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Released: 03/26/1999

<p> The Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA) Division of Continuing Education and Technology has a variety of courses planned for April. These courses provide opportunities for personal growth and development, as well as avenues for self-enrichment. All courses meet on the LSUA campus and pre-registration is required by calling 473-6495 or 473-6445. </p><p> "Growing orchids in Louisiana" will be the topic of the first short course offered in April. The course will be offered Tuesday and Thursday, April 6 and 8 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The fee for the course is $27.50 and Dr. Wilton Guillory and Byron McGraw will lead the course. </p><p> Participants will receive instructions on proper care, feeding, and selection on the type or variety of orchid that grows best in this area. Each participant will receive a young plant and be taught how to care for it properly. </p><p> "Self-defense for children" will be offered for children in second through sixth grades. The class will meet on Wednesday, April 7 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. The fee for the course is $17 and Beth Lord, instructor of criminal justice at LSUA, will lead the class. </p><p> Ms. Lord worked for the Ouachita Parish Sheriff&acute;s Department in Monroe for 15 years. In her last 6 years with the force, she was the sergeant in charge of the child abuse unit. </p><p> The course will teach self-defense tactics (non-martial art) and will discuss general information to help keep children safe in today&acute;s society. She will walk the class through different hands-on scenarios concerning actions and reactions that can be used for protection. </p><p> "What is PR" is the focus of a new course offered on Tuesday and Thursday, April 13 and 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The fee for the course is $27.50 and Melissa C. LaBorde, APR will be the instructor. </p><p> This course will provide an overview of the public relations profession as well as basics of its history, theory and the public relations process. Practical tips and professional opportunities will be discussed. </p><p> Mrs. LaBorde is the director of Institutional Advancement and also an adjunct instructor of mass communications at LSUA. She received her masters of communications from Northeast Louisiana University in 1990. She is a nationally accredited public relations practitioner earning the APR designation in November 1997. She has public relations experience on the professional and academic fronts as well as through volunteer projects. </p><p> "Old Stories Breaking New Ground" is the title of a new Coffee Call being offered Thursday, April 15 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. There is no fee to attend, but pre-registration is requested because of limited seating. </p><p> During this session, Dr. Bernard Gallagher, professor of English, will compare several of the novels of James Lee Burke to the novels of Dashell Hammett, Robert Parker, and John D. McDonald. His comparison will show how Burke draws on the traditions of the Southern Gothic as he expands the boundaries of "detective" fiction, especially in the areas concerning class, race and the supernatural. </p><p> Coffee Calls are opportunities for the community to meet with faculty members for coffee and conversation in their field of study. This session is brought to you as a public service at no charge and is sponsored by the Bank of Lecompte. </p><p> "Line Dancing" will teach today&acute;s most popular line dances from country to soul. The class will meet on Thursday, April 22 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. in the Physical Education Building. The cost is $16.50 and Donna Odom, instructor of education, will conduct the class. </p><p> "The Louisiana Concealed Handgun Permit Course" will be offered on Wednesday and Thursday, April 28 and 29. The course will meet from 5:45 p.m. until 9:15 p.m. and the fee is $70. </p><p> Participants must provide gun and ammunition at the live range portion of the class. For the live range portion, participants may choose either Saturday, May 8 or Sunday, May 9. </p><p> 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 course which includes 9 hours of instruction, including 2 hours of actual live range fire and proper handgun cleaning procedures. Officer John Lummus, a Peace Officer Standards and Training certified instructor, will teach the course. </p><p> For registration information, contact the LSUA Division of Continuing Education and Technology at 473-6495 or 473-6445. </p>