Lander University is accepting applications for its spring continuing education courses, the first of which will begin late in January. Coordinator Shelley Grund said there are more than two dozen courses being offered, plus professional and small business development courses, Scholastic Aptitude Test preparation for high school students, a speaker series and two excursions, one to Europe. Some courses have limits on enrollment.
Courses with a creative theme include basket weaving, basic art, calligraphy, woodcarving and digital photography. There will be an introduction to computers, and classes on blogging and Microsoft Excel Basic and Intermediate.
For those interested in the written word, there are classes on writing poetry and keeping a journal. Several language courses are scheduled: conversational Spanish and Spanish for law enforcement professionals, introduction to Japanese, Russian and sign language.
Two music courses are included: piano and keyboard lessons and the American tradition of community singing from the Sacred Harp, a collection of nondenominational sacred songs.
In the category of fitness, health and fun, ballroom dancing, two levels of golf and tennis instruction and bridge lessons are on the schedule.
The AARP driver safety class will be offered on March 31, and a program has been arranged to give participants tips on getting the most out of their healthcare dollars.
Professional development courses include Facebook for small business; seven habits for small business managers; the FastTrac(r) learning program to help entrepreneurs improve and grow their businesses; international trade for small businesses and QuickBook for beginners.
SAT Doctor begins on Saturday, Jan. 21. It is an intensive six-week program designed to prepare high school students for the Scholastic Aptitude Test.
A lecture series focusing on the politics of redistricting in South Carolina will open on Feb. 10 with five other presentations in February and March.
Excursions include a weeklong visit in September to Italy's Umbria region where travelers will learn the secrets and traditions of Italian cooking.
In April, the destination will be The High Museum in Atlanta for the exhibit "Picasso to Warhol," featuring the works of more than a dozen 20th century artists. A second exhibit, "The Art of Golf," is a collection of extraordinary, rare and whimsical works of art, some on public display for the first time, celebrating what has been called the "game of considerable passion."
For information on the excursions and dates, times and fees for courses, contact Lander's Office of Continuing Education at 864-388-8426. Information is also available on Lander's website at www.lander.edu/continuinged