Contact:  Judy McNeil, 318-869-5115, or Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120

Centenary College Offers Classes for "Forerunners;" Registration is Sept. 17-25 for Former Senior Adult Education Program

SHREVEPORT, LA --  Learning for the sheer joy of it -- no tests, no assignments, no grades.  That continues to be the philosophy of the Forerunners Program -- formerly Senior Adult Education --  at Centenary College.

"To me, the students in this senior adult education program set a high standard for those who follow them by demonstrating a love of learning that lasts a lifetime," said  Judy McNeil, the new director of the program.
 McNeil has announced more than 30 courses available this fall for students who are generally over age 50. Registration can be accomplished by calling 318-869-5115 between 10 a.m. and noon and 2 and 4 p.m. weekdays Sept. 17-25  or by stopping by the Forerunners Office at 2910 Centenary Blvd.

Classes include computers, art, music, literary experiences, nutrition, theatrical comedy, travel, writing, folk dancing, finances and more.  Wednesday travel lectures will discuss France, Southeast Asia, Africa, Egypt, Nepal and Thailand. 

Special -interest courses related to the East Meets West theme include "Really? A China Town in Shreve City," "US China Relations: 100 Year History of Interactions," "Christianity and Eastern Spiritualities," and "21st Century Oriental Art and Culture."  In addition, former Louisiana Gov. Buddy Roemer will speak at 2 p.m. Sept. 20 in Centenary's Kilpatrick Auditorium on "Louisiana's Oriental Connection."

Several new courses are being offered for the fall semester, including "Your Health Check: Physically and Spiritually," which offers weekly lecturers by local health care professionals and professors. A course on "Classic American Comedy" will include viewing and discussing four classic films, while "How not to be a Victim" will deal with self defense in a crisis situation.  Literary Experiences will feature weekly book reviews as well as a session with the two local authors of the new crime novel, Stone Justice, which will be released nationally on Oct. 15. 

The courses are offered on a non-credit, space-available basis to anyone 50 years of age or older and to those who transport them.  Participants can take any number of courses for the overall fee of  $30.  A few classes require an additional fee.  Those desiring to park a car on campus must also purchase a $5 parking sticker that will be valid throughout the fall 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 Forerunners/Senior Adult Education office at 318-869-5115.

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