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Community leaders from across Arkansas and surrounding states will gather at the University of Central Arkansas from July 29 – August 2 for the annual Community Development Institute. This year’s theme is Sustain, Transform, and Empower Your Community.
Established in 1987, the Community Development Institute-Central (CDI) trains community and economic development professionals through a combination of lectures, small group discussions, simulations and individual projects, each focused on best practices and current trends in the industry.
The most notable additions to this year’s CDI are two new simulations, the Futures Game Simulation and Miller County Simulation, each designed as eye-opening experiences through unique hands-on learning activities.
Participants leave the institute with an enhanced ability to assess their community, build the capacity of community leaders to collaborate on development efforts, and set goals to improve their community’s quality of life and place.
Mayor Gary Baxtor, CDI Class of 2013 believes his experiences at CDI have provided him with the tools to bring economic development and community development together. “After attending CDI Central for two years, I have taken back to my community valuable ideas and techniques that I have put into action, some almost immediately,” said Mayor Baxtor.
The complete CDI experience is a three-year training program, with one week of training per year. Participants progress through the program curriculum in cohorts and are exposed to a comprehensive, applied approach to the field of community and economic development.
For more information, visit uca.edu/cdi.
Outreach is offering NEW community education classes for the spring!
Self-Hypnosis, Film Studies and Adobe Illustrator are just a few of our newest offerings, all open to the general public.
Registration for spring course offerings is open now. Find a course that interests you!
New Spring Courses:
Introduction to Film Studies/Film History
A very in-depth course on understanding how films produce meaning and elicit responses through the recognition and analysis of film language and reviews and discussion of various films within the history of motion pictures. Taught by UCA and Hendrix professor, Dr. Glenn Jellenik.
Self-Hypnosis for Self-Help
Uncover the myths and discover the many benefits of self-hypnosis. With expert instruction, you will learn the basic mechanics and techniques that can help contribute to an improved quality of life.
Entrepreneurship-Becoming a Businessperson
Gain the tools and skills necessary for starting a new business, including analyzing factors associating with success, developing a business plan, and the importance of marketing, insurance, accounting and management for a small business.
Introduction to Adobe Illustrator
In this hands-on, instructor-led course, you will learn the fundamental tools of Adobe Illustrator to complete a finished digital illustration, logo or design. Taught by UCA alumni, Jasmine Greer.
Introduction to Computer Programming Using Python
Learn the basics of computer programing; including formal and informal languages, various functions, executions and lists. By the end of the course, you will have practiced programming tasks and created two functioning computer programs.
An introduction to using charcoal as a drawing medium. Translate three-dimensional information onto a two-dimensional surface while working from a still-life set up.
Mirror Design Art
With just a mirror and a hammer, recognized artist Jimmy McDonald will teach you how to create beautiful art abstracts.
Homeopathic Stress Remedies
A three-part session designed to help educate those seeking emotional enrichment. Part one focuses on anxiety, depression, fear and anger. Part two is centered around guilt, worry, gratitude and stress. Part three covers communication and defining success. All sessions emphasize ways to change those states of being.
The award honors groups in the state striving for performance excellence.
The Division of Outreach and Community Engagement and the Community Development Institute-Central were presented the award by Governor Beebe at the 2012 Governor’s Quality Awards Celebration on Sept. 24.
“Excellence is one of Outreach’s core values and we are committed to being the best we can be, and we’re happy to be recognized at this level,” said Kristy Carter, director of Outreach and Community Engagement.
The Governor Quality Challenge Award is the starting point for any organization interested in adopting and applying quality principles to attain performance excellence.
“Even though we’re just at the beginning of the process, we’ve benefited greatly from the experience. UCA is a steward of a valuable state and regional resource and this will help us safeguard its future.” said Kelly Lyon, director of CDI. “Bill Craddock, a leader in the state and national quality process as well as an instructor for CDI, suggested this is a way to help CDI grow to the next level.”
The Governor’s Quality Award program is operated by the Arkansas Institute for Performance Excellence, Inc. Developed by a team of volunteers, the program is designed to provide opportunities for all organizations in the state to measure their progress in the journey of performance excellence.
“I am very happy that our Outreach and Community Engagement and Community Development Institute-Central have been recognized for their work and contributions to the people of Arkansas and beyond,” said Dr. Steve Runge, interim provost and vice president for academic affairs. “UCA was the only four-year public institution recognized at the awards dinner; a remarkable accomplishment for our people and programs. I look forward to see the work of the people in OCE and CDI-Central and the level of recognition continues to rise moving forward.”
Work on your body and mind with Burn and Chisel, Beginner’s Yoga, and Homeopathic Stress Remedies.
Improve your fiscal health too with Personal Finance and Entrepreneurship courses.
With a variety of Art Classes and courses on everything from Web Development, to improving Communication Skills, Photography, Cake Decorating and Sewing Classes, there’s something for everyone!
Community Education classes have been selected for the fall! Many of your favorites are back and a handful of new classes will help feed the need to learn something new. The release of the entire fall course offerings will be mid-June and here’s a sneak peak: Burn & Chisel helps to tone the body; Resources for Starting a Small Business will help get you started, Painting in Acrylics allows your imagination to flow onto the canvas.
It’s never too late to learn something new; take a community education class and enrich your life! Learn more about Community Education!
The learning doesn’t stop when the final school bell rings! There are plenty of opportunities
for learning and fun, for all ages. Learn a new language through The Community Language School, improve those standardized test scores with the ACT Prep Course, make your imagination come alive with Bearswrite, or work up a sweat with any of UCA’s popular sports camps. Fill your summer with fun through a UCA summer camp. Find a camp!
UCA’s Center for Community and Economic Development partnered with the
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis- Little Rock Branch to co-host the Federal Reserve’s 2012 Exploring Innovation Week in Little Rock on March 22. Amy Whitehead, Coordinator for CCED, and Andrew Pack, Community Affairs Specialist for the Federal Reserve Bank, screened the documentary Urbanized for over 25 community and economic development professionals from the state of Arkansas. The documentary explored the issues and strategies behind urban design and features some of the world’s foremost architects, planners, policymakers, builders and thinkers. Following the screening, a facilitated discussion led by Whitehead and Pack, focused on populations trends, community consensus-building, place-making strategies, and
innovative approaches to local development efforts.
Exploring Innovation 2012 was attended by community and economic developers, lenders, investors and others community leaders. The annual conference strives to illustrate how innovation can result in new finance models, highlight industry best practices and serves as a catalyst for future discussions around topics of significant importance to community development.
The “Exploring Our World,” lecture series continues with three new Spring offerings: Conway’s Creative Approach to Battling Obesity Through Active Infrastructure; Persons in the World: Perspectives on Human Ecology, East and West; Women in the World: Pornography, Abuse and Sexualization of Young Girls; and Ain’t I a Man: If I Act Like a Women and Think Like a Man?
The series kicks off April 5th with Conway’s Creative Approach to Battling Obesity Through Active Infrastructure Projects and Programs. Dr. Duston Morris, Assistant Faculty in the Department of Sciences at UCA, will share information on current projects within the Conway community designed to stimulate physical activity through the utilization of active infrastructure. Topics of discussions include: the impact of active infrastructure on healthy lifestyle characteristics, developing active infrastructure plans, and how to promote that infrastructure to Conway residents.
All lectures within the Exploring Our World series are open to the public and no cost to attend. For more information, visit uca.edu/world or call 501.450.5261. Participants are advised to sign up early.