Grownup U: Class action at UVA

Traffic jams: way up. Charlottesville’s median age: way down. Yes, the boys (and girls) are back in town for fall semester. But no need to feel left out, even if you’ve turned into a real grownup with a job. It’s not too late to sign up for an evening class at UVA’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies.
A sampling from the catalog:
*Introduction to Screenwriting: Veteran Hollywood screenwriter Michael Cordell guides beginners from high concept through development to marketing your script.
*Buddhist Meditation: Calm your mind, reduce stress and pain, cultivate compassion, and gain insights into the nature of ultimate reality in eight two-hour sessions.
*The Banjo in America: All banjo jokes aside, here’s a chance to hang out at the Prism Coffeehouse with folklife phenomenon Joe Ayers and his famous musician pals.
*American Women’s Writing, 1963-1973: No, it’s still not too late to raise your consciousness. Read and discuss Sylvia Plath, Adrienne Rich, Gloria Steinem, and, of course, Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique.
*Landscaping for Wildlife: Daily Progress “Nature News” columnist Marlene Condon teaches how to turn your own backyard into a wildlife refuge. (Hint: Don’t touch that brush pile!)
Other courses take students into the inner workings of an art museum, up Observatory Hill to explore the night sky, or beyond the Mississippi on a voyage of discovery with Lewis and Clark.
Already have travel plans? Then try the “All Aboard” language courses, which focus on basic conversation and cultural understanding.
Attention, busy businesspeople: UVA also offers one-day professional development workshops on such topics as communication, marketing, leadership, and workplace conflict resolution.
Don’t see what you want? Through the Community Scholar Program (, adults living in the area can enroll in a wide array of regular undergraduate and graduate-level courses. And, if you’re over 60, tuition may be free, thanks to the Senior Citizen Higher Education Act.
For the rest of us, typical fees are $98-$175 per course. Compared to the $2,300 per semester UVA charges degree students ($9,900 for out-of-state), it’s a bargain. Of course, there are cheaper ways to relive those college days. Hmm… when’s the last time you smashed a beer can on your forehead?

Register now for fall courses at the UVA School of Continuing and Professional Studies. Drop by the Charlottesville Center at Zehmer Hall, 104 Midmont Lane, 8am-5pm Monday through Friday, to register or pick up a course catalog. You can also call 982-5324 or go online at