Davis & Elkins College is offering a unique opportunity to get out and learn during the cold winter months. Community education courses spanning topics including guitar, jewelry making, senior dance and even backpacking will be offered starting Feb. 4.
"Davis & Elkins College wants to be a resource for the community," said Dr. Joseph Roidt, vice president for academic affairs at D&E. "We have the infrastructure and facilities, and the community has asked for these classes, so we are offering this pilot program. We are hopeful with the response to these classes, another session will be offered following this one."
Community education courses offered include "Beginning Guitar," led by Seth Maynard; "Clogging, Flatfooting and a Touch of Square Dance," led by Becky Hill; "Class Piano," led by Donna Baroudi-Huffman; "Passport to Brazil, Jamaica, Senegal and Cuba," led by Laurie Goux; "Getting to Know your Sewing Machine," headed by Katherine Prentice; "Senior Dance Class," led by Laurie Goux; "Chocolate Making," taught by Derek Helzer; "Backpacking," led by Tom Tesar; "Jewelry Making," taught by Pam Moll; "Computers and Social Networking for Older Adults," headed by Zachary Hanshaw; "Dance for your Health," instructed by Laurie Goux; and "Decorating all Things," taught by Tammy Dolly.
"Beginning Guitar" will offer students a course in the fundamental methods of guitar performance.
Basic guitar chords, music theory, small ensemble playing and melodic music reading on the instrument are all emphasized. Students are required to provide their own instrument.
Local musician Seth Maynard will instruct those taking the class.
"I have plenty of private students, but this session will offer help for younger kids and those who are just beginning," Maynard said. "It is a great way to reach more folks than can be reached with private lessons."
Maynard said a goal for those taking the class is to walk out with a hobby or a better appreciation of the instrument.
"I am proud of what (D&E President G.T.) 'Buck' Smith has been able to do in his tenure at the college," Maynard said. "D&E is a huge resource for our community and the community is a huge resource for them."
Elkins resident Pam Moll will teach the course in jewelry making. Moll has been involved with jewelry making for many years and she has led workshops across the state.
She shows her crafts at various fairs and festivals and some of her pieces have been sold at auction to benefit local charities.
"I hope to help people let themselves out of the box with my class," Moll said. "I want folks to look at the beads and be able to be creative and wipe the slate clean - to be able to express themselves and not feel the need to fit into any mold."
Moll said she uses a variety of beads including polymer, turquoise, gemstones and swarovski crystals.
"I want to show people they can make jewelry with stretchy cord, using different colors and wire," Moll said. "I use a variety of clasps, findings and mediums to make unique, one-of-a-kind pieces."
Moll said she likes to craft her own jewelry for many reasons.
"Sometime I just can't find the right color," Moll said. "And I am crafty so I enjoy making jewelry. Also, friends love getting jewelry for a birthday or Christmas. It shows how much you care by taking the time to make something especially with them in mind."
More information about classes, online registration and a registration form are available at www.dewv.edu. The community education classes are listed under the academics tab.
Information and registration is also available by calling 304-637-1210.