Seniors College

Mid-Year Session 2018

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Theology of Addiction

Dr. Corey Harris

Substance addiction has become a national and global phenomenon that is leaving death and devastation in its wake. This course examines particular forms of addiction and their consequences through the lens of Christian morality and social ethics.

Dates: 2/5, 2/12, 2/19

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $35.00

Poetry of Witness – 2 Weeks

Professor Marybeth DeMeo

From ancient times to today, poets have written not just of private feelings but also of the public events - war, violence, social and political injustices - they have witnessed in their own lives. During dark times, we turn to poetry to make sense of chaos, to turn trauma into art, to transcend the darkness. In this short course, we will read several poets who have confronted injustice on a personal and social level. Their subject is always the same: to understand how to live with ourselves and each other.

Dates: 2/5, 12

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $25.00

God, Science & Designer Genes – 2 Weeks

Dr. Spencer Stober; Dr. Donna Yarri

The authors of the book, God, Science, and Designer Genes, will discuss recent developments in genetic engineering technologies and their ethical implications. This session will offer perspectives on these technologies from the disciplines of science and Christian theology.

Dates: 1/29; 2/5

Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $25.00


Through My Eyes: Sightseeing in Mongolia and Bhutan – 2 Weeks

Kathy Sassaman

Life in Mongolia and Bhutan is very different than life in the United States of America. Nearly half of the Mongolian population lives a nomadic lifestyle on the vast steppes in the land of Ghengis Khan. Progress in the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is purposefully measured not in terms Gross Domestic Product, but in terms of Gross National Happiness. Experiencing the positive outcome of this flip-flop personally was worth the trip!

Date: 1/30; 2/6

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms.

Cost: $25.00

Green Theology: Fresh Hope for the Earth and the Universe – 2 Weeks

Scott Davidson

The earth and its goodness were given to human beings to enjoy, share and protect. This course examines the fundamental religious values that call believers to assume responsibility for the preservation of the earth, its life-giving environment and the universe in which it resides.

Date: 2/20, 27

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing

Cost: $25.00


Shoulders, Arms, Hands and PAIN! Conditions and Treatment Options for Senior Citizens – 2 Weeks

Dr. Gregory Chown, OTD, BHSc (OT), CPAM, BA

The course investigates common orthopedic and neurological conditions that affect senior citizens in their upper extremities (arms and hands). Dr. Chown will present information about signs, symptoms and treatment options.

Dates: 2/14, 21

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $25.00

Hex Marks the Spot: the Mythology of the Pennsylvania Dutch – 4 Weeks

John Kissinger

This course will explore the history of the Pennsylvania Germans, concentrating on "Deitsch" beliefs, folklore, humor, legends, and culture, from their European roots to today’s social and cultural aspects, concentrating on the "church Dutch" and the "plain Dutch" groups in southeastern Pennsylvania.

Dates: 1/31; 2/7, 14, 21

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $40.00



Living Intentionally: Sacredness in the Present Moment – 3 Weeks

Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF

Life can become a rat-race if you don’t do something to slow it down and to live more intentionally. The keys to intentional living include ceasing to dwell in the past, ending preoccupation with the future, and living mindfully one moment at a time in the sacredness of the present.

Dates: 2/1, 8, 15

Time: 10:00AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $35.00

Contemplative Dance: Discover Profound Aspects of Your Inner Self - 2 weeks

Jessica Warchal-King

Within many cultures, expressive physical movements help dancers to connect with their inner selves. This course invites you to experience contemplative dance, and discover and express profound aspects of yourself that you will never know until you dance them into existence!

Date: 2/1, 8

Place: Campus Commons & Fitness Center – Dance Studio

Time: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $25.00

The Stories of Our Life: Retelling, Writing & Reframing- 4 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: 2/1, 8, 15, 22

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM

Cost: $40.00


Travelogue to the East: Eastern Orthodoxy and the Ancient Church- 2 Weeks

Julia Dunst; Deacon James Elliker

The course investigates the timeless religious and theological traditions of the Ancient Eastern Orthodox Church and connections to the western tradition. Information and insights will be presented from personal faith journeys and travel to Jerusalem, Capernaum, Galilee, Nazareth and Greece. Among the most intriguing aspects of the Eastern Christian theological traditions is its profound sense of the mystery of God and his ever-present, unconditional ability to love.

Dates: 2/2, 9

Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $25.00


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.

Contact AAA to enroll in class and pay fees. AAA phone number is: 610-374-4531. Newcomers to the AAA program will take the 8-hour course. The Refresher Course will be offered at a 4-hour session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]

Dates: Friday, 2/9 – Refresher course (4 hours)

Place: Upland Center, Room 103

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Dates: Thursday, 2/15; Friday, 2/16 (4 hours each day)

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Cost: $15.00  – One AAA member
$25.00  – Husband and Wife AAA members
$25.00  – Non-members


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