Seniors College

Spring Session 2016

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MONDAY

For Want of a Nail – Alternate History in Film, Literature, and Our Lives – 4 Weeks

Instructor: John Kissinger
Description: What if you had chosen a different profession? What if Al Gore had become President in 2000? What if the South had won the Civil War? Our personal lives and our collective and global histories are filled with turning points where things could have gone differently than what they “really” did. This course will survey the literature and film works, and the social psychological theories that examine the questions raised by: What if? In-class participation and discussion will help explore our own answers to these questions.
Day: Monday          
Dates: 4/11, 18, 25; 5/2
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM  
Place: Student Center, Private Dining Room
Cost: $40.00

Coloring & Cavorting With Daria: Adult Coloring Workshop - 1 Session

Instructor: Dean Daria LaTorre, Esq.
Description: Complete a work of art to display in the Instructor Appreciation Tea & Social Art Show, if you wish. No supplies or experience necessary. All are welcome and encouraged to try something new or complete something old.
Day: Monday                
Dates: 4/25
Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:30 PM  
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227    
Cost: $20.00  

“Mercy, Within Mercy, Within Mercy” - 5 Weeks

Instructor: Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Description: The human experience of giving and receiving mercy is healing, transformative, and hope-filled. Have you experienced God’s Mercy in your life? What is God’s Mercy? How can the mercy of one to another build relationships of life and peace? Come and explore the healing touch of God’s Mercy.
Day: Monday                
Dates: 4/11, 18, 25; 5/2, 16
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM 
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227      
Cost: $45.00  


TUESDAY

“Short Fiction Smorgasbord” - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Thomas Bierowski
Description: Close reading and enlightening discussion of a yummy selection of short stories by authors including John Steinbeck, Flannery O’Connor, Carolyn Forche, Ernest Hemingway, and Breece D’J Pancake. (Going to be a little tasty something for everybody! And everybody loves “pancakes!”) 
Day: Tuesday         
Dates: 4/12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM 
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227    
Cost: $35.00          

Health Alerts for Seniors – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Joseph Daly, RPh., MS.
Description: Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and stroke: What do you really know about these serious health conditions and their consequences? This course examines warning signs, misdiagnoses, the course of a disease, and treatment options. Spotting the symptom is the first step towards healing.
Day: Tuesday         
Dates: 5/3, 10, 17
Time: 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM  
Place: The Highlands at Wyomissing 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing
Cost: $35.00          


WEDNESDAY

Art & The American Gilded Age - 4 Weeks

Instructor: Barbara Post, Artist
Description: By the turn of the 20th century in America, the U. S. population and economy grew larger; industry, inventions, political ideas, immigration, financial speculation and corruption brought about many social changes. In the meantime, many of the wealthy collected extraordinary art and paintings which we continue to enjoy today. Join us as we also look at some of their lives, and the interesting gossip of the times. We’ll also check out how artists of that period created advertising and political cartoons to influence all levels of society.
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 4/6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103       
Cost: $40.00

Wildlife and Birding at Angelica Park – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Dr. Alicia Sprow; Charles Randazzo
Description: This class will provide an overview of the indigenous wildlife that frequents Angelica Park, including birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians. Class participants will enjoy interpretative walks through the park.
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 5/11, 18
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM  
Place: The Nature Place at Angelica Park   
Cost: $25.00

Amazing World War II Family Stories: (1) A Military Flyer Uncle and (2) A Dive Bomber Squadron Dad – 2 Weeks

Instructor: Stephen Runkle, Historian & Consultant with the Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Description: “A Flyer’s Story” – Steve’s favorite Uncle, Bill Riddleberger, had a remarkable military career both before and during World War II. After 19 successful missions, Bill was shot down over the Rhine Valley. Badly burned, he was treated in a German hospital and sent to a POW camp. In 1992, long after the war, he traveled to reconcile with the enemies who had shot him down. “A Sergeant’s Experiences in the Marine Air Corp” – Steve’s Dad, Bill Runkle had an interesting career in the Marine Air Corp. Bill did not personally experience actual combat; however, he and the rest of his Dive Bomber Squadron kept the planes flying at the various bases where they were stationed. There is a great story here!
Day: Wednesday            
Dates: 4/20, 27
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM     
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $25.00

Legacy/Life Story Writing – 5 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: 4/6, 13, 20, 27; 5/4
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM     
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $45.00


THURSDAY

“Scam Alert”—Beware of Getting Scammed By Criminals Who Are Watching YOU! - 4 Weeks

Instructors: Cpl. James Marasco, Pennsylvania State Police; Mary Dishong-Van Etten, Financial Crimes Mgr., First National Bank; Robert Heiden, Berks County Detective; David Golberg, Esquire
Description: This course introduces a team of experts who deal regularly with credit card scams, banking fraud, identity thefts, IRS imposters and elder abusers. Learn how to spot a scam before you get caught in it. Learn how to protect yourself.
Day: Thursday          
Dates: 4/7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227    
Cost: $40.00

Economic Update and Outlook for the Current Investment Climate – 1 Session

Instructor: Virgil Kahl, The Money Doctor
Description: 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?
Day: Thursday            
Dates: 5/12
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 
Cost: $20.00

What Do They Believe About God? – 4 Weeks

Instructors: Chaplain Tahara Akmal, CPE Reading Hospital; Rev. Ronald Bowman, Chaplain Alvernia University; Pastor Carol Kehler, St. Paul’s Lutheran Church; Rabbi Brian Michelson, Temple Oheb Shalom
Description: The world will be a much more peaceful place if we begin to learn about what other religious traditions believe about God. This course brings together a team of religious leaders who will share ideas and answer questions about approaches to understanding and believing in God.
Day: Thursday            
Dates: 4/14, 21, 28; 5/5
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM   
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227 
Cost: $40.00

The Global Slave Trade – 3 Weeks

Instructor: Dr. Kevin Donnelly
Description: The course will examine the development and practice of the Global Slave Trade, an event and institution that lasted over 300 years and brought at least 10 million Africans to the Americas. We will look at the development of African society, the motivations of European and Arab slavers, the Middle Passage, and the life and labor of slaves in the Americas.
Day: Thursday            
Dates: 4/7, 21, 28
Time: 2:45 PM – 4:15 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227  
Cost: $35.00


FRIDAY

Artist and Their Art – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Carol Hession; Cynthia Davenport
Description: Women Impressionists- the artists, their models, and the world they lived in.
Day: Friday            
Dates: 4/22, 29
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: The Berks History Center, 940 Centre Avenue, Reading PA        
Cost: $25.00 [Additional fee of $10.00 to be paid directly to Berks History Center at the first  class.]

Diabetes Self-Management Program Workshop– 6  Weeks

Instructors: Ann Barlet, Area Office on Aging; Martha Sitler, Berks Encore
Description: This program will help individuals living with diabetes learn how to manage their illness and improve their health. Learn about healthy eating, the impact of medications and options for diabetes management, including exercise and physical activity, simple coping skills, stress reduction techniques and taking control.
Day: Friday            
Dates: 4/8, 15, 22, 29; 5/6, 13
Time: 11:30 AM – 2:00 PM
Place: Upland Center,  Board Room 227    
Cost: $45.00


MINI – COURSE

AAA Driver Education Safety Program - 2 Sessions

Instructor: Edith Bleichart
Description: 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 PA Drivers Licesnse. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. All fees to be paid in cash during the 1st session of the class. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]
Date: Friday, April 22 - Refresher course (4 hours)
Dates: Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 (4 hours each day)
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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