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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 Registration is also available online at the Senior College site.