UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit personal enrichment courses for students and community members.
College Courses (Non-Credit Option)
Personal Enrichment Classes
An Evening in Sri Lanka with UW-BSC’S DR. Kirthi Premadasa
Kirthi Premadasa was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He earned his Ph.D. from Purdue University and worked as an academic for 13 years in Sri Lanka before migrating to the United States in 2007. He is currently an Assistant Professor of
Mathematics at UW-BSC.
Join Dr. Premadasa as he shares his native culture with you. Explore Sri Lankan cultural items while enjoying appetizers and beverages. A special Sri Lankan dinner will feature Kukul Mas Hodda (Sri Lankan Chicken Curry), Isso Badhuma (Tempered Shrimp), Ala Kirata (White Potato Curry), Luunu thakkali Sambole (Sri Lankan Onion and tomato Salad), Elawalu Batha (Sri Lankan Fried Rice), Wattalappan (Spiced Coconut Custard), and Ceylon Tea. Following dinner, Dr. Premadasa will share a lively presentation. Register now for your opportunity to learn more about a magical land gifted with sun-soaked beaches, historic temples, misty mountains, exotic spices, friendly people, and ancient civilizations.
Thursday, April 24 • 6:00-8:30 pm
Dining Hall, Lange Center
Fee: $22 per person (includes appetizers, dinner and program presentation)
Add Learning to Your Life
Call 608-355-5220 to Register
A lifelong learning conference designed to explore new ideas and inspire adults 55 and older.
“Education seems to be an elixir that can bring us a healthy body and mind throughout
adulthood and even a longer life.” – Margie E. Lachman.
Spend a day on campus and learn from keynote speaker Helen Marks Dicks, Associate Director of Advocacy for AARP Wisconsin, as she shares insights on “The Changing Face of Retirement.” Choose from breakout sessions including Wisconsin History, Memoir Writing, Grandparents as Financial Mentors, An Introduction to China, Beginning Beekeeping, Creative Arts, and more. Enjoy a delicious lunch with a great view of the fluffs as you are entertained with a fine arts music and drama performance.
Thursday, March 20 • 8:30 am-1:00 pm
Fee: $25 per person or $40 with a friend or spouse (includes lunch)
Contact Cindy or Angie in Continuing Education at (608) 355-5220
Instructor: Kyle Martin
Have you ever wanted to learn to draw but did not know where to begin? Do you want to learn to make your drawings more realistic and beautiful? This is the class for you. Learn to draw the logical way. This class is designed to start from easy to grasp ideas and continually build until you are able to "just draw.” We will explore all aspects of drawing in the class. We will work from life and learn to represent 3D objects on our 2D paper. By completing the class, students will be able to logically approach drawings of any subject. These include classic subjects approached by artists throughout history - still life, interior and portrait. The best part about learning to draw is that it is a lot of fun. Drawing is naturally relaxing and students will leave each class feeling uplifted. Students who have taken this class before are amazed at how much they have learned and improved from this class. Remember, you CAN learn to draw! This class is challenging, but it makes sense. All supplies are included. Class size is limited, so register early!
Tuesdays, March 4-April 8 (6 weeks) • 6:30-8:30 pm (FULL)
NEW! Second class added April 15-May 20 • 6:30-8:30 pm
Art Studio, Fine Arts Building, UW-BSC
Fee: $69, includes supplies
Ceramics 101 (Full - Please call 355-5220 to be added to waiting list)
Instructor: Beth Crook, Baraboo High School Art teacher
Are you interested in learning to throw pots using a potter’s wheel? Would you like to create your own ceramics pieces from start to finished product? This class is truly hands-on. You will learn to work with the clay, and each student will be guided in the use of the pottery wheel for their in-class creations. Register early! Class size is limited to provide more one-on-one time with the
instructor. Each participant will have their own potter’s wheel during class.
Tuesdays, April 1-May 6 (6 weeks) • 6:00-8:00 pm
Baraboo High School Art Room
Fee: $139 (includes all materials and equipment)
Instructor: Michael Etzwiler
Learn how to social dance with Michael Etzwiler. We will concentrate on Swing (East Coast Swing) and Foxtrot, as well as Latin Dances such as ChaCha, Salsa, and Rhumba. Come as a couple or a single person. Join us and have some fun.
Monday evenings, April 7-May 12 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm
Dance Studio, Lower level of the Lange Center
Fee: $35 per person or $60 per couple
Wisconsin History: From Discovery to Statehood
Instructor: Mark Tully
This lecture series will explore the first 200 years of Wisconsin history –from its "discovery" by Jean Nicolet in 1634 up through our becoming the 30th state on May 29, 1848. We will discuss the early French explorers, the Indian Wars and military activity during the American Revolution, War of 1812 and Black Hawk War, the fur trade, early lead mining, and more. Maps, paintings,
photographs and reproductions as well as actual artifacts of clothing and tools will help bring the stories of these people, places and events to life.
Tuesdays, April 22-May 27 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Writing Your Memoir: From Concept to Publication
Instructor: Mark Tully, Author of more than 12 titles of historical non-fiction
Everyone has unique experiences and stories to tell, and in this course, local author and graphic designer Mark Tully will guide you through the steps of writing and publishing your own life story. Discussion will include: why you should write your memoir, your intended audience, writing styles and stylistic approaches, fundamentals of storytelling, exercises to get your creative juices flowing, basic document layout and formatting and word processing software options, as well as options for small-run publishing of your completed memoir!
Thursdays, April 24-May 29 • 6:30-8:00 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Instructor: Christina Beam
Digital cameras and camera phones have made taking photos of your everyday life – and documenting life's most important little moments – easier than ever. But without knowing the fundamentals of good photography, the images you capture might not live up to your expectations, or stand the test of time as part of your family's photo history. In this class, you will learn photography basics such as composition, exposure and lighting, then go beyond that to learn how to get great expression from children, take action shots, and mark the milestones in your family's life in creative, artistic ways. Participants should have a camera with some adjustable settings and be prepared to bring in samples of their photographs to each week's class. Class fee includes a booklet for home reference and an 8x10 archival print of your favorite image.
Thursdays, April 3, 10, 17 • 6:30-8:00 pm
A-153, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building