The fall season for the Academy of Lifelong learning got under way with an open house for current and prospective members, who were greeted by the academy's new mentor and adviser, the Rev. Nathan Malavolti.
He is the newly appointed vice president of community relations, replacing the Rev. Richard Davis who served the academy for many years prior to his new assignment in Loretto, Pa.
The open house and preview of new classes, trips and activities was held in the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.
Recent open house attracts crowd.
Eunice Lincoff, academy president, also welcomed the assembled seniors and conducted a tribute to the late Nan Watzman, a two-time academy president, longtime board member, instructor and major supporter.
A large collection of items from the Watzman estate was donated to the academy and was auctioned at the meeting as a benefit for the student assistance fund project, chaired by Donna Keagler.
A briefing on each of the classes, which will run from Sept. 30 through Nov. 19, was offered by the instructors.
Pete Thomas Caleodis, perennial instructor in literature and academy poet laureate, paid tribute to the group in an original poem and introduced his fall class on Charles Dicken's "Oliver Twist."
Others who presented previews of their class topics were: Angie Allison, cooking specialties; the Rev. Ed Rudiger, the birth of the Constitution; Joel Everly, academy chorus; Jane Bigler, antiques; Gerald Van Scyoc, art; Lincoff, bridge; and John Boleigh, archeology.
Gloria Renda and Bill Black, coordinators for academy educational tours, presented plans for fall trips to Amish country, Loretto, Pa., and Wheeling and Oglebay.
Another highlight of the academy's fall offerings will be a free public art display and lecture from internationally recognized photographer Jay Stock of Martins Ferry.
This is another in the continuing Rose DeFede Lecture Series from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 29 in the Gentile Gallery in the J.C. Williams Center on the university campus. The fine arts department of the university is co-sponsoring the event. Patricia Fletcher is chairman.
Entertainment for the open house was provided by the academy chorus. The refreshment and social hour were planned by Janet Saner and her committee.
Decorations and pictorial boards of academy activities of the spring semester were created and displayed by academy historian Frances Hughes.
Senior citizens from throughout the Tri-State Area can still join and enroll for fall activities by contacting Lincoff at (740) 282-2105 or the university office of community relations at (740) 283-6406.