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Eastern Illinois University School of Continuing Education has scheduled its upcoming events for May-June.

Future Cohort Opportunity – Master of Science in Technology Cohort in Chicagoland: EIU’s School of Technology offers a part-time schedule of classes in Oak Brook for six semesters that will facilitate completion of the Master of Science in Technology degree. Classes meet at the Hyatt Lodge at McDonald's Campus in Oak Brook.

For more information, contact Dr. David Melton, 217-581-5762 or dwmelton@eiu.edu.

Summer 2014 Italian Culinary Programs

Join visiting professors Liva LeDivelec Lemmi and Umberto Gori, from Apicius Culinary Institute, Florence, Italy, for a hands-on exploration of the Food, Wine and Culture of Tuscany.

Mediterranean Cooking and Wine Appreciation classes are scheduled to meet four nights weekly from May 19–22 and May 27–30, and are available as one-week or two-week, upper-division/graduate modules with a credit/non-credit option.

Registration for college credit is charged a per-semester-hour tuition determined by your locked-in tuition rate. Non-credit registration is $172 per class module, per week. Tuition waivers cannot be accepted. Members of EIU’s Academy of Lifelong Learning can register (non-credit only) at a discount of $32 per course, per week.

For more information or registration assistance, visit www.eiu.edu/adulted/culinary.php or call the School of Continuing Education at 217-581-5116.

  • Apprentice Chef Cooking School for High School Sophomores and Juniors will be offered in three sessions. Session 1: June 1–4; Session 2: June 8–11; Session 3: June 15–18. The cost will be $650.

High school sophomores and juniors interested in gaining practical experience in the hospitality and culinary arts fields will have the opportunity to attend a three and one half-day camp, working under the tutelage of Dr. Jim Painter, a world-renowned dietician with special expertise in the hospitality industry. Participants will commit to an exciting course of study and development, including three focus areas:

Culinary Experiences: Participants will learn culinary basics such as knife skills, etiquette, and safety and sanitation procedures. Scientific principles of baking, grilling, food preparation and sensory taste testing will be presented. Participants will master the culinary techniques to prepare items such as pastries, fresh pasta, sauces, and Italian ices.

Field trips: Participants will take a field trip to the Firefly Grill in nearby Effingham to sample various cuisines, learn plating and garnishing techniques, and interact with professional Chefs.

Event Planning: As a capstone project, apprentice chefs will plan, prepare and serve a fine dining meal to family members on Wednesday evening, utilizing skills learned throughout the week.

Summer Escapes for Youth Ages 6–18, June 9–July 26

Summer is fast approaching, and Eastern’s School of Continuing Education has planned some exciting summer escapes for kids ages 6–18. Start now planning summer activities. Events include:

• 2014 Fit-N-Fun Camp for ages 6–8

Learn how to safely ride your bicycle; learn to have fun with your friends and family. Earn the President's Council on Fitness Award. Participants will receive a t-shirt at the end of camp. The camp will be held June 9-12; 12:30-4:30 p.m. The cost will be $75. Register by June 4.

• 2014 Fit-N-Fun Camp for ages 9–12

Learn how to exercise using a Wii and an Xbox. Learn how to stay active and move for 60 minutes a day. Earn the President's Council on Fitness Award. Participants will receive a t-shirt at the end of camp. The  camp will be held from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday; and 8 a.m.-noon, Friday, June 16-20. The cost will be $125 (lunch will be provided). Register by June 11.

• 2014 Rookie Cooks for ages: 8–12

Join us and learn the basics of home cooking. The camp will be from 9 a.m.-noon June 20, at the Coles County Fairgrounds, in the 4-H Building.  The cost will be $25 and registration must be done by June 18.

• 2014 Computer Guts Ages 8–14

Want to learn what makes a computer work? Let’s take a computer apart and look inside! Registration is free but spaces are limited; register to attend. The camp will be held from 10-11 a.m. June 27, at EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116. The camp is free. Register by June 25.

• Beginning Engineering LEGO Camp for ages 6–8

Design and build exciting projects with LEGO construction materials. Work with levers, gears, pulleys, and wheels to make cars, catapults, and more. Time will be allotted each day for both individual creative challenges and team projects. Great opportunity for girls and boys. It will be held June 23-26 from 8 a.m.-noon, and the cost will be $99. Register by June 16.

• LEGO WeDo Robotics Camp for ages 8–10

Explore engaging learning experiences in science, literacy, and math. Use the LEGO WeDo materials to inspire problem solving and creativity! Work on themed projects and be challenged creatively. Great opportunity for girls and boys. It will be held from 8 a.m.-noon June 23-26. The cost of the camp will be $99. Register by June 16.

• Intermediate Engineering LEGO Camp for ages 8–10.

Work with LEGO construction materials to design and build exciting projects. Explore simple machines, motors, gears, and motion. Enjoy individual creative challenges and team projects. New projects for 2014! Great opportunity for girls and boys. It will be held from 8 a.m.-noon, June 30-July 3. The cost will be $99. Register by June 23.

• Young Inventor’s Workshop Ages: 11–14

New for 2014. Develop your creativity and engineering skills with hands-on projects using LEGO Mindstorms materials. Learn about inventors and inventions while designing and building your own creation. Great for boys and girls! The event will be held from 8 a.m.-noon, June 30-July 3. The cost will be $99. Register by June 23.

• LEGO Robotics Bootcamp for ages 9–14

Learn programming basics for the LEGO Mindstorms robots. Get an introduction to strategies and skills that can be used for the FIRST LEGO League. No experience with robots or programming is expected. Great for boys and girls. The camp will run July 7-10 from 8 a.m.-noon. The cost will be $99. Register by June 30.

• Introduction to Computer Programming with Python Ages: 13–19

Hands-on programming projects that introduce students to Python, a language used by game developers and computer programmers. No computer programming experience is expected. The event will be held from 8 a.m.-noon, July 14-17. The cost will be $99. Register by July 7.

• MTIEP Summer Camp: July 6-11.

This summer Eastern Illinois University will host its 11th annual one-week Minority Teacher Identification and Enrichment Program Camp in which students will experience college life and participate in academic sessions to develop teachers. MTIEP is a special program designed to recruit and retain minority students who have an interest in becoming teachers. This program has been a vital part of EIUs College of Education & Professional Studies since 1993. This program is a total scholarship program. The only expense that the campers will incur is a $50 reservation fee for the students who are selected to attend. Students selected for the camp will be notified and asked to pay the non-refundable $50 reservation fee to secure a place in the 2014 camp. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp. No money is required to apply for the camp. All students will live in air-conditioned university residence halls and will explore the facilities and services of EIU with the camp leaders. This camp will provide an opportunity for students to discover what college life entails. For more information, please contact Mona Davenport at mydavenport@eiu.edu or 217-581-6690.

• Minority Leadership Camp: July 20–26

This summer Eastern Illinois University will host its 28th annual one-week Minority Leadership and College Prep Camp in which students will experience college life and participate in activities to develop leadership and communication skills. This program is a total scholarship program. The only expense that the campers will incur is a $20 reservation fee for the students who are selected to attend. Students selected for the camp will be notified and asked to pay the nonrefundable $20 reservation fee to secure a place in the 2014 camp. Students will be responsible for their own transportation to and from the camp. No money is required to apply for the camp. All students will live in air-conditioned university residence halls and will explore the facilities and services of EIU with the camp leaders. This camp will provide an opportunity for students to discover what college life entails. For more information, please contact Mona Davenport at mydavenport@eiu.edu or 217-581-6690.

For more information or to register, visit www.eiu.edu/adulted/kids.php, e-mail learn@eiu.edu or call the School of Continuing Education at 217-581-5114.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Field Trip: Funerals

"Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Funerals But Were Afraid to Ask."  The day event will be June 4. Participants will depart from EIU Blair Hall Staff parking lot 1:15 p.m. and return 4 p.m. The Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland will be the site; costs will be $18 for academy members; $36 for non-members. Register by May 28.

When & why did the profession of Funeral Directing start? Is cremation or burial the best? What exactly is embalming, and is it required by law? How is the body prepared for viewing? Come for a tour of the beautiful Krabel Funeral Home and get your unspoken questions answered. Learn the characteristics and reasons families tend to stay in these businesses for generations. It has a limit capacity of 13.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Workshop: The Mountain Dulcimer

The location for this workshop will be at Jackson Avenue Coffee Shop, 708 Jackson Ave., Charleston; from 5-6:30 p.m. June 12. It will be presented by William Lovekamp. The event is free and open to the public. Register by June 5.

The Mountain Dulcimer is an American folk instrument originating from the southern Appalachian mountains of the eastern United States around the time of the Revolutionary War. Please join us to learn about the history of the dulcimer and enjoy a few lovely songs for your listening pleasure. It is limited to 25 participants.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Field Trip: Coles County Animal Shelter 

The participants of this event will visit the Coles County Animal Shelter, 6818 North County Road 1120E. It will be held from 1-2:30 p.m. June 19. Jason Wallace will be the presenter. The event is free and open to the public. Register by June 12.

Join us for a tour of the newly renovated animal shelter in rural Charleston. We’ll learn about the joys and challenges of working with “furry people.” Jason Wallace will share some of the most compelling statistics, return-to-owner efforts, daily schedules, investigations and personal stories. Don’t miss this heartwarming opportunity to understand the complexities of caring for these four-legged friends. Limit 20 participants.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Workshop: Captivating Calligraphy

Captivating Calligraphy will be held 5-6:30 p.m. June 24. It will be held at EIU Blair Hall, Room 2116. It will be presented by Brett Bensley. The event is free and open to the public. Register by June 17.

Calligraphy is the ancient visual art of fine writing or script used to enhance printed materials. In some countries, people consider calligraphy a highly skilled art form. Some current uses are wedding invitations, greeting cards and scrapbook entries. Learn to beautifully script your name or monogram in this session! All required tools will be loaned for this free introductory session. It is limited to 15 participants.

Academy of Lifelong Learning Travel Opportunity: Exploring Lincoln’s Roots

The event will be held Oct. 10-12, with time and details to be determined. The meeting place location will be at Krabel Funeral Home in Oakland. It will be led by Matthew Mittelstaedt, Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site. The cost will be $492; but $100 deposit will hold the reservation; with balance due by Sept. 5. Register by Aug. 5.

Join participants for a special three-day, two-night journey through Indiana’s Lincoln sites to explore the Kentucky roots of our 16th president. Visit the plantation of Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong friend Joshua Speed. Explore Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail with a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery. Accommodations for both nights will be at the Inn at the Historic Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, outside Herrodsburg, Ky., which is also featured on the tour itinerary.

The $492 per person is based on double occupancy) registration fee includes transportation, lodging, all admission fees, guided tours and breakfast buffet each morning. For more information or to register, contact Kathy Grant at 217-581-5114, or email academy@eiu.edu . It is limited to 13 participants.

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