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Classes for Seniors Offered

MARCH 13, 2009 | The Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at the University of Wisconsin-River Falls is hosting the 22nd year of the Senior Outreach Studies program (SOS), a lifelong learning program open to all residents of the St. Croix Valley area.

The program is most known for its lecture series, “Morning with a Professor.” This event will be held every Tuesday, 9 – 11 a.m. March 24 – April 28, at the Regional Development Institute on the UW-River Falls campus.

Each two-hour segment features a thought-provoking presentation designed to refresh and stimulate the minds of audience members. After a coffee break with refreshments, participants have the opportunity to share their own insights and inquiries in a question-and-answer session. The spring 2009 series costs $34 (includes all six sessions). Gift certificates are available in any amount over $10 and are good towards any SOS fee. These certificates are valid for one year after the date of purchase.

Sessions include:

• March 24, “Quantum Physics,” Matthew Vonk, professor, Physics Department.

• March 31, “The Threat of a Bird Flu Pandemic,” Karen Klyczek, professor, Biology Department.

• April 7, “The State of the Economy: Fiscal Stimulus, Bank Nationalization, Auto Bailout and All That,” Glenn Potts, professor, College of Business and Economics.

• April 14, “Capital Punishment: Offender – Victim Relationships,” Rich Wallace, professor, Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice.

• April 21, “Immigration to the United States: Myths, Realities and Histories,” Betty Bergland, professor, Department of History and Philosophy.

• April 28, “The U.S. Healthcare Crisis,” Charles Corcoran, professor, Department of Accounting and Finance.

The program also offers day-trips by coach bus within the St. Croix Valley and Twin Cities metro area for art, theater, culture and history without the hassles of planning and scheduling, tickets and seating, or driving and parking. Participants can choose to be picked up at designated UW-River Falls or Hudson locations.

Day trips include:

• April 22, James J. Hill House in St. Paul. Explore life in the Gilded Age mansion of James J. Hill, builder of the Great Northern Railway. Completed in 1891, the red sandstone residence features chandeliers, stained glass, hand-carved woodwork and original mechanical systems that provided heat, light, water, ventilation, and security. Cost is $34, plus spending money for lunch at The Lexington on Grand Avenue. Fee includes museum admission, docent, and coach bus transportation.

•June 17, the Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul. “Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition” is a traveling exhibit of artifacts recovered from the Titanic. The museum is also featuring the Omni Theatre film “Titanica.” Cost is $44 plus spending money for lunch and shopping at the museum. Fee includes general museum and Titanic exhibit admission, theater tickets and coach bus transportation.

To best accommodate SOS members, pre-registration and payment are required for all events. Information about the programs and gift certificates as well as registration materials are available on the web site at or by calling the UWRF Outreach and Graduate Studies Office at 715-425-3256 or 800-228-5607.

Space is limited so interested persons are encouraged to register early. Registration can be made for one or all events. Parking permits are required to park in Lot l on campus: contact Cynthia Wells-O’Malley at 715-425-3261 for permits and for more information about SOS.


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