Contact: Lynn Stewart, Centenary News Service, 318-869-5120 or 869-5709

Centenary Offers More Than 30 Senior Adult Education Classes This Spring; Registration Set for Feb. 1 - 12 at Center for Extended Learning

SHREVEPORT, LA -- Centenary College's Senior Adult Education program has announced more than 30 courses for students over age 55 during the spring semester.

Registration will be held between 10 a.m. and noon on weekdays Feb. 1 - 12 at the Senior Adult Education office at 2910 Centenary Blvd., across from the Meadows Museum.

Classes include computers, art, music, literary experiences, nutrition, poetry, dancing, writing, finances and more. Book reviews and travelogues are also offered, as are special-interest courses such as "How to Mardi Gras," "Northwest Louisiana: Who We Were and Are," and "Big Band Sounds."

"Additional computer classes have been added to meet the demands of those seeking the high caliber of instruction which distinguishes these courses," said Katherine T. Cheesman, director of senior adult education. "Class size is limited to insure individual instruction."

She also noted that courses have been added in genealogy, American colonial history and financial planning and investments, and line dancing will return to the schedule along with the established folk dancing class. "A challenging course in 'Reading the Bible with Understanding' will be taught by Jim Van Hook Jr., an ordained minister," she said.

Other offerings include:

  • "Learn How to Mardi Gras with Song, Dance, King Cake and All the Trimmings," an afternoon of fun with Robert Trudeau, "the pied piper for Louisiana Music,"
  • "55 Alive -- Mature Driving" course sponsored by AARP,
  • the popular series on "Northwest Louisiana: Who We Were and Are," focusing on ethnic cultures and programs at the Biomedical Research Center and SciPort Discovery Center;
  • The "Musical Encounters" series through the Hurley School of Music, as well as courses in "Big Band Sounds," beginning autoharp, percussion, and "Joy of Opera," and
  • perennial favorites such as travelogues, book reviews, drawing, writing and nutrition.

    The courses are open on a non-credit, space-available basis to anyone 55 years of age or older and to those who transport them. Participants can take any number of courses for the overall fee of $20. A few classes require an additional fee. Those desiring to park a car on campus must also purchase a $1 parking sticker, which will be valid throughout the spring and fall semesters of 1999.

    Fees can be paid by check or credit card. The program is funded through the fees and the donations of local groups and individuals.

    For registration information or a brochure on the program, call the Senior Adult Education office at 318-869-5115.

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