Valdosta State University - Continuing Education
 News You Can Use

VSU Continuing Education ... Bringing Learning to Life
In This Issue 
Celebrate Community

Gift Certificates
gift certificate
Plan your gift giving early! You can give the gift of learning throughout the year with a Continuing Education gift certificate. Surprise someone today!

Share Your Knowledge
Mike Meeks
Mike Meeks, Edward Jones Investments - Financial Planning
Do you have a special talent or
area of expertise that you could share with others?
Contact us by phone, 229-245-6484 or submit a Course Proposal Form.
Thanks to Judge James F. Council for his presentation at the Fall 2013 Court Reporters Workshop.

Molly Road
Molly Roan, Development Director for Valdosta-Lowndes Habitat for Humanity, receives a gift certificate for a free membership to Learning in Retirement from LIR program coordinator Suzanne Ewing. Molly won the certificate in a recent Continuing Education drawing and plans to give the membership to her mom.

LIR - AARP Defensive Driving Course 
October 31 & November 1; 1 - 4 pm 
Instructors:  Al & Mary Raines

Quick Links
Faces of CE -   
Linda Gail of GeorgiaCares (left)  during the recent two-part Medicare information session.  

Grant writers  
Dr. Daesang Kim & Dr. Eugene Asola were part of a recent Saturday CE Grant Writing workshop.

Bill Eger - Upcoming Book Review 
Thomas Jefferson:  The Art of Power on October 24th

Kerry Morris - Instructor
Grant Writing Seminar

November 2013

Welcome to the Continuing Education News You Can Use edition for November, 2013. 
Throughout the newsletter, click the underlined links for more information. Click here for a complete listing of the courses and programs we offer.
EdVantages - Professional Development and Personal Enrichment
A Word from Sue...

The Continuing Education building was a busy place last month. On Saturday, September 28, court reporters from around Georgia and North Florida were here for their semiannual workshop to earn continuing education credits for relicensure. At the same time, attendees in a grant writing workshop were exploring how to research, identify, and successfully connect with grant funders.
We're working to stay true to our mission which is to enhance the quality of life in the region by providing educational, artistic, cultural, technological, and economic development activities and programs. Hope to see you soon!



 ...personal enrichment

"You got to sing like you don't need the money
Love like you'll never get hurt
You got to dance like nobody's watchin'
It's gotta come from the heart."*

Dancing is fun and it is a good way to get energized. Whether you aspire to 'dance with the stars' or simply explore your own natural rhythms as you learn basic dance patterns, we've got some new opportunities coming soon!


A wide variety of rhythmic patterns form the basis of dance in Africa. Beginning October 22, veteran CE instructor Cheryl Powell will guide you as you move arms, shoulders, chest, hips and feet to the heartbeat of the drums for a revitalizing experience in African Dance


Or you may prefer stepping to the lively and flirtatious Cha Cha Cha. Beginning October 24, instructor Janice Blanchard will show you the basic steps of this Latin-American dance. 


For either of these classes, no dance experience is necessary - beginners and all levels of dancers are welcome! 

...additional community involvement
Continuing Education continues to partner with VSU's Employee and Organizational Development Department to make university employee training and development opportunities available to the greater community. Check out the following professional workshops we are offering this fall:

Retention Strategies for Managers

Organization & Time Management 


*Songwriters Clark, Susanna Wallis / Leigh, Richard 
An Active Lifestyle

Starting or maintaining a regular exercise routine can be a challenge as you get older, but an active lifestyle for seniors is more important than ever. Regular exercise can help boost energy, maintain your independence, and manage symptoms of illness or pain. Click here for more information from about healthy aging and staying active.


"For the most part, when older people lose their ability to do things on their own, it doesn't happen just because they've aged. It's usually because they're not active" according to a National Institutes of Health - Senior Health article. In the words of Benjamin Franklin, "We do not stop playing because we grow old, we grow old because we stop playing!"


LIR wants to help our seniors "keep playing." We

Pat Hester

are delighted this fall session to have on board instructor Pat Hester who brings her love of dance to our Zumba� Gold program. This fun workout class meets twice weekly and has approximately 45 participants!


In 2005, Pat moved with her husband to Valdosta from Florida seeking a different retirement lifestyle. Shortly thereafter, she took an opportunity to begin working with the excercise program at a senior center. Pat has certification in personal training and Zumba� Gold.


The unique plan of Zumba� Gold works to improve balance, flexibility and cardiovascular strength. It is designed to teach the basic dance steps to anyone, even those requiring chairs or wheel chairs. Click here to learn more about the physiological and psychological benefits of Zumba� Gold.


Look for Zumba� Gold to be in the LIR schedule for Winter 2013. You won't want to miss it!


Click here to access all the fall LIR courses. If you require further information, email Suzanne Ewing or call 229-245-6484.


Got Digital?


As the technology of digital photography has catapulted the photographic world into the 21st century, most of us have become accustomed on some level to the instantaneous photo experience of digital cameras.

Now, in 2013, according to a PRNewswire-USNewswire release, the iconic National Geographic Magazine is expanding the scope of its visual storytelling by experimenting with digital experiences to find new ways of documenting the world and of allowing readers to interact with content.

Whether you're new to photography or a long-time photographer looking to move comfortably into the new world of digital work, VSU Continuing Education has a slate of instructor-paced online courses that can help you discover the world of digital photography. Discover Digital Photography ($99) will help you explore a broad overview of the basics.  

If you are looking to take the photos you've always dreamed of, check out Mastering Your Digital SLR Camera ($99). Other related online courses will discuss photographing people and nature, and some of the Secrets of Better Photography ($99)


Instructor-paced courses begin on a Wednesday in each month.






Last Lesson



Registration and orientation for each class should be completed by the first day of class in order for you to receive your class lessons.


Class lessons come out on Wednesday and Friday of each week, you may access them at your convenience. You have ten days to complete each lesson after it has been introduced.


We offer many self paced certificate and career training courses including Administrative Professional with Microsoft Office Specialist 2010, Web Design Certificate, and Certified Personal Trainer. 


Self-paced courses begin on the date of your choosing and access to your course is available from 3 months to 18 months depending on the individual course. For a full listing of our open entry online career training programs, click here.  


Visit the Continuing Education website to see a complete listing of all our programs and courses.

Be sure to check each monthly issue of our newsletter for special announcements and other important information regarding our program. We welcome your comments by phone, 229-245-6484 or by email,



Your Continuing Education Staff:
Julie Halter, EdD
Online, Conference, Certificate Programs, Teacher Recertification
Sue Bailey 
Professional Development, Personal Enrichment, Contract Training


Suzanne Ewing
Learning in Retirement, Children's Programs

Annetta Taylor, Registration Specialist


Susan Bass, Administrative Assistant


Brooke Thomas, Marketing Assistant 


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