Dr. Marilyn Hadley

Senior College, a program that offers individuals 55 and older a wide variety of non-credit, short-term courses–from sports and speechmaking to history and literature– will start classes on Feb. 20.

“Senior College is an organization dedicated to learning for the fun of it,” said Dr. Marilyn Hadley, dean of the University of Nebraska at Kearney College of Education. “It is an opportunity to explore topics with others who share your interest or curiosity.” UNK, the Kearney Area Chamber of Commerce, Good Samaritan Hospital and the Kearney Public Library are joint sponsors of the program.

Classes meet at the Kearney Public Library and at several locations on the UNK campus. The classes, which are taught by volunteer faculty, meet once a week for two hours over a six-week period.

“The organization is all volunteer,” Dean Hadley said. “However, because there are costs associated with running and maintaining an organization, there is a modest $25 annual membership fee.”

Along with a membership in Senior College, each participant receives a newsletter describing various activities of interest and invitations to all special events–including tours, receptions, presentations by special guests and social events. Members will also receive e-mail notification of upcoming events and  courses. Further, each member also has the opportunity serve as an officer or board member to help shape the future of this unique program.

The program was started as a part of the UNK College of Education’s Centennial Celebration activities last fall.

The fee for each course is only $25. The deadline for registrations  is Monday, Feb. 6. Registration materials and information are available by from Cel Davis at (308)865-8508.

Courses being offered for the spring semester (Feb. 20 – March 31), along with the instructor, are listed below by the day of the week:

Mondays –You Bid and Then What?: Beginning Bridge,  Sharron Loschen; What Books Should I Have Read?,  Dr. Richard Jussel; Western Civilization,  Dr. Ann Young; All the World’s a Stage,  Janice Fronczak; and Music–How’s That Again?,  Richard Ritscher.

Tuesdays –Fun and Friendly Computers for Beginners,  Dr. Marilyn Jussel; Conversational Spanish: “Mi Casa es Su Casa,”  Dr. Lon and Janet Pearson; and Spectator Sports,  Al Zikmund, Rosella Meier and Dr. Jerry Hueser.

Wednesdays –Sports in Literature: Casey Meets MacDuff on the Diamond, Dr. Vern Plambeck; Finance for Seniors 101,  Ed Cook; and Snapshots of Asia: India, China and More,  Robert Lind.

Thursdays –Fit After 50,  Dr. Gregory Brown; Beginning Macintosh: We Don’t Do Windows,  Dr. Bill Wozniak; and Sounding Off: The Art of Speechmaking,  Barbara Merryman.

For more information, class times and locations, please visit the Senior College Web site at  or call Cel Davis at (308)865-8508.