Parkside’s Course Selection Bolstered

UW-Parkside students are once again facing the monotony of advising appointments, as well as finalizing their schedules in order to maximize the prudence of their class choices. For some, this process involves a discussion with their adviser about class choices and career options. For others, this involves an application to the registrar in hopes that they will provide the information that is necessary for students to know which courses they need to graduate.

Students surely do not remember what that course catalog said three to six years ago when they signed up for their majors, and the graduation requirements are in constant flux. The chances are, a student knows what classes they are going to take towards their major, or in order to graduate. For this reason, students should have some fun and unwind. Summer mini courses are the perfect opportunity to accomplish this. There’s a plethora of summer mini courses, and though they will not give students credit, they will give them a welcome release from the daily grind. In fact, these courses can even save lives.

Heartsaver Pediatric First Aid Certification is offered on Saturday, June 12, from 9 am-12:30 pm. According to the Parkside mini course catalog, this particular class is offered as a first aid course aimed at saving the lives of infants. It teaches the methods of handling a situation in which a child is ill or injured in the initial stages before an ambulance arrives. The subject matter that is to be discussed in this course includes, according to the Parkside catalog, “. . . first aid basics, medical emergencies, injury emergencies, and environmental emergencies.” It also teaches CPR. and AED. The instructor for this course is Paul Schlereth, the fee is $40, and the class limit is set fairly low at eight. Mr. Schlereth is also teaching an adult CPR course called, The Heartsaver CPR/AED Certification, and this course covers children as well. This also examines what to do when anyone is choking and looks into “barrier devices.” Both courses are the same price, and also have the same limit of eight people. In addition, he’s offering a Heartsaver First Aid Certification course that covers first aid emergencies for adults that will be held on Aug. 8, from 12:30-3:30 pm. Session two of the Basic Jewelry Making session will be held on Jun. 22, from 6-9 pm. The course will teach students the necessary procedures for building a necklace from scratch, and the instructor, Kathy Schmitz, will also be selling the materials for this. The class limit for this course is short yet again, as only eight students are allowed to enroll, which includes a $25 fee.

Have you ever considered planning your retirement? It may seem a bit early for some, but with the turmoil within today’s market, and the assured destruction of social security benefits for any future generation, it’s never too early to start. Michael Johnson is holding Retirement Planning Today. The mini course will be held on two consecutive Tuesdays. It will begin on Jul. 13, and will run from 6-9 pm. This course is meant to educate the attendees about all of the options for retirement savings, as well as the pros and cons of each. It will teach students how to cut back their taxes, manage the risks associated with their investments, and to develop their own personal goals for retirement. It is $49 for every couple, and the limit is 50 people, or 25 couples. For students that are looking into their retirement, they may as well go all the way and take the mini course offered on home buying as well. It is the Home Buyer investment course, and will be held on Monday, Jul. 19, from 6-8 pm, and Jul. 20, at the same time. It’s offered by Sandy White and Domenick Martinelli of the Neighborhood Housing Services of Southeast Wisconsin Inc. The course is geared towards building personal wealth through prudent budgeting, and also through the ownership of homes. The cost for this mini course is $45, and the limit for the course is 30.

For students who’s concern is personal health, the perfect course for them begins on Jul. 12, from 6-7 pm. The instructor is Denise Valente of Synchronicity Fitness for the Mind, Body, and Spirit. The course is geared to whip students into shape in just 60 minutes total. The workout includes, “20 minutes of low impact cardio, 20 minutes of strength training, and 20 minutes of flexibility.” The fee for this course is $60, and the class limit is 20. For students who have children who have become sedentary, have no fear. Gina Laurenzi is offering two Hip-Hop dance courses, one being for children 6-12 years of age, and the other is for children from the ages of 12-17. Leaving out the crude stuff, children will be dancing to appropriate Hip-Hop for one hour. Both courses begin on Jun. 2 and stretch from 7:30-8:30 pm. The students will learn the steps that could enable them to dance like the pros in no time. The required attire is work-out apparel and sneakers. Each Hip-Hop dance course ends with a demonstration of the dance moves learned for the parents and families of students. These mini courses have a fee of $60 per course.

The Hip-Hop dance course is not the only dance course. If someone’s child or sibling likes to dance, they may also be interested in the Polynesian Dance Course for teens, or the Hawaiian Dance for Children aged 5-10.The Polynesian Dance Course is taught by Avis Davidson, and has been directed at students from 6th-12th grade. This class will offer Tahitian drumbeats, as well as an opportunity for teens to get active during the dance routines that originated in the South Seas. The course fee is $60, and the limit for this course is 25 people.The Hawaiian Dance course is also held by Avis Davidson. The class is intended to be fun, but will also provide the children with physical activity. Students will be taught to respect Hawaiian culture. The course is $60, and also has a class limit of 25 people.

For students with a rigorous routine, Indoor Boot Camp is for them. It lasts for six Tuesdays, and begins July 13th. It is from 4:30-5:30, and is based around a rigorous cardiovascular routine, and also a muscle and core training routine. This is the most intense workout experience students will receive from any of these courses. It is being held by Denise Valente, it costs $60, and there is a class limit of 20. Another mini course she is instructing will begin Jul. 13 as well. The Pilates for the Breast Cancer Survivor is a less rigorous routine, which is built around the restoration of a proper shoulder and back alignment, the rebuilding of strength, and the need for proper posture. She is also holding a Stability Ball mini course, in which the participants learn nearly every type of exercise possible with stability balls. Students must bring your own ball, and the course is $60.

There are many fun and exciting mini courses at Parkside that are rewarding both mentally and physically. There are mini courses that deal in financial matters, there are ones that support rigorous workout routines, and there are mini courses that focus on crafts. For students who are looking for fun of all sorts, the Parkside mini courses are the way to go.

Story by Jake Halverson

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