Higher education briefs: Adult and community education programs offer unique health-care plan

Adult and community education programs offer unique health-care plan

Exercise, reducing and managing stress, and giving a body the nutrients it needs are the most important factors in staying healthy and building up an immune system. A great way to learn about some of the most effective ways to live a healthy lifestyle is to enroll in one of the Collier County School District’s adult and community education “Fall 2” courses. Classes begin the week of Oct. 26.

Courses offered include dance courses, Tai Chi, Pilates, Yoga, fishing, or a health class on natural remedies. The program also offers numerous art, computer, dance, foreign language, and other programs that are open to enrollment. Additionally, there are over 400 teacher-facilitated online courses.

Schedules are available at all public libraries, tax and driver license offices, Publix and Sweetbay stores, and on the Web at www.collieradulted.com.

More information: (239) 377-1234.

-- Submitted by the Collier County School District

Institute of interior design students take first and second place

Two interior design students from the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College won first and second place prizes at the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) 30th annual Florida Student Design Award ceremony held Friday, Sept. 25, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Naples.

The competition was open to all interior design students in the state of Florida.

Contestant’s work consisted of client profiles and design concepts. Students of the Institute of Interior Design at Southwest Florida College submitted projects that were completed in their Sophomore Project class, which consisted of an all inclusive design job.

First place winner Tina Spaulding, from the Institute of Interior Design, earned a check for $750. Sandra Dressler, also from the Institute of Interior Design, received a check for $500.

FGCU Bower School of Music Presents University Choir and Chamber Singers in Concert

The Florida Gulf Coast University Bower School of Music will host the annual fall program, University Choir and Chamber Singers in Concert, at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, in the Student Union Ballroom.

The Florida Gulf Coast University Choir, founded in 2006, has a membership of 60 to 70 singers from the FGCU student population. The performance will include music by Brahms, Calvisius, Mendelssohn, Nelson, Rheinberger and Stanford.

The FGCU Choirs are under the direction of Melinda S. Doyle.

The event is free and open to the public. More information: (239) 590-1266.

The Special Collections Gallery: An Interactive Experience at Edison State College

Edison State College has recently introduced a new jewel in the ARTS Edison cultural hub: the Special Collections Gallery in the Richard H. Rush Library.

The Special Collections Gallery showcases two collections: the Sanders Porcelain Collection, generously donated by the George and Mary Jo Sanders Foundation, and a stunning collection of Italian 16th to 18th-century paintings, antiques and sculpture currently on loan from the collection of Dr Richard H. Rush and his wife Julia. The Rush’s collection includes pieces from an Italian villa built by Andrea Palladio, the Venetian architect who is considered one of the most influential architects in Western history. A smaller gallery space adjacent to the Special Collections Gallery will be used by professors to showcase student work throughout the year.

A computer lab adjacent to the Special Collections Gallery facilitates the academic approach to viewing art. Edison State has loaded the computers with information relevant to the collection.

The Special Collections Gallery is located on the first floor of the Richard H Rush Library.

The Special Collections Gallery in the Richard H. Rush Library at Edison State College Lee Campus is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

For more information: www.edison.edu/cultural/rushlibrary/

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FGCU Hosts Annual Sanibel Island Writers Conference on Sanibel Island Nov. 5-8

Florida Gulf Coast University invites aspiring writers to attend the Sanibel Island Writers Conference, to be held Thursday through Sunday, Nov. 5 through Nov. 8 at BIG ARTS on Sanibel Island. Participants can attend a variety of workshops, panels, lectures and readings presented by celebrated and experienced writers and teachers.

The daily schedule is from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The conference is open to any aspiring writer who wants to create new work or refine a project already in progress.

Attendees participate in a variety of morning workshops in fiction, poetry, screenwriting, children’s literature, memoir, songwriting, and creative nonfiction. Afternoon panels include workshops in publishing, freelance writing, journalism, obtaining a literary agent and the creative process. Each evening will feature readings and book signings with two to three authors, as well as musical performances from Willy Vlautin and Dan Bern on Friday night. Participants registered for the entire conference can attend all events. Nighttime events are open to the general public.

Keynote speaker Carl Hiaasen is an award-winning social and political commentator, a three-time Pulitzer Prize nominee and the bestselling author of several adult and children’s novels, including “Skinny Dip,” “Double Whammy,” “Skin Tight,” “Native Tongue” and “Strip Tease.”

His Saturday evening keynote address is open to the public.

Cost for participants is $350, which includes all workshops, panels, lectures and readings. Registration is limited to 150 participants on a first-come, first-serve basis. To register: www.fgcu.edu/siwc.

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