Personal Enrichment

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

Fall 2014 Enrichment Classes


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Instructor: John Oestreicher
Relaxation expert John Oestreicher will teach you how to fall asleep easily and quickly. Learn to sleep soundly and release the endless monkey mind chatter to create a restful night. Learn about natural, holistic and practical techniques that help you develop a calm and peaceful mind for longer and healthier sleep.

Saturday, November 1 • 8:00-10:15 am
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee: $29


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Instructor: John Oestreicher
John Oestreicher has been meditating for 25 years and teaching meditation for 8 years. Learn the benefits of meditation, how and when to meditate, focused attention, and how to slow down and release the mind’s endless chatter. Students will practice meditating and each individual will receive a customized meditation based on their goals and energy scan.

Saturday, November 1 • 10:30-12:30 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee: $29


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Instructor: John Oestreicher
Is it possible to reverse the aging process? Can we grow younger? Learn that it is possible to look, feel, and be younger. Hear about anti-aging studies and how other cultures have reversed the aging process. Learn natural, holistic, and practical techniques to tap into the “fountain of youth” already within you.

Saturday, November 1, 1-3 pm
Rodem’s Room, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Fee: $29

HES 123: CPR

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


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Instructor: Rhonda Siebecker
Learn figure eights, shimmies, and beautiful veil movements in this class designed for those interested in a fun, low-impact way to strengthen core muscles and move their bodies in a whole new way. Yoga pants or shorts and tighter fitting camisoles or t-shirts are recommended attire. Jingle hip scarves are optional! This class is for fun and fitness with no public performances required.

Tuesdays • 7-8 pm (6 weeks)
October 7-November 11
Dance Studio, Lange Center
Fee: $40


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Instructor: Mark Tully Fee
Fencing is a centuries-old sport that develops both physical agility and mental
focus. Plus, it’s FUN! Fencing is an excellent aerobic exercise that helps improve eye-hand coordination, physical agility, and balance, while promoting fitness and increased confidence and self-esteem. It’s an ideal sport for all ages and abilities.
In this class, we’ll discuss the history and different styles and weapons, before learning the basic rules, etiquette, footwork, attacks and defensive positions used in French style sport fencing. The focus will be on learning the basics of sport fencing, which will include supervised sparring and peer-to-peer bouts. All equipment is provided. Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.

Monday evenings • October 6-November 10 (6 weeks) • 7:00-8:30 pm
Dance Studio & Gymnasium, Lange Center
Instructor: Mark Tully
Fee: $99 per person
NOTE: Students under the age of 14 must register with a parent or adult guardian to take this class.


The following courses are conveniently located at UW-Baraboo/Sauk County. Both credit and non-credit options are available.
• To register for credit, call the Student Affairs Office at (608) 355-5230.
• To register for non-credit, go to > Community Outreach > Continuing Education, or Contact Continuing Education Director Cindy McVenes at (608) 355-5220.
NOTE: For textbook information, please contact Continuing Education.


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Instructor: Kelly Dwyer
Writers of all abilities will workshop their creative writing in a supportive, stimulating environment with experienced instructor and award-winning
novelist Kelly Dwyer. Along with writing, participants will also read and discuss the work of professional contemporary writers for inspiration and instruction; engage in exercises to generate ideas; and study the elements of good writing to improve their own poetry and/or prose.
Students taking this course for credit must have already taken English 101
or the equivalent; for students not taking this course for credit, there is no pre- requisite except the desire to write!

Wednesdays, September 3-December 17 • 5:30-8:15 pm
A-153, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Three-credit fee: approximately $660 • Non-credit option: $175


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Instructor: Michael Jacobs
An investigation of the war in Southeast Asia, 1945-1975, focusing on these topics: French colonialism, Vietnamese nationalism, American entry, the escalation of the American role, the debate on American policy, American withdrawal, conclusion of the fighting, and long-term effects.

Wednesdays, September 3-December 17 • 5:30-8:15 pm
A-154, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Three-credit fee: approximately $660 • Non-credit option: $175


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Instructor: Frances Auld
Shakespeare’s plays are filled with bodies marked by either physical or psychological otherness. Monstrous, mad, or magical, these bodies define the borders of the rational and the socially acceptable. The fragmented and twisted creatures produced by Shakespeare mark the early modern period, a time wracked by revolutions in art, religion, and science. These inscriptions of cultural angst offer insight into the social codes of normalcy in the Elizabethan and Jacobean worlds. As a thematic, these anomalies allow the reader insights into the fears and pressures impinging upon Shakespeare and his 16th and 17th century audiences. Shakespeare’s texts are visceral and exciting, demonstrating characters’ (and audiences’) fascination with and desire for the grotesque. This course will tour two comedies (The Tempest , A Midsummer Night’s Dream )and three tragedies (King Lear, Othello, Titus Andronicus), as well as a series of sonnets and critical articles.

Mondays and Wednesdays, September 3-December 17 • 3:00-4:15 pm
A-155, Aural Umhoefer Classroom Building
Three-credit fee: approximately $660 • Non-credit option: $175