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Noncredit Continuing Education Winter & Spring 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.

Renaissance Florence: The Lily on the Arno and Its Inhabitants ★NEW!★
This class will focus on Renaissance Florence and its inhabitants. The class includes the following topics: Florentine society, commerce, religion, civic ritual, and the physical aspects of the city. In addition, the class highlights the achievements of artists and intellectuals such as Donatello, Masaccio, Botticelli, Machiavelli and Leonardo Bruni. Instructor: Lou Gimelli $11** (fee based, no waivers)
Tue 10am-12pm, Apr 14
   XE-282 7839   #5555 Gateway Campus
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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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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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Supreme Court Decisions: 21st Century ★NEW!★
The Supreme Court has ruled on many controversial issues since 2000. In this course, you will review the facts of the cases, the arguments of the cases, the case decisions and the impact of the cases on American Society. Topics include case decisions involving immigration, the Affordable Health Care Act, the Presidential election of 2000, copyright cases, Eminent Domain and more. Instructor: Patrick Heline. Includes a $5 materials fee. $64 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 1:30pm-3:30pm, Apr 10-May 8
   XI-001 7828   #4796 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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The U.S. Presidents: FDR to Kennedy
Join instructor Patrick Heline for the seventh in a series of courses on the U.S. Presidents. This course focuses on the U.S. Presidents from FDR to Kennedy. The course will analyze their terms in office by examining the policies, programs and legacies of each President. $79 (includes $45 in fees*)
Fri 2pm-4pm, Feb 27-Mar 27
XI-242 7795 #0427 The Bain Center
(Includes $5 fee for handouts.)

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World Religions
This course focuses on the foundations of many of the major religions, including Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam and Judaism, The course also examines the emerging religions of the modern era, particularly human secularism. Topics include Nihilism v. Theism; the Yogic tradition, the Abrahamic tradition and Modern Religions. Instructor Patrick Dempsey, M.B.A., M.M.A., M.Div. $69 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 10am-12pm, Feb 23-Mar 16
   XI-244 7806 #0614 Glenwood Community Center

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Contemporary American Short Stories
Each year the Best American Short Stories anthology offers a window into current American culture. The 20 stories in the 2014 edition, selected by novelist Jennifer Egan, represent what one reviewer calls "the literary Oscars". Stories told by old masters like Joyce Carol Oates, Ann Beattie and T. C. Boyle appear alongside those by up-and-coming authors. Every edition offers a story or two from a brilliant young writer the literary world is just beginning to discover. In this 6 week class you will read 11 of these stories. You will gain an understanding of the basic techniques of fiction and develop criteria for judiging the quality of the stories. Please read the story "A Hand Reached Down to Guide Me" by David Gates, before the first class. Please purchase the book: Best Americna Short Stories 2014, or borrow it from the library. $89 (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon 10am-12pm, Apr 13-May 18
   XI-101 7825   #4792 Gateway Campus

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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 As a Protest Mechanism, Part 2 ★NEW!★
This course will explore how artists throughout history have used visual imagery to draw attention to political and cultural issues. Topics include: Diego Rivera and the Mexican muralists, art for civil rights, art in response to the great Depression, graffiti, activist art and the censorship of art. These are all examples of visual art used as a means of protest or communication. Instructor: Ann Wiker $79 (includes $40 in fees*)
Tue 10am-12pm, Apr 14-May 19
   XI-106 7833   #5509 Gateway Campus

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A Closer Look At Abstract Expressionism
Was Abstract Expressionism hazardous to the lives of the practicing artists? Several of the artists painting in this style in New York City became alcoholics. Nervous breakdowns and depression were also common among this group of painters. Was there a link between this style of art and health issues? This course will examine abstract expressionism and the lives of artists painting in this style in the 1940s and 1950s. We will study the art of Willem de Koonig, Mark Rothko, Jackson Pollock and others. Instructor: Ann Wiker $20** (fee based, no waivers)
Thu 10am-12pm, Mar 19-Mar 26
   XE-251 7804 #0464 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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Administering Estates in Maryland
Sooner or later, you or a family member may need to administer an estate in Maryland. Smart planning and preparation can save you and your family time, money, and stress during one of the most difficult times in life. Join Byron E. Macfarlane, Register of Wills, to learn about the probate process in Maryland. He will present valuable information about types of estates, the role of the personal representative, the importance of having a will, how to register a will, required documents for opening and closing an estate, probate fees, and inheritance and estate taxes in Maryland. There will be time for questions and answers about estates at the end of the class. This is a free class. Space is limited, so please register early. If you decide not to come to the class after you have registered, please call 443-518-4972 to free up a seat for someone else. Free (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 10am-12pm, Apr 20
   XE-389 7816   #1820 Gateway Campus
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Painting I for Senior Adults: Mixed Media
This course is for the beginning artist with less than one year of experience in painting. The instructor is a professional artist who will teach, encourage, and advise you as you learn to create original art works in acrylic or oils. Approximate supply cost: $100. Instructor will provide supply list at the first class. You will need to purchase supplies on your own. If you have more than a year of experience, please register for Painting Techniques: Level 2. Register early: class size limited. $80 (includes $40 in fees*)
Wed 1pm-3:30pm, Apr 8-May 27
   XH-675 7841   #5584 The Bain Center
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Creative Collage
Have you always wanted to try your hand at collage? In this class, you can experiment with a new art technique as you combine painting, photographs and other medium to create a unique collage. This class is suitable for all levels -from beginning to advanced artists. Please bring a blank, stretched artist's canvas up to size 11 x 14 with you to class. Instructor will bring paints and other supplies for in-class use. Feel free to bring any acrylic paints or brushes you may already own, along with scissors, photocopies of photographs, old letters, magazines, newspapers, and thin lace or fabric you would like to use in your collage. $55** (fee based, no waivers)
Mon 10am-12pm, Apr 6-Apr 27
   XE-253 7832   #5926 The Bain Center

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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*)
Tue 10am-12pm, Mar 17-May 26 (No class May 5)
   XI-655 7780 #9656 The Bain Center
Fri 10am-12pm, Mar 13-May 22 (No class Apr 3 & May 5)
   XI-655 7779 #9657 The Bain Center

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Deep Water Fitness
For mature adults seeking a total body workout to increase aerobic capacity, muscular endurance and flexibility without any impact or stress on the joints. Deep water training also offers improvements in balance and posture by creating a substantial challenge to the core muscles. Participants must be comfortable in deep water wearing flotation equipment that will be provided. No tuition waivers for this course. $80** (includes $40 in fees*)
Mon,Wed 10am-11am, Apr 8-Jun 3 (No class  May 25)
   XE-543 7818   #1822 Athletic & Fitness Center
Tue,Thu 11am-12pm, Apr 9-Jun 2
   XE-543 7817   #1821 Athletic & Fitness 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*)
Fri 10am-11am, Apr 10-Jun 5
   XE-154 7814   #1814 Athletic & Fitness Center
Fri 9am-10am, Apr 10-Jun 5
   XE-154 7815   #1815 Athletic & Fitness Center

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Senior Aquatic Wellness
Improve your fitness and health. Learn how to monitor your pulse rate, recognize heart rate zone and expand your range of motion. New students should call 443-518-4772 to obtain an Emergency Information Form and Release, which must be on file with the instructor by the first day of class. Classes meet in the HCC pool, Athletic & Fitness Center. Course Costs: $109 (includes $69 in fees*)
Mon,Wed 9am-10am, Apr 8-Jun 3 (No class May 25)
  ZB-433 7824   #1842 Athletic & Fitness Center
Tue,Thu 10am-11am, Apr 9-Jun 2
   ZB-433 7823   #1841 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*)

Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Mar 2-Apr 8 (No class Apr 3)
   XH-752 7778 #9651 The Bain Center
Mon,Wed,Fri 9:30am-10:50am, Apr 20-May 29 (No class May 22 & May 25)
   XH-752 7819   #4793 The Bain Center
Tue,Thu 1pm-2:20pm, Apr 28-Jun 18
   XH-752 7820   #4795 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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