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Registration Underway for Encore


Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has a new line-up of specially designed mini-courses for the fall. These mini-courses are planned exclusively for Encore-eligible students and are available along with selected traditional courses.

With only a $25 fee for up to two courses, the Encore Program will offer the following courses: The iHows in the iWorld, Masterpieces of Christian Art Music, The Great War 1914-1918, Encore Joint Conditioning, Fitness for the Encore Years, The Miracles of Jesus, The “Grantchester Mysteries” in Post- War England, Aging Matters, Learning from the Great Revivals Part 3, Heroes and Villains in World History, Mathematics of Evolution, Tennessee in Tennis Shoes, Computers for Beginners, Word & Excel for Beginners, and Introduction to Painting.

The iHows in the iWorld: A Guide to the iPhone and iPad will introduce users to the world of iPads and iPhones. The course will cover the basics of navigation, settings, email, Facetime, and taking pictures and videos. The students will learn how to share pictures with friends and family through messaging, emails, and Facebook. They will also learn how to explore the web and the media such as Facebook with the iPhone or iPad and will examine free apps, utilities, and games for these two devices. Dr. Bill Jaber, professor of computer information systems, will teach this five-week course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Sept. 6–Oct. 4.

Masterpieces of Christian Art Music explores familiar and unfamiliar masterpieces of Christian art music. Participants will explore well-known works such as a Handel’s “Messiah” and a new appreciation for less well-known works such as Arvo Part’s “Berlin Mass” or Starvinsky’s “Symphony of Psalms.” Students will listen to great works and discuss the ways that the music interprets and inflects the text. Dr. John Wykoff, assistant professor of music theory and composition, will teach this six-week course on Monday evenings, Aug. 29–Oct. 3.

The Great War, 1914-1918, memorializes the 100-year anniversary of an historical conflict and provides a survey of those tragic and compelling years. This course will examine the issue and never ending questions surrounding causation, as well as the major figures and the pivotal moments that made the Great War what it is and continues to be: a conflict that forever changed the map of the world and the course of human history. Dr. Timothy Lay, adjunct instructor of history, will teach this seven-week course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Sept.12–Oct. 29.

The Encore Joint Conditioning course will go through different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints, including different stretches and breathing techniques to help with relaxation, flexibility, agility and strength. Roxanne Tyson will instruct this ten-week course on Wednesday afternoons, Sept. 7–Nov. 9.

Fitness for the Encore Years is an active, but low impact aerobics and weight restraint course with exercises that will include sitting and standing. The class will begin with intro exercises and each week will include a new component to encourage the participants to challenge their fitness levels. Roxanne Tyson, part-time faculty, will instruct this ten-week course on Wednesday afternoons, September 7–November 9.

In The Miracles of Jesus, students will take an in-depth look at many of the miracles of Jesus, studying the purpose, results, and spiritual implications of the miracles. Dr. Henry Smith, senior adjunct in Christian ministries, will teach this four-week course on Monday evenings, Sept. 12–Oct. 3.

The “Grantchester Mysteries” in Post- War England will focus on the James Runcie novel televised on PBS about the Church of England vicar and crime solver Sydney Chambers and his friend Inspector Geordie Keating. Close attention to English manners and language from the era will be the goal of this class as much as enjoying the mystery form of literature. Dr. Christopher Coulter, associate professor of English, will teach this four-week course on Wednesday afternoons, Sept.28–Oct. 26.

Aging Matters: On Medicine and Health focuses on the current research in medicine and its application to mid-life and older people. Sessions will include information on physical well-being, disabilities and health disparities, rise of new infections and communicable diseases, and the interconnection of the mind and body and information pertaining to cognition and aging. Drs. Ben Judkins and Karen Mundy-Judkins will teach this five-week course on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 13–Oct. 11.

Learning from the Great Revivals Part 3 will review the healing and Jesus People revivals covering a time period from 1947 to the early 1970’s. Emphasis will be on the leaders, methods and results. Dr. Jerald Daffee, professor of pastoral studies, will teach this six-week course on Thursday evenings, Sept. 8–Oct. 13.

Heroes and Villains in World History will be led by Lee University’s history faculty and will explore the lives of some of history’s most intriguing figures. Each night a participating professor will present the life and times of an individual typically considered a hero and an additional figure commonly thought to be a villain. Questions of heroism, greatness, and historical significance will be explored as well as problems of historical evidence and interpretation. This six-week course will meet on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 20–Nov. 1.

Mathematics of Evolution will explore what mathematics may have to say about the hypotheses and equation about the scientific background for the theory of evolution. The course assumes students have no previous background in science and only remember how to do math of 5th grade arithmetic (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing). All the relevant math and science dealing with evolution will be explained fully and dealing with simple examples. Dr. Steven Lay, senior adjunct mathematics professor, will teach this four-week course on Monday and Wednesday afternoons, Sept. 5–Sept. 28.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course will include visits to five historical sites in Tennessee, including one overnight trip. Class participants may choose which sites they wish to visit with a minimum of 20 participants required for each trip. Travel dates, costs and admission fees apply and will be made available during the first and only class meeting. David Altopp will lead this five-week course on various days throughout the semester.

Computers for Beginners will help students learn the basics of computers, how to receive and send emails, search the internet, and keep in touch with family social media. Rhonda Graham will teach this five-week course on Tuesday evenings, Sept. 13–Oct. 11.

Word & Excel for Beginners, also taught by Graham, is designed to present students with the basic concept of Microsoft Word and Excel. The goal is to provide each student with the knowledge to create simple documents using Word and simple spreadsheets using Excel. This five-week course will take place on Thursday evenings, Sept. 15–Oct. 13.

Introduction to Painting will show students how to create art work using a variety of media including color pencils, oils, watercolors, and more. They will also learn color-mixing while becoming familiar with a variety of brushes, knives, and other tools. Students will explore textures and composition in this class. Guest artist Bob Grayson will teach this six-week course on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, beginning Sept. 8

Students may choose up to two courses from the list of traditional courses and special lecture topics. All enrolled students will have free entry to campus concerts, plays, and athletic events.

Pre-registration will take place August 17, 18, 22, and 23 in Room 113 of Lee’s Communication Arts Building, 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. From Aug. 24–Sept. 6, 8:30 a.m.-noon, stop by room 214 in Lee’s Higginbotham Administration Building (HAB) where registration will be relocated after traditional courses have kicked off. Applications can also be returned by mail to the Community Relations office at Lee.

Fast-track registration will take place Thursday, Aug. 25 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. in the Centenary Room of the HAB. Participants can drop-in and complete registration in one step during these times. All courses are on a first-come, first-serve, basis, and spaces are limited.

Lee University's Encore Program is a part of the institution's commitment of service to the community.

For more information about Encore, contact Community Relations at 423-614-8598.
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