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ASU continues Lifelong Lecture Series at Polytechnic campus

December 22, 2006

MESA, Ariz. - Those lifelong learners interested in returning to school without the hassle of tests, homework or grades are invited to a lecture series at the Polytechnic campus sponsored by the Arizona State University Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

The lecture series, tailored for those over age 50, are given by professors and professionals on topics relating to finding quality health information and the future of the airline industry, as well as a chance to meet a local author and a historian of the West. The lecture series is free and all lectures will be held at ASU’s Polytechnic campus in southeast Mesa.

“Through the lectures, we hope to familiarize East Valley senior adults with the institute and the Polytechnic campus,” said Lois Lorenz, ASU program coordinator of the lecture series and the institute.

The lectures for the spring semester include:

  • “Finding Quality Health Information on the Internet,” Jan. 9, 10 a.m. to noon, Center Building, Room 152, presented by Danielle Carlock, ASU health sciences librarian.
  • “Ready for Takeoff: An Overview of the U.S. Airline Industry,” Jan. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Simulator (SIM) Building, presented by Mary Niemczyk, ASU assistant professor of Aeronautical Technology Management.
  • “Meet the Author of Porch Stories Jewell Parker Rhodes,” Feb. 19, 10 a.m. to noon, Cooley Ballroom A, presented by Jewell Parker Rhodes, ASU Piper Endowed Chair and Artistic Director of the Virginia G. Piper Center for Creative Writing.
  • “Cowboys and Cow Towns,” March 29, 1 to 3:00 p.m., Union Annex Building, Fireside Lounge, presented by Laurence E. Gesell, ASU professor of Aeronautical Management Technology.

The California-based Osher Foundation supports more than 60 Osher Institutes at universities across the United States. ASU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute plans to develop a program for senior adults in the East Valley and sees the lecture series as a springboard for future programming.

“With baby-boomers nearing retirement age, the older population in our state is growing rapidly. Arizona State University wishes to meet the ongoing educational interests and needs of this group of individuals. This spring we want to continue what was started with the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute last spring in the East Valley, with the hopes of expanding our offerings in future months,” said Lorenz.

For more information about the series or to reserve a seat, contact Lois Lorenz at (480) 727-1153 or