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Immaculata University Announces February Workshop

Immaculata University will offer on-campus undergraduate workshops for personal and professional development during the month of February.
THE PENNSYLVANIA ACADEMY OF FINE ARTS. This workshop highlights the nation´s oldest museum and art school displaying American art. Designed by Frank Furness, the museum was founded in 1805. The collection, surveying American art from the late 1700´s to the 20th century, consists of paintings, sculptures, and works on paper ranging from colonial masters such as Robert Feke, John Singleton Copley, and Benjamin West to major contemporary artists including Richard Diebenkorn, Red Grooms, and Faith Ringgold. Students meet on campus Friday evening, February 8, from 5:00 – 8:30 p.m., for an overview of the process of creating works of art and a "hands-on" exploration of the techniques employed. On Saturday, February 9, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., the class meets at the entrance to the museum. Students arrange for their own transportation and pay the admission fee. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART – I. This seminar explores the expansive collection of American and European art at the PMA. Since its founding in 1876, the museum has acquired major examples of art. The first part of the tour includes works by American artists Thomas Easkins, Mary Cassatt, Homer, Tanner, and A. Warhol. The second part of the tour looks at the Renaissance and Baroque Periods of art. Students meet on Friday, February 15, from 5:00 – 9:00 p.m., at Immaculata for an overview of the works to be viewed at the museum and to engage in "hands-on" experiences, trying techniques used by masters. On Saturday, February 16, from 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., the class meets at the back entrance to the museum. Students arrange for their own transportation and pay the admission fee. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
CREATIVITY AND CREATIVE PROBLEM SOLVING. Creativity and innovation are keys to success in business. This course explores creativity and examines the Creative Problem Solving Framework developed by Parnes and Osborn to generate ideas and solve problems. Students gain enhanced questioning ability, they learn to utilize divergent and convergent thinking skills to engage in whole brain thinking, and they develop a cogent plan for incorporating people and processes. Ellen Raineri, Ph.D., leads this course on Friday, February 29, from 6:00 – 9:30 p.m. and continues on Saturday, March 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
RESUME WRITING. In this workshop, students research ads and identify requested skill sets, create persuasive lead lines, and write a convincing cover letter. The result will be a professional resume necessary to open the right doors. Stacy L. Linkins leads this course on Saturdays, February 2 and February 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
COMMUNICATION IN THE BUSINESS ENVIROMENT. Students analyze and apply the skills necessary for effective interpersonal communication in the business environment. This workshop focuses on appreciation of the models, intentions, and habits exhibited by others and how to develop an individual communication style and flexibility. Stacy L. Linkins leads this course on Tuesday and Thursdays, February 19, February 21, February 26, and February 28, from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
WRITING YOUR DREAMS. Language and the psyche converge in dreams. In the Writing Your Dreams workshop, students explore this fertile and dynamic level of consciousness. After review of the checkered and fascinating history of dreamers´ relationships with the dream world, students approach dreams based on an understanding of the language of image and metaphor. Students access the intelligence of their own dreams through guided writing exercises. Read Waking Your Dreams, Unlock the Wisdom of Your Unconscious before the first class meeting. Emma Mellon, Ph.D., leads this course on Saturdays, February 2 and February 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
RODDY DOYLE: VOICE OF THE IRISH MIDDLE CLASS. This course examines recent fiction in which Doyle portrays the challenges of social issues, such as inclusion and family abuse, as they pertain to contemporary Irish women. ENG/COM majors may use this credit toward fulfillment of 200-level literature requirements. Sean Flannery leads this course on Tuesdays, February 5, February 12, February 19, February 26, and March 4, from 6:30 – 9:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 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 dating from 1832 and located near Immaculata. This site has been investigated by a team from Immaculata´s History Department and was 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. The course includes a visit to the site of the historical marker. William Watson, Ph.D., leads this course on Friday, February 29, from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, March 1, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
PERSPECTIVES ON TERRORISM. This workshop examines the undermining of U.S. and international security by terrorism. It explores the threat of terrorism and the U.S. Special Operations´ response to this threat. Case studies include personal experiences from military deployments throughout the ‘90s as well as the war in Iraq. Michael J. Cleary, J.D., leads this workshop on Saturdays, February 9 and February 16, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
AMERICAN PHILOSOPHY II. American Philosophy II focuses on classical American philosophers and the rise of pragmatism. In addition to reading works by the pragmatists C.S. Pierce, William James, and John Dewey, students consider key writings of Ruth Benedict and Ayn Rand. Sr. Judith Parsons, IHM, Ph.D., leads this course on Tuesdays, February 12, February 19, February 26, and March 4, from 5:30 – 8:30 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
ENHANCING YOUR POTENTIAL. Open the worlds of interpersonal communication and self-reflection using the theory of psychological type to answer questions such as, "Am I in the right job?" or "How can I get along better with my family?" Focusing on theory and practical applications while stressing team-building and creative thinking, students explore how to make modifications in type. Neale Bringhurst, Ph.D., leads this course on Saturdays, February 2 and February 9, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
SOCIAL GERONTOLOGY. This course introduces the basic concepts of social gerontology. Students explore the social and socio-cultural conditions that impact the process of aging, consider the myths of aging and ageism, and examine the study of aging at the beginning of the 21st century. Sr. Paula Jameson, IHM, leads this course on Friday, February 22 from 6:00 – 10:00 p.m. and continues on Saturday, February 23, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. The cost is $380 for one credit or $170 for non-credit.
For further information about these courses, please contact the College of LifeLong Learning at 610-647-4400, ext. 3241.
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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