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New creative learning academy for senior scholars to hold open house


BLACKSBURG, Va., Dec. 7, 2010 – No tests, no papers, no grades — just learning for the love of it. 

Virginia Tech Continuing and Professional Education is hosting an open house to introduce the new Virginia Tech Creative Learning Academy for Senior Scholars. The Dec. 16 event will be at the Inn at Virginia Tech and Skelton Conference Center from 2 to 4 p.m.   

Information will be provided about a series of six sample classes beginning in March. Those attending will also have an opportunity to meet the instructors and help shape the content of future course offerings. There is no charge for the open house, but pre-registration is strongly encouraged either online or by calling Ann Brown at (540) 231-7966. 

The academy is designed for those 50 years of age and older and features diverse and stimulating topics by local experts. The spring sampler will include these classes

  • The Elusive Composition of the Universe, Brian Dennison, astronomer
  • The Violin in History, Dan Foster, violin maker
  • Virginia Tech’s Corps of Cadets Leader Development Program, Gen. Jerry Allen, commandant
  • The Greeting Card: A Window on Modern India, Bradley Hertel, sociologist
  • The Origins of Art in the Greek World, Ann-Marie Knoblauch, art historian
  • The Circle of Wellness, Jocy Surface of New Tech Fitness.

Classes will be held one afternoon for six consecutive weeks and each 90-minute session will be devoted to a different topic. One registration/membership fee of $45 allows participants to attend as many of the six classes as they like.

Virginia Tech’s Outreach and International Affairs supports the university’s engagement mission by creating community partnerships and economic development projects, offering professional development programs and technical assistance, and building collaborations to enrich discovery and learning – all with the overarching goal of improving the quality of life for people within the commonwealth and throughout the world. Outreach and International Affairs leads Virginia Tech’s presence on five continents; its regional research and development centers across the commonwealth focus on graduate education and professional development. Blacksburg-based centers are dedicated to student engagement, language, policy, and governance.