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SPRING 2015 Extension courses & programs








online certificate programs



Courses for those aged 50 and over. See the website for details and current classes.


Creative Arts

Storytelling as a Spirit Performance

Stories exist everywhere – as do pebbles, as do stars. Hope and justice are the reasons for stories. Storytellers speak of love, of glory, and we listen faithfully through our tears. Imagination carries our stories from fire to fire, from nation to nation.

This dynamic storytelling seminar is intended for teachers, parents and grandparents, public speakers and performance artists.

Learn to deliver the brief, effective story to highlight a public speech. Watch the face of your child or grandchild as you tell stories from your own childhood. Use the powerful tool of storytelling in the classroom to illustrate study units, modify classroom conduct and to help students see and achieve personal goals.

All aspects of storytelling, public speaking and oral theater performance will be practiced and the paths to mastery will be respectfully indicated.

Learn to honor the discipline of storytelling. Experience your own powerful imagination. Give the gift of performance. Be a storyteller.


instr .......... Jesse Austin

Jesse Austin has published children’s stories, written a weekly script for a radio show, has written and performed numerous solo performances and presented hundreds of workshops on writing and creativity all over the West for more than 20 years. He has also performed, published and made writing workshop presentations in New Zealand.

Redwood Summer Arts Institute

Session 1 - July 10, 11, 12
Session 2 - July 17, 18, 19

This summer, join us for intensive artists’ workshops taught by accomplished artists and educators on the campus of Humboldt State University. Work one-on-one with industry professionals and with groups of like-minded individuals in state-of-the-art computer labs, spacious painting studios, and well-equipped sculpture fabrication facilities, jewelry and ceramics labs. Courses include Photography, Alternative Painting Processes in Acrylic, Intro to Low-Fired Ceramic Surfaces, Body Casting, Recycled Art for Children and more. See the website for more details.

Brass Chamber Music Workshop

WEEK 1: July 19-25
WEEK 2: July 26-August 1


Participate in one or both weeks. Apply early. Space is limited.

Visit the website

The Studio School

A distinctive visual arts program for youth!

SPRING CLASSES: Jan. 17-March 14, 2015


Humboldt Music Academy

MUSIC CLASSES FOR AGES 2-18: March 14-May 17, 2015

Sequoia Chamber Music Workshops

Session 1: June 14-20      •       Session 2: June 21-27

Sequoia is a unique opportunity for young musicians
to study and perform in chamber groups,
improve their abilities, and make friends for life.

For program details, visit the website or contact director Daniela Mineva:
(707) 826-5443 •

AFro-Cuban Music and Dance

July 18-25, 2015

A week of intensive dance, music, and song workshops
featuring Afro-Cuban masters from Havana, Matanzas
and Oriente provinces. All levels welcome.

See the website for details


   Language & Culture

Japanese Language 101

This course invites students to learn introductory Japanese language and culture with an emphasis on listening comprehension and speaking skills.  It covers selected topics of everyday life and introduces Japanese culture.

Relevant materials will be handed out in the class.  Knowledge of the Japanese writing system is not required; however 30 minutes of each class will be assigned to explore writing and reading Japanese for fun.

date .......... Wed., Feb. 18-March 11

time .......... 6:15-8:45 p.m.

fee .......... $85

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall 204

instr .......... Mie Matsumoto

course .......... EENC x047, 27691: REGISTER ONLINE

Mie Matsumoto is a native Japanese speaker and has over 15 years experience teaching college level Japanese. She has taught classes for HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education and College of the Redwoods. She has taught all levels and different age groups on a private basis. She is also experienced in commercial translation services in diverse industries.


Beginning Sanskrit

Namaskara! Learn the fundamentals of the Sanskrit language. Immerse yourself in a beautiful and elegant language. Used in religious and legal texts by Hindus, Buddhists and Jains, this classical language of India is the mother language of many modern Indian languages. Learn the Devanagari script, read and write basic sentences in Sanskrit, and recite verses from various Hindu, Buddhist, and secular texts. Whether your interest is religious studies, Yoga, foreign languages, or Indian culture, you are sure to enjoy this fun and immersive journey into a beautiful, elegant language.

date .......... Wed., Jan. 28-April 15

time .......... 5-7 p.m.

place .......... Founders Hall 163

fee .......... $100

instr .......... Jackson Stephenson

course .......... EENC x047, 27692

Jackson Stephenson earned a BA in religious studies from HSU. He studied Sanskrit at the Rangjung Yeshe Institute in Kathmandu, Nepal in 2012-2013 and spent the fall of 2010 at the Vivekenanda Institute of Indian Studies in Mysore, India. Since spring 2014, he’s been the leader of the Sanskrit Study Group at HSU.


Latino Film Festival Seminar

In collaboration with the College of the Redwoods, HSU is proud to present the International Latino Film Festival. Join us to view and discuss three extraordinary films about African Heritage in Latin America.

This year’s guest lecturer, Armando Chávez-Rivera from University of Houston Victoria, will introduce each film and participate in a panel discussion in English after each viewing. All films will have English subtitles.

Academic credit is contingent upon registration and completion of a short opinion paper. Students enrolled in the seminar will be given free admittance.

Non-credit attendance is also open to the general public. Pay at the door, $5 per film.

Call the College of eLearning & Extended Education at 826-3731 to register for credit.

date .......... Tues./Wed./Thurs., March 3, 4 & 5

time .......... 6-10:20 p.m.

place .......... Minor Theater, 1001 H St., Arcata

fee .......... $232 (includes credit [CR/NC] and admission to films)

instr .......... Matthew "Mateo" Dean

course .......... Latino Film Seminar (choose one option):
                      SPAN 396, 1 unit
                      ES 396, 1 unit
                      HIST 396, 1 unit

Matthew “Mateo” Dean, associate professor, teaches language and culture courses at HSU.


Campus & community members are invited to the

International Cultural Festival - Saturday, February 23, 2013

Begins at 1 p.m., HSU University Center
HSU University Center

Enjoy art, dancing, music, displays and friendship in this annual festival of culture from around the world.

Are you interested in representing a country/culture?

Visit the International Cultural Festival website

or call the College of eLearning & Extended Education: (707) 826-3731

Summer 2015 Study Abroad

See the list of study abroad programs to be offered in summer 2015.

Rosetta Stone®
Interactive Online Language Learning

Have you always wanted to learn another language? Or would you like to practice and increase your skills in a language you have already learned? German, French, Italian, Spanish, Dutch and English as a Second Language (ESL) are all available to learn online through Rosetta Stone®.

See more details about Rosetta Stone.

   Professional Development

Digital Communications & Imaging
Introductory & Certificate Courses

Microsoft Excel Basics

Worksheet design, formulas and functions, charts, saving and printing worksheets and workbooks, these are the basic features of Microsoft Excel.

Create, name, and save workbooks. Design worksheets that utilize relative and absolute formulas and functions such as Sum, Average, Max, Min and Count. Also compare how chart types communicate different interpretations of data, and use shapes and WordArt to enhance charts.

Come learn the basics or expand your knowledge with new tips and techniques.

date .......... Mon., March 9-30

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... $75

place .......... Humboldt County Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resource Center, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr .......... Joan Dvorak

Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Intermediate Microsoft Excel

Go beyond the basics and explore powerful tools available to an intermediate user of Microsoft Excel.

Evaluate worksheet design and practice Excel analysis tools such as AutoFilter, PivotTables, and advanced formulas and functions. Participants will analyze data lists utilizing sorting, filtering, subtotals.

As time permits, formulas and functions such as If, CountIf, SumIf and Vlookup and what-if analysis and data validation will be presented.

date .......... Mon, April 13-May 4

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

fee .......... $75

place .......... Humboldt County Office of Education, Louis Bucher Resource Center, 901 Myrtle Ave., Eureka

instr .......... Joan Dvorak

Joan Dvorak has taught adult professional development classes in Excel for more than 10 years. At Fortuna High School, Joan helped teachers and students utilize Microsoft Office programs for more than 15 years.

Managing People: Increasing Motivation & Performance

Introduction to the Healing Arts of Emei Qigong

Emei Qigong was developed in China in 1227 A.D. by an enlightened monk. This system was devoted to maintaining excellent health and treating diseases, while striving to attain the goal of enlightenment. Until recently, Emei Qigong was only practiced by monks.

Emei Qigong combines conscious exercising methods allowing one to reach an optimal physical, mental and emotional state.
Through movement, meditation and lecture, you will learn the basic concepts of Qigong and Yin-Yang. Experience Qi in your body and enhance the power of your energy fields. Begin to understand the causes of illness and learn how to prevent illnesses that energy healers often pick up from working on their clients. Learn how to harmonize your heart and other organs with internal massage from healing sounds. Learn six rules for effective healing and discover how to be balanced, content and happy.

The Xiang-Tan City Bureau of Senior Cadres and Health Dept. surveyed the health care spending from 1992-95 of 500 government officials, mostly retirees between 50 and 70 years old, who practiced Qigong on a regular basis. Instead of the increased spending typically seen in this age group, their annual medical costs were decreased by 83% on average, and 232 (46%) reported no medical costs at all (study mentioned in the book, Chinese Medical Qigong).

Registration by Jan. 31 strongly recommended.

date .......... Tues., Feb. 17-March 24

time .......... 7-8:30 p.m.

fee .......... $55

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall 225

instr .......... John Yamas

John Yamas has a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Oregon State University and a M.Ed. in guidance and counseling psychology from University of Hawaii. He has a certificate in Oriental medicine from the American College of Traditional Chinese Medicine. John became a California licensed acupuncturist in 1986 and earned his doctorate from SAMRA College of Oriental Medicine in 1988. He started his Arcata practice in 1988. He has studied Qigong since 1995. John completed the teacher training for the healing arts of Emei Qigong in Emei, China in 2006.


Course in Consciousness

Learn the art of meditation and become more conscious of your consciousness and gain greater clarity, happiness, and peace in your life. We will cover classic yogic paths to enlightenment such as the eight limbs of yoga, Vendanta, Jhana Yoga, Shaktipat, and Kundalini Yoga. Learn beginner techniques such as mantras, as well as advance meditation practices.
All levels welcome. Yoga mat or blanket and pillow recommended.

date .......... Tues.,Jan. 27-March 3

time .......... 6-8 p.m.

place .......... Harry Griffith Hall 117

fee .......... $69

instr .......... David Sandercott

David Sandercott has been meditating and studying the Science of Self for over 15 years. David has been blessed to study with many teachers in the field of Human Development, Martial Arts and Yoga. He has been studying for the last eight years with Steven S. Sadleir, a Master in two ancient lineages from India. Steven bestowed David with the honor of Teacher in 2012 after six years of study.

Continuing Education for LCSW, LPCC, MFT & Nurses

These courses are open to the community. They also offer the option of CEUs for MFT, LCSW, LPCC and nursing.

  • Conscious Elder Retreat: Sat., April 18

  • CAPACITAR Practices for Stress in Illness
    Trauma Healing & Transformation:
    Awakening a New Heart with Body Mind Spirit

Announcing the annual

Social Justice Summit

Fri.-Sat., March 6 & 7, 2015

Humboldt State University University Center

Fri., 5-9 p.m. & Sat., 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

The HSU MultiCultural Center (MCC) will present the annual Social Justice Summit which will include a keynote presentation, workshops, film screenings, and discussions.Topics will include art and activism, immigration reform, supporting undocumented and AB540 students, social justice movements: past present and future, and more.

Students (HSU, CR, high school): Free
Faculty/Staff/Community Member: $25
Non-Profits: $20 per person

Conference fee includes continental breakfast and conference materials.

One unit of optional credit is available for an additional fee of $232:

Ethnic Studies, ES 480 (21260) OR
Women’s Studies, WS 480 (21082)

For content information, contact
Marylyn Paik-Nicely, HSU MultiCultural Center: (707) 826-3367

To register:
Call the HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education: (707) 826-3731




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Practical Beekeeping: Beginning & Advanced

Paddle with a Purpose


Join Mad River Alliance instructors Dan Mar, Dave Feral, Andrew Pierce, and special guests for an overview of the history and ecology of the Mad River watershed. This dynamic three-part series is designed for elementary school teachers, watershed educators, and river group volunteers.

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CCAT Sustainable Living Courses

The Campus Center for Appropriate Technology (CCAT) is pleased to offer these courses in sustainable living through the College of eLearning & Extended Education.



Master of Arts in Applied Anthropology

A rigorous yet flexible degree program focused on building rewarding, relevant, competitive, marketable skills. Graduates will be in a position to confidently apply anthropological perspectives, theories and methods to a variety of careers in today’s academic, non-academic and increasingly global job market.

The program begins with a five-week (5-unit) Summer Institute held on the HSU campus, where students build camaraderie and receive rigorous hands-on methods training. They’ll work with resources including the archaeology and biological anthropology laboratories, cultural, artifact and skeletal collections, and a simulated archaeological site.

After the Summer Institute, students undertake 30 units of online coursework (three 10-unit semesters) or part-time (six 4- to 6-unit semesters). Students will gain additional practical experience through an applied internship, and are guided through the thesis project.

Core Courses

  • Anth 670: Intro to Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 671: Methods in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 678: Proseminar
  • Anth 672: Theory in Applied Anthropology
  • Anth 673: Anthropology in Practice
  • Anth 674: Project Design & Management
  • Anth 675: Applied Anth Field Placement
  • Anth 690: Thesis

Program tuition is priced at $375 per unit.

LEARN MORE AT THE MA in Applied Anthropology WEBSITE

Social Work: Online MSW Program

Get more information about the online Masters Degree in Social Work offered through the College of eLearning & Extended Education.

Leadership Studies
Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program

The College of eLearning and Extended Education at Humboldt State University is pleased to offer this online degree completion program leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with an option in Leadership Studies.

See the Leadership Studies Online Bachelor's Degree Completion Program website for details!




This 12-unit online interdisciplinary certificate program provides an introduction to the field of institutional research. It is for those pursuing or starting a career in institutional research and also for students and entry-level career professionals interested in exploring the discipline of institutional research.

Three 4-unit online courses are included in the Certificate:

  • PSYC 550: Introduction to Institutional Research
    Overview of the field of institutional research, planning and assessment and data analysis
  • PSYC 551: Applied Research in Higher Education
    Quantitative and qualitative research methods to analyze institutional databases and assess university outcomes
  • PSYC 552: Diversity Research in Institutional Research
    Primary research in a university/institutional setting with required Institutional Review Board procedures, quantitative and qualitative research methods, statistical tools

The Certificate Program also includes three units of internship in an Institutional Research Office.

Visit the website for further details

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Exercise Nutrition

Online Certificate Program (12 units)

Do you wish to pursue teaching in community colleges and universities, or enhance your teaching career?

Teaching in Higher Education

An Online Certificate Program through HSU College of eLearning & Extended Education

This three-semester, 12-unit ONLINE certificate program
introduces prospective and current faculty to the teaching,
learning and technology issues in the college classroom. Starts fall 2015.


Legal Secretary Online Certificate Course

This intensive 7-week online program is designed for both beginning and experienced secretaries who are interested in improving their skills and working more efficiently within the law office.

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New Designs for Fundraising

A new online program


CE Credits Online
Online courses for educators

Decolonizing Social Work with Indigenous Communities

This ONLINE course is for current social workers and members of the community who work with indigenous communities.

See more details and register now.




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