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Senior Outreach Studies Offers Art Fair, Classes

SEPT. 2, 2005--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Senior Outreach Studies is offering an art fair and courses series on topics such as American media and computer skills in September.

SOS is designed for people who are age 50 and older. A typical class consists of a presentation, a coffee break and a discussion time.  There are no tests, papers, research or outside study required.

Participants can join SOS for an annual membership fee of $10 and will receive discounts on programs and special members-only classes and events.

The SOS Art Affair is Sept. 16 from 9 to 11:30 a.m. in Room 129 of the Regional Development Institute on campus. Area artists will give presentations of their work, and participants can explore various art media. Refreshments will be served at 8:45 a.m., and free parking is available at the RDI Building. The cost is $5 for members, and registration is limited.  

Two series of four courses are planned, and cost is $19 per class for SOS members and $25 for non-members.

The first series, "American Media, Issues and Trends," meets 9 to 11 a.m. in the President's Room of the Student Center on Tuesdays, Sept. 20 - Oct. 13. On Sept. 20, Brady Bautch, online editor of the Rivertowns Newspaper Group, will present "The Internet Sparks Media Evolution." On Sept. 27, Al Murray, engineer at the campus radio station/public radio affiliate at UW-River Falls, will present "Military Affiliate Radio System." On Oct. 4, Andris Straumanis, assistant professor of journalism at UW-RF, will present "Current Issues and Trends in American Media. The final course of the series, "Say Goodbye to Deep Throat: Would the Public Hear About Watergate Today?" will be presented by Patricia Berg, professor of journalism at UW-RF.  

The second series, "History of the St. Croix Valley" meets from 9 to 11 a.m. in the President's Room of the Student Center on Thursdays, Sept. 22 - Oct. 13 (was listed in Biz News as Oct.25 -Nov. 17). On Sept. 22, Kurt Leichtle, a professor in the UW-RF history department, will take participants on "History Through the Heartland Along the I-94 Corridor." UW-RF Archivist Stephanie Zeman will present "Exploring Local History at the Area Research Center-University Archives" on Sept. 29. On Oct. 6, John Weinberg, National Park Service park ranger, will present "Voyageurs--First Contact." On Oct. 13, Julie Fox, natural resource educator for Interstate Park, will present "Wisconsin's Logging Days."

UW-RF SOS is also sponsoring two sessions of three computer skills courses designed to introduce participants to basic computer skills and popular software programs on Mondays from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in September and October in the Gray Lab in the basement of the Chalmer Davee Library. Cost is $15 for one session or $25 for both. Class size is limited to 15 SOS members only.

The first session includes "Basic Computer Skills for First Time Users" on Sept. 12, "Basic Windows Operation" on Sept. 19, and "File and Folder Management" on Sept. 26. The second session is "Exploring the Internet" on Oct. 10, "Exploring Microsoft Word" on Oct. 17, and "Exploring Microsoft PowerPoint" on Oct. 24. For locations, call the outreach office at 715/425-3261.

In addition, a computer support group is available for SOS members in an open-lab setting, staffed by UW-RF students, on Nov. 7, 14, and 21 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Gray Lab. Cost is $25 for members, and knowledge of basic operation of a personal computer is required.  

For more information on membership, contact Diane Ballard, UW-RF Outreach office, 715-425-3261 or visit for more information.



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