CONTACT: TOM SNEE
300 Plaza Centre One
Iowa City IA 52242
(319) 384-0010; fax (319) 384-0024
Release: Aug. 15, 2002
University of Iowa Senior College sets fall class schedule
The University of Iowa's Senior College begins its fall term in September,
offering several courses in football, the Middle East, financial investments,
opera, Iowa and America's national parks.
Taught by both emeritus faculty and current UI faculty, Senior College offers
short-term, low-cost classes for retirees and others in the area who want
to enrich their knowledge in a wide range of subjects. Senior College is a
joint project of the UI Alumni Association, the UI Emeritus Faculty Association,
and the UI Retirees Association (the Gray Hawks). The UI Alumni Association
coordinates registration for the classes, which are $30 each eight-hour course.
This fall's classes include:
--"Football in Plain English," with Clayton Ringgenberg, former
head of the UI Institute of Public Affairs, as well a long-time high school
football official and assistant coach at Cornell College. 10 a.m., Sept. 6,
13, 20 and 27 at Parkview Church (repeated at 3 p.m. Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22
at the Morse Board Room in the Levitt Center). Learn the basic rules, formations,
strategies and football terms to add to your viewing enjoyment of the game.
Guests will include football players, coaches and referees.
--"Increasing Our Understanding of the Middle East," taught by
Rex Honey, UI professor of geography and director of global studies. 2:30
p.m., Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30. Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 2. As the events
of the last year have demonstrated, our understanding of the Middle East is
less than it might be. These classes will introduce students to Islam, the
region's primary cultural force; the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; oil, who
it has enriched, and how it shapes regional power relationships; and Afghanistan
and the war on terror, including the needs of the war-torn country, and how
the United States and other countries can help meet those needs.
--"Using Investment Information Resources," taught by Richard
Stevenson, UI professor emeritus of finance and president of Stevenson Investment
Management, Inc. 3:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., Sept. 27, Oct. 4, 11, 25, Nov. 1 and
5. Pappajohn Business Administration Building, Room S107. This course focuses
on using investment resources to assist in making sound investment decisions.
Participants will research various investments and portfolios. Topics include
stocks, investment companies, CDs, bonds, variable annuities, asset allocation,
and others. The course will be most helpful for people who are somewhat active
in managing their investments. The registration cost for this class is $45.
--"The World of Opera," taught by Arthur Canter, retired UI clinical
psychologist and self-described professional listener of opera and other genres
of classical music. 10 a.m., Oct. 4, 11, 18 and 25. Parkview Church. The session
offers a personal odyssey through the extravagant and ultimate art called
opera. Topics include the nature of opera and what distinguishes it from other
forms of musical theater; a brief history of opera; who listens to opera;
the content of opera music; and the future of opera.
--"The Story of Iowa," taught by Loren Horton, former history
teacher and senior historian for the State Historical Society of Iowa. 2:30
p.m., Nov. 8, 15, 22, Dec. 6. Van Allen Hall, Lecture Room 2. The course will
examine the environment of the state, its chronological orientation, the people
who inhabit and who have inhabited Iowa, and the literature of Iowa and by
Iowans. Participants will gain a new awareness of what is around them, the
cultural and material evidences of our past, and the factors that have influenced
people's behavior over the years.
--"Exploring Our National Parks With Two Old Geologists," taught
by Richard Baker and Keene Swett, emeritus professors of the UI's geosciences
department. 10 a.m.,Jan. 6, 10, 13, 17;
125 Trowbridge Hall. This course examines the geologic features found in
America's national parks and how they can help us understand the billions
of years of Earth history. Among the parks to be examined are Canyonlands,
Arches, Zion, Carlsbad Caverns, Mammoth Cave, Hawaiian Volcanoes, Grand Tetons,
and Denali. Using color slides of the parks' geology, flora and fauna, the
course will place the scenery in the context of the underlying geology.
To register or for more information, contact Jan Rigotti at (319) 335-3245
or see the Senior College website at http://www.iowalum.com/srcollege.
Registration is also available online at the Senior College site.