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Encore Registration for Spring Semester to Begin


Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has announced its spring 2018 offerings.

With a fee of $25, Encore students may choose up to two of the following courses: Age, Health, and Medicine: The New Research on Human Flourishing After Sixty; Archaeology: Dirty Jobs Done Dirt Cheap; Basic Computers; Basic Word and Excel; Creative Memoir; Fitness for Encore Years; Genesis: The Ancestral Narratives; History of the Reformation: 500th Anniversary; iHows in the iWorld; Introduction to Painting; Jesus in the Gospel of Mark; Joint Conditioning; Lee University Choral Union; Reading the Past: Historical Fiction and Historical Novels; Scotland: Then and Now; Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course; and Voice Class for Adult Singers and Choral Directors.

“The Encore program has experienced exponential growth over the past 10 years,” said Bethany McCoy, assistant director of Lee’s community relations. “We are so pleased to be able to continue offering educational enrichment opportunities to the community at a very affordable price.”

Age, Health, and Medicine: The New Research on Human Flourishing brings in current research on healthy aging, especially from a medical perspective. It will focus on four specific areas of a “well-lived life” and consider new material from the National Institutes of Health, as well as other seminal research centers. Dr. Ken Ferraro, director of the Center of Life Course and Aging at Purdue University, and a recipient of major research grants, will speak to the class on “The New Research on Renewal at any Age.” Taught by Drs. Karen and Bennett Judkins, this five-week course will meet on Mondays from 4:30-5:45 p.m., Feb. 5 to Mar. 12.

Archaeology: Dirty Jobs Done Dirt Cheap is an introductory course to what archaeology is and the normal activities of archaeologists. Lee’s own archaeology projects over the last 10 years will be used to illustrate how archaeology sheds light on the past and how it can suggest ways to solve problems in the present and the future. Dr. Murl Dirksen and Dr. Richard Jones will teach the class and will share photos and videos of personal fieldwork and a variety of artifacts will be brought to class for examination. This course will be offered for eight weeks on Thursdays from 2:35-3:50 p.m., Feb. 22-April 19.

Basic Computers will teach students the fundamentals of computers, including how to receive and send emails, search the internet, and keep in touch with family on social media. The five-week course is taught by Rhonda Graham and will be offered Tuesdays from 5:15-7 p.m., Feb. 27-April 3.

Basic Word and Excel presents students with the rudimentary concepts of Microsoft Word and Excel. The goal is to provide each student with the knowledge to create simple documents using Word and simple spreadsheets using Excel. Also taught by Graham, this five-week course will take place on Thursdays, Mar. 1-April 5 from 5:15-7 p.m.

Creative Memoir is designed as a discussion-based course for individuals seeking guidance in how to craft a memoir. Most of the writing will be done outside of the class period with in-class instruction and the opportunities to share portions of the written work. The class will also provide time for exchanging ideas on craft and editing suggestions, along with answering questions on how to create a memoir in the best way possible. The four-week class will be taught by LaEsha Williams on Mondays from 3-6 p.m. beginning Jan. 15.

Fitness for Encore Years keeps students moving, whether seated or standing. All major muscle groups will be worked in order to help students enjoy an active lifestyle. Roxanne Tyson teaches this nine-week course on Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m., Jan. 17-Mar. 21.

Genesis: The Ancestral Narratives examines the life of Israel’s ancestors and the role they played as the founders of the nation of Israel. The text of Genesis will also be examined through the lens of the Torah for Israel, including the social, sexual, and cultic instruction. The class will also include applications for today’s church community and the importance of the narratives to the Old Testament and to the history of Israel. Dr. Brian Peterson will teach this seven-week course on Fridays from 3-4 p.m., Jan. 12-Feb. 23.

History of the Reformation: The 500th Anniversary will explore the life and thought of Martin Luther as well as other key reformers as the course considers the causes and consequences of the Protestant Reformation. This five-week course will be taught by Dr. Randy Wood on Wednesdays, 4-6 p.m., from Feb. 7- Mar. 14.
iHows in the iWorld will introduce the user to the world of iPads and iPhones. The course will cover the basics of navigation, settings, email, Facetime, messaging, and taking pictures and videos. The student will learn how to share pictures with friends and family through messaging, email, and Facebook. Students will also learn how to explore the web and social media, such as Facebook, with the iPhone or iPad, in addition to examining free apps, utilities, and games for these two devices. Dr. Bill Jaber will teach this five-week course on Thursdays, Jan. 25.-Feb. 22, from 5-7 p.m.

Introduction to Painting will teach students to create artwork, using a variety of media, including color pencils, oils, watercolors, and more. Students will learn color mixing while becoming familiar with a variety of brushes, knives, and other tools. Textures and composition will also be explored in this class. This course is open to both unexperienced and experienced artists. Bob Grayson will teach this six-week course on Tuesday and Thursdays, 5-7:15 p.m., Jan. 25-Mar. 6.

Jesus in the Gospel of Mark will explore Mark’s presentation of Jesus in the Gospel in terms of Mark’s special emphases on the identity and purpose of Jesus. Dr. Michael Fuller will teach this five-week course on Mondays from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 5-Mar. 5.

Joint Conditioning will cover different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints. The class will include various stretches and breathing techniques to help with relaxation, flexibility, agility, and strength. Chairs will be used in class, but some of the exercises do require standing. Tyson will teach this aerobic course for nine-weeks on Wednesdays from 2-2:50 p.m., Jan. 17-Mar. 21.

Lee University Choral Union is a non-audition choir that is open to all Encore students. The choir is committed to the study and performance of major choral masterworks as well as standard choral literature and newly composed works for festival chorus. Dr. Jonathan Rodgers directs the choir, which rehearses weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. in the Curtsinger Music Building.

Reading the Past: Historical Fiction and Historical Novels will require the students to read the books before class and then discuss them in the classroom setting. Some titles that will be read during the course include “People of the Book,” “Devil in the White City,” “The Killer Angels,” and “The Invention of Wings.” Joy Key will teach this four-week course which will meet on the third Tuesday of each month, Jan.-April, from 4-6 p.m.

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 of independence. This course will bring the sights and sounds of the Scottish Isles to the classroom. Dr. Timothy Lay will lead this five-week course Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:15 p.m., Jan. 29-Feb. 21.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course will once again feature visits to five historical sites in Tennessee as well as Georgia and Alabama. Class participants may choose which sites they wish to visit at the informational meeting, where dates of travel will be announced. This semester’s locations include Alcatraz East Museum, Chickamauga Battlefield, Huntsville Space Museum, and one mystery trip. Dr. David Altopp will lead this course and will host a mandatory informational meeting on Tuesday, March 27.

Voice Class for Adult Singers and Choral Directors will teach adult singers and choral directors the art of healthy vocal singing and speaking. The main philosophy will be based on the McClosky Vocal Technique, which is a technique devised by David Blair McClosky to promote healthy vocal habits for professional and amateur voice users, such as singers, actors, politicians, and ministers. James Frost will instruct students during the six-week course which will meet Mondays from 6-7:20 p.m., March 12-Apr. 16.

All courses are on a first-come, first-serve basis, and spaces are limited. 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 our campus concerts, plays, and athletic events.

Registration will take place on January 4, 5, and 8 in the Communication Arts Building, Room 113, from 8:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Registration will then be moved to the Higginbotham Administration Building, Room 214, January 9 – 23.

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

For more information about Encore, contact Community Relations at (423) 614-8598 or communityrelations@leeuniversity.edu or visit http://www.leeuniversity.edu/encore/.

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