Centenary Offers Some 30 Senior Adult Education Classes This Spring; Registration Set for Feb. 7 - 12 at Center for Extended Learning

Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Learning for the sheer joy of it -- no tests, no assignments, no grades. That's the philosophy of the Senior Adult Education program at Centenary College that has operated for the past 26 years.

"The success of the program is based on the simple fact that learning is a lifelong process that is rewarding at every age," said Judy P. Moore, director of Senior Adult Education at Centenary.

Moore has announced some 30 courses available this spring for students over age 55. Registration will be held between 10 a.m. and noon Feb. 7 - 12 at 2910 Centenary Blvd., across from the Meadows Museum. Classes include computers, art, music, literary experiences, nutrition, poetry, dancing, writing, finances and more. Book reviews and travelogues are also offered, as are special-interest courses such as "The Sermon on the Mount," "First Ladies of the United States," "Intermediate Autoharp," and "The Golden Age of the Big Bands."

Several new courses are being offered for the spring semester, Moore said. Among them are "an entertaining look at 'Behind the Scenes of the Marjorie Lyons Theatre,' and 'What to Look For,' which offers local physicians' and health care professionals' insights into the challenges facing people as they age."

New also in the Financial Planning area is a look at beneficiaries of IRAs and other retirement funds, as well as advanced options for picking stocks and investments.

Other new courses:

  • "How Things Work," with Dr. John T. Goorley, which covers subjects as diverse as how foods are metabolized to the workings of radio waves, x-rays and cosmic rays.
  • "Contemporary Cinema," with Dr. Jeff Hendricks, who will explore the vision of contemporary writers/directors as they control the story and plot of their films.
  • "Behind the Scenes of the Marjorie Lyons Theatre" with Robert Buseick and his staff exploring the process that directors, choreographers, actors and producers use to bring a production to the stage.

    The courses are open on a non-credit, space-available basis to anyone 55 years of age or older and to those who transport them. Participants can take any number of courses for the overall fee of $20. A few classes require an additional fee.

    Those desiring to park a car on campus must also purchase a $1 parking sticker, that will be valid throughout the spring semester. Fees can be paid by check or credit card. The program is funded through the fees and the donations of local groups and individuals.

    For registration information or a brochure on the program, call the Senior Adult Education office at 318-869-5115.

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