The Office of Community Education at Southern Arkansas University has an interesting selection of affordable non-credit class options available for the public this fall.
According to the Press Release, to register for the following classes, email Caroline Waller at carolinewaller@saumag.edu, call 870-235-4006, or register online. Class reservations are not final until the fee has been paid.

American Sign Language I
This course is designed to develop the student’s expressive and receptive skills in American Sign Language. The student will be introduced to grammatical structure, use of expression in communication, and interpretation of English into American Sign Language.
Dates: August 27 – December 3
Day: Monday
Time: 7:10 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Peace Hall, 206
Instructor: Terri Orr
Fee: $60 (textbook not included)

American Sign Language II
This course is a continuation of American Sign Language 1 and is designed to develop expressive and receptive signing skills.
Dates: August 27 – December 3
Day: Monday
Time: 5:10 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Peace Hall, 206
Instructor: Terri Orr
Fee: $60 (textbook not included)

Scuba Diving for Beginners
Obtain the knowledge and skills required to become a P.A.D.I certified instructor. The Professional Association of Diving Instructors is the largest and most prestigious training program in the world. The course consists of classroom, pool sessions, and open water checkouts (Lake DeGray). Minimum age is 10. Class is limited to 6 students.
Dates: August 27 – December 3
Day: Monday
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: SAU Pool
Instructor: Clay Raborn
Fee: $300 (equipment included)

Scuba Diving Refresher Course
Divers can refresh their skills that build confidence and proficiency under the supervision of a P.A.D.I. professional. Class size is limited.
Dates: August 27 – December 3
Day: Monday
Time: 5:30 – 7 p.m.
Location: SAU Pool
Instructor: Clay Raborn
Fee: $150 (equipment included)

Get Fit with Aquacize!
Enjoy the benefits of a low-impact workout while socializing with friends. Using water resistance, you will enhance your flexibility, muscle balance, and cardiovascular fitness to develop a healthier you. Ideal for all fitness levels. Whether you want to expand your fitness skills or develop them, this class is perfect for you.
Dates: September 4 – December 6
Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Time: 6 – 7 p.m.
Location: SAU Pool
Instructor: Chris Wilson
Fee: $65

Financial Literacy
Learn to manage your money with confidence, protect what you have, spend and enjoy more, manage debt correctly, plan for your most successful future, and have less anxiety around your finances. Each class will focus on a relevant and important topic. You will learn 5 simple rules and 9 fundamental steps that govern personal finance, enabling you to make the best decisions for you - now and in the future.
• Dates: Session 1
Tuesday, September 11 - Insurance 101: Understanding what is available, why it might be important and how to know when it’s not.
Thursday, September 13 - Saving 101: Life rules for personal savings. How much? How to start? Where to put it?
Tuesday, September 25 - Saving 102: The Long Game. Paying for college and/or saving for retirement.
Thursday, September 27 -Putting your money to work so you can work less: ‘How’ not ‘Where’ - The best time and method to step into or stay in the market.
Tuesday, October 2 - Retirement Income 101: Transitioning from a paycheck to Social Security: When is the best time, and what can you expect?
Thursday, October 4 - Retirement Income 102: Coordinating Social Security, Medicare, distributions and taxes.
• Dates: Session 2
Tuesday, October 16 - Insurance 101: Understanding what is available, why it might be important and how to know when it’s not.
Thursday, October 18 - Saving 101: Life rules for personal savings. How much? How to start? and where to put it?
Tuesday, October 30 - Saving 102: The Long Game. Paying for college and/or saving for retirement.
Thursday, November 1 -Putting your money to work so you can work less: ‘How’ not ‘Where’ - The best time and method to step into or stay in the market.
Tuesday, November 13 - Retirement Income 101: Transitioning from a paycheck to Social Security: When is the best time and what can you expect?
Thursday, November 15 - Retirement Income 102: Coordinating Social Security, Medicare, distributions and taxes.
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Campus and Community Center, Room 210
Instructor: Beth Freudenburg, Financial Adviser
Fee: $15 for class or $50 for bundle

Fall Youth Studio Art Workshop
Youth will be involved in a hands-on 1 hour art experience with drawing, painting, and 3-D art using various media. The workshop will conclude with a Youth Artists’ Reception. Each class size is limited to 8 students.
Dates: October 1 - 29
Day: Monday
Times: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. 2nd Session: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.
Ages: K – 7th Grade
Location: Studio 11 – 11 Cherrywood Magnolia, AR 71753
Instructor: Ms. Pat Leslie
Fee: $50 (materials included)

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia
This presentation will explore the differences, similarities, and general nature of Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia. Learn about detection, causes, risk factors, stages, and treatment of these diseases will be discussed.
Date: Tuesday, October 2nd
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Location: Donald W. Reynolds Center Room 210
Instructor: Patrick Lindsey, Community Outreach Coordinator, Alzheimer’s Association Arkansas
No fee.

Cookies with Amanda – Christmas Theme
Amanda Blanchard, owner of Cookie Doughmain, will explain basic cookie decorating tools, bags, and tips in this fun Mother & Daughter class. Learn how to properly outline, flood, and decorate cookies and practice those skills on freshly Christmas baked cookies. Fee includes 1 dozen cookies. Class size is limited to 12.
Date: Tuesday, December 4
Time: 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: SAU – Beyond the Campus - 113 N. Jefferson
Instructor: Amanda Blanchard – Cookie Doughmain
Fee: $50 per class