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Continuing Ed & Community Outreach releases Fall 2012 schedule of special interest classes


JONESBORO – The division of Continuing Education and Community Outreach at Arkansas State University has announced that the new schedule of programs and activities for fall 2012 is just off the press.

“We have classes that are fun, convenient, affordable, and some are even free,” commented Dr. Beverly Boals Gilbert, dean.

New to the schedule this fall are sessions on “Planning for Your Retirement” on Monday, Oct. 15, and “Seeking Growth in a G-Zero World,” on Monday, Nov. 12, presented by Stacey Harral of Merrill Lynch.  Merrill Lynch, along with the Jonesboro offices of Morgan Stanley, Stephens, and Wells Fargo, are coming together on a rotating basis to offer a series of free sessions to assist individuals who are looking for financial guidance, especially as they approach financial planning for the later years.

Another item of special interest on the fall schedule is a return of Saturday Scholars, an educational enrichment program for students in kindergarten through 12th grade.  Dr. Gilbert said Saturday Scholars is back due to its popularity in the past, and she looks forward to having the young participants back on campus.

Other opportunities for children include ASU Youth Orchestra, led by Guy Harrison, the new strings instructor at ASU, along with piano instruction, photography, fencing and sign language.

The fall schedule lists the courses and activities that will be offered in October through December, Dr. Gilbert explained.

“Our fall 2012 schedule includes many fun and exciting community classes like ballroom dance, the monthly wine series, and design workshops such as ‘Tablescapes’ and the ‘Home Make-Over Decorating Institute with Tom Chandler,’ ” she added.  Another of her favorites that has been very popular is “Social Media – Photo Editing and Sharing with Flair.”

One of the professional development activities that will be enticing to sportsmen is a professional education program for certified public accountants and pheasant hunt, to be held Friday, Oct. 5, at the new Stan Jones Mallard Lodge near Hoxie.

The fall schedule is organized into various categories according to hobbies, technology, sports, finance, home and garden, personal interest and enrichment, and professional development programs.

For more details, contact Continuing Education and Community Outreach, ceco@astate.edu or (870) 972-3052.

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