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Program offers educational opportunities to public

The University of South Carolina’s Office of Continuing Education and Conferences is introducing Carolina Classroom, a series of special-interest lectures, workshops and explorations for the public.

Designed as an outreach program to provide lifelong-learning opportunities and taught by retired faculty, alumni and other experts within the Midlands, the series will begin in March and will continue throughout the year.

The spring 2010 line-up includes natural history with Rudy Mancke, digital photography, a lecture series on national parks and a three-part lecture series by award-winning journalist and sports reporter Doug Nye, titled “Back to Big Thursday.”

Registration is available online, by phone and at the Office of Continuing Education and Conferences. Enrollment fees vary by program and begin at $25. For more information about the programs or to register, visit, or call the office at 803-777-9444.

Program details:

Natural History Tours with South Carolina Naturalist Rudy Mancke -- Spend a weekend exploring some of South Carolina's greatest natural treasures. Renowned Naturalist Rudy Mancke will lecture while hiking four of the state’s best-known state parks. Transportation and accommodation options are available. Scheduled trips: 40-Acre Rock in Lancaster, Saturday, March 20, $49; Jones Gap State Park, Blue Ridge Parkway, May 14-15, $59 (Friday evening reception included); Kings Mountain State Park, Saturday, Sept. 11, $49; Bull Island State Park and Ferry Ride, Oct. 1-2, $109 (Friday evening reception and ferry ride included).

Digital Photography with John Wrightenberry -- Join John Wrightenberry, award-winning photographer and USC alumnus, and become a proficient photographer. All courses are held on Tuesday evenings from 6-8 p.m. on the USC campus. Course offerings include “Introduction to Photography,” March 9 – 30, $95; “Creating Images Rather Than Taking Pictures,” April 20 - May 25, $120; “Getting the Best from Your Subject! Secrets Only Pros Know,” July 27 – Aug. 31, $120.

America’s National Treasures – The National Park System with Dr. Bob Janiskee -- Take virtual tours of the best parks in our national-park system. Former professor of geography Dr. Bob Janiskee will use visual aids, reference materials and lots of personal experiences. Choose from courses that explore national parks, including South Carolina’s own Congaree, as well as Yellowstone, Death Valley, Hawaii’s Volcanoes and others. Programs run each month on Tuesday evenings from 6 – 8 p.m. and begin March 16. The cost is $25 per “trip.”

Back to Big Thursday with Doug Nye -- USC and ETV partner to provide a three-part series on the history of one of the nation’s fiercest football rivalries. Respected sports journalist and historian Doug Nye will transport participants back in time and re-discover the Carolina-Clemson rivalry from the early years through the modern era. Classes are held in the shadows of Williams-Brice Stadium, at the ETV facilities. The program runs Thursday evenings from 7-8:30 p.m., April 15-29. The cost is $49 per person.

“These entertaining and educational experiences provide the community with an opportunity to experience the Palmetto State’s great resources and rich history,” said Eric McGee, director of Continuing and Professional Education. “In launching the Carolina Classroom series, we hope to take the learning experience beyond the boundaries of the university campus. A fundamental element of the Carolina Classroom program is to encourage personal growth and learning through experience and interaction.”

For more information, call 803-777-9444, email, or visit

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 02/11/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 02/11/10 @ 2:41 PM | Permalink

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