Seniors College

Spring Session 2017

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Building a Novel From the Inside Out  -  4 Weeks

Professor John Kissinger
Using a complete draft version of John’s next novel, Inclement Angel, as background (and available for free through a blog), we will read and critique the book’s key chapters.  This is your chance to see your suggestions and ideas incorporated into a book to be published later this year.
Dates: 4/3, 10, XX, 24; 5/1
Time: 9:00 – 10:30 AM
Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms.
Cost: $40.00

The Human History of Sugar and Other Sweeteners  -  4 Weeks

Professor John Kissinger
Sugar is central to human nutrition and food consumption.  This course traces the history of sugar agriculture and production from its origins to the present day, including the central role sugar played in the history, economics, and development of the Americas. Additionally the history of artificial sweeteners will be traced.
Dates: 4/3, 10, XX,24; 5/1
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms.
Cost: $40.00

Love and Dream with the Impressionists – 4 Weeks

Carol Hession and Cynthia Davenport
The impressionist painters are among the most beloved artists ever.  This course introduces the works and lives of Manet, Degas, Renoir, Monet and Cezanne.  Become an art officiando!
Dates: 4/3, 10 XX 24; 5/1
Time: 12:00 NOON – 1:30PM
Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms.
Cost: $40.00

The Gospel of John: A Call for Transformation – 4 Weeks

Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Unlike the New Testament Gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, the Gospel of John features stories of intimate human encounters with Jesus Christ.  These meetings both inspire awareness and bring about change in the lives of people who encounter Christ.
Dates: 4/3,10,XX, 24; 5/1
Time: 1:30PM – 3:00PM
Place: AU Student Center, Sem. Rms.
Cost: $40.00


The Mysterious Stranger - 3 Weeks

Dr. Thomas Bierowski
Mark Twain wrote this wicked, wild and weird novella late in his life.  Satan wanders into a sleepy 16th century German town and charms the hell out of (most) everybody. Students should read the book before the class begins.  Copies are available in the Alvernia University Bookstore for $8.99.
Dates: 4/4, 11, 18
Time: 10:00AM - 11:30 AM
Place: AU Student Center, Seminar Rms
Cost: $35.00

“You Cannot Even Imagine”!—Experiences and Insights from a Retired FBI Agent – 3 Weeks

Rodney S. Loose, Retired FBI, Supervisory Special Agent
Rodney Loose, retired from the FBI, will offer a three-part series about his experiences as a federal investigator:  (1) What was it like to be on scene immediately after the 911 terrorist attacks; (2) domestic terrorism threats; and, (3) suicide bombers.
Dates: 5/2,9,16
Time: 2:30PM - 3:30 PM  
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing, PA
Cost: $35.00  


The Story of Americans through Art – 4 Weeks

Barbara Post, Artist
One of the most exciting museums in our nation’s capital is the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery. This old Patent Office building, used as a hospital during the Civil War and the site of Lincoln’s second inaugural ball, is home to the largest collection of American art in the world. Join us for fascinating stories of this remarkable treasure, with plenty of visual art as well.
Dates: 4/5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $40.00

History and Travel Forums with Steve Runkle  -  2 Weeks

Stephen Runkle, Susquehanna River Basin Commission
Steve Runkle brings to life two thrilling stories.  In “Walk on the Wild Side at Lake Louise” he will describe hiking through the Lake Louise area of the Canadian Rockies.  In “Philadelphia Campaign of the Revolutionary War” he will chronicle the most critical year of the American Revolutionary War—July 1777 through June 1778.
Dates: 4/26; 5/3
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $25.00

Coloring and Capering with Daria  -   2 Weeks  + Workshop

Dean Daria LaTorre, Esquire
Come find your calm and color. Explore a new artistic trend.  If you wish, display one of your creations at the Instructor Appreciation Tea & Social. (Is a blue ribbon in your future?) No supplies or previous experience is necessary.
Dates: 4/5,12  Workshop 4/19
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM  
Place: Upland Center Board Room 227
Cost: $25.00

Legacy/Life Story Writing – 5 Weeks

Sister Christen Shukwit, OSF
Life is filled with joy, sadness, questions, discoveries, and surprises. This class is open to all who enjoy writing about their experiences. Classes include (1) a 5-minute writing prompt, (2) in-class opportunities to write, and (3) a suggestion for writing during the week. Participants may share their work and receive feedback.
Dates: 3/29; 4/5,12,19,XX; 5/3
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM  
Place: Upland Center Board Room 227
Cost: $45.00


Developing Social Media Savvy – 2 Weeks

Alyssa Wagner Slade; Allison Blair Snyder
Social media is constantly being updated, improved and changed.  This course provides opportunities to share your experience, ask questions, and refresh your user-knowledge.  Special areas of concentration will include Facebook, YouTube and Photography.
Dates: 4/20,27
Time: 11:30AM – 1:00 PM
Place: UC, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $25.00

A FORUM: Fake News—Q & A - 1 Session

Dr. Jodi Radosh; Dr. Ryan Lange
Rhetoric about “fake news” is everywhere.  To what does the term fake news refer? How can consumers of news distinguish between news presentations that are trustworthy and those that are not?  What is the consequence of not being able to tell the difference?
Date: 5/4
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: UC, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $20.00

Mysticism of the Major World Religions – 3 Weeks

Scott Davidson
Experiences of the divine are reflected vividly in all of the major world religions.  This course will explore Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity and Islam to discover how the spiritual paths of mystics share common characteristics, but also manifest a rich diversity of expression.
Dates: 4/20, 27; 5/4
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

European Nationalism in the 19th Century  -  3 Weeks

Dr. Kevin Donnelly
This course will examine the development of the concept of nationalism in Europe. While Europe had long been organized by multi-ethnic and multi-lingual empires, the ripples of the French Revolution brought about a new definition of the political state. While we will look broadly at Europe, we will focus primarily on France, Germany, Italy, and other nationalist movements that led to World War I.
Dates: 4/27; 5/4, 11
Time: 2:45 – 4:15 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00


Bats and  Kestrals and Broadwings – “OH MY!”-  3 Weeks

Laurie Goodrich, Director of Monitoring, Hawk Mountain; Kate Harms, Researcher, Rodale Institute; AU Prof. James Klucsarits, Biology, Researcher, American Kestrals
This fascinating course explores the lives, activities and habitats of select creatures that fly.  You probably see them all the time, but you do not know what they do, what they are capable of, and why you absolutely need them.  Join our team of local experts to learn about and appreciate Bats, Kestrals and Broadwings.
Dates: 3/31; 4/7, PLEASE NOTE: 4/21 @ 1:00 PM
Time: 10:30 AM – 12:00 Noon
Place: UC, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $35.00

Mennonites, Quakers and Evangelical-Pentecostals –3 Weeks

Julia Dunst; Pastor Bryan Koch; Jay Worrall & Dr. James Morrissey
This course explores the beliefs and practices of three religious movements that have had a significant influence on the religious experience of many in Berks County.  The common idea that is shared among these congregations is the centrality of scripture as a basis for individual and community living.
Dates: 4/28; 5/5,12
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: UC, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $35.00

Berks County DUI Court: From the Stop to Sentence – 2 Weeks

The Honorable Eleni Dimitriou Geishauser
The course details the process of a DUI arrest and discusses the impact of the United States Supreme Court Case Birchfield vs. North Dakota.  Students will see live footage of DUI stops, participate in the administration of Field Sobriety Tests, take a preliminary breath test, and observe the administration of assessment tools utilized to sentence in DUI Treatment Court.
Dates: 3/31; 4/7
Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM
Place: UC, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $25.00


AAA Driver Education Safety Program
Refresher Course – 1 Session (4 hours)
Basic Course – 2 Sessions (each class will be 4 hours)

Instructor: 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.]
Date: Tuesday, April 18 - Refresher course (4 hours)
Place: Upland Center, Room 228
Dates: Thursday, April 20; Friday, April 21 (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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