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Mid-Year 2015 Schedule

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Nature is Essential to Our 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
Dates: 1/26; 2/2, 9
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Student Center, Private Dining Room
Cost: $35.00


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. This 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: 2/10
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $20.00

Living the Gospel of Jesus - 3 Weeks
Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
The Gospel of Jesus Christ is a living message that the Christian tradition
values as the Word of God. To read the Gospel, to know the Gospel,
and to live the Gospel are action commitments that lead to divine
transformation and eternal life. What are the challenges of reading,
knowing and living the Word of God?
Dates: 2/3,10,17
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $35.00


Police Use of Force: A Necessary Tool But a Source of Controversy – 3 Weeks
Professor Barry Harvey; Police Chiefs Christopher Neidert and William Heim
The broad authority of law enforcement to act, including the use of force, is
necessary in a society where people are not always law-abiding or civil. This
course will examine what the “legal use of force” means and why it is often
misunderstood and sometimes misused.
Dates: 2/4,11,18
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

What Makes Beethoven’s Music Great?
Dr. Beth Aracena, Dean, Arts & Sciences
This course explores Beethoven as “heroic revolutionary” to understand
how his compositions challenged musical conventions of the time to forge
new standards. We start with Beethoven’s “Heroic” Symphony No. 3 and
briefly survey novel elements in his nine symphonies. In the second class,
we review Beethoven’s epic failures, including his only opera Fidelio, and
then consider his most treasured chamber works as triumphant
Dates: 2/4,11
Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing
Cost: $25.00

From Shadows into the Light: The Artistry and Artistic Legacy of Women – 3 Weeks
Carol Hession; Cynthia Davenport
As is so often the case, great women and the great things they do have
been easily neglected throughout history. No more! This course celebrates
the creative artistry and artistic legacy of great women.
Dates: 2/4,11,18
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $35.00


Poets of World War I - 3 Weeks
Professor Marybeth DeMeo
The poets—primarily British—who participated in what came to be called
the “Great War” may have volunteered with idealistic motives but soon
found themselves in a living hell. They responded by writing a new kind
of poetry, more modern, and more expressive of what they experienced
on the front. We will read poets such as Rupert Brooke, Wilfred Owen,
Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, Edward Thomas and several others.
[Accompanying this class will be the Dover Thrift Edition of World War
One British Poets – which will be available at the Alvernia Bookstore at a
very modest cost.]
Dates: 1/29; 2/5, 12
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

The Ideology and Motives of ISIS - 5 Weeks
El Haj Sayed Elmarzouky; Jamal Abadalo
Recent violence in the Middle East has led to changes in policy and
strategy as the United States has worked to defeat ISIS. What is ISIS? What
is the motivation behind the terrorism that ISIS generates? What is the
international community doing to end the threat of ISIS?
Dates: 1/29; 2/5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $45.00

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: 1/29; 2/5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $45.00


Sleep Well, Wake Refreshed and Stay Relaxed All Day - 2 Weeks
Ashley Welikonich, CPT, DHom – Mind-Body Specialist
Learn simple techniques to stay relaxed around the clock, beginning
with natural options for entering sleep in a calm, peaceful state. We
will look at a variety of techniques to maintain this relaxed state
throughout the day, including the latest science on how simple meditation
balances and energizes the brain. All solutions covered will be easy to
implement and accessible during all of life’s stresses.
Dates: 1/30; 2/6
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $25.00


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, February 26 and Friday, February 27 
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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