Meditation Seminar
The Meditation Seminar
Photo by Mary Ellen Huffman
iPad Class
The iPad/iPhone Projects Class
Photo by Melissa Green

Friday Morning and Noon Seminars

These seminars take place on the CSUS campus on Friday mornings and lunchtimes throughout the semester. The first one is Feb. 7 and the last May 2. There are no seminars on March 28.

Most of these seminars are drop-ins with no registration; that means you just show up any week that the topic interests you. Beware: Some of these fill up, so get their early!

Other seminars (Meditation, Great Books, Great Decisions, Ballroom and Line Dancing, the various Apple seminars) require registration for the semester. Read the information below carefully! There are two ways to register: You can call or email the leader right now or you can contact the leader at the Rendezvous on Jan. 31.


Seminars have been grouped into the following categories to assist participants in making a choice:

Each seminar has a Primary Style immediately following its name, defined as follows:


Documentaries (C)
10 to 11:45 a.m., Library 3023

George and Claire Roper

The outstanding documentaries we have chosen for presentation this semester are both entertaining and enlightening. Titles will be in the Renaissance Recorder newsletter or see the Schedule. This is a drop-in seminar with no sign-up or presentation requirements.

Mini-Seminars (C)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1522

Joy Skalbeck

Fascinating subjects presented by knowledgeable speakers, sometimes Renaissance members, sometimes not. These are single-subject, drop-in sessions presented in the Sac State Library, close to the Media Center. Some have proven so popular that they have been presented again for a Summer Seminar or Forum. Come early as seating is limited. See the Schedule.

Travel and Adventure (C)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Library 1533

Terry Moss, Tom Dole, Jennifer Kerr, Bob Seyfried

The sharing of travel experience serves as an excellent aid in both the planning and execution of travel plans. Others' experiences, both good and bad, can help take much of the mystery and hassle out of our own travel adventures. In this seminar, members can meet informally to share such experiences, listen to speakers on travel subjects, and perhaps find companions to team with. This is an open, drop-in seminar; attendance is limited to the number of chairs allowed by the fire department regulations. Please understand that larger video equipped classrooms are not available for our use. See the Schedule.

Ken Burns' Career: Part I of a Retrospective Series (D)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m. (NEW Starting Time!), Library 3021 NOTE: Room Change!

Allan Keown, Joyce Mundel

Calling all Ken Burns fans and wanna-be fans! Please join us as we celebrate one of our nation's most prolific and beloved directors and producers of documentary films and miniseries. Ken has crafted 22 documentaries and documentary miniseries since 1981, with five more in production for 2014-19. This spring we shall begin with Part I of a retrospective journey back through his career, viewing his most recent works: The Central Park Five (2012); The Dust Bowl (2012, two episodes); and The National Parks: America's Best Idea (2009, six episodes). See the Schedule.


The Renaissance Society Knitting Group (A)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 3007

Coby Bonner, Doris A. Keller, Patricia Laurent

Grab your project (knitting or crochet) and come to the knitting group on Friday mornings. Bring your unfinished projects or new ones and join us. You can work on your own project, a charity item, or a blanket for the next grandchild. All levels of knitters are welcome. This is a drop-in seminar. Come work on a project and join others who are willing to share their experiences.


Cracker Barrel (D)
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Mendocino 1020

Susanne Coleman, Ed Sanborn

This is a free-wheeling, year-around lunchtime discussion group that chooses up to five topics each Friday for discussion in the manner of the Cracker Barrel at the Old Country Store. One can eat lunch while listening to other participants and contributing information and opinions. Registration is not required and drop-ins are encouraged.

Great Decisions (P)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 1032

Maynard Nelson, John Jervis

A discussion group of Foreign Policy issues based on the Foreign Policy Association's Annual Briefing book. Discussions are informative, stimulating and give insights to the often-conflicting interests of Foreign Policy actions by various nations. It will also give new meaning and understanding to world news items. The book ($22) will be available at Rendezvous and first seminar meeting. Class limited to 20.


Great Books (D)
10 to 11:30 a.m., Mendocino 4005

Jean Cawood, John Quattrain

We will read selections taken from two Great Books anthologies: Short Story Omnibus and Identity And Self-Respect. We will also be reading two longer works of fiction: Twain's Huckleberry Finn and Camus' The Stranger. We use the shared inquiry method of discussion originated by the Great Books founders. Generally, we meet two to three Friday mornings per month. We currently have a wait list.

Personal Development/Sports

Meditation (A)
9 to 11:15 a.m., Yosemite 135

Gail Reed

This is a continuing class; not open to new enrollees. This continuing meditation class will continue to discuss and experience a variety of spiritual practices. We will focus on awakening awareness beyond the mind, exploring a variety of spiritual traditions, contemporary teachers, and meditation techniques, including guided imagery, chanting, drumming and just being in stillness. We will also explore several of the original spiritual writings such as the Tao te Ching and the Bhagavad Gita. A 20-minute period of meditation will be part of each class. New enrollees are invited to sign up for the Fall 2014 class in September.

Learning to Meditate Using the Buddha's Map (A)
9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Library 3021

Doug Kraft

This class focuses on learning the elegant, nuanced and amazingly effective meditation taught by the Buddha in the earliest records of his talks. The practice rejects one-pointed concentration in favor of relaxation and sense of humor. It blends the cultivation of ease with cultivation of insight. The instructions adjust to take advantage of your experience. Outside class you'll be asked to meditate daily and read short passages from my book, Buddha's Map. In class we'll meditate together and have ample time for questions, discussion, and personalized instruction. Beginning as well as experienced meditators are welcome. Class size limited to 15.

Ballroom and Line Dancing (A)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Solano 1010

Richard Kowaleski

Ballroom dancing is hot, and so is line dancing. Richard teaches ballroom dancing until the last three weeks when he teaches line dancing. This is not a drop-in class. Register now by email for either or both. Beginners learn the basics and experienced dancers go beyond, all in the same lesson. No partner required. Richard is an accomplished instructor and dance host who shows you easy-to-learn patterns that look sophisticated. His unique teaching methods and delightful sense of humor put you at ease so you can learn quickly while having fun, too. A noon-time favorite for years; check it out!


iPad Basics (C)
9:30-11 a.m., Feb. 7 to March 14 (six weeks), Alpine 204

Karen Roseland, Patty Quinn, Alex Ives

Do you want to learn the basics about using your iPad? This seminar provides demonstrations and hands-on participation. You will enjoy tapping and pushing buttons. Topics include introductions to the display, controls, gestures, and several apps including Mail, Contacts, Notes, Safari (Internet), Calendar and Camera. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have e-mail set up on their iPhone. Registration required here. Bring your device to Rendezvous to set up WiFi account for use in class. Limited to 30 participants. See the Schedule.

iPhone Basics (C)
9:30-11 a.m., Feb. 7 to March 14 (six weeks), Brighton 114

Carol Dabrowiak, Rik Larson, Stan Todd, Nancy Findeisen

Do you have an iPhone and want to learn how to use it? This seminar will help you master the basics by demonstrations and hands-on participation. Topics may include display and controls, gestures, making and receiving calls, Photos, Camera, Photo Sharing, iCloud, Notifications, Messaging, Calendar, Contacts, Voicemail, FaceTime and iTunes. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have e-mail set up on their iPhone. Registration required here. Bring your device to Rendezvous to set up WiFi account for use in class. Limited to 30 participants. See the Schedule.

iPad/iPhone Projects (C)
9:30 to 11 a.m., March 21 to May 2 (six sessions), Alpine 204

Melissa Green, Carol Dabrowiak, Karen Roseland, Alex Ives

Do you want to do some fun projects with your iPad or iPhone? Coordinator team assists seminar participants to select projects of interest using photo and graphic apps for capturing, organizing and presenting pictures. Class activities include downloading apps, demonstration of techniques and hands-on practice. Purchase of apps and photo finishing may be required, cost under $30. This is intermediate level; knowledge of iOS basics is needed, Apple ID and iCloud accounts setup on your device. Limited to 30 participants. Your CSUS WiFi accounts will be issued and set up at Rendezvous. Registration required here. See the Schedule.

iPad and iPhone Troubleshooting (C)
9:30-11 a.m., Alpine 231

Pac Polin, Rik Larson

Do you need individual help with your iPhone or iPad? DROP IN when you need extra help with your iOS device. Pac and Rik will do their best to help you find answers to your questions. No experience needed, but participants should have an Apple ID and password and have e-mail set up on their device. Bring your device to Rendezvous to set up your WiFi account. This is drop-in for registered members. Registration required here. See the Schedule.

PC Clinic (C)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Douglass 106

Marian Kile

These clinics are for members who want to learn how to use their personal computers more effectively. Each class will provide tips on different aspects of using the PC. They are on a drop-in basis so you can attend the ones you want without having to register. Since it is only 45-minutes, no participation is expected. See the Schedule for the weekly topics.

iPad and iPhone Topics (P)
12 to 12:45 p.m., Mariposa 1000

Ranny Eckstrom, Melissa Green, Jennifer Kerr, Mary Euretig

You've got an iPhone or iPad and have figured out the easy stuff, but you know there's lots more out there. This seminar will help fill in the blanks about apps, settings and other elusive details to give you a richer experience. Topics will be suggested and presented by participants, working in teams. Some iOS (iPad or iPhone) experience is helpful; participants should have Apple and iCloud accounts and e-mail set up on their devices. Drop in, but registration required here. Wifi accounts can be issued and set up at Rendezvous. See the Schedule.