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Noncredit Continuing Education Spring & Summer 2015 Courses

Howard Community College and the Howard County Office on Aging offer courses designed for senior adult students of ages 60 and above. If you take classes at a Howard County Senior Center, you will be requested to fill out an emergency contact information sheet for the Howard County Office on Aging.

NOTE: Room numbers are posted in each building lobby on the day of class.

Thomas Jefferson's Legacy: the Man and The President ★NEW!★
In this course, we will assess Jefferson's famous and infamous contributions to this country's history. Jefferson wanted to be remembered for three major accomplishments: religious tolerance in Virginia; the Declaration of Independence; and the University of Virginia. This record is balanced out by controversial issues such as undercutting domestic and foreign policies of Presidents Washington and Adams; his attempts to eliminate the Supreme Court; the Embargo Act of 1807 and slavery at Monticello. Instructor: Roger Swartz $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 9:45am-11:45am, Apr 29-May 27 (No class May 13)
   XI-109 7838   #5561   Glenwood Community Center
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1814: War in the Chesapeake, Lake Champlain and the Ensuing Peace ★NEW!★
The 1814 military campaigns in the Chesapeake and Lake Champlain led to the British negotiations to end the War of 1812. Class topics include: Madison's leadership in the War of 1812; the British burning of Washington; the myths and realities of the Fort McHenry flag and our national anthem; and how the 1814 campaigns led to America's victory in the War of 1812. Instructor: Roger Swartz $59 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 1pm-3pm, Apr 29-May 27 (No class May 13)
  XI-107 7836   #5560   The Bain Center
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History of the Civil War in Maryland ★NEW!★
This history course will explore the role of the border state of Maryland during the Civil War. Topics include: why Maryland was a border state; the Baltimore riots; Union and Southern sympathizers; military campaigns such as the Battle of Antietam and the Battle of Monocacy; Camp Parole in Annapolis and women’s roles in the Civil War. Includes a $5 materials fee. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 10am-12pm, Aug 21-Sep 18
   XI-111 7724 #7035  Gateway Campus

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History of U.S. Presidential Assassinations ★NEW!★
This history course will cover the historical events and social impact of the assassinations of Presidents Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley and Kennedy. The class will evaluate the social and historical impact of each and examine conspiracy theories associated with each assassination. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm, Aug 21-Sep 18
   XI-116 7725 #7037  The Bain Center
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The U.S. Presidents: LBJ to Carter ★NEW!★
This is eighth in a series of courses on the U.S. Presidents. This course focuses on the U.S. Presidents from Lyndon Baines Johnson through Jimmy Carter. The course examines the policies, programs and legacies of each President. The class also takes a look at the social and cultural changes that occurred during the 1960s and 1970s. Instructor: Patrick Heline. Includes a $5 materials fee. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm, May 15-Jun 12
   XI-002 7827   #4799   The Bain Center
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Picasso's Ladies ★NEW!★
It has been said that Picasso changed his companions as often as he changed his painting styles. Many of his portraits are of his wives, mistresses and children. Picasso had two wives and four children by three women. For Picasso, his romantic relationships provided the inspiration for countless paintings, drawings, and sculptures. This lecture class will focus on eight of his major relationships. Discover the women, the passion and heartbreak behind Pablo Picasso's works. Instructor Ann Wiker $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu 10am-12pm, Apr 23
   XE-274 7834   #5559 Gateway Campus

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Good Grief-It’s Grammar ★NEW!★
Do you struggle over whether to use who or whom? Cringe when you hear “ain’t?” So did the individuals who wrote the first grammar books. What they were objecting to was really usage, not grammar. Grammar is the unchanging structural backbone of the language. Dr. Barbara Mayo-Wells will explore some of the quirks of modern English usage. Bring along your pet peeves and your most perplexing questions (saw vs. seen, lie vs. lay, split infinitives and dangling participles) and see if you can stump the expert. $40 (includes $20 in fees*)
Tue, Thu 1pm-3:30pm, Jul 28-Jul 30
   XI-117 7732 #7073 Glenwood Community Center

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Update on the Baltimore-D.C. Art Scene ★NEW!★
Baltimore is the home of the only Visionary Art Museum in America and the site for Artscape, which is the largest outdoor art festival in the county. DC boasts the highest number of free art museums. Both cities are within an easy drive of Columbia. This course will discuss urban murals, new galleries, up and coming artists and exhibits worth visiting in the Baltimore-D.C. area. Instructor: Ann Wiker $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu 10am-12pm, May 7
   XE-275 7835   #5522 Gateway Campus

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Art Collecting 101: How to Select and Buy Art ★NEW!★
Selecting art work for your home or office can be a daunting task. This course will guide you in selecting art works that reflect your personal style. The class covers the best places to find original art works; the pros and cons of investing in art; types of art; price ranges for different categories of art; how to start a collection on a limited budget; displaying, protecting and insuring art and buying art online. Instructor: Ann Wiker $22** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon,Tue 10am-12pm, Jun 15-Jun 16
   XE-295 7847 #7041 Gateway Campus

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Pathways to Wisdom ★NEW!★
Throughout history, humans have defined and redefined what it means to be "wise". This course provides an overview of the concept of wisdom, from ancient notions of the good life to the modern existential superman. Theoretical discussions will play a supporting role as the class explores a variety of wisdom ideals and discusses ways to apply these concepts today. Instructor Patrick Dempsey, M.B.A., M.A., M.Div. $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
Thu 10am-12pm, Apr 30-May 21
   XI-110 7842   #5569 Glenwood Community Center
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Mental Wellness and the Older Adult ★NEW!★
Maintaining mental wellness is a key to successful aging. This course deals with recognizing symptoms of possible difficulties and ways to deal with those symptoms. The onset of problems in older adults often look different than they do in younger individuals; the treatment is often different; and the degree of resilience is also different. This course will examine how to cope with mental health challenges and ways that older adults can move up to "Mental Wellness". Instructor Phyllis Meyerson LCSW-C has 35 years of clinical and administrative experience in a mental health setting. $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 1pm-3pm, Apr 27
   XE-281 7840   #5574 Gateway Campus
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The Maryland Health Care Decision Act ★NEW!★
The Health Care Decisions Act was enacted to allow people to communicate their wishes about medical care and, when necessary, allow a designated individual to make medical decisions for them. This class provides an overview of the Health Care Decisions Act as well as some of the issues surrounding its implementation. Topics include: The Maryland Health Care Decisions Act, advanced directives, Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment, and a discussion distinguishing palliative care from hospice care. The instructor Ted Meyerson is the chair of the State Council on Quality Care at the End of Life and the President of United Seniors of Maryland Education Foundation. Please note that this is an overview class only. No legal or personal advice will be offered during this session. Handouts included. $19** (fee based, no waivers)
Tue 9:30am-12pm, Apr 28

   XE-280 7837   #5571         Gateway Campus
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Pottery: Form, Function, and Design
The instructor welcomes students of all levels to this class. You will enjoy the opportunity to shape your own creations as you work on a variety of projects. Learn about glazing, hand building, and advanced decorating techniques(s). The instructor is a professional potter. Limited enrollment; please register early! Instructor: Donna Lansman. $90 (includes $40 in fees*)
Fri 10am-12pm, Jun 12-Aug 21 (No class Jul 3)
   XI-655 7723 #6269 The Bain Center
Tue 10am-12pm, Jun 16-Aug 18 (No class Jul 3)
   XI-655 7722 #6268 The Bain Center

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SWEAT (Senior Water Exercise and Aquatic Training)
Are you looking for a way to work out without a lot of impact on your joints? In this class you can improve physical fitness though exercise in an aquatic environment. A variety of workouts will be used in the shallow as well as the deep end of the pool. Swimming skill is not mandatory, but you should feel comfortable in the water. No tuition waivers for this course. $49** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon,Wed,Fri 9am-10am, Jun 15-Jul 17
   XE-154 7729 #6262 Athletic & Fitness Center
Mon,Wed,Fri 10am-11am, Jun 15-Aug 17
   XE-154 7730 #6263 Athletic & Fitness Center

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Better Health and Wellness for Senior Adults
Learn how to improve your cardiovascular system, muscle strength and endurance, coordination and balance. The instructor will combine fitness training with health education to improve your health and wellness. $88 (includes $40 in fees*)

Tue,Thu 1pm-2:20pm, Apr 28-Jun 18
   XH-752 7820   #4795 The Bain Center

Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Jul 8-Aug 12
   XH-752 7720 #6265 The Bain Center
Tue,Thu 1pm-2:20pm, Aug 25-Oct 15
   XH-752 7721 #6266 The Bain Center
Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Aug 24-Sep 30 (No class Sep 7)
   XH-752 7731 #6264 The Bain Center

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Course Notes
*Fees not eligible for waiver.
**Neither XE courses nor their fees are eligible for waiver.
(S) = Supplies needed. Instructor will provide list at first class.
(T) = Textbook recommended or required. Purchase at HCC Bookstore or online before first class.




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