Registration for the fall term of Brenau University Learning and Leisure Institute (BULLI) courses and enrollment for the 2011 – 2012 academic year begins at 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11, in Thurmond-McRae Lecture Hall, adjacent to the Brenau Trustee Library on Academy Street in Gainesville.
The fall term, which runs from Sept, 26 to Nov. 11, offers a far-ranging catalog of courses that includes drawing and painting in pastels, a primer on social media and a look at different methods that have been used during the last half century for military and domestic surveillance.
Following Thursday’s opening session, registration and membership enrollment will continue on weekdays through Aug. 17 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the BULLI House on the Brenau campus, 406 Academy St. However, Kathy Amos, the BULLI director, says classes fill up quickly on a first come, first served basis. Those who register after Aug. 17 stand less a chance of getting all the classes they want.
The membership fee for the 2011-2012 academic year is $130. The course fee for each course taken is $35. Members may take as many courses as they like, said Amos.
Here is a rundown of courses that will be offered in the fall term:
TAI CHI – Improve your balance and flexibility, strengthen your immune system, reduce stress and arthritis pain, increase mobility and have fun! The slow, fluid and gentle moves that you will learn will amaze your friends and amuse the Chinese. Offered Wednesday, 1:00-2:30 p.m., certified Tai chi teachers Pat and Buck Barnes return to BULLI to once again teach the joy of this gentle form of exercise.
BEGINNING COMPUTER – If you don’t know a gig from a mouse, are afraid of the computer, but more afraid of being left behind in this technological age, then this course is for you. In a supportive environment, you will learn the basics of computer and Microsoft Word 2007. BULLI Director Amos teaches the basics on Tuesday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
DRAWING AND PAINTING IN PASTELS – Artist Elizabeth Stallings teaches this ideal class for beginning to advanced students on Thursday from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
U.S. NAVAL HISTORY – On Thursday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., former Navy officer Peter Claymore, who has a Master of Arts in U.S. and modern European history and has been a member of the extended sea service family for a half century, highlights the 200-year history of the Navy and Marines Corps.
WOMEN’S ROLES IN THE CIVIL WAR – Retired English teacher LaMerle Loveland, who has taught several BULLI courses, dispels the conventional wisdom about who fought the War Between the States with details about women who spied, bore arms and charged into battle and died for their cause, Monday from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
A SAVINGS ACCOUNT TO GOOD HEALTH – Tuesday, 1 p.m. -2:30 p.m., Dr. Mary Watkins, a board-certified chiropractor and contributing author of a book that focuses on neck pain; Dr. Amanda Watkins, a nutrition specialist; and Dr. Krystal Tomlin, certified in physiotheraputics and rehabilitation, tell you how to get the most out of life as you age.
MILITARY and DOMESTIC SURVEILLANCE – Veteran BULLI instructor Tuesday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., Milton Smith, who served 29 years as a naval intelligence officer, tells all about it.
SOCIAL MEDIA: BY THE PEOPLE, FOR THE PEOPLE – BULLI Director Amos helps you sort out the differences among Flickering, Tweeting, Digging, YouTube, MySpace and iTunes in an exploration of the phenomenon of social media and how it is shaping our communication with each other and the world on Thursday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
READING, WRITING AND REVISING POEMS – If you want to know how poets work, here’s your chance to learn through listening to great guest poets: award-winning author Mildred Greer; Robert Lynn, author of “Midnight Verse;” and John Ottley, author and former president of the Georgia Poetry Society. Instructors for the Wednesday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., course are Bill Early, retired educator and book industry executive, and Ann Gillespie, retired teacher and striving poet.
GROWING UP … GROWING ON … GROWING OLD: A LITERARY FOCUS – Using Biblical passages and selections from British and American literature, Dr. Bruce Morgan, the retired pastor of First Baptist Church who holds a Doctor of Ministry degree from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, on Tuesday from 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. focuses on the stages of life and writers’ observations of them.
LISTEN TO AND UNDERSTAND GREAT MUSIC – When you listen to music, are you hearing everything that is going on and are you sensitive to it? In this Monday course from 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., 33-year music minister Steve Coldiron, associate minister of music at First Baptist Church, examines how to listen to music on a deeper level – the creative process in music, the elements that make up music, the forms of music and how music is put together.
PLAYING SOCIAL GAMES: WHAT’S MY NEXT MOVE? – Tom Rasmussen, an adjunct professor of political science at Gainesville State College on Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m., offers a discussion-oriented class on how life resembles simple games and how “rules” guide how we interact with family, coworkers or neighbors. Using games such as The Prisoner’s Dilemma, the course examines issues for a diverse group of competitors, such as arms racing between two nations, relationships between husbands and wives, business competitors and teenagers playing chicken.
AMERICAN TURNING POINTS … DESIGN OR CHANCE – On Monday, 10:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., a star-powered group of instructors examines how several of crucial turning points in American history were anything but “destiny” and often were more products of opportunity, determination and luck. Instructors are Rev. Bill Coates, pastor of First Baptist Church; retired Gainesville State History Professor Hayward Gnann, Lakeview Academy English Department chair and Grace Episcopal Priest Associate Michael McCann, History Center Director Glen Kyle, retired advertising executive Gordon Sawyer and chemical company executive Leo Whalen.
INTRODUCTION TO CALLIGRAPHY: COPPERPLATE HAND – Calligrapher Mamie Velez, a member of the Friends of the Alphabet calligraphy guild and International Association of Master Penmen and Teachers of Handwriting, introduces you to the tools and basic strokes of the art on Wednesday, 2:45 p.m. – 4:15 p.m.
For more information about the programs, consult the BULLI Web page at http://intranet.brenau.edu/bulli.
Originally published on 8/10/11