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Professional Development and Enrichment Programs

Community Classroom Series

The William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education, described since its early days as the “citizen’s classroom,” offers the public a variety of short courses—the Community Classroom Series.

Each course costs $60 and meets at the Friday Center, UNC-Chapel Hill's premier facility for continuing education. The Friday Center offers free parking, easy access, and comfortable classrooms. Class sizes are limited, so register early.

Spring 2014 Courses

Spring 2014 Course Descriptions

The Basics+ of Digital Photography

Registration for this course is closed and the wait list is full. If you would like to be added to the listserv, contact Jill Conrad at conradj@email.unc.edu.

Mondays, 7-9 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24. Course #3136; Enrollment is limited to 24.

In this course there are two separate study tracks—one for point-and-shoot cameras and one for DSLRs—each with separate in-class and homework assignments. You will learn about your camera and lenses; how to properly upgrade lenses and cameras for your type of photography; what aperture, shutter and ISO are; and how they interact. You will also learn how to use compensation to adjust for a better exposure under all lighting conditions and how to clean, care for, and protect your lenses, camera, and its internal sensor. We will review homework images in class, focusing on composition and the art of storytelling. Photo assignments will include portraits, sports, action, landscapes, flowers, scenic modes, and more. Q&A sessions make it easy for you to get specific answers for your photography questions. Additional materials fee of $15 for course materials, workbook, software and more is payable to instructor.

Professional photographer Ted Salamone has captured images on six continents. Ted enjoys utilizing and teaching the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. His studio, 20/20 Photo and Video, photographs portraits, dance, weddings, sports, and commercial assignments. Ted also conducts field workshops and is the Exclusive Carolina Ballet Nutcracker Photographer.

 

Write Your Life

Registration for this course is closed and the wait list is full. If you would like to be added to the listserv, contact Jill Conrad at conradj@email.unc.edu.

Mondays, 7–9 pm, March 3, 10, 17, 24. Course #3137; Enrollment is limited to 20.

A famous writer once said, “Listen to your life; all moments are key moments.” In this fun and supportive—yet challenging—class, learn how to draw on the “material” of your life to write and revise whatever you wish to work on, including stories, memoirs, novels, poems, or plays. Working individually, in small groups, and one-on-one with the instructor, take your initial writing and develop and polish it so it is ready for publication. This class is sure to inspire your creativity.

Instructor Richard Krawiec has taught various popular writing courses for many years for Community Classroom Series. His teaching skills and warm demeanor earned him the Friday Center Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He has published two novels, Time Sharing (Publisher’s Weekly Recommended) and Faith in What?; and a story collection, And Fools of God. His plays have been produced across the US and Canada. His second book of poems, She Hands Me the Razor (title poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize), was published by Press 53. His first book of poems, Breakdown, was a finalist for a minor award. His poetry and fiction appear in dozens of literary magazines. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced online fiction writing for UNC-Chapel Hill. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company.

 

The Cultural Heritage of the Ancient Greeks, Part II

Wednesdays, 7–9 pm, March 5, 12, 19, 26. Course #3138

This course is a further exploration of the cultural personality of the ancient Greeks.  Topics include the Asklepieia (Greek healing sanctuaries); the festivals of Athens; pots and potters; and the ‘anti-cultural’ Spartans.

W.J. McCoy is associate professor emeritus of history and adjunct associate professor of peace, war and defense at UNC-Chapel Hill, where he has taught courses in ancient Greek history, military, and culture for forty-three years. He was also adjunct associate professor of classics. From 1981 to 2010 he directed the annual UNC-Chapel Hill Summer Study Abroad program in Greece; he continues to lead adult tours of the Greek mainland and Crete.

 

Real Macro Photography Without the Expensive Macro Lens

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, March 5, 19, 26, and April 2.  Course #3139.  Enrollment is limited to 24.

NOTE: Revised dates: Wednesdays, March 5, 19, 26 and April 2. There is no class on March 12.

Just because your camera or lens has a tulip symbol to show it does macro photography does not mean it is true. This course will teach you how to convert existing ordinary lenses into real macro lenses—for under $20 per lens. This is a fun, easy way to learn macro photography with hands-on practice. You will learn about inexpensive attachments that will allow any of your DSLR lenses to capture TRUE, REAL 1:1 (or larger) macro images with tremendous detail, not just close-ups or cropped images.Through hands-on experience you will learn proper camera settings, tripod techniques, how to use external lighting to extend your Depth of Field (DoF), and how to use all the adapters and devices. Finally, you will learn why non-macro Canon and Nikon lenses work so differently when it comes to using them as macro lenses with these attachments—plus ways to make Nikon lenses work better in these situations. No other macro class explains this very important information and how to overcome the issue. Bring your DSLR camera, its manual, fresh batteries, a tripod (if you have one), and blank memory cards. An additional materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor for a CD with valuable software that will enhance image taking after the class.

Professional photographer Ted Salamone has captured images on six continents. Ted enjoys utilizing and teaching the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. His studio, 20/20 Photo and Video, photographs portraits, dance, weddings, sports, and commercial assignments. Ted also conducts field workshops and is the Exclusive Carolina Ballet Nutcracker Photographer.

 

Zentangle® Workshop

Registration for this course is closed and the wait list is full. If you would like to be added to the listserv, contact Jill Conrad at conradj@email.unc.edu.

Wednesdays, 7–9 pm, March 5, 12, 19, 26. Course #3140

Zentangle is an easy-to-learn method of creating art from drawing repetitive patterns. It is fascinating, fun, and relaxing! You may find it similar to meditating and being “in the zone.” Zentangling increases your focus and creativity. With each pen stroke, you are building a deliberate pattern that becomes a stunning masterpiece. It is simple to understand and easy to enjoy—even if you are convinced you are not an artist. With Zentangle, you can always explore new areas of insight and build your creativity. No art experience required. An additional materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructors. The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

Pat Connolly is a certified Zentangle and yoga instructor. Pat has a master’s degree in social work and is a graduate of Duke Integrative Medicine Center Professional Health Coaching Program. Pat teaches meditation, yoga, wellness, and also does health coaching. Taralyn Farrell is a certified Zentangle and yoga instructor. Taralyn teaches Zentangle classes and yoga for those looking to relieve stress, ease tension, activate their mind and bodies, and empower their creativity. She has a master of science degree in technical communication and a minor in graphic design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

 

Retirement Planning Today™

Both sections are full. If you would like your name to be placed on a wait list for either section, contact Jill Conrad at conradj@email.unc.edu.

Section 1: Mondays, 7–9 pm, March 10, 17, 24. Course #3141—This section is full.

Section 2: Wednesdays, 7–9 pm, March 26, April 2, 9. Course #3142 —This section is full.

The days of the “normal” retirement are over. Today’s retirees and those retiring in the next generation will face uncertainties and challenges never seen before. This class is designed for both pre-retirees as well as those recently retired; it covers the basic elements of a successful retirement strategy. The course combines essential life-planning concepts with more traditional retirement-planning strategies. We will consider questions such as: How will inflation negatively affect your portfolio and financial goals? Will your pension or Social Security be there for the rest of your life? How will new tax laws impact your retirement income? Do you have a plan to cover the staggering cost of long-term care? Is your estate plan updated to take advantage of current estate tax laws? Are your assets allocated in a manner in which they will last through your life expectancy and support your lifestyle goals? Bring your questions to this exciting and eye-opening class. Included with your class fee, as a resource, you will receive a notebook with a significant amount of financial content.

Ben Birken, who will teach the Wednesday course, is a Certified Financial Planner at Woodward Financial Advisors, an independent wealth management firm in Chapel Hill. His specialties include retirement planning, investment management, and working with UNC employees.

James R. Miller, who will teach the Monday course, is a Certified Financial Planner and president of Woodward Financial Advisors, an independent wealth management firm in Chapel Hill. He has taught this course at UNC since 2008, as well as similar financial planning and investment courses at local colleges and universities. His specialties include retirement-income planning, investment-management techniques, and estate planning.

 

Building the Bonds of Friendship

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, March 26, April 2, 9, 16.  Course #3143

Friends are one of life’s treasures. They bring out the best in you, make you laugh, and help create memorable experiences that can last a lifetime. True friends forge a foundation of well-being serving as boosters, buffers, and believers. And like a “bridge over troubled waters,” friends form a supportive structure as mentors, allies, and guides. Despite these and other positive effects, many of us may get caught in a friendship gap as we change jobs, move, accelerate careers, go through a family shift, retire, or seek to redefine ourselves. Participants will explore the qualities and characteristics of friendship, how to cultivate new friends, reconnect with old friends who have drifted away, and deepen current friendships. This interactive and upbeat program combines self-reflection, guided discussion, and friendship-building strategies for real life application.

As an author, consultant, coach, and training and development leader, Vicki Field has helped people throughout North America to create positive change in their personal and professional lives for over thirty years. As founder of Passage Points, Vicki brings a practical wisdom, a flair for humor, and a focus on collaboration to each class. She creates a learning environment where people comfortably connect to exchange ideas, expand their thinking, and take positive steps to move successfully through the passage points of their lives.

 

Write Your Life: The Sequel

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, April 2, 9, 16, 23.  Course #3144; enrollment is limited to 20.

This course is for people who have taken a previous session of Write Your Life, or who have taken at least one writing class, and wish to develop their memoir, novel, or stories for publication. Focus will be on technique and development of whatever it is you are working on. You do not need to have a finished manuscript, but you need to have an idea of what it is you want to write about, and at least ten pages of a draft.  This class will be interactive and supportive, stimulating and fun.

Instructor Richard Krawiec has taught various popular writing courses for many years for Community Classroom Series. His teaching skills and warm demeanor earned him the Friday Center Excellence in Teaching Award in 2009. He has published two novels, Time Sharing (Publisher’s Weekly Recommended) and Faith in What?; and a story collection, And Fools of God. His plays have been produced across the US and Canada. His second book of poems, She Hands Me the Razor (title poem nominated for a Pushcart Prize), was published by Press 53. His first book of poems, Breakdown, was a finalist for a minor award. His poetry and fiction appear in dozens of literary magazines. He has been awarded fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the NC Arts Council (twice), and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. He teaches beginning, intermediate, and advanced online fiction writing for UNC-Chapel Hill. He is founder of Jacar Press, a Community Active publishing company.

 

Advanced Zentangle® Workshop

Wednesdays, 7-9 pm, April 2, 9, 16, 23.  Course #3145

The Advanced Zentangle workshop will challenge you with new patterns, and also incorporate more mixed media, such as colored pencils, gel pens, watercolor paint, and watercolor pencil art.  We will demonstrate ways to embellish your tangles and take them to the next level. An additional materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructors. The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Zentangle is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at www.zentangle.com.

Pat Connolly is a certified Zentangle and yoga instructor. Pat has a master’s degree in social work and is a graduate of Duke Integrative Medicine Center Professional Health Coaching Program. Pat teaches meditation, yoga, wellness, and also does health coaching. Taralyn Farrell is a certified Zentangle and yoga instructor. Taralyn teaches Zentangle classes and yoga for those looking to relieve stress, ease tension, activate their mind and bodies, and empower their creativity. She has a master of science degree in technical communication and a minor in graphic design from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in New York.

 

Intermediate Digital Photography

This course is full. If you would like your name to be placed on a wait list, contact Jill Conrad at conradj@email.unc.edu.

Tuesdays, 7-9 pm, April 8, 15, 22, 29. Course #3146. Enrollment limited to 24.

This course is perfect for anyone who has taken an introductory digital photography course or who already has a basic understanding of aperture, shutter, and ISO settings. The course materials have been significantly upgraded, covering more topics than ever—in more depth than ever. This course will move you into advanced amateur status. You will learn when to use aperture priority, shutter priority, or manual modes; in-camera metering; how to set custom functions and interpret histograms; how to “drag” the shutter, clean sensors, and perform custom white balances. We will consider the legal rights of photographers, how to use exposure bracketing, external flash techniques, and the basics of camera raw imagery and composition. Comprised of lectures and Q&A sessions, this is mainly a hands-on class, so bring your DSLR or advanced “point and shoot,” its manual and flash, extra fresh batteries, and several memory cards to every class. An additional materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor for a CD with valuable advanced photography software that will enhance image taking after the class.

Professional photographer Ted Salamone has captured images on six continents. Ted enjoys utilizing and teaching the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. His studio, 20/20 Photo and Video, photographs portraits, dance, weddings, sports, and commercial assignments. Ted also conducts field workshops and is the Exclusive Carolina Ballet Nutcracker Photographer.

 

Advanced Digital Photography

Thursdays, 7-9 pm, May 15, 22, 29, June 5.  Course #3147.  Enrollment limited to 24.

Did you know that 95 percent of your digital images are not properly exposed, no matter how expensive your camera and lenses? That’s because digital cameras have a fundamental flaw that prevents them from properly exposing for highlights—a must in digital photography. To take images that really “POP!” you need to consistently achieve proper exposure in any lighting. You will learn a simplified version of Ansel Adams’ Zone system specifically designed for digital photography. In a non-technical, easy to comprehend manner, you will also learn how digital cameras work. By combining this knowledge with proven Zone techniques, you will be able to break the tyrannical bonds of “neutral gray” and truly master digital photography. By pre-visualizing your image before pressing the shutter you will also be able to produce properly exposed or artistic images that you thought were beyond your ability. You will no longer be bound by your camera’s metering limitations and your finished images will be a truer representation of the scene and your vision, not just a result of some internal camera settings. Your images will take on a whole new look, with fuller contrast ranges and more vibrant colors and tones. You will also learn composition techniques, basic group posing and more. This is a hands-on course, so bring your DSLR camera or advanced point and shoot with Manual mode, its manual, lenses, fresh spare batteries and extra blank memory cards. Q&A sessions augment the lecture and in-class assignments. An additional materials fee of $15 is payable to the instructor for a CD with valuable advanced photography software that will enhance image taking after the class.

Professional photographer Ted Salamone has captured images on six continents. Ted enjoys utilizing and teaching the technical and artistic aspects of digital photography. His studio, 20/20 Photo and Video, photographs portraits, dance, weddings, sports, and commercial assignments. Ted also conducts field workshops and is the Exclusive Carolina Ballet Nutcracker Photographer.

Registration

Each course is $60. The fee covers the cost of instruction and course materials. It does not include refreshments. Digital photography and Zentangle courses have an additional fee, payable to the instructor. Payment must accompany registration. Make checks payable to the Friday Center.

There are four ways to register:

Online: register online

Mail: Print out the registration form and mail it to

Community Classroom Series
Campus Box 1020, The Friday Center
UNC-Chapel Hill
Chapel Hill NC 27599-1020.

Fax: Print out the registration form and fax it to 919-962-5549.

Phone: Call 800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643.

If you have special needs to accommodate a motor or sensory impairment, please indicate your needs on the registration form.

UNC-Chapel Hill uses an alternative to the Social Security number called the Personal ID (PID) to aid in keeping records for students and participants. If you do not have a PID, you will be required to enter your birthdate and gender so that we can assign you a PID. We appreciate your cooperation.

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is committed to equality of educational opportunity. The University does not discriminate in offering access to its educational programs and activities on the basis of race, color, gender, age, national origin, religion, creed, disability, veteran’s status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression.

Cancellation and Refunds

Full refunds will be given to registrants who cancel in writing one week prior to the first class meeting. No refunds will be made after that date. Substitutions are welcome.

Location

Courses are held at the Friday Center, which offers ample free parking. The Friday Center is located approximately three miles east of the UNC-Chapel Hill campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). The Center is a short distance from Interstate 40 (from Raleigh, I-40 exit 273A; from Greensboro, I-40 exit 273). See Map and Directions to the Friday Center.

Contact

For information, contact:

Jill Conrad (conradj@email.unc.edu), Program Facilitator
Professional Development and Enrichment Programs
The Friday Center
800-845-8640 or 919-962-2643