VOLTS (Valparaiso Organization for Learning & Teaching Seniors)

PLEASE NOTE UPDATED SCHEDULE!

 

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 submit an online form requesting more information. To request information about our VOLTS program, click here.

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 Office in Kretzmann Hall, Room 114.

Program Planning Committee

  • Bette Brown (Chair)
  • R. Gregg Joseph
  • John Mutka
  • Lois Reiner
  • Marilyn Owens
  • 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 2014  Program Schedule        

January 13**

VOLTS

"Pakistan Unveiled"

David Rowland, PhD, Associate Provost and Dean, Graduate School

**Location: Brown and Gold Room, 3:30 pm

January 16

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

January 27

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

January 30*

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

January 30*

CANCELLED DUE TO WEATHER

February 3

VOLTS

"International Traffic"

Rick Heimann, Director; Port of Indiana

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 3:30 pm

February 13*

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

February 13*

PLAY REVIEW: "Macbeth"

R. Andrew White, Director

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

February 17

VOLTS

"Christian Values in Public and Professional Life"

Rev. John Nunes, VU Department of Theology

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

February 27

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

March 6

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

March 10

VOLTS

"Turning Batters Into Hitters"

Debbie Kerr-Cook; Co-Owner, Hoosier Bat Company

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

March 13

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

March 24

VOLTS

"Burkino Faso: Its Economic and Social Issues"

Judith Hull, Board Chair of West African Christian Ministries

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

 *April 3

 CURRENT EVENTS

**Location: CHRISTOPHER CENTER LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM, 9:00 AM

*April 3

PLAY REVIEW:  "Arcadia"

Dr. Lee F. Orchard, Director

**Location:  VUCA 4:00 pm

April 7

VOLTS

"Creating a Campus One Lot at a Time - The Lutheran Purchase of 1925"

 

Edgar J. Luecke, PhD ; Professor Emeritus

 

**Location:  CHRISTOPHER CENTER LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM, 3:30 PM

April 17

 CURRENT EVENTS

**Location:  CHRISTOPHER CENTER LIBRARY COMMUNITY ROOM, 9:00 AM

 April 21

 VOLTS

"HealthLinc: The Story Grows"

Beth Wrobel, CEO ; HealthLinc

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

 May 5

 VOLTS

"Archeaelogy in Southeast Asia"

Dr. Thomas Magnetti

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

 May 8

 CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am