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June and July 2015 Classes

The Texas State Retired Faculty and Staff Association (RFSA),

In partnership with the San Marcos Parks and Recreation’s 50+ Program are offering the following courses for the Greater San Marcos Area.

Lecture Series held at the San Marcos Public Library

Free Attendance with Limited Seating

Geographic Profiling

Wednesday June 3, 2015                         3 to 4:30 PM

Geographic profiling is a criminal investigative methodology that analyzes the locations of a crime series to determine the most probable area of offender residence.  Its primary purpose is to help police manage information through suspect prioritization. This presentation discusses:  geography of crime theory; offender hunting behavior and crime site typology; geographic profiling concepts, considerations, and methodology; investigative strategies and case examples; and applications of the technique in other fields, including counterterrorism, biology, and epidemiology.

Presented by Dr. Kim Rossmo, a Research Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at Texas State

Dementia Citizenship…a game changer for America

Wednesday, June 10, 2015                      3 to 4:30 PM

The historical approach of stigmatizing, over-medicalizing and commodifying the care of persons with dementia must change.  The “medical model of care” defines dementia solely as a neurological condition and focuses on impairment with an over-emphasis on finding a cure.  Dr. Johnson’s view of dementia challenges this model and the public paranoia produced by mass media in America.

Presented by Christopher J. Johnson, a Clinical Professor of Sociology at Texas State University.

Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans:  you know who you are!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015                      3 to 4:30 PM

Dr. Kotarba will discuss his award-winning book (Baby Boomer Rock ‘n’ Roll Fans; Roman & Littlefield, 2013) on the first generation of Americans raised exclusively on rock ‘n’ roll music and culture.  The sociological question to be explored is why have baby boomers not outgrown rock ’n’ roll as predicted?  The answer lies in the myriad of ways rock ‘n’ roll culture provides meaning for life’s situations throughout adulthood, including one’s sense of self.

Presented by Dr. Joseph A. Kotarba, Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for Social Inquiry at Texas State University.

In Search of Texas:  Images of the Lone Star State

Wednesday, June 24, 2015                      3 to 4:30 PM

This presentation will showcase early recordings from the time of settlement to images made by nineteenth century immigrants.  Interpretations of Texas evolving from a rural to an urban landscape along with depictions by artists working in modernist and the most contemporary styles will be examined.  For a quick primer on Texas art, this class is not to be missed.

Presented by Becky Duval Reese, the former director of the El Paso Museum of Art and the Huntington Art Gallery (now the Blanton Art Museum) in Austin, TX.


Courses Held Through the San Marcos Parks and Recreation Department

**Registration Required**

To register, please call the San Marcos Activity Center at 512.393.8280.

A minimum number of registrants is required for these classes to make.

How to Better Use Your Digital Camera                 **Registration Required

Let’s work on your digits together, so you will get the most out of your digital camera.  Bring your camera, the manual, and all of your questions.            

Location:      San Marcos Activity Center

When:            Wednesdays, June 3, 10, 17, July 1 and 8

Time:             Noon to 1:30 PM

Cost:              $30.00

Presented by Don Anders a San Marcos photographer for 45 years and a Texas State photographer for 35 years.

Introduction to Meditation and Sound of Yoga    **Registration Required

Learn the beauty of stillness in meditation.  Gentle yoga sets of movement and breath work will be a prelude to meditations.  We will be doing several different types of meditations with symphonic gongs or Tibetan singing bowls augmenting your experiences. 

Location:      San Marcos Fish Hatchery

When:            Mondays, June 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29

Time:             2 to 3:15 PM

Cost:             $45.00

Presented by Jerry Kimmel, a certified Kundalini Yoga KRI teacher and assistant director of the new Community Yoga Center in San Marcos.