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Appalachian’s Institute for Senior Scholars Offers Winter Classes

122805senoiroscholars_dl.jpgBOONE—Retired residents of the High Country who are looking for educational programs and interesting activities should consider the Institute for Senior Scholars at Appalachian State University. ISS a noncredit, lifelong learning program sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Conferences and Institutes.

Highlights of ISS’s winter 2006 semester include a film studies course organized in collaboration with Dr. Leon Lewis, professor of English at Appalachian; and a gentle exercise class for men and women called Body Recall, taught by Judy Vernon from Watauga Medical Center. Other activities include winter hikes, a computer users group and a book discussion group.

“We are very excited to be able to offer these programs for ISS members this winter,” said Ann Kelly, director of ISS. “This is the first time that ISS has offered a film studies course. We appreciate the help that Dr. Lewis and his colleagues in the Department of English have provided in organizing this course.”

Participants in the film studies course will view a variety of foreign comedies. The course will meet from 1-4 p.m. on Jan. 17 and 26, and Feb. 9, 16 and 21.

The Body Recall class will also be a first for ISS. Judy Vernon of the Community Health program at Watauga Medical Center will teach the class. “This is an excellent opportunity for ISS to collaborate with another community agency and provide a beneficial program for our members,” Kelly said.

The class will meet for 10 weeks on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays beginning Jan. 16, 2006. Meeting times are 1:30-2:30 p.m.

ISS is designed for people over age 50. Members receive selected student benefits at Appalachian, in addition to a wealth of learning opportunities throughout the year. The cost to join ISS is $105, which includes most classes and events. The Body Recall class will cost an additional $1 per session or $25 payable at the beginning of the series.

ISS member Joan Hearn encourages interested people to join saying, “We believe this is a superb program for lifelong learning, and we can draw on so many exceptional resources from the university and the community to present informative and meaningful programs.”

Most classes will be held at University Hall, off Hwy 321 in Boone, or the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. For class listings, locations and more information about ISS, call (828) 262-6690 or visit


Picture caption: Members of Appalachian State University’s Institute for Senior Scholars enjoy a winter hike, one of the many activities organized by the institute. (Photo courtesy of Ann Kelly)