FALL SESSION 2018 

Seniors College Administration

Daria Tecco LaTorre, Esq., Dean

Sally Reading, Director

610-796-8357

Monday

COURSE: Be Still My Beatles Heart – 4 Weeks

Instructor: Professor John Kissinger

Description: Join us to explore the background influences, musical developments, and social meanings of the Beatles in our world (and even in alternate worlds!). We will use music clips, lyrics examples, anecdotes, and videos to illustrate the story of the Beatles as a group and as individuals. Bring your best Beatles stories to share in class, and I’ll bring mine. (I may even bring my guitar.) Extra credit if you were once a Beatlemaniac!

Dates: 9/24; 10/1, 10/15, 10/22

Day: Monday                            

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM                                                        

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rooms

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: #Keys Strong: “Conch”- ering Irma -  2 Weeks

Instructor(s): Dr. Scott Ballantyne; Col. Robert Ballantyne

Description: This program is a fishing story and a heartfelt tale of the lower Florida Keys and Key West. The story is about a fishing destination devastated by Hurricane Irma and the resilient “Conchs” (as the locals call themselves) rebuilding their community. Learn about the habitat and its survival and follow the efforts of many on their quest to return to normalcy…if that’s possible in the Keys!    

Dates: 11/5, 11/12

Day: Monday                                                    

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                                        

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Cost: $25.00

COURSE: From Malachi to Matthew - 4 Weeks 

Instructor: John Kissinger

Description: This course will survey the history of Judea from the close of the Hebrew Scriptures to the beginnings of the Christian Scriptures. Included will be the Judeans “Babylonian Captivity,” the Maccabees and Hasmoneoans, Judean writings that were not included in the Bible, and the Dead Sea scrolls. We will trace the roots of the emerging religions of the era, Christianity and Rabbinic Judaism.

Dates: 9/24; 10/1, 10/8, 10/15

Day: Monday                                      

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM                                                 

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: Modern Saints for Modern Times - 4 Weeks 

Instructor: Sister Jean Jacobchik, OSF

Description: Saint John Paul II. Saint Therese of Lisieux. Saint Theresa of Calcutta. Saint-making is not a phenomenon that belongs to the past. Every age and every generation produces its own new saintly women and men. Modern saints are canonized because they inspire modern humanity to embrace challenges and suffering in grace-filled ways that uplift the soul and reveal the presence of God.

Dates: 10/22, 10/29; 11/5, 11/12

Day: Monday                                      

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM                                                 

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Cost: $40.00

Tuesday

COURSE: The Code Girls of World War II - 4 Weeks

Instructor: Hallie Vaughan

Description:The Code Girls were sworn to secrecy about their code-breaking triumphs, which shortened World War II significantly and saved lives. The skills these women acquired through code-breaking opened opportunities and careers previously unavailable to women. The genius and activities of other women who made important contributions during World War II will also be explored.

Dates: 10/2, 10/9, 10/16,10/23

Day: Tuesday                                  

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM                    

Place: Student Center, Seminar Rms.

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: Real World View from the Prosecutor – 1 Session

Instructor: Dean Daria LaTorre, Esq.

Description: The world of prosecutors is dizzying with activities and responsibilities. What do prosecutors do? How do they prepare for cases? What is it like to argue a case before a judge and jury?

Dates: 10/30

Day: Tuesday                                     

Time: 2:30 – 3:30 PM

Place: The Highlands of Wyomissing

Cost: $20.00                                                     

Wednesday

COURSE: Dogs are Police Officers Too - 4 Weeks

Instructor(s): Sheriff Eric Weaknecht; Daria LaTorre, Esq.; Captain Mandy Miller, Canine Coordinator; Guest Speakers

Description: This course will explore the use of dogs in law enforcement. What vital skills and abilities do K-9s possess that make them so valuable to the work of police departments? How are they trained and by whom? What regulations are in place that govern the safety of dogs and effectiveness of their services.

Dates: 10/17, 10/24, 10/31; 11/7

Day: Wednesday                                            

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM                                            

Place: UC Board Room 227

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: Senior Adults and Centenarians – 4 Weeks

Instructor: Artist Barbara Post

Description: Do you want to live to be 100?  Whether you do or not, let's hear the stories of some people whose fortunate "quality of life" followed them into their senior adult years.  Not just about artists of course, but fascinating art images accompany this course.                      

Dates: 10/3,10,17,24

Day: Wednesday                                              

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                            

Place: UC, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: Transition to the Twentieth Century: Van Gogh, Gaugin and their Successors - 3 Weeks

Instructor(s): Carol Hession, Cynthia Davenport

Description: This course will introduce three modern “schools of painting” that were influenced by Van Gogh and Gaugin. Artists covered include Matisse, Derain, Modigliani, Soutine, Hagal, and Kandinsky.

Dates: 10/10, 10/17, 10/24  

Day: Wednesday                                

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM                         

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $35.00

COURSE: Donald Trump & the Modern Presidency – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Dr. Tim Blessing – Presidential Scholar

Description: Discuss the phenomena of Donald Trump in the context of the Modern Presidency.                                                

Dates: 10/31; 11/7

Day: Wednesday                                            

Time: 1:00 – 2:30 PM                                                 

Place: UC Board Rm. 227

Cost: $25.00

COURSE: Human Communities that Inhabit the Oceans – 2 Weeks

Instructors: Rev. Shaji Silva

Description: The oceans of the world remain the last great frontiers of the earth to be explored. One fascinating detail about oceans that few people know about is that there are ancient communities of human beings who actually dwell and thrive upon the waters of the oceans. Who are these people? What do we know of their watery existence? What can we learn from them about how to appreciate and protect the oceans of the earth?

Dates: 10/31; 11/7

Day: Wednesday                                              

Time: 2:30 – 4:00 PM                                                 

Place: UC Community Rm. 103

Cost: $25.00

Thursday

COURSE: Who Are the “Evangelicals”? - 5 Weeks     

Instructor: Rev. Elton Richards

Description: The religious landscape of our youth has been turned upside down!  Who are the "Evangelicals"?  The Mainline has become the sideline!  We will study the rise and fall and rise again of fundamentalism in America and its journey from the fringe to the center of religious and political power today.

Dates: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25; 11/1

Day: Thursday                                    

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM                                                        

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $45.00                                                                                                      

COURSE: Contemplative Dance: Discover Profound Aspects of Your Inner Self – 1 Session                       

Instructor: Jessica Warchal-King

Description: Within many cultures, expressive physical movements help dancers to connect with their inner selves. This session invites you to experience contemplative dance, and discover and express profound aspects of yourself!                       

Dates: 9/27

Day: Thursday                                                

Time: 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM                                        

Place: Campus Commons & Fitness Center – Dance Studio

Cost: $20.00

COURSE: African American History in Berks County – Contributions and Challenges - 4 Weeks

Instructor(s); Dr. Joseph Amprey; Mrs. Karima Archie; Robert Jefferson; Joan Reppert; Donald Smith, Esquire

Description: The first session will cover slavery and the Underground Railroad. Two of the following sessions will discuss the professional, occupational, religious, and cultural lives of African Americans, and the final session will explore local consequences of the civil rights movement.     

Date: 10/4, 10/11, 10/18, 10/25 

Day: Thursday                                                  

Time: 1:30  – 3:00 PM                                                

Place: Upland Center; Board Rm. 227

Cost: $40.00

COURSE: Don’t Be a Victim of Hacking!  Don’t! - 2 Weeks                                                                                                                                   

Instructor: Scott Davidson

Description: What would you do if you saw the cursor of your computer being moved around on your screen by a stranger who had entered into your computer remotely? What would you do as you watched the cursor move toward sensitive credit card information and banking files. Your computer, your bank accounts, your identity, and your life could be hacked within moments! How will you protect yourself and your assets?

Dates: 11/8, 11/15

Day: Thursday                        

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM             

Place: Upland Center, Board Rm. 227

Cost: $25.00

Friday

COURSE: The Freaky, Frantic Future of Changes: How to Stabilize Yourself – 3 Weeks    

Instructor: Dr. James Morrissey

Description: What are the principle global forces that will confront humanity as the future enters into our present existence? How rapidly will external changes force change upon us? In what ways can human beings optimize the benefits of changing landscapes, ideologies, infrastructures to minimize the fragmenting affects that the future could have? Freaky!

Dates:  10/19, 10/26; 11/2

Day: Friday                                         

Time: 10:00 – 11:30 AM                                                                    

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103

Cost: $35.00

COURSE: Chair Yoga and Meditation 

Instructor: Alli Blair Snyder

Description: Join us for a relaxing, zero-impact flow to learn simple stretches – done from the comfort and stability of a chair! Come with comfortable clothes and an open mind; we will end our practice with a quiet and meaningful meditation together. Namaste!

Dates: 10/19, 10/26; 11/2

Day: Friday                             

Time: 12:00 Noon – 1:00 PM             

Place: Upland Center, Community Rm. 103              

Cost: $35.00                                                          

COURSE: 150 Years Old and Still Kicking! - 3 Weeks

Instructor: Donald F. Smith, Jr., Esquire

Description: The 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution turned 150 Years Old on July 9, 2018. Its provisions for “due process of law’ and “Equal protection: are arguably the most important in the Constitution. This course will examine the Amendments’ history and its continuing impact today.

Dates:  10/12, 10/19, 10/26

Day: Friday                                                     

Time: 1:30 – 3:00 PM                                                                        

Place: Upland Center, Board Room 227

Cost: $35.00

 

MINI-COURSE

COURSE: AAA Driver Education Safety Program                           

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.] 

 

Dates: Thursday, Friday, October 18,19 - Beginner course (4 hours each day)

Place: Student Center, Seminar Room

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

 

Dates: Friday, October 12 – Refresher Course (4 hours)

Place: Upland Center, Community Room 103

Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM      

 

Cost:

$15.00 – one AAA member

$25.00 - husband & wife AAA members

$25.00 - non-member

                                                           

 

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