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Turn Memories into Memoirs with GCU's McAuley Institute

Lakewood, N.J., Jan. 30, 2013—According to Zane Robertson, cofounder of Active Minds, "if one were to attempt to establish the four cornerstones of healthy aging, they would most likely be nutrition; exercise; social interaction; and lifelong learning/purpose/meaning. Georgian Court University's McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning (MILL) has two of the four well in hand, offering more than 25 courses and programs for adults ages 50 and above in the Spring 2013 semester. Combining social interaction and learning without tests or homework, the successful program offers social events for members and courses in subjects ranging from golf, T'ai Chi Chih®, and holistic home remedies to Twitter 101, Einstein, and the Korean War.

The spring schedule kicks off on Wednesday, February 20, with Turning Memories into Memoirs, a course back by popular demand that is led by instructors Elaine Turansky and Mary Ann Tobin Kerns. The instructors are two of the members of the Jersey Shore-area group Eight Women Writers, a group of eight women, ages 50 to 80, who meet in the choir room of a little church in Lakewood to write their memoirs. They broadened their focus by writing a cozy mystery,The Sandcastle Mysteries: Death and Deception at the Jersey Shore (2010) together in a round-robin style. 

Under their direction, participants will learn the basics of memoir writing, capturing the stories of their lives, and preserving them for loved ones and future generations. Various techniques will be explored including, but not limited to, writing, journaling, scrapbooking, photo journaling, and creating "decorative" memoirs.

The course consists of five Wednesday sessions from February 20 through March 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on the GCU Lakewood campus. The course is $120 per MILL member and is also offered to non-MILL members for $145. Annual MILL membership is just $25. Pre-registration is required for all courses and may be done online at Registration forms for mailing and a complete schedule of all courses can be found at Room information for all MILL courses will be provided upon registration. For more information, please contact Alice Velez, MILL program specialist, at 732.987.2201.

For those looking to test the waters with a shorter course, Ms. Turansky and Ms. Kerns are also offering a two-hour Introduction to Turning Memories into Memoirs through the MILL program on Saturday, June 8, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. The cost is $20 per MILL member and $45 per non-MILL member, and pre-registration is required.

About the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning at Georgian Court University
 The McAuley Institute is a community education program designed for adults, ages 50 and above, who have a passion for learning and want to foster successful aging through continued education and socialization. MILL members also attend social networking events and invitation-only activities with headline guests who appear at GCU throughout the year. MILLsponsors for the 2012-2013 academic year include the Florian J. Lombardi Foundation Inc. and Creative Financial Group of New Jersey. Learn more about the McAuley Institute for Lifelong Learning by contacting Alice Velez, MILL program specialist, at 732.987.2201 or Registration forms and detailed course listings are available online, and online registration is available

About Georgian Court University
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 announced in May 2012 its transition to a fully coeducational university in 2013. Today, the university serves nearly 2,500 students of all faiths and backgrounds in both 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, a National Historic Landmark. Georgian Court also offers classes at the New Jersey Coastal Communiversity in Wall.

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