Seniors College

Spring 2014 Schedule

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The Library Book That Was 4000 Years Overdue: ancient lost books, forgotten libraries, and the amazing people who discovered them.  - 5 Weeks
John Kissinger
Livy wrote a 142 volume history of Rome, all of them lost. Sophocles wrote 123 plays, but only seven survived. Perhaps 98% of books from classical times and before have been lost, and the figure would be closer to 100% but for dedicated, even fanatic searchers over the past few centuries whose diligent quests into remote monasteries, dusty tombs, buried ruins, and even ancient trash heaps, rescued the thoughts and information of ancient authors from extinction. In this class, we will tell their stories and learn what has been saved and what has been lost.
Dates: 3/31; 4/7,14,___28; 5/5    
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM       
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms    
Cost: $45.00


War of 1812...and 13, 14 and 15  -  3 Weeks
Dale Kratzer; Craig Breneiser
Not yet 25 years a nation, the United States had the temerity to declare war on the British Empire in an effort to claim its place as a sea power, demand an equal footing in world trade, secure and expand its western borders and lay claim to Canada.  These brazen interests would nearly lose the gains of the American Revolution, set the stage for the first half of the 19th Century and be known to history as the War of 1812. The program will examine the politics of the war as well as the land and sea battles.
Dates:  4/1,8,15       
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Alvernia University, Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

Journey of Life – 3 Weeks
Rabbi Alan Weitzman
In this course we will read books written by Rabbi Alan Weitzman, “Making Sense out of Sorrow” and “Older and Bolder Journey of Faith. The class includes lectures and interactive discussions dealing with the challenges of life. Life is not for the faint of heart. It takes courage, maturity and faith.
Dates: 4/22, 29; 5/6       
Time: 10:30 – 12:00 Noon
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227       
Cost: $35.00

The Art and Fun of Storytelling – 4 Weeks
Sam Frankhouser
In this fun course you will learn about the traditions of storytelling, see and hear classic examples, create an original story, and finally, “tell” your story to the class.  Each live “story telling” will also be videoed and placed on You Tube (but ONLY IF YOU AGREE TO DO SO.)  Hey, you might become famous!
Dates: 3/25; 4/1,8,15        
Time: 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227       
Cost: $40.00

Canals and Canal Life in the Susquehanna River Basin Region - 2 Weeks
Stephen Runkle, Susquehanna River Basin Speakers Bureau
This presentation provides an overview of the region’s canals and their engineering and construction.  We will focus on canal boats, canal families, canal occupations,  and recreation on the canals.  Canal photographs and audio recordings from the archives from two premier canal organizations will be used. 
Dates: 5/6,13    
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $30.00

Between Hitler and Stalin: Eastern Europe during WWII  -  3 Weeks
Dr. Kevin Donnelly       
This course will examine what Timothy Snyder has called “the Bloodlands”, the geographical area in Eastern Europe located between the Nazi and Soviet powers during the Second World War.  Though it was this theater which saw the heaviest losses for soldiers (and civilians), its history has largely been silent for most of the past 70 years.  Yet as seen by recent events, the legacy of this region, where communism and fascism both left indelible scars, continues to resonate today.
Dates: 4/1,8,15   
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $35.00

Apparitions & Miracles  -  4 Weeks
Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF       
The great mystery of God’s presence to and among human beings includes many things that are beyond ordinary understanding.  Apparitions and miracles feature prominently within the faith of Christianity.  This course examines the apparitions and miracles that have moved many to believe in God and to trust in moments of confusion, difficulty and pain.
Dates: 4/22,29; 5/6,13    
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103     
Cost: $40.00


Elections: Running for Office from the Perspective of a Former Candidate - 3 Weeks
Eleni Dimitriou Geishauer, Esq.
This course examines election processes, requirements for running for office and election data.  We will reflect on insights shared by candidates about their experience of running for office.
Dates: 4/2,9,____ 4/23    
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227   
Cost: $35.00

Uncovering the Undercover Investigations: Planning, Execution and Problems  – 3 Weeks
Prof. Barry Harvey, David Golberg, Esq. and other law enforcement specialists
This course offers insight into what the phrase “undercover investigation” actually means.  The elements that will be unpacked by the presenters include (1) the meaning of the terms “undercover” and “investigation,” (2) the planning of such an investigation, (3) the execution of undercover investigations, particularly through the use of electronic surveillance, and (4) the personal, family and psychological problems that are generated when someone works under cover for any period of time.
Dates:  3/26; ____4/9,16   
Time: 11:30 – 1:00 PM       
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227   
Cost: $35.00

Unintended Consequences of Mass Incarceration on Pennsylvania Families – 3 Weeks
Rev. John Rush; Guest Speakers
Panel discussion with question-and-answer sessions featuring formerly incarcerated individuals, their spouses, and the social service professionals who serve them.
Dates: 4/23; ____ 5/7,14   
Time: 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227   
Cost: $35.00

Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury:  Perspectives from a Registered Pharmacist - 3 Weeks
Joseph Daly, RPh.
The course is divided into two parts.  Part 1 focuses on dealing with stress, anxiety and depression.  Part 2 examines the effects of stroke and traumatic brain injury with emphasis on sports injuries.  Sharing by participants is vital for this class.                                                                                                     
Dates: 4/9,16,23    
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227    
Cost: $35.00


Downloading Your Digital Photos -  1 Session
Heidi Reuter
How to download pictures from your digital camera. Learn how to safely put them on the internet and order prints.
Dates: 4/24    
Time: 10:00  –  11:30 AM
Place: Library, Rm. 213   
Cost: $20.00

Therapeutic Exercise and Balance  -  2 Weeks
Ashley Welikonich
Certain forms of exercise are designed to be therapeutic (healing) in nature.  Qigong is therapeutic, easy to learn, and fun to do! In addition to thousands of years of practice, the benefits of qigong are strongly supported by medical research. This class includes a demonstration that anyone with medical clearance to exercise is welcome to participate in.  Balance will also be featured.
Dates: 4/3,10    
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Rm. 226   
Cost: $30.00

You’re Gonna Love Your IPAD (or Tablet PC for that Matter) –  3 Weeks   
Michael Nerino
Come learn why the iPad is so popular among many in the Seniors College. Get on board with the latest “tablet technology.” This three-session course will provide an introduction to the Apple iPad. It will cover some of the more popular iPad applications. Bring your own iPad. A limited number of iPads will be available for sharing. Priority reserved for those who have not previously attended. Former students welcome subject to availability.
Dates: 4/24; 5/1,8    
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM   
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227    
Cost: $35.00

Artists Look At People: The Portrait – 3 Weeks
Barbara Post, Artist
Interest in faces begins when we are babies, for practical and obvious reasons, and continues throughout our lives.  Most of us enjoy people watching and even sharing our personal photos with one another. Long before snapshots and facebook, there was portrait painting.  Take a look at how master artists from the past have created their images of both real and imagined people, as well as their own (self) portraits. There will be a quick sketch portrait demonstration each week.
Dates: 3/27; 4/3,10    
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM       
Upland Center, Community Room 103  
Cost: $35.00


Legacy/Life Story Writing - 5 Weeks
Sr. 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!!! This class will incorporate additional material from the first session.
Dates: 3/28; 4/4,11 ____4/25; 5/2    
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM   
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103   
Cost: $45.00


AAA Driver Education Safety Program – 2 Sessions
(each 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.]
AAA members will be charged $15.00. Husband of Wife members will pay 2 @ $25.00. Non-Members will be charged $25.00. To be paid in cash during the 1st session of the class.
Dates:  Thursday, April 24 and Friday, April 25
Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM  
Place: Upland Center, Rm. 154

Sponsor: Senior College