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Encore Spring Semester to Begin Soon


Lee University’s Encore Program, which offers people age 60 and over the opportunity to take university courses, has announced its spring 2019 offerings.

With a fee of $25, Encore students may choose up to two of the following courses: Fitness for Encore Years; From Jerusalem to Rome: Acts of the Apostles and the Early Church; Genesis Part IV: Family Dysfunction in the Jacob and Joseph Narratives; Health, Medicine, and the Encore Years; iHows in the iWorld; An Introduction to the Classical Symphony; Introduction to Drawing and Painting; Joint Conditioning; Leadership Discovery; Lee University Choral Union; Pentecostal Theology; Scotland: Then and Now; Temperance, Mormons, Abolition, Oh My! 19th Century America Reform Movements and Changes in Religion; Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course; and World War II and the Holocaust.

Fitness for Encore Years keeps students moving, whether seated or standing. All major muscle groups will be worked using weights in order to help students enjoy an active lifestyle. Roxanne Tyson teaches this nine-week course on Wednesdays from 1-1:50 p.m., beginning January 9.

From Jerusalem to Rome: Acts of the Apostles and the Early Church will explore the formation of the earliest Christian community following the death and resurrection of Jesus as well as its spread into the wider Roman Empire. Dr. Michael E. Fuller, professor of biblical studies, teaches this four-week course on Mondays from 5-6 p.m., Feb. 4-25.

Genesis Part IV: Family Dysfunction in the Jacob and Joseph Narratives examines the last 14 chapters of the Genesis narratives, which focus on the account of Joseph in Egypt. This course studies the family dynamics of Jacob’s house, which led to the selling of Joseph into slavery. Sexual sins, jealousy, and mistrust dominate these chapters and serve as poignant reminders of the repercussions of family disunity and hate. Dr. Brian Peterson, associate professor of Old Testament, teaches this course on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:45 p.m., Jan. 22- Feb. 26.

Health, Medicine, and the Encore Years is designed for adults interested in health and up-do-date information on new medical research. This is the third class in an Encore spring series on health and medicine, consisting of all new material. Sessions will cover topics such as evidence-based medicine and the medical detectives who safeguard health, social and cultural factors that predict health and longevity, prescription drug issues for older adults, orthopedic appliances and risks, and the good news about memory and social learning, to name a few. Drs. Ben and Karen Mundy-Judkins will teach this five-week course on Mondays from 4:30-5:45 p.m., Feb. 4- March 11. The course will conclude with a class dinner on Friday, March 15.

iHows in the iWorld will introduce the novice user to the world of iPads and iPhones. The course will cover the basics of navigation, settings, email, Facetime, messaging, and taking pictures and videos. The student will learn how to share pictures with friends and family through messaging, email, and Facebook, as well as how to explore the web and social media with the iPhone or iPad. Dr. William Jaber, professor of computer information systems, teaches this five-week course on Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., Jan. 31- Feb. 28.

An Introduction to the Classical Symphony surveys symphonic literature from historically significant classical composers across the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries. The course will emphasize listening to the music itself and developing new ways to engage with and appreciate classical symphonies. Possible activities include attending the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra Masterworks Series concerts on March 7, March 28, and April 25 to experience the symphonies of Mendelssohn, Tchaikovsky, and Shostakovich live. Dr. Charlotte Kies will lead this course on Tuesdays from 11-11:50 a.m., Feb. 19- April 23.

Introduction to Drawing and Painting is a course where students will create art work using a variety of media, such as graphite, 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. Experienced and unexperienced artists are welcomed. Bob Grayson teaches this six-week course on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., Mar. 12- April 18. A supply fee of $35 is attached to this course.

Joint Conditioning will cover different techniques to help students strengthen and regain movement in their joints. The class will include different stretches and breathing techniques to help with relaxation, flexibility, agility, and strength. Chairs will be used in class, but some of the exercises do require standing. Tyson teaches this nine-week course on Wednesdays from 2-2:50 p.m., beginning January 9.

Leadership Discovery allows students to participate in a community mapping exercise to identify problems or issues within communities and identify the causes and effects of those problems. In addition, students will discover their “one-thing” as it relates to leadership contributions for community engagement and transformation as they prepare to be agents of change. Dr. William Lamb, director of the Leonard Center and assistant professor of leadership, teaches this five-week course on Thursdays from 9:10-10 a.m., Mar. 14-April 11.

Lee University Choral Union is the featured choir at the 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. This is a traditional course and no audition required. The ensemble is directed by Dr. Joshua Cheney, assistant professor of choral music, and rehearsals take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., beginning Tuesday, Jan. 8.

In Pentecostal Theology, students will discover Pentecostal theology’s similarities to and differences from the theology of other Christians. This four-week course is taught by Dr. Chris Stephenson, assistant professor of systematic theology, and Drenda Butler, instructor of theology. The class will meet on Fridays, from 12-12:50 p.m., Feb. 1-Feb.22.

Scotland: Then and Now will survey some of the highlights of Scotland’s long and rich history. Beginning with origins of the Scottish people and exploring a few of the individuals and incidents that have set this small country apart, such as William Wallace and Mary Queen of Scots, the Highland Clearances, and the calls for independence, this course will bring the sights and sounds of the Scottish Isles to the classroom. This five-week course, taught by Adjunct Instructor of History Dr. Timothy Lay, will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 4-5:15 p.m., beginning March 18.

Temperance, Mormons, Abolition, Oh My! 19th Century America Reform Movements and Changes in Religion will look at how the 19th Century was a time of great change and innovation spurring the development of new denominations and religious sects, as well as how Christians worked to bring about reform for the country. This six-week course will take place on Tuesdays, from 2:45-3:45 p.m., March 19-April 23, and is taught by Christine Curley, a part-time faculty member in the School of Religion.

Tennessee in Tennis Shoes: A Traveling History Course, led by Dr. David Altopp, will include visits to four historical sites in Tennessee, Georgia, and/or Alabama. Class participants may choose which sites they wish to visit at the informational meeting, where dates of travel will be announced. This semester’s locations include the Knoxville Zoo, Blount Mansion, General Longstreet Museum, Christ Museum and Garden, Cordell Hull Birthplace and Museum, Fort Dickerson, James White’s Fort, Raccoon Mountain Caverns, Secret City Tour, Grinder’s Switch Museum, Ruby Falls/Lookout Mountain, and Brushy Mountain Penitentiary. The date for the mandatory informational meeting is still to be determined.

World War II and the Holocaust examines the events and personalities involved in the politics and campaigns of the conflict that gave rise to America’s greatest generation. Providing a survey of the European and Pacific Theatres, some of the topics covered include the rise of totalitarianism in Europe and militarism in Japan, Pearl Harbor, D-Day, and the dropping of the atomic bombs. Lay will teach this course on Mondays and Wednesdays, from 4-5:15 p.m., Jan. 14-Feb. 27.

All courses are on a first-come, first-served basis, and spaces are limited. 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.

Registration will take place on January 3, 4, and 7 in the Communication Arts Building, Room 113, from 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Registration will then be moved to the Higginbotham Administration Building, Room 214, Jan. 8-22. Times will vary.

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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