Friday University Fall 2010

Friday University Logo - circleFriday University provides noncredit adult enrichment courses on PUC’s campus on Fridays taught by PUC faculty. The program’s goal is to provide stimulating noncredit opportunities for adult learners of all ages.  Classes are designed to satisfy a hunger for intellectual nourishment without the pressure of tests and grades.

Our Fall programs were offered on two Fridays: September 24 and
October 1.  Each Friday began with a reception followed by a 10 a.m. class, lunch and a 1 p.m. class for one small registration fee of $35.  Thirteen classes were offered this fall with topics ranging from Introduction to Robotics to How to Start Your Own Business.  Take a look at our photo gallery!

Friday, September 24  Course Selections

Math is Brain Food , Catherine M. Murphy
In the spirit of Agatha Christie’s Belgian detective, Hercule Poirot, we’ll feed our “little gray cells” by playing a visual mathematics pattern game and analyzing the process used during this play.  Participants will take-away the ability to create future “math meals” at their leisure on any scrap of paper at hand (paper napkins and backs of envelopes work well).  Course prerequisite: Curiosity

Jewish Pirates of the Atlantic World, Saul Lerner
An examination of various historical studies detailing 15th century events that led to the emergence of Jewish pirates of the Atlantic, including the expulsion of Jews from Spain during the Spanish Inquisition and the corresponding emigration of Jews to the newly discovered Western World.  Topics for discussion include the participation of Jews in the transformation of the western hemisphere throughout the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, the impact of their activities on western hemispheric colonial powers, and a consideration of recent historical accounts of their maritime activities.

The Bible as Literature: The Evolution of the Christian Heaven and Hell, Carolyn Jones
An examination of common misconceptions related to the foundations of the afterlife within the Christian tradition, tracing the development of Christian views of eternity based on the Bible and other writings.  Participants will review much of the available information about the subject, which is mostly apocalyptic in nature.  Primary texts to be analyzed include the Bible’s New Testament, most dramatically the Book of Revelations, as well as a body of non-canonized writings found outside the Bible itself, which provides some of the most compelling visions of Heaven and Hell.

*The lecture will include the use of related audio-visuals, including brief film clips.

“America and the World: 2010”, Richard Rupp
An examination of the United States’ current foreign policy and its role in global affairs.  Specifically, participants will analyze both the continuity and the change that characterize the Obama Administration’s foreign policy agenda.  A range of issues will be considered, including U.S. relations with China, Russia, and Europe; conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq; terrorism; and the global economic crisis.

Small Business Approach to Database Systems – What you need to know to protect your data, Barbara Nicolai 
An overview of basic computer applications, information systems, and technology designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of business processes.  Participants will learn to identify database terminology; identify and explain general types of databases; translate business requirements into database functions; and to solve common problems of small businesses.

Introduction to Robotics, Omer Farook
A hands-on introduction to robotics, focusing on the basics of programming and operation of a typical robot; ideal for those interested in getting started with microcontrollers and electronics.  Participants will work with Boe-Bot® Robots (by Parallax), and will have an opportunity to program a robot to perform some simple tasks.

Friday, October 1   Course Selections

The Supreme Court: Past and Present, Frank J. Colucci
An overview of the structure and function of the U.S. Supreme Court, featuring an examination of recently decided cases and a preview of cases to be heard during the Court’s upcoming term.

How to Start Your Own Business, Jamaluddin Husain
An instructive overview of the process of founding a successful business. Participants will learn to identify business opportunities and to convert their ideas into realistic, money-making ventures. 
*Participants who attempt to start a business will be eligible to receive free follow-up assistance from the instructor, as well as free consulting advice from future PUC students.

Cyber Conflict and Other Hazards of Modern Technology, Samuel Liles
Analysis of the spectrum of technologically-mediated forms of harm and injury that can occur within a society, known as cyber conflict. Course discussion will focus on the pervasive, ubiquitous, and interconnected nature of technology, which has facilitated the emergence of this new form of conflict.  Participants also will examine the past, present, and future of cyber conflict, including cyber crime, cyber terrorism, and cyber warfare.

Cardiovascular System: Heart/Blood Vessels/Disease States, Barbara Mania-Farnell
An overview of the cardiovascular system will provide participants a general understanding of the anatomy and physiology of the human heart and related blood vessels, as well as basic knowledge of the causes and symptoms of common cardiovascular diseases.  Participants will examine a sheep heart, comparable in size and structure to a human heart, and will identify heart chambers and valves, coronary arteries, veins, and various other arteries.  Cardiovascular diseases to be discussed include coronary atherosclerosis, high blood pressure, heart murmurs, and myocardial infarction (heart attack).

Re-Envisioning The Calumet Region:  Historical Maps, Cultural Identity, and the Built Environment in the Twenty-First Century, Joseph Bigott 
A review of the role of architecture, neighborhood, and community development played in creating the reputation of the Calumet region. The course will consider why critics have dismissed the Calumet as an industrial wasteland and how a new history of the region can-envision the Calumet developing a better understanding of the relationship to dynamic elements within the larger metropolitan region of Chicago.

Introduction to 3D Graphics and Animation, David McLees
A hands-on introduction to spatial graphics and digital animation, relevant for those interested in learning about animation strategies used in Video Games, TV Commercials, and 3-D Movies.  Emphasis will be placed on developing an understanding of the underlying process of 3-D animation, including the implementation of 3-D geometric primitives, spline, and polygon mesh tool-modeling; procedural and raster image mapping; and lighting, rendering, and keyframe animation.

101 Ways to Incorporate Computers in Your Daily Routines, Omer Farook
A hands-on introduction to programming personal computers to improve efficiency; ideal for those interested in getting started with computers and learning basic software applications.  Participants will work with various software tools and will be introduced to a host of free, open-source applications.

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