Winter/Spring Offerings: Leisure & Special Interest

Try a new hobby or just learn something new with our wide range of special interest courses!

2020 Offerings

Contemporary Guitar Skills I

This course is designed for beginners and those who have been playing guitar for one year or less. You will be guided through the basics of guitar, including how to tune the guitar, play chords and solo. Also covered are major, minor and pentatonic scales, basic soloing skills, theory, technique and ensemble skills. Many musical examples will be illustrated from popular songs, including songs that are of special interest to students. You must provide your own acoustic or electric guitar (a small amplifier should be used with electric guitars). Additional materials will be discussed at the first class; anticipated cost is $20.

Contemporary Guitar Skills I Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Tues., 2/11 - 5/12, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/17 & 4/14
60195 Gary Cellucci $139

Contemporary Guitar Skills II

This class is a continuation of “Contemporary Guitar Skills I” for the intermediate guitar player with one to four years of playing experience. Topics will include major and minor pentatonic scales, soloing techniques, modes, phrasing, theory, playing with other musicians, chord progressions, warm-up exercises and developing good practice habits.

Contemporary Guitar Skills II Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
12 Sessions, WIL 113
Mon., 2/10 - 5/11, 6 - 8 p.m.
No class 3/16 & 4/13
60196 Gary Cellucci $139

Basic Fly Fishing

This course offers instruction in everything you need to start fly fishing, which Walton called “the thinking man’s recreation.” You will participate in field trips to local streams, where you will practice fly-casting and presentation techniques.

You will also learn about stream ecology, including how to identify common aquatic and terrestrial insects that trout feed on, and learn to tie a variety of artificial flies that mimic those insects. Lecture sessions will feature interactive how-to videos and guest speakers. A free one-year membership to the Trout Unlimited organization is included upon course completion. All course materials are provided. Free use of fly rods and reels as well as fly-tying equipment and materials are provided.

Each student must purchase hip waders or chest waders, eye protection (typically polarized sunglasses) and a valid NY fishing license. Open to students age 14 and up.

Basic Fly Fishing Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
7 Sessions, ADM 106
Class Dates: 3/10, 3/12, 3/31, 4/7, 4/9, 4/21, 6 - 8 p.m.
Offsite fishing trip: Sat., 5/2, 6 a.m. - 2 p.m.
60271 Miles Kimball $119

Options in Adoption and Assisted Family Formation

This class provides an overview of the adoption process, including what types of adoptions are available, i.e. foster care, private agency, private placement, step/second parent, international, and others. You’ll learn the differences between these various forms of adoptions, as well as the process associated with each, including costs, timelines, advantages/disadvantages, common pitfalls, and more. We’ll also discuss other, non-adoption family formation options, such as assisted reproduction technology or “ART,” which includes IVF, surrogacy, and other options, and cover some hot topics in the adoption and ART world.

Options in Adoption and Assisted Family Formation Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
1 Session, ADM 101
Thurs., 3/26, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
60281 Joseph Williams $12

Secrets of Better Photography

This online class will teach you how to take outstanding photos. Whether you use a DSLR, a point-and-shoot camera, or your phone for your photography, you will learn how to get the best results from your camera. This hands-on course will teach you how to choose the right photographic equipment to compose images with style. You can take your camera out of auto mode after learning about lighting, motion, aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings. You will also explore common photography topics, including portraiture, children’s photography, pet photography, and digital editing. Each lesson includes exercises and assignments, so you can apply what you learned to your own camera. By the time you finish, you will see a difference in both your artistic vision and your photos!

Secrets of Better Photography Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
Online Course: 3/18 - 5/8 60290 TBA $115

Paranormal Research: Successful Team Building and Investigation Techniques

Join paranormal investigator Jack Kenna from TV’s “Paranormal Survivor,” “Haunted Case Files,” and “Haunted Hospitals” as he provides the steps necessary to build and grow a successful paranormal team and to research and investigate haunted locations. Find out how to find and work with clients and examine the most common equipment used, including how the tools work, when to use them, and tips and techniques for optimizing their use to improve capturing quality evidence. Students will receive a course book. In addition to the classroom portion of this course, students will meet on Sunday, May 10 at Cohoes Music Hall to take part in a paranormal investigation. Course fee includes $65 materials fee.

Paranormal Research: Successful Team Building and Investigation Techniques Schedule
SCHEDULE CRN Instructor Cost
5 Sessions, ADM 106
Wed., 4/22 - 5/13, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Sun., 5/10, 7 - 11 p.m.
60289 Jack Kenna $110

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Fax: (518) 629-8103

Regular Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Summer Hours: Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
(excluding college holidays and vacations)