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Encore Program to Offer New Courses for Spring


Lee University's Encore Program, which offers the opportunity to take university courses to individuals age 60 and over, has a new line-up of mini-courses available for the spring semester. These mini-courses are planned exclusively for Encore-eligible students and are available along with selected traditional courses.

The cost is $25 to sign up for two courses, and the following courses will be offered: Finding Your Roots: A Beginners Guide to Tracing Genealogy, Microsoft Word & Excel for Beginners, Computers for Beginners, Introduction to Painting, The Book of Ezekiel, Self & Society: Surviving & Thriving the Social Problems of Our Age, Joint Conditioning, Fitness for the Encore Years, Japanese Language & Culture, Scotland: Then and Now, Creative Writing Workshop Part III, Lights! Camera! Music!, America Between the Wars: 1919-1941, and Tennessee in Tennis Shoes.

Dr. Louis Morgan will teach Finding Your Roots: A Beginner’s Guide to Tracing Genealogy, which is a basic introductory course for individuals wanting to trace their genealogy. The course will focus on basic research tools and processes, including using print and online sources, oral histories/interviews and DNA testing. Examples of genealogical findings will be presented in the lectures, and students will have an opportunity to participate in discussion about their personal genealogical quests. This five-week course will meet Thursdays from 6-7 p.m., Jan. 28-March 3.

Microsoft Word & Excel for Beginners is designed to present the student with the basic concepts of Word and Excel. The goal is to provide each student with the knowledge to create simple documents using Word and simple spreadsheets using Excel. The course is taught by Rhonda Graham. A 2 GB flash drive is recommended. This five-week course will meet Thursdays from 5:15-7 p.m., March 3-April 7.

Computers for Beginners, also taught by Graham, will help students learn the basics of computers. The focus will be on receiving and sending e-mails, searching the internet, and keeping in touch with family on social media. A 2 GB flash drive is recommended. This five-week course will meet Tuesdays from 5:15-7 p.m., March 1-April 5.

Introduction to Painting will be taught by guest artist Bob Grayson. In this introductory course, students will create artwork using a variety of media including colored pencils, oils, watercolors and more. They will also learn color-mixing while becoming familiar with a variety of brushes, knives and other tools. Students will explore texture and composition in this class. Experienced and unexperienced artists are welcome. This course will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15-7 p.m., March 17-April 19.

Assistant Professor of Old Testament Dr. Brian Peterson will teach The Book of Ezekiel, which seeks to introduce the student to the ancient world of the prophet Ezekiel in order to understand the prophet’s message. Special attention will be given to interpreting the visions and imagery of the book and the importance of the book for the Church today. Recommended materials include the book “Ezekiel in Context” by Pickwick Publications. This six-week course will meet Mondays from 2-2:50 p.m., Jan. 18-Feb. 22.

Self & Society: Surviving & Thriving the Social Problems of Our Age will be taught by Lee faculty Drs. Ben and Karen Mundy-Judkins. This class will use a personal and societal perspective for each social problem while facilitating a discussion format. Social problems discussed will include family and kin, health and well-being, poverty and disadvantage, and challenge to faith and Christianity. Ben is a macro-sociologist and Karen specializes in micro-sociology which will bring each topic to a “grounded” application to everyday life. The five-week course will meet Mondays from 4-5:15 p.m., Feb. 1-29.

Joint Conditioning is a course that will go through different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints. Taught by Roxanne Tyson, the class will include different stretches and breathing techniques to help with relaxation and flexibility. Students will need to wear the proper attire such as clothing that can be moved in easily and comfortable walking shoes. This nine-week course will meet Wednesdays 2-2:50 p.m., Jan. 20-March 23.

Fitness for the Encore Years is a nine-week course also taught by Tyson. It will feature active but low-impact aerobic and weight resistant exercises including sitting and standing. The class will begin with intro exercises and each week will include a new component to encourage the participants to challenge their fitness levels. The course will focus on fun, music and interaction, and will meet Wednesdays from 3-3:50 p.m., Jan. 20-March 23.

Dr. Steven Lay, senior adjunct professor of mathematics and former Japanese missionary, will teach the course Japanese Language and Culture. The course provides an introduction to speaking, reading and writing Japanese. Cultural topics will include Japanese mythology, a brief history of Japan, the role of the emperor and Japanese festivals. Special emphasis will be given to issues facing the church in Japan and the difficulty of communicating the gospel to Japanese people. Recommended materials will include a $25 book fee, which will be collected by the instructor. The book contains the language lessons, cultural readings, practice worksheet and CD. This six-week course will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 4-5:15 p.m., Feb. 1-March 21.

Scotland: Then and Now will survey some of the highlights of Scotland’s long and rich history. Beginning with origins of the Scottish people and exploring a few of the individuals and incidents that have set this small country apart, such as William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, the Highland Clearances and the calls for independence, this course will bring the sights and sounds of the Scottish Isles to the classroom. This five-week course, taught by Dr. Timothy Lay, will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4-5:15 p.m., Feb. 2-March 3.

Creative Writing Workshop Part III will be taught by Brian Conn. This seven-week course seeks to pursue better writing through a workshop model, with all participants subjecting their work to the scrutiny of the class. Regardless of genre, everyone seeks to paint beautiful, powerful pictures with words. Students who desire to write better in creative genres and who were enrolled in Creative Writing Workshop in the spring or fall of 2015 are eligible for the course. The course will meet Tuesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., Jan. 12-Feb. 23.

Maestro Bob Bernhardt will teach Lights! Camera! Music!, which will be an exploration of the wonderful world of film music. The class will journey through movies from the 1930s all the way to present day. From Max Steiner and Eric Wolfgang Korngold, to Elmer Bernstein and Bernard Herrmann, to Hans Zimmer and John Williams, students will listen to glorious soundtracks and learn about the composers’ lives and work. This four-week course will meet Mondays, 2-3:30 p.m., Feb. 1- Feb. 22.

Distinguished Professor of History Dr. Bob Barnett will teach America Between the Wars: 1919-1941. This course will examine the history of the United States in the two decades between the end of the First World War and America’s entry into the Second World War. Particular attention will be paid to the causes and effects of the Great Depression, the social and cultural developments during the period and American foreign policy during an especially dangerous time in global affairs. This five-week course will meet Tuesdays, 5:30-6:30 p.m., Feb. 2-March 1.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes is a travelling course which will include visits to four historical sites in Tennessee. These sites will be selected by class participants on the first day of class. Participants may choose which sites they wish to visit and one trip will be completed each week between Jan. 25 and Feb. 19. Travel costs and admission fees apply. The course is taught by Dr. Dave Altopp, and the first meeting will be Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2:35-3:50 p.m.

Students may choose up to two courses from the list of traditional courses and special lecture topics. All enrolled students will have free entry to campus concerts, plays and athletic events.

Registration will take place Wednesday, Jan. 6-Monday, Jan. 11 in Room 113 of Lee’s Communication Arts Building from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. After Jan. 12, Encore office hours are Tuesday through Friday from 8:30 a.m.–noon in Room 214 of Lee’s Higginbotham Administration Building (HAB). Applications can also be returned by mail to HAB 214 at Lee University.

Fast-track registration will take place Thursday, Jan. 14 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Centenary Room of the HAB. Participants can drop-in and complete registration in one step during these times. All courses are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spaces are limited.

Lee University's Encore Program is a part of the institution's commitment of service to the community.

For more information, visit Encore or contact Community Relations at communityrelations@leeuniversity.edu or by calling 423-614-8598.

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