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Community University Studies Spring 2015 Course Offerings

American Sign Language-Beginner

Learn to converse with people who are hearing impaired. Students will learn the basics of sign language, including form, fingerspelling, 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.

American Sign Language-Intermediate

This class is a continuation of the Beginning American Sign Language class. More attention will be given to grammatical form and function while building on the vocabulary base. Students need to have competed the beginner’s class or its equivalent.

Arabic Language for Beginners

This course will introduce the Arabic alphabet and the sound system. Simple conversation will be used in class including greetings, finding your way, asking simple questions, and shopping.

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 III - Northpointe Campus

This course is the continuation of the Basic Italian 2 level and is for students who have taken formal instruction or have previous informal exposure to the language.  Students will learn to conduct simple conversations on a range of everyday subjects using the simple present tense and the present perfect tense.  Listening, reading, speaking, and writing skills will be addressed throughout the course.  This course will use the textbook from Basic Italian II.

Culture, Customs and Etiquette in the Middle East​

Cultural traditions, values, and etiquette will be explained in class, in relation to different minority groups of the Middle East. Celebrations, food, and women rights will be discussed as well. Media and hands on activity will be part of the class interaction.

Decorated Surfaces on Hand Built Pottery

This course is designed for students who are interested in increasing the visual imagery in their work. Students will learn quick methods for making pottery with focus on creating richly decorated surfaces.  By using simple tools, students will learn many alternative techniques to personalize their work.  Focus on mishima, sgrafitto, image transfer, stamps and more.

Supply List: Basic Pottery Tool Kit (Recommended; but not required.) Available at the IUP Co-Op Store. In addition, there is a lab fee of $40.00 payable to IUP Ceramics on the first night of class.  Premixed Clay is provided at .60 cents per pound at the IUP Co-op Store.

Ghost Hunting: A Short Introduction for Beginners

Ghost or poltergeist?  Are all those instances of demonic possession in movies and television real? This six-hour workshop will provide those who are new to ghost investigation with answers to their questions through discussion about experiences, beliefs, speculation, and theory connected to ghosts and ghost-lore.  In additional, investigation protocols, advice, and instruction on using equipment will be offered.  A participant who completes this introductory workshop will be prepared to begin investigating on his/her own or may choose to gain experience through the Field Experience being offered at IUP the same evening immediately following the workshop.  The instructor is an experienced ghost investigator.  Members of the Paranormal Society of IUP (PSIUP) will assist in instruction.

Ghost Hunting: Field Experience

This field investigation is appropriate for experienced ghost investigators and those who have completed the “Ghost Hunting:  A Short Introduction for Beginners” workshop.  We will move in small groups through three on-campus sites, using cameras, tape recorders, and other equipment to attempt to document possible paranormal activity.  Experienced investigators from the Paranormal Society of IUP will assist with use of equipment and interpretation of results.  Participants will need a flashlight and should bring a digital camera and tape recorder if at all possible.  Walking, both inside and outside, is a part of the field experience.  This will be the last spring to investigate Keith and Leonard Halls, as they are being torn down the following year!

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 Grant Seeking and Grant Writing

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.)

Introduction to the iPad II​

This is a continuation from the Introduction to the iPad. 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.) 

Latin to Amaze Your Friends, Confound Your Enemies, and Strengthen Your Memory

A simple approach to fundamentals of Latin that will enable students to read and enjoy elementary Latin texts.

Microsoft Excel: The Basics

Students will learn how to create, edit, format and save spreadsheets. Using 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.

Parliamo Italiano!

Join us for this introductory-level course in speaking Italian. Emphasis will be on grammar and pronunciation. If you are planning a trip in the future, this class will be useful, as travel phrases and useful information on the “Italy of Today” will be discussed.

Pottery – Wheel Throwing (Beginning to Intermediate)

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.  

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?​ -Punxsutawney Campus

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. 

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