The encouraging instructors and professors at Vesper College, a graduate school of fine arts and architecture, sharpen students’ understanding of design and bolster their respect for ecological balance. With a two-year curriculum, their MFA program in Ecological Architecture guides participants to mastering such disciplines as interior design, landscape design, construction management, and public-installation art. The school also hosts classes for the community, getting toes wet in various forms of art including brass sculpture and reshaping crowbars into clef notes.
Owner and stained-glass enthusiast Judy assembles custom pieces for cabinets, doors, and windows, as well as hanging decorations including address signs, reproductions of drawings, and flower mosaics. In her introductory classes, students create easy-to-follow designs, such as a three-dimensional Moravian star. Judy teaches pupils the basics, from cutting and soldering glass to comforting elderly glass with stories of a promised afterlife as beach sand.
Five-time NCAA national champions, the Golden Gophers burrow themselves in the chilly coliseum of Mariucci Arena, taking knocks and slinging pucks as the UMN's official men’s hockey team. Use today's deal to snag a seat or some standing space and watch them pound pain-induced howls from the University of Alaska Anchorage Seawolves, banishing them back to their underwater homes to eternally serve as Poseidon's newspaper fetchers. Ward off the ice's tundra tendrils with a long-sleeved Golden Gophers shirt as you cackle at team mascot Goldy and his gopher antics, which include tunneling up through the seats to steal popcorn from unsuspecting fans. This ticket is only valid for the game on Friday, January 28, at 7 p.m., and both the ticket and shirt must be picked up at will-call by 5 p.m. any day on the week of the game.
Though Tutor Doctor recognizes that every student is different, the company begins each tutoring relationship the same way. First, an educational consultant gathers information from parents, educators, and students themselves to create a full-fledged picture of their learning style, personality, and academic goals. Then, the company uses that information to pair the student with 1 of more than 100 carefully screened teachers or subject specialists to aid with current class work; prep for the SAT, ACT, and other exams; or bolster a shaky understanding of fundamental concepts—all from the convenience of the student's home. After each session, emailed progress reports keep parents on top of their youngster's learning curve. Staff can also accommodate autism and other special-needs students or aid college and graduate students via adult education.
At schools, art studios, and museums across the city, Minneapolis Community Education fosters not only fun and practical skillsets, but also a sense of togetherness for students and teachers alike. While standing in a gym full of exercising neighbors, director Jack Tamble explained the social element of his organization, stating, “Community education is more than just about learning. When people gather together like they're doing behind me in this room, they get to know each other, and they really get to enjoy living in Minneapolis.” The network of community-recruited teachers has been serving the area for more than 40 years, and today teaches various skills ranging from basic computer navigation and multicultural cooking to advanced woodworking and fluency in Pig Latin.