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2009.08.25 > For Immediate Release
contact: Wendy Townley - University Relations
phone: 402.554.2762 - email: wtownley@unomaha.edu

Courses Offered this Fall for Adult Learners at UNO

Omaha - Adults age 50 and older are invited to take classes this fall through the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO) Lifelong Learning Initiative.

Attendees pay $50 for membership into the program and are registered to take one course. Additional courses are $25 each. Exams and research papers are not part of the curriculum for any course.

For more information or to register, visit www.unomaha.edu/lifelonglearning or call (402) 554-4897.

Railroads in the Making of Modern America
Instructor: Bruce Garver
Class dates: Sept. 28 through Nov. 23
Time: Mondays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.
Location: The Bookworm, 87th and Pacific streets

This course addresses controversial topics in transportation history with emphasis on developments in the United States, especially those concerning railroads and motor vehicles. To be discussed in the great extent to which railways conditioned the development of the economy and society of the United States. Reading: Nature’s Metropolis: Chicago and the Great West (Cronon), The Automobile Age (Flink), Metropolitan Corridor: Railroads and the American Scene (Stilgoe).

Astronomy
Instructors: Bill Moak and John Artherton
Class dates: Oct. 26 through Nov. 9
Time: Mondays from 7 to 9 p.m.
Location: UNO’s Durham Science Center, Room 135

This class will meet at the planetarium at UNO and will discuss astronomical concepts.

Exploring Allwine Prairie: History, Prairie, Ecology and Restoration
Instructor: Alicia Malarkey
Class dates: Sept. 8 through Oct. 6
Time: Tuesdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Allwine Prairie, 14810 State St. in Bennington

Bring comfortable tennis shoes and field-appropriate dress to explore Nebraska’s natural environment and participate in fun and rewarding fieldwork.

Political Influence of Faith
Instructor: Nebraska Sen. Lowen Kruse
Class dates: Sept. 9 through Oct. 7
Time: Wednesdays from 4 to 5:30 p.m.
Location: First United Methodist Church, Room 112, 7020 Cass St.

The experiences as religious leaders and groups try to inform legislators or force on legislation.

Pioneer Literature
Instructor: Susan Maher
Class dates: Oct. 13 through Nov. 17
Time: Thursdays from 2:30 to 4 p.m.
Location: The Bookworm, 87th and Pacific streets

Reading: The Oregon Trail (Parkman), A Lady’s Life in the Rocky Mountains (Bird), The Virginia’s (Wister), Letters of a Woman Homesteader (Stewart), Rising from the plains (McPhee), The Jump-Off Creek (Gloss).

Studying Success Investment Strategies of Ben Ghram, Warren Buffet and Peter Lynch
Instructor: Russ Manners
Class dates: Sept. 3 to Sept. 17
Time: Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Location: Smith Hayes, 10250 Regency Circle, Suite 400

Hinduism
Instructor: Mary Ann Krezmin
Class dates: Oct. 8 to Oct. 29
Time: Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m
Location: Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St.

Hinduism is the major religion of India, although its immigrants have carried it all over the world. It has no identifiable founder or creed and no strong organizational structure. It is more like a vast complex of religious currents. Its sacred books, the Vedas, date as far back as 1500 BC.

Buddhism
Instructor: Mary Ann Krezmin
Class dates: Nov. 5 to Nov. 26
Time: Thursdays from 6 to 7:30 p.m
Location: Countryside Community Church, 8787 Pacific St.

Fifth century India was in a state of religious ferment. Into this world came the great sage Siddhartha Gautama, who came to be known as the “Buddha", the "Enlightened One.” He is not viewed as a deity, but one who offers a path toward true happiness. Buddhism spread out of India to Asia, to China, Korea and Japan here it had great influence in art and architecture. In America, it is Zen Buddhism, in particular, that has captured interest. The Tibetan Buddhist, Dalai Lama has earned worldwide respect and admiration for his wisdom and efforts toward peace.

The Development of Entertainment (During the First Half of the 20th Century): Part III -- A Survey of Biographies
Instructor: William Clute
Class dates: Sept. 17 to Oct. 22
Time: Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Arboretum, 8141 Farnam Dr.

This class will present and discuss video biographies of famous American movie stars, and possibly view a few excerpt from their films.

The Development of Entertainment (During the First Half of the 20th Century): Part III -- A Survey of Biographies
Instructor: William Clute
Class dates: Oct. 20 to Dec. 10
Time: Thursdays from 2 to 3:30 p.m.
Location: The Arboretum, 8141 Farnam Dr.

This class will present and discuss video biographies of famous American movie stars, and possibly view a few excerpt from their films.

Horticulture
Instructors: Mary Anna Anderson, Kathleen Cue and John Fech
Class dates: Sept. 3 to Sept. 17
Times: Thursdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m.
Location: Douglas County Extension Service

There will be three class sessions: Veggie Gardening 101; Growing Herbs; and Fall Lawn Care. This class has a small fee for plants being used for the class of $12.

Intergenerational Diversity: Bridging the Generational Gap
Instructor: William Austen
Class dates: Oct. 17 through Oct. 31
Time: Saturdays from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Please call (402) 554-4897 for location.

This class will discuss current topics dealing with race, religion, and age issues.

Personality, Personality, Personality! Which Type Are YOU?
Instructor: Susan Selde
Class dates: Oct. 3 and Oct. 10
Time: Saturdays from 10 to 11 a.m.
Location: Please call (402) 554-4897 for location.

In this course, participants will have the opportunity to take the Myers Briggs Personality Inventory (MBTI), which is a psychological inventory that measures preferences. Participants will learn about themselves in this interactive class. Specifically, participants will discover reasons for their behavior, and the behavior of others. (Participants will need to complete the MBTI prior to class. This inventory takes approximately 20-30 minutes to complete.)

Using Your Digital Camera
Instructor: John Lortz
Class date: Oct. 10
Time: 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Location: Florence Home Computer Lab

In the class we’ll take you through the basic digital camera features you should know about, and also show you the best features for taking better pictures. If you have a camera, be sure to bring it along to class, and don’t forget to also bring your manual.

Planning the Perfect Funeral or Cremation Service
Instructor: Thomas Belford
Class dates: Sept. 15 and 16, and Oct. 20 and 21
Time: 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Location: John A. Gentleman Mortuaries Pacific Street Chapel, 14151 Pacific St.

This course will cover the different options that are available to the public for end of life services.

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