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Citadel News Service
8 Jan 2009

Spring '09 Senior Scholars Program lectures announced

Mature adults looking for continued academic enrichment and the benefits of being on a college campus have a variety of lecture events to choose from during this spring’s Senior Scholars Program at The Citadel.

Want to know how county government works? Senior Scholars can help you. Thinking about estate planning or need to update your will? You can learn how at Senior Scholars, an academic enrichment program for mature adults age 55 and older who want continued intellectual and social interaction in a scholastic setting. The group meets from 2 to 4 p.m. (unless otherwise noted) about every other Wednesday during the academic year in Mark Clark Hall at The Citadel.

“The Citadel Graduate College takes great pride in providing this educational program to the senior citizens of the Lowcountry,” said Katie Gibson, marketing and recruiting coordinator for the graduate college.

No formal education is required for membership, but participants are considered non-degree students of The Citadel Graduate College and can use the library, computer labs, and recreational facilities. They also can purchase an athletic card which may be used to attend The Citadel’s home athletic events. During scheduled programs, members enjoy refreshments and light snacks and share their experiences with guest speakers from the faculty and from the business and professional community.

Cost is $35 per semester. For more information about this program call 953-5089.

Wednesday, Jan. 28
Gil Pohl, director of facilities management, Charleston County

This presentation will give an overview of the functions and staff of Charleston County government. This presentation is similar to the Charleston County Citizens Academy, a class offered free of charge to the public twice a year. Pohl is a 1976 graduate of The Citadel.

Wednesday, Feb. 11
Julie Lipovsky, psychology professor, The Citadel
Lipovsky will discuss her recent trip to Ghana where she was exposed to abject poverty and
unsanitary conditions in support of Project Okurase, a collaborative effort between the Medical University of South Carolina, the Gethsemani Circle of Friends in North Charleston, and Nkabom Artists and Craftspeople Association in Ghana.

Wednesday, Feb. 25
Bill Yaeger, director of development, The Citadel Foundation
James Duggan, partner, Nexsen Pruet law firm

Estate planning is more than just the preparation of a will. A comprehensive estate plan is an essential component of a client’s overall financial plan. In this session, Bill Yaeger, Citadel Class of 1983, and James Duggan, Citadel Class of 1985, will present on many estate planning basics, including wills and trusts, taxation, and charitable giving with estate planning.

Wednesday, March 11
U.S. Army Reserve Capt. Ken Boes, instructor and tactical officer, The Citadel

Boes will discusses the role of civil affairs in the current world situation, explains what civil affairs soldiers do in Iraq, Afghanistan and many other nations, and will talk about missions he conducted while serving as a civil affairs team leader and company commander in Baghdad.

Wednesday, March 25
Meteorologist Josh Marthers, WCBD-TV 2

Get a sneak peek into the world of meteorology as Marthers talks about various types of hazardous weather we experience, technology used to predict weather activity and forecasting challenges in the Lowcountry.

Wednesday, April 8
Joe Renouard, assistant professor of history, The Citadel
America’s current difficulties with the governments of North Korea and Iran are by no means recent developments. The U.S. has had tense relations with these two countries for decades, and the nuclear issue has only served to further heighten these tensions. In this lecture Renouard will describe the historical background on the American relationship (or lack thereof) with Iran and North Korea, and explore the relative dangers which these nations’ nuclear programs pose to the U.S. and the world.

Wednesday, April 22
Patrick Cook, history and education coordinator, Charles Towne Landing

Charles Towne was of a colony, expanding the plantation model system of the Barbados sugar isle to the land of Carolina. From Albemarle to Charles Towne, Cook will provide a glimpse into the birth of the Charles Towne settlement.

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