OLLI at UTEP has curriculum that is wide-ranging. Areas of study include history,language,philosophy,music, hands-on arts and more. The Instructors are active and retired UTEP faculty and other professionals, with an expertice or passion in a particular field. These are the instructors for the SPRING 2018 Session. The biographical information is provided by the instructors themselves.

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ALFREDO ARROYO Graduate of The Citadel and of the DEA/FBI Academy and other police, military, and intelligence schools. Career included numerous domestic and foreign assignments with INTERPOL and in Europe, Africa and Latin America.

JOURNEY THROUGH THE CRIMINAL MIND

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STEVE BAROWSKY is the director of the Center for Internal Arts, an El Paso studio dedicated to Tai Chi, Chi Gung, and Meditation.  He has studied the internal arts of China extensively with direct lineage masters for 35 years.  Steve has been teaching these arts professionally for over 25 years.  Prior to the past 35 years, Steve studied external styles of Kung Fu for many years and was trained and worked as a teacher of Kundalini yoga.  Steve also has a bachelors degree in anthropology and a masters' degree in education.

CLASS: IMPROVE YOUR BALANCE TO PREVENT FALLS

CLASS: GRASPING THE SPARROWS TAIL

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MARY BENANTI is a writer and a retired associate professor in interdisciplinary studies. As a journalist, Benanti covered politics and government in El Paso, Washington D.C., and Colorado. She also was the Editorial Page Editor at the El Paso Times 2003-2004. She continues to teach classes at New Mexico State University in women, politics, and gender studies. Her interests are politics, government, and the U.S. Mexico border culture.

CLASS: WOMEN, MEDIA, AND POLITICS

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SIFU BETO BRISENO began his training in eastern Martial Arts in 1953. He trained under Sensei Kent Rogers, Grand Master Ark Yuey Wong and other great masters from China. He also studied Chi-Gong at the Taoist Institute of Los Angeles. He receives many referrals from physicians and instructs others in the El Paso, Houston, San Antonio, Virginia and Calfornia regions, as well as in Mexico.

CLASS: CHI GONG/TAI CHI I

CLASS: CHI GONG/TAI CHI II

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JESUS BURCIAGA has a B.A. in Mass Communications from UTEP. He is retired from the Instituto Tecnologico de Ciudad Juarez(ITCJ) faculty after 30 years of teaching. Native from El Paso, raised in Ciudad Juarez. As a professional in journalism he has worked in Secretaria de Economia in Mexico City, in El Fronterizo, Universidad Autonoma de Chihuahua and ITCJ in Ciudad Juarez. He is a member of Sociedad Mexicana de Geographia y Estadistica, Centro de Estudios Guadalupanos de la Basilica y Sociedad Chihuahuense de Estudios Historicos.

CLASS: EUTRAPELICA CLASE PARA HACERTE DORMIR

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DANIEL CHACON Daniel Chacón is the author of five books and editor for two books of poems. He has been awarded the American Book Award, the Pen Oaklnd Award and the Hudson Prize, among others. He is the chair of the Department of Creative Writing at UTEP and host of El Paso's Literary Talk Show "Words on a Wire."

CLASS: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE WITH POETRY

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MICHELLE CROMER Michelle Cromer is author of three books including her best selling book Exit Strategy Thinking Outside the Box (Tarcher/Penguin) which was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. A former partner at Sanders Wingo Advertising. Michelle conducts workshops in which participants learn how to tap into a deep well of spirituality, serenity, and purpose. Michelle is the founder of Pink Crosses, a foundation whose purpose is to bring comfort and closure to the murdered girls' families of Juarez, Mexico. She has a BA in finance from Abilene Christian University and a finance fellowship.

CLASS: DEVELOPING RELATIONSHIP TO THE IMPOSSIBLE

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NICHOLAS DAHLE is a current student at UTEP. He is currently majoring in Art History and minoring in History. He is Secretary for the Art History Association at UTEP. He is a volunteer guide for the Texas Trost Society. He hopes to go to law school to specialize in cultural property.

CLASS: THE ART OF JAPAN

CLASS: ART OF THE BRITISH COUNTRY HOUSE

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CATHERINE DICKASON has a B.S. in Education/Health/Physical Education and all levels English from UTEP. Received Masters of Education/Reading from UTEP in 2005. Taught in el Paso Public Schools for 35 years. Currently teaching part time English at UTEP and EPCC. Involved in Community Theater both as a musician and on stage. Avid history and literature buff.

CLASS: PERFECTION IN HOLLYWOOD: 1939 CLASSICS

CLASS: FILM NOIR: ENCORE

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CAROL EASTMAN has photographed and written about the Southwest for 20 years. Her works have been published by "The View from Here, an Arizona Anthology", the "Arizona Republic", "Twin Plant News",  the "El Paso Times", "From Hands and Heart" and a soon to be published book on the women of smelter town. Her photo documentaries include "Visual Voices" funded by the Texas Commission on the Arts and the Deconstruction of Asarco supported by the EP History Museum.

CLASS: THE WOMEN OF SMELTERTOWN, ORPHAN TRAINS AND THE "DARK AND DASHING HORSEMEN"

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MIMI GLADSTEIN PHD is a Professor of English and Theatre Arts at the University of Texas at El Paso. She is the author of five books and co-editor of two. The Last Supper of Chicano Heroes: Selected Works of José Antonio Burciaga won an American Book Award , a Southwest Book Award, and a Latino Book Award. At the University of Texas at El Paso she has served as Associate Dean of Liberal Arts, as well as Chaired the English Department, Philosophy Department, and Theatre, Dance, and Film. She has taught a number of classes for OLLI.

CLASS: TOM LEA'S WONDERFUL COUNTRY

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ARMANDO GONZALEZ PhD. earned his B.Sc. degree in Agronomics/Animal Science from the Center of Universitarian Studies in Monterrey, Mexico. Traveling throughout that country, he gained first-hand experience in the use of native medicinal herbs employed by Mexican traditional medicine in the treatment of various diseases. He furthered his studies at the post graduate level at the University of Chihuahua, where he engaged in research about “locoweed” (Astragalus wootonii), a leguminous plant that is poisonous to livestock, but also has human medicinal applications in oncology. He has written 5 books, and published various research articles in internationally renowned peer-reviewed journals regarding alternative medicine. From 2011 to the present, he has been professor of Alternative Medicine, as well as Herbal Medicine with the Senior Adult Program at EPCC. His academic training includes The University of Texas at El Paso, Open International University, and Centro de Estudios Universitarios Monterrey.

CLASS: SAFE AROMATHERAPY FOR HEALTH AND BEAUTY

CLASS: EASTERN AND WESTERN MEDICINE

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ROMY SAENZ HAWKINS is a successful enterprising master of metal embossing art form and studied her artistry during three separate time periods(Guadalajara,Germany,Mexico). With a BA in Psychology from the University Autonoma of Guadalajara.  She earned certification in metal embossing from UACJ. Mrs. Hawkins has been teaching this art for OLLI since 2004. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows locally and in private collections, Museum of Art LC NM. Chamizal National Memorial, Centennial Museum UTEP, Mexico Arte Museum , Austin TX.   

CLASS: REPUJADO: METAL EMBOSSING

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DR. PAUL HUCHTON M.D  has attended El Paso schools and TWC where he received a B.A. He earned his M.D. degree from Vanderbilt University.  Since retiring from the medical profession he has acquired vast knowledge and interest in China from extensive travels throughout Asia.  He has taught several courses for OLLI.

CLASS: CHINA: YESTERDAY, TODAY, AND TOMORROW

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LAWRENCE JOHNSON PhD received his Doctorate from Johns Hopkins University and joined the UTEP faculty that same year. Dr. Johnson has served as Chair of the English Department, the Department of Communication, and the Faculty Senate. He has received numerous awards teaching excellence. He taught in the Western Cultural Heritage Program since its inception, and retired from the UTEP in 2012.

CLASS: PROVERBIAL WISDOM/a>

CLASS: BEFORE THERE WAS MONOTHEISM

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BILL KEY BSME UTEP 1970, MME U of Houston, 1988. 2 years US Army 2nd Lt. Forty five year career in oil gas industry. Worked 25 years in Houston as engineer. Worked almost 20 years in Egypt as operation engineer with Apache Corporation.

CLASS: THE SOURCE OF THE WHITE NILE

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KATHLEEN KEY has a B.A. in English and History from UTEP and an M.A. in Art History--University of St Thomas-Houston. She has taught History of Fashion, 20th Century Designers, Fashion Show Production at Central College-Houston Community College and Art Institute of Houston. She taught Art History I and II including World Art at both HCC and Art Institute. She has taught upper division courses-Ancient Egyptian Art, Ancient Greek Art and Ancient Roman Art at the University of Houston.

CLASS: THE MAGICAL ART OF 19TH CENTURY IMPRESSIONISM

CLASS: THE GLORIOUS ART OF 19TH CENTURY POST-IMPRESSIONISM

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REV. NEAL LOCKE is a third generation El Pasoan of Viking descent(Scotland via Norway) who currently serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. He holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in Education from Princeton Theological Seminary, and studied Viking and Anglo-Saxon language and literature at Princeton University

CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO VIKING AND SAXON SPIRITUALITY

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DAVINIA MIRAVAL studied graphic communications at National Autonomous University of Mexico in 1998. That same year she came to the United States and continued her interest in art. In 2005 she received a B.A. in Fine Arts in the area of metals at the UTEP. She has received several awards in her area of interest, among them Best of Painting, Award of Excellence in Metals from the University of Texas, and the Student Scholarship from Women’s Jewelry Association, Inc. In 2007 she received an M.A. in Art, majoring in metals and painting.

CLASS: PAINTING ABSTRACTS

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DIANA MOLINA is an artist, photographer and curator and has published features for international magazines including: Elle, Esquire, GEO, Marie Claire, National Geographic Traveler and Vogue.  She has produced traveling exhibits for museums that include: The Penn Museum, The World Museum of Art, Rotterdam, Holland; and the Albuquerque Museum of Art and History among others.  As a scholar for the New Mexico Humanities Council Speaker’s Bureau and  Artistic Director for the JUNTOS Art Association, she develops and presents public programming.

CLASS: PHOTOGRAPHY PROJECT

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ANGELICA MONARREZ PHD is a research associate at UTEP. She earned her Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Culture with a concentration in Mathematics Education in May 2017. She also has an M.S. in mathematics. Her areas of interest are mathematics and English language learners.

CLASS: THE HUMANITY OF MATHEMATICS

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FRANCE PETERS is from Montreal. She was raised in French and then later learned to speak English when she moved to El Paso. She has a teaching degree from Montreal and an accounting degree from UTEP. She tutors French to children, teens and adults.

CLASS: A FRENCH CULTURAL EVENT FOR BEGINNERS

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ROSARIO PONTE is an El Paso artist, originally from Venezuela. A graduate of the New Orleans Academy of Fine Arts, she also completed advanced studies at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and has further studied under nationally acclaimed artists Aleksander Titovets and Daniel Greene. She has been painting for over 25 years and has won prizes for her oil paintings which have been exhibited nationally and internationally. Ms. Ponte specializes in portraiture, landscapes and still life.  She has taught art classes for OLLI for several years.

CLASS: LANDSCAPE IN OILS 9:00AM

CLASS: LANDSCAPE IN OILS 11:15AM

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SILVIA PORTILLO-KOCH was born Argentinian of Italian immigrants. Began linguistic journey at an early age learning Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and English. Attended University of Buenos Aires. Resided and studied in Brazil,Germany & Italy. Currently, resides in El Paso, Tx. She has worked as interpreter, translator and language teacher for the United States Air Force, and the La Paz Language Academy in El Paso, Tx.

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO II

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PHYLLIS LANE PRICE has led yoga classes since 1981, both privately and at various El Paso studios, health clubs, and gyms.  She taught vigorous Ashtanga yoga in curriculum classes at UTEP and NMSU. She is an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher (E-RYT) with Yoga Alliance, as well as a registered Life Force Yoga Teacher (LFYT) specializing in yoga for depression, anxiety, and PTSD.  She has special training in yoga for pregnancy, for restorative poses, and for the pelvic floor.

CLASS: EASY VINASYA YOGA I

CLASS: EASY VINASYA YOGA II

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LYNN PROVENZANO has facilitated personal and professional development for over 25 years in corporate, community, and non-profit groups. She has world-wide, dross-cultural experience, and specializes in interpersonal skills, creative energy work, and motivation. She is a MCKS Pranic Healing practitioner/facilitator and devotee of Tai Chi and Qigong.

CLASS: MEDITATION AND THE POWER OF POSITIVE

CLASS: MEDITATION, MINDFULNESS AND THE MENTAL GARDEN

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NATALIA SAVCHENKO PhD, originally from Russia, has a multicultural background. With a Doctorate degree in Philosophy and Letters, she has over 30 years of experience teaching in universities throughout the world. She has written poetry and prose in Russian and Spanish with English translations and participated in cultural and academic exchange programs in Germany, Bulgaria, Cuba, Argentina, Peru, Salvador, and more. Dr. Savchenko has worked extensively in Mexican media in the teaching and promotion of pre- hispanic culture. She recently co-authored the bilingual work of "Juárez siempre en el alma" and currently works at UTEP, the La Paz Language Academy, is part of the "Viva Mexico!" project and a volunteer of the Humane Society of El Paso.

CLASS: GREAT WOMEN IN THE HISTORY OF RUSSIA

CLASS: LET'S CELEBRATE RUSSIAN STYLE

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STEVE SCHILLER is currently the 2nd trumpet of the Las Cruces Symphony. Former member: Cleveland Symphony, National Ballet of Canada, Springfield, MA. Symphony, Brooklyn Philharmonic. Performances with: Boston Symphony, Metropolitan Opera, NYC Broadway musicals. Former faculty: New England Conservatory of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, Westfield (MA) State College.

CLASS: GREAT AMERICAN COMPOSERS

CLASS: GREAT FRENCH COMPOSERS

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JOHN SIQUEIROS is an Associate Professor of Practice for the African American and Chicano studies programs, where he teaches social histories of Black and Chicano music. Trained as a classical guitarist, he has been performing for 45 years. John served as coordinator of guitar studies for the UTEP music department for a decade and founded the student mariachi group, Mariachi Los Mineros. John began his musical studies on the piano, but switched to the guitar when he heard the Beatles perform on the Ed Sullivan Show in 1965.

CLASS: UP FROM THE UNDERGROUND: THE RISE AND FALL OF PUNK ROCK

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HECTOR SERRANO has taught theatre and English for 50 years in the public schools, UTEP, and most recently as a professor at EPCC. He has a masters' degree in English literature from UTEP and has studied at the Pasadena Playhouse, Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, New York University, and University of London. To date, he has directed over 200 theatre productions. Mr. Serrano created the outdoor drama, Viva El Paso! In 1978 and has directed it for 25 seasons. He founded the Shakespeare on the Rocks Theatre festival and continues as Artistic Director.

CLASS: THEATRE APPRECIATION

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JIM SMITH is a former high school history teacher who has been recognized as the New Mexico Teacher of the Year and Finalist for the National Teachers' Hall of Fame. Jim now works as an education consultant, having made presentations to teachers and administrators throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. His online class for Rice University, titled "The Art of Teaching History", recently reached over 5000 teachers in 135 nations. Jim has made numerous presentations on music history in community education programs at NMSU, WNMU, and Rice University. During the last eight years, he has taught many classes for OLLI at UTEP.

CLASS: COPLAND AND MAHLER

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ELISABETH SOMMER PHD I most recently worked as and Education Curator at the El Paso Museum of Art, and am currently teaching Introduction to Museum Studies at UTEP. I hold a PhD in Early Modern European History from the University of Virginia, and did graduate work in Museum Studies at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. I have a passion for the art, that perhaps comes from my grandfather, who was an Art History professor at the University of North Carolina. I am also a convert to the appreciation of Modern and Contemporary Art.

CLASS: WHO'S AFRAID OF MODERN ART

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DAVID TOFSTED PHD EE worked as a research physicist, inventor, and data analyst with the US Army Research Laboratory at White Sands Missile Range, NM, for 36 years.  His career spanned multiple atmospheric propagation projects and measurement programs, with over 70 publications.

CLASS: FAKE SCIENCE PAST AND PRESENT

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TRACEY TRAMBLEY Distinguished author with many awards for literary publications and poetry. Trembley has a B.A. In Philosophy from UTEP and an M.A. In English Literature and Creative Writing. She also has a passion and expertise in Music and Dance having  performed with Ballet El Paso, Dansas Espanoles, Compania Flamenco de Las Cruces, the Delphinia Duet.

CLASS: THE POETRY OF LOSS

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VIRIDIANA VIDAÑA has a B.A. & an M.A. in Spanish with specializations in Latin American literature and secondary education. She is certified by the Texas State Board of Educators, has over five years of teaching experience (both at high school and college level), and is currently working to obtain a Ph.D. in Teaching, Learning and Culture.

CLASS: CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH; BUILDING A REAL LIFE BRIDGE

CLASS: CONVERSATIONAL SPANISH; BUILDING A REAL LIFE BRIDGE II)

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RICKY VILLARDEL is a native of El Paso, Texas. He earned a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Texas at El Paso and a Master of Music degree from New Mexico State University. Ricky has performed with The El Paso Wind Symphony and various jazz groups throughout El Paso. He also has a strong interest in music history; particularly the performance of music from the Renaissance era. He performs on recorder and shawm (Renaissance oboe) with the Rio Grande Recorder Quartet and Rio Grande Renaissance Ensemble.

CLASS: RECORDER ENSEMBLE

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LEANNE VON MITTENWALD has over 30 years experience teaching theatrical arts & education. Her approachable & encouraging attitude compels her students to let go and explore their inner child. She is a published playwright, has directed over 30 plays, and has a true passion for teaching and learning.

CLASS: DARK COMEDY IN FILM

CLASS: THE SUSPENSE OF THE THRILLER: HITCHCOCK AND BEYOND

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BOB WARACH After relocating from Syracuse, New York, Bob Warach attended St. Mary's School of Law and began practicing in 1975. Bob has several publications in Texas law journals. While simultaneously working as an attorney, Bob has also been involved with many local organizations, such as the El Paso Holocaust Museum, the Health and Human Services Commission. He also serves as a legal representative for local patients in psychiatric facilities.

CLASS: SENIORS -PROTECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS

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AMAN WRAICH is graduate student at The University of Texas at El Paso completing a dual graduate degree in Geological Science and Business Administration. She holds a bachelor’s degree from York University in Toronto Canada. Her previous work experience is predominantly in the banking and resource sector starting with Toronto Dominion Bank and then moving on to a boutique investor relations firm working primarily with resource companies listed on the TSX. She co-founded The Association of Women in Geoscience, Suncity Chapter. In her spare time she enjoys teaching yoga and playing with her puppy Pluto.

CLASS: SOCIAL MEDIA - BUILDING YOUR CONFIDENCE!

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BRIAN YOTHERS PhD Is the Professor and Associate Chair of English and the current holder of the Francis Spatz Leighton Endowed Distinguished Professorship in English. He has written four books and several dozen articles on American literature, and is the 2014 winner of the UT Regents Outstanding Teaching Award.

CLASS: CONTEMPORARY BOOKS (FICTION, NON-FICTION, AND DRAMA)


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