VOLTS (Valparaiso Organization for Learning & Teaching Seniors)

 

What Is VOLTS?
VOLTS Valparaiso Organization for Learning and Teaching Seniors is a group of seniors in the area who are intellectually curious and like to learn, particularly with a group of peers.

Valparaiso Organization for Learning and Teaching Seniors (VOLTS) was organized in the Spring of 1995 with the support of the Office of Continuing Education at Valparaiso University.

VOLTS is directed by its own members. Programs, including guest speakers and lecturers, are chosen by the interests of those involved. Topics include previews of university drama and musical productions, discussion of current events, and presentations by VU faculty or other professionals.

As the name implies, the program is designed for seniors who are interested in learning and teaching. Expertise within the group naturally lends itself to an exchange of information within the group.

Thus, VOLTS does not replicate a classroom setting in which members are lectured to by a speaker. Rather, VOLTS allows participants to be actively involved in both learning from and teaching fellow members.

Who can participate?
The VOLTS program is open to all senior citizens who are excited about knowledge. Participants are retired or above the age of 60.

When can I start?
Anytime! A VOLTS schedule is prepared each semester and is included in the current brochure. If you are interested in participating you are welcome to come as a guest or visitor to a session. Virtually all meetings are held on the campus at the University.

What Is the cost?
The cost per year is currently $20 per person or $35 per couple.

Request information
For more information please contact the Office of Continuing Education at Valparaiso University at 219-464-5313, or you may send us an email at Continuing.Ed@valpo.edu

Register

Click here to register for VOLTS. You may submit your registration and payment at any VOLTS meeting, or simply bring them to the Graduate School in Kretzmann Hall. 

Program Planning Committee

  • Bette Brown (Chair)
  • J. Gregg Joseph
  • John Mutka
  • Lois Reiner
  • Marilyn Owens
  • Diana Austin
  • Dr. Albert Trost (Coordinator-Current Events)

ALL MEETINGS WILL BE HELD IN HARRE UNION BALLROOM A UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED (**)

Current Events: Thursdays, 9:00 am

VOLTS:  Mondays 3:30 pm

* Denotes two events on same day


VOLTS SPRING 2015  Program Schedule        

January 5

VOLTS

"Lakeshore TV & Radio"

Keith Kirkpatrick, Lakeshore Focus, Ch 56 PBS

**Location: Brown and Gold Room, Harre Union

January 12

VOLTS

"Genealogy"

Larry Clark, Director of Geneaology

Porter County Public Library

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

January 15

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

January 29

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

February 9

VOLTS

"Thomas Jefferson Middle School Science Olympiad"

Richard Bender, Olympiad Coach

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 3:30 pm

February 12 *

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

February 12 *

PLAY REVIEW: "An Evening of Beckett One-Acts" by Samuel Beckett

Dr. Andrew White - Professor of Theatre, Valparaiso University

**Location: VUCA 

February 19

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

February 23

VOLTS

"Valparaiso University Athletes"

Mark LaBarbera, Director of Athletics, Valparaiso University

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

March 2

VOLTS

"Education in Valparaiso"

Dr. Ric Frataccia, Superintendent, Valparaiso Community Schools

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

March 12

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

March 16

VOLTS

"Energy"

Wayne Karr, Regional HSSE Manager, BP Products North America

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

March 26

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

April 6

 VOLTS

"A Trip for 20 to Italy"

Dr. Mark Farmer, Classical Studies, Valparaiso University

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 p

April 9 * 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

April 9 * 

PLAY REVIEW: "The School for Lies" by David Ives

Dr. Lee Orchard - Professor of Theatre, Valparaiso University

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

April 20 

VOLTS

"Asian American Literature"

Dr. John Ruff, English Department, Valparaiso University

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

 April 23 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

May 4 

VOLTS

"An Introduction to Shirley Heinze Land Trust"

Jim Erdelac, Education and Volunteer Manager for S. Heinze Land Trust

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

May 7

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am