A new school is opening up in
town – a school with no homework, no tests, and no grades. A school for those
age 50 and older who are eager to learn, just for the enjoyment of learning
something new. That new school is the Lifelong Learning Center at Midwestern
MSU Texas’ Lifelong Learning
Center (LLC) is dedicated to inspiring and enriching the minds and spirits of area
residents age 50 and older by providing noncredit classes exploring topics in
the fields of health, history, culture, science, religion, law, and the arts.
Teachers include individuals from the community as well as current and retired
The LLC will host a grand
opening from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 12, at its home at 2527 Hampstead
Lane, on the northwest corner of the MSU Texas campus. Classes begin Sept. 13.
MSU President Suzanne Shipley will make opening remarks at 11:30.
The LLC’s motto, “I am still
learning,” was inspired by Michelangelo, who stated “Ancora Imparo” at age 87, said LLC coordinator Dave Hartman. “That
translates to ‘I am still learning,’” Hartman said. “There are still important
things we can achieve. We are still learning.”
Dr. Kathy Zuckweiler, Dean of
the Billie Doris McAda Graduate School, said that the vision for the LLC began
with Shipley. “It’s about developing a community of older adults who want to
socialize and discuss intellectual topics with peers outside of the classroom,”
Classes will be held on Tuesdays and
Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Each session lasts 90 minutes, which includes
time for questions and responses. Wednesdays will be
“Gathering Days,” which will include special events.
· “The Love of Music” with
Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra conductor Fouad Fakhouri.
· “A First Freedom: the
Freedom of the Press” with Wichita Falls
Times Record News editor Deanna Watson.
· “Fit for Life” with Angie
Reay, Director of the Redwine Student Wellness Center.
· “Poetry for the Human
Condition” with Dr. Lynn Hoggard, author and former MSU Texas professor.
· “Classical & Modern
Physics for the Non-Scientist: Newton to Heisenberg to Einstein” with former
MSU President Jesse Rogers.
Other topics include bees, family law, the
Second Amendment, and much more.
In addition to learning,
Hartman sees the LLC as a way for the community to get to know MSU Texas
better. “By becoming an actual part of the university, people will realize what
a treasure MSU Texas is to the area,” he said.
Individual memberships are
$100 per semester ($200 per year), or $150 ($300 per year) for household. For
an additional fee, LLC members may purchase a membership at the MSU Texas
Redwine Student Wellness Center. Members will also be able to access the Moffett
Library and receive discounts at the MSU Texas Bookstore. Art and music trips
are being explored for the spring.
The Lifelong Learning Center
is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesdays through Thursdays for members to stop by
for coffee and conversation. Classes are offered from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on
Tuesdays and Thursdays and at 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Visit the Lifelong
Learning Center website (msutexas.edu/lifelong-learning-center/) or
call 940-397-4814 for more information.