VOLTS (Valparaiso Organization for Learning & Teachings 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 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

  • Richard Brauer
  • Bette Brown (Chair)
  • Lois Reiner
  • Wes Maiers (Coordinator-Current Events)
  • Johanna McGill
  • Marvin Mundt
  • Marilyn Owens
  • Dr. Albert Trost (Coordinator-Current Events)

VOLTS Fall 2011 Program Schedule
August 29

"How Western Art Has Changed Our Perception of the West"

Speaker: Dr. Jon Kilpinen

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

September 8

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union, Ballroom A,  9:00 am

September 12

"Urschel Laboratories...10 years"

Speaker: Rick Urschel

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

September 22

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

September 26

"Glacier National Park - Crown of the Continent"

Speaker:  Dave Kenning, Electronics Instructor

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

September 29

Play Preview: The Arabian Nights (by Mary Zimmerman)

Speaker: Dr. Lee Orchard, VU Dept of Theatre

Location: **VUCA (at the University Theatre) - 4:00pm**

October 6

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  **Harre Union Brown & Gold Room, 9:00am**

October 10

"The Harmonica: History, Harmonies, Health"

Speaker:  Jim Cullen, Retired Locomotive Engineer

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm
October 20

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

October 24

"Plaque of a Green Man"

Speaker: Ruth & Louise Foster

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

November 3

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  **Harre Union, Brown & Gold Room; 9:00 am**

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Play Preview: Hansel & Gretel (the opera, by Engelbert Humperdink)

Speaker: Dr. Lee Orchard, VU Dept of Theatre

Location:  **VUCA (at the University Theatre) - 4:00 pm**
November 7

"How to Write Traditional Boradway Musicals - part two"

SpeakerDr. Lee Orchard, VU Dept of Theatre

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

November 17

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

November 21

"The State of World Christianity"

Speaker:  Dr. Fred Neidner, VU Dept of Theology

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A; 3:30 pm

December 1

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

December 5

"Fighting Crime"

Speaker:  Porter County Sheriff, David Lain

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A; 3:30 pm

December 15

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am