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From Active Aging to Zumba Fitness, MILL Offers Diverse Courses for Fall

Garden State Philharmonic’s Maestro Anthony LaGruth among GCU’s McAuley Lecturers

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 2, 2010—Georgian Court University this fall has plenty to offer music lovers, history buffs, health and fitness fans, art enthusiasts, and others who believe learning is for life.

The new lineup for GCU’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning includes 11 classes developed especially for adults 50 and over who enjoy college-level classes. Now in its second year, MILL is for adults who want to explore new subjects, meet new people, and who find fun in classroom discussing everything from the personalities that shaped 20th-century music to the political influence of America’s First Ladies.

“What’s important is that we keep learning and keep cultivating the brain,” says Ken Motz, a veteran banking industry executive who chairs the MILL Advisory Committee. “From a societal standpoint, you can’t beat the interaction in the classroom. You don’t get that in front of the TV or while reading a book.”

MILL classes, which run five to seven weeks, focus on thought-provoking topics that are taught by experienced professors and lecturers who are leaders in their fields. For example, music aficionados this fall can study under the direction Maestro Anthony LaGruth, artistic director and acting director of the Garden State Philharmonic, during Listening to the Music of the 20th Century. The class, which runs September 22 to October 20, examines the contributions of musicians who created a timeless soundscape for American history, politics, and culture.

MILL participants can also learn body-sculpting and calorie-burning techniques through Zumba, which blends world music with exercise, or explore ways to prevent and reduce the risk of debilitating diseases like hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and obesity. New MILL courses explore watercolor art, American literature, the role of humor in health and wellness, and women’s success as defined by Proverbs 31, one of the Bible’s most well-known passages.

“The diverse lineup reflects a wide range of topics that appeal to MILL participants—people whose interests, professional and life experiences, and educational backgrounds bring unique perspectives to MILL classes,” says Laura Lella-Smith, associate director of conferences and special events. “MILL participants don’t rely on the lecturer to learn. They’re part of the dialogue, and they help shape the classroom experience.”

An annual $25 fee allows participants to become MILL members, and only MILL members can take classes, which have registration fees from $120 to $140. Enrollment comes without the hassles of homework or tests, and members can attend two social networking events as well as special meet-and-greet activities with headline speakers and entertainers appearing at GCU throughout the year. MILL courses and registration fees for Fall 2010 include:

Two sessions: 6:00–7:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 15–October 13, and/or 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Fridays, September 17–October 15; $120

Fundamentals of Music
Held 2:00–4:00 p.m. on Mondays, September 20–October 25 (no class on October 11); $120

Listening to the Music of the 20th Century with Maestro Anthony LaGruth
Held 1:00–3:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, September 22–October 20; $140

Praise Her Works: The Proverbs 31 Woman
Held 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. on Mondays, September 27–November 1 (no class on October 11); $120

Active Aging
Held 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, September 28–October 26; $120

E-Commerce: How Business Is Conducted Online
Held 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Fridays, October 1–29; $120

Watercolor Whirl
Held 2:00–4:00 p.m. on Tuesdays, October 5–November 9 (no class on October 19); $120 plus materials

Taking Control of Your Health: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Held 6:30–9:00 p.m. on Thursdays, October 14–November 18; FREE to paid MILL members and their caregivers/companions. Class is limited to 15 participants.

20th-Century American Authors: “A Sense of Place” in the American Literary Experience
Held 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Fridays, October 15–November 12; $120

American First Ladies: Not Elected, but Not Without Influence, Part II
Held 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Wednesdays, October 20–November 17; $120

Health and Wellness: Health, Humor, and Healing
Held 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. on Mondays, November 1–29; $120

Join the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms are also available at and full course descriptions for MILL classes are in the latest edition of Mosaic, GCU’s publication of McAuley Community Center programs and events.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves over 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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