Spring 2020 Course Offerings

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Biology

Raptor Ecology

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert

  • Non-credit: $90
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Feb. 12- April 1 from 6:00-8:00pm
  • Field trips: Saturdays, Feb. 22-March 28 from 8:00am-12:00pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 201

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 will learn to identify raptors, raptor habitats and niche. Students also learn how to properly record field observations in a field notebook as a part of the class requirements.

Communication

American Sign Language

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit: $55
  • Classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 28-March 3, 2020 from 5:30-6:30pm
  • Location: 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 developing. This can be especially helpful 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 seven 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.

Environmental Science

Earthship Biotecture Academy

Instructor: Lauren Anderson

  • Credit: ENVS 397- 3 Credits $495 ($165/credit) + $2,500 Course Fee
  • Dates: Mondays-Saturdays, April 6-May 1, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: Taos, NM

Earthships are defined by six basic design principles, all of which take advantage of the existing natural phenomena of the earth.  These six principles are:  Building with natural and repurposed materials; water harvest; thermal/solar heating and cooling; contained sewage treatment; food production; and renewable electricity.  The Earthship Biotecture Academy offers extensive training in Earthship design principles, construction methods, and philosophy. Academy classes, labs, tours, and hands-on construction techniques are led by top Earthship builders, electricians, plumbers, and plant specialists. The Academy offers education for those who are excited to learn and live the Earthship philosophy and help expand it globally. Please contact academy@earthship.com to register!

Foreign Language

Spanish for Beginners

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit: $100
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 29-April 1, 2020 from 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Location: Gunnison Community School

This eight session, four week 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-level second language learner who has never studied 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.

Spanish for Advanced Beginners

Instructor: Karen Immerso

  • Non-credit: $95
  • Classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 28-March 24, 2020 from 6:45-8:00pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 228

This eight session 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.  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.

History

History of Crested Butte

Instructor: Dr. Duane Vandenbusche

  • Non-credit: $100
  • Classes: Thursdays, Jan. 23-April 9, 2020 from 7:00-8:30pm
  • Location: Crested Butte Community School

The class covers geography, water, silver and gold mining, ethnic peoples, coal mining, early day skiing, nearby silver camps, polka music (and polka dancing with Pete Dunda), ranching and narrow gauge railroad history of Crested Butte. Slideshows on skiing history and narrow gauge railroads from the early Crested Butte days will also be included.

Water, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains

Instructor: Dr. Duane Vandenbusche

  • Non-credit: $100
  • Classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 13- May 4, 2020 from 6:00-8:30pm
  • Location: Kelley Hall 201

A study of how water, Colorado and the Rocky Mountains are linked together in the history of the American West. Discussion regarding the history and importance of water in Colorado plus the impact of the Rocky Mountains on the Centennial State will be an integral part of the course. Additional course coverage is given to Colorado’s rich history including Mesa Verde, fur trade, mining, ranching, and railroads and skiing. Slideshows on ranching, skiing and railroads will also be included.

Music

Beginner Guitar

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit: $200
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 11, 2020 from 4:30-5:30pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 226
  • Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Want to learn to play 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. 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.

Intermediate Guitar

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit: $200
  • Classes: Wednesdays from Jan. 29-Mar 11, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 226
  • Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student 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.

Advanced Guitar/Bass: Model Theory and Improvisation

Instructor: Jesse Irons

  • Non-credit: $200
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 29-Mar 11, 2020 from 7:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 226
  • Materials: The Guitar Handbook is highly recommended. Student must provide their own guitar.

Do you want to expand your musical knowledge and technique? This class will focus on the art of improvisation as well as advanced theory and technique. Topics include modes, legato, tapping, sweep arpeggios, speed picking, harmonics and more. Students must have a solid grasp of the instrument. Bass guitarists are welcome, electric instruments preferred.

Personal Interest

Growing Food in a Cold Climate

Instructor: Susan Wyman

  • Non-credit: $90
  • Classes: Tuesdays, Feb. 25-April 21, 2020 from 5:30-7:00pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 229

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. Field learning at Gunnison Gardens will be announced during course. For more information about Susan Wyman, please visit gunnisongardens.com.

Beginning Ballroom Dance

Instructors: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit: $90
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 4, 2020 from 6:00-7:00pm
  • Location: Paul Wright lower gym

In six 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, body and mind, and it is fun!  Ask about scholarships for veterans, their immediate family and seniors.

Beginning Country Western Slope Couples Dance

Instructors: Bob Wojtko and Rita Bohn

  • Non-credit: $90
  • Classes: Wednesdays, Jan. 29-March 4, 2020 from 7:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Paul Wright lower gym

In six one-hour classes, you will 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.

Basics of eBay Selling

Instructor: Olen Batchelor

  • Non-credit: $450
  • Classes: Sunday and Monday, March 15-March 16 from 6:00-9:00pm
  • Location: Taylor Hall 205

Learn to make a supplemental or full-time income from an eBay-trained Certified Education Specialist. This multimedia course will include eBay University's own training materials and will cover selling basics and beyond, including research, opening and using a Paypal account, improving your listings with better descriptions and digital photography, security and post-sale activities such as billing & shipping. Save yourself from frustrating hours of poring over tedious instructions. Trial and error is error. Learn from a long-time successful seller.

Professional Development

Grant Writing and Trending Sources

Instructor: Maryo Ewell

Non-credit: $90
Classes: Tuesdays and Thursdays, Jan. 28-Feb.11, 2020 from 6:00-8:30pm
Location: Taylor Hall 226

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 effective project grant proposal, budget and understand vocabulary common to grant writing.

Recreation and Outdoor Education

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

Instructor: Paul Duba

  • Credit: ROE 510: 2 Credits, $330 + $180
  • Classes: Wednesdays and Thursdays, April 15/16, April 23, April 30 and May 7
  • Times: Wednesdays: 6:00-9:00pm; Thursdays: 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Location: 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 practice 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 “okay 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 traveled, 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.

Introduction to Fly Fishing

Instructor: Jeffrey J. Ewert

  • Non-credit: $90
  • Classes: Mondays, April 13-May 4, 2020 from 6:30-8:30pm
  • Location: Paul Wright lower gym
  • Materials: Students should bring their own fly rod and reel (some rods will be 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 presence. All of this information will be presented with an emphasis on hands-on practice to help 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!