WEST 2900 - Military Creative Expressions

Military Creative Expressions is a 3-credit-hour course offered through a collaborative partnership between Tara Thomas at the Bemis School of Art at the Fine Arts Center, Kim Nguyen of AspenPointe, and Andrea Herrera, Ph.D. of the UCCS Women's and Ethnic Studies (WEST) Program. This course aims to serve veterans and active-duty military personnel suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI). The course is designed to introduce military students to a range of techniques that help inspire artistic and creative writing skills in order to gain greater self-awareness in an environment of mutual trust and respect. The first part of the course will focus on book-art, digital storytelling and photography; the second part of the course will integrate poetry and testimonial/memoir-writing with a variety of media including acrylic, watercolor, pen and ink, and pastel.

MILITARY STUDENTS ONLY. Instructor consent required. Interested students must contact Dr. Herrera for more information. This section open to non-degree-seeking students only; degree-seeking students already attending UCCS should register for WEST 2900-001.

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This course will take place at the Bemis School of Art, 818 Pelham Place (entrance behind the main Fine Arts Center building just west of Cascade and Cache la Poudre) during the Spring 2014 semester. Meeting schedule is Tuesdays from 2:00 - 5:00 pm, from January 21 through May 6, 2014.

This course earns three (3) semester hours of WEST Department credit at the undergraduate level, and will be graded on a pass/fail basis. Cost is $910, plus $6 SIS Administrative fee.

Online registration for this course is now open. The Class Number is 37540; however, an additional permission number will be required. Once you have contacted Dr. Herrera and been approved to take the course, please contact LAS Extended Studies to request the permission number. You may register for this course through your myUCCS student portal account until February 5, 2014. To register, review the Extended Studies enrollment instructions by going to the "Student Resources" menu above and clicking on the "Register and Pay For Your Extended Studies Course" link.

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IMIMPORTANT FINANCIAL AID INFORMATION
Please contact the UCCS Office of Veteran and Military Student Affairs to inquire about using Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or other military-related financial aid (GI Bill, etc).

TUITION INFORMATION
Tuition for Spring 2014 Extended Studies courses is due by February 5, 2014. Make sure to wait for your balance to appear in your online account before you make your payment. You may pay via credit card in your student account or by Electronic Funds Transfer; if you are not able to make your payment by either of these methods, please contact the Campus-Wide Extended Studies office at 719/255-3498 to set up a payment by another method. Do not wait to receive a bill; you may be charged late fees.

WITHDRAWAL INFORMATION
The withdrawal deadline for this course is February 5, 2014. If you are withdrawing before this date, you may withdraw in your student portal account and receive a full tuition refund. If you are withdrawing after this date, you must contact LAS Extended Studies at 719/255-4071 or
lases@uccs.edu to complete withdrawal paperwork; you will not receive a full tuition refund if you withdraw after this date.

Note to STUDENT SUCCESS: this course is restricted to non-degree-seeking students. Regular degree-seeking students at UCCS should register for the main campus section, WEST 2900-001.