Academy open house March 17 to showcase spring semester

MAKING PLANS — Among leaders of the Academy of Lifelong Learning involved in the upcoming open house March 17 that will give returning members and prospective ones about classes and field trips planned for the spring semester are, seated, from left, Iris Craig, president; and Joanie Westover, secretary; and standing, board members Clara Joyce, Mary Ann Parker and Donna Lucas. -- Contributed

STEUBENVILLE — The Academy of Lifelong Learning will preview its spring semester offering of classes during an open house set for 1 p.m. March 17.

It will be held in the seminar room of the St. Joseph Center located on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, academy sponsor, and offer an introduction to the new term of spring classes and field trips being offered by the academy.

Iris Craig, academy president, invites all area residents to meet and greet the class presenters and enjoy a social hour with light refreshments served.

The academy — a forum that welcomes returning academy members along with new and prospective members — is open to all Tri-State Area residents age 50 and older and offers continuing educational opportunities. Membership is $50 per person per semester and $80 for a married couple. Those who recruit a new member will receive a 10 percent discount on their membership fee.

“We are serious about our mission to provide educational and interesting programming for the adult community,” Craig writes in the academy’s recent newsletter. “We want to present a positive image, and all challenges demand new decisions,” Craig writes. “Striving to provide improved programs requires a new direction, and so we have made some changes in class times, dates and locations.”

The spring semester runs from April 2 through May 11. Topics and instructors include:

“Edgar Allan Poe Revisited,” Pete Thomas Caleodis; “Watercolor Made Easy,” Gerald Van Scyoc; “Evaluating Our Presidents,” “Immigrants in America” and “Between the Wars,” the Rev. Ed Rudiger; “Bookmarx Bookstore,” Peter Marx; “Yellow Creek Massacre,” Jeffrey Cartwright-Smith; “Your Next Chapter,” Sherrie McCutcheon Dunlevy; “YWCA Talk and Lunch,” Sophie Spencer; “Beatty Park Nature Walk,” Thom Way; “The Voice — Your Instrument,” Carolyn Glaub; “Eggsibition,” Therese Nelson; “Wine Tasting at the Valley Wine Cellar,” Mary Decker; “The Great Locomotive Chase,” Gregg Pittenger; “Falconry Class,” Mick Brown; tours of Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, St. Peter’s Catholic Church and First Westminster Presbyterian Church, all in Steubenville; “The Bill of Rights Seminar,” William E. Galloway; “Trip to the National Aviary,” Bob Mulvhill; and “The First North Americans,” “Up the Creek,” The Late Prehistoric” and “Anthropology 101,” John Boilegh.

The semester will include a visit to the Pretty Boy Floyd Museum in East Liverpool on May 3 and an April 24 visit to East Liverpool as well where instructors Donna and Bill Grey, authors and pottery experts, will lead a tour of the Museum of Ceramics, the Thompson House mansion, the new community center mini-museum of Harker Pottery and their home.

The open house will include door prizes and a Chinese auction and a 50-50 drawing with proceeds to benefit a nontraditional student at Franciscan who is working toward a degree. “This financial help has proven so valuable and life-changing to those who have received it in the past,” the newsletter notes.

Other officers of A.L.L., in addition to Craig, are: Jan Rainbolt, vice president; Joan Westover, secretary; Judith Irvin, treasurer; and committee chairpersons are Georgette Huff, public relations and corresponding secretary; Craig, Stanley Gaston, Clara Joyce, William Augur, Westover, Donna Grey, Bill Black and Boilegh, curriculum; Frances Hughes, historian; Mary Ann Parker, Westover and Sandy Boilegh, hospitality; and the Rudiger, parliamentarian. University representatives are Mike Florak and Marisa Ross.

A.L.L. board members are Augur, Gaston, Sandy Boilegh, Huff, Joyce, Hughes, Kay Kempler, Donna Lucas, Roxanne Matysiak, Parker, Rudiger and Ken Seiple.

For information, contact Craig at (740) 544-5169 or or Marisa Ross, administrative assistant, community relations department at Franciscan, at (740) 283-6406.