Osher Courses

Spring Session 2017

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Computer Classes II


Introduction to Computers

Tuesday 11:30am - 12:30pm
May 2, 9, 16 23, 30, June 6

This course is an introduction to personal computers, with an emphasis on basic computer terminology, mouse and keyboard functions. The student will learn how to use and navigate the Windows operating environment. It also introduces basic tools, techniques and skill sets that will enable participants to successfully inquire, browse, surf and or “google” most any subject or topic. Classroom activities and exercises will provide the student the confidence required to use desk top and lap top computers as well as other devices such as tablets and smart phones.

Instructor: Mrs. A. Delores Minor
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 207


iPhone Explorers

Thursday 11:00am - 12:00pm
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

Are you interested in exploring and learning more about your iPhone? Students will learn how to get the most out of using their iPhones. Workshop will include but is not limited to: downloading apps and graphics, GPS directions, utilizing Siri, making notes, making voice memos, face time, checking your email, and other fun stuff.

Prerequisite: iPhone must be a 5s, 6, or 6s, 7, or 7s.
Instructor: Mrs. A. Delores Minor
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 208


Google 101

Thursday 12:30pm- 1:30pm 12:00pm-12:30pm (Returning Students)
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

Google is probably best known as a search engine. Google provides many services with your google account (GMail) you can use to perform various tasks: Google+: Add circles, Forum groups, Handouts, stay connected with family & friends. Google Doc: Create & edit documents, spreadsheets, share presentations. Google Calendar: Save dates, share calendars, organize activities. Picasa: Edit photos, share web albums, remember when. Google Drive: on-line storage, sharing files. YouTube: Watch/share videos, create playlist, upload own videos.

*Returning students do have the option to stay until 1:30pm

Instructor: Ms. Jackie Barrett
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 207


History, Philosophy and Religion


Economics, War, Politics, Mass Media

Friday 10:00am-12:00pm
May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9

In these sessions we will continue to explore the historical barriers the Blacks face to full participation in American Society through the nine areas identified by Neeley Fuller, Jr.: economics, education, entertainment, labor, law, politics, religion, sex, and war. We will review the varied solutions posed by noted experts and discuss the feasibility and implications of becoming engaged in systemic change. We will continue to reference the texts used in the prior sessions and other selected texts, articles, and videos

Class texts:

  • Lies My Teacher Told Me
  • A People's History of the United States
  • Brainwashed; Tom Burrell
  • The Mis-Education of the Negro; Carter G. Woodson
  • The Isis Papers; Dr. Frances Cress Welsing and other selected texts, articles and videos.

Instructor: Mr. Kenneth Elazier
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 206


From Slave to Contraband

Tuesday 12:00pm-1:00pm
January 10, 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14

This course is an exploration of the journey of three slaves traveling to Fort Monroe, historically known as the pivotal point of the first slaves to arrive in America. The slaves were seeking asylum from the U.S. Army. After being declared as fugitives and property, General Benjamin F. Butler used the rule of war to confiscate the men and deemed them as a contraband of war. Butler's gesture prompted thousands of slaves to run to Hampton's Fort Monroe, get behind the Union lines, and join in the Union's war effort in exchange for their liberation. The contraband decision occurred two years before President Abraham Lincoln Emancipation Proclamation and four years before the Thirteenth Amendment abolished all slavery in the United States.

Instructor: Chioma Adaku
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 205


Genealogy


"Digging Up Roots"

Wednesday 9:30am- 10:30 am
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 3, June 7

This class is a continuation of learning strategies and techniques for tracing and documenting family history through family documents, oral history, personal memories, public records, the Internet, and other resources. Ideas for preserving family records and history will also be discussed in this class.

Instructor: Mrs. Stephanie Thomas
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 207


Arts, Crafts, Music & Dance


Line Dancing for Fun

Monday 11:30am-12:30pm
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

If you know little or nothing about line dancing, this course is for you! Come learn some basic steps and a few simple dances that will get you started on the path to great fun and fitness. Sign up to make new friends, stimulate your mind, build your confidence and move your body!

Instructor: Mrs. Wanda Gardner
Location: Student Center Aerobics Room


Yoga for Everyone

Wednesday 11:00am-12:00pm
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 3, June 7

This class focuses on fundamental yoga poses to increase strength, balance, and flexibility. Modifications are given to allow everyone to practice at their own personal level. Breath work and meditation combined with the asanas (poses) make this class a rich time of practice. You will need a yoga mat for this class.

Instructor: Ms. Alice McAdory
Location: Student Center Aerobics Room


Basic Quilt Making

Monday 9:00am – 11:30am
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

This class is for anyone who wants to learn to quilt, and knows nothing about it! This class will teach quilt making from the initial planning of the quilt to the actual finishing of the quilt. The participants will learn to use the color wheel to help choose their fabrics; will learn to use a rotary cutter, acrylic ruler, and self-healing mat to cut their fabrics; and, will construct a 4” square charm quilt. They will learn how to choose the batting for their quilt, how to put a sleeve on the quilt (for hanging), will learn to quilt their project, as well as bind it. At the end of the last class, each participant will have a quilt of which they can be very proud. Come see what all the fun is about in quilting, and be prepared to amaze yourself! Supplies will be needed.

Instructor: Mrs. Deloris Thomas
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 205


Quilting - "Pierced Blocks With Curves"

Wednesday 9:00am-11:30am
May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, June 7

Not all quilt blocks are made up of lines, angles, squares, rectangles, or other parallelograms. Some quilt blocks have curves and circles. The participants in this class will learn to piece quilt blocks which have curves and circles. The participants will choose at least two blocks to piece that will work well together in a quilt top. Learning how to piece blocks with straight lines and curves opens up many possible design opportunities for quilters. Supplies will be needed.Skill level: All levels.

Instructor: Mrs. Vivian Walker
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 205


Quilting - "Block Medallion"

Tuesday 9:00am - 11:30am
May 2, 9, 16 23, 30, June 6

This class will explore enlarging a quilt block to make a medallion. The resulting product can be a wall hanging, or the center of a bed quilt. With borders added, the block will make a stunning piece of art. Embellishments to enhance the block will be explored: piping, cording, rick rack, beads, buttons, fabric appliqué, etc. This will be a fun class with some great quilting explorations in resizing blocks, and using embellishments. Supplies will be needed Skill level: Intermediate/Advanced

Instructor: Mrs. Vivian Walker
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 205


Quilting - "Celtic Quilts"

Tuesday 9:00am-11:30am
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

Celtic art and design continue to be used to support ethnic identity, sometimes coinciding with national political aspirations. They are also often used for the glorification and worship of God, continuing the tradition of the magnificent gospel manuscripts, standing crosses, reliquaries, and liturgical vessels of over a thousand years ago. Others use Celtic symbols to connect with pre-Christian tradition of spirituality. The participants in this class will create a Celtic Medallion that can be used as a wall hanging, or the center of a large quilt. Bias strips will be used to follow the pattern to create the designs. Fabric insets will also be part of the process. Supplies will be needed. Skill Level: Advanced

Instructor: Mrs. Vivian Walker
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 205


Watercolor

Friday 1:00pm-2:15pm
May 5, 12, 19, 26 June 2, 9

This Watercolor class is designed for all OLLI students interested in developing their aesthetic and cultural awareness, gaining multitude of experiences and explorations with one of the nicest water media – watercolor. During the six week session, six different projects will be accomplished from an introductory level to an advanced level. Advanced students are required to bring their own supplies. Beginners will explore the fundamentals of watercolor painting, such as materials, techniques and color relationships; with an emphasis on paint application, principles of design and expression. Various past and contemporary artists will be introduced with each project. Students will work from direct observation and images.

Instructor: Ms. Oskana Davis
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 205


Decorating With Style

Monday 11:00am-1:00pm
May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, June 5

If you have always wanted to make decorations for your table, door, home or special occasions, this is the class for you. You will learn to make every day and special occasion centerpieces, door wreathes, decorative tissue boxes, decorate with balloons and more. Class members will determine which or how many of these projects will be done in this class. No prior knowledge or skills required, just lots of creativity. Supplies are required

Instructor: Ms. Marilyn Foster
Location: W.O. Lawton Building, Room 206


Literature, Language & Writing


Advanced Spanish

Thursday 10:00am- 11:00am
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

This class is being offered for those of you are fluent in specking Spanish, able to translate, carry on conversations or interested in a refresher course.

Instructor: Mrs. Julia Hughey
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 206


Intermediate Spanish

Thursday 11:30am-12:30pm
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

This class is designed for those who have a basic background in Spanish pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary.

Instructor: Mrs. Julia Hughey
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 206


Beginning Spanish

Thursday 1:00pm- 2:00pm
May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1, 8

This course is designed for beginning students, who wants to continue learning the basics of speaking Spanish.

Instructor: Mrs. Julia Hughey
Location: W.O Lawton Building, Room 206

*Please register as soon as possible, each class is depended on the amount of students registered.


REGISTRATION DAYS: April 24-28 9AM-11AM; 3PM-5PM

DONATIONS: OLLI at Hampton University appreciates donations of any kind. Donations support our scholarship fund, allow us to purchase equipment or other learning materials, and help sustain the organization. Call 727-5434 for more information.