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New Noncredit Courses Offered

JAN. 18, 2008--The University of Wisconsin-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office has expanded its list of noncredit course offerings with adult painting and drawing in addition to Spanish I and II starting this February.

Painting with Acrylics: Level I will run Feb. 21 - March 6 and meet on Thursdays, and Learn How to Draw will run Feb. 19 - March 4 and will meet on Tuesdays. Both courses will meet in the evenings from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Both art courses will be taught by instructor Mary Perrizo Peterson, who is a graduate student at UWRF working towards a M.S.E. in secondary education/fine arts. She is an accomplished artist, who teaches painting and drawing to all ages at her studio in Prescott. She also works as an art therapist for Turning Point for Victims of Domestic and Sexual Violence, as the Artist-in-Residence at Meyer Middle School and as an art instructor and board member of Community Arts Base, all in River Falls.

The new noncredit art courses are geared towards beginners with demonstrations, critiques, individual instruction and plenty of encouragement; advanced students signing up can expect the same but more hands-on at a higher level.

Spanish I will run Feb. 5 through March 11 and Spanish II will run March 25 through April 29. Both courses meet on Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., and course fees are $90 per course plus $59 for the text that is used for both Spanish I and II.

Instructor Tony Jilek is the new teacher for both six-week noncredit Spanish courses and brings a wealth of teaching and travel experience to the classroom. Named an outstanding teacher in the College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Science, Jilek is a professor emeritus who over the years has worked closely with professionals in Spanish-speaking countries to improve milk and meat quality production. He has also developed an internship exchange experience for UWRF students in Mexico. Jilek has structured the noncredit courses around real-world communication situations and says the courses are ideal for those thinking about traveling to Spanish-speaking countries.

Cynthia Wells-O'Malley, OGS program manager, says others might find the language classes useful as well. "In addition to travelers, anyone who encounters non-native speakers of English in their community or workplace can benefit from the Spanish language classes," she said.

All classes take place on the UW-River Falls campus with free parking nearby. Advanced registration and payment is required for each class and may be done online or by mail.

The UW-River Falls Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic, professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses, course descriptions and online registration information is available at or can be obtained by calling at 715-425-3256, 1-800-228-5607 or e-mailing


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