Seniors College

Mid-Year Session 2017

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The Origin of Holidays - 3 weeks

Dr. James Morrissey
We celebrate frequently. Between the fall season through the post winter solstice there are at least 28 celebrations around the world. This course will examine the origin, development, and changes of these celebrations into our current culture. Enjoy this festive course.
Dates: 2/6, 13, 20
Time: 10:00AM – 11:30AM
Place: Upland Center, Room 228
Cost: $35.00

Frost Warnings - 3 weeks

Professor Marybeth DeMeo
We think of Robert Frost as the genial New Englander whose poetry, as he put it, “begins in delight and ends in wisdom,” but how accurate is that description? Other writers saw him as “the saddest of poets” (Jarrell) and deeply tragic (Eliot); his biographer Lawrence Thompson depicted him as a jealous, egotistical man. Yet no other modern poet has so captured the public’s affection and imagination, and few have left behind so many poems that have entered our national consciousness. In this course we will look at the man and the poems and come to our own conclusions.
Dates: 2/6, 13, 20
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Commuity Room 103
Cost: $35.00

The Spirituality of Prayer - 3 Weeks

Sr. Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Discover and explore the presence of God within yourself through silence and the practice of meditative contemplative prayer. Come find the inner peace you are seeking.
Dates: 2/6, 13, 20
Time: 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103
Cost: $35.00


How Can We Achieve Active Aging - 2 Weeks

Thomas Porrazzo, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Allied Health & Human Services
This course will look at the various dimensions of wellness acnd active aging in theory and practical application.
Dates: 1/31; 2/7
Time: 10:00AM - 11:30 AM
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rms
Cost: $25.00

John Updike - The Poorhouse Fair - 2 Weeks

John Fidler, Adjunct Professor
An introduction to the life and work of John Updike. We will discuss his first novel, The Poorhouse Fair.
Dates: 1/31; 2/7
Time: 2:30PM - 4:00 PM  
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Rd., Wyomissing, PA
Cost: $25.00  


Health Issues for Seniors — Plain and Simple - 3 Weeks

Joseph Daly. R.Ph.
1. What is a stroke? Prevention, Prompt Treatment, Rehabilitation.
2. Dealing with Alzheimer’s. What happens to the victim. Reversible conditions that can be mistaken for Alzheimer’s. Strategies for family caregivers.
3. Avoiding drug interactioins and allergic reactions to drugs.
Dates: 2/1, 8, 15
Time: 10:00AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

Stories – Short, Smart and Even Sparkling - 3 Weeks

Carol Hession; Rita Belletti
Short stories may typically focus on one plot, one main character and one theme. This does not mean they are not able to be truly great works of fiction! What’s behind short stories and what allows for more experimentation and even depth for works designed to be read in one setting? Short stories…they are fun to explore!
Dates: 2/22; 3/1, 8
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

Legacy/Life Story Writing – 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
Time: 1:30PM – 3:00 PM  
Place: Upland Center Board Room 227
Cost: $40.00


Behind the Scenes of Law Enforcement - 3 Weeks

Former Assistant District Attorney Daria LaTorre, Esquire; Retired State Trooper Professor Barry Harvey; Retired Reading Chief of Police William Heim
1. A Day in the Life of a Prosecutor.
2. A Day in the Life of an Undercover Officer.
3. A Day in the Life of a Securitry Officer
Dates: 2/9, 16, 23
Time: 9:30AM – 11:00AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

Developing Social Media Savvy – 2 Weeks

Toni Eckert, Alicia Hartman, Sarah Hunter-Lascoskie, Alyssa Slade, Elizabeth Toumanios
Basic 101 – Learn about Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter.
Dates: 2/16, 23
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Room 229
Cost: $25.00

Marching Through Reading – Berks County Composer and Bandmaster Monroe Althouse and the History of Businesses in the 20th Century - 2 Weeks

James Seidel, Director of Instrumental Music, Alvernia University
Renowned composer, bandmaster and music publisher Monroe A. Althouse (1853-1924) toured with Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show and was friends with John Phillip Sousa. Closer to home, he was invloved with the Rajah Theater and the Ringgold Band. HIs fascinating history including his many parade-march compositions, align with the history of 20th Century Business developments and trends.
Dates: 2/16, 23
Time: 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $25.00



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.

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 for at a four (4) session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge. [A minimum of eight participants will be required.]
Date: Friday, February 10 - Refresher course (4 hours)
Place: Upland Center, Room 103
Dates: Thursday, Feb. 16; Friday, Feb. 17 (4 hours each day)
Time: 9:00AM – 1:00PM
Place: Alvernia University, Upland Center, Room 228
Cost: $15.00 for one AAA member, $25.00 for Husband & Wife AAA members, $25.00 for non-member (All fees paid in cash during first session)

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