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Appalachian’s Institute for Senior Scholars announces new membership year

D06_07seniors.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 is a year-round, noncredit, lifelong learning program sponsored by Appalachian’s Office of Conferences and Institutes.

Most ISS classes are one-time lectures or presentations, allowing for a diversity of learning experiences without requiring lengthy time commitments. The curriculum includes programs from eight subject areas: art, music and drama; religion, spirituality and philosophy; history and social science; math, science and technology; language and literature; health and well being; social and political issues; and contemporary living.

Instructors include current and retired faculty from Appalachian, as well as community experts and ISS members.

More in-depth classes planned for the coming year include a book discussion series titled “Fact and Fiction in Novels about Early Christianity,” a writing class, an ongoing film studies class, and a series on religious studies. Other programs include a computer users’ group, a general book discussion group, theatre trips, outdoor nature programs, field trips to local and regional sites of interest and hikes.

“We are very excited about the learning opportunities that ISS will be providing throughout the coming year,” said Ann Kelly, ISS director. “Appalachian faculty members and other instructors thoroughly enjoy their time with ISS members, who share a love of lifelong learning in addition to a wealth of life experiences that they bring to every topic we explore.”

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.”

ISS is designed for people who are retired or semi-retired. Members receive selected student benefits at Appalachian, in addition to a wealth of learning opportunities throughout the year. The cost to join ISS for the 2006-07 year is $130, which includes most classes and events. The new membership year begins Aug. 15. Partial year memberships are also available.

Most classes are held at the Broyhill Inn and Conference Center. For class listings, membership information, and other questions about ISS, call Kelly at (828) 262-6690 or visit


Photo Caption: Participants in a recent senior scholars program on computers are, seated from left, Doug Kaiser, instructor Terry Riegel and Tom Roy; in back, from left, are Mildred Loretto, Jean Bard, George Bard, Bill Kaiser, John Raaff and Nick Prosch. (Appalachian photo by University Photographer Mike Rominger)