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UWRF Noncredit Offerings include Yoga, Art, History

JAN. 12, 2008--A variety of noncredit enrichment courses in yoga, art and family history are being offered in early 2009 by the University of Wisconsin-River Falls outreach office.

Two six weeks sessions of “Lunchtime Yoga” begin Feb. 11 and April 1. This 45-minute class is designed to fit conveniently over lunch break and so that participants can return to work afterward. The course, taught by Tracey Mortensen, who is co-owner and instructor at Inspiring Actions Yoga Studio and Wellness Center in Hudson, is designed to work on strength, flexibility, and relaxation. Mortensen was trained at the nationally acclaimed YogaFit program and has been practicing yoga for over a decade.

Participants should bring a yoga mat and/or towel, wear loose-fitting attire or bring your yoga gear and change in the RDI locker room. Yoga mats can be purchased from the instructor on the first day of class. The courses meets Wednesdays, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Feb. 11-May 13 and April 1-May 14 (no class April 15). Cost is $48 per session, and participants can register for one or both sessions. All classes are held on the UWRF campus.

Pastel Painting
A series of Saturday workshops, 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m., is designed to explore the medium of soft pastels. Cost is $49 per workshop. River Falls native and award-winning pastel artist Denise Bunkert is the instructor of the series. "I think this is going to be an excellent opportunity for people who just want to play with color and also for those serious about learning this beautiful medium of pastel," said Bunkert. Participants are asked to bring photos/ideas, chalk pastels (supply list provided) and a bag lunch.

Jan. 31, Introduction to Painting in Pastels. Participants will explore luminous colors while learning the basics of painting with pastels. Designed as an introductory workshop, participants will explore a variety of pastel painting techniques and fundamental application forms. Informative presentations, demonstrations and individual instruction offer many opportunities for all experience levels.

Feb. 7, Exploring Color in Pastel Painting. In this installment, students will further explore pastel painting while learning to express through color. While all levels of students are welcome, the focus on the fundamental of color, light and value. Class includes presentations, demonstrations and individual instruction.

Feb. 28 and March 7, Painting in Pastels. This workshop builds on the fundamentals of composition, color, light, value and edges. Students will work on developing their own painting styles. Informative presentations, demonstrations and individual instruction are included, and participants can register for one or both workshops. Students must have a prior basic understanding of pastels or have completed the Intro to Painting in Pastels or Exploring Color in Pastel Painting workshops.

Family History
Another series of three workshops focus on family history and are held Thursdayss, 6:30-8 p.m. Instructor Trudy Ohnsorg is an active author and editor and is founder of Legacy Biographic, an autobiography publishing company. She is also an adjunct faculty member at UWRF, teaching landscape design at UWRF.The workshops include:

Feb. 12, Family Stories, Family Legacy. The real wealth of your family is not financial, and rather, what you have learned is as important as what you have earned. This workshop focuses on the importance of preserving family history. Participants will learn, through family stories, how future generations will understand their past and heritage, allowing them to better envision their future. Cost is $24.

Feb. 26 and March 5, The ABC's of Writing Your Family History. In this two-session course, participants explore the steps involved in recording and creating a family history book. The course covers interviewing techniques, transcription, writing, editing, and publishing. Prior enrollment in Family Stories, Family Legacy is encouraged, but not required. Cost is $44.

March 12, Beyond Genealogy. In this course, students move beyond the names and dates in a family tree, and develop compelling, interesting narratives that family will want to read. Prior enrollment in Family Stories, Family Legacy, and The ABCs of Writing Your Family History is encouraged, but not required. Cost is $24.

Additional information and registration links are available on the web site and select the tab for community programs. The UWRF Outreach and Graduate Studies Office provides lifelong learners with academic and professional development and enrichment programs that are practical, flexible, convenient and affordable. A complete list of courses and online registration information is available at, by calling the outreach office at 715-425-3256 or 800-228-5607 or by emailing


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