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 2018 Session. The biographical information is provided by the instructors themselves.

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DANIEL CHACON 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: FICTION IN A FLASH!

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CONNIE CRAWFORD Attorney at University Medical Center of El Paso (formerly Thomason Hospital) for 16 years before retiring in 2015.  Currently a member of UMC's Ethics Committee, the Texas Medical Disclosure Panel and the El Paso County Housing Authority.

CLASS: A GIFT TO YOUR FAMILY - END OF LIFE DECISION MAKING

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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 THE MANUSCRIPTS

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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: EDGAR ALLEN POE: TERROR OF THE SOUL

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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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DR PAUL HYDER is a science teacher/ecologist who currently teaches high school science at Eastwood High. He earned his MS. and Ph.D from New Mexico State University where he studied rattlesnake ecology and ecology of creosotebush respectively. Dr. Hyder also lectures for Texas Parks and Wildlife's Master Naturalist Program and provides outdoor desert experiences for Celebration of Our Mountains.

CLASS: CHIHUAHUAN DESERT NATURAL HISTORY

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ROBERT JACOBS is a recently retired surgeon, having practiced in El Paso from 1978-2016. He studied violin for seven years, but taught himself guitar at a young age. Through college and medical school Dr. Jacobs played and joined both bluegrass and folk music groups. His music experience includes performances in coffee shops, bars and private parties, all of which he attained while living in Greenwich Village. He has a passion for music, and an even greater passion for sharing his love of music with others.

CLASS: BEGINNERS' FOLK GUITAR FOR DUMMIES

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ERIC KAPPUS PHD Dr. Eric Kappus is a current professor at Southwest University and Research Associate Professor at UTEP. He is an accomplished paleontoligist, consultant and field guide leader. Dr. Kappus earned his PhD and MS in geology from UTEP. He is well-versed in nature tracking and wilderness survival. He was also on the team that discovered some of El Paso's only dinosaur tracks. Dr Kappus has taught many courses here at OLLI.

CLASS: GEOLOGY OF THE EL PASO REGION

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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: SAHARAN ROCK ART, THE LOST OASIS OF ZERZURA AND THE ENGLISH PATIENT

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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: WORLD IMPRESSIONISM

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RAFFAAT MAXIMOS graduated from Cairo University with a law degree and later studied at the Academy of Fine Arts. After moving to the United States in 1980, Raffaat pursued a graphic arts degree in Chicago. He worked many years as the director of an advertising firm. His passion for the arts led him to Orlando, Florida, where he opened his first art gallery: Art Nova. Subsequently, he opened a location in El Paso.

CLASS: PORTRAIT PAINTING IN OIL

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OSCAR MACCHIONI DMA a native of Argentina, is an accomplished solo and collaborative pianist, professor, lecturer, author and adjudicator. Currently, a professor of piano and Assistant Chair at UTEP, Oscar has performed extensively in his native Argentina, Italy, England, Poland, Serbia, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand and the USA, at notable locations such as Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall, Teacher’s College at Columbia University and Steinway Hall in New York City; St-Martin-in-the-Fields and St James's Piccadilly in London; the Querceto International Piano Festival in Italy, and the National Conservatory in Buenos Aires, Argentina. His live performance during the esteemed Myra Hess Memorial Concerts at the Chicago Cultural Center has been broadcast on radio and television. His programs include an eclectic repertoire from Bach and Brahms to Piazzolla and Bolcom. He is an assiduous performer of classical Latin American repertoire.

CLASS: THE MUSIC OF ASTOR PIAZZOLA & ARGENTINIAN TANGO

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RUBY MONTANA is a current lecturer in the Department of Humanities at UTEP. She focuses on modern cultural revolutions and the impact of technological advancement on western cultural issues. She was born and raised in El Paso. She received both her BA in English and MA in Philosophy from UTEP. She also currently instructs at EPCC as a Philosophy and Ethics professor.

CLASS: FICTION AS A REFLECTION OF REALITY

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FRED MORALES is a distinguished local historian. His knowledge about local history has filled over 35 self- authored books. In his years as a historian he has given over 100 walking and driving tours of the city and over 300 local presentations. He is passionate about preserving the city's history and has been significantly involved in the legislation required to recognize many of El Paso's historical districts.

CLASS: LEARNING OUR ROOTS : HISTORY OF THE EL PASO/JUAREZ REGION

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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: BONJOUR-FRENCH LANGUAGE AND FOOD EXPLORATION

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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

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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 ENERGY BODY CONNECTION

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CLAUDIA RODRIGUEZ is a health and wellness entrepreneur. She is certified as a Health and Nutrition Advisor by Sanoviv Medical Institute--a well known holistic health hospital. Claudia enjoys giving presentations, workshops and classes in an effort to increase the city's overall well-being.

CLASS:SEVEN WAYS TO DETOX YOUR BODY

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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 BRITISH COMPOSERS

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JAY STRATTON is currently a theatre professor and director at UTEP. Jay spent 17 years in New York as a professional actor--specializing in Shakespeare and classical theatre. Jay has directed many UTEP theatre performances, including the most recent performance of Sister Act at UTEP. Jay has travelled over the country to perform, but enjoys the laid-back, desert atmosphere of El Paso.

CLASS: SOMETHING WICKED: SHAKESPEARE'S MACBETH

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SUKHIDEVI is a Buddhist priest, a Reiki Master Teacher, a spiritual teacher, a Chopra Certified Teacher and the author of two published books-- Mahaananda Reiki  and The Esoteric World of Chakras. She earned undergraduate degrees in Biology and Accounting at UTEP.

CLASS: REIKI LEVEL I: ENERGY HEALING FOR EVERYONE

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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: SPANISH I

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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: YES! YOU CAN WRITE MUSIC TOO!

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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: AND THE OSCAR SHOULD HAVE GONE TO...

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TED WILLIAMS attended UTEP on a basketball scholarship. He played under coach Don Haskins. He currently holds a bachelor's degree in Psychology. He worked in psychology and law enforcement until he began a 24 year teaching career with the Socorro Independent School Disctrict. He has spent many years researching the status of the racial divide in America, as well as the contributing factors that have simultaneosly played a role in American racial relations.

CLASS: THE IMPACT OF SPORTS ON THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT AND NARROWING OF THE RACIAL DIVIDE


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