Seniors College

Fall 2014 Schedule

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Around the World in 80 Centuries: a Grand Tour of Human History - 5 Weeks
John Kissinger
In this course, we will take a whirlwind tour through human history, centuries or millennia at a time, seeing ourselves in the stories of persons, places, and events around the world, and putting pivotal periods of history into a global context. We will trace major achievements in human culture across space and time, and still arrive back at Alvernia in time for lunch. Come prepared with topics you would like to see explored, the journey begins here.
Dates: 10/20, 27; 11/3, 10, 17    
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103        
Cost: $45.00

There’s a Better Way: Improve how you walk, breathe, and balance - 2 Weeks
Ashley Welikonich
Very few of us have received proper instruction on how to complete life’s
most simple tasks. With a little knowledge, let walking becoming easier
and lighter, breathe more efficiently, and safeguard against falls. After
covering the background of each topic, we will put our new skills to the
test and prepare to safely continue these practices independently.
Dates: 9/29; 10/6                   
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103        
Cost: $25.00

Impeaching an American President: What is Constitutionally Required? - 3 Weeks
Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire
In recent times the “Impeachment” threat is frequently hurled at the occupant of the White House. What are “high crimes and misdemeanors of a President?” With the constitutional provision as background, this course will investigate the cases of Andrew Johnson, Richard Nixon, and William Clinton.
Dates: 10/20, 27; 11/3               
Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227        
Cost: $35.00


Personal Investments – Financial Times of 2014-15 - 3 Weeks
Kevin Calabria
Stocks, Bonds, Dividends, Annuities. Join me to explore what I have learned as a stock broker and investor over the last 20 years. Discussion will focus on the following theme: the world-wide economic crisis, its impact on the American economy and living well in a time of financial stability.  
Dates: 9/30; 10/7, 14                                       
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103               
Cost: $35.00

The Power of Forgiveness - 4 Weeks
Judy Cameron, Rev. Fred Opalinski, Terri Roberts, Rev. John Rush   
To forgive and be forgiven are profoundly transformative human experi-
ences. This course will present dramatic accounts of the power of forgive
ness. Highlights will include reflections about Louie Zamperini, who
forgave his WWII torturer; Nelson Mandela, who pardoned his captors after
years of imprisonment, and; Desmond Tutu, who was awarded the Nobel
Peace Prize for his commitment to end apartheid. Finally, Terri Roberts,
mother of the Nickel Mines shooter, will offer touching reflections on
compassion, forgiveness and hope.
Dates: 10/21, 28; 11/4, 11             
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                       
Cost: $40.00

IPOD and Other Smart Phones Basic Operations - 2 Weeks
Miro Liwosz
This two-session hands-on seminar will cover the basic operations of ”smart
phones” (e.g., iPhone, Android, Etc.) and any other phone topic you would
like us to cover. You’ll learn about the basic and some tricky smart phone
operations, apps, video chats, nifty web sites.
Date: 11/4, 11                                                
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103                   
Cost: $25.00

Developing Social Media Saavy: Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram - 2 Weeks
Sean Cullen
Want to start a revolution? Use Facebook! Facebook remains one of the
hottest methods in social media for personal and group interaction. Learn
how to navigate Facebook to keep in touch with family and friends. Also
be introduced to Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram.
Dates: 11/18, 25         
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103                    
Cost: $25.00

From the “Ringgold Light Artillery to the “Ringgold Band” - 2 Weeks
James Seidel, Director Ringgold Band - 2 Weeks
The militia group “Ringgold Light Artillery” eventually transformed into
the “Ringgold Band.” We will explore the histories of these beloved
Berks County musical treasures, which have thrived for over 162
consecutive years!
Dates: 9/30; 10/7              
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                       
Cost: $25.00

Finding God in the Present Moment - 5 Weeks
Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Stop living in the past and worrying about the future. Find peace, hope
and fullness of life by learning to live one moment at a time and by
discovering God in the Present Moment.
Dates: 10/14, 21, 28; 11/4, 11              
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                    
Cost: $45.00

Is the Criminal Justice System “Just?” - 1 Session
Dean Daria LaTorre, Esquire
This course will provide students with issues in criminal law, and proce
dure as it relates to the content of justice.
Dates: 10/14                   
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing, 2000 Cambridge Ave., Wyomissing PA 19610         
Time: 2:00 – 3:30 PM                       
Cost: $25.00


The Unintended Outcomes of Incarceration: Impacts upon Pennsylvania Families - 4 Weeks
Rev. John Rush, Dr. Gordon Diem, Eleni Dimitriou Geishauer, Esq.,
Carlos Montgomery, Federal Parole Agent; Guest Speaker
Each week during the course there will be a panel discussion with
question-and-answer sessions featuring formerly incarcerated individu-
als, their spouses, and the social service professionals who serve them.
Dates: 10/8, 15, 22, 29         
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Student Center, Private Dining Room                
Cost: $40.00

Breaking the Mold: The Drawings and Paintings of Famous Writers, Musicians and Actors - 4 Weeks
Barbara Post
Before he became a celebrated novelist, John Updike wrote art essays and
museum reviews. Early in his career he wanted to be a graphic artist and
as a teenager submitted drawings and cartoons to various publications,
including the New Yorker. This course investigates drawings, paintings
and sculptures of famous writers, musicians and actors.
Dates: 10/8, 15, 22, 29     
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                      
Cost: $40.00

Civil War Heroes and their Unforgettable Pennsylvania Connections - 2 Weeks
David Fox
This course revives the folklore and legacies of great Pennsylvania Civil
War heroes such as Henry Washington Sawyer, the 50th PA Volunteers
and Reading’s Kendall Brothers. Investigate their connections to the
Lehigh Valley, Cape May and Washington D.C. Learn about the First
Defenders and the First New Jersey Cavalry. Who covered more territory
than any other regiment as they fought in five states stretching from the
South Carolina coast to the Mississippi River?
Dates: 11/5, 12     
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                      
Cost: $25.00

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!!!
Dates: 10/1, 8, 15, 22, 29                 
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Room 154                      
Cost: $45.00


How We Won the War and Lost the Peace - 4 Weeks
Rev. Elton Richards
This is the 100th Anniversary of the beginning of World War I. How and why did such senseless destruction happen? Is it fair to blame World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the Balkans, Iraq, Afghanistan, and Israeli/Palestine wars on the Versailles Treaty? We will look at the peacemaking efforts of Woodrow Wilson, Georges Clemenceau, and Lloyd George and the disastrous results.   
Dates: 10/2, 9, 16, 23                  
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103              
Cost: $40.00

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
Dates: 11/6, 13, 20          
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103                     
Cost: $35.00

Women in the Military, Ministry, Athletics, Literature and Politics - 5 Weeks
Hallie Vaughan
We will study the stories of amazing American women who have almost
been forgotten in our nation’s history. As we bring them back to life,
discover and celebrate the powerful impact and feminine spirit that inspired
many to greatness.
Dates: 10/2, 9, 16, 23 ____; 11/6                  
Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227                         
Cost: $45.00


Living Well - 6 Weeks
Martha Sitler; Lori Smith
What is the Chronic Disease Self-Management Program? The Chronic
Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) is a highly interactive,
community-based intervention workshop that helps individuals with
chronic conditions learn how to manage and improve their health. The
program focuses on challenges that are common to individuals living with
any chronic condition(s), such as dealing with pain and fatigue, discover-
ing better nutrition, exercise, medication use, emotions, and communicat-
ing with doctors and family about their health.  
Dates: 10/10, 17, 24, 31; 11/7, 14        
Time: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103                  
Cost: $50.00

St. John’s Bible - 2 Weeks
Sister Patrice Klausing, OSF
The St. John’s Bible is the first hand-written Bible commissioned in over
500 years. The story of its creation, beautiful illumination and art work
have inspired prayerful awe. We will use videos and the two volumes
of the Heritage Edition on campus as sources for our prayer and reflection.
Class format will include input, quiet time and sharing as well as the
opportunity to see and touch the Heritage Edition volumes.
Dates: 10/17, 24              
Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Community Room 116                     
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, October 23 and Friday, October 24  
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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