Seniors College

Spring 2015 Schedule

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The Pope’s Visit and the World Meeting of the Family - 1 Session
Dr. Corey Harris, Theologian
The visit of Pope Francis I to the United States in September for the World Meeting of the Family will bring
phenomenal blessings. The course sets the stage for enlightened reflection on the theological and spiritual
significance of the family in the modern world. What are the important issues? Why is Roman Catholic focus
on the family so significant? What impact might papal leadership generate for the global family?
Dates:    4/13         
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Student Center, Seminar Rooms                       
Cost: $20.00

”The Naked Universe: how we undressed the world element by element, and what the elements mean to us today.” - 4 Weeks
John Kissinger
Since the original Earth, Air, Fire, and Water elements, human understanding of the elements has grown through the dedicated
work of many persons, through accidental discoveries, and the direct application of theory to the “real world.” Many interesting
stories, myths, and speculations have gathered around the instrument we now call the Periodic Table, and around the many
elements which the Table describes. This is the chemistry you should have learned, the human interest side of the elements
that form “life, the universe, and everything.”
Dates:    4/20, 27; 5/4,11                                 
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Student Center, Seminar Rooms              
Cost: $40.00


Living with ‘The Dead’ - 3 Weeks
Dr. Thomas Bierowski
James Joyce’s short story, “The Dead,” the last story in his 1914 collection entitled, Dubliners, inspires reflection on
the intersection between life and death, between the living and the dead. In this course we will read the story and
view John Huston’s film adaptation of it.
Dates:    4/7,14,21                                                    
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                             
Cost: $35.00

Planning for Retirement Doesn’t Stop after You’ve Retired: Exciting New Tips for the Seasoned Retiree!  - 1 Session
Rachel Gambone, Jessica Burger
Planning for retirement is not once and done. Retirement success requires
vigilance on a regular basis and ongoing planning. Learn the tips that will
help minimize worry and maximize the comfort and joy we all look forward
to in retirement.
Dates:    4/28             
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Community Room 103                          
Cost: $20.00

Inequality and the French Revolution - 3 Weeks
Dr. Kevin Donnelly
This course will examine the history of economic and social inequality that
predated the French Revolution. We will look at the state of the peasantry,
the bourgeoisie, and the aristocracy. We will also explore how the ideas
of the Revolution played out in the Reign of Terror and the rise of Napoleon.
Dates:    4/14,21,28         
Time:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Community Room 103                      
Cost: $35.00

In the Steps of Jesus: An Armchair Visit to the Holy Land  - 5 Weeks
Sr. Jean Jacobchik, OSF
This course will employ YouTube technology to take you on a fascinating
journey through the Holy Land. We will view the places that shaped the life
and teaching of Jesus Christ. This course will bring to life stories and teaching
of Jesus in a way that you have never experienced before. Let us walk together
with Jesus!
Dates:    4/7,14,21,28; 5/5                  
Time:  1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                                 
Cost: $45.00

Remembering World War I: The Literary Response - 3 Weeks
Dr. Thomas Flynn, President, Alvernia University
We will read poems, stories, and one of the many exceptional novels
created as a way for soldiers to “remember” their traumatic, yet transfor
mational experience. Included will be British and German as well as
American authors.
Dates:    3/31; 4/7,14                  
Time:  2:30 – 3:30 PM
Place:    The Highlands @ Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave. Wyomissing
Cost: $35.00


Domestic Abuse, Elder Abuse and Child Abuse: Untold Stories and Necessary Safeguards - 3 Weeks
Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser, Esquire
The course investigates forms of violence that may be close to home.
Domestic abuse, elder abuse and child abuse have common roots, but
manifest in so many different ways. No one should be unaware of or
unprepared for the difficult moments that life can bring.
Dates:    4/8,15,22         
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Community Room 103                
Cost: $35.00

Nature is Essential to Quality of Life - 3 Weeks
Dr. Alicia Sprow; Charles Randazzo
According to the Berks Conservancy, nature is essential to our quality of
life. What is the Berks Conservancy? What do they do? How do they
help the quality of life and environment in our county? What are they
doing to educate our citizenry? Join us to learn about Berks County’s own
conservation organization and the wonderful things they are involved in,
including the partnership with Alvernia University and the City of Reading
at Angelica Park. [There will be a Field Trip to the Angelica Park Lab in
the Spring.].
Dates:    4/29; 5/6,13         
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Community Room 103                     
Cost: $35.00

Coal Mining, Lumbering and Rafting: Pennsylvania Legacies - 2 Weeks
Stephen Runkle, Historian & Consultant with the Susquehanna River
Basin Commission
There is something that miners and lumberjacks have in common:
technical skills and a work ethic that make the goods of the earth useable
and accessible for consumers. Stephen Runkle knows about both and has
stories to tell, since his grandfather developed, owned and operated the
company coal mine in the village of Joller.
Dates:    4/22,29     
Time:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                      
Cost: $25.00

The Making of a World Premiere  - 2 Weeks
Todd Sullivan, 1st Violinist-Reading Symphony Orchestra; John Carbon,
Composer in Residence-Franklin & Marshall College
Violist Todd Sullivan will be premiering a newly-completed concerto by
composer John Carbon in a series of July performances with the Allegro
Chamber Orchestra. In this class you will learn directly from Todd and
John about the process behind both the creation and the performance of a
new work, how the collaboration of multiple artists and talents is required
for such an undertaking, and be the first to hear the new music live!
Dates:    5/6,13     
Time:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:    Francis Hall Theatre                      
Cost: $25.00

Angels & Demons & Creatures, O MY - 3 Weeks
Barbara Post, Artist
Super-natural characters have always captured the imagination of artists.
From creation stories to heroes and villains both fantastic and sacred, the art
world has never been at a loss to illustrate such compelling symbols and
their meanings. Join us as we examine these fascinating images through
Dates:    4/1,8,15                 
Time:  1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                           
Cost: $35.00


Pro’s & Con’s of the Death Penalty - 3 Weeks
Rev. John Rush; Dr. Gordon Diem
Topics include pragmatic considerations such as cost and motives. We will examine related issues of
victim closure, deterrence, innocence cases, retribution and mercy, religious/moral views. Guest Speakers,
video clips, and handouts will offer additional expertise. Is the moratorium necessary? We may agree to disagree
while hoping to shed more light than heat.
Dates:    4/9, 16,23                  
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                      
Cost: $35.00

Economic Update and Outlook for the Current Investment Climate - 1 Session
Virgil Kahl, The Money Doctor
This course will focus on the impact of debt and demographics on the world
economy and markets. How will it impact the fixed income and stock
markets globally?
Dates:    5/14              
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                         
Cost: $20.00

Legacy – Life Story Writing - 5 Weeks
Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF
Each person has experienced a life that has been filled with joy, sadness,
questions, discoveries, and surprises. This class is open to all who
would enjoy writing about their thoughts and experiences. Each class will
include (1) a 5-minute writing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to
write, and (3) a suggestion for writing during the week. Class participants
will be invited to share their work and receive supportive feedback. Leave
a legacy about your life to your family!!!
Dates:    4/9,16,23,30; 5/7        
Time:  11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Community Room 103                  
Cost: $45.00

Ethics in Criminal Justice - 4 Weeks
Prof. Rosemary McFee; David Golberg, Esq.; Cpl. James Marasco,
Pennsylvania State Police; Sheriff Eric Weaknecht
This course on ethics and law enforcement address the following topics:
challenge and conflict between professional standards of behavior
and the acceptable system within the organization, dual relationships,
corruption, perjury, false reports, gratuities, wrongful acts, and code of
silence. Civil rights, brutality and use of deadly force will be viewed as
ethical concerns.
Dates:    4/9,16,23,30                 
Time:  1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place:    Upland Center,  Board Room 227                         
Cost: $40.00


Superfoods - 2 Weeks
Ashley Welikonich, CPT, DHom – Mind-Body Specialists
Find out what “superfoods” are and how they can revolutionize your life. After a basic introduction to
superfoods, participants will learn about the health benefits of select whole food supplements and how
they are commonly used.
Dates:    4/10,17                                 
Time:  10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place:    Upland Center, Board Room 227                      
Cost: $25.00

Living Well - 6 Weeks
Ann Barlet, Area Office of Aging; Martha Sitler, Berks Encore
Are you or someone you love living with heart disease, diabetes, COPD,
arthritis or another chronic disease? Come and learn tips to manage chronic
conditions, techniques to deal with fatigue, pain, frustration, and isolation.
You will learn tools to communicate more effectively with family, friends,
and health professionals. Workbooks will be provided.
Dates:    4/10, 17,24; 5/1,8,15        
Time:  10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place:    Upland Center, Room 229                          
Cost: $50.00


AAA Driver Education Safety Program - 2 Sessions (class will be 4 hours)
Edith Bleichart
The AAA Driver Improvement Program (DIP) presents the techniques,
skills and information necessary to navigate in today’s traffic environment.
Included in the class are: Communicating, Seeing, Adjusting Speed,
Margin of Safety, and Driving Emergencies. Newcomers to the AAA
program will take the 8-hour course. You must bring a Drivers’ license and
a AAA  membership card.
[A minimum of eight participants will be required.]  
Date:     Thursday, April 23 and Friday, April 24 
Time:     9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Place:    AU, Upland Center, Rm. 154
Cost:     $15.00 – one AAA member  -- $25.00 Husband & Wife AAA members.
             $25.00 Non-member (paid in cash during the 1st session.)

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