Academy kicking off fall semester

It’s back-to-the-classroom time approaching for area seniors as the Academy of Lifelong Learning has announced its fall semester of classes, trips and activities.

The schedule will be previewed at a public open house on Sept. 7 at 1 p.m. in the St. Joseph Center on the campus of the Franciscan University of Steubenville.

The fall classes will run from Sept. 30 through Nov. 17.

According to Eunice Lincoff, academy president, “The fall agenda is the result of efforts to be as responsive as possible to members’ comments and recommendations.” Some classes will be returning by popular demand, Lincoff said.

The Monday morning class will be “Literary Classics” with a concentration on “Oliver Twist” by Charles Dickens. The instructor will be Pete Caleodis, retired English teacher.

Monday afternoons will feature “Cooking Specialties – Sauces to Cakes” conducted by Angie Allison of the culinary lab at the Jefferson County Joint Vocational School.

The Rev. Ed Rudiger, pastor of Cove United Presbyterian Church in Weirton, will conduct classes on “The Birth of the Constitution” on Tuesday mornings.

The academy chorus will continue its sessions on Tuesday afternoons.

Jane Bigler will carry on “Antiques Tradition,” which was a longtime project of the late Nan Watzman, for Wednesday morning classes.

“Getting Down With Art” will be the Wednesday afternoon sessions, beginning with pencil and charcoal drawings. The instructor will be Gerald Van Scyoc of the Center of Music and Art.

Thursday classes will be offered every other week for the six-week period and will alternate with all-day trips.

There will be three Thursday morning sessions of “Bridge for Intermediates” taught by Lincoff and Jan Rainbolt, and three Thursday afternoon classes on “Local Pre-History” with John Boleigh.

The three trips will include an Amish history tour; an Amtrak trip to Altoona and Loretto, Pa., home of the Franciscan fathers; and to Wheeling and Oglebay in celebration of West Virginia’s 150th birthday.

The academy’s fall season also will include another in the Rose DeFede public lecture series. The presentation will be held at 2 p.m. on Sept. 29 in the Gentile Gallery on the university campus and will feature award-winning artist Jay Stock of Martins Ferry. The fine arts department of the university will partner with the academy for this exhibit.

The academy is an organization of Tri-State Area senior citizens and is sponsored by the Franciscan University of Steubenville and is an affiliate of Elder Hostel International. Membership cost is $50 per person per semester.

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