February 05, 2009

Seniors learn their personality type, ways to beat diabetes

Posted: February 05, 2009

Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute is continuing its Polytechnic campus offerings to those 55 and older with lectures and short courses for those with Osher membership. Short courses usually meet once a week for three weeks. Lectures meet one time for an hour and a half.

During the spring semester, lectures will include guidance on nutrition strategies to beat diabetes, discovering your personality, understanding the real estate market and lessons from the Holocaust to name a few. Short courses include the biology behind crime scenes, writing family history, and organization and society.

Membership is $35 and allows members to take as many courses or attend as many lectures as they wish.

“The Osher Lifelong Learning short courses and lecture series brings the most current thinking on stimulating topics to mature adults in the East Valley,” said Lois Lorenz, ASU program coordinator of the lecture series and the institute.

The lectures for the spring series at ASU’s Polytechnic campus include:

Discover Your Personal Style,” Feb. 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Student Union Annex Ballroom, presented by Timothy F. Grainey, lecturer in speech communications in the School of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Eating Strategies to Beat Diabetes,” Feb. 17, 9:30 – 11 a.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Carol S. Johnston, nutrition professor in the School of Applied Arts and Sciences.

Greater Phoenix Real Estate Market: The Road through Angst to Recovery,” Feb. 23, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Jay Butler, real estate professor and director of Realty Studies in the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness.

Love Matters: Lifelong Lessons of the Holocaust,” April 7, 1 – 2:30 p.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom C, presented by Marian G. Stone, multimedia writing and technical communication associate professor.

Sustainable Economic Development: Lessons from Ghana,” April 9, 10:30 a.m. – noon, Student Union Annex Ballroom , Mark Henderson, engineering professor in the College of Technology and Innovation.

“ONBOOKAZ,” April 17, 10 – 11:30 a.m., Polytechnic Library Classroom, presented by Ellen Welty, ASU librarian.

The short courses for the spring semester include:

Writing Family History, Feb. 5, 12, 19; 1:30 – 3 p.m., Santa Catalina Resource Room 138; presented by Duane Roen, professor of English.

Biology Behind the Crime Scene, March 4, 11, 18; 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Student Union Cooley Ballroom C; presented by Janet Painter, faculty associate in the Department of Integrated Natural Sciences.

Organization and Society, April 13, 20, 27; 2 – 3:30 p.m.; Student Union Cooley Ballroom C; presented by Steven McCance, faculty associate for the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.

“Now in its fifth season, the Osher Lifelong Learning lecture series gives active East Valley adults the chance to gain knowledge about a wide variety of topics in today’s world,” said Lorenz. “From thought-provoking issues to personal interest, these lectures, and now short courses, give mature students the chance to exchange ideas with ASU faculty and other students in a relaxed and comfortable learning environment.”

For more information about the lecture series or short courses, contact Lois Lorenz at (480) 727-1153 or lois.lorenz@asu.edu. For more details about these and other Lifelong Learning lectures and short courses, visit http://lifelonglearning.asu.edu/.