Want to learn Swahili? Need to prepare for a standardized test?
Always wanted to deepen your appreciation of Impressionist art?
Then the Emory Center for Lifelong Learning can help.
Registration for the centers fall classes through Evening
at Emory, Emory's Senior Univer-sity, Academy for Retired Professionals,
Evening at Oxford and daytime non-credit adult education will begin
Sept. 6, with most classes initially meeting during the last week
of September or the first week in October.
In addition to the perennial favoritesdancing, exercise,
language, computer and professional and personal development classesthis
fall welcomes several new additions, including Mini Theology
School, Swahili for Beginners and Admission
101: Make Your College Admission Easier.
Inspired by the centers successful MiniMedical School,
MiniTheology School spans six sessions and incorporates
aspects of the Candler School of Theologys graduate studies
program, and is taught by Candler faculty. Swahili for Beginners
is taught by two native speakers and includes an interdisciplinary
approach to learning and appreciating the ancient African language.
Admission 101 helps parents and students see that applying
to college doesnt have to be complicated or stressful, and
offers feedback on application essays, high school resumes and course
curriculum from admission counselors.
Registration and course descriptions will be available through
a printed catalog and online at www.emory.edu/eve.
Online registration was first offered in 1996 and has grown exponentially
since then, said Steve Stoffle, director for the Center of Lifelong
Learning. With 10,000 registrations annually, the Internet simplifies
the process for both students and staff.
The fact that so many of our students are registering online
has really opened up the kinds of things we can do here, he
said. Well over 50 percent of our registrations come through
The centers website offers listserv sign up, which allows
the staff to email special Internet offers and course updates. Online
registration also gives center staff quick access to determine if
a full class can generate enough interest for another session, Stoffle
New class offerings and website expansions arent the only
After almost two years of planning, designing and constructing,
the center moved into its newly-renovated home on the Briarcliff
Campus in December 2000a 6,700-square-foot building which
houses 11 large classrooms and ample office space. The changes dont
stop there for Emorys 51-year-old adult education program.
Most obviously, theres the name change. Long known as Evening
at Emory, the program adopted its new monikerthe Emory
Center for Lifelong Learningwhen it moved into its new home.
When we christened the restored building The Emory Center
for Lifelong Learning, it was a natural time to rename the program,
Stoffle said. Evening at Emory is still an important part
of what we offer, but now we're much more than just Evening at Emory.
With ample space in its new locale, the center then added its new
daytime class offerings. The classes are similar, if not identical,
to the evening classes, again running the gamut from yoga to literature
to business skills.
The new space also allows the longer-standing programsincluding
Senior Universityto thrive.
A part of Emorys adult education courses since 1977, Senior
University is a chance for retirees to expand their education and
has become an important social outlet for many of its students,
Another recent partnership has allowed the programs educational
travel opportunities to increase dramatically. Starting two years
ago, many of its travel abroad programs have been operated through
TraveLearn, a network of more than 300 universities and colleges
nationwide. Participants travel with groups of no more than 20 and
a professor who specializes in the particular country of travel.
Additional domestic and abroad trips also are offered through local
The changes to the program are exciting and impressive, but Stoffle
said the true synergy of the Center for Lifelong Learning always
will be in its students and instructors.
People who come to our programs are doers,
Stoffle said. Our instructors are the most interesting people
in Atlanta because they're here for the sheer joy of teaching adults
and our students are here for the love of learning; they're
passionate about 'filling in the gaps' in their educational backgrounds.
Interested students or potential instructors can visit the centers
website or call
404-727-6000 for more information on any of the centers programs