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

  • Diana Austin & Pat Damato (Co-Chairpersons)
  • J. Gregg Joseph
  • John Mutka
  • Lois Reiner
  • Marilyn Owens
  • Michael Strayer
  • Dr. Albert Trost (Coordinator-Current Events)
  • Bette Brown ( Past Chair-Person)

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

Current Events: Thursdays, 9:00 am

VOLTS:  Mondays 3:30 pm

* Denotes two events on same day


VOLTS FALL 2015  Program Schedule        

August 31

VOLTS

"The Four W's of Moraine Ridge Wildlife Rehabilitation Center"

Stephanie Kadletz, Director

Harre Union Ballroom B, 3:30 pm

September 10

CURRENT EVENTS

Harre Union Ballroom B, 9:00 am

September 14

VOLTS
"Understanding the Shfting Sands of Mt. Baldy"

Erin Argyilan, Associate Prof. of Geology, Indiana University NW

**Location: Christopher Center Library, 3:30 pm

September 24

CURRENT EVENTS

**Location: Christopher Center Library, 9:00 am

September 28

VOLTS

"Holy Lands and Journey of St. Paul"

Carolyn Dye, Nancy Becker, Diana Austin

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B , 3:30 pm

October 1

VOLTS

Play Review: "Godspell" by John-Michael Tebelak

Directed by R. Andrew White, Dept of Theatre, Valparaiso University

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

October 8

CURRENT EVENTS

**Location:  Christopher Center Library, 9:00 am

October 12

VOLTS

"When My World Gets Stirred Up - Dealing with Diversity"

Dr. John Nunes, Emil & Elfrieda Jochum

University Chair, Valparaiso University

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 3:30 pm

October 22

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B,  9:00 am

October 26

VOLTS

"An Overview of the Calumet Regional Archives at Indiana University Northwest""

Stephen G. McShane, Archivist/Curator

**Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  3:30 pm

November 5 *

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B, 9:00 am

November 5 *

VOLTS

Play Review "Mosque Alert" by Jamil Khoury

Directed by George Potter, Dept of Theatre, Valparaiso University

**Location:  VUCA, 4:00 pm

 November 9

 VOLTS

"Porter County Community Foundation Mission"

Bill Higbie, Vice President of Development

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B,  3:30 pm

November 19

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B,  9:00 am

November 23

 VOLTS

"Fit City" by Valparaiso Parks Department

Dan McGuire, Director of Special Projects and Event Operations

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B,  3:30 pm

December 3

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 9:00 am

December 7

VOLTS

"Christmas Customs and Music from Around the World"

Joy Dirks, soprano; Brad Dirks, pianist

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B,  3:30 pm

December 10

CURRENT EVENTS

**Location: Christopher Center Library, 9:00 am