Coming Up at the Renaissance Academy
Article by: Rick Ramos
The Renaissance Academy of FGCU offers lifelong learning classes to enrich life experiences at any age. The following sessions will be held at Herald Court Centre in downtown Punta Gorda.
Success Camp for Writers
1 – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, May 13, 20, 27; June 3
Fee: $30 per class
Instructor: James Abraham
Perhaps you’ve thought about it for years or the inspiration just hit you. Regardless, if you’ve resolved to finally put pen to paper, Success Camp for Writers is what you need. This course gives you the tools, encouragement, and support needed to finish your writing project. James Abraham, the editor and publisher of more than 300 books, leads a collegial, insightful series of classes designed to bring out the writer in you. The course’s modular design allows participants to pick from the most helpful modules or buy a five-class package for $135. Participants will get an added bonus (at no charge); a personal half hour weekly critiquing of their work in progress.
Intro to Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint
3 – 5 p.m.
Thursday, Word: May 14, 21; Power Point: May 28, June 4
Fee: $32 each
Instructor: James Nelson
MS Office is the standard used by individuals and business for creating your own professional-looking documents, standard forms, spreadsheets, and presentations customized for your life or work. Use MS Word to create letters, diaries, memoirs, business plans, fax covers, and reusable forms. Use Excel to make own customized spreadsheets yourself without costly software tools. Use Excel to monitor and analyze your important data such as a checkbook balance projector, a decision matrix, investments analyzer, sales comparison, and a scheduling manager, plus projecting future trends with chart graphing.
Was Dropping the A-Bomb Necessary?
10 a.m. – Noon
Thursday, May 14, 21
Instructor: Joseph Lanza
Was dropping the atomic bomb necessary and justified to end the war with Japan? We will simulate an investigation into the bombing utilizing film documentaries, current research and various written articles. Class members will critically examine and evaluate several options presented to President Truman and offer their conclusions.
Introduction to Windows 8.1
Noon – 2 p.m.
Thursday, May 21, 28; June 4, 11
Instructor: James Nelson
This course explores the all-new Windows 8.1, a fundamental change to earlier Windows versions and the only one available on new PCs. Beginners and experienced PC users can get comfortable navigating and managing the Tiles Start Screen, settings for Internet Wi-Fi, differences with Windows 7, and useful shortcuts, hints and tips presented in everyday language.
Open House: Adopt a Forever Friend
10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Saturday, May 23
You are invited to adopt a forever friend at Florida Gulf Coast University’s Renaissance Academy in downtown Punta Gorda. The Animal Welfare League of Charlotte County, will have shelter animals, looking for their forever homes on hand for adoption. The Port Charlotte based AWL is a non-profit humane organization committed to animal protection and welfare. Human refreshments will be provided.
Android Phone for Beginners
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, June 9, 16
Instructor: Jeff Payne
If you’re eager to learn the ins and outs of your exciting, new Android phone, this course covers the basics of Android phones without the cumbersome technical jargon. Learn everything from getting started to making the most of your phone’s potential. You’ll learn to text, send and receive email, access the Internet, connect to social networking sites, use the camera for stills and video, download apps, watch videos, play games, oh, and make a phone call.
Basic Polymer Clay Creations
Wednesday, June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 8
Instructor: Estellita Rainwater-August
Join us in a fun summer project. Learn to how make beautiful and unique bead designs. In this five week course you will learn which types of clay work best to make funky and colorful necklaces, pendants and bracelets to wear when you go out to dinner or to wear on the beach. If you have a pasta machine at home that you no longer use, you may bring it to class to reduce air bubbles in the clay. The basic supplies can be purchased for $25, payable to the instructor.
Unless otherwise noted, classes (above) are held in the FGCU facility at Herald Court Centre, 117 Herald Court in downtown Punta Gorda. Parking is free in the adjacent parking garage. To register, call 941-505-0130 or visit https://registerra.fgcu.edu.