February 16, 2005
05-20

Charles Harmon Director of University Relations, Terrance Calloway Student Assistant

VSU Continuing Education Increases Personal Enrichment CourseOfferings

Valdosta State University Continuing Education has increased non-credit Personal Enrichment course offerings this spring semester to better meet the needs of Valdosta area individuals.

?For the past few years we have been concentrating heavily on professional development classes,? said Suzanne Ewing, program coordinator for personal enrichment classes. ?We have been receiving lots of requests for classes in the arts, languages, and other areas that have to do with personal enrichment rather than occupational success.? More classes are being offered in response to the requests.

The most requested class this Spring is Ballroom Dancing, which meets each Tuesday night for 2 hours. Taught by David Wiza, students of various ages learn dances such as the Swing, Shag, Foxtrot, and Waltz.

?I think it's fantastic! We?ve learned so much,? says Ann Walker, a Valdosta resident. ?I have always wanted to learn ballroom dancing. I hope to get married again, and I want to make my first dance a waltz.?

Other upcoming classes include Portrait Drawing, Basic Beaded Jewelry, Prismacolor Pictures (colored pencil), Instant Guitar, Conversational Spanish, Seeing Through a Camera (photography), and Dog Obedience 101. All of these classes are open to the public on a first-come, first-serve basis. A complete schedule can be obtained by calling the Continuing Education office at 245-6484, or by visiting their web site at www.valdosta.edu/conted .

?There is more to life than work,? says Ewing. ?We hope to help students develop skills and talents in their personal lives as well as their professional lives.?