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 SUMMER 2017 Session. The biographical information is provided by the instructors themselves.

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Jesus Burciaga Has a BA in Mass Communications from UTEP. Retired from Instituto Tecnológico de Ciudad Juárez after 30 years of teaching. As a journalist he worked for Secretaria de Industria y Comercio and Municipal Government.As a historian he has produced controversial research papers such as such as Porfirio Diaz the Greatest Pres.of Mexico and The Positive Aspects of Pres.Victoriano Huerta.

CLASS: COMPLACENCIAS

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Nicholas Dahle is majoring in Art History at UTEP with a minor in History. He graduated from Chapin High School in Northeast El Paso. One of Nicholas' passions is the magnificent Art of China. He hopes to study Chinese art at a graduate level, including mastering the Chinese language! Come and enjoy "Highlights of the Art of China" - its architecture, painting, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, and, clothing taught by one of UTEP's brightest young stars!

CLASS: THE ART OF VERSAILLES

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Catherine Dickason has a B.S. in Education/Health/Physical Education and all levers 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 musicianand on stage. Avid history and literature buff.

CLASS: HOLLYWOOD SCANDALS OF THE GOLDEN AGE

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Dr. Armando GonzalezHas 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 include The University of Texas at El Paso, Open International University, and Centro de Estudios Universitarios Monterrey.

CLASS: AROMATHERAPY AND ESSENTIAL OILS FOR HEALTHY LIVING

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Grace Haddox has an M.A. in English and American literature. She teaches research and British literature at EPCC. She has been teaching at OLLI since 2002.

CLASS: VICTORIAN AND MODERN POETS AND THEIR TIMES

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Romy Hawkins is a master of the metal embossing art form. A a native of Sinaloa, Mexico, she has learned her artistry in Germany and Mexico. She completed the certification in this art from the UA CJ, Mexico. Romy has been an instructor of Repujado for OLLI at UTEP, Continuing Education, the Art Museum and private classes. Her work has been exhibited in juried shows locally and out-of-town, and in private collections.

CLASS: REPUJADO: METAL EMBOSSING

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Dr Paul Huchton MD (Retired) 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 course for OLLI.

CLASS: CHINA: YESTERDAY AND TODAY

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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 ART OF SPAIN

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Rev. Neal Locke is a third generation El Pasoan of Scotch-Irish descent, and currently serves as the pastor of First Presbyterian Church. He holds an M.Div. and an M.A. in Education from Princeton Seminary, and has studied at the Centre for Celtic Spirituality in Armagh, Ireland.

CLASS: CELTIC 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. of 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: THE THREE DIMENSIONAL MEDIA:SCULPTURE AND ARCHITECTURE: A SURVEY

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Phyllis 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

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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 INTENTION

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Anthony Rodriguez is a combination art historian and studio artist. He completed his major in Art History at the University of Houston where he also completed his major in Painting. He exhibited his work in Houston for more than 20 years before moving to the Las Cruces area where he has continued to paint and exhibit. Traveling many times to Europe studying art in London, Paris, Amsterdam, the Hague, Ghent, Bruges, Rome, Florence, Venice, Munich, and Berlin has given him much to share with OLLI students.

CLASS: WOMEN ARTISTS IN SURREALISM

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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: ORCHESTRAL MUSIC, BALLET AND OPERA FROM OR INSPIRED BY SPAIN AND IBERIA

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Vidana Vidiriana 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: SPANISH IMMERSION

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Ricky Vilardell 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: BEGINNING RECORDER (HANDS ON MUSIC HISTORY)

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Leanne Von Mittenwald 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: THE SUSPENSE OF THE THRILLER: HITCHCOCK AND BEYOND


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