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Encore Fall Semester to Begin Soon


Registration is underway for Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take specially designed mini-courses. 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: The French Revolution, Heroes and Villains, Emerging Church Movement/Conversation 1998-2018, iHows in the iWorld, Basic Computers, Basic Word and Excel, The Jacob and Joseph Cycle in Genesis: Family Dysfunction and Renewal, Lee University Choral Union, Historical Fiction, The Great War 1914-1918, Centennial at Lee, History of Catholicism, and Medicine in Art.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course will include visits to five historical sites in Tennessee, Georgia, or Alabama, with one potential overnight trip. Class participants may choose which sites they wish to visit at the informational meeting (date to be determined) with a minimum of 20 participants required for each trip. Dates of travel and locations will be announced at this meeting. Retired Lee University faculty, David Altopp, will lead this course.

The French Revolution will look at the causes, personalities, and results of the event considered to be one of the inciting incidents to the modern age. Dr. Randy Wood, chairperson and professor of humanities, will teach this course Wednesday afternoons, Oct. 24 – Nov. 28.

Heroes and Villains 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, along with a 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. The course is coordinated by Dr. Bob Barnett, distinguished professor of history, on Wednesday afternoons, Sept. 5 – Oct. 17.

Emerging Church Movement/ Conversation 1998-2018 will discuss the challenge of millennials leaving the church by looking into an emerging movement of youth ministers who are devoted to this topic. The course will highlight the diversity of the movement and the individual leaders. The course will be taught by Dr. Jerald Daffe, professor of pastoral studies, on Thursday evenings, Sept. 6 – Sept. 27.

iHows in the iWorld will cover the basics for using iPads and iPhones, including how to use built-in features, sharing on social media, and exploring free apps using the devices. Students should bring their iPhones and iPads to this class. The phone or tablet must be an Apple product, and should have the latest update and operating systems or be willing to update the first night of class. The course will be taught by Dr. Bill Jaber, professor of computer information systems, on Thursday evenings, Sept. 6 – Oct. 4.

Basic Computers will teach students how to receive and send emails, search the internet, and keep in touch with others on social media. This course will be taught by Rhonda Graham from the Department of Academic Affairs on Tuesday evenings, Aug. 28 – Sept. 12.

Graham will also teach Basic Word and Excel. The goal is to provide each student with the knowledge to create simple documents using Word and simple spreadsheets using Excel. The course will be offered on Thursday evenings, Aug. 23 – Sept. 13.

The Jacob and Joseph Cycle in Genesis: Family Dysfunction and Renewal examines the lives of Jacob and Joseph in Genesis chapters 26-50. This course goes beyond a Sunday school course by examining, in an interactive way, how Christians should read, interpret, and apply concepts from these formative narratives. Dr. Brian Peterson, associate professor of Old Testament and Hebrew, will teach this course Tuesday afternoons, Aug. 28 – Oct. 2.

Lee University Choral Union is the featured choir at Lee University’s Classic Christmas program (December) and spring Masterworks concert (April). The choir is committed to the study and performance of major choral masterworks as well as standard choral literature and newly composed works for festival chorus. Enrollment is open to music majors, general college students, and members of the local community. No audition required. Rehearsals will take place on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. The fall performance date is to be determined.

Historical Fiction is a genre of literature that places a fictionalized storyline into a real-life setting within history, using both historical and fictional characters and events. Historical Novels go a step further to tell the true stories of people and events within history using primary source materials to provide realistic detail without diverging from the facts of history. In this course, we will read four books that fit within the range of this genre. This course will be taught by Joy Key, adjunct professor of museum studies and interlibrary loan coordinator, on Aug. 27, Sept. 24, Oct. 22, and Nov. 26.

The Great War 1914-1918 looks at the First World War, which profoundly shaped and determined the course of the twentieth century. This course acts as a survey of the tragic and compelling years as we approach the one hundred year anniversary of the war. Causation and pivotal movements of the war will also be considered. The course will be taught by Dr. Timothy Lay, adjunct instructor of history, on Wednesday afternoons, Sept 10 – Oct. 24.

Centennial at Lee is an overview of the history of Lee University, highlighting some of the key people, events, programs, and advancements during the last 100 years. Topics to be covered include Bible Training School, becoming a university, women, race & progress, and personal stories. This course is coordinated by Louis Morgan and will feature a guest speaker each week. Classes will be held Tuesday evenings, Oct. 16 – Nov. 13.

History of Catholicism looks at the beliefs and teachings of the largest group of Christians in the world. The similarities and differences between Catholic, Pentecostals, and other Christians’ theology will be discussed. Dr. Christopher A. Stephenson, assistant professor of systematic theology, on Friday afternoons, Oct. 19 – Nov. 9.

Medicine in Art looks at visual arts that were inspired by the natural sciences, specifically by the field of medicine. The ways in which the intersection of art and medicine helps us to better understand our world, medicine, and history will also be studied. Dr. Jeri Veenstra, professor of health sciences, and Key will teach this course on Thursday afternoons, Sept. 20 – Nov. 1.

Registration will continue through Tuesday, Sept. 4 in the Higginbotham Administration Building, Room 214, with varying hours. Applications can also be returned by mail to the Community Relations office at Lee.

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 or communityrelations@leeuniversity.edu or visit Encore.
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