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Community Education Classes Sneak Peek

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!

 

 

Summer Learning for Youth

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!

 

 

 

CCED Co-Hosts Exploring Innovation Week

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.

 

 

“Exploring Our World” Lecture Series Announces Spring Lineup

The “Exploring Our World,” lecture series continues with three new Spring offerings: Conway’s Creative Approach to Battling Obesity Through Active InfrastructurePersons in the World: Perspectives on Human Ecology, East and WestWomen 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.

 

New History Workshop Offers Helpful Resources For Teachers

Outreach is pleased to offer a new workshop for educators, An Arkansas Studies Bouquet: Mix of Free Resources and History Topics. This free workshop, scheduled for July 31st, provides educators a variety of resources to help facilitate the teaching of Arkansas studies frameworks; including lesson plans, presentations and training on the comprehensive website, Arkansas History Hub. More information can be found on the Educator Development Page.

 

Early Bird Registration Deadline Approaching

The last day to save money with the Early Bird Rate is Friday, February 10th. Save up to $50 on Community Education classes by registering early. Courses like Beginning Web Development, Photography and Sew-Unique Sewing are offering great discounts, but only for those who register early. Hurry- don’t miss out on your opportunity to save! Register now to lock in your special rate and choose to pay now or pay later. Early Bird Rate ends February 10th, 2012.

 

Registration is open for Spring Community Education Courses

Registration is underway! Your favorite courses are back and new courses have arrived.
Check out this spring’s offerings today by downloading our course catalog or you can
browse each course on our website. Register by February 10th and save with the Early
Bird Discount!

 

 

New Spring 2012 Outreach Catalog is here!!

The new Spring 2012 Outreach Catalog is available online!!  Some will receive a printed catalog in the mail soon however, if you do not receive one, you can always request a printed catalog and we will be happy to mail it to you.  You will find information about some exciting new courses such as Dance Fit Line Dancing and Sign Language for Babies.  Also, cake decorating is back for all of you who love to make cakes!!  Of course, old favorites such as Photography and Burn & Chisel are all available as well as great freebie courses such as How to Start a Small Business, Employment Outlook and the Arkansas Boaters Education course.

For those who are still struggling with what to give your loved ones this Christmas, make sure to purchase a Community Education gift certificate!  It is a unique gift that they will never forget!

FREE Sustainability Theory and Practice Lecture

Come join the discussion about sustainability, in theory and practice, from 6:00 – 8:00 pm on Thursday, December 1, 2011 at UCA in the College of Business Building Room 105! Information and knowledge about sustainability in these times of our country have never been more important. This event is FREE and open to the public!  Find out more information and register!

Dr. Brian Campbell, Assistant Professor for the Department of Sociology at UCA, will lecture and lead the audience in a discussion of this important topic. His current focus and research interests includes agricultural biodiversity conservation, sustainability, and visual anthropology in the Ozark Highlands.  He is heavily involved in helping Arkansans find more ways to practice sustainability as evidenced by his Seed Swap Documentary production.

Still time to register for the History Symposium and enjoy a UCA football game!

Discover something new at the 2011 History Symposium: Popular Culture in History. Keynote speaker and television talent, Dr. Randy Roberts, will enlighten educators with his presentation entitled, “Popular Culture Goes to War: America in the 1940s”.

Additional speakers will shed light on the dark side of the 1950s; examine the popular culture in Victorian Britain; expose the true identity of Superman as a metaphor for Twentieth-Century America and discuss graffiti in the Ancient World. Six (6) professional development credits are available.  The event is sponsored by The Point 94.1 FM and UCA History Department.  The Symposium will be held from 9:00 am until 2:30 pm at the Brewer Hegeman Conference Center at UCA. All participants will receive complimentary tickets to the UCA football game (Oct. 15) following the Symposium!

For more information and to register: http://uca.edu/historysymposium