From Anthropology To Zumba®: College Adds Classes



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Physical Education courses offered at GCC this fall include Pilates, Stretching and Flexibility, Yoga, Body Conditioning, Bowling, Circuit Training, Physioball, Swimming and ZUMBA®.

Gila Community College is offering three new general education courses this fall semester.

ANT 120 — Indian American Culture, with instructor Martha Hemphill, will be offered Wednesdays, 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. Survey of Indian cultures north of Mexico.  Prehistory, history, culture, arts, and mythology of representative groups from all culture areas.  

PHI 101 — Introduction to Philosophy, with instructor Arnold McMahon, will be offered Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 11:50 a.m. Western social and political philosophies, logic, ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of science and aesthetics.

PSY 203 — Social Psychology, with instructor Robert Mayer, will be offered Mondays, 3 p.m. to 5:50 p.m. Analysis of the way individuals think, feel and behave in social situations. How the perception of gender and ethnic differences affect attitudes and values.

Music program offers range of classes

Studies have shown that the benefits from music may make one smarter, improve memory, lower blood pressure, boost immunity and reduce stress. The other benefit is that you may also have a lot of fun exploring your creative side through music.

The music program at GCC covers a range of classes from music appreciation in MUS 101 — World of Music, to class instruction in Piano — MUS 155, and Guitar — MUS 053, to performing in the Chamber Ensemble — MUS 040.

Register for these and other classes at the Payson Campus, 201 N. Mud Springs Road, or view the entire fall semester class schedule at www.gila Classes begin Aug. 24.

Master Watershed Steward Program

Be part of the Master Watershed Steward Program and make a difference. If water affects your life in any way, from the quality of what you drink and recreate in to knowing there’s enough for you, your neighbors, the forest and its creatures, then this class is for you.

Don’t let the technical name scare you. This is a general education class where science is explained in simple terms (and you can ask questions). It relates to real issues affecting people living in Payson and the Rim Country, and includes field trips and hands-on activities for visual learning.

What will you learn? You will receive instruction and training about:

• Water Delivery and wastewater treatment (don’t just pay the bill, know what you’re buying)

• Water Quality (Should you or the fish be drinking that?)

• Wells and Septic Tanks (please, do not mix)

• Water Harvesting (it’s yours only if you can hold onto it)

• Wildfire, Fuels Reduction and Impacts on the Environment

You can learn about the above and/or become a Steward by taking AGR 240 Water and Watersheds, offered by Gila Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension this fall. Classes run Aug. 27 through Dec. 10 every Thursday afternoon from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Payson Campus. Register in person, by phone at (800) 678-3808, ext. 8221, or through Gila Hank Online at  

Gardening and Landscape

Gila Community College and Gila County Cooperative Extension are offering AGR 230 — Gardening and Landscape — class at the Payson Campus this fall. The class also provides the training and opportunity to become a Master Gardener volunteer for Gila County.

Classes will be held at the Payson Campus, Fridays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., starting Aug. 28. Classes will continue through Dec. 11. The main instructors will include Christopher Jones, Cayci Vuksanovich and Kim Stone. Guest instructors, hands-on activities and field trips make this course exceptionally informative and well tailored to northern Gila County.

The cost for the course includes standard tuition and fees required by Gila Community College, and $50 for the text. Financial aid and scholarships are available for those who qualify. Register in person, by phone at (800) 678-3808, ext. 8221, or through Gila Hank Online at Sept. 2 is the last day for late registration. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to do something you love!

A Master Gardener receives certification after successfully completing the course, and remaining active by conducting at least 50 hours of volunteer educational service in the following year. Persons with a disability may request a reasonable accommodation, such as a sign language interpreter, by contacting Susan Bolt, (928) 474-4160. Requests should be made as early as possible to allow time to arrange the accommodation. For more information about the class, call Chris Jones at (928) 402-8586.


ZUMBA® — Latin Fitness Plus. Fun, easy and effective, it’s “Exercise in Disguise” with a Latin flair! The basic-steps formula makes it easy for anyone to follow. HPE 101AJ, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 7:50 p.m.

Web Developer — 4-semester program; the first semester includes Graphic Design, Multimedia, Intro to Programming and Web Development I. See schedule for class days and times. 

Physical Education — Courses include Body Conditioning, Bowling, Circuit Training, Physioball, Pilates, Swimming, Stretching and Flexibility, Yoga and ZUMBA®. See schedule for class days and times.

Entrepreneurship — covers planning, raising capital, using business information, managing employees, and marketing products and services. SBM 110, Mondays, 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Intro to Physical Anthropology — survey of physical anthropology and prehistoric archaeology, including primate studies, antiquity of humans and human fossils, racial theories, heredity and population genetics. ANT 101, Mondays, 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

Criminal Law — case law studied will include free speech, freedom of assembly, right to a speedy trial, freedom from self-incrimination and more. AJS 102, Tuesdays, 6 p.m. to 8:50 p.m.

For a complete listing of fall semester classes, please visit, or come by the campus at 201 N. Mud Springs Road in Payson.


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