Westminster College Offers Fall Continuing Education Classes

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

NEW WILMINGTON, Pa. - Westminster College announces several personal enrichment and leisure courses for community residents, covering interests ranging from understanding football to glass painting to knitting.

Continuing Education classes and seminars are non-credit and are open to all interested individuals.  Formal admission to Westminster College is not required. 

Visit www.westminster.edu/adult for more information or contact Lori A. Scheidemantle at 724-946-7353 or email.

Fourteen personal enrichment and exercise classes are included this semester:

Adobe Photoshop will be held Mondays, Sept. 16, 23 and 30 from 6-8 p.m. in Patterson Hall, room 103. This class will cover how to edit and enhance your photos while using Photoshop tools like "elliptical marquee," "magic wand," and "gradient."

Glass Painting/Grapes is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 26, from 5:30-9 p.m. in Hoyt Science Center, room 206. Learn the technique of painting grapes with sponge tools. Participants will need to bring an item to paint (wine goblets, trays, Christmas ornaments, or white or clear glass).

"Are You Ready for Some Football?" is scheduled for Mondays, Sept. 23, 30, Oct. 7 and 14 from 7-8 p.m. in Old Main, room 305.  Designed primarily for women (men are also welcome), this class teaches the ABCs of understanding America's favorite fall sport.

Beginning Knitting is scheduled for Tuesdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22 from 6-7:30 p.m. in McGill Library's Robinson Room.  Learn the basics of knitting. Participants will need to bring one skein of sport weight yarn and one pair of size 6 knitting needles.

Getting to Know Your Computer is scheduled for Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Oct. 1, 2 and 3, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in Hoyt Science Center, room 290. This introductory class will cover terminology, using the mouse, and Windows 2007, while touching on Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, and the Internet.

Microsoft Word 2010 is scheduled for Monday and Wednesdays, Oct. 14, 16 and 21, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Patterson Hall, room 103.  This class is for students who have some computer experience with typing and using the mouse.  Participants will learn the Microsoft Word 2010 version while referring to an earlier version of the program.

Wintertime Glass Painting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 24, from 5:30-9 p.m. in Hoyt Science Center, room 206.  Participants should bring a blow dryer and a small fan brush.

Introduction to Microsoft Excel 2010 is scheduled for Mondays, Nov. 4, 11 and 18, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Patterson Hall, room 103.  This introductory class covers formatting, terminology, and how to use auto sum.  

Introduction to Microsoft PowerPoint is scheduled for Thursday, Nov. 7 and 14, from 5:30-8 p.m. in Hoyt Science Center, room 290. Learn to use information from the Internet on your presentations and to insert, crop and format pictures.

Glass Painting: Snowflakes and Primitive Snowmen is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 19 from 5:30-9 p.m. in the Hoyt Science Center, room 206. Participants should bring a glass item to paint (wine glass, smooth-sided vase) and a fine brush.

Personal fitness classes are scheduled in three sessions:  Session A starts Sept. 16 and runs through Oct. 12; session B runs from Oct. 14 through Nov. 9; and session C runs from Nov. 11 through Dec. 14. Classes are held in the dance studio in Old 77.

Hatha Yoga classes run all four sessions on Tuesdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.  Participants learn how to improve their strength, balance, respiration, and fitness level by stretching and strengthening muscles, joints, and spine.  Participants should bring a yoga mat. A yoga strap and yoga blocks are optional.

Prop-Based Yoga classes run all four sessions on Wednesdays from 5-6 p.m. This style of yoga uses props such as blocks and straps to aid in achieving alignment and stability in each pose.

Cardio/Strength Blast classes run all four sessions on Thursdays from 6-7 p.m. This class is designed for various fitness levels from low to high. Your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, and flexibility will be utilized to burn calories and get fit. Light weight dumbbells are recommended but not required.

Zumba© is scheduled for Mondays from 5-6 p.m., Wednesdays from 6:15-7:15 p.m., and Saturdays from 10-11 a.m. This class combines targeted body-sculpting exercises and high-energy cardio work with Latin-infused Zumba moves to create a calorie-torching, strength-training dance fitness-party.

About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster is a top-tier liberal arts college and a national leader in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 378 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.

Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 41 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.