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Released: 08/10/2000

<p> Louisiana State University at Alexandria&acute;s Division of Continuing Education and Technology is offering a variety of personal enrichment non-credit courses in September. All continuing education classes require pre-registration and meet on the LSUA campus unless otherwise noted. </p><p> Aquacise-This program offers a routine of specifically designed exercises which use the water&acute;s natural buoyancy and resistance and may improve physical fitness, mental alertness, and emotional health. Exercises are conducted in shallow and/or deep water and are suitable for all levels of physical ability and water orientation. </p><p> The course is offered monthly on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m. until 9:55 a.m. Ms. Faye Reynolds is the instructor. Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Plus, Deep Water-This is a NO IMPACT program which is performed in deep water with all activities within the capabilities of most people with arthritis. Participants must provide Aqua Jogger or instructor-approved buoyancy apparatus. </p><p> This class is offered monthly on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 3:30 p.m. until 4:25 p.m. The instructor for the class is Ms. Bobbie Berlin. </p><p> Arthritis Foundation Aquatic Program Plus, Shallow Water-All activities are performed in shallow water and are within the capabilities of most people with arthritis. It is a great way to have fun and get some exercise, too. There are two sections offered monthly which are taught by Bobbie Berlin. </p><p> Section 1 meets on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 2:30 p.m. until 3:25 p.m. Section 2 meets on the same days, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, from 4:30 p.m. until 5:25 p.m. </p><p> Basics of Investing-This class begins with the very basics of finances, including examining some of the most common reasons why people fail to meet their investment goals, tips to avoid these traps and rules every investor should know. Other topics include different types of investments and the advantages and disadvantages of each. The course will be held at the University Center at England Airpark on Tuesdays, Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 from 5:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Jeff Draughon will be the instructor for the course. </p><p> Introduction to Tai Chi will be held on Mondays on September 11, 18, 25 and Oct. 2 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Emmy Partain will be the instructor. Participants will learn the fundamentals of Tai Chi to improve the ability to relax, to lower blood pressure, and to practice self-discipline. This technique can also increase awareness and improve concentration and balance. </p><p> Introduction to Yoga-Learn the fundamentals of Yoga to improve muscle tone and flexibility and lose weight in a health-oriented manner. Increase energy while feeling more relaxed and improve concentration and memory. The class will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. The instructor is Emmy Partain. </p><p> Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Course-Individuals applying to the Department of Public Safety for a permit to carry a concealed weapon must demonstrate competence with a handgun. This course is approved by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections to meet that requirement of the law. </p><p> Other requirements will be explained during the nine hour course which includes seven hours of classroom instruction, two hours of actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures. The class will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, Sept. 5 and 6 from 5:45 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. The fee for the course is $70. Officer John Lummus, a Peace Officer Standards and Training certified instructor, will teach the course. </p><p> Noon Water Fun/Exercise-This is a new course that will provide total body conditioning. The emphasis will be place on cardiovascular conditioning along with strength, endurance, flexibility and improvement of body composition. The class will meet from noon until 12:45 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Wednesday, Sept.6 and continuing through the month of September. The fee for the month is $30 and Ms. Melissa Parks will be the instructor. </p><p> Personal Computer: Introduction to Microsoft Word-This class will introduce participants to the basic features of Microsoft Word 2000 through hands on exercises and demonstrations. Topics of the course include getting started in Word, changing the look of text, modifying a document, saving to HTML and much more. Participants must have basic knowledge of Windows as a prerequisite. The class will meet on Sept. 26 & 28 and Oct. 3 & 5 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. Teresa Seymour will be the instructor for the class. </p><p> Preparing for the Notary Public Exam-This course is offered to help prepare persons planning to take the Notary Public Examination. Participants will learn the role and responsibilities of a notary public in Rapides Parish. The course will be offered on Saturday, Sept. 9 from 8:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. The cost is $47 and the instructor for the class is Gary Tillman, Attorney at Law. </p><p> Utilizing Internet Search Strategies and Web Tools-This course is designed to help participants learn about search engines, improve search results when searching the Web, and illustrate effective search strategies through a variety of hands-on exercises. Participants are required to be familiar with the keyboard and using a mouse. Janet Swartz-Austin will teach the course on Thursday, Sept. 21 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. </p><p> To register or receive more information, contact the Division of Continuing Education and Technology at 473-6495. </p>