Seniors College

Fall Session 2016

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MONDAY

Greek Myths: Theirs and Ours, Then and Now - 4 Weeks

Professor John Kissinger
What did ancient Greeks believe about their myths, the stories of their gods? How have those stories influenced our world and our culture? What can we learn from myths in these modern times? We will survey the stories that helped form the beginnings of our civilization today.
Dates: 10/17, 24, 31; 11/7
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms
Cost: $40.00


Building A Novel from the Inside Out - 4 Weeks

Professor John Kissinger
In this interactive course, you will read draft versions of chapters from John’s next novel, critique and discuss them in class, and see your suggestions incorporated into the finished product. Be the editor you’ve always wanted to be!
Dates: 10/17, 24, 31; 11/7
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms
Cost: $40.00

Italian Professor Presents Italian Films, in the Italian Way - 3 Weeks

Professor Pietro DiStravolo
This course examnies the captivating charm and the enduring spirit of the Italian culture. Two unforgettable Italian classic films --”Il Professore” and “Il Postino” --serve as focal points for unpacking Italian culture, history geography, humor and life. The real treat is that the course is taught by Alvernia’s beloved Profesor Pietro DiStravolo.
Dates: 9/26; 10/3, 10
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $35.00

Seeing Jesus Through the Eyes of St. Luke - 5 Weeks

Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF
Each of four New Testament Gospels presents Jesus Christ iin a distinctive way. This course examines the ife, message and ministry of Jesus through the eyes of Saint Luke, who was also the writer of the Acts of the Apostles. Luke’s representation of Jesus highlights the Savior’s affection for humanity, his concern for the poor and his affiliation with exiles and outsiders.
Dates: 10/17, 24, 31; 11/7, 14
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $45.00


TUESDAY

The Presidential Election 2016 - 5 Weeks

Dr. Tim Blessing, Presidential Scholar; Karin Mallett, Anchor, Reporter, WFMZ TV & 69 News; Dr. Stephen Medvic, Political Analyst, Franklin & Marshall College; Dr. Jodi Radosh, Alvernia University Communications; Dr. Victoria Williams, Alvernia University Political Science; Alvernia Student Interns
What are the influential issues that underlie the 2016 Presidential Campaign? What do Americans really want from their future President? What outcomes can we expect? Explore the issues of the Presidential Campaign in dialogue with local experts. Each week addresses a different topic. The final class will be held after the election.
Dates: 10/11, 18, 25; 11/1, X ,15
Time: 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM    
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $45.00


Women Who Dared: Explorers, Pioneers, Crusaders - 4 Weeks

Hallie Vaughan
American women who dared to step out of traditional womens roles to follow their dreams and dedicate their lives to a cause. Louise Arner Boyd, Sacagawea, Amelia Earhart, Calamity Jane, Sarah Winnemuccu, Alice Paul, & Elizabeth Blackwell are a few of these heroes. Additionally – Susan Butcher & Her Huskies (an Iditarod winner!)
Dates: 10/4, 11, 18, 25
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM    
Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103
Cost: $40.00

Dimensions of Wellness & Active Aging - 1 Session

Alyssa Wagner, Director and Moderator; Carol Hession; Sr. Jean Jacobchik, OSF; Daria LaTorre, Esquire; Dr. Thomas Porrazzo   
Dates: 11/1
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM    
Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing
Cost: $20.00          


WEDNESDAY

Senior Wellness 101 - 4  Weeks

Julia Dunst, MA, NETA certified; Karen Miller, NETA certified    
Join us for an interactive experience aimed at increased balance, strength and conditioning as we age. Learn how to adjust posture and strength for increased mobility and balance. The course will incorporate body mechanics, simple tools, and fun activities to improve mobility and balance.
Dates: 10/5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227
Cost: $40.00


Changes Reflected in Art - 4 Weeks

Barbara Post, Artist
Most of us are at an age where our lives have allowed us to witness remarkable changes, and not just in everyday living, but also travel inventions, medicine, and the high tech revolution.  Artists have been offering their impressions about these happenings -- in paintings, visual media, advertising, current events humor, and much more. Let’s take a look at CHANGES, from the artists’ points of view
Dates: 10/5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $40.00


Tap An App: Using Technology to Nurture Your Mind, Body & Spirit - 3 Weeks

Robin Allen, CIO AU; Toni Eckert, AU Dir. Leadership Berks
A 3-part session will help you navigate through popular applications to make exploring your interests, managing your life and keeping you connected to the ones you love easier.  
Dates: 10/5, 12, X, 26
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM    
Place: Upland Center Community Rm. 103
Cost: $35.00


THURSDAY

The Year That Was – That is? - 4 Weeks

Rev. Elton Richards
Terrorism, violence, political mayhem, xenophobia, scams and scandals, culture wars of race, gender, and sexuality! It is 2016! Is there a year in American History that mirrors these same issues? Yes! That year and its parallels will surprise you. Come and learn how history is repeating itself!
Dates: 10/6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $40.00


Barriers, Borders & Beyond: The Hispanic Immigrant Experience Expressed Through Literature - 4 Weeks

Patricia M.  Pacifico, Ph.D.
The writings of Latinos in the United States –Mexicans, Puerto Ricans, Dominicans and Cubans – present issues on assimilation, language, identity, nostalgia, preservation of traditions, racism and poverty. The works of these writers are often written in autobiographical form in which the protagonist describes the conflicts and anxiety of the acculturation process. Examples of prose and poetry will be read and discussed.
Dates: 10/6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM
Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227
Cost: $40.00


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: 10/6, 13, 20, 27; 11/3
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
Place: Upland Center, Room 228
Cost: $35.00


“Inside the Score: Franck Violin Sonata in A Major” - 1 Session

Todd Sullivan, Violinist; Paul Thorlakson, Pianist
Violinist Todd Sullivan is concertmaster of the Allegro Chamber Orchestra, first violinist with the Reading Symphony, and Professor of Viola at Franklin & Marshall College and Millersville University.  Pianist Paul Thorlakson is Chair of the Worship and Performing Arts Department at Lancaster Bible College.  Together they present a performance/discussion of the Franck Violin Sonata in their series exploring the fun and unexpected stories surrounding the musical literature for violin and piano duo.   
Dates: 11/17
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Francis Hall Theatre
Cost: $20.00


FRIDAY

Immigration, Crime and "Crimmigration" - 2 Weeks

Malgorzata Zuber, M.Ed, LLM., MA
This course addresses the historical and contemporary relationship between criminal and immigration law. The course explores how non-US citizens are uniquely affected by criminal procedures as well as substantive criminal law.
Dates: 11/4, 11
Time: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM    
Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227
Cost: $30.00            


Alzheimers Disease: What We Know, in Addition to the Importance of Early and Accurate Diagnosis

Joseph Daly, RPh.; John Kissinger; Daria LaTorre, Esq.
Dates: 9/23; 10/21; 11/18
Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM    
Place: Keystone Villa @ Douglassville
Cost: $35.00  


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. 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 4 - hour session. Veterans of the Armed Services are admitted free of charge.  [A minimum of eight participants will be required.] 
Date: Friday, October 14 - Refresher course (4 hours)
Dates: Thursday, November 3 and Friday, November 4 (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 (All fees paid in cash during first session)




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