The second half of the Academy of Lifelong Learning season of new experiences in the classroom and through tours kicked off March 23 with an open house welcoming academy faithfuls and newbies, too.
The open house was held at the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville and included a silent auction, food -like any good event - and an overview of what's to come by class presenters.
The academy, an educational organization for senior citizens in the Tri-State Area now in its 14th year, is preparing for its six-week spring term of classes which will run from April 8 through May 18.
Eunice Lincoff, right, academy president, with presenters the Rev. Ed Rudiger, left, and Pete Caleodis.
-- Janice Kiaski
Class instructors or facilitators presented details on the spring agenda, which will cover a study of literature of the 20th Century; an historical walk through major cities of Europe on DVDs; a leadership training program; a study of the reform movements that have shaped American society; and continuing choral and bridge classes, a creative writing clinic and the study of government and the political process.
Among those presenters on hand were poet laureate Pete Caleodis, writer Karen Majoris-Garrison, Joel Everly, Jerry and Eileen Krupinski, and the Rev. Ed Rudiger. Other instructors include the Rev. Richard Davis, Jerry Jo Gilham and Bill Hope.
Eunice Lincoff, academy president, extended a welcome to the open house attendees who had a chance to listen and learn, meander and mingle.
Thanks to Frances Hughes, group historian, all that the academy does is well documented through her photos and academy news clippings, all displayed with a creative flair. Groups are lucky to have good historians in their camp.
In the small world category - something I always enjoy a reminder of in my outings in the area - was a conversation with Elsie Crabs, who shared with me that her mother and my paternal grandmother, the late Mildred Hout, became fast friends after having attended a women's camp at Oglebay. How about that?
In addition to the classes, there are three tours on the spring calendar as arranged by Gloria Renda and Iris Craig. They are:
-- A trolley tour of downtown Steubenville;
-- A visit to the Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museum of Arts in Pittsburgh; and
-- A visit to historic Mount Pleasant and its connection to the Underground Railroad.
The academy membership fee is $50 per person per semester. This entitles members to sign up and attend any or all classes and to sign up for the trips, which are an additional cost and vary in price.
The university is the sponsor of the academy, and Davis, the university's vice president of community relations, serves as the academy mentor. For information on the academy or its programs, contact Lincoff at (740) 282-2105 or the university office of community relations at (740) 283-6406.