Campus

Know yourself better by learning the North, South, East, and West Personality Profile System. As participants identify the strengths and weaknesses of their personality profiles, they will learn what behaviors sabotage success in life and career.

Learn How to Tweet With Twitter

This is your opportunity to find out what the buzz is about Twitter. How and when to use it and more.

Learning the Basics of E-mail

This is a great course for someone who wants to learn how to use e-mail. Students will create an e-mail account, send and receive e-mails, send attachments—including pictures—and more!

Local Working Class History Through Film – St. Andrew's Village

This course will provide an overview of local working class history through four films that the instructor produced and/or co-produced with Mr. Rick Peduzzi and Dr. Irwin Marcus in the 1980s and 1990s. The first, A Vote of Thanks, examines the closing of the Robertshaw Controls factory in Indiana in 1980.  It tells how Robertshaw was recruited to our area and places its closing within the larger context of the de-industrialization process that swept throughout the Industrial North in the 1980s. The second, People and Power the Struggle Continues: A History of Steel Workers, 1880–1980, looks at the evolution and growth of the steel industry by using the Mon Valley as a case study. In addition, it surveys these particular events: the steel strikes of 1892 and 1919, the rise of unionization in the 1930s, and the rise and fall of the industry in the post-WWII era. The third film, Struggle for an American Way of Life: Coal Miners and Coal Operators in Central Pennsylvania, 1919–1932, investigates how the local coal industry was developed and the struggle that occurred between the operators and miners for control of the industry in the post-WWI era. We will finish the class by screening The Fight for Jobs With A Future: The 1993 Bituminous Coal Strike, which inspects the selective strike that the United Mine Workers of American waged against operators in 1993. It concludes with a discussion of the changing nature of the U.S. economy from an industrial base to a high-tech and service-based economy that features the development of the prison industrial complex.

Pottery – Hand Building Functional Pots (Beginning to Advanced)​

This ceramics class will focus on hand building and surface decoration. Students will make functional vessels by combining various construction techniques such as soft-slab building, coiling, pinching, and slump molds. The class will explore a variety of decoration techniques by using colored slips, glazes, and textures to create variety and layers on the surface of the clay.

Pottery – Wheel Throwing (Beginning to Advanced)

This beginning to intermediate level class will study the processes involved with wheel-thrown ceramics. By the end of the class, students will have learned proper wheel throwing techniques through the creation of functional forms (i.e., mugs, bowls, plates) and will have been introduced to decorative and alteration techniques to accomplish and finish their work. There will be demonstrations held at the beginning of class, with the majority of the time being focused on one-on-one guidance for individuals.

The Renegade History of the United States – St. Andrew's Village

How did 19th-century prostitution influence the women’s movement of the 20th century? What role did the mob play in shaping the popular cultural trends featured in today’s Hollywood, Las Vegas, and Broadway? What was the dominant culture’s initial perspective on the racial identities of the Irish, Italians, and Jews? How did marginalize groups and organizations contribute to shaping America’s overall culture that we participate in everyday life? This course will offer answers to these questions as well as pursue the story of how some of the most unlikely individuals, groups, and organizations brought new ideas, lifestyles, and cultural change to the center of American culture.

Rejuvenate Your Retirement – Monroeville Campus

Making your money last throughout retirement has never been more challenging. People are living longer, and fewer retirees have traditional pensions. In recent years, the volatility of the stock and bond markets has been high, and interest rates paid by banks have been low. While most retirees are covered by Social Security, this program also faces financial challenges. This course helps you develop a personalized retirement income plan. We explain how to determine what percentage of your assets you must withdraw to meet expenses, estimate how many years your money may last and any adjustments needed to help your money last longer, and calculate the impact of investment choices, rate of return, and inflation on your plan.

Retirement Planning Today – Monroeville Campus

In this course, participants will learn how to manage investment risks, use new tax laws to their advantage, make informed decisions about company retirement plans, and audit estate plans to function properly under the new laws.This course blends financial education with life planning to help participants build wealth, align their money with their values, and achieve their retirement lifestyle goals.

Retirement Planning Today – Northpointe Campus

In this course, participants will learn how to manage investment risks, use new tax laws to their advantage, make informed decisions about company retirement plans, and audit estate plans to function properly under the new laws. This course blends financial education with life planning to help participants build wealth, align their money with their values, and achieve their retirement lifestyle goals.

Social Media for Small Businesses​

This course is an opportunity to learn the basics of social media and how to use it to grow a business. Participants will learn to identify ways to see if their plan is working. Topics include social media as a whole, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Instagram. Learn how to create a social media marketing plan.

Social Networking with Facebook​

Never used Facebook, or relatively new to it? Learn how to connect with others, share pictures, form online groups, and more. Best practices for privacy controls and popular Facebook pages and groups will also be discussed.

Social Networking with Facebook – Intermediate

For those that know the very basics of Facebook, but would like to learn more. Participants will learn how to collaborate with others with chat and messages, participate in and create groups, respond to event requests, create new events, and more.

What is Cloud Computing?​

Students will learn how to use cloud computing to store and retrieve data, as well as collaborate with others in a variety of methods. Anyone unfamiliar with cloud computing who would like to learn how to store data and collaborate with others is welcome.

Visual Art Appreciation

This course is an exploration of visual art forms and their cultural connections. It includes a brief introduction of art history with the study of elements, media, and methods used in the creative process and thought. Instructor introduces the basics of art appreciation: definitions and roles of the artist, visual thinking, artistic elements and principles of the visual language, and how art speaks. Students will develop a five-step system for understanding visual art in all forms based on description, analysis, meaning, context, and judgment.

This course is intended for a very broad audience. You may never have studied art formally, and you may not be an artist yourself. On the other hand, you may already be involved in art production. Whatever your background, if you wish to learn about art appreciation and some of the basic elements and principles of the artistic language, this course is for you.

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