More community classes offered at OUS

Published 8:57 am Thursday, October 9, 2014

Community education classes are now being offered at Ohio University Southern’s Ironton and Proctorville campuses.

The classes are open to the general public regardless of educational background and are self-supporting. The fees collected from classes cover the instructional, administrative and overhead cost of the program.

Registration and enrollment must be completed prior to the first class session. If the minimum enrollment for a class is not met, the class could be cancelled.

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Classes offered at the Ironton campus are:

Couponing with instructor Jeanie Basham meets 6:30-7:30 p.m. Oct. 21 and 28; and Nov. 4, 7, 18 and 21.

Learn how to coupon like a professional, how and where to get the best coupons and how to save time clipping and organizing. Save money by learning how to use coupons to save the most money.

Course meets in Riffe 258 and includes two shopping trips to local vendors.

Course enrollment is a minimum of 10 and maximum of 50 and costs $42.

Crocheting instructor Elizabeth Fugett-Stevens’ class meets 6-8 p.m. on Wednesdays from Oct. 22 to Nov. 19 in 1804 Room.

Crocheting is a method of creating fabric from yarn, thread or other materials. This class introduces students to basic crochet practices such as links, chains and stitches in order to make hats, scarves and other items. Beginners should select a smooth yarn and a basic hook to use when learning how to crochet. Please bring yarn and crochet hook to class.

Course has an enrollment minimum of 10 and maximum of 20. Course cost is $35.

The Underground Railroad in Burlington and Ironton with instructor Chris Saunders meets 6-8 p.m. on Tuesdays Oct. 21 through Nov. 18 in the OUS Spriggs Auditorium.

Ohio’s Underground Railroad network was more active than any other state in the Union. Lawrence County, the southernmost county in Ohio, bordered the slave states of Virginia and Kentucky. Countless enslaved African-Americans first tasted freedom after crossing the Ohio River into Burlington and Ironton.

This session uses primary sources to identify and give biographical sketches of the individuals of various ethnicities and religious beliefs who worked together in an informal network of safe houses and escape routes to help enslaved African-Americans to freedom in the northern states and Canada.

The objective of this session is to bring local history to life and to remember the sacrifices made by the men and women in the nation’s first civil rights movement. Following the sessions, attendees will have a better understanding of the lives of those persecuted by the peculiar institution of slavery. They will learn about the lives of several prominent abolitionists and Underground Railroad conductors, their sacrifices and the escape routes they used.

Course enrollment minimum is 10 and cost is $35.

Victorian Living with instructor Vicki Roach meets 9-11 a.m. Oct. 21 and Oct. 23 at Tea Party Treats and Sweets, 101 Township Road 328 in Ironton.

The Victorian Era was named for England’s Queen Victoria who ruled from 1837-1901. This period of stylish home décor was treasured for its diversity, ornamentation and craftsmanship. In this course, students will learn characteristics of Victorian living. Decorating in the Victorian style, learning fun facts about the era, and making Victorian ornaments, picture frames, cupcakes, wreaths, T-shirt scarves and dainty tea party delights are the focus of this class.

Course enrollment minimum is five and cost is $28.

Classes offered at OUS-Proctorville Center include:

Pinning with Pinterest is with instructor Suzanne Johnson-Varney and meets 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18 in the OUS-Proctorville Center computer lab.

If you’ve heard about Pinterest and wondered what it is, then you should join us on attend this two-hour session. If you’ve pinned before, join us and see what is new.

Course enrollment minimum is five and maximum is 24.

Course cost is $14.

For more information contact Community Education Coordinator Nina Queen at 740-533-4548 or by email at Visit for a link to community education courses and registration information.

Editor’s note: The Tribune will publish information about additional classes in Friday’s edition.