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Photography, yoga and Spanish among special classes

Photography, yoga and Spanish among special classes

Posted: Wednesday, August 13, 2008 11:22 am

The Messenger 08.13.08

Learning new skills or finding new interest in old ones is what non-credit courses are all about.
Courses in beginning Excel, conversational Spanish, yoga, digital photography and a concealed weapons permit are among those being offered this fall by the University of Tennessee at Martin Office of ECCE.
To register, call ECCE at (731) 881-7082 or register online at For a brochure of all the non-degree programs and courses available this fall, visit the Web site at
The courses being offered include:
• Beginning Excel from 9 a.m.-noon Sept. 23 and 25, with Doug Bloodworth, UT Martin analyst and programmer, as the instructor. The fee is $85. Students will learn to build spreadsheets using easy-to-use techniques and learn functions, how to manage files, move and copy, format, prepare multiple worksheets and graphs and use drawing tools for emphasis. Participants will work with Excel 2007 and Vista.
• Yoga & You — Yoga Basics for Beginners, which will be taught by Dr. Leslie LaChance, registered yoga teacher, from 5:30-7 p.m. in two sessions. Session I will be Mondays Sept. 8-Oct. 20 (no class Oct. 13) and Session II will be Mondays Oct. 27-Dec. 1. The cost is $55. Each six-week course will introduce beginners to the basics of this ancient art, which promotes physical health and mental and emotional clarity. LaChance will guide participants toward creating a personal practice that can aid strength, endurance and flexibility while it boosts energy. Students will learn basic yoga postures, simple yoga flow sequences and breath awareness. Mentally, yoga can improve concentration, help participants deal more effectively with stress and benefit overall mood. Classes are done with an empty stomach (at least two hours since a meal) and bare feet. Clothing should allow freedom of movement (shorts or athletic tights). Participants may register for either Session 1, Session 2 or both. Enrollment for Session 1 is not required for enrollment in Session 2.
• Yoga — Beginners Level 2, which will be offered from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 9-Oct. 21, with Ken Zimmerman as instructor. The fee is $55. This six-week course will continue the basic principles introduced in Yoga and You. Focus will be placed on flowing sequences of poses (vinyasa yoga), as well as precision, alignment and breath. Zimmerman, a nationally-certified yoga teacher, will conduct the class and help students who wish to establish or improve a personal practice or who are looking for a way to gain flexibility, increase energy, endurance and strength in a class situation. Yoga aims at improving lives from the inside out as well as from the outside in. Classes are done with an empty stomach (at least two hours since a meal) and bare feet. Clothing should allow freedom of movement (shorts or tights).
• Midday Yoga, set for 12:05-12:55 p.m. Wednesdays Sept. 10-Oct. 15, with Zimmerman as instructor and a fee of $50. Each class of the six-week series will last for 50 minutes. It will be a combination of gentle bends and stretches, as well as basic yoga poses. Participants can return to work, class or home refreshed, de-stressed and ready to face the rest of the week. The class is suitable for beginners or experienced practitioners. Those attending should come to class with an empty stomach (at least two hours since a meal). Classes are done in bare feet. Clothing should allow freedom of movement in either shorts or tights.
• Making Sense of the ACT, planned from 9 a.m.-noon Saturdays Sept. 27-Oct 18. Ron Ramage is the instructor and the fee is $50. This course will help participants plan a strategy to make the highest possible score on this test. The course is designed for first-time test takers as well as seasoned veterans. Students will be using “The Real ACT Prep Guide” and should have the book at the first class meeting. The cost of the text is not included in the registration fee. The book may be purchased on the UT Martin campus at the Barnes & Noble Bookstore. Call (731) 881-7760 for a reserved copy. The class limit is 20.
• Basics of eBay-Selling, which will be offered from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 6. The instructor is Olen Batchelor, eBay-trained education specialist. The cost is $75, with a $19.95 book fee paid to the instructor. Participants will learn to make a supplemental or full-time income from an eBay-trained certified education specialist. This multimedia course will include eBay University’s training materials and will cover selling basics and beyond, including research, opening and using a Paypal account, improving listings with better descriptions and digital photography, security and post-sale activities such as billing and shipping.
• Digital Photography Part I — Camera Operation & Basic Photographic Skills, which will get under way 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 9-30. The cost is $75 and the instructor is Tom Gallien. This course is designed to make digital photography less intimidating. It will also help participants better understand all the controls on the camera and how to make better photographs using digital technology. Proper photographic exposure, composition and use of the camera’s histogram will be discussed. Participants should provide a digital camera, the camera’s instruction manual, if possible, and a small notebook. Printed and e-mailed handouts will supplement the presentations.
Even though this course is primarily for novice digital photographers, solutions and ideas for photographers with intermediate skills can also be discussed. Gallien will be utilizing email evaluation and critiques of images during the course. This introductory course is a springboard for the follow-up Intermediate/Advanced skills course. This course will be limited to four evenings, each class 2 1/2 hours in length.
• Conversational Spanish, slated for 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays Sept. 9-30, with Ron Ramage as instructor. The fee is $50. This course is designed for anyone who would like to learn a few words of Spanish in a short period of time. Course content will include, but not be limited to, identifying yourself and others, making your wishes known, asking directions and language skills for other situations.
• Concealed Weapon Permit Class, which is a new offering, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Sept. 12, Oct. 18 or Nov. 8. The instructors are John Ayers and Larry Coffman, state-certified handgun instructors. The fee is $95. This course of instruction will provide education in the fundamentals of handgun safety and the use and operation of handguns. Areas to be covered are cleaning and storage of handgun; legal liabilities of carrying a handgun; firing range participation; course review; and testing. The handgun safety course consists of classroom instruction and firing range instruction.
Upon completion of the course, a written examination and handgun firing qualification will be administered to each student. A minimum of 70 percent must be achieved on the written examination and firing qualification separately to successfully pass the Concealed Weapons Course. After successfully completing this course, students will be able to apply for a concealed weapon permit from the State of Tennessee. Each student must furnish pen, pencil and paper for classroom; a handgun; 50 rounds of ammunition for firing range instruction; safety glasses; and hearing protection. No one under the age of 21 will be allowed to enroll in the course. Students should also bring a pistol-cleaning kit to class.

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