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LearnOn Workshops

MSU Denver’s LearnOn Workshops offer you a way to explore new interests, develop skills, and enrich your life. 

The short, face-to-face workshops are offered during Fall and Spring semesters at either the Auraria or South Campus. Workshops can meet just once, or up to six times – depending on the subject.

Registration is now open for Fall 2019. Registration is based on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hurry, workshops may fill up fast. Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Discounts are available for alumni, veterans, AARP members, and current MSU Denver students, faculty, and staff. 


Experimental Video for iPhone and iPad

This workshop covers experimental capture and editing techniques to produce video art and animation on your iPhone or iPad. Learn to make the most out of your device's camera and use software such as Adobe Premiere Rush, iMovie for iPhone, and various mobile applications for stop motion and green screen. Participants will practice techniques and produce video artwork.

  • Meeting days: Two Saturdays - September 28, October 5
  • Meeting times: 9 a.m.-Noon
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Katie Watson

Finding Your Photographic Voice Through Personal Projects

Open to amateur and professional photographers, this workshop will nurture and hone your visual identity. Participants are encouraged to come with works in progress or a few proposed ideas to explore. As each project develops, we will hold weekly critiques in a supportive environment, and discuss the images, intentions, approaches, and personal connections.

  • Meeting days: Four Wednesdays - September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Carl Bower

Intermediate Knitting, Beyond Basics

Take your knitting skills to the next level! We will explore increasing/decreasing, decorative stitches, fixing mistakes, and more. Bring a new project or one that is already in the works.

  • Meeting days: Four Thursdays - October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14
  • Meeting times: 4-6 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Kimberly Weiss

Knitting for Newcomers

This workshop is designed to teach the basics of knitting in just four sessions. You will learn to cast on, do the knit and purl stitches, and bind off. We will begin a small project.

  • Meeting days: Four Tuesdays - October 22, October 29, November 5, November 12
  • Meeting times: 4-6 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Kimberly Weiss

Visual Art Technique: Color Theory

Designed for any ability level, we will discuss the common psychological reactions to certain colors and their uses in everyday life. During lectures, we will look at examples of how artists use particular colors and color combinations. Students will then experiment with different color categories by creating their own, original works of art.

  • Meeting days: Four Saturdays - October 26, November 2, November 9, November 16
  • Meeting times: 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Glori Gessell

Visual Art Technique: Shading

We will explore the visual impact of light and shadow in works of art. Participants will work with basic shading techniques to create four original works of art. This is an introductory level workshop with flexible projects that will be enjoyable for first time art participants as well as those with advanced skills.

  • Meeting days: Four Saturdays - September 21, September 28, October 5, October 12
  • Meeting times: 10 a.m.-Noon
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Glori Gessellf

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Fermentation Magic: Sourdough Bread and Yogurt Basics

Have you wanted to bake sourdough bread but are unsure of how to do it? Love yogurt and want to learn how to make it? Fermented foods are a great way to help your gut health and are easier than you think to master! We will learn the basics of sourdough starter, how to make a loaf of sourdough bread, and also learn the basics of making homemade yogurt with cow's milk. (Note: ingredients include dairy, yeast and gluten)

  • Meeting days: One Saturday - October 12
  • Meeting times: 9: a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $55
  • Instructor: Leigh Jardine

***The Fermentation Magic Workshop has been canceled. Sorry for any inconvenience. 

Healthy Cooking on a Budget

This cooking workshop will help you determine what is healthy, how to cook it, and how to afford it. Topics covered are dietary guidelines and fad diets, how to choose healthy ingredients without breaking the bank, what cooking equipment is really needed, and basic cooking skills. At the end of the workshop, participants should be able to plan, shop and prepare up to two healthy meals, and be able to create their own meals to meet eating goals.

  • Meeting days: Three Mondays - September 23, September 30, October 7
  • Meeting times: 5-6:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $70
  • Instructor: Jennifer Watson

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Busting Myths About DACA

This workshop will raise awareness and provide education about the realities, challenges, and resources available to undocumented students and colleges. We will discuss how to better support and work alongside undocumented students. This workshop is for educators and others working with this student population, and learners who are themselves undocumented or have DACA status. We will hear directly from an under represented student population.

  • Meeting days: One Wednesday - October 2
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $40
  • Instructor: Gregor Mieder and Ariadna Ochoa

Colorado Water and the American West

This workshop will invite learners into the rich and complicated history of water in Colorado and the American West. Topics begin with early water uses on the Colorado Plateau and then work its way up to the twentieth century, with a brief study of water projects in the Front Range.

  • Meeting days: Two Wednesdays - October 16, October 23
  • Meeting times: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Matt Makley

Fake News: Uncovering the History and Truth

‘Fake News’ was not a term many people used four years ago, but it is now seen as one of the greatest threats to democracy and free debate. This workshop will take a close look at the challenges journalists face in the U.S., and other countries. We will learn how to spot real and fake news, and the stress many media organizations face to keep up with the demand to provide fast, relevant, and real information.

  • Meeting days: Four Thursdays - September 19, September 26, October 3, October 10
  • Meeting times: 4-5 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Alfredo Sanchez

#MeToo Movement 

The history, vision, and mission of the #MeToo Movement will be examined, with a goal to create an awareness of and understanding about how the movement has helped survivors of sexual violence. Discussions will focus on how we can become more aware of the systems that allow for global proliferation of sexual violence. Activities and guest speakers will encourage empowerment through empathy and community.

  • Meeting days: Two Tuesdays - October 15, October 22
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Rebecca Rivera

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Avoiding Fraud, Scams, and Identity Theft

With increased use of the internet, email and smartphones, there are now more ways than ever for scammers to contact their victims. This workshop will equip you with information to recognize scams on the internet, social media and email, and provide you with ways of avoiding unwanted contact from scammers. We will also take a deep dive into identity theft protection resources.

  • Meeting days: One Thursday - October 3
  • Meeting times: 5-7 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $30
  • Instructor: Mark Fetterhoff

Finance and Accounting for Small Business

Many small business owners can feel overwhelmed by complex finance and accounting jargon, and often ignore this important part of the business until it is too late. This workshop will help you learn finance accounting principles in a simple and fun format, with real-world examples to teach you the basics of managing your business finances. After the workshop, participants have the opportunity to continue with accounting help from students enrolled in MSU Denver’s Master’s Accounting program.

  • Meeting days: Two Wednesdays - September 18, September 25
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $75
  • Instructor: Letitia Pleis

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Be Your Own Sex Therapist

Ninety-five percent of adults will experience some kind of sexual dysfunction such as low sex drive, sex pain, orgasm problems, and erectile problems in their lives. The more we know about our own bodies, and our partners’, the more we can make changes in beliefs and behaviors to enhance our sexual and sensual lives. This workshop will consist of lecture and discussions, fun activities, and ‘homework’. Some sexually explicit photos and films will be included.

  • Meeting days: Four Wednesdays - October 30, November 6, November 13, November 20
  • Meeting times: 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Mary Ann Watson

Energy Medicine

This workshop will take an objective look at and provide direct experience with, Energy Medicine and its multidimensional healing art. Topics to be discussed: clinical practices, energetic anatomy and physiology, a historical overview, scientific evidence, the physiology of grounding, and workshop energy exercises.

  • Meeting days: Four Tuesdays - September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Emory Crebo Wilder

Modern Mediation Techniques with Singing Bowls

Singing bowls make meditation easy, fast and fun! Using singing bowls is scientifically proven to calm the mind and relax the body so you can connect with your deeper self. This hands-on workshop will provide you with the skills to meditate many different ways with metal bowls.

  • Meeting days: One Saturday - September 28
  • Meeting times: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $30
  • Instructor: Ann Martin

The Wellness Story Circle: Achieving Sustained Holistic Health

Working together, we will promote sustained mental, physical, and spiritual health. Participants are encouraged to share their health and wellness challenges, healings, and journeys through the art of storytelling. Utilizing The Wellness Inventory, participants gain personal insight into their own state of wellness and learn to take more responsibility for their personal health and wellbeing.

  • Meeting days: One Saturday - October 5 
  • Meeting times: 9:00 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $75
  • Instructor: Deborah Wilcox

Yoga Psychology: Management of Emotions and Positivity

This workshop will help you understand the nature of negative and positive emotions from the perspective of yoga psychology. Participants will learn about ancient knowledge and tools in how to be positive when it seems that there are no reasons to be. This workshop is a blend of lecture, discussion, simple yoga practices of postures, breathing and meditation, and Yoga Nidra.

  • Meeting days: One Saturday - October 19
  • Meeting times: Saturday, October 19 from Noon-3:00 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $45
  • Instructor: Svetlana Lambrozo

*The date, time, and cost was changed for this workshop from previously printed materials. This is the most up to date information. Sorry for any inconvenience.

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Spanish for the Nutritionist

Practicing nutritionists, or students of nutrition, with a need to learn Spanish will benefit from this workshop. Participants will learn specialized vocabulary, communication protocols, tips and resources to further develop their language skills in real-world situations. Examples and case studies are selected to reflect the professional terminology used in nutrition.

  • Meeting days: Six Tuesdays - September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8, October 15, October 22
  • Meeting times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $180
  • Instructor: Silvia Borras

Spanish for Travel - The First Steps

This workshop is a fun and manageable way to learn the Spanish you need to travel. Participants will learn essential vocabulary, hear real conversations, and experience role-playing and activities. In the workshop you will learn how to ask questions, understand the answers, talk about what you did yesterday, and explain what you plan to do tomorrow. ¡Buen viaje! Enjoy your trip!

  • Meeting days: Six Mondays - September 16, September 23, September 30, October 7, October 14, October 21
  • Meeting times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $180
  • Instructor: Ariel Shakely

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Essential English Grammar for Writing

In this workshop, students will be provided with a basic understanding of essential grammar and punctuation. Participants will learn about the mechanics of the English language, basic components of a sentence and parts of speech, construction of phrases, clauses and sentences to improve written and oral communication, and practice written exercises to apply the skills learned.

  • Meeting days: Five Wednesdays - October 16, October 23, October 30, November 6, November 13
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $150
  • Instructor: Sheila Healey

How to Use Media (traditional and social) to Promote Your Cause or Business

Developing a marketing communication strategy that will actually reach your audience can seem overwhelming and scary. This workshop covers internet and traditional communication tools you can take advantage of, including: website content, social media audience building, email list development, media relations strategy – and how to make those tools work together.

  • Meeting days: Four Tuesdays - September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8
  • Meeting times: 5:30-7 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Steve Krizman

Innovation: Create the Culture, Sustain the Results

Are you trying to solve an ongoing problem in the workplace and still haven’t found an effective solution? This workshop will review approaches to innovation, and the skills that can be immediately applied to create the change you want and sustain the results. The seven steps to be studied are: defining the problem, being clear on the goal, innovate or replicate, creatively generate new solutions, funneling the potential solutions, trying something quickly, and maximizing potential by sharing.

  • Meeting days: Three Tuesdays - October 15, October 22, October 29
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Jan Ground

Job Search and Networking Strategies

Searching for the right job can be overwhelming. In this workshop, participants will learn the different approaches to searching for their next position, especially in designing a strategy that aligns with industry hiring practices. Topics include job search strategies, resume writing, networking, social media profile management, and personal branding.

  • Meeting days: One Thursday - October 24
  • Meeting times: 5-7:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $40
  • Instructor: Bridgette Coble

Leading People Through Change

Many of us have been in the position to ask others to do things differently in the work environment. Those changes, large and small, can be slowed considerably when those who are asked to do things differently resist the change. Participants will learn the factors that contribute to that resistance, and specific tools to minimize the impact, such as: problem definitions, goal statements, effective sponsorship, surfacing and managing resistance, communication plans, and reinforcement plans.

  • Meeting days: Three Mondays - October 14, October 21 October 28
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Jan Ground

Meeting Management: Make Your Meetings Matter

Many of us spend more time in meetings than getting work done! During this workshop, participants will learn and practice the skills necessary to ensure that meetings are productive and worth the cost of salaries paid for that time. We will discuss developing agendas to include desired outcomes, making sure that your meeting notes are action-oriented, and steps to maximize participation.

  • Meeting days: One Wednesday - October 2
  • Meeting times: 5-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $45
  • Instructor: Jan Ground

Speak with Confidence: From Meetings to Presentations

Nervous when it comes to public speaking? Want to give presentations that engage your audience? In this workshop, you’ll learn what makes an engaging presentation, techniques to boost your confidence, and get practice speaking to help you in both prepared presentations and off-the-cuff at business and networking meetings.

  • Meeting days: Two Thursdays - September 19, September 26
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Mark Reagan

Unlocking Personal EXCELlence - Part 1

Excel is a versatile program that is finding its way into people’s everyday lives. Part 1 is a hands-on workshop that shows you shortcuts to quickly create worksheets, how to format cells, the difference between relative and absolute addressing, and basic formulas and functions. Participants need to have basic computer skills. Students can take  Part 1 or Part 2, or both as they will be offered consecutively.

  • Meeting days: Two Wednesdays - October 30, November 6
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Owen Herman

Unlocking Personal EXCELlence - Part 2

Part 2 builds on the material of Part 1, and shows you hands-on how to use more advanced functions (IF, VLOOKUP, PMT, CONCATENATE), conditional formatting, tables and filters, and pivot tables and charts. Students can take Part 1 or Part 2, or both as they will be offered consecutively.

  • Meeting days: Two Wednesdays - November 13, November 20
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Owen Herman

Why Do I Need a Coach?

Are you acting upon the greatest possibilities and potential for your life? This workshop will initiate your launch into the next phase of your journey with confidence, clarity, and excitement. Using proven life-changing techniques that you can put into practice immediately, participants will enjoy the benefits of achieving your best life now. The sessions will be engaging and productive as you determine actions to commit to.

  • Meeting days: Four Thursdays - October 3, October 10, October 17, October 24
  • Meeting times: 5-7 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Sandra Howard

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Being Muslim in America: Stories and Experiences

This workshop explores the many facets of Muslim American life and history through readings, films, discussions of these resources, and short lectures. A brief introduction of Islamic practices and beliefs will be covered, and we will explore the diverse ways in which Muslims in America live those out.

  • Meeting days: Four Wednesdays - September 18, September 25, October 2, October 9
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Christine Sheikh and Mary Ann Watson

Fact-Checking for Young People and Their Elders

How can you spot fake news or statements on social media and online environments? This workshop focuses on simple skills that can be used to distinguish truth. Designed for young people and their adult supporters, we will identify quick tricks and discuss how false or inaccurate information shapes our environment and our responses.

  • Meeting days: Two Thursdays - October 3, October 10
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Elizabeth Parmelee

How to Support Your GLBTQA Family Member

When someone in your family ‘comes out’, it can feel like there's a lot you don't understand about their sexual orientation. This workshop provides a basic understanding of terminology, offers examples of how one's sexual orientation may shape family life, and offers suggestions about how to be supportive of GLBTQA people. Each participant’s needs and resources will also be addressed. Participants should bring an open mind and a willingness to ask questions.

  • Meeting days: Two Mondays - September 16, September 23
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: K Scherrer

How to Talk to Teens about Sex, Drugs, and Rock N Roll

This workshop will look at the developmental phase of adolescence. While it seems that in this phase teens want their independence, they still need strong role models and to have non-judgmental conversations with adults. You will be guided through how to remain open and non-judgmental so that teens will share with you what is going on in their lives.

  • Meeting days: One Monday - October 21
  • Meeting times: 4:30-7 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $40
  • Instructor: Susie Ryder

Islam: Origins, Extremism, Interactions with the West

Participants will learn more about the origins of Islam in the 7th century, beliefs and evolution of Muslims, current events, Islamist Extremism, interactions with the U.S. and Western interests, and Islamophobia. Dr. Ghais avoids delving into U.S. politics to the extent possible.

  • Meeting days: Four Tuesdays - September 17, September 24, October 1, October 8
  • Meeting times: 6-8 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $120
  • Instructor: Ahmad Ghais

Prepare to Care

Caregiving is a journey we will all experience at some point in our lifetime - as a caregiver and as a care receiver. It’s important to prepare to care for ourselves, our family, and friends. We will discuss the impact of caregiving, responsibilities, potential consequences, the need to identify and document preferences for care, and potential complications associated with aging solo.

  • Meeting days: One Tuesday, September 24 and one Thursday, November 7
  • Meeting times: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $60
  • Instructor: Jane Barton

The Face of Modern White Supremacy

Most white Americans assume that racism is a thing of the past. Most Americans of color will quickly say that racism is alive and well. This workshop will explore the modern manifestations of white supremacy: major figures, active groups, their agendas and strategies. From the KKK to the alt-right, we'll unpack not only the ideologies driving organized racism, but also the systems of white privilege that perpetuate racism in our society.

  • Meeting days: One Monday - October 7
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $45
  • Instructor: Catlyn Keenan

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

Beginning Novel Writing

This workshop will teach beginning novel writers the elements that go into making a salable work of fiction. You’ll learn how to select your proper genre, how to develop interesting characters, when and how to use (and not overuse) descriptive narratives, how to write plausible and compelling dialogue, and how pacing, action, and plot points work.

  • Meeting days: One Wednesday - October 9
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $45
  • Instructor: Jeff Danelek

Inside the Publishig Industry

Have you been writing for a while but having little success getting your manuscript into the hands of a literary agent or publisher? This workshop examines how the industry operates, how to find an agent or publisher, the proper method of querying, and how to write a proposal or synopsis. You will also learn the pitfalls to watch out for, how to know if you're dealing with a legitimate agent, and other ‘tricks of the trade’ designed to get your manuscript through the door.

  • Meeting days: One Monday - October 7
  • Meeting times: 5:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: Auraria - 890 Auraria Parkway, Denver
  • Cost: $45
  • Instructor: Jeff Danelek

The Joy of Creative Writing

Creative writing is a rewarding hobby that can successfully fill one’s life with happiness. Beginning to advanced writers are invited to join us on this adventure to enhance writing skills. True and imagined descriptive or narrative writing will be encouraged. Motivational activities will include art, music, and works by famous authors and poets.

  • Meeting days: Two Thursdays - September 19, September 26
  • Meeting times: 3:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Campus Location: South - 5660 Greenwood Plaza Boulevard, Suite 100, Greenwood Village
  • Cost: $90
  • Instructor: Linda Volin

 

Participants must register for workshops at least five days prior to the first session.

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  • Jane W. Barton, author of Caregiving for the GENIUS, is a passionate national speaker, writer, and listener. As the founder of Cardinal, LLC, she provides educational programs, books, videos, podcasts, and blogs to assist people in confronting the daunting challenges posed by aging, serious illness, and the end of life. As the Caregiving Ambassador for AARP Colorado (2014-2019), she offers educational programs for personal and professional caregivers throughout the state of Colorado.
  • Silvia Borras-Giner is a graduate of Kent State University, where she received a M.A. in Translation. She is a Spanish translator, interpreter and educator with over 15 years of experience in the field of medicine and education.
  • Carl Bower is a Denver-based editorial photographer and Pulitzer finalist. His work has been profiled in The New York Times and appeared in The Sunday Times Magazine, Time, Newsweek, Vice, The Financial Times, Health, Architect, Yahoo News, and The Georgia Museum.

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  • Bridgette Coble is the Director of Career Services at Metropolitan State University of Denver and has worked in career services and human resources for over 15 years. Her strengths are in helping break down the job search process into meaningful and manageable tasks that support the uniqueness of the job seeker. Dr. Coble earned her Ph.D. from the University of Denver in 2012.

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  • Jeff Danelek is a Lakewood author and graphic artist who has written or co-written a dozen books since 2004, mostly on subjects dealing with the paranormal and early aviation. In addition to teaching classes on publishing, he also works as an airbrush instructor for the City of Denver and is a frequent lecturer at Colorado Free University.

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  • Mark Fetterhoff, advisor with the AARP in Denver, has worked on education and outreach to older adults for over 10 years. Mark currently works with a crew of dedicated volunteers to address thousands of inquiries each month about fraud, scams and financial exploitation as part of the AARP ElderWatch and AARP Fraud Watch Network. 

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  • Glori Gesell has taught Art and Art History at the college level for over 15 years.  She is a Master Teacher Award recipient and a licensed educator certified by the Colorado Department of Education for K-12 Art. Glori is a practicing artist whose work has been exhibited locally and in New York City.
  • Ahmad Ghais was born and raised in Egypt, then came to America in 1958 to study engineering, but remained to participate in the U.S. and International space programs. He was naturalized a US citizen in 1967, and retired in 1994 from a career centered on the technology and management of satellite telecommunications.
  • Jan Ground, PT, MBA has been leading professionals through change for more than twenty years. Most of her work has supported innovation initiatives in the healthcare industry, to enable people to get care anywhere and providers to provide care from anywhere. Jan has trained physicians and staff inside and outside of Kaiser Permanente in motivating colleagues to do things differently to solve specific problems.

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  • Owen Herman is a member of the Affiliate Faculty in the Computer Information Systems and Business Analytics department at MSU Denver. He teaches a variety of courses in that department (and all of them use Excel!).
  • Dr. Sandra Harris Howard received her Bachelor of Science in biology from Boston University; Master of Human Services in organizational management and leadership from Springfield College; and Ph.D. in Human Services for nonprofit management and leadership from Capella University. She is an executive coach, affiliate professor at MSU Denver, consultant and dedicated to community learning for students of all ages.
  • Sheila Healey is a graduate of MSU Denver, and taught remedial English and ESL at Front Range Community College from 1990-2014. She also taught a grammar class at MSU Denver in past LearnOn Workshops. Currently, she is an Independent English Instructor teaching primarily ESL students.

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  • Leigh Jardine has enjoyed baking sourdough bread for the past ten years. She has worked as a professional chef, and worked at the School of HEaT alongside MSU Denver’s chef instructors. Leigh is a firm believer in the power of home-baked sourdough bread to add to a person’s culinary joy. She offers her expertise in the spirit of learning, conviviality, and a desire to preserve the art of traditional fermented foods.

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  • Dr. Catlyn Keenan focuses her work on religion in the modern world: religion and gender, religion and pop culture, and religion and violence. She focused her dissertation work on American white supremacy.
  • Steve Krizman is a former newspaper journalist and public relations executive. He currently teaches journalism and public relations at MSU Denver. He has taught web literacy to his college students, following principles found on the Four Moves blog.

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  • Svetlana Lambrozo, MS is a Registered Yoga Teacher (500 level). Her yoga education of more than twenty years is based on the University level Yoga courses in the U.S., India, and Australia, and combines traditional yoga and science. She emphasizes yogic awareness, and sharing deeper aspects of yogic philosophy and psychology. Svetlana has been teaching academic yoga classes at MSU Denver for the last 13 years.

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  • Matthew S. Makley is a professor of history at MSU Denver where he teaches courses om the history of the U.S. and the American West. In July of 2018, the University of Massachusetts published his book: The Small Shall be Strong: A History of Lake Tahoe’s Washoe Indians.
  • Ann Martin combines a 23-year career in the healing arts with 40 years in the music business to manifest her passion for helping people through an innovative approach to singing bowls.
  • Gregor Mieder moved to the U.S. from Germany in 2000, earning his BA in English and a Master’s in Applied Linguistics at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For more than ten years, he has been working as a translator, writing tutor, ESL instructor, and program coordinator focusing on serving refugees, first- and second-generation immigrants, and international students. He currently oversees the Immigrant Services Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver.

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  • Elizabeth Parmelee is Director of Undergraduate Studies at MSU Denver, and holds a doctorate in International Studies from the Korbel School for International Studies at the University of Denver. She is one of the team members of the national Digital Polarization initiative, designed to promote digital literacy and reduce the polarization of our community.
  • Letitia Pleis, PhD, CPA, CMA, CFM, CGMA is a professor of accounting at MSU Denver. She teaches the Small Business Accounting & Consulting Masters of Professional Accountancy course which teaches accounting students how to provide accounting services to small businesses.

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  • Mark Reagan is a speaker and hypnotherapist. He works with clients to overcome performance anxiety to become confident test takers, speakers, athletes, and more.
  • Dr. Rebecca Rivera has spent over 20 years in law enforcement, first working for the Department of Justice and then for the 18th Judicial District Probation Department working as a Senior Domestic Violence probation officer. She has been an affiliate professor for MSU Denver since 2007. Dr. Rivera’s passion and purpose in life is to empower others through education and awareness.
  • Susie Ryder, LCSW, LAC works as the Director of Undergraduate and Graduate Field Education in the Department of Social Work at MSU Denver. She has dedicated her 28-year social work career to working with children, adolescents and families in a variety of settings. Besides her work at MSU Denver, she is also a professor at Smith College School for Social Work and has a private practice in Boulder, Colorado working with individuals and couples.

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  • Alfredo Sanchez currently serves as an Assistant Professor at MSU Denver. Previous to that, he served as a News Director at KDEN (Telemundo Denver), and he also served as an Assistant News Director for Telemeundo 39 in Dallas. He is an eleven-time Emmy Award winner with more than 23 years of journalism and broadcasting experience.
  • K Scherrer is an Associate Professor of Social Work at MSU Denver. Dr. Scherrer has published extensively on GLBTQ+ issues, including bisexual people’s coming out experiences, grandparents’ responses to learning about a GLBQ grandchild, parents’ experience with GLBQ children, and about gender identity and gender expression. Dr. Scherrer is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in the state of Colorado and brings her practice experiences with GLBTQ+ people and their families into classroom discussions.
  • Ariel Shakely holds a graduate degree in Spanish from the University of Colorado at Denver. She is a seasoned, energetic, compassionate teacher with experience teaching a variety of communication skills to adults. Her background in colloquial/regional Spanish, translation, and interpreting helps her to motivate language learners and enrich their experience.
  • Christine Sheikh is a sociologist of religion, race/ethnicity, and gender who earned her Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Arizona. Born in Los Angeles to a Pakistani Muslim immigrant and a white Catholic mother, Dr. Sheikh has both a personal and scholarly interest in the Muslim American community, which is the focus of her research.

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  • For many years Linda Volin taught English and was a teacher of English as a Second Language in the New York City Public Schools. In addition, she served as an adjunct English, ESL and reading teacher at City University of New York and at the State University of New York, Farmingdale. She received her MS and BS degrees from Hofstra University on Long Island in New York. Linda has written and published genealogy and writing books.

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  • Jennifer Watson is a registered dietitian nutritionist and culinary school graduate that loves to cook and eat! She is currently a chef instructor in the School of HEaT at MSU Denver teaching food prep and cooking classes. 
  • Katie Watson is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, currently living in Denver. She attended the Kansas City Art Institute (BFA) and Bard College and the International Center for Photography (MFA) to study new media and advanced photographic studies. Currently, Katie teaches several courses in ephemeral practices and digital art at MSU Denver and the University of Denver.
  • Dr. Mary Ann Watson was a Professor of Psychology at MSU Denver for 41+ years until her retirement in 2014, teaching Psychology of Human Sexuality for most of those years. She is currently a practicing clinical psychologist with a specialty in sex therapy. She is the editor of five editions of “My Sexuality Workbook” and the senior producer of five video series on subjects related to human sexuality. She studied sexuality post-doctorally at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
  • Kim Weiss has been knitting for 30+ years and was fortunate enough to own a yarn shop for 10 years. She has taught students of all ages and abilities how to knit. Kim is currently an instructor in beginning and intermediate knitting for Denver Parks and Recreation.
  • Dr. Deborah Wilcox is an Assistant Professor with MSU Denver - Department of Health Professions in the Program of Integrated Health Care. She is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Confluency Consultants and Associates, a consultancy that specializes in Deliberative Organizational Development, Holistic Health and Wellness Coaching, Workforce and Professional Development.
  • Emory Crebo Wilder is an instructor in Integrative Health Care at MSU Denver, Red Rocks Community College, Georgian Court University and Denver Integrative Massage School. Courses taught include Energy Medicine, Mind/Body Health, Health and the Environment, Stress Management, and Clinical Pathophysiology.

Discounts

Fifteen (15) percent off discounts are available for alumni, veterans, AARP members, and current MSU Denver Students, Faculty, and Staff. Discounts will be verified during registration. 

  • Current MSU Denver staff, faculty and students - Use code MSU15LEARN and use your current MSU email. 
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