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 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)
  • 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 FALL 2014  Program Schedule        

September 4 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

September 8

VOLTS

"The Tech Project: New Life for a Valpo Landmark"

Elias Crim - Executive Director of Hubworks &

Rebecca Reiner - Director of NEO

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

September 15 

VOLTS

"Status of Public Education in Indiana"

Tony Lux - Retired Superintendent of Merrillville Community School Corporation

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm

September 18 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

September 29

VOLTS

"Healing After Loss for Children, Teens, and Their Families"

Michelle Murphy Wise- Director, VNA Phoenix Center

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 3:30 pm

October 2 *

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A 9:00 am

October 2 *

PLAY REVIEW: "Euryaile"

Dr. Lee Orchard - Professor of Theatre, Valparaiso University

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

October 13

VOLTS

"60 Years for Chicago Street Theatre"

Eric Brandt- Director of Marketing

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

October 16

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

October  27

VOLTS

"What is Hilltop? More than Childcare...Much More"

Jennifer Wright - CEO Hilltop Neighbor House

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

October 30 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

November 3

VOLTS

"Architecture in Porter County"

Richard Brauer - Associate Professor Emeritus of Art, (Valparaiso U)

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

November 6

PLAY REVIEW:  "Dido & Aeneas"

Dr. R. Andrew White , Associate Professor of Theatre

**Location:  VUCA 4:00 pm

November 13

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

November 17 

 VOLTS

"The Y Commitment to Wellness Initiatives"

Pat Wanek - CEO Valparaiso YMCA

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

November 20 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

December 4 

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 9:00 am

 December 8

 VOLTS

"Business of Manufacturing Steel"

Jim Hrusovsky - CEO Alton Steel Co. 

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A, 3:30 pm