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February Professional and Personal Workshops

Immaculata University will offer on-campus undergraduate workshops for personal and professional development during the month of February.
IRISH DANCING AND CULTURE. This course allows students to experience Irish culture, including Irish dancing, traditional and contemporary music, and insight into the Irish way of life. Students learn to dance like Riverdance and to appreciate the uniqueness of Irish culture. Colette deCarun, will instruct this course on Wednesdays, February 2, 9, 16, 23, and March 2, from 7:00 – 9:30 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
MASTERING THE ART OF PRESENTING USING POWERPOINT. Using technology in presentations is a means not an end. Students in this course are introduced to good designed features and presentation techniques. Students spend much of the class time creating and presenting their work using PowerPoint. This class is offered on Thursdays, February 3, 10, 17, and 24, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP. Designed to help beginning PhotoShop users to understand how the program functions, this course explores in-depth the toolbox, basic color corrections, and photograph retouching. Students investigate various modes, resolutions and file options. Layla Lyons will lead this class on Saturday, February 5, and Sunday, February 6, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
PSYCHOSOCIAL IMPACT OF DEPRESSION ON CHILDREN. This course focuses on the social aspects of depression. Topics addressed include the increased incidence of depression and its possible causes, and depression´s effect on the family, the workplace, and community. Additionally, students investigate depression from a medical perspective such as differential diagnosis, necessity for medical intervention, treatment options, and prognosis as they relate to our society. Kim Nurick, DO, will lead this class on Friday, February 4, from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 5, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
WRITING WORKSHOP. In this workshop, students learn to improve their writing, concentrate on expository writing beyond the basic writing skills level. This class is held on Mondays, February 7, 14, 21, and 28, from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
SELF-ESTEEM AND ACHIEVEMENT. Self-esteem is important for mental health and goal attainment. It is an attitude of acceptance and non-judgment toward self and others. This workshop focuses on an interactive approach to change the way we interpret life. Participants are shown how to uncover and change negative self-statements, and how to create new, positive assertions that foster and nourish self-esteem. At the end, participants will be able to identify disadvantageous self-talk, confront self-distortions, and replace these thoughts with a more compassionate self-evaluation. Peter Rondinaro, Ph.D., will lead this class on Friday, February 18, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 19, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART. This seminar explores the expansive collection of American art at the PMA. Since its founding in 1876, the museum has acquired major examples of decorative arts, painting, and sculpture. In addition to works
by Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, PMA´s American collections include furniture and silver by early Philadelphia craftsmen and extensive holdings of Pennsylvania German art. James Erikson, MFA, MLS, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, February 18, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, February 19, from 10:00 am to 4:00 p.m. The class then meets back on campus on Sunday, February 20, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
BRANDYWINE RIVER MUSEUM. This seminar explores the impact of Wyeth art upon the Brandywine Valley. Exhibiting American art in a 19th century grist mill, the Brandywine River Museum is internationally known for its unparalleled collection of American illustration, still life, and landscape painting. James Erikson, MFA, MLS, will lead the class. This is a one-credit course that meets on Friday, February 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 pm in Loyola Hall, then at the museum on Saturday, February 26, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The class then meets back on campus on Sunday, February 27, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
THE LEGEND OF DUFFY´S CUT. This course explores the history, folklore, and archaeology of Duffy´s Cut, a mass grave of Irish workers located near Immaculata, dating from 1832. This site has been investigated by a team from Immaculata´s history department and was recently granted an official State Historical Marker by the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission. Students explore the site´s importance in the story of Irish immigration to Pennsylvania, experience the local railroad lore, learn about the ghastly ghost stories from the site, and observe first-hand the investigative techniques used by the history department team. This course includes a
visit to the site of the historical marker. William Watson, Ph.D. will lead this course on Friday, February 25, from 5:00 to 9:00 p.m. and on Saturday, February 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The cost is $320 for one credit or $160 for non-credit.
Immaculata University, a Catholic, coeducational institution, is located 20 miles west of Philadelphia, south of the intersection of routes 30 and 352, between Paoli and Exton.

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