Spring 2018 Course Offerings

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ART

CALLIGRAPHY
Laura Elm
NON CREDIT, $145 + $10 materials fee
Date:  2/06/2018-3/13/2018
Day:  Tuesday
Time:  5:30-7:30pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte                                   
It’s back to the future with old school skills! Acquire new techniques using uber-old-fashioned methods of pen and ink. As long words have been written, the wonderful world of calligraphy – which simply means “beautiful writing” – has been engaging folks of all walks of life. Laura Elm studied calligraphy with a spry 90-year-old scribe who showed up to class every week in a scholar’s robe. She promises not to do that. She plans, however, to go over all the underlying principles with care and exactitude. All levels. Age 12+.

 

FROM EXPOSURE TO ARCHIVING: BEGINNING PHOTOGRAPHY BASICS
Cayla Vidmar
NON CREDIT, $25 per class or $65 for all 3
Date:  1/13/2018, 1/20/2018, and 1/27/2018 
Day: Saturday
Time:  1/13/2018 3:00-6:00pm; 1/20/2018 and 1/27/201818 3:00-5:00pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
Ready to go from "auto" to "manual" on your digital camera? This beginner photography class walks you through the three pillars of correct exposure (aperture, shutter speed and ISO), including a review of student photos and discussion, editing software from Lightroom to smart phone apps, and how to organize and archive photos and the opportunity to sit down and organize your collection. Classes are split up into three (exposure and shooting, editing, organization and archiving) and students may take all three classes or drop into the ones they choose. Students must have a digital camera and SD card for first class, and a computer for the photo editing and organization classes along with photos to be edited and archived.

 

INTRODUCTION TO PAINTING
Megan Craver
NON CREDIT, $90 + $35 materials fee
Date:  3/05/2018-4/02/2018
Day:  Monday
Time:   6:00-8:00pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte                                   
Over 5 class sessions, acquire the tools, techniques, and skills required to create original paintings. Learn color theory and mixing as well as composition and layering techniques. Local painter Megan Craver leads students through studies of various painting concepts, including still life, portraits, landscapes, and master reproductions. For the final project, work an original painting concept through to completion, with individual guidance from Megan. The medium for this class is acrylic paint, however these techniques can also be applied to oil painting.

 

PAINTING ON SILK
Mary Tuck
NON CREDIT, $50 + $15 materials fee
Date:  4/28/2018
Day:  Saturday
Time:  10:00am-2:00pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte                                   
Using resist and an array of vibrant permanent dyes, paint on a 52-inch hemmed silk scarf. Start by stretching and pinning the scarf on an elevated surface. Then instructor Mary Tuck shows how to either use basic shapes to create colorful textures on the silk or use a tie dye technique to capture the colors and vibrancy of a pattern. Finish by adding accent colors to the background and then iron to set the color. Wear your silk scarf home!

 

PMC PRECIOUS METAL CLAY JEWELRY MAKING
Mary Tuck
NON CREDIT, $60 + $50 material fee
Date:  5/01/2018-5/02/2018
Day:  Tuesday, Wednesday
Time:  5:30-8:00pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte
Precious Metal Clay (PMC) is a crafting medium with the consistency of polymer clay, comprised of very small particles of silver. Instructor Mary Tuck guides the class through molding and shaping the PMC into beautiful pendants, rings, earrings, or bracelets that are then fired in a tabletop kiln. The binder in the PMC burns away, incredibly leaving 99% pure silver pieces of jewelry. Finish your piece by creating a patina, burnishing, polishing, and finally assembling the silver into a wearable piece of jewelry.

 

SILVERSMITHING
Meaghan Young
NON CREDIT, $85 + $45 materials fee per session
Date:  Session 1: 1/11/2018-1/25/2018
 Session 2: 5/16/2018-5/30/2018
Day:  Thursday (1st session) & Wednesday (2nd session)
Time:  5:30-8:00pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte                                   
Create a set of five stackable sterling silver rings, each with its own metal texture. Learn soldering, annealing, chasing and polishing, as well as safe and correct handling of a jeweler’s tools of a torch, ring mandrel, chasing hammers, soldering tools, abrasives, motorized drill and flex shaft. Take home a packet of step-by-step instructions and list of resources for tools and metal to continue working at home.

 

STAINED GLASS FOR BEGINNERS
Christina Stillwaggon
NON CREDIT, $115 + $40 materials fee
Date:  5/03/2018-5/31/2018
Day:  Thursday
Time:  5:30-7:30pm
Location:  The Art Studio of the Center for the Arts, 111 Elk Ave, Crested Butte                                   
Learn the art of stained glass in this 5-week course by making an 8” x 12” hanging stained glass piece! Students select a design for their project from a set of simple designs for beginners created by the instructor. Learn the basics of cutting glass, pattern preparation, and glass selection. Then learn glass enameling (painting on glass and then setting it by kiln firing) to add details and texture to the glass. After the painted glass pieces are kiln fired, put together the final stained glass piece using copper foil and solder. Soldering skills are covered and each student learns to use a soldering iron to complete their stained glass piece. Beginner and intermediate students are welcome. Students must wear closed-toe shoes.

 

BIOLOGY

MOUNTAIN STATES FORAGING AND MEDICINE MAKING*
Briana Rose Wiles
NON CREDIT, $90 + $50 materials fee
Date:  3/02/2018-3/17/2018
Day:  Friday, Saturday
Time:  6:00-7:30pm
Location:  Rooted Apothecary, 510 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte, CO                                                       
Have you ever looked at the plants in the Gunnison Valley and wondered which are edible or could be used for medicine? This class provides the necessary skills to correctly identify some of our local flora for your foraging and wildcrafting endeavors. Learn how to harvest wild plants safely and sustainably. An introduction into western herbalism is provided for a better understanding of using botanicals as medicine.

 

PLANT WALKS
Briana Rose Wiles
NON CREDIT, $20 per walk
Date:  3/10/2018, 4/22/2018, and 4/23/2018
Day: Saturday, Sunday
Time: 2:00-4:00pm
Location: 3/10/2018 – Meet at the Rooted Apothecary, 510 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
4/21/2018 – Meet at the University Center parking lot in Gunnison.
4/22/2018 – Meet at the Rooted Apothecary, 510 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
Take a plant walk alongside herbalist, forager and author Briana Wiles. Discover the edibility and medicinal uses* of plants you adore or trample over every day.  Briana’s will discuss her books, Mountain States Foraging and Mountain States Medicinal Plants. If you would like to purchase her book in advance of the walk, they are available in her store Rooted Apothecary located in Crested Butte. Participants should bring a day pack containing water, protective or warm jackets, and sun protection. Cost includes transportation.

*FDA Disclaimer: These statements and products have not been evaluated by the FDA. They are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease or condition. If you have a health concern or condition, consult a physician. Always consult a medical doctor before modifying your diet, using any new product, drug, supplement, or doing any new exercises.

 

RAPTOR ECOLOGY
Jeffrey J. Ewert
CEU 1, $90
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 2/26/2018-4/16/2018 (no class 3/19/2018)
(Field trips: Saturdays 3/24/2018 and 4/14/2018, 8:00am-12:00pm)
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Taylor 100
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. 

 

BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

BASICS OF EBAY SELLING
Olen Batchelor
NON CREDIT, $45 
Date: 4/17/2018-4/18/2018
Day: Tuesday, Wednesday
Time: 6:00-9:00pm
Location: Taylor 201
Learn to make a supplemental or full-time income from an eBay-trained Certified Education Specialist. This multimedia course includes eBay University’s own training materials and covers selling basics and beyond, including: research, opening and using a PayPal account, improving individual listings with better descriptions and more.

 

GRANTWRITING 
Maryo Ewell 
CEU 1, $90
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 3/01/2018-3/15/2018 
Day: Monday, Thursday 
Time: 6:00-8:30pm 
Location: Taylor 201 
Take the mystery out of grant writing! In this course, students are given what they need to prepare an effective project grant proposal for a nonprofit organization. Participants learn how to research funding sources, write an effective project grant proposal, budget, and understand vocabulary common to grant writing.

 

DEVELOPING ADVANCED CRITICAL THINKING TO ENHANCE SITUATIONAL AWARENESS
Greg and Shelly Williams
NON CREDIT, $200
Date: 1/23/2018-4/03/2018 (no class 3/20/2018)
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Taylor 100
Every human is born with the necessary skills to predict human behavior. We have the ability to “see” problems before they occur. Sadly, humans have evolved past accessing and using these innate human behavior characteristics. Human problems require human solutions. This course uses a proven, science-based, non-materiel, cognitive approach to solving human problems which may develop quickly into deadly encounters. Rage, ambush situations, insider threats, domestic violence; myriad potential situations where, with the proper training, you can predict, mitigate or prevent property loss, serious bodily injury or death.  

 

GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR LIBRARIANS
Valerie Colston
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 2/05/2018-3/05/2018
Day: Online
Librarians and staff are often asked to communicate or speak a visual language by creating posters, flyers, signage, library guides, bulletin boards, displays, conference brochures, websites and much more. The Graphic Design for Librarians class gives you the rules and tools for making that challenge possible, through an online format that allows you to network with other librarians and an art expert and author. This four week class gives you an opportunity to network and share ideas with others who are actively engaged in what you are doing. No prior art experience is needed or required. Learn simple guidelines for making graphic design tasks easier and more effective-no matter the project. All levels of ability benefit from the tips and guidelines for creating and improving graphic design projects. Using hardware and software you have already, ignite your creative spark while learning basic skills needed to produce practical projects. Course introduces tools and techniques to make your job easier.

 

COMMUNICATION AND LANGUAGES

AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE
Karen Immerso
EDUC 510, 1 credit, $150
NON CREDIT, $120
Date: 1/24/2018-3/14/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Taylor 100
A series of weekly lessons and practice sessions to learn American Sign Language. Basic signs, sentence structure, fingerspelling and receptive skills make up this introductory course as students relate face-to-face in class time. Focus includes conversational skills and an obvious “hands-on” approach throughout. Recommended videos: American Sign Language for Beginner Series: YOU CAN SIGN (Volumes I, II, III) Sign Enhancers, Inc.; Signing Naturally (Levels 1 and 2); Baby See ‘n Sign Videos (Volumes I and II). Available from the Gunnison Public Library and the Savage University Library.

 

GETTING PAID TO TALK: AN INTRODUCTION TO PROFESSIONAL VOICE-OVERS
Jenny Marcotte
NON CREDIT, $30
Date: 3/12/2018
Day: Monday
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Taylor 101
Have you ever been told that you have a great voice? This exciting class explores numerous aspects of voiceover work for television, film, radio, audio books, documentaries, and the internet. All the basics are covered, including how to prepare the all-important demo, as well as how to be successful and earn great income in this exciting field. Students have the opportunity to ask questions and to hear examples of demos recorded by professional voice actors. Class participants even have a chance to record a commercial script under the direction of our Voicecoaches.com producer! This class is informative, lots of fun, and a great first step for anyone interested in professional voice acting. 

 

LUNCH HOUR SPANISH!
Karen Immerso
NON CREDIT, $120
Date: 1/25/2018-3/08/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Location: Crested Butte, TBD
This six session class is an introduction to the Spanish language for those who have studied some Spanish or spoken Spanish and want to practice in conversation with other community members. You can bring a bag lunch. We will offer topics related to everyday life: work, travel, family and we will review grammar and some verb tenses. Some outside reading and writing is encouraged. 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. 

 

MANIPULATION AND MISDIRECTION IN THE MEDIA
Renee Barney and Dustin Fife
NON CREDIT, $40
Date: 2/22/2018-3/15/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:30pm-8:00pm
Location: Library Room 102 (computer classroom)
Fake news, bias, rumors, conspiracy theories, junk science, propaganda, alternative facts, clickbait…How does one weed through the junk to find truth? Learn how to identify questionable information and how to find better information. This course includes looking at real-world examples to become more information literate. This class is taught by two librarians from the Leslie J. Savage Library.

 

SPANISH FOR ADVANCED BEGINNERS
Karen Immerso
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 1/25/2018-3/01/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 5:45-7:00pm
Location: Taylor 100
This six session class is for advanced beginners and intermediate Spanish Language Learners interested in reviewing and expanding their vocabulary, gaining a greater understanding of grammar, and speaking conversationally with other adults in an active and fun learning environment. 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. 

 

SPANISH FOR NEVER-EVER SPANISH LEARNERS AND BEGINNERS
Karen Immerso
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 1/24/2018-2/28/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 5:45-7:00pm
Location: Taylor 101
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 who has never studies Spanish or wants to review from the very 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.

 

DANCE

BEGINNER COUPLES BALLROOM DANCING
Rita Bohn and Bob Wojtko
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 1/24/2018-2/28/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Lower Gym
Whether there's a wedding, reunion or party in your future be ready for it by learning how to dance. Social dancing is always in style and the social skills that come along with it make you feel better and more confident.  Invest six hours in yourself.  Learn the basics of these classic dances -- Waltz, Swing, Foxtrot -- and a skill that is a part of you for your entire life. Scholarships available. See www.western.edu/es for details.  

 

BEGINNER COUPLES COUNTRY/WESTERN DANCING
Rita Bohn and Bob Wojtko
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 1/24/2018-2/28/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 7:30-8:30pm
Location: Lower Gym
You can be Country Western dancing at your favorite watering holes and at Cattlemen's Days after investing only six hours of your time – in yourself.  Learn the basics of the Two-Step, Country Waltz and Country Swing.  This course provides a strong foundation on which you can build your knowledge of steps and moves. Scholarships available. See www.western.edu/es for details.

 

TODAY’S MODERN SQUARE DANCING
Ervin H. Wyatt
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 1/30/2018-4/10/2018
Day: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 7:00-9:00pm
Location: Lower Gym
This courses teaches the official Folk Dance of the United States and many states, including Colorado. You can square dance around the globe. Square dancing promotes health in body, mind and soul. Square dancing is friendship set to music. This activity is for all ages with use of all forms of yesterday and today’s music.

 

ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE

GROWING FOOD IN A COLD CLIMATE
Susan Wyman
NON CREDIT, $90 + $10 materials fee
Date: 2/20/2018-4/17/2018 (no class 3/20/2018)
Day: Tuesdays
Time: 6:30-8:30pm
Location: Hurst 113. Field learning at Gunnison Gardens will be announced during course.
Learn to grow your own vegetables and overcome the challenges of our cold climate and short growing season. Join Master Gardener Susan Wyman and other gardening gurus to learn what vegetables to plant and when. Learn about seed starting, transplanting, direct sowing, frost protection, pest management, amendments, compost teas, worm composting, and more. For more information about Susan Wyman, please visit www.gunnisongardens.com.

 

GUNNISON COUNTRY SNOW LIFE
Christopher C. Landry
NON CREDIT, $100
Date: 2/27/2018-4/10/2018 (no class on 3/20/2018)
Day: Tuesday
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Hurst 119
For better or worse, snow plays a dominant role in Gunnison Country life. This course is intended to enhance your experience and understanding of the snowscape, from the first snowfalls of the season to the end of spring snowmelt, through the lens of snow science, climate science, and snow data – and even an actual hand lens. Some conventional wisdom about snow is affirmed, but other myths about snow are dispelled. Although not an avalanche safety class, this introduction to snow previews many of the elements of avalanche training, from snow climatology to snow metamorphism.

 

EXERCISE AND SPORT SCIENCE

AMERICAN RED CROSS CPR
Tami Maciejko
NON CREDIT, $60
Date: 2/06/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Gym 132
Comments: Price includes ARC card.
This is American Red Cross CPR 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. No refunds after January 30, 2018.

 

AMERICAN RED CROSS FIRST AID
Tami Maciejko
NON CREDIT, $60
Date: 2/13/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30-9:30pm
Location: Gym 132
Comments: Price includes ARC card.
This is American Red Cross First Aid for the workplace. If only Adult CPR is needed, participants do not need to complete First Aid. Both written and skill tests are administered. Students receive a certification from the American Red Cross upon completion of both the written test and skill evaluation. No refunds after February 6, 2018.

 

LUNCHTIME YOGA WITH LEIA
Leia Morrison
NON CREDIT, $100 per session
Date: Session 1 – 1/09/18-2/01/18 & Session 2 – 2/06/18-3/01/18
Day: Tuesday, Thursday
Time: 12:30-1:15pm
Location: Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio, 102 S Main St, Gunnison
Instead of meeting your friends for lunch, meet them at yoga! Take a break from your day and spend lunch with us. Enjoy a 60 minute flow-style class designed to provide you with that extra energy to get you through that afternoon drag and keep you invigorated throughout the day! Prior yoga experience is helpful but not mandatory. Yoga mats and props provided for you. Please wear comfortable clothes. For more information about Leia Morrison visit www.rockymountainyogini.com. 

 

MANAGING YOUR ENERGY
Sherrill Stenson
NON CREDIT, $60
Date: 4/08/2018-4/29/2018
Day: Sunday
Time: 6:00-7:00pm
Location: Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St, Gunnison
This class provides tips and tools to help you clear your energy field and strengthen your energy boundaries. Learn to stop absorbing the energy of others and improve your resilience. Learn self-care practices that enable you to maintain your vitality.

 

30 DAYS TO A HAPPIER, HEALTHIER YOU!
Leia Morrison
NON CREDIT, $100
Date: 2/08/2018-3/01/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: TBA
Required Textbooks: Morning Miracle by Hal Elrod and Compound Effect by Darren Hardy. Both are available through Amazon or Bookworm 
Feeling like “upping the ante” on your happiness and health? For 30 days the class spends time delving deep into the principals and habits that some of the world’s most successful people employ. We utilize the practices of meditation, visualization, journaling, yoga and more to up our happiness quotient. There are readings from two books the course focuses on and from these readings the class discusses some real life rituals and habits that you can add to your day to set yourself up for success. For more information about Leia Morrison visit www.rockymountainyogini.com. 

 

YOGA AND AYURVEDA: PART II
Stacy Fuller
NON CREDIT, $120
Date: 1/16/2018-3/27/2018 (no class 3/20/2018)
Day: Tuesday
Time: 5:30-7:30pm
Location: Taylor 117
Pre-requisite: Yoga and Ayurveda course completed in the Fall 2017 term.
This class is a continuation for students who completed the Yoga and Ayurveda: Philosophy and Practices of the Sister Sciences in the fall of 2017. The course continues to explore the ancient texts that these sciences evolved from and practice the techniques used to balance body, mind, and spirit. Mats, props, and cushions are provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer.

 

YOGA AND AYURVEDA: PHILOSOPHY AND PRACTICE OF THESE TWO “SISTER SCIENCES”
Stacy Fuller
NON CREDIT, $120
Date: 1/18/2018-3/29/2018 (no class 3/22/2018)
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Taylor 117
This course on Yoga and Ayurveda dives into the philosophies and practices of two ancient sister sciences. Yoga means "to join or form a union" and Ayurveda means "the science of life." Joining Mind, Body and Spirit and figuring out how to live Life in Balance is the focus of these two teachings. This class is appropriate for any level -- from chair bound to advanced practitioner. This class offers practices to relieve tension in the physical body, the mental body, and the emotional body. There are too many physical benefits to name and students are offered the ability to notice and treat imbalances for themselves. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn these amazing practices. Mats, props, and cushions are provided, but you can bring your own if you prefer.

 

YOGA FOR EVERY BODY
Sherrill Stenson
NON CREDIT, $100 
Date: 2/26/2018-3/26/2018 (no class 3/20 and 3/22)
Day: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 5:30-6:45pm
Location: Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St, 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 posture, breathing and mindfulness techniques. In time, your body gains flexibility, your mind becomes more peaceful, and your sleeping improves.

 

YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK THEY CAN’T
Stacy Fuller
NON CREDIT, $75
Date: 1/10/2018-2/21/2018 (no class 2/14/2018)
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Taylor 117
This course is for anyone who has always thought they CANNOT do yoga and is for those at any level, with any disability and all flexibility levels. We learn how to breathe, move, and get in touch with our bodies. Yoga is not only for those who are already flexible or “fit, but also for everybody. Explore breathing techniques for stress reduction, stretches, and movements that increase circulation, move lymphatics, and stimulate metabolism to name a few. Let go of inhibitions and expectations and learn to meet yourself where you are.

 

YOGA: TECHNIQUE AND FLOW
Stacy Fuller
NON CREDIT, $75
Date: 3/05/2018-4/16/2018 (no class on 3/19/2018)
Day: Monday
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Taylor 117
This class explores yoga poses in detail by breaking down all of the poses and offering modifications for all levels, emphasizing physical positions that are safe for muscles and joints, as well as the subtle, energetic goals of poses. It allows students to figure out what “the best” techniques are for their bodies. This class is appropriate for anyone with a current yoga practice who wants to go deeper into the more meditative aspects of the physical movement. The practices include longer holds, emphasis on technique and energetics of the poses, as well as the concept of Triputi, which is the merging of body, mind, and breath during the practice.

 

YOGA TO SHAKE OFF THE WINTER BLUES
Sherrill Stenson
NON CREDIT, $120
Date: 1/24/2018-2/21/2018 (no class 2/19/2018)
Day: Monday, Wednesday
Time: 5:30-6:45pm
Location: Main Street Yoga Studio, 320 ½ N Main St, Gunnison
Dissolve stress, strengthen, and reenergize with this yoga practice. Sherrill’s teaching style reveals a warm and compassionate presence and is reflective of 22 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 floor postures, and meditation to reduce stress response.

 

GEOLOGY

GEOLOGY OF THE GUNNISON COUNTRY
Bruce Bartleson
NON CREDIT, $100
Date: 1/17/2018-3/21/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-9:00pm
Location: Hurst 113
Learn the geology of the Gunnison Country. The first part of the course introduces some basic principles of geology, including descriptions of basic rock types, volcanoes, glaciers, plate tectonics, streams and canyons, etc. The second part deals with how geologists interpret Earth history and deals extensively with local geologic history over the past 1.7 billion years. Students learn about great seaways that came and went several hundred million years ago, the rise and fall of the Ancestral Rockies (as shown by the Maroon Bells), dune sands sweeping across the region after that, formation of the coal swamps that formed the base of the economy for Crested Butte for many years, and the origin and formation of the modern Rockies. Life forms that existed at various times are featured.

 

GOVERNMENT AND LAW

CRIMINAL JUSTICE: LAW AND POLICY
Richard A. Allen
NON CREDIT, $100
Date: 1/23/2018-3/20/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 5:00-6:30pm
Location: Crested Butte Community School, 818 Red Lady Ave, Crested Butte
The course discusses both issues of criminal law (including rights under the Constitution relating to interrogations, searches and seizures, permissible punishments and right to counsel) and issues of policy (including appropriate punishments and sentencing policies, plea bargaining, use of asset forfeitures, incarceration rates, and alternatives to incarceration.) The eight classes alternate between law and policy issues. The format is a combination of lecture and seminar in which the instructor will endeavor to stimulate civil and informed discussion of the issues.

 

HISTORY

HISTORY OF THE CRESTED BUTTE AREA
Duane Vandenbusche
NON CREDIT, $100
Date: 2/01/2018–4/19/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Location: Crested Butte Community School, 818 Red Lady Ave, Crested Butte
The class covers geography, water, silver and gold mining, ethic peoples, coal mining, early day skiing, satellite mining camps, polka music, sustainability, and narrow gauge railroads. Slide shows also on early day skiing, Crested Butte history, and narrow gauge railroads.

 

MUSIC

BEGINNING GUITAR
Jesse Irons
NON CREDIT, $200
Date:  1/24/2018-3/07/2018
Day:  Wednesday
Time:  5:00-6:00pm
Location: Taylor 200
Materials:  The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Students must provide their own guitar.
Want to learn to play the Guitar?  Designed for beginners only, this class starts with the basics and educates students about the history of the guitar and its diverse styles of music. The class smoothly transitions into learning how to play the guitar. Basic music theory principles are taught and students are shown how to apply them to the guitar.  Students also learn how to tune the guitar, play chords and get their hands and fingers comfortable with actual guitar playing. Participants also learn strumming patterns, how to read fake sheets, music tablature, and start playing songs.

 

GUITAR FOR INTERMEDIATE PLAYERS
Jesse Irons
NON CREDIT, $200 
Date: 1/24/2018–3/07/2018
Day: Wednesday
Time: 6:30-7:30pm
Location: Taylor 200
Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Students must provide their own guitar.
Can you play a little guitar? Want to learn more? This class helps students progress in that endeavor. Students learn open position chords, key signatures, strumming patterns, barre chords, hammer-on/pull-offs and using a capo.  The course then focuses on scales, chord structures (root, 3rd, 5th), major and minor as well as extensions (7th, 9th, etc.). Progressions and theory are discussed. Students must have some previous guitar experience.

PERSONAL INTEREST

BOTANICALLY BASED SKIN CARE
Aubree Scarff 
NON CREDIT, $80 + $30 materials fee
Date: 3/29/2018-4/19/2018
Day: Thursday
Time: 6:00-8:00pm
Location: Rooted Apothecary, 510 Elk Avenue, Crested Butte
Learn how to formulate and craft botanical and mineral based skin care products. This four week course teaches basic anatomy and physiology of the skin, along with ways to create your own signature products based on your skincare preferences and goals. Students will take home their own custom creations each week.

 

EARLY DAYS OF GUNNISON PUB CRAWL
Duane Vandenbusche
Date: 5/30/2018
Day: Wednesday
More details TBA. Join revered local historian Duane Vandenbusche on a walking tour of Gunnison’s historic Main Street. Discover the early days of Gunnison and the origins of some of today’s most popular businesses while enjoying a beverage at each stop. This program offers chances to win prizes donated by Dr. Vandenbusche and Extended Studies.

RECREATION AND OUTDOOR EDUCATION

AIARE AVALANCHE COURSE - LEVEL I***
Irwin Guides
ROE 297, 1 CREDIT, $125 + $425 course fee payable to Irwin Guides
Dates: 2/26/2017-12/28/2017; 12/29/17-12/31/2017; 1/05/2018-1/07/2018; 1/26/2018-1/28/2018;
                        2/02/2018-2/04/2018; 2/16/2018-2/18/2018; 3/02/2018-3/04/2018
Days: Varies
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Crested Butte
Students must register for the course with Irwin Guides, 970.349.5430. To register for the additional ROE 297 credit, students must bring confirmation of registration with IG to the Extended Studies Office. Students need backcountry travel set-up and avalanche safety gear for this course. All equipment is available for rent from Wilderness Pursuits. Visit irwinguides.com for course information.

 

AIARE AVALANCHE COURSE - LEVEL I***
Irwin Guides
ROE 297, 1 CREDIT, $125 + $425 course fee payable to Irwin Guides
Dates: 1/05/2018-1/07/2018; 1/22/2018-1/24/2018; 2/02/2018-2/04/2018; 2/23/2018-2/25/2018
Days: Varies
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Salida
Students must register for the course with Irwin Guides, 970.349.5430. To register for the additional ROE 297 credit, students must bring confirmation of registration with IG to the Extended Studies Office. Students need backcountry travel set-up and avalanche safety gear for this course. All equipment is available for rent from Wilderness Pursuits. Visit irwinguides.com for course information.

 

AIARE AVALANCHE COURSE - LEVEL I, HUT-BASED***
Irwin Guides
ROE 297, 1 CREDIT, $125 + $590 course fee payable to Irwin Guides
Dates: 2/09/2018-2/11/2018; 3/09/2018-3/11-2018
Days: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Gothic (Maroon Hut)
This course requires students to spend two nights at a backcountry hut. Students must register for the course with Irwin Guides, 970.349.5430. To register for the additional ROE 297 credit, students must bring confirmation of registration with IG to the Extended Studies Office. Students need backcountry travel set-up and avalanche safety gear for this course. All equipment is available for rent from Wilderness Pursuits. Visit irwinguides.com for course information.

 

INTRODUCTION TO FLY FISHING
Jeffrey J. Ewert
NON CREDIT, $90
Date: 3/27/2018-4/17/2018
Day: Tuesday
Time: 6:30–8:30pm
Location: Lower Gym
Materials: 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 weights, 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.

 

LEADERSHIP AT THE EDGE: ADVANCED LEADERSHIP PRACTICES FOR COLLABORATION AND INNOVATION
Paul Duba
ROE 510, 1 credit, $150 + $15 materials fee
NON CREDIT, $120 + $15 materials fee
Date: 4/06/2018-4/08/2018 and 4/21/2018-4/22/2018
Day: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Saturday, Sunday
Time: Friday, 5:00-8:00pm; Saturday, 8:00am-5:00pm; Sunday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: Gym 17
Leadership that enables the highest performance in teams is an invitation instead of a directive. This course helps you crack the code for standing a group up in the face of challenges that require multi-stakeholder engagement to get to an answer. Learn how to create space for a team to lean into – and persist in solving – problems that don’t have an easy answer; ones that require creativity, resourcefulness, and innovation.

 

NATIONAL OUTDOOR LEADERSHIP SCHOOL (NOLS)***
Dates: Varies
Depending on length of course, 1-18 OUTD* credits per term are available through Western Extended Studies. Cost $125 per credit plus program course fee. Visit nols.edu for a list of courses. NOLS takes students of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions and teaches technical outdoor skills, leadership, and environmental ethics. Western State Colorado University works with NOLS to offer college credit for many of their courses. Students must register for their course with NOLS and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For more information on obtaining college credit through an outdoor wilderness program, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms. *OUTD credits are approved through the ROE department for credit specific to Extended Studies NOLS registrations.

 

NOLS WILDERNESS MEDICINE***
Dates: Varies
Credit is available depending on type of course. Cost $80 per credit, plus program course fee. Visit nols.edu for a list of courses. NOLS Wilderness Medicine is the leader in wilderness medicine education whose goal is to provide the highest quality education and information for the recognition, treatment, and prevention of wilderness emergencies. Students must register for their course with NOLS and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For more information on obtaining college credit through an outdoor wilderness program, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.

 

OUTWARD BOUND***
Dates: Varies 
Depending on length of course, 1-18 OUTD* credits per term are available through Western Extended Studies. Cost $125 per credit plus program course fee. Visit outwardbound.org for a list of outdoor leadership courses for youth through adults that create leaders through adventure and challenge. Western State Colorado University works with Outward Bound to offer college credit for many of their courses. Students must register for their course with Outward Bound and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For more information on obtaining college credit through an outdoor wilderness program, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.  *OUTD credits are approved through the ROE department for credit specific to Extended Studies Outward Bound registrations.

 

SEA STATE EDUCATIONAL TRAVEL***
Dates: Varies
Credit available through Western: 3-12 special topics credits (BUAD 397, COM 397, POLS 397, HIST 397, ENVS 397, SOC 397) depending upon course. Cost $125 per credit plus program course fee.
Visit theseastate.com for a complete listing of Sea State courses. Sea State offers study abroad programs that combine unique and dynamic course instruction and community engagement with immersion in coastal communities such as Costa Rica, Spain, Portugal, New Zealand, Bali, Panama and Nicaragua. Students must register for their course with Sea State and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For more information on obtaining college credit through an outdoor wilderness program, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.

 

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER***
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor
ROE 397, 3 credits, $240 + plus course fee
Date: 3/17/2018-3/25/2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Gym 17
Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years old.
Grading: A-F
This WFR course is a 9-day training (over the course of 10 days) that provides intermediate medical skills to individuals working or playing in remote environments. Using a hands-on, scenario-based approach, this course offers the skills and confidence needed to provide medical care when evacuation is hours or days away. The WFR includes short lectures, interactive labs, and realistic practice scenarios that train students to improvise with limited resources in remote environments. Students must register for this course directly with NOLS and for college credit through Western Extended Studies. For information about this course, visit nols.edu. For more information on obtaining college credit, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.

 

WILDERNESS FIRST RESPONDER RECERTIFICATION (HYBRID)***
NOLS Wilderness Medicine Instructor
ROE 397, 1 credit, $80 + plus course fee
Dates: 3/03/2018-3/04/2018
Time: 8:00am-5:00pm daily
Location: Gym 17
Prerequisites: Minimum age 18 years old.
Grading: A-F
This newly formatted WFR Recertification course includes an online component in addition to the traditional scenarios and skills. Pre-work allows you to review the curriculum at your own pace and focus on the hands-on element during your two days on course. All online components, including a written exam, must be completed prior to the course. This course may be used to recertify Wilderness Advanced First Aid, Wilderness First Responder and Wilderness EMT (wilderness portion only) certifications. You must possess a current (unexpired) WFR certification of at least 70 hours to recertify through a WFR Recertification course. It is your responsibility to make sure your certification meets this standard. NOLS Wilderness Medicine certifications will be afforded a one-year period after expiration within which to recertify. If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact NOLS Wilderness Medicine before enrolling in a course. For information about this course, visit nols.edu. For more information on obtaining college credit, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.

 

YOUTH INTERNATIONAL***
Dates:       Varies
ANTH 297, PHIL 297, OUTD (ROE) 189 credit available through Western Extended Studies, depending on course. Visit youthinternational.org for full detail of programs. Cost $125 per credit plus program course fee.
Youth International is an experiential learning program that combines rugged international travel, inter-cultural exchange, home stays with local families, volunteer community service work, and outdoor adventure. Teams of up to 14 people between the ages of 18 and 25 travel together with two group leaders. For a full 3-month semester, they explore three different countries in one region of the world.  Programs begin in September and February. Through a balanced combination of experiences, each Youth International team member is set up for an intense and dynamic first-hand education about the region in which they are traveling. At the same time, they are presented with a unique environment and opportunity for self-discovery. Youth International has been sending groups on learning adventures abroad since 1997, and currently offers two separate programs: Asia and South America. For more information on obtaining college credit through Youth International, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.     

 

WINTERLINE GLOBAL EDUCATION***
Dates: Gap Year, September – May
BUAD 297, ENVS 297, ROE 297 credit available through Western Extended Studies. Visit winterline.com for full program detail of Extended Studies’ newest experiential education partner. Cost is $1,125 for 9 credits for the gap year plus program course fee. Additional courses may be added for the 2018-2019 academic year. 
Winterline Global Education features a gap year where students travel the world, visiting 10 countries over 9 months and learn 100 new skills, from defensive driving to making a movie. Accredited courses include personal finance, tropical and marine environmental studies, as well as outdoor education. Winterline’s curriculum centers on teaching real-world skills, while students explore the world and new cultures and experience new adventures and new experiences. For more information on obtaining college credit through Winterline Global Education, visit western.edu/outdoorprograms.

***Registration for these courses is through Outdoor Programs.  Click here to request a registration packet