GOLD College to kick off on Sept. 10 at SMSU

The fall session of GOLD College, formerly called Senior College, at Southwest Minnesota State University will kick off at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 in Charter Hall 201 on campus.

The program will feature a “Take 2 Improv” presentation. The Take 2 Improv group is an SMSU student comedy group. No script is used. Instead the actors create the dialog and actions themselves as they perform their unique brand of interactive comedy.

Registration will be held from 2:15-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to meet their study group leaders during the kickoff event.

GOLD is an acronym for Growth, Opportunity, Learning, Development. GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics. Each class is held one day per week for two hours. There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all educational levels, and all ages.

Registration for fall session is due Sept. 10. Study groups are planned for six weeks, from Sept. 22 through Oct. 30.

Contact the GOLD College office for registration materials:; 507-537-7363.

GOLD classes this session include:


The Art of Woodcarving, 9-11 a.m., Don Fischer, instructor. This class will focus on the basic techniques of wood carving with a bench knife, types of wood suitable for projects and some of the various styles of woodcarving. A bench knife, cut-resistant glove and carving blanks will be available from the instructor at a reasonable cost. Supplies cost: approximately $30.

Enjoy Old Time Radio, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., C. Paul Martin, M.D. and Lloyd White, co-hosts. Many of us nostalgically remember listening to “the box with the glowing dial” which brought us excitement and unique experiences. The class will feature recordings of actual programs and discussions to follow.

Water Color Painting, 2-4 p.m., Ginger Hallbeck, instructor. These classes will consist of watercolor techniques interspersed with painting projects, suitable for a beginner though intermediate watercolor students.


Current Events, 9-11 a.m., Dr. John Gochenouer, instructor. The course will be interactive with all attendees given the opportunity to share their views and opinions. Each session will begin with a factual layout of the event and issues followed by a robust, exploration of all sides of the issues.

Speak Your Mind, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Sharon Hope, instructor. An introduction to public speaking, this course addresses speaking anxiety, organization and delivery to help you become a confident and successful speaker in both social and community contexts.

iPad/iPhone, 11:30-1:30 p.m., Chuck Myrbach, instructor. Learn more about your iPad and iPhone hardware operation and basic techniques. Discover a variety of informative new apps, tips, and shortcuts.

Genealogy, 2-4 p.m., Doug Bengston, instructor. In this modified repeat course, you’ll learn who you are and how you got where you are today. Learn how to write your family history, search ancestors and some tricks to traveling overseas in search of family history.


World Religions, 9-11 a.m., Don Swanjord, instructor. World Religions provides a clear and concise introduction to the major world religions. You’ll learn about the people, places, practices and philosophies shaping today’s events.

Short Story Creations: Find Your Hemingway, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Sue Morton, instructor. This class will give both beginners and experienced writers the opportunity to complete one short story. Participants will read and discuss short stories, develop story ideas and learn the basics of plot and character development. Each class will include personal writing time and group writing drills. The objective is to get your creative juices flowing through the joy of self-expression in words. Bring writing paper, a pen and your imagination.

Current Events, 2-4 p.m., Dr. John Gochenouer, instructor. The course will be interactive with all attendees given the opportunity to share their views and opinions. Each session will begin with a factual layout of the event and issues followed by a robust, exploration of all sides of the issues.


The Twenties and Thirties, 9-11 a.m., Dr. Lloyd C. Petersen, instructor. The war to end all wars had finished. After World War I, everyone knew there would never be another war. How did the United States change as a result of the war? In this class we will look at the changes from prohibition agents to sports heroes, and from the wealth of the 1920s to the depression of the ’30s.

Cooking and Nutrition, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Tasha Muller, instructor. Discuss and prepare nutritionally balanced meals for a healthy lifestyle. Supply costs: approx. $15.

Investments Made Easy, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Janet Vanderdiessche, instructor. Learn practical tips for gauging your risk tolerance, handling market volatility, developing an investment process and understanding basic investment terms and concepts.

Laughter Yoga, 2-4 p.m., Jennifer Thul, instructor. Laughter Yoga can improve physical health and release negative thoughts and emotions. This class will take a look at the history of therapeutic laughter and the health benefits of laughing. Laughter Yoga is a unique exercise routine that involves unconditional laughter with deep breathing (the yoga part of the class).

Internet is Here to Stay, 3-5 p.m., Darrin Brownlee, Versatile Computers. This course will cover the basics of what the internet is, searching the internet (recipes, pictures, travel maps, etc.) along with data privacy and some best practices on security guards to protect yourself. Other topics that we will touch upon are using Gmail to send messages and store contact names, social media such as Facebook, Blogs and Pinterest. Also see the cutting edge technology devices such as Google Glass.