This fall, Southern Utah University is inviting community members to learn something new by taking courses offered in the Community Education program. Eight new classes will lead out the fall lineup in September along with some of the program’s higher-level classes that build on previous experience, such as Intermediate American Sign Language, Intermediate Guitar and Advanced Watercolor. With kids back in school, it’s the perfect time to explore a new hobby, meet new friends and develop hidden talents.
The eight new classes in September include Fermentation From the Garden, Beginner French, Beginner Group Fiddle, Beginner Group Guitar, Beginner Group Mandolin, Beginner Birdwatching, Advanced Watercolor and Why We Have Earthquakes in Southern Utah.
“We’re always looking to broaden our selection of class offerings and give local experts the opportunity to share their talents with the community,” said Susie Knudsen, assistant director of SUU Community Education. “One of our new instructors, Dave Hunt, is a wonderful addition to our team of teachers with over 30 years of experience teaching guitar, mandolin, fiddle and French language classes.”
For aspiring artists and those looking to refine technique, there are several art classes to choose from such as Acrylic Pouring, Beginner Watercolor, Intermediate Watercolor, Advanced Watercolor and Astrophotography at Cathedral Gorge. Enjoy one or all three Saturday afternoon Alcohol Ink classes held at Southern Utah Museum of Art learning this fun medium for beginner or experienced artists.
If you’ve ever wondered why we have earthquakes in southern Utah and when the next big one is likely to hit, register for our new geology class taught by Bill Lund, emeritus Senior Scientist with the Utah Geological Survey’s Geologic Hazards Program. Beginner Birdwatching is another fun science class that will get you outside and recognizing some of nearly 300 local bird species by sight and sound. This three-week class taught by SUU Ornithology Professor Rachel Bolus begins Sept. 6.
In the new Meet the Chef cooking series, lessons will be taught at Southwest Tech’s demonstration labs and will feature five local chefs from restaurants in the region. Each guest chef will instruct attendees to prepare a favorite dish from familiar restaurant menus. Fermentation From the Garden will also be held at Southwest Tech and is an introductory class in lacto fermentation and how to ferment vegetables from the garden for health and preservation. Take home a Fido jar filled with delicious foods ready to ferment on Sept. 18.
If you are wanting to learn a new language, ASL, Travel Spanish and French classes are now available. Both beginner and intermediate ASL classes will be taught this session. Pick up simple phrases for daily activities as well as grammar topics and culture with the Travel Spanish or Beginner French class.
The SUU Community Education program offers classes, workshops and events for the purpose of generating fun, cultural, educational opportunities for those who love to learn. While increasing participant knowledge, programs are designed to provide non-credit experiences for community members wishing to develop new hobbies, skills and areas of personal interest. Taught by local experts, more than 1,300 participants have engaged in 113 SUU Community Education offerings since the program’s launch in 2018.
To register for classes, or to see the full fall class schedule, visit suu.edu/wise or call (435) 865-8259. For assistance registering, drop by the SUU Alumni House at 351 W. University Boulevard, Cedar City, Utah.
Story by: Susie Knudsen
Photos by: SUU Community Education