ALL plans March 23 open house

The Academy of Lifelong Learning, an educational organization for senior citizens in the Tri-State Area, is preparing to launch its six-week spring term of classes which will run from April 8 through May 18.

A preview of the curriculum and enrollment for classes and academy tours will be held March 23 at a 1 p.m. open house in the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

Class instructors or facilitators will present details on the spring agenda, which will cover a study of literature of the 20th Century; an historical walk through major cities of Europe on DVDs; a leadership training program; a study of the reform movements that have shaped American society; and continuing choral and bridge classes, a creative writing clinic and the study of government and the political process.

A roster of instructors of popular classes in past seasons will be returning to the spring semester. They include the Rev. Richard Davis, the Rev. Ed Rudiger, Pete Caleodis, Jerry Jo Gilham, Bill Hope, Jerry and Eileen Krupinski, Karen Majoris-Garrison and Joel Everly.

Three tours are on the spring calendar. Arranged by Gloria Renda and Iris Craig, the tours will include:

A trolley tour of downtown Steubenville;

A visit to the Phipps Conservatory and the Carnegie Museum of Arts in Pittsburgh; and

A visit to historic Mount Pleasant and its connection to the Underground Railroad.

The academy membership fee is $50 per person per semester. This entitles members to sign up and attend any or all classes and to sign up for the trips, which are an additional cost and vary in price.

Interested area seniors are invited to the March 23 open house event, which will include a social time and opportunity to visit with class presenters and facilitators.

Refreshments will be offered by Janet Saner and her committee.

Eunice Lincoff serves as president of the academy, now in its 14th year of offering a broad scope of educational as well as travel and social opportunities for both men and women in the Upper Ohio Valley region.

The Franciscan University of Steubenville is the sponsor of the Academy of Lifelong Learning. Davis, the university’s vice president of community relations, serves as the academy mentor.

For information concerning the academy or its programs, interested individuals can contact Lincoff at (740) 282-2105 or the university office of community relations at (740) 283-6406.