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New Encore Classes Announced for Spring 2020


Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has announced its spring 2020 offerings.

With a fee of $25, Encore students may choose up to two of the following courses: Back to the Sixties: “And the Beat Goes On”; Basic Microsoft Applications; Choral Union; Fitness for Encore Years; Grief and Loss; Health and Aging; Introduction to Classical Music Appreciation; Joint Conditioning; Living Life with Ecclesiastes; More than a Dove!: An Introduction to the Person and Work of the Holy Spirit; Scotland: Then & Now; A Study of Philippians: What’s All This Talk About Joy?; Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course; The Age of Napoleon; The iHows in the iWorld: A Guide to the iPhone and iPad; and World War II and the Holocaust.

Back to the Sixties will look at a decade that not only changed America but also influenced the thinking of a generation known as the baby boomers, giving special consideration to major events of the time such as the civil rights movement and the war on poverty. Dr. Karen Mundy-Judkins and Dr. Bennett M. Judkins will teach this course on Mondays from 4-5:15 p.m., March 16-April 20.

Basic Microsoft Applications will go over the basics of computers, receiving and sending emails, and keeping in touch with family on social media. Rhonda Graham will lead this five-week course on Thursdays from 5:15-7 p.m. starting Feb. 20.

Choral Union is a mixed-voice ensemble dedicated to the performance of new choral music as well as major masterworks for choir and orchestra. This ensemble is a unique blend of the Lee University community involving music majors, non-music majors, faculty, staff, and members of the local community. Choral Union is a non-auditioned ensemble and is open to all who are interested in choral music. Dr. Joshua Cheney, assistant professor of choral music, will instruct the course Jan. 16-April 23 on Thursdays from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m.

Fitness for Encore Years keeps students moving, whether seated or standing. All major muscle groups will be worked using weights in order to help students enjoy an active lifestyle. Roxanne Tyson will lead this 10-week course on Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m. beginning Jan. 22.

Grief and Loss exposes students to knowledge and skills of counseling psychology with current research and theory in grief and bereavement. Grief therapy is a unique form of counseling and views bereavement as a normal response to life crisis. Students are taught the active steps in grieving that help people through their individual process of recovery. Lena Barber will teach this course Feb. 6-March 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-4 p.m.

Health and Aging will expose myths about aging with the slogan: “What you knew about aging could be wrong: health, medicine, and good news.” Mundy-Judkins and Judkins will teach this course on Mondays from 4-5:15 p.m., Feb. 3-Mar. 2.

Introduction to Classical Music Appreciation surveys western classical art music composed between the 18th and 21st centuries. Each week will touch on a new musical genre, including concertos, instrumental chamber music, orchestral repertoire, vocal music, piano music, opera, and non-traditional contemporary instrumental pairings. Topics will include the diverse range of musical aesthetics across centuries and nationalities, as well as political and personal influences on the composers and performers. From Jan. 21-March 3, Charlotte Kies will lead this course from 10:10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays.

Joint Conditioning will cover different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints. The class will include different 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 instruct this course on Wednesdays from 2-2:50 p.m. from Jan. 22-Mar. 25.

Living Life with Ecclesiastes explores the rules for life as set forth by Qoheleth (Ecclesiastes), exploring the questions “how are we supposed to live a godly life in the midst of such worldly chaos?” and “what happens when everything goes against us?” Dr. Brian Peterson, associate professor of Old Testament, will lead this six-week course Jan. 23- Feb. 27 on Thursdays from 2:45-3:45 p.m.

More than a Dove will help students discover what the Scripture says about the third person of the Trinity and how church doctrine continues to shape what Christians confess today about the Spirit. Dr. Lisa Stephenson, professor of systematic theology, will teach this course on Wednesdays from 2-2:50 p.m. from Feb. 5-Feb. 26.

Scotland: Then & Now surveys some of the highlights of Scotland’s long and rich history, beginning with origins of Scottish people and exploring individuals and incidents that have set the small country apart. From March 17-April 16, Dr. Timothy Lay will lead this course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m.

A Study of Philippians will dig into the book of Philippians and investigate the key theme of joy, using a verse-by-verse approach to journey through the prison epistle from the apostle Paul. Dr. Jimmy Harper will instruct this seven-week course meeting on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 1-1:50 p.m., Jan. 15-Feb. 26.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes, led by Dr. David Altopp, will include visits to four historical sites in Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama. The potential sites to visit are the Knoxville Zoo, Blount Mansion, General Longstreet Museum, Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum, Fort Dickerson, James White’s Fort, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Grinder’s Switch Museum, Ruby Falls/Lookout Mountain, Brushy Mountain Penitentiary, Smoky Mountain Train Ride, and Oak Ridge History Museum. The date for the mandatory informational meeting is March 19 at 3 p.m.
Encore Takes Learning on the Road
Tennessee in Tennis Shoes 2016

The Age of Napoleon will examine the extraordinary military and political career of Napoleon Bonaparte and evaluates the impact of Napoleon and the Napoleonic age on France, Europe, and the world. Dr. Randy Wood, department chair and professor of humanities, will teach this course from March 18-April 22 each Wednesday from 4-6 p.m.

The iHows in the iWorld will introduce the novice user to world of iPads and iPhones. The course will cover the basics of navigation, settings, email, Facetime, messaging, and taking and sharing pictures and videos. The student will learn how to explore the web and social media such as Facebook with the iPhone or iPad. Dr. William Jaber will teach this course on Tuesdays from 5-7 p.m., Jan. 28-Feb. 25.

The Second World War and the Holocaust are defining moments of the 20th century. This course examines the events and personalities involved in the politics and campaigns of the conflict that gave rise to America’s greatest generation. Providing a survey of the European and Pacific theatres, some of the topics that will be covered with specificity include the rise of totalitarianism in Europe and militarism in Japan, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Lay will teach this nine-week course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4-5:15 p.m. beginning Jan. 14.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served 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 campus concerts, plays, and athletic events.

Registration will take place on Jan. 7, 8, and 9 in the Communication Arts Building, Room 113, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration will then move to the Higginbotham Administration Building, Room 214, from Jan. 10-28. Times will vary.

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 Encore.
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