Senior College lists spring courses


LEWISTON – The Senior College program at the University of Southern Maine’s Lewiston-Auburn College will offer 16 courses for the spring semester, March 26 through May 18.

Now in its 13th year, the upcoming semester includes both new and continuation courses, ranging from art and artists, the experience of teaching in China, the poetry of Robert Frost, the discoveries of Isaac Newton, home gardening, genealogy, Jewish religious teachings, to others as described below.

Open to all persons age 50 and older and their spouses, the courses will be presented by peers, with no entrance requirements, grades or tests. An annual Senior College membership fee of $25, valid from September through May, is required, and provides access to the computer lab and library, newsletters and to Senior College courses at other USM campuses.

The course fees, which include the cost of most books and materials, are $25 each for the first two courses and then $10 for the third and additional courses. All classes are held during the day at L-A College, 51 Westminster St., except as noted.

The spring 2012 semester courses are as follows:

“Genealogy for beginners,” 1 to 3 p.m. for eight Mondays, March 26 to May 14. Instructor Robert Pelletier.

“Beginning conversational French,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for eight Tuesdays, March 27 to May 15. “Advanced conversational French,” 1 to 3 p.m. for eight Tuesdays, March 27 to May 15. Instructor Ann Anctil.

“Art — As seen by a docent,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for six Tuesdays, March 27 to May 1. Instructor Kirsten Larsson-Turley. This course will study the major styles of art and leading American artists, with discussions, illustrated lectures and a probable field trip.

“Robert Frost: A New England Legend,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for six Tuesdays, March 27 to May 1. Instructor June Spear. The course will include a field trip to The Frost Farm in Derry, N.H.

“What I Learned While Teaching in China,” 1 to 3 p.m. for four Tuesdays, March 27 to April 17. Instructor Alan Treworgy taught in China for three years. His course will concentrate on how China is changing, and how this is affecting its culture, its schools and students’ lives.

“Lewiston’s Franco-American History and Heritage,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for eight Wednesdays, March 28 to May 16. Instructor James Myall. The course will identify its history, music, literature and other characteristics that distinguish this urban area from other Maine cities.

“Sir Isaac Newton, The Man, His Laws, and His Contemporaries,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for six Wednesdays, March 28 to May 2, at Schooner Estates in Auburn. Instructor Hugh Keene. This course will examine Newton’s three laws of motion and the laws of gravitation.

“Memoir Writing,” 1 to 3 p.m. for eight Wednesdays, March 28 to May 16. Instructors Rosanne Ducey and Pauline Fortin. Class focus will be on learning to develop plot, settings, characters, dialogue and voice. All are welcome, experienced or not.

“Garden Problems and Solutions,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for eight Thursdays, March 29 to May 17. Instructor Edward Corbett. A continuation of previous courses about horticulture and home landscaping, this course will confront home gardening problems resulting from the presence of insects, weeds and plant diseases, and then will address how these problems can be controlled.

“Good Popes, Bad Popes,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for eight Thursdays, March 29 to May 24. No class on April 19. Instructor Alan Elze. This course will offer a brief look at the evolution of the Papacy from Peter to Benedict.

“Espanol: Practicando y Platicando,” 1 to 3 p.m. for seven Thursdays, April 5 to May 17. Instructor Barbara Oliver. This course is a continuation of the Spanish language series and uses the Berlitz Essential Spanish text from the previous semester. This latest class will add new vocabulary and grammar and will concentrate on listening and speaking with greater confidence and skill.

“Life in Lebanon: Travel Simply and Safely,” 1 to 3 p.m. for four Thursdays, March 29 to April 19. Instructor Dianne Russell Kidde. This course will combine the instructor’s travel experience in 1970s Lebanon with her advice for travel to be as worry-free as possible.

“Learning to Paint with Acrylics,” 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. for six Fridays, March 30 to May 4. Instructor Anita Poulin. Students will prepare a canvas and, after learning how to mix the paint colors, will work on a painting from a photograph provided by the instructor. Materials will be provided.

“Special Destinations,” 9 a.m. to approximately 2 p.m. for six Fridays, March 30 to May 4. Tour guide Dorothy Rupert. The class will travel to historical sites, museums and places of business to continue learning and share knowledge. Members will often gather at a nearby restaurant before heading back to the USM campus. All entrance fees are met by Senior College; lunch and travel are the responsibility of the participants.

“Sources of Jewish Teaching,” 1 to 3 p.m. for eight Fridays, March 30 to May 18. Instructor Rabbi Hillel Katzir. This course will examine the Torah, Prophets, Writings, Talmud, Midrash and more to learn what Judaism has to teach us about living in the world today. Class members are asked to bring a Bible, any edition, to class.

Course registration is by mail only with registration closing on Friday, March 16. Registration forms are available at the Senior College office, 51 Westminster St., and can also be downloaded from the website. Payments must be made by personal check or money order payable to USM Senior College. Some courses have limited enrollment and early registration is encouraged. For more information on courses and enrollment, call 753-6610 or visit