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McAuley Institute at Georgian Court Promotes Lifelong Learning

More than 40 New Courses Offered for Senior Adults

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 14, 2012—If being older also means being wiser, then members of the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) at Georgian Court University are among the smartest students around.

Participants in the unique program, which is designed for adults who are 50 and older, can take advantage of more than 40 new MILL classes offered at GCU through August 2012. Courses are taught largely by Georgian Court professors, and are also taught by other experts in such areas as history, holistic health, classical music, fine art, finance, and personal technology.

Currently, more than 500 area adult learners, ages 50 to 91, are MILL members. Many cite the program’s personalized learning experiences, the exchange of ideas that come with classroom discussions, and engaging intellectual debates among their reasons for taking MILL classes.

“MILL is truly is a jewel,” says Robin Krippa, membership chair for the MILL Advisory Board. “It’s one of the area’s best-kept secrets, but it’s a secret that we want to get out. What we’ve found is that senior adults want to do stuff,” she adds, “and MILL is perfect for those who want to learn and have fun at the same time.”

An annual membership fee of $25 opens the door to thought-provoking topics that encourage participants to rethink their perspectives on certain subjects and explore new skills. After becoming MILL members, participants register for individual classes, which include one-day workshops, short courses and sessions that meet for several weeks. Class registration ranges from free to $120, and for an additional fee, non-members can enroll, too. (Free classes are open only to MILL members.)

Upcoming courses include (all classes held on the GCU Lakewood campus unless otherwise indicated):

Getting to Know Your Computer 
$75 for members, $100 for non-members; 2/24–3/9 (Fridays), 1:00–3:00 p.m. at GCU

Broadway in Your Backyard: Proof
$27 for members, $50 for non-members; 2/26 (Sunday), 3:00 p.m. (GCU lecture followed by performance), Algonquin Arts Theatre in Manasquan

Enrich & Express Yourself through the Creative Arts
$120, members, $145 for non-members; 2/29–3/28 (Wednesdays); 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Five Inspiring Women of Passover
$120 for members, $145 for non-members ; 3/1–3/29 (Thursdays); 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

Watercolor for Beginners & Intermediates
$99 for members, $125 for non-members; Session I: 3/5–3/26 (Mondays); 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Just a Wee Bit of Culture: Tea, Food & Folklore of Ireland
$25 for members, $50 for non-members; 3/8 (Thursday); 2:00 p.m.

Meditation for Life
$50 for members, $75 for non-members; 3/13–3/27 (Tuesdays); 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

American Women Poets
Free; 3/14 (Wednesday); 12:00–2:00 p.m.

Irish Movie Matinee: Original Short Films
$5 for members; $10 for non-members; 3/14 (Wednesday); 2:00 p.m.

Great Women Artists
$120 for members; $145 for non-members; 3/14–4/18 (Wednesdays); 6:30–8:30 p.m.

Intro to Microsoft Office 2007
$75 for members; $100 for non-members; 3/16–3/30 (Fridays); 1:00–3:00 p.m.

Mozart’s Amadeus: Lecture & Concert
$49 for members; $75 for non-members; (Lecture only—$25 for members; $50 for non-members)
Lecture: 3/21 (Wednesday), 1:00–3:00 p.m.
Concert: 3/24 (Saturday), 8:00 the Historic Strand Theater, Lakewood

Text Talk & Acronyms
Free; 3/22 (Thursday), 2:00–3:00 GCU

Prelude to Spring: Gardening with Perennials
$5 for members, $25 for non-members; 3/29 (Thursday), 2:00–4:00 p.m.

The full schedule of Spring 2012 MILL classes is available at Offerings include religion and spirituality courses, golf lessons, retirement workshops, computer and social media sessions, nutrition and exercise training, performing arts programs, and more. To register, visit or call 732.987.2263 for an application. For more information about MILL, contact Laura Lella-Smith at 732.987.2201.

About the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning at Georgian Court University
The McAuley Institute, which offers enriching and challenging classes without the hassles of homework, tests, or course credits, was created especially for senior adults ages 50 and older. MILL members also attend social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year. MILL sponsors for the 2011–2012 academic year include The Sambol Family Foundation, in memory of Dr. Daniel Gold; Novy & Associates, Counsellors at Law; Creative Financial Group of New Jersey; and Harrogate. Learn more about the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms and detailed course listings are available online at

About Georgian Court University
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 more than 2,500 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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