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Learning Is for Life at Georgian Court’s McAuley Institute

Spring Course Lineup Features Music, Art, History, Health, Technology, and More

Lakewood, N.J., Feb. 18, 2010—Georgian Court University’s McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning  (MILL) offers 20 courses this spring, giving adult learners access to classes guaranteed to engage their creativity, curiosity, and intellect.

The Spring 2011 lineup includes courses developed especially for adults 50 and over who enjoy college-level classes. Through MILL, adults who want to explore new subjects and meet new people also tend to find fun in classroom discussions about everything from history’s greatest artists and musicians to wartime personalities and international conflict.

No matter the class, MILL participants usually find they have one thing in common—they love to learn.

The classes, which generally run five to seven weeks, focus on thought-provoking topics that are taught by experienced professors and lecturers who are leaders in their fields. Maestro Anthony LaGruth, conductor and artistic director of the Garden State Philharmonic, will lead a March 2–30 course on Beethoven, and well-known Jersey Shore artist Kate Leigh Cutler returns with her popular Color Theory course, slated for May 25–June 15.

Other courses being taught in coming weeks include subjects as varied as holistic health healing techniques; the Vietnam era; the World War I leadership of General George S. Patton; introductory and intermediate computer skills; savvy online social networking; and digital photography.

The McAuley Institute, which launched in the fall of 2008 with two pilot courses, continues to draw adults who find that MILL programs address their professional, personal, and life experiences. And because MILL courses do not require homework or tests, participants are truly engaged for the sake of learning, not for class credits or grades.

An annual $25 fee allows participants to become MILL members, and most classes are open only to MILL members. Most courses have registration fees in the $120–$140 range. MILL members also have the benefit of attending two social events on the GCU campus each year, and meeting headline speakers and entertainers who visit the campus throughout the year.

New MILL courses and registration fees include:

Beethoven: The Man and His Music
Wednesdays, March 2–30; 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Arts & Science Center, Room 221; $140

Great Women of the Bible: Ruth, Naomi, and Esther
Thursdays, March 3–31; 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Casino Ballroom; $120

Patriot Ladies
Fridays, March 4–April 1; 10:00 a.m.–12 p.m.; Arts & Science Center, Room 105; $120

Taking Control of Your Health: A Chronic Disease Self-Management Program
Thursdays, March 10–April14; 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Sambol Room; Free

Computer Confidence, Sessions I & II
CCI: Fridays, March 11–April 8; 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Arts & Science Center, Room 128; $120
CC II: Fridays, July 8–August 5; 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Arts & Science Center, Room 128; $120

Holistic Healing for Mind, Body, and Spirit
Tuesdays, March 22–April 19; 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Ruggiero Room; $120

Those Fascinating French
Wednesdays, April 20–May18; 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Mansion; (April 20 ONLY), Casino Ballroom; $120

Vietnam Revisited
Tuesdays, May 3–May 31; 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; Arts & Science Center, Room 207; $120

Color Theory
Wednesdays, May 25–June 15; 2:00–4:00 p.m.; Location TBA; $100

Memoir Writing: The Story of Your Life
Tuesdays, May 31–June 28; 6:00–8:00 p.m.; Ruggiero Room; $120

Introduction to Golf
Wednesdays, June 1–June 29; Session I: 10:00–11:00 a.m.; Session II: 6:00–7:00 p.m.; Eagle Ridge Golf Club, 2 Augusta Blvd., Lakewood; $129 for one session

Drawing What We See, Not What We Know
Thursdays, June 2–June 30; 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Location TBA; $120

British History and Culture through Its Castles and Palaces
Fridays, June 3–July 1; 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; Arts & Science Center, Room 103; $120

Early Modern Masters
Wednesdays, June 22–July 20; 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Sambol Room; $120

The Medici
Wednesdays, June 22–July 20; 10:00 a.m.–12:00 noon; Arts & Science Center, Room 119; $120 


Embroiled in Controversy: The Career of General George Smith Patton
Mondays, June 6–June 20; 2:00–4:00 p.m.; Ruggiero Room; $75

Introduction to Digital Photography
Tuesdays, July 12–July 26; 6:00–9:00 p.m.; Ruggiero Room; $75


Social Networking 101
Saturday, April 9; 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.; Raymond Hall Computer Lab 101; $25 for the general public; free for MILL members with ID

Flowers throughout the Year
Tuesday, April 12; 2:00–4:00 p.m.; Casino Ballroom; $25 for the general public; free for MILL members with ID

Tours of Georgian Court’s Arboretum
Thursdays, May 26 or June 2; 2:00–3:30 p.m.; meet in Parking Lot A; $25 for the general public; free for MILL members with ID

The Georgian Court Bridge Club
Mondays, June 6–July 18 (no session July 4); 1:00–3:00 p.m.; Casino Ballroom; $5 per session for the general public; free for MILL members with ID

Join the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting GCU’s Office of Conferences and Special Events at 732.987.2263 or Registration forms are also available at and full course descriptions for MILL classes are in the latest edition of Mosaic, GCU’s publication of McAuley Community Center programs and events.

Founded in 1908 and sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy, Georgian Court University is a comprehensive university with a strong liberal arts core and a special concern for women. A forward-thinking university that supports diversity and academic excellence, Georgian Court serves nearly 3,000 students of all faiths and backgrounds in a residential Women's College and a coeducational University College with undergraduate and graduate programs. Georgian Court's main campus is located at 900 Lakewood Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., on the picturesque former George Jay Gould estate, now named a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at its site at One Woodbridge Center in Woodbridge, at Coastal Communiversity in Wall, and at Cumberland County College in Vineland.

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