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We provide fun, educational, and dynamic informal classes including photography, dancing, art, fitness and more! Try a variety of classes with us without an intimidating time commitment.

Our fall courses are now open for registration!  Click to our website, www.informalclasses.org to sign up for art or dance classes, beekeeping or knitting, Buddhism or astrology, and so much more!

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  • What is the history of the stock market and why was it invented?
  • Do stocks even have a place in your portfolio?
  • How do you analyze stocks using fundamentals, ratios and charts?
  • How do you open a brokerage account and execute stock trades? 

Get answers to these questions and more in our upcoming class, Introduction to the Stock Market, taught by investment adviser Sara Glakas. After taking the class, previous student Billy Linley enthused, “Great for beginners! Sara was absolutely amazing. She showed great knowledge of the subject matter and effectively communicated the material.” Sign up for Sara’s next class on our website and bring your questions to class so you can feel confident pursuing your goals on the stock market.

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Examine the role played by religion in various critical points in a person’s life. Psychology of Religion through the Lifespan is presented by psychologist and UT instructor Dr. Wendy Domjan. Dr. Domjan considers both the psychological processes involved in religious belief and practice at each of the six points and also the ways in which religion influences psychological functioning. Don’t miss the chance to take a class from this engaging, thought-provoking celebrated UT professor. Class starts on July 1 - register on our website!

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In the age of personal electronic devices and information at your fingertips, knowing what and how to focus your attention and energy means the difference between feeling balanced and in control and not. Take this helpful class and pinpoint your greatest time challenges. Once you discover your greatest time inefficiencies, you will make a plan of action to get more out of your time. Instructor Nancy Schill has been working in personal development for more than 8 years. Take advantage of her experience and gain some coaching and support starting July 1. Register online.

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Take advantage of LinkedIn’s powerful networking tools and resources to grow your professional career or business in this new class.

•Learn how to setup and optimize your profile.
•Learn how LinkedIn differs from other social media platforms.
•Discover how to grow your network & connections.
•Learn how to generate leads and even market your products & programs.
•Explore leveraging groups to build your brand and expertise, and much more!

Since 1995, instructor Fran Harris has helped entrepreneurs, organizations and companies perform at peak levels. Her fun, interactive classes are great for new business owners or established business who need to step into new markets. Register on our website for this June 30 class.

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The most prolific authors writing romance and mystery turn out between four and five novels a year. The average is about one book every 10 weeks. Join this 10-week intensive workshop to test the waters and find out what it takes for you to kick start your stalled novel. This workshop is a place for practical learning using a studio technique. You provide pages from your novel for other aspiring authors to read and also read for them. Then, in partnership with a classmate, discuss the draft pages providing each other useful feedback. 

A writer’s workshop is several things at once: a support group, a place to be mentored and a place to work with kindhearted peers who serve as informal coaches. Instruction will focus on commercial genre fiction, plot, characters, conflict, scene structure and story arc in addition to giving feedback with kindness to fellow authors. Class starts Sunday, June 29 - sign up now!

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Throwback Thursday to 1910. Here University of Texas students in the geology lab housed in the Old Main building.
Image: Briscoe Center for American History, di_08191

Love this TBT!

utaustin:

Throwback Thursday to 1910. Here University of Texas students in the geology lab housed in the Old Main building.



Image: Briscoe Center for American History, di_08191

Source: utaustin

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Susannah and Vanessa started their company, Create a Gogo, to help you explore the source of your inspiration, find your voice and help you get your work out to the world. They have two more classes coming up this summer, Creativity for Everybody and Yoga for Creativity. In their classes, they will “share [their] enthusiasm for self-expression and self-trust and help people learn how to free their voices and discover their muses”. After taking one of their classes, their students leave with increased confidence and a stronger connection to their own sources of inspiration. Read more about Susannah and Vanessa in the following instructor highlight.

Informal Classes: What can students expect out of your class?

Create-A-Gogo: Students can expect to have fun, boost their own creativity, find new ways of solving problems and approaching situations. They will feel liberated to say yes to their own ideas and imagination in a supportive environment. Students will leave with increased confidence and a stronger connection to their own sources of inspiration.

IC: What are you most excited about sharing with your students?

C-A-G: We are excited to share our enthusiasm for self-expression and self-trust. We love helping people learn how to free their voices and discover their muse with simple tools, creativity exercises and relaxation techniques. We enjoy sharing feedback about where students’ gifts lie and how to expand the good in their work.

IC: Can you tell us a little bit about your background?

C-A-G: Susannah Raulino has 25 years of experience practicing and teaching yoga and meditation. She has been writing since 1989 and teaching creative writing since 2007. She wrote the book It Writes Itself: A travel guide to writing fiction. Vanessa Shields has a degree in education, and is an award winning dancer and dance instructor. She created the Adhri Technique, an emotional release technique for increasing freedom and joy in creativity, performance and life. She is currently working on a novel series and performing songs and sketches with Susannah in Snap Snap Nation. 

IC: What do you as the instructor learn from working with your students?

C-A-G: Every student learns differently, which teaches us new ways to adapt our techniques and approaches to work for a variety of learning styles.

IC: Any thing else you’d like to share?

C-A-G: We love to share in the creativity of our students. Hearing their words and seeing the excitement in their faces as they discover their own abilities is the best part of each class.

Learn Cheerobics with UT Informal Classes!  The next session, held at Dance Austin Studio, starts on 6/23 - register on our website!

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Dance off the calories in our upcoming class, Dance AusTONE Fit. Raise your heartrate with some of Dance Austin Studio’s signature cardio routines, plus sculpt and tone your body with 20 minutes of fun exercise. The exhilarating music will inspire you to move in this fun class, available for participants 16-years and up. Class takes place at Dance Austin Studio on Burnet Road and 183. Register on our website.