Free Community Education Workshops Offered at LMC Niles-Bertrand Crossing

Mar 01, 2018
Three community education classes will be offered this spring at the Lake Michigan College Niles - Bertrand Crossing Campus. Classes are open to the public and free of charge.

Classes are open to the public and free of charge. To register for community education classes, email or call (269) 695-1391. 

Dr. Becki Van Cleave
will present “Memory: Why do we forget and how do we remember?” on Saturday, March 24, from 10 a.m. - Noon. 

By unlocking the mysteries of how minds learn and store information, attendees of this class will explore how memory is organized, and will discover tips and tricks for memory improvement. Participants will engage in fun and interactive mini-experiments based on research in cognitive psychology.

Van Cleave has been teaching psychology for 30 years, and has been a psychology professor at LMC since 2011. She peppers her cognitive learning and memory lessons with hilarious tales from her research studying visitors' knowledge and perception of wilderness environments in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Van Cleave holds a doctorate in experimental psychology from the University of Tennessee.

Nathan Swords will present “Google Drive 101: A basic introduction to working "in the cloud" on Saturday, April 7, from 10 -11 a.m.

Learn about the basics of Google Drive and its various components. Attendees will gain the knowledge and skills to create, edit, and share online versions of Microsoft Word, Excel and Power Point documents using Google Drive to collaborate with others on the internet -- or, "in the cloud."  

Nate Swords is a Lake Michigan College staff member and proud alum. He holds a Master’s degree from Western Michigan University and has completed coursework in a doctoral program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Throughout his academic and professional career he has gained extensive expertise in data collection, organization and analysis through software and database training.

Timothy Moore will present “Coming Apart at the Seams: America in 1968” on Saturday, April 14, from 10 a.m. – Noon.

Popular presenter Timothy Moore will deliver an entertaining glimpse into the tragedies and triumphs that shaped America in 1968. From the Vietnam War, to Star Trek's famous first interracial kiss, attendees will explore the myriad of cultural and political events that shook up the American people during a year which altered the course of history forever. 

In addition to his role as professor at Lake Michigan College, Moore regularly breathes new life into U.S. history for community audiences throughout southwest Michigan. His public presentations have included "Quagmire: The U.S. in Vietnam," and "U.S. Presidents: The Great, Near-Great and Not-So-Great." 

Moore began teaching in 1997 after earning his graduate degree from Temple University and undergraduate degree from Eastern Michigan University. He has been with LMC since 2002.

LMC’s Niles-Bertrand Crossing Campus is located at 1905 Foundation Drive in Niles, Michigan.  

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