Misericordia University in Dallas offers non-credit fun and fitness classes

DALLAS TWP. – Misericordia University is now taking registrations for a variety of non-credit courses being offered to the community this fall.

Adult Basic Clay by hand and pottery wheel classes for artists ages 14 and older will be held at the Misericordia University Art Studios, rear 50 Lake St., beginning Oct. 16. Instructor is Cathleen Repholz, the owner of Bean’s Pottery. Each six-class session will offer hand building and pottery wheel skills in clay, as well as decorative and glazing techniques. Projects will be fired in the kiln. The cost per session is $130 and includes a bag of clay. Online registration is available at www.misericordia.edu/adultclay.

Qigong, an ancient Chinese approach to complete health, will be offered in a session of nine classes on Thursdays beginning Sept. 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the aerobics room of the Anderson Sports and Health Center. Instructor is Mark R. Reinhart, NMT, MMQ, a practitioner of the arts for 50 years. The classes are open to anyone of any age or fitness level and will focus on providing an understanding of the Chinese movement arts. Cost per session is $100 per person.

Three computer classes are being offered and will be taught by Rich Fufaro in Room 349 Mercy Hall. “Computers 110: Getting Started and Moving Forward,” will offer the fundamentals of today’s computer technology and the basics of Microsoft Office. The series of four classes begins Wednesday, Oct. 4 from 6 to8 p.m. The cost is $95. “Advanced Computer Technology” will further explore Microsoft Office and teach students how to maintain their computer’s performance and privacy though diagnostics and anti-spyware tools. It will be held Wednesdays beginning Nov. 1 from 6 to 8 p.m. The cost is $120 per five-week session.

A one-day workshop “Advance MS Office Techniques: Learn more about MS Word, Excel and PowerPoint,” will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday, Oct. 21. The class will offer increased knowledge of MS Office and develop skills beyond the basics. The cost is $40.

“Writing Workshop,” an afternoon session on Saturday, Sept. 30 from 1 to 3:30 p.m. by Carolyn Oravitz, will offer tips on improving writing skills and preparing works for publication. The cost is $15 and includes a copy of Oravitz’s book, “Write for Publication.”

The third one-day offering is “Laughter Infused Yoga,” being offered on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 6 to 7:30 p.m., or Saturday, Oct. 28, noon to 1:30 p.m. by Doreen Rakowski. Laughter Yoga involves breathing, clapping and childlike playfulness intended to provide relaxation, uplift the spirit, reduce pain and boost the immune system. The cost is $15.

“Fitness 101: Getting Started” is a four-class course by instructor Mark DiPippa providing tips on fitness center etiquette and practical ideas on how to start a fitness plan. Participants will receive a pass to use the Misericordia Fitness Center for free for the month of November. The cost is $50. Classes run Mondays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. beginning Oct. 9. Misericordia Fitness Center memberships and indoor walking track passes are available by contacting the Center for Adult and Continuing Education.

The university will also offer a series of aerobics classes in the Anderson Sports and Health Center from Aug. 28 through Dec. 15. The classes will offer variety of cardio, strength, aerobics and core conditioning work. The supersaver cost is $103 or participants may pay a monthly rate of $35 per month.

Water aerobics classes are also offered in a session that runs Aug. 28 through Dec. 15, weekdays from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. The supersaver cost is $120 per person or participants may pay a monthly rate of $40 monthly. When registering for Supersaver Aerobics or Supersaver Water Aerobics, use of the walking track in the Anderson Center is included in the cost.

Misericordia University’s Outdoor Challenge Course is available to the community for birthday parties, corporate outings and team-building events. It features a low ropes course with 12 elements and a high course of four elements, including a zip line and rock-climbing wall. Contact Patrick McKamy in the Outdoor Classroom Office at 570-674-6411 for information.

Additional information on Fun and Fitness programs is available online at www.misericordia.edu/funandfitness or by calling the Center for Adult and Continuing Education at 570-674-6289.