Courses Offered

Winter/Spring 2015 Courses

LL1501 Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of TSTC:
A Hands-on Experience

  • Wednesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
  • January 7, 14, 21, 28
  • TSTC Campus
  • Map will be provided for four locations

Texas State Technical College students spend more than 60 percent of their time in active hands-on labs using the tools required by industry and learning the skills needed to stand out. This class will be a wonderful opportunity to take the TSTC journey and see what technical education is all about. Visit four locations on the TSTC campus: Aerospace Center, Electronics Center, Industrial Technology, and concluding with Culinary Arts, where lunch will be included. Parking is available at all locations, and very little walking will be necessary. Watch the students working in the various career areas, and learn all that is occurring at TSTC.

LL1502 American Musical Theatre:
From the Beginning Until the Present

  • Monday, 1:30-3:00 p.m.
  • January 12, 19, 26, February 2
  • Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center, #149

Join Dr. Stan Denman, chairman of Baylor’s Department of Theatre Arts, for a survey of the origins of the American musical to major milestones in this indigenous form of American theatre. The final session will include a live performance in Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Center of contemporary musical numbers by Baylor Theatre majors.

LL1503 American Healthcare From 1900 to Present Day

  • Thursday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • January 22, 29, and Monday, February 9, 16
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. Roland A. Goertz, chief executive officer of Waco Family Health Center, will lead this four-part series discussing the evolution of American healthcare with specific time spent on the origination of health insurance, the impact of technology on medicine, and the issues faced by patients and the public in our own community. The series will close with a discussion of the current transformation of our system from one focused on “sickness care” to one dedicated to "health."

LL1504 Hebrew as the Language of Jewish Values

  • Tuesday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • February 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Hebrew is the ancient language of the Jewish Bible and Jewish liturgy, the spoken language of the modern nation of Israel, and the language of expression of evolving Jewish culture. In all its facets, it gives voice to a powerful set of values that serve as a blueprint for living an ethical life. In this class Rabbi Laura Harari will examine the characteristics of the language and take a look at a series of popular sayings that conveya set of values for everyday living. Prior knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to attend this class.

LL1505 Sons of Abraham: Back to the Beginning

  • Tuesday, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
  • February 3, 10, 17, 24
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. Lynn Tatum delves into the texts of Genesis that have given rise to the faith of billions of people worldwide. Three of the world’s great religions find their roots in Abraham—Islam from Ishmael and Judaism and Christianity from Isaac. Using archaeological, ethnographic, and Biblical evidence, he will examine the narratives in Genesis about the clan of Abraham, his wife Sarah, his concubine Hagar, and his two sons, Ishmael and Isaac.

LL1506 U.S. Government and Foreign Policy

  • Wednesday 1:00-2:30 p.m.
  • February 4, 11, 18, 25
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Led by adjunct professor of government at McLennan Community College, former employee of the U.S. government, and frequent contributor to the Waco Tribune-Herald David Oualaalou, this course will cover the structure and powers of the federal government including the legislative, executive, and judicial branches, highlighting the roles of each branch and illustrating how checks and balances are a key to maintaining political stability within our government. The course also will focus on the U.S. role in the international system, foreign, and security policy

LL1507 Behind the Scenes of a Television Station

  • Thursday, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • February 5, 12, 19, 26
  • KXXV Studio, 1909 S. New Road
  • Class is limited to 15 students

KXXV news anchor Ann Harder will once again coordinate a behind-the- scenes tour of the local television business, highlighting everything from news to commercial production. You will hear from reporters and producers as well as engineers and management on what it takes to keep a television station on the air.

LL1508 Building Music is Big Business

  • Monday, 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
  • February 9, 16, 23, March 2
  • McCrary Music Building

Musical experiences are often more meaningful when listeners have the chance to meet personally with the musicians, and this class will be designed to provide interaction arranged by Wiff Rudd with the conductors and musicians from the Baylor Symphony Orchestra and A Cappella Choir. You will enjoy rehearsals with these two wonderful ensembles in order to witness how they, like successful businesses, must be individually responsible as well as supportive team players.

LL1509 The Texas Collection:
An Outstanding Research Library and Archive

  • Thursday, 3:30-5:00p.m.
  • February 12, 19, 26, March 5
  • The Texas Collection, Carroll Library
  • (Corner of 5th and Speight)
  • Class limited to 20 students

The Texas Collection contains more than 160,000 printed volumes, an extensive map collection, 1.4 million photographs, and archives of state and local history. In each session you will be introduced to a different aspect of this amazing collection by specialists in the areas. The opening session will be a five-member "foodie" panel titled "Cooking in Texas: A Discussion about Texas Food and Cuisine," showing passionate Texas food writers, chefs, and a cookbook collector.

LL1510 13,000 Years of Texas Archaeology

  • Wednesday, 2:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 18, 25, April 1, 8
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Historical archaeologist and lecturer of anthropology Carol Macaulay- Jameson will introduce you to the exciting world of Texas archaeology. The course will step back in time and examine the lives of the Texas PaleoIndians, learn how the archaic hunters and gatherers cooked their food, visit the farming cultures of the Texas Panhandle, the Rio Grande, and East Texas, and end with the shipwreck of LaSalle's supply ship, La Belle, in Matagorda Bay.

LL1511 Little Known Intellectuals of the Middle Ages

  • Wednesday 10:00-11:30 a.m.
  • April 1, 8, 15, 22
  • Columbus Avenue Center, 1115 Columbus Avenue

Dr. Henry Walbesser returns to share his expertise on our possibly incorrect interpretation of a stagnation time during the European Middle Ages. This course will illustrate how the Middle Ages in Europe was actually a time of remarkable intellectuals of both genders who predated the coming of the Renaissance.

LL1512 How Artists Have Seen Four Great Cities

  • Thursday, 4:00-5:30 p.m.
  • April 2, 16, 23, 30
  • Hooper-Schaefer Fine Arts Building, #149

Dr. Karen Pope brings a visual survey of four great cities: Rome, London, Paris, and New York and considers how they have been depicted by artists over the centuries. This will be a chance to re-visit some of your favorite vacation destinations or enjoy places that might be on your bucket list.