All courses will meet at the Waters-Moss Memorial Wildlife Preservation Area, primarily in the Moss Building and occasionally in the Hillcrest Community Center unless otherwise indicated.

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Email or call 573-882-8189.

To register for classes, call 573-882-8189.

Wednesday courses

Summer 2019 Semester

The Years Between the Wars [4 Sessions]

10:00 – 11:30 a.m., Moss A 
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 26; July 3 (no class on June 19)

The period between the end of World War I and the beginning of World War II is a fascinating era in American history. This course will examine the 1920s, during which the United States entered the modern era. The advent of the motor car, the moving picture, the radio, modern advertising and electric appliances led to the emergence of a national culture, as opposed to the many regional cultures of previous eras. Prohibition, women’s suffrage, the income tax and the new mobility provided by the automobile created a strange new world, which we will explore together. 

Instructor: Jay Ward was born in Springfield, Mo., and raised in Lexington, Mo. He was an undergraduate at Northwestern University and received a medical degree from the University of Missouri. Retiring from medicine after 30 years, he received a master’s degree and doctorate in United States history from the University of Missouri. 

What Every Ratepayer Should Know About Electric Utilities [4 Sessions]

12:30 – 2:00 p.m., Moss A 
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Electricity is an important part of our daily lives, yet we rarely think about it unless there is a power outage or we get a large bill. What do you know about how electric utilities operate? What makes a reliable utility? How are renewable sources displacing non-renewable sources? Why are we charged what we are charged? What does the future look like? If you want to have a basic understanding of how electric utilities operate; how charges are determined; the potential for renewable sources; and, many other issues that every ratepayer should understand, you will want to take this course. 

Instructor: Jim Windsor spent an almost 36-year career working for the Columbia Water and Light Department. During his career, he educated customers about energy efficiency; developed budgets; designed electric rates that encouraged efficiency; performed cost-of-service studies; forecasted electric loads; and negotiated power supply contracts. He routinely communicated with professionals at other utilities and in related industries. He retired as the assistant director of utilities, responsible for all the financial aspects of five municipal utilities.  

Travel from Different Perspectives [4 Sessions]

1:00 – 2:30 p.m., Moss B 
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

Longtime travel writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune and retired MU professor, Wayne Anderson, will present on the following topics: 

  • The Gap Year: Pros and cons of high school students taking a year off before college to travel and volunteer. 
  • Creating Your Bucket List: What experiences and adventures do you want to have before your die? 
  • My Sabbatical Year: Three countries and the FBI up close and personal. 
  • Offbeat Travel: Exploring the unexpected and mysterious. 

Instructor: Wayne P. Anderson, Ph.D., is professor emeritus of psychology, University of Missouri- Columbia. From 1995 to 2010, Wayne was a team member for the International Center for Psychosocial Trauma, training teachers, physicians and mental health workers in trauma zones as therapists; he made 24 international trips with the team and seven trips within the U.S. Since 1998 he has been a correspondent and weekly travel writer for the Columbia Daily Tribune. From 1997 to 2011, he was adjunct professor for the Columbia College Criminal Justice Program, teaching a master’s level course in crisis management and the capstone course. 

Exploring the Missouri River from Source to Mouth [4 Sessions]

3:00 – 4:30 p.m., Moss A 
Wednesdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26

This course is based on the instructor’s 2016 seven-week exploration trip (by car) down the entire Missouri River, from official source in Three Forks, Mont., to its confluence with the Mississippi near St. Louis. By the time of the course’s completion, a wide variety of the River’s personality and make-up will be explored. The course should be of interest to everyone, from armchair travelers to history buffs, with scenery, photography, geography, the River’s people and much more, thrown in for good measure. Course content will likely include (though perhaps not be limited to) a variety of topics: general overview of the trip and the course; cities along the river; the four state capitals and capitols; adventures and special sites/sights; human treasures: people and stores along the river; and Lewis and Clark. Amount of time on various topics will be based partly on desires, input and special interests of class members. 

Instructor: Larry Campbell spent his professional career working as a mathematics education professor. Since retirement, he has been running AfterMath Enterprises LLC, an umbrella organization for a variety of activities. He has written two books and also writes a bi-weekly educational column for the Springfield News-Leader. In Summer 2016, he spent seven weeks exploring (by car) the Missouri River from its source in Montana to its mouth near St. Louis. That once-in-a-lifetime adventure is the basis for this course. 

Let’s Can-Can Salsa! (No dance partner needed) [2 Sessions]

3:00 – 5:00 p.m., MU's Family Impact Center (105 E. Ash St., Suite 200)
Wednesdays: June 19, 26

Limit of 12 students.

It’s salsa time! Join us to learn how to prepare and safely preserve salsa. This hands-on class will showcase a tomato-based salsa in week one and a fruit-based salsa in week two. Recipes will be provided for both types of salsa each week. The class provides the latest research-based guidelines for preserving salsa. University of Missouri Extension faculty will answer questions on canning and freezing salsa for long term storage. 

NOTE: There is a $10 materials fee for fruits/veggies and canning supplies. Additionally, participants may bring their dial-type pressure canner lids for testing. Canner gauge testing will be offered during each session at no cost to participants. Dial-type gauges should be tested annually to ensure accuracy and prevent bacterial contamination of preserved foods. (Testing is not necessary for weighted gauges.) 

Instructor: Liz Harrison, MPH, CHES®, is the MU Extension County Engagement Specialist for Howard County; she also is the Nutrition and Health Education Specialist for Boone and Howard counties. Liz offers research-based courses for the community on topics, including disease management, nutrition, mindfulness, balance and physical activity. She is most excited to offer programs that meet the needs and wants of the communities where she lives and works!