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Arts, Culture, Current Events, and More Mark Fall Lineup for Adult Learning at GCU

From Einstein to American Women Poets, Georgian Court’s McAuley Institute Has It All

Lakewood, N.J., Sept. 9, 2011—Passionate about painting? Curious about the lives of women in Biblical times? Want to get up to speed online? The McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning at Georgian Court University will explore these and many other intellectually stimulating topics this fall in more than 20 classes created especially for adult learners.

The new lineup for GCU’s McAuley Institute includes more than 20 courses developed especially for adults who are 50 and over and enjoy college-level classes. Now in its third year, MILL continues to attract adults who want to explore new subjects, meet new people, and find fun in discussing everything from Baroque masters like Rembrandt to home remedies that really work.

MILL classes are relatively short, and meet weekly for five to seven weeks. Participants enjoy intellectual discussions and spirited debates about a variety of substantive topics. Classes are taught by experienced professors and lecturers, as well as area professionals who are established musicians, artists, and entrepreneurs.

The McAuley Institute, which has grown from two pilot courses in 2009, now includes a variety of five-week classes, two-day short courses, and special MILL events that are free to registered members. Sponsors for the 2011–2012 term include The Sambol Family Foundation in Memory of Dr. Daniel Gold; Novy & Associates, Counsellors at Law; Creative Financial Group of New Jersey; and Harrogate.

An annual $25 fee allows participants to become MILL members, and only MILL members can take classes. In addition to the longer courses that cost between $120 to $140, numerous free and low-cost workshops and events are open only to members. Enrollment comes without the hassles of homework or tests, and members can attend 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 2011 include:

Diaries of Ancient Biblical Wives
Instructor: Marion Gambino, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University
Dates: Fridays, September 16, 23, 30; October 7, 14
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; $120

Demystifying Japanese Culture
Instructor: Sachiko Komagata, Ph.D., GCU Director and Associate Professor of Holistic Health
Dates: Mondays, September 19, 26, October 3, 17, 24
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; $120

Watercolors—Beginner/Intermediate Level
Instructor: Rose Reilly Leonard, Teaching Artist
Two sessions
Session I Dates: Mondays, September 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24
Session II Dates: Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; $120

Introduction to American Sign Language
Instructor: Amy Coskey, Educational Sign Language Interpreter and Teacher of the Deaf
Dates: Mondays, September 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $120

Wives of the Signers
Instructor: Marion Gambino, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Rutgers University
Dates: Mondays, September 19, 26; October 3, 17, 24
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $120

The American Southwest
Instructor: Barbara Hutchinson, GCU Lecturer in History
Dates: Tuesdays, September 27; October 4, 18, 25; November 1
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.; $120

Musical Storytellers
Instructor: Maestro Anthony LaGruth, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Garden State Philharmonic
Dates: Wednesdays, September 28; October 5, 12, 19, 26;
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; $120

Every Picture Tells a Story: A Military Art History of World War II
Instructor: Frank McGinley, Author and Award-Winning Military Artist
Dates: Fridays, September 30; October 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; $120

American Women Poets
Instructor: Michelle Giles, GCU Advancement Communications Specialist
Dates: Thursdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27; November 3
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $120

Albert Einstein: His Life and the Universe
Instructor: Barbara Rossoff, Ph.D., Lecturer, Brandeis University Study Groups
Dates: Tuesdays, October 18, 25; November 1, 8, 15
Time: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; $120

Baroque Masters: Caravaggio, Rubens, Velazquez, Rembrandt, and Vermeer
Instructor: Lisa Festa, Ph.D., GCU Associate Professor of Art History
Dates: Wednesdays, October 19, 26; November 2, 9, 16
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $120

Britain between the Wars: British Authors Embracing Modernism
Instructor: Hannah Means-Shannon, Ph.D., GCU Lecturer in English
Dates: Fridays, October 21, 28; November 4, 11, 18
Times: 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.; $120

History of Photography
Instructor: William Thomas Cain, Award-Winning Photojournalist
Dates: Thursdays, October 27; November 3, 10, 17; December 1
Time: 7:00–9:00 p.m.; $120

Cherchez la Femme: Stories of Creative Contemplatives
Instructor: Mary-Theresa McCarthy, RSM, Ph.D., ‘57, GCU
Professor Emerita of World Languages and Cultures
Dates: Tuesdays, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.; $120

Reading to Your Grandchildren: The Power of the Story
Instructor: Susan Nash-Ditzel, Ed.D.,GCU Assistant Professor of Education
Dates: Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; $120

Art, Science, and Philosophy of Ancient Egypt
Instructor: George Cooke ‘10, CADC
Dates: Mondays, November 7, 14, 21, 28; December 5
Time: 6:30–8:30 p.m.; $120


Gustav Mahler: The Man and His Life
Instructor: Maestro Anthony LaGruth, Conductor and Artistic Director of the Garden State Philharmonic
Dates: Wednesdays, November 9 & 16
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Cost: $50

Magic Mirrors: Using the Imagination to Program Success
Instructor: Mary Ann Smorra, Ed.D., GCU Professor of Education
Dates: Wednesdays, November 9 & 16
Time: 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Cost: $50

Watermedia Whirl: Intermediate/Advanced Watercolors
Instructor: Katie Leigh Cutler, Teaching Artist, Owner of Shell Cottage Studio
Dates: Wednesdays, September 28; October 5, 12, 19
Time: 2:00–4:00 p.m.; Cost: $100*


Fall Prevention
Instructor: Kathy Kimm, Physician Therapist, Meridian At Home
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 10:00 a.m., Little Theatre

Marvelous Home Remedies
Instructor: Sue Ross, Business Adjunct Instructor, Brookdale Community College
Date: Wednesday, September 21, 11:00 a.m., Little Theatre

Fall Bulb Workshop
Instructor: Carol Scelza, Ed.D., GCU Associate Professor of Education and Master Gardener Alumnus, Rutgers Cooperative Extension
Date: Thursday, October 6, 2:00 p.m., Casino Ballroom

Get Old? Not Me! I’ll Exercise Instead
Instructor: Barbara A. Cordasco, Ed.D., GCU Associate Professor of Education
Date: Thursday, October 6, 7:00 p.m., Ruggiero Room

Searching and Socializing on the Web: Is This Really for Me?
Instructor: Joanne P. Kenny, Ed.D., GCU Associate Professor of Education
Date: Wednesday, October 19, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Little Theatre


Get Golf Ready II at Eagle Ridge Golf Course
Professional instruction provided by Eagle Ridge Golf Course Golf Pros/Instructors
Dates: Wednesdays, September 14, 21, 28; October 5, 12, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m., Eagle Ridge Golf Club
$139; includes all equipment and professional instruction

Create a Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Instructor: Everett Menkens, Owner of Creative Designs, Howell, NJ
Date: Monday, November 21, 2:00–4:00 p.m., Casino Ballroom
$25; includes flowers, containers, and instruction

*Students may also be required to purchase additional supplies.

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 published in 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 nearly 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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