In the days leading up to the Academy of Lifelong Learning's annual open house Sept. 15 at the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville, I had a call from a woman who was interested in this but had misplaced her paper and confessed she wasn't "a computer person" able to access the information at the newspaper's website.
There are still many people around who simply aren't "a computer person" for whatever reason, so I gave the caller the information she was after, even encouraged her to check out the open house and the academy, which is sponsored by the university and is an organization of Tri-State Area senior citizens interested in continuing their educational experiences.
I don't know if this particular caller actually went to the open house, but attracting women and men "newbies" into this learn-something-new forum is what the group seems to do with consistency, and this open house was no exception.
Bill Black, co-chair of the tours, with Eunice Lincoff, academy president
I talked to Rosemary Mascio of Wintersville, for example, who was among the newcomers interested in the fall classes set to begin Oct. 1. Newly retired, Mascio shared with me that she was there to check out what the academy had to offer.
This semester has plenty of mind-enhancing opportunities in the Monday through Wednesday classes that run for six weeks in addition to the Thursday day trips, the first beginning Oct. 4 with an excursion to Barnesville to tour the Dickinson Cattle Ranch.
When I chatted with the caller, she had marveled at how "fabulous" all the trips had sounded in the preview story I did, and I would have to agree. The trips include outings to Schoenbrunn Village, Station Square, the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh along with lunch in the Strip District and a visit to the Carnegie Science Museum. There's also an antiquing trip to various sites in Canonsburg, Pa.
The longest trip is one Oct. 25 to German Village in Columbus with $89 per person covering the transportation, lunch at Schmidt's Restaurant and a guided tour of the village with two house visits, according to Gloria Renda, co-trip planner along with Bill Black and Iris Craig. The deadline for payment on that one is Oct. 5 with checks payable to Wendt Touring and mailed to 401 Market St., Suite 707, Steubenville OH 43952.
As for the classes, the topics include "Art in the Media;" "The Reformation, The Renaissance, The Reasons They Mattered;" "Dance Your Way to Fitness with Patty;" "So You Wanna' Be In A Choir, Part II;" "What If Again;" and "The Civil War - The Real Beginning of the United States."
Instructors include Lillian Brue Rothfuss, the Rev. Richard Davis, Patty Cherepko, Joel Everly, the Rev. Edward Rudiger and Roger Micker.
The deal is seniors pay a $50 membership cost, which entitles them to attend all the classes held in the Totino Room in the St. Joseph Center unless otherwise designated. The tours include additional and varying costs depending on the destination with a $30 deposit fee required to be on the tour schedule.
If you'd like information about the classes or tours, call the university's community relations department at (740) 283-6406.
In the moments before Eunice Lincoff, president, welcomed those attending the open house, there was this "back-to-school" air of enthusiasm shared by "newbies" and academy veterans. Let the mind stimulating and camaraderie continue.