Eleven New Programs Offered Through USI Lifelong Learning

first_img The University of Southern Indiana’s Outreach and Engagement has released the spring 2017 series of Lifelong Learning noncredit courses, including eleven newly developed programs. Lifelong Learning courses are open to anyone in the community regardless of educational background.“Lifelong Learning is learning activity pursued across one’s lifespan with the purpose of acquiring knowledge and skills to enhance one’s quality of personal, professional, social or civic life,” said Dawn Stoneking, director of Lifelong Learning.Scholarships are provided for USI students to register for select Lifelong Learning noncredit courses. USI students in good academic standing with a junior, senior or graduate level classification are eligible to enroll in eight professional development courses for free. Those courses are designated at USI.edu/LifelongLearning. USI alumni can also receive a ten percent discount when registering for most Lifelong Learning courses.“Our talented program coordinators are working continually to identify needs and interests, and to pair them with the most qualified instructors to develop course offerings in the areas of personal enrichment, professional development, fitness and recreation, software skills and youth programs,” said Stoneking. “In addition to these course offerings, resources are readily available for customized trainings.”Below is a list of new courses and their start date(s). More information can be found for each course at its respective link:Introduction to Yoga (January 23, February 27, April 3 or May 1): New to yoga or fallen out of practice? This course is the perfect way to ease into a yoga routine. Register for any or all of the four sections.Leadership Challenge Workshop (February 3): The two-day Leadership Challenge Workshop is a practical, interactive program that engages aspiring and accomplished leaders to learn how to achieve their personal best and improve their leadership effectiveness.Crappie Fishing Techniques (February 13): Register for this accelerated course in crappie fishing strategy. Over four sessions, you’ll receive eight hours of instruction from four of America’s top crappie anglers.Creating Unforgettable Characters (March 1): In this six-week course, you will learn the time-tested rules, skills and techniques to enhance creativity, the seven types of characters, and the approaches to effective characterization.Smart Photos with Your Phone (March 11): Learn how to improve your photography skills, editing and sharing of photos on a smart phone!Making It Look Real (March 13): Basic pencil drawing techniques and art principals learned in this class can be applied to virtually every medium. This six-week course is a great foundation class for the beginner and a good refresher class for other artists.Certificate in Professional Presentation and Communication Skills (March 13): Being able to communicate effectively is the most important life skill one can develop. Each week, in the Certificate in Professional Presentation and Communication Skills, you will record a video presentation of yourself and practice the new skills you will learn.Certificate in Business Writing (March 15): Writing is one of the primary ways you communicate with others in college, the workplace and the community. In this course, you will learn how to write effectively and craft messages that others want to read and act on.Beginner Woodburning (April 1): Using special tools, you will learn the techniques of woodburning. At the end of this one day course in New Harmony, Indiana, you will leave with a finished product.Tales of the Tea Leaf (April 22): Learn the health benefits of loose leaf tea, from rooibos helping with allergies and digestion to green tea helping with weight loss.Law School Admission Test (LSAT) Preparation Course (May 8): The LSAT is the required entrance exam for most U.S. law schools, and LSAT scores are perhaps the single most important factor considered by admissions committees in assessing applicants. This four-week course covers the format and structure of the LSAT, teaches test-taking strategies, and trains students in logical reasoning and analysis—the skills required for success on the exam.Many Lifelong Learning courses are available for Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Certificates are offered for added credibility as professionals continue to grow in their field.All courses are presented in a noncompetitive and informal atmosphere where interest in learning is the primary consideration. No grades are assigned and formal admission to the University is not required for course registration.All current courses are available at USI.edu/LifelongLearning. Registration can be taken online or by calling USI Outreach and Engagement at 812-464-1989.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Unsung Heighington set to join 300 club

first_imgThe former Wests Tigers back-rower joined the Sharks in 2013 and has been a shining light for the club ever since, helping deliver the Shire its first premiership in a heart-stopping grand final win over the Storm last year. Now in his 15th year in first grade, Heighington has won a premiership with two different clubs, scored 41 tries and represented England; all of them achievements he never thought possible as a teenager coming up through the grades.   Never the fastest, strongest or most creative player in the game, Heighington relied on his incredible work ethic, adaptability and toughness to reach the milestone, with the much-loved big man set to be honoured in style in front of his home fans.  “Who would’ve thought that I’d play 300? Two hundred popped around at the Tigers, then I moved on from there to here and it’s come around really quickly the 100 games. It’s an honour – I feel really grateful to get the opportunity,” he said. Heighington made his NRL debut off the bench for the Tigers against St George Illawarra back in 2003, with the black and golds doing enough to snatch a 24-20 win over the Red V.Testament to Heighington’s longevity, the other three reserves that day – Nick Bradley-Qalilawa, Chris Paterson and Troy Wozniak – only managed 107 NRL appearances between them.He was a part of the Tigers’ fairytale premiership in 2005 and was considered one of the club’s favourite sons on and off the field. “To be honest, I couldn’t believe I was making my debut,” Heighington recalled. “I was still travelling from the Central Coast to Concord for training. “Tim Sheens gave me the opportunity in Round 1, 2003 to play in the double-header. We played against the Dragons and got the win and it was a great experience. It came so quickly because I’d only started the pre-season at the end of 2002. “I got seven games in 2003 and it was like an addiction; I just wanted more of it so I just put my head down and worked. If there was somewhere that I was lacking, I’d do everything I could to pick that up. You just keep evolving your game and that’s how you stay in the game for as long as you can.”On Saturday, Heighington will join names such as Cameron Smith, Steve Menzies and Darren Lockyer to have reached the 300 club, but the 35-year-old admits it will feel weird to be mentioned in the same breath as some of the game’s greats. “It doesn’t sit well with me to have my name next to them,” he said. “I’ve probably got to thank my physios because I’ve had them flat-out. I know my body pretty well and I know what it needs to perform at NRL level. I love training and working hard and getting better as a player. The game has developed and I’ve tried to go along with that. “I’ve been lucky with injuries. I’ve only broken a few bones – I haven’t had any reconstructions which is pleasing, touch wood. I’ve had a great ride and I’ve really enjoyed it. “I just lead by example and do everything I can on the field, and hopefully the young kids come with you. One day when I’m finished, hopefully some guy jumps up and takes the role I had at the club.”Heighington is still playing as well now as he did 10 years ago, and his impact hasn’t been lost on his teammates. Captain-in-waiting at the Sharks, Wade Graham, was full of praise for the milestone man, who could be joined in the 300 club by teammates Luke Lewis and Paul Gallen later in the year. “To reach 300 games is an enormous effort. It’s a testament to how well he’s played over the years and his longevity and his durability. He’s certainly been an integral member of our squad for the last three or four years,” Graham said. “Flanno (Sharks coach Shane Flanagan) has always done a great job with not only bringing in great players, but also bringing in blokes who add something to the group, and ‘Heighno’ has certainly done that. “He’s a great character off the field, he’s very likeable and he’s easily one of the most popular in the team.”last_img read more