Seniors College

Mid-Year Session 2016

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Chemicals in the Household  -  3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Joseph Kremer, Associate Professor of Chemistry
Description: This unique chemistry course for the non-professional investigates the effects of chemicals found in common household products. Molecules presented will include capsaicin, the molecule responsible for the hotness of chili peppers; Bisphenol A, a leachable from plastic water bottles; FD&C No. 6, a component in Sunset Yellow food coloring; nonyl nonanoate, orange flavoring; and sodium benzoate, a preservative against bacteria and fungus. How are these chemicals affecting us and our health? Are they good or bad?
Day: Monday          
Dates: 2/8,15,22
Time: 10:15 AM – 11:45 AM    
Cost: $30.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

3 Women, 3 Cultures, 3 Countries – 3 Weeks

Instructor(s): Carol Hession; Cynthia Davenport
Description: An exploration of the lives of three artists from the twentieth century will be featured.  Learn how their life experiences affected their work and the roles played by different cultures. These artists are Frida Kahlo, Georgia O’Keefe, and Emily Carr.
Day: Monday                
Dates: 2/8,15,22
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM        
Cost: $35.00   
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227


Uncluttered: Living the Gift of Simplicity  -  3 Weeks

Instructor: Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Description: Our lives are cluttered.  We need to unclutter both our physical life and our inner life.  Learn how to embrace the simplicity of gratitude, humility and detachment by living in each present moment to the fullest.  To live simply is a wise choice.   
Day: Tuesday         
Dates: 2/9,16,23
Time: 10:00- 11:30 AM       
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227           Cost: $35.00


Where Does Mindless Munching Take You – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. James Morrissey
Description: Diets repeatedly fail for us. Discover what hidden habits prevent changing our eating habits. Learn techniques that help you change simple personal behavior. Explore positive ways to improve your life by enjoying food.
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 2/10,17,24
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM        
Cost: $35.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Legacy/Life Story Writing – 4 Weeks

Instructor: Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF
Description: 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!!!
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 2/10,17,24; 3/2
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM        
Cost: $40.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

“Still Harping on My Daughter”: Juliet and Ophelia  -  2 Weeks

Instructor: Marybeth DeMeo, Associate Professor of English
Description: Of all the marvelously complex characters he created, Shakespeare’s women stand out, whether seemingly accepting the boundaries of “appropriate female behavior” or rebelling against them. These heroines are young, old, princesses, shrews, shepherdesses, daughters, wives, heroic, tragic, lovelorn, and murderous. What they are not, not often anyway, are mothers. Fathers, however, seem to be everywhere. This class will explore the father and daughter relationships in Shakespeare, starting with two of the most famous in Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet.
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 2/10,17
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM        
Cost: $25.00
Place: The Highlands @ Wyomissing


New Frontiers: Ray Bradbury’s The Martian Chronicles – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Mark Kaufman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of English
Description: This course will focus on Ray Bradbury’s groundbreaking science-fiction novel, The Martian Chronicles (1950). Our class discussions will consider the way Bradbury uses the fictional colonization of Mars as an oblique commentary on the American Dream, the space race, the Cold War, and the ideology of manifest destiny.  
Day: Thursday          
Dates: 2/11,18,25
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM        
Cost: $35.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Exploring Key West through its Bars, Buildings, and Business Entrepreneurs – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Scott Ballantyne, PRSBA, Associate Professor of Business; Col. Robert Ballantyne, USMCR Retired
Description: Key West, once considered a strange outpost became the wealthiest city in the United States as a result of the “wrecking” industry. In recent years, it has gained popularity as a tourist destination and a premier fishing destination. Come explore facts, figures, music and treats inspired by Key West with this program offered by father and son team- Scott & Bob Ballantyne.
Day: Thursday            
Dates: 2/11/18,25
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM    
Cost: $35.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Coloring and Cavorting with Daria – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Daria LaTorre, Esquire, Dean, School of Graduate & Adult Education
Description: Come find your Calm and Color. See what the new hip trend is all about; no previous skill set needed. Take some time to improve your fine motor skills and create something only you can do.
Day: Thursday            
Dates: 2/18, 25; 3/3
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM        
Cost: $35.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227


Walk, Breathe, Balance: There’s a Better Way – 2 Weeks

Instructor: Ashley Welikonich Davidock
Description: Very few of us have received proper instruction on how to complete life’s most simple tasks. With a little knowledge, let walking become easier and lighter, breathe more efficiently, and safeguard against falls. After covering the background of each topic, we will put our new skills to the test and prepare to safely continue these practices independently.
Day: Friday            
Dates: 2/12,19
Time; 10:00 – 11:30 AM        
Cost: $25.00
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227


AAA Driver Education Safety Program - 2 Sessions (class will be 4 hours)

Edith Bleichart
This course presents guidelines to reduce risk factors when driving and identify potential problem areas for older drivers. It also lists the 5 types of crashes that older drivers are most involved in, as well as giving solutions on how to handle them. In addition it covers topics on alcohol, drugs and medications; new technologies in automobiles; and so much more. Newcomers to the AAA program will take the 8-hour course. You must bring a AAA membership card and a Pennsylvania drivers license. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. (A minimum of eight participants will be required.)
Date: Friday, February 5    (1 Session)
Dates: Thursday, February 18 and Friday, February 19     (2 Session)
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Alvernia University, Upland Center, Room 103
Cost: $15.00 - one AAA member, $25.00  Husband & Wife AAA members, $25.00 - non-member (paid in cash at first session.)

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