The Office of Community Education and Outreach at Southern Arkansas University provides a variety of affordable non-credit courses that educate, entertain, and enrich the diverse interests and needs of the community. Classes are offered in the fall, spring, and throughout the summer each year. Summer classes have a well-established program of educational, creative, and athletic courses specifically designed for young people. Class sections are available by age and skill level, so students will always feel comfortable and confident.

You can register by contacting Caroline Waller at 870-235-4006, carolinewaller@saumag.edu, or visiting our website at web.saumag.edu/ce.

Children’s Programs Include:

  • Infant Swim
    This beginner level swim program puts parents in the pool with their baby as early as two months old. Our teachers work with parents to help develop the natural instincts that a child has for the water, as well as the primary skills of breath control and buoyancy. These classes are just as much fun for the parents as the babies! Class size is limited to 10 students per session. Must bring a swim diaper and wear a swimsuit.
    Instructors: Kathleen Dingman
    Fee: $60
  • Youth Swimming
    All classes are certified through the American Red Cross. This is a comprehensive course that places a child according to the child’s ability and strives to advance the child as far as possible. Basic water safety will be taught. Class sizes are limited to 10.
    Instructor: Pam Mayo, Cassidy Smith, and Stacy Heard
    Fee: $65
  • Yoga Camp for Kids
    Practice yoga while having fun and challenging yourself. Focus will be on the classic poses, building on the basics, and an emphasis on alignment of the standing, sitting, and twisting poses.
    Instructor: Krystle Crumpler
    Fee: $30
  • Children’s Art Workshop
    Children will be involved in a hands-on 1-1/2 hour art experience involving painting, drawing, and 3-D art using various media. All materials are supplied. The workshop will end with an “Artists’ Reception.” Class size is limited to 12 students in each age group.
    Ages: 4-13
    Instructors: Laurie Hicks and Patricia Leslie
    Fee: $60
  • Cookie Decorating with Kids
    Join our instructor Amanda Blanchard and learn how to decorate fun sugar cookies. This is a basic class where your kid will learn the process of icing and turn sugar cookies into edible works of art. Fee includes 1 dozen cookies. Class size is limited to 12.
    Ages: 8 and Up
    Instructor: Amanda Blanchard – Cookie Doughmain
    Fee: $50

 

Adult Programs Include:

  • Digital Photography Basics
    Understanding your camera beyond “AUTO”, taking control of shutter speeds, ISO, exposures, lighting, lenses, and depth of field. Class will also include basic photo-editing and instruction in Photoshop. You will need a digital camera (DSLR or fixed lenses), tri-pod, and a jump drive. Class size is limited to 15 students.
    Instructor: Steven Ochs
    Fee: $150
  • Scuba Diving for Beginners
    Obtain the knowledge and skills required to become a P.A.D.I. certified instructor. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the largest and most recognized training program in the world. The course consists of classroom, pool sessions, and open water checkouts (Lake DeGray). Minimum age is 10. Class is limited to 6.
    Instructor: Clay Raborn
    Fee: $300 (includes equipment)
  • Get Fit with Aquacize!
    Enjoy the benefits of a low-impact workout while socializing with friends. Using water resistance, you will enhance your flexibility, muscle balance, and cardiovascular fitness to develop a healthier you. Ideal for all fitness levels.
    Instructor: Elizabeth Ray
    Fee: $60
  • Real Estate Workshop for Sales Agents
    These workshops have been approved by the State Real Estate Commission for seven hours of continuing education credit. Danny Been, Principal Broker with Danali Real Estate and Arkansas Real Estate School will host two workshops. This workshop is for sales agents and will touch on the following topics: 2018 forms and contracts for salespersons, best ethic practices, and safety procedures.
    Instructor: Danny Been, Principal Broker – Danali Real Estate
    Fee: $70
  • Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
    This class will focus on the principles of beekeeping. Those principles include: the history of beekeeping, honeybee biology, plant and pollinator relationships, and essential equipment and requirements. By the end of the first course, individuals will be able to start a hive and help experienced beekeepers with their colonies. Class will be taught by an experienced instructor with the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program.
    Instructor: Midwest Master Beekeeper Instructor
    Fee: $75 (includes book / study guide)
  • Cookies with Amanda – Summer Theme
    Amanda Blanchard, owner of Cookie Doughmain, will explain basic cookie decorating tools, bags, and give her expert tips. She will demonstrate how to properly outline, flood, and decorate cookies and you will put those tips to practice on summer themed cookies in this hands-on class! Fee includes 1 dozen cookies. Class size is limited to 12.
    Instructor: Amanda Blanchard – Cookie Doughmain
    Fee: $50
  • Real Estate Workshop for Brokers
    These workshops have been approved by the State Real Estate Commission for seven hours of continuing education credit. Danny Been, Principal Broker with Danali Real Estate and Arkansas Real Estate School will host this workshop for Brokers only and will include the following topics: 2018 forms and contracts for brokers, best ethic practices, and safety procedures.
    Instructor: Danny Been, Principal Broker – Danali Real Estate
    Fee: $70
  • Tai Chi: Medicine in Motion
    This Tai Chi is based on Sun style Tai Chi. This style was chosen because of its healing component, its unique Qigong. Qigong is an exercise that improves relaxation and vital energy. Tai Chi has the ability to improve mobility and balance. The program contains a carefully constructed set of warming-up and cooling-down exercises, Qigong breathing exercises, a Basic Core six movements, an Advanced Extension six movements, and adaptations of the movements for older adults. This is an AoA approved Tier III evidence based health promotion program.
    Instructor: Nancy Bailey
    Fee: FREE for adults 60 and older
  • Arkansas Boater Education
    This course is required for all people born on or after January 1, 1986, to legally operate a motorboat / personal watercraft on Arkansas waters. No minimum age, but rated for 5th – 6th grade reading and comprehension level.
    Instructor: Laura Rogers, Regional Educator, AGFC
    Fee: FREE!
  • Apprentice Beekeeper Course
    This class will focus on hive health and management. Those principles include: how to check the health of your hive, monitoring for pests and diseases, honeybee biology, swarm management, queen replacement, and other IPM recommendations. Class will be taught by an experienced instructor with the Midwest Master Beekeeper Program.
    Instructor: Midwest Master Beekeeper Instructor
    Fee: $75 (includes book / study guide)

For more information or to register cal Caroline Waller at 870-235-4006, carolinewaller@saumag.edu, or visiting our website at web.saumag.edu/ce.