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Learning experiences for seniors

Academy open house Sept. 15 welcomes returning ‘students’ and new ones

September 4, 2012
The Herald-Star

A public open house to preview the fall season of classes and tours planned by the Academy of Lifelong Learning is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sept. 15 in the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The academy, which is sponsored by the university, is an organization of Tri-State Area senior citizens interested in continuing educational experiences.

Eunice Lincoff, academy president, has announced the offerings for the fall semester, which opens Oct. 1. Classes will continue Monday through Thursday for the following six weeks.

A new fee rate has been set by the academy board of directors. The membership cost is now $50 per person per semester. This entitles members to attend all classes.

The weekly Thursday tours will include additional and varying costs, depending upon the destination. A $30 deposit fee is required to be on the tour schedule.

Here is a look at what's coming up:

ART IN THE MEDIA: The Monday 10 a.m. class will deal with art in the media with Lillian Brue Rothfuss as the instructor. She describes the class as "an interactive course, so put on your cloak of creativity" and notes it will offer "a distinctive and challenging look at our artistic assumptions."

THE REFORMATION, THE RENASSIANCE, THE REASONS THEY MATTERED: The Monday 2 p.m. class will be led by the Rev. Richard Davis, academy mentor and vice president of community relations at the university. The discussions will center on "the period of history that brought us out of the Dark Ages that had gripped the European world for centuries."

DANCE YOUR WAY TO FITNESS WITH PATTY: The Tuesday 10 a.m. class will be in the university workout room above the gymnasium and be led by Patty Cherepko, who will combine dancercize, Silver Sneakers and Zumba for a senior-tailored program promoting health and fun.

SO YOU WANNA' BE IN A CHOIR, PART II: The Tuesday 2 p.m. class will be led by Joel Everly and looks for men and women voices to unite for more vocalizing and harmonizing. It will be held at the Center of Music and Art in Wintersville.

WHAT IF ...?.....AGAIN: The Wednesday 10 a.m. class has the Rev. Edward Rudiger back for what was an "enormously popular" spring class with the focus switched to some of the nation's presidents. What if they had lost? What effect would that have had?

THE CIVIL WAR - THE REAL BEGINNING OF THE UNITED STATES: The Wednesday 2 p.m. class is a must, organizers say, for Civil War buffs who will have a chance to further their studies on the topics with Roger Micker, former Steubenville High School history teacher, leading the class.

Unless otherwise designated, all classes will be held in the Totino Room in the St. Joseph Center at the university.

The various class presenters or facilitators will preview in further detail the class offerings at the open house. Janet Saner and her committee will offer light refreshments.

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