FALL 2019 Course Offerings

 

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Art

Please stay tuned for courses partnered with the Crested Butte Art Center  

Biology

Raptor Ecology

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Classes: Mondays, Sept. 16-Oct 28 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Field trips: Saturdays, Sept. 28, Oct. 12 and Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon
  • Taylor Hall 105

Students study the anatomy, physiology, morphology and field identification of major Colorado raptors (Birds of Prey). This includes lectures of key points of major raptor groups: Falcons, Accipiters, Buteos, other occasional species and some select common owl species. Through both lectures and observations, each student learns to identify raptors, raptor habitat and niche. Students also learn how to properly record field observations in a field notebook as a part of the class requirements.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert      

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Thursdays, Sept. 19 to Oct. 10 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m
  • Paul Wright Lower Gym
  • Students should bring their own fly rod and reel, some rods are made available.

Learn the basic fundamentals of fly fishing including equipment, rods, rod weight, line types, leaders, tippets, flies and accessories. Learn the value and application of using waders, polarized sunglasses, vests, etc. Learn the use of all this equipment, including an emphasis on casting instruction, application and types of flies and knots, as well as reading waters for trout with emphasis on presentation to enable the student to begin to fly fish successfully on local waters. This enables the student to practice the art of fly fishing in some of the West's best fly fishing waters right here in the Gunnison Basin! 

Communication

How We Love

Instructor: Cheryl Coffey                                                  

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Tuesdays Oct. 15 - Nov. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 201

Are you tired of having the same fight over and over again? Would you like to break free of old relationship patterns? Join Cheryl Coffey as she facilitates Milan and Kay Yerkovich’s six-week study group. Learn to address the source of conflict and create a close, nourishing relationship.

American Sign Language

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit, $40
  • Date: 9/18/2019 - 10/02/2019
  • Day: Mondays and Wednesdays
  • Time: 4:30-5:30 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 228

This class is for adults who are interested in learning the language of the Deaf. It can also allow for interaction with infants and small children whose words and speech are in the making; for Parents, Early Childhood Teachers and Caregivers
who might like to use a signed language to help children as they communicate in the world. The 7 sessions will include information about Deaf culture and a thorough introduction to American Sign Language (ASL) as the language most used
in the Deaf community. The signs to be taught will include some basic ASL vocabulary as well as signs adapted to a small child’s level of motor function.  The class is designed as an active learning environment to include basic signs and basic vocabulary as well as general information about language acquisition for children 0-4 years of age.

Navigating Difficult Conversations

Instructor: Cheryl Coffey

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Date: 10/17/2019 - 11/14/2019
  • Day: Thursdays
  • Time: 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 201

Most people would rather avoid conflict, but what do you do when it is unavoidable? Learn how to navigate difficult conversations and gain the skills and confidence that will improve both your personal and professional relationships.

Dance

Beginning Ballroom Dance

Instructor: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Date: 9/30/2019 - 11/11/2019 (no class on 10/14/2019)
  • Day: Mondays
  • Time: 7:30 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Location: Mountaineer Fieldhouse, North Court

In 6 one hour classes you will learn social dance steps to Waltz, Foxtrot and East Coast Swing.  Studies show dancing is good for you on many levels – good for your body and your mind – and it’s fun!  Ask about scholarships for Veterans, their immediate family and seniors.

Beginning Country Western Couples Dance

Instructor: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit, $90
  • Date: 9/30/2019 - 11/11/2019 (no class on 10/14/2019)
  • Day: Mondays
  • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Location: Mountaineer Fieldhouse, North Court

In 6 one-hour classes, learn the basic dance steps to Country Two-Step, Country Waltz and Country Swing. This course provides a strong foundation on which you can build your knowledge of steps and moves. Ask about scholarships for veterans, their immediate family and seniors.

Exercise & Sport Science

 

Yoga to ease tension

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson

  • Non-credit, $65
  • Monday and Wednesday, Sept. 11- Oct. 9 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m.
  • Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St. (alley side), Gunnison

Do you have a tense body and a busy mind? Join our yoga class with ordinary working folks like yourself and find some relief. This is a casual Community centered class that practices yoga postures, plus breathing and mindfulness techniques. With practice, your body gains flexibility, your mind calms, and sleeping improves.

Therapy Yoga for 50 and over

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson

  • Non-credit, $65
  • Session 1: Monday and Wednesday, Sept 11-Oct. 9 from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
  • Session 2: Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 14 - Nov. 6 from 1
  • Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St. (alley side), Gunnison

A wonderful, therapeutic, gentle approach helps older adults guide their bodies into a state of ease and balance. Using simple movement, imagery, and breath work, this yoga workshop eases pain and renews strength in the body and mind.

Yoga for the winter blues

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson

  • Non-credit, $65
  • Monday and Wednesday, Oct. 14- Nov. 6 from 5:30 to 6:45 p.m. 
  • Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St. (alley side), Gunnison 

Dissolve stress, strengthen and reenergize with this yoga practice. Sherrill’s teaching style reveals a warm and compassionate presence and is reflective of 24 years’ experience. Feelings of success are encouraged regardless of skill level. Course includes the classic salutation to encourage energy flow and warm up, eight standing postures for strength and stability, tension relieving flor postures, and meditation.

Life Skills: Coping with stress, stressful jobs and difficult people

Instructor: Sherrill Stenson

  • Non-credit $65
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 29 - Nov. 19 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
  • Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St. (alley side), Gunnison

Learn to manage stress and burnout with easy enjoyable techniques that you can use in your daily life. Get ready for a deeply relaxing experience.

Foreign Language

Spanish For never-ever and beginner Spanish learners

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit, $60
  • Date: 9/17/2019 - 10/3/2019
  • Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 5:30 - 6:45 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 228  

This six-session class is an introduction to the Spanish language. It introduces students to basic vocabulary and conversation with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. It is designed for the beginner second language learner. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments.  Opportunities for interaction with native speakers will take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.  A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.            

Spanish Conversation

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit, $60
  • Date: 9/17/2019 - 10/3/2019
  • Day: Tuesdays and Thursdays
  • Time: 6:45 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Taylor Hall 228

This 6 session/3 week class is for advanced beginners and intermediate Spanish Language Learners interested in reviewing and expanding their vocabulary, gaining a greater understanding of grammar, speaking conversationally with other adults in an active and fun learning environment.  The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments. No text required; hand-outs will be used.  A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

Continuing spanish for beginning spanish learners

Instructor: Karen Immerso                           

  • Non-credit, $80
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays, Nov. 5 - Nov. 21 from 5:30 - 6:45 p.m. 
  • Taylor Hall 228

This 6 session/ 3 week class is ongoing practice of the Spanish language for beginners who were introduced to it in September. It continues the acquisition of basic vocabulary and conversation with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. It is designed for the beginner second language learner who started out earlier in the fall, wants to review and continue on from the basics. The class includes activities, speaking practice and some homework assignments.  Opportunities for interaction with native speakers may take place. No text required; hand-outs will be used.  A dictionary is not required but helpful: University of Chicago Spanish/English Dictionary available at the Bookworm.

Health

American red cross CPR/AED and First Aid

Instructor: Tami Maciejko

Non-credit, $120 + $27 Card Fee
Wednesdays, Oct. 9 - Oct. 16 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.
Gym 15

This is American Red Cross CPR and First Aid for the workplace. Practical skill on Resusci Anne and a written test are included. Students receive a certification from the American Red Cross upon completion of both the written test and skill evaluation.             

Personal Interest

                                             

The Vision Workshop

Instructor: Carla Fanciullo, Certified DreamBuilder Life Coach, Registered Occupational Therapist, Certified Phoenix Rising Yoga Practitioner

  • Non-credit, $30                                                                                                                                  
  • Wednesday, Sept. 12 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.
  • Taylor 201                                                                                                    

During this interactive workshop, the facilitator will guide participants to identifying a “vision” or a “design” for your life based on growth signals that life provides. Participants will be encouraged and guided to use their imagination to create a life they love living. Participants will learn to eliminate fear, doubt and worry and move towards goals with confidence.    

Recreation & Outdoor Education

Leadership at The Edge: Advanced Leadership Practices for Collaboration and Innovation

Instructor: Paul Duba

  • ROE 510, 1 credit ($165) + Course Fee ($155) + Materials Fee ($15)
  • Non-credit, course fee ($155) + Materials Fee ($15)
  • Dates: Oct. 16, Oct. 17, Oct. 24, Oct. 31 and Nov. 7
  • Wednesdays from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • ICELab

Leadership is a practice that requires the courage to ask others to imagine a different future with you. Sometimes the future is easy, a matter of helping others make progress toward reliable results through practices execution. But for problems without easy answers, leadership requires us to help others commit to a path of discovery, an invitation to join in collaboration and innovation, where curiosity and being “OK not knowing” are important steps along the way to new knowing. Leadership at the Edge is a course for those who want to understand this road less travelled, what leaders do (and team needs) to reach for breakthrough results. This course is hands-on, highly experiential, and built to help you grow your practice, enabling you to more reliably unlock the magic of a team’s collective ambition, creativity, and motivation.

Snow, Climate and Water

Instructor: Chris Landry

  • Non-credit, $105
  • Tuesdays, Oct. 15 - Nov. 12 from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.
  • Taylor 228

What’s happening to Gunnison Country’s winters?  Is Colorado’s snow climate changing?  Can Colorado’s crucial headwater snowpack continue to provide sufficient water supplies for Coloradans and to downstream States? What factors (actually) drive snowmelt?  How are conditions in the Four Corners affecting Colorado’s snowmelt patterns?  How and why do snowpack conditions vary over the landscape?  What goes on underneath the snowpack surface on a clear night, or on a sunny powder day? This course will examine these and more snow questions, using snow, weather, and climate data, and the latest in snow science, to prepare you to better understand what happens this coming winter.  Although this is not an avalanche safety class, this course will provide a strong foundation for participants planning to take an avalanche course this winter.     

                 

Cancellations

Extended Studies reserves the right to cancel classes and to
make changes when warranted. Participants will be notified if
classes are cancelled and will receive a full refund. Checks
that are returned for non-payment are assessed a $17
service charge.

Dropping a Course

Dropping a course will result in a refund if they occur prior
to the week before the start date (unless otherwise
specified). Non-attendance or non-payment does not
constitute a drop. Full refunds are not given after the last
day to drop. All drop requests must be in writing to the
Extended Studies Office.