Get Cozy and Learn This Fall With SUU Community Education

Published: August 30, 2023 | Author: Susie Knudsen | Read Time: 3 minutes

Woman smiling with quilting material in the background

This fall, join Southern Utah University (SUU) Community Education’s new class offerings that promote a sense of comfort and enjoyment of nature. The class lineup offers ways to get cozy with a new beginner quilting class, or to make comfort food with Chef Jon’s Southern Cuisine class. For settling into the beautiful fall season, we’ll also get you outdoors with your camera with the choice of two photography classes.

“There’s a lot of love in quilt making,” said Kim McAllister, owner of Cedar City’s Stitching It Up and quilting instructor. “It takes time and devotion to complete a quilt, and wrapping yourself in something that is handmade and warm will always make you feel cozy and loved.”

If you are ready to learn the basics of quilting, or an experienced quilter looking for a new project, the Quilting Basics class begins Sept. 7 with McAllister. Focusing on a diamond pattern, the quilting technique you’ll learn is quick and simple with no half-square triangles and tricky seams. This technique is done using a fusible grid making the process easy and enjoyable. The pattern, fabric for quilt top and binding, thread and grid supplies to get started on a colorful quilt are included.

Get ready to feed your friends and loved ones with the Southern Cuisine class. Explore the art of comfort food and learn how to cook irresistible favorites of the Deep South on Oct. 6.

"We believe in the power of shared learning experiences," said Melynda Thorpe, executive director of SUU Community & Workforce Development. "Our fall classes are carefully designed to nurture a sense of togetherness, ignite creativity and strengthen the fabric of our community."

Live in the moment and take time for exploring the season’s vibrant colors with our photography classes: Understanding Your Camera and Travel Photography. In Understanding Your Camera, starting Sept. 16, instructor Asher Swan teaches the fundamentals and how to make the best use of your camera through each component of the exposure triangle. You will cover the techniques of ISO, F-stop and shutter speed to help you feel more confident about the images you take.

Photography instructors Corinne and Shawn Severn’s experience in travel photography will help you capture your own stunning pictures. Starting Sept. 25, this course will include lessons on composition, natural light, effective posing, food and beverage layout as well as sharing travel memories via social media, websites, printed photo books, calendars and slideshows.

For theater lovers, our new Shakespeare Reader’s Theatre with instructor Tony Pellegrini gives you the chance to perform with new friends and begins Oct. 26. In a reader’s theater format, you will better understand the Bard's world by interacting with different generations and cultures that make up our community. Rehearse as Shakespeare’s characters to become more comfortable while acting and performing.

Foster a connection with your community by taking Beginner American Sign Language (ASL) starting Sept. 18. Together with new friends, you’ll learn about specific language and cultural behaviors and receive an introduction to the grammar of ASL with returning instructor Lawrence Laskowski, who has been teaching for over 30 years.

SUU’s Community Education program offers classes, workshops and events for the purpose of generating fun, cultural and educational opportunities for those who love to learn. While increasing participant knowledge, programs provide non-credit experiences for community members wishing to develop new hobbies, skills and areas of personal interest. For more information, or to register for a class, visit or call (435) 865-8259.

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