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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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: GRASPING THE SPARROW'S TAIL: THE CORE MOVEMENTS OF TAI CHI

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CLAYTON BENCH PhD is an Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and the incoming Director of Religious Studies (Fall 2016) at the University of Texas at El Paso. He holds a B.A. in Middle East History/Modern Hebrew from the University of Utah, an M.A. in Biblical Studies from the University of London, King’s College London, and a Ph.D. in Religious Studies from the University of Alberta. Clayton currently teaches courses on the Hebrew Bible, Modern Hebrew, Art and Culture in the Middle Ages, and Medieval Women.

CLASS: INTRODUCTION TO BIBLICAL HEBREW

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MARIE VIANNEY BILGRIEN SSND is Professor of Moral Theology. She is an adjunct faculty person at Loyola University in New Orleans. She formerly served as Program Director for the Tepeyac Institute of the Diocese of El Paso, Texas. She is a School Sister of Notre Dame from the Milwaukee Province and holds a B.A. from Mount Mary College (WI), a M.A. from the University of Notre Dame, a M.T.S. from the Catholic Theological Union, and both the Licentiate and Doctorate in Sacred Theology with a major in Moral Theology from the Angelicum in Rome. She has worked in Hispanic Ministry in the Diocese of Albany, New York, and Baker, Oregon, and for several years was a missionary in Guatemala and Bolivia. She has published in America, New Theology Review, Theology Today, Emmanuel, Company, Pastoral Life, Review for Religious and Sisters Today

CLASS: A MODEL FOR IMPROVING SELF-KNOWLEDGE

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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 Member of Sociedad Mexicana de Geographia y Estadistica, Centro de Estudios Guadalupanos de la Basilica y Sociedad Chihuahuense de Estudios Historicos.

CLASS: COMPLACENCIAS

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TINA CARRICK PhD was born and raised in Buffalo, NY.  Has lived in El Paso, TX 40 years.  Earned her B.S., M.S. and PhD, in Geological Sciences from UTEP.  Research interests are seismology and geoscience education.

CLASS: GEOLOGY: NATIONAL PARKS AND NATURAL WONDERS

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ROMY YANAHI CERON CANCHE is a master's student in Spanish at UTEP. She has been a teacher in the Spanish program for the Summer 2017 course: Spanish For Spanish Speakers One and Two. In fall 2016 she gave the Mexican cinema class for the OLLI program. She worked in the Ministry of Education of her State in Yucatan.

CLASS: MUSIC OF THE 70S AND 80S

CLASS: CONVERSATIONAL WORKSHOP ON LITERATURE. CLASES CONVERSACIONALES SOBRE LITERATURA.

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JACQUELINE CORDOVA is a certified health nutrition coach, from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition (NY) and the Living Foods Institute (GA). She has four years of experience health coaching clients individually and has been structuring and doing workshops and classes for seven years. She has been invited to participate as guest speaker at conferences such as The Wise Latinas summit (Aug 2013), El Paso Museum of History (Healthy Thanksgiving Workshop, Nov 2013), The Rio Grande Cancer Foundation ("Keep on dancing”, 2014, 2015, 2016), Femfessionals El Paso (luncheon, Feb 2015), El Paso Community Foundation (Cultivate Forum, Jul 2015) and The Autism Society of El Paso to mention a few; as well as nutrition and food preparation workshops at EPCC (for the Rio Grande Cancer foundation) and the Downtown Artist and Farmers Market. Jacqueline is the owner of The Green Ingredient, a health conscious restaurant located in downtown El Paso, and is a board member of Impact Programs of Excellence, a local non-profit organization dedicated to the arts and education.

CLASS: FOOD SYNERGY AND THE HISTORY OF FOOD

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NICHOLAS DAHLE is a current student at UTEP. He is currently majoring in Art History and minoring in History. Heh 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: GARDENS OF THE WORLD

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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 musician and on stage. Avid history and literature buff.

CLASS: CLASSIC HOLLYWOOD MUSICALS

CLASS: TITANTIC: FACTS, MYTH, AND LEGEND

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DONNA EKAL PhD is an Associate Provost at UTEP working on various projects promoting student success.  Previously, she was an elementary school principal, Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand, and worked at Egerton University in Kenya.  She received her degrees from University of Minnesota and Cornell University.

CLASS: ABOUT THE PEACE CORPS-THE WORLD IS WAITING

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ROBERT W. ENDLICH served as Weather Officer in the USAF for 21 Years. From 1984-1993 he provided toxic corridor and laser propagation atmospheric support to the High Energy Laser Systems Test Facility at White Sands Missile Range. He worked as instructor and software test engineer in the Army Battle Command computer System and has published in popular and the technical literature.  He was elected to Chi Epsilon Pi, the national Meteorology Honor Society, while a Basic Meteorology student at Texas A&M. He has degrees in Geology and Meteorology from Rutgers and the Pennsylvania State University.BIO

CLASS: WEATHER, CLIMATE, AND CLIMATE CHANGE – WHAT THE DATA SAY

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

CLASS: GLOBAL HERBAL MEDICINE: RISKS AND BENEFITS

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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 in 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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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: THUCYDIDES' HISTORY OF THE PELOPONNISIAN WAR

CLASS: ARISTOTLE'S ETHICS AND POLITICS-

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WILLIAM 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 EL PASO NATURAL GAS STORY

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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: GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN ART I

CLASS: GREEK MYTHOLOGY IN ART II

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AUROLYN LUYKX PhD is an UTEP anthropologist and local community activist. She has her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Texas, Austin. Her areas of interest include indigenous languages, gender & sexuality, prison reform, science education, and globalization.

CLASS: DOCUMENTARIES AND DISCUSSION

CLASS: DOCUMENTARIES AND DISCUSSION II

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OSCAR MARTINEZ Has taught at UTEP from 1975 to 1988, and since 1988 at the Univ. of Arizona.  He is the author and editor of numerous books and articles on the history of Mexico, the U.S.-Mexico Borderlands, and Mexican Americans.  His most recent books are Troublesome Border, 2nd ed. (Univ. of Arizona Press, 2006) and Mexico's Uneven Development:  The Geographic and Historical Roots of Inequality  (N.Y.:  Routldege, 2015).

CLASS: MAJOR TURNING POINTS IN BORDER HISTORY

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ARLEEN MENDEZ is the owner of Bean Type Coffee Roasters. She began her business at the El Paso Downtownt Artist and Farmers Market and has since expanded to include a mobile coffee shop and a café. She also runs the El Paso Coffee Meetup and is committed to her goal of expanding coffee culture in her community and helping people understand the importance of organic coffee, as well as the joys of specialty coffee.

CLASS: ALL ABOUT COFFEE

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ALBERT MENDOZA Albert Mendoza was born in Mexico and has a passion for the history that took place where he grew up!. Graduated from UTEP in 2014 with a Bachelor degree on Multi-Disciplinary Studies. Albert has been an OLLI member since 2014 and has also taught several OLLI classes in Mexican history.

CLASS: THE CONQUEST OF OLD MEXICO

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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: 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: FIELDWORK AND EXHIBIT PREPARATION

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NANCY NATALICIO has a Master's in English Literature from Duke University and a Master's in Educational Psychology from UTEP. She has been writing all her life, and in 2016 she published a book of poetry entitled POETRY IN BLOOM. She has taught EPCC and OLLI courses for several years and has a passion for reading and listening to the stories of others.

CLASS: WRITING YOUR MEMOIR I

CLASS: WRITING YOUR MEMOIR II

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LORRAINE M. NEGRON is a Ph.D candidate in the Geological Science Department. I work with igenous rocks from West Texas and do various studies on their petrophysical properties and their economic impact. She is also working on the environmental hazards  mining of these rocks may cause the surrounding area via the respiratory and gastrointestinal tracts.  

CLASS: MINERALS AND ROCKS THAT COMPRISE EL PASO GEOLOGY

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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

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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. Ha worked as interpreter, translator nad language teacher for the United State Air Force, and the La Paz Language Academy in El Paso, Tx.

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO

CLASS: PROJETTO ITALIANO II

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VICTOR POULOS is a well know attorney in the El Paso region who also has an entrepreneurial spirit. In 2002 he planted grapes on ten acres in Canutillo and subsequently developed the very successful Zin Valle Vinyards.  He is regularly asked to speak to groups on wine topics.

CLASS: ABC'S OF WINE TASTING

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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: GUIDED MEDITATION FOR HEALTHY LIVING

CLASS: CREATIVE VISUALIZATION-THE MIND AND MEDITATION

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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: SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, THE GOLDEN AGE OF DUTCH PAINTING

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CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ is a Health and Nutrition Advisor and an entrepreneur in the health industry that helps people improve their health with easy strategies. Claudia is certified by Sanoviv Medical Institute, one of the most important holistic hospitals in the world. Claudia also promotes health through her two passions that are writing and speaking.

CLASS: EASY WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR HEATH FOR ENERGY AND VITALITY

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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: WELCOME TO THE RUSSIAN HOUSE

CLASS: BORDERS AND DESTINIES

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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: THE 5TH ANNUAL SYMPHONY CLASS

CLASS: GREAT GERMAN AND AUSTRIAN COMPOSERS

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HECTOR SERRANO has taught theatre and English for 50 years ion 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: FLASH BACK: A BABY BOOMER’S GUIDE

CLASS: GET BACK: LISTENING TO THE BEATLES

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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: APPLICATIONS OF LOGIC

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TRACEY TREMBLEY 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 expertice 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: BEGINNING RECORDER (HANDS ON MUSIC HISTORY)

CLASS: PLAYING THE RECORDER: HANDS ON MUSIC HISTORY II

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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: THE SUSPENSE OF THE THRILLER: HITCHCOCK AND BEYOND

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DEVON WALL was raised in El Paso and graduated from Irvin High School. She attended Texas Women's University and received a BA/Dance from Sam Houston State University. She earned an MFA/Dance from NYU Tisch School of the Arts. After graduate school, Ms. Wall took serious study with the Erick Hawkins Dance Company. She is recently retired from a twenty year with the Los Angeles Unified School District in general education and Arts Education as  Dance Educator for grades K-6. hse is TexEs/Dance certified, served on the California Department of Education, Visual and Performing Arts LiteratureList Committee and was a National Dance Educator's Organization, Conference Presenter, Literature in dance. Ms. Wall recently completed an initial teacher training course at the Juilliard School with Dance for Parkinson's, a program in Brooklyn, New York with a network of 40 other communties around the world. Currently she is in development to launch an El Paso Dance for PD affiliate.

CLASS: FOLK DANCE FUN (DANCE AROUND THE WORLD)

CLASS: FOLK DANCE FUN (DANCE AROUND THE WORLD) II

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TED WILLIAMS Ted Williams attended UTEP while playing basketball under the legendary Don Haskins. Mr. Williams has since coached basketball for over 25 years. He also teaches high school social studies courses.

CLASS: THE RACIAL DIVIDE

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IAN WILSONThe current director of OLLI at UTEP has lived in Brzil for almost14 years. He grew up in Rio de Janeiro listening to all forms of Brazilian Music first hand. As an adult, he returned to Brasil with the Peace Corps, where he obtained an even greater appreciation for the many forms of music of a country known for its Soccer, Coffee, Carnaval and Samba!!!

CLASS: THE MUSIC OF BRAZIL

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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 FOR SENIORS

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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: READING MOBY-DICK


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