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Appalachian’s Institute for Senior Scholars plans winter classes

Senior_Scholars_visit_Arboretum.jpgBOONE—Retired residents of the High Country looking for something interesting to do this winter should consider the Institute for Senior Scholars at Appalachian State University.

ISS is a year-round, noncredit, lifelong learning program sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Conferences and Institutes. Classes scheduled for this winter include a two-part series on journaling, a lecture series on ancient civilizations, film studies on classics of film noir, and a facilitated discussion of Jane Austen’s “Emma.” Several winter walks are also planned.

ISS classes usually meet for one or a few lectures or discussion sessions on each topic, allowing participants to enjoy diverse learning experiences without making lengthy time commitments.

The curriculum includes programs from eight subject areas: art, music and drama; religion, spirituality and philosophy; history and social science; math, science and technology; language and literature; health and well-being; social and political issues; and contemporary living.

Instructors include current and retired faculty from Appalachian, as well as community experts and ISS members.

Additional classes being planned for the spring and summer semesters include a writing class, the ongoing film studies class and a series on religious studies. Other programs include hikes, outdoor nature programs, a general book discussion group, theatre trips, and field trips to local and regional sites of interest.

“We are very excited about the learning opportunities that ISS is able to provide throughout the year,” said Ann Kelly, ISS director. “Appalachian faculty members and other instructors thoroughly enjoy their time with ISS members, who share a love of lifelong learning in addition to a wealth of life experiences that they bring to every topic we explore.”

ISS member Joan Hearn encourages interested people to join, saying, “We believe this is a superb program for lifelong learning, and we can draw on so many exceptional resources from the university and the community to present informative and meaningful programs.”

ISS is designed for people who are retired or semiretired. Members receive selected student benefits at Appalachian, in addition to a wealth of learning opportunities throughout the year. The cost to join ISS for the remainder of the 2007 membership year, through Aug. 14, 2007, is $115 per person. This includes most classes and events.

Most classes are held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. For class listings, membership information, and other questions about ISS, call Kelly at (828) 262-6690 or visit www.iss.appstate.edu.

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Photo Caption: Members of the Institute for Senior Scholars at Appalachian State University visited the N.C. Arboretum in Asheville this fall, where they learned about horticulture and some of the state’s native species. ISS is a year-round, noncredit, lifelong learning program sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Conferences and Institutes. The cost to join ISS for the remainder of the 2007 membership year, through Aug. 14, 2007, is $115 per person. (Photo courtesy of ISS)