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Outdoor opportunities include Bird Awareness and OLLI fieldtrip classes.

FALL 2013 Extension courses & programs






OLLI - Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Courses for those aged 50 and over. See the OLLI website for details and current classes.


  creative arts, LANGUAGE & CULTURE

Native American Beadwork, Design & Leatherwork

Among the indigenous nations of North America, decorations of clothing and other tools were abundant. Among the decorations is beadwork. It can turn any simple buckskin bag or clothing into a beautiful work of art.

Students will develop their skills in Native American Indian beadwork and design, using traditional and contemporary material.


instr..........Winema Huitt-Weeks

Winema Huitt Weeks is a Paiute enrolled with the Klamath Tribes of Chiloquin, Oregon. She has been dancing traditionally for over 35 years. Winema learned to bead at the age of eight. She became a cap wearer (Keeper of the Culture) at age 24. She has taught beading since the 1970s and has taught regalia making classes, inter-tribal and ceremonial at Eureka High School Indian Club. She has lived in Humboldt County for over 30 years. She has been retained to make repairs on many museum quality regalia pieces.


Dynamic Writing: The Creative Adventure

Writing is the gateway art to the great inner realm of creativity. These three seminar meetings will feature heaps of in-class dynamic writing. Dive deep into yourself, write with surging abandon, explore metaphysical suppositions and dream the new universe. Free writing, journal writing, e-mail construction, public and private letter writing, and fiction stories will be the focus of discussion and writing. Characterization, setting and plot, and other story elements will be considered. Also, the mechanics of story submission for publication, the good habits of writers, and finding the bridge between writing and your own sublime unconscious. Be the proud traveler of your own constructed history – write!

date..........Sat., Nov. 2-16

time..........10 a.m.-1 p.m.


place..........HGH 106

instr..........Jesse Austin

course..........EENC X023

Jesse Austin has taught classes through Extended Education for over 12 years. He has published children’s stories, written a weekly script for a radio show, has written and performed numerous solo performances and presented hundreds of workshops on writing and creativity all over the West for more than 20 years. He has also performed, published and made writing workshop presentations in New Zealand.


Writing Books for Children

Writing books for children is very different from other genres – since the audiences are kids and the publishers, buyers, and librarians are adults.

Discover the wide variety of styles and formats of current books, and pick up some useful writing and publishing tools.

This is an entertaining and informative class for anyone with a love of children’s literature and an interest in writing or illustrating books.

date..........Sun., Oct. 20

time..........10 a.m.-5 p.m.


place..........HGH 226

instr..........Michael Elsohn Ross

course..........EENC X023

Michael Elsohn Ross is the award-winning author of over 40 books for young people, including his young adult biography, Salvador Dali and the Surrealists. What’s the Matter in Mr. Whisker’s Room? was nominated for the Arizona Young Reader’s Award. Ross’s work as a naturalist and environmental educator in Yosemite National Park has inspired him to write books that actively invite kids to wonder and explore. Michael has taught writing workshops at CSU Fresno, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and CSU Stanislaus. Visit his website for more information.


The Studio School

A distinctive visual arts program for youth!


Humboldt Music Academy



   Language & Culture

Beginning Japanese

This course is an introduction to understanding basic Japanese grammar structure, vocabulary, and writing system (hiragana and katakana). It will focus on developing conversational skills that enable students to use the language in a variety of practical situations. Japanese culture and customs are also introduced in given topics.

The textbook for both sessions, Japanese for Busy People (revised 3rd edition, Kana version) and Kana Workbook are available at HSU Bookstore.

An optional one unit of credit (WLC 120) is available for these courses for an additional fee. To receive one unit of credit, you must attend and participate in all class meetings.

Mie Matsumoto is a native Japanese speaker and has over 15 years in teaching college level Japanese. She has taught classes for HSU Extended Education and College of the Redwoods. She has taught all levels and different age groups on a private basis. She is also experienced in commercial translation and services in diverse industries.

Japanese Session 1


instr..........Mie Matsumoto

Japanese Session 2

Students must have taken the prerequisite Introduction to Japanese Session 1 or obtain instructor approval in advance.


instr..........Mie Matsumoto

Beginning Italian

ULTIMA OCCASIONE...your last chance to learn Italian from Giulia.

This course introduces Italian grammar and builds a basic vocabulary allowing you to communicate ideas and travel needs. Examine Italian culture through reading, the Web, and other activities.

An optional one unit of credit is available for this course for an additional fee (WLC 120). To receive one unit of credit, you must attend and participate in all class meetings.

date..........Tues./Thurs., Oct 8-Nov. 14

time..........5:30-7:30 p.m.

fee..........$125, plus $50 for optional 1 unit credit

place..........FH 163

instr..........Giulia Marini

course..........EENC X047

credit ..........WLC 120

Giulia Marini holds a PhD from the University of Padua (Italy). She came to Humboldt County in 1980 and has taught classes for over 20 years. Recently, Giulia decided to stop teaching at the end of 2013 and will be spending her time in Italy.


Introductory Russian Language & Culture

This course is for those who have little or no knowledge of the Russian language. By the end of the course, you will become familiar with the Russian alphabet (Cyrillic), basic reading and writing, and everyday communication such as greeting people formally and informally, counting, and telling the time. You will also learn about grammar points, specifically the Russian cases, adjectives, nouns, verb conjugations, and verbs of motion.

Cultural notes about Russian history, arts and literature, and the Russian language will be woven into the course. Additionally, two or three films in Russian (with English subtitles) will be shown and discussed.

Required textbooks: Golosa: A Basic Course in Russian, Book 1 (4th edition). Richard Robin, Karen Evans-Romaine, Galina Shatalina, and Joanna Robin. Prentice Hall, 2006.


date..........Mon./Wed., Sept. 9-Oct. 9

time..........6:45-8:45 p.m.


place..........BSS 204

instr..........Natalia Novikova

course..........EENC X047


date..........Mon./Wed., Sept. 9-Oct. 9

time..........4:30-6:30 p.m.


place..........BSS 204

instr..........Natalia Novikova

course..........EENC X047

* Prerequisite: Completion of beginning course or instructor prior approval.

Natalia Novikovais from Moscow, Russia. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in philosophy from Moscow State Academic University for the Humanities at the Russian Academy of Sciences. In 2001, she moved to New York City where she began a career at the Columbia University Harriman (former Russian) Institute. Since then, she has taught Russian language to a diverse group of students at various language levels, and also offers cross-cultural consultations to those relocating to Russia.


International Education Week: November 13-16, 2013

The community is invited to learn about international issues and events


Tell Me More®: Interactive Language Learning

German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and English as a Second Language (ESL) are all available to learn online.

Credit or no credit options. Get more information...


  Professional Development

Microsoft Excel Basics

Worksheet design, formulas and functions, charts, saving and printing worksheets and workbooks, these are the basic features of Microsoft Excel.

Create, name, and save workbooks. Design worksheets that utilize relative and absolute formulas and functions such as Sum, Average, Max, Min and Count. Also compare how chart types communicate different interpretations of data, and use shapes and WordArt to enhance charts.

Come learn the basics or expand your knowledge with new tips and techniques.

date..........Mon, Sept. 16-Oct. 7

time..........6-8 p.m.


place..........Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resources Center: 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr..........Joan Dvorak

course..........EENC X019

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Go beyond the basics and explore powerful tools available to an intermediate user of Microsoft Excel.

Evaluate worksheet design and practice Excel analysis tools such as AutoFilter, PivotTables, and advanced formulas and functions. Participants will analyze data lists utilizing sorting, filtering, subtotals.

As time permits, formulas and functions such as If, CountIf, SumIf and Vlookup and what-if analysis and data validation will be presented.

date..........Mon, Oct. 14-Nov. 4

time..........6-8 p.m.


place..........Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resources Center: 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr..........Joan Dvorak

course..........EENC X019

Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Intermediate Microsoft Word

This intermediate course will go beyond MS Word basics to explore headers and footers, tables, mail merge, clipart, Quick Access tool bar customization, troubleshooting, advanced formatting and more.

We will create documents, form letters and envelopes and a flyer.

Class sessions will include hands-on practice time, so students are comfortable using the skills when they complete the classes.

date..........Wed, Thurs., Nov. 6-14

time..........6-8 p.m.


place..........Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resources Center: 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr..........Alison Ware

course..........EENC X019

Ali Ware taught Microsoft Office and other software applications for over 25 years. She has taught at secondary, post-secondary, and professional development levels.

OLLI at HSU Class:

Microsoft Word for Beginners

This introductory course will cover the basics of using Microsoft Word 2010. Beginning students will focus on creating personal and business documents.

The goal will be to produce documents on your own, and feel at ease while doing it!  Included in each session will be practice time. Taught by Ali Ware.

OLLI at HSU classes are open to the community. See details on this class on the OLLI at HSU website.

Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong

Join John Yamas for a three-session introduction to Sheng Zhen Qigong. This style of Qigong was developed by Masters Gong Chang and Li Jun Feng and is well known in China.

The translation for Sheng Zhen to English means “highest,” “ultimate” or “unconditional love.” The goal of these movements is to help the practitioner experience unconditional love.

This powerful form of Qigong can be done while sitting in a chair with no arms, making it useful for those who have foot problems or problems standing.

The movements are simple and enjoyable and are part of a system to guide practitioners to open their hearts and to heal their bodies.

The first five movements will be learned in the first meeting. The second meeting will review and practice the first five movements, followed by the second five movements. Once the ten movements are learned and practiced, more movements will be added and the third class will culminate in a form of simple, deep meditation.

date..........Tues., Aug. 27-Sept. 10

time..........7-8:10 p.m.


place..........HGH 226

instr..........John Yamas

course..........EENC X036

John Yamas has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and an M.Ed. in guidance and counseling psychology from University of Hawaii. He has a certificate in Oriental medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. John became a California licensed acupuncturist in 1986 and earned his doctorate from SAMRA College of Oriental Medicine in 1988. He started his Arcata practice in 1988. He has studied Qigong since 1995. John completed the teacher training for the healing arts of Emei Qigong in Emei, China in 2006. He has studied Sheng Zhen Qigong with Master Li Jun Feng in California, Oregon, Canada and Manila, Phillipines.


Introduction to Holistic Medicine

Have you ever wondered why some people get better while undergoing a conventional or natural medical treatment and others do not? In this class you will learn about the different factors that impact health, and what is needed to heal.

You will learn about:

  • the four major blockages to healing (emotional, biochemical, toxins, structural/energetic flow)
  • self-care for health
  • different systems of holistic medicine, so you can make informed decisions when seeking help from others
  • the history of traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), herbal medicine, acupuncture and moxabustion, as well as needling therapy and non-needle treatments
  • how Qigong can help you in your personal growth and help you to maintain optimum health
  • how emotional components are influenced through treatments such as flower essence therapy, neuro-emotional technique (NET), TCM and Qigong
  • the importance of diet: how food processing affects us, foods that promote health, and the effects of dietary supplements

Handouts will be distributed for each class and meditations will be held at the end of classes, as time permits.

date..........Tues., Sept. 17-Oct. 29

time..........7-8:30 p.m.


place..........HGH 226

instr..........John Yamas

course..........EENC x036

John Yamas: See biography above, under “Sheng Zhen Healing Qigong.”

Adobe Creative Suite 6: Introductory & Certificate Courses



Workshops by Janet Ruprecht:

Managing People: Increasing Motivation & Performance

Best Practices in Management



Friday, Oct. 25
[Offered once each semester, throughout the year]



New Designs for Fundraising Certificate Program

Beginning in January 2014

This four-course certificate will offer broad education for nonprofit
organizations, development departments and individuals
interested in creating or strengthening fundraising efforts.

The courses will help participants develop a more comprehensive view of
nonprofit fundraising, explore principles of fund raising, case statements,
fundraising strategies, donor development and engagement, annual
campaigns, major gift campaigns and special events.

To be included on the interest list, contact:
College of eLearning & Extended Education
(707) 826-3731

Regional Training Institute -- Community Disaster Preparedness -- Humboldt State University

Get the training you need to be prepared for the next earthquake, tsunami or other disaster.




A NEW ONLINE PROGRAM starting Spring 2014

This is an interdisciplinary 18-unit certificate program providing an introduction to the field of institutional research.

This online program forms a solid base for those pursuing as well as starting a career in institutional research, who want to advance their knowledge.

The program is also for students and entry-level career professionals interested in exploring the discipline of institutional research.

Three online courses are included in the Certificate:

  • PSYC 550: Introduction to Institutional Research
    Overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment and data analysis
  • PSYC 551: Applied Research in Higher Education
    Quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze institutional databases and assess university outcomes
  • PSYC 552: Diversity Research in Institutional Research
    Primary research in a university/institutional setting with required Institutional Review Board procedures, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical tools

The Certificate Program also includes three units of internship in an Institutional Research Office.

For further details,

Exercise Nutrition

An online certificate program for students and working professionals who wish to
expand their knowledge of the complex relationship between nutrition and exercise.

CE Credits Online
Online courses for educators

Interested in teaching at a college or university?

Teaching in Higher Education

This three-semester, 12-unit ONLINE certificate program introduces prospective and
current faculty to the teaching, learning and technology issues in the college classroom.

For course descriptions, schedule, deadlines, fees and more, visit the website or contact the College of eLearning & Extended Education at Humboldt State University: 707-826-3731 E-mail

Social Work: Online BASW & MSW program


eLearning: More Information

   University edventures

Study Abroad: Plan now for Summer 2014!

Many exciting opportunities to study abroad are available. Earn credits and expand your horizons by moving out of the classroom, traveling and learning in one of these programs. Programs are open to students from other institutions and community members. Destinations include Greece, China/Tibet, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, France and Ecuador.


  Osher LIFElong learning institute (OLLI)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
OLLI: Courses and events by and for those aged 50 and over



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