Personal Enrichment

UW-BSC Continuing Education offers a variety of non-credit personal enrichment courses for students and community members.

Winter Spring 2015 Enrichment Classes



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Did you know:
• Sudden cardiac arrest can happen to anyone, any time. Many victims appear healthy with no known heart disease or other risk factors?
• Less than one-third of out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest victims receive bystander CPR?
• Effective bystander CPR, provided immediately after sudden cardiac arrest, can double or triple a victim’s chance of survival?
• Studies have shown that children as young as 9 years old can learn and retain CPR skills?

This course will provide you with the knowledge and skills necessary to respond to emergencies in a responsible and efficient manner, allowing you to potentially save the life of a loved one.
Instruction will be provided on adult and pediatric first aid, CPR, and AED use. Upon completion, participants will have the opportunity to receive a 2-year certification from the American Heart Association.
Certification will be provided through the American Heart Association (AHA). Each student, who passes the skill tests, will be certified in First Aid, CPR, & AED for adults, children, and infants.

Saturday, January 3, 2015 • 8:30 am-3:30 pm
Fee: $89 (includes workbook and other materials)


Songwriting Workshop for Adults

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Instructor:  Shawndell Marks; Singer/Songwriter/Pianist & Recording Artist

 A dynamic yet light-hearted workshop for adults interested in dabbling in the art of song craft 

The class will cover:

• The importance of creativity & showing up

• Song structure

• Rhyming patterns

• Writing prompts

• How to make lyric writing more accessible

• One-on-one songwriting guidance

 No previous songwriting experience necessary.  

 Tuesday evenings, May 12, 19, 26th • 6:30-8:00pm  

Band and Choir Rehearsal Hall & Keyboard Lab; Fine Arts Building

Fee: $74


“The Modern Shaman” Workshop

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Presented by Reiki Master/Teacher and Modern Shaman John Oestreicher

This class emphasizes the core essence of what it is to be a modern shaman.  Learn how to walk between worlds and live in each one.  Discover how to move thru life as an "energy being". You will learn how to create everything you want by changing your perception of the world. In addition, techniques will be given to help heal yourself and others.   

Saturday, May 2nd •9:00 am-2:00 pm

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee:  $79


Mixed Media Painting Class

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Instructor: Lucy Schonfeld

 Learn fun and exciting painting methods using watercolor and acrylic paints. You'll be collaging paper materials, photos of things special to you, and a variety of other mediums. Use your imagination! Have fun! Your instructor Lucy, an experienced watercolor teacher, will be guiding you through a variety of methods using watercolor and acrylic paints and collaging materials. Personalize your art. Make it realistic or abstract.

 Tuesday evenings, March 24-April 28th • 6:00-8:00 pm

Art Studio, Fine Arts building

Fee: $139 (includes art supplies)

Register early! Class size is limited to provide more one-on-one time with the instructor.


Nutrition Myths Vs Facts

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Instructor: Michelle Swader, RDN, CD

 Does all the talk of diets, fads, and supplements confuse you? How can you tell what is marketing and what is the truth? Learn how to separate myth from reality when it comes to what is good for you. Find reliable sources for recipes and nutrition information, and basic rules to follow to set yourself up for finding, and cooking, healthy meals.

 Saturday, April 11th • 8:00-10:00 am

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee: $29


Grocery Store Nutrition

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Instructor: Michelle Swader, RDN, CD

 What does “healthy” mean? Improve your nutrition literacy by learning to read labels and ingredient lists, and learn the simple ways to get nutritious fats, carbohydrates and proteins into your diet. We will cover meal planning and shopping tips to boost your confidence for your trips to the grocery store.

 Saturday, April 11th • 10:30-12:30 pm

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee: $29


Reaching Your Nutrition Goals

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Instructor: Michelle Swader, RDN, CD

Whether your goal is weight loss, becoming fitter or eating more nutritious foods, you will learn strategies for reaching it. We will cover how to set a goal that is right for you, then how to set the path to achieve it. We will also address the obstacles that may get in the way, and how to stop them from stopping you.

 Saturday, April 11th • 1:00-3:30 pm

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee: $29



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Instructor: Michael Etzwiler

Learn how to social dance with Michael Etzwiler. We will concentrate on Swing (East Coast Swing) Foxtrot and Waltz. Come as a couple or a single person. Join us and have some fun.

 Monday evenings, April 20-May 11 (4 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm

Dance Studio, Lower level of the Lange Center

Fee: $25 per person or $40 per couple



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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 21-May 26 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:00 pm

Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building

Fee: $49