By Jalyn Bolyard, Distribution Manager
Community University has been a staple at West Liberty University since 2012, and it is gearing up for the fall 2016 session.
Community University is an educational program geared towards those who are 50 years old or older. Presentations are for sheer enjoyment and not for academic credit. They also offer tours around the local area.
“It’s about experience – it’s all about lifelong learning,” said Ronald Witt, Executive Director of Alumni and Community Relations. “They say, ‘you never stop learning,’ and they do it for the sheer joy of learning.”
The presentations are open to anybody in the community, and one does not have to be an alumni of WLU in order to attend or give a presentation.
Surveys are given at the end of classes to give feedback on the interest of said classes and on the presenters to learn more about what the community is interested in.
“We’re in education,” Witt said. “We can take that opportunity for learning beyond the campus and to the community at large. We are always open to requests, so these classes are shaped by the participants.”
The presentations will begin in early October until the end of November, with a possibility of going into the first-week of December, depending on the scheduling. The classes will be held during weekdays.
On average, 15 presentations and tours are offered each semester. All classes are at the Highlands Center unless otherwise stated.
There is an array of presentations available this semester. These include Leadership, Coaching, and Life—How Relating Leadership Theories to Coaching can Apply to our Lives by Coach Aaron Huffman, EdD, CSCS; Drugs and the Brain by Dr. Natalia Omelchenko; Learn Basic Sign Language by Faith Hicks; Wonderful World of Walking by Crystal Lorimor; and Do You Live in a Sears House? Are You Sure? by Earl Nicodemus.
The schedule also includes The Secret Lives of Sherlock Holmes by Dr. Jeremy Larance; The Music of Paul Simon by Dr. Anna Stephan-Robinson; Movies with Art by Art Barbeau; Current US Military Aircraft Capabilities by Jon Letzkus; Undaunted Courage: Lessons from Lewis and Clark for the 21st Century by Sandy Czernek; The Birth of Rock and Roll by John Matviko; and Massage Therapy – Rubbing People the Right Way for Thousands of Years by Kathy ‘KJ’ Burley.
One class that will occur on the main campus this semester is What is a ‘Book of Hours’ and How to Make and Use a Goose Quill Pen by Dr. Dominique Hoche. It will take place in the Paul N. Elbin Library, with a visit to the Nellie M. Krise Rare Books Room.
The tour this fall will be to the Wheeling Brewing Company, titled Keepin’ It Local. Presenters will be Jimmy Schulte and Dave Cornett.
Although the Community University is geared towards those are who 50 years old or older, students can also attend the presentations.
“If a student has a particular interest in a subject matter, they’re welcomed to attend the presentation,” Wittsaid.
If interested in helping with Community University or to learn more about the program, contact Witt at 304-336-8844 or [email protected].