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-chairmen
  • Greg Joseph
  • Marilyn Owens
  • Lois Reiner
  • Michael Strayer
  • Budd Ballou
  • Bette Brown (past chairman)
  • Dr. Al Trost (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 2016  Program Schedule        

August 29 

VOLTS

Innovations in Medical Education at Indiana University School of Medicine NW, Gary Gary Patrick Bankston, Ph.D., Assist. Dean and Director of the School of Medicine IUN, Gary

September 8

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

September 12

VOLTS

“Connections: Everyone Happens for a Reason,” Jerry Davich:  author, award-winning journalist, columnist for Post-Tribune/Chicago Tribune and host for Lake Public Radio 89.1 FM

September 26

VOLTS

“Baghdad Then and Now”
 George Nissan: Born in Iraq. Retired businessman and restaurateur 

September 29

Play review**VUCA – 4:00 PM

“Mr. Burns” Directed by George Potter
Performances:  Oct 7 and 14 at 8:00 PM, and
Oct. 8, 9, 15, and 16 at 2:00 PM

October 6

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

October 10

VOLTS

“The Blues Project at BF Middle School"

Students study of African American history through Blues music 
Scott Cvelbar, Social Studies Teacher

October 20

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

October 24

VOLTS

“State of Drugs in Porter County…Prescription Medications”:
Tracy Traut, Counselor:  Porter County Substance  Abuse Council

October 27

Play review**VUCA – 4:00 PM

 “The Musical of Musicals (The Musical)” Directed by R. Andrew White
 Performances:  Nov. 4 and 11 at 8:00 PM and Nov. 5, 6, 12, and 13 at 2:00 PM

November 3

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

November 7

VOLTS

“Vivian Carter, Vee-Jay Records and the Emergence of Rock n Roll in the Post-War Era” 
Dr. James Lane:  Professor Emeritus of History at IUN, Gary, and co-director of Calumet Regional Archives

November 17

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

November 21

VOLTS

“Urschel Laboratories-Moving Toward the Future” 
Rick Urschel, President/CEO

December 1

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am

December 5

VOLTS

“Bicentennial Finale:  A Tribute to Cole Porter” Ann Carlson, Pianist

December 15

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom A,  9:00 am