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Fall 2014 Community Education Classes at Ohio University Southern!  For more information, please contact Nina Queen at 740.533.4548 or via email at

Community Education Guidelines and Procedures

Community Education classes are open to the general public regardless of educational background. These classes are self-supporting, and the fees collected from Community Education cover all instructional, administrative, and overhead cost of the program...
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Registration and Enrollment

YOU MUST REGISTER AND ENROLL PRIOR TO THE FIRST CLASS SESSION. If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met, the class may be cancelled.
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Community Education classes offers classes in technology, artistic endeavors, personal interests, dog obedience, and recreation.

Dog Obedience-Puppy Kindergarten
Instructor: Leslie Milleson
The owner and puppy learn the basics of dog obedience at a more relaxed pace.  Sit, stay, come, lie down, and good manners are the focus of this puppy class. Because puppies have short attention spans, play and social interaction are important elements of this course. Positive reinforcement, praise, and good parenting are emphasized.

Please do not bring the dog to the first session.
Course Location: Ohio Horse Park/Vet Clinic Area Course
Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 22 - December 10,  6:30-7:30 pm
Course Enrollment: MIN: 5
Course Cost: $70
Dog Obedience—Sub Novice
Instructor: Leslie Milleson
This is an on-leash course for owners to learn how to train dogs who are 7 months or older.  All the basics are covered: sit, stay, come, stand, lie down, and heel.  This class is based on positive reinforcement and working on getting your dog’s attention and trust.  Puppy kindergarten is not required. 

Please do not bring the dog to the first session.
Course Location: Ohio Horse Park/Vet Clinic Area
Course Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 22 - December 10, 7:30-8:30 pm
Course Enrollment: MIN: 5
Course Cost: $85


Dog Obedience—Novice
Instructor:Leslie Milleson
This course moves forward in the obedience training to off-leash work.  This is done with all the commands.  The Sub-Novice class is required or participants must have permission from the instructor.
Course Location: Ohio Horse Park/Vet Clinic Area
Course Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 22 - December 10 , 8:30-9:30 pm
Course Enrollment: MIN: 5
Course Cost: $85
Ballroom Dance
Instructor: Barbara Wheeler
Ballroom dances are partner dances that are enjoyed socially and competitively throughout the world.  This class consists of six sessions, and participants will meet once a week for 2 hours. Students will learn the basics of ballroom dance, turns, history of the dance, and identification of music to match the type of dance. The focus of Ballroom Dance will be on Waltz, Cha Cha, Foxtrot, Swing, Tango, and Rumba. Students will also learn a 50's, 60's, 70's social fun dance.

Course Location: OUS Campus and Community Building
Course Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 8 - November 12 , 6:00 - 8:00 pm
Course Enrollment: MIN: 10
Course Cost: $42 (individual)
Aerobic Conditioning (Kickboxing) ** ENROLLMENT FOR FALL 2014 IS FULL**
Instructor: Jacki Adkins
Cardio Kickboxing is a cardiovascular workout utilizing kicks, punches, calisthenics, and step aerobics to elevate heart rate and strengthen all major muscle groups.  Specific strengthening, toning, and stretching exercises will also be included in the class.

Course Location: OUS Campus and Community Building
Course Date/Time: Class runs through December 3,  Mondays and Wednesdays,  5:30 - 6:25 pm
Course Enrollment: FULL
Course Cost: $40
Beginning Bridge
Instructor:  Madolin Blackwell
Bridge is a popular card game of skill that involves trick taking and bidding.  This class provides basic instruction and enables individuals to gain beginning knowledge of the game.

Course Location:  OUS Caucus Room
Date/time:  Mondays, October 6- November 10, 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment:  MIN: 8, MAX: 16
Course Cost:  $26.25
Essential Oils 101
Instructor:  Katie Hostetter
This introductory course will help you understand the history of essential oils, what they are, and how easily you can incorporate them into your everyday life. Learn how people use essential oils to boost their immune system, address health and wellness naturally, first aid, toxic-free cleaning, pet care, cooking, and more. Each participant will leave with a sample to enjoy at home.

Course Location:  Ohio University Southern, Academic Center Caucus Room
Date/time:  Thursday, November 6, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment: Min: 5
Course Cost:  $14
Instructor: Elizabeth Fugett-Stevens
Crocheting is a method of creating fabric from yarn, thread, or other materials.  This class introduces students to basic crochet practices such as links, chains, and stitches in order to make hats, scarves, and other items. Beginners should select a smooth yarn and a basic hook to use when learning how to crochet. Please bring your yarn and crochet hook to class. 

Course Location: Ohio University Southern
Course Date/Time: Wednesdays, October 22-November 19, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment: MIN: 10, MAX:  20
Course Cost: $35
Instructor:  Jeanie Basham
Learn how to coupon like a professional. In this class, you will learn how and where to get the best coupons.  You will also learn how to save time clipping and organizing your coupons.
Save money by learning how to use your coupons for the most bang for your buck.

Course Location:  OUS Riffe 258 and two shopping trips at local vendors
Date/time:  Tuesdays, October 21 and 28, November 4, 7, 18, and 21, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Course Enrollment: Min: 10, Max: 50
Course Cost: $42
Instructor:  Susan Sheridan
Tennis is a popular recreational and spectator sport that is played worldwide. Players compete individually against a single opponent or between two teams of two players each. This course introduces students to the basic skills of recreational tennis. 
Course Location:  Ironton High School Tennis Court
Date/time: October 11-November 15, 9:00-11:00 a.m. 
Course Enrollment: Min: 8
Course Cost: $52.50
The Underground Railroad in Burlington and Ironton
Instructor:  Chris Saunders
The state of Ohio had the most active network of the Underground Railroad than any other state in the Union.  Lawrence County, the southernmost county in Ohio, bordered the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky.  Countless enslaved African-Americans first tasted freedom after crossing the Ohio River into Burlington and Ironton, Ohio.
This session, using primary sources, will identify and give biographical sketches of the individuals of various ethnicities and religious beliefs who worked together in an informal network of safe houses and escape routes to help enslaved African-Americans to freedom in the northern states and Canada.
The objective of this session is to bring local history to life and to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in the nation’s first civil rights movement.  Following the sessions, attendees will have a better understanding of the lives of those persecuted by the peculiar institution of slavery.  They will learn about the lives of several prominent abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors, their sacrifices, and the escape routes they used.
Course Location:  Ohio University Southern
Date/time:  Tuesdays, October 21-November 18,  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment: Min: 10
Course Cost: $35
Victorian Living
Instructor: Vicki Roach
The Victorian Era was named for England’s Queen Victoria who ruled from 1837-1901.  This period of stylish home décor was treasured for its diversity, ornamentation, and craftsmanship.  In this course, students will learn characteristics of Victorian Living. Decorating in the Victorian style, learning fun facts about the era, and making Victorian ornaments, picture frames, cupcakes, wreaths, t-shirt scarves, and dainty tea party delights are the focus of this class. 

Course Location:  Tea Party Treats and Sweets, 101 Township Road 328, Ironton OH
Date/time: , November 10 and 17, 6-8 pm.
Course Enrollment: Min: 5
Course Cost: $28
Quilting 101
Instructor:  Sue Cahal
Learning to quilt is an exciting experience, and it can be quite satisfying.  Matching colors that will go well with the quilt and using math to make quilt blocks that are needed for the quilt size are fundamentals of this class.  Students will learn to make the Rail Fence Quilt which can be completed in one day, depending on student progress.  Class may have to be held for at least two days. 
Students will need to bring needles, gray thread, and a working sewing machine with the guidebook that shows details of the machine.  This quilt also requires 1 3/4 yards of six different fabrics and 3 yards of border fabric.
Course Location:  Ohio University Southern
Course Date/Time:  Wednesday and Thursday, November 5 and 6, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment:  MIN:  6, MAX:  6
Course Cost:  $46.67
Community Crafting Class
Instructor:  Beverly Queen
This class will inspire “A Merry and Bright Christmas” as participants create unique Christmas ornaments and décor. Give your home a festive holiday update and have the satisfaction of saying, “Yes, I did it myself.” 
Course Location:  Ohio University Southern
Date/Time:  Tuesdays, November 4, 18, 25, and December 2, 9, 16.  6:00-7:30 p.m.
Course Enrollment:  MIN:  8, MAX:  12
Course Cost: $89.38 (39.38 class plus $50.00 crafts supply fee)
Football for Women 101
Instructor:  Brandon Roberts
This introductory course focuses on the basics of the game of football.   This six weeks class will help “football widows” learn about and enjoy the popular sport.  It will also aid parents, grandparents, and other family members in connecting with each other in a way that had previously been nearly impossible because of lack of knowledge.
Course Location:  Ohio University Southern
Date/time:  Tuesdays, November 4, 18, & 25 and December 2, 9, & 16, 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Course Enrollment: MIN: 5, MAX:  20
Course Cost:  $42.00
Getting to Know Windows 8
Instructor:  Lorna Besco
Get to know the world of Microsoft Windows 8!  It's a robust, powerful operating system that gives you an efficient way to manage all the apps, programs, files, and folders you use regularly. In this course, you'll learn the basics so you can make the most of this operating system for both work and fun.
You'll start by exploring how to move around within Windows 8 with the new Start screen, Charms bar, and desktop.  You'll find out how to manage apps and programs on the Start screen and how to customize the Start screen and desktop areas.
Finding files and folders on your Windows 8 system is easy, and you'll learn how, whether you're looking for files stored on your hard drive or on an external drive. You'll also see how to create basic text documents using WordPad and discover how to organize, manage, and edit photos in Windows 8.  Finally, you'll gain an understanding of how to protect your files, update Windows 8, and access the Internet with Windows 8's new Internet Explorer browser.
Course Location:  OUS Dingus 220 
Date/time:  November 4 & 6, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Course Enrollment: MIN: 5. MAX: 20
Course Cost: $28.00
Introduction to Microsoft Word 2013
Instructor:  Lorna Besco
In this course, you’ll learn how to add, move through, and edit text; move words from one part of your document to another; change the size or appearance of text; change margins and tab settings; automatically center, right align, justify, and indent text; run the grammar and spelling checker; use the thesaurus; and save, retrieve, copy, organize, and print your documents. By the time you’re finished with this course, you’ll be able to use Word confidently at home or on the job.
Course Location:  OUS Dingus 220
Date/time:  November 18, 20, & 25, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   
Course Enrollment:  MIN: 5, MAX:  20
Course Cost:  $42.00    
Photo Editing
Instructor:  Lorna Besco
Editing or finishing your photographs has become a popular part of photography.  In this course, you will learn to add text and graphics to digital photo, change colors, correct blemishes, and create collages. 
Course Location:  OUS Dingus 220
Date/time:  December 2 & 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.   
Course Enrollment:  MIN:  5, MAX: 20
Course Cost:  $28.00
Social Media for Beginners
Instructor:  Lorna Besco
Social media dominates the web. More than a billion people actively use social media every day.  It’s time to figure out how to use social media to help you make a better life for yourself.  This course is for anyone looking for tips, tricks, or to re-learn why they started using social media in the first place.
Course Location:  OUS Dingus 220
Date/time:  November 13, 6:30-8:30 p.m. 
Course Enrollment:  MIN:  5, MAX:  20
Course Cost:  $14.00 

Contact Information:
Community Education
Ohio University Southern
1804 Liberty Avenue
Ironton, OH 45638
Nina Queen