January 25, 2002
The University of Maine at Fort Kent will be hosting the first planning meeting for a proposed Senior College program, to be offered in the St. John Valley.
The meeting, which is open to anyone interested in helping to start the program or just learn more about it, will take place at UMFK in the Grindle Conference Room of Cyr Hall on February 14, at 9:00 a.m.
The program, designed for participants 55 years and older, will provide stimulating classes and offer participants the opportunity to share knowledge. Interest in such a "peer education" program has been growing within the community over the past weeks.
Kali Lightfoot, of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, will be a guest speaker, and will provide the group with information on ways to build a Senior college in the Valley.
Donald Eno, coordinator of academic outreach at the University, wants to take advantage of the current interest of the large number of people calling his office.
"If we can continue with good planning through this spring, we will be able to offer a few courses in the fall," said Eno. "Summer field trips are always possible as a pre-semester lead in."
Senior College courses, which may cover a range of topics, are noncredit and designed for enrichment and fun. Participants in the courses will be able to spend time on campus and learn more about other opportunities UMFK has to offer them.
Eno encourages anyone wanting to learn more about the program to attend the meeting and bring along some friends. Refreshments will be available. Interested persons can simply show up at the meeting, but if possible please call Eno beforehand at 834-7835.