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 Spring 2016  Program Schedule        

January 7

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 9:00 am

January 11

VOLTS

"Career and Technical Education: Staying Relevant in the 21st Century"

Jon Groth; Principal and Director of Porter County Career and Technical Center

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B , 3:30 pm

January 21

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B,  9:00 am

January 25

VOLTS

"Go West 'Young' Man, Go West", with Apache Indians of Arizona

Coach Homer Drew: VU Associate Athletic Director

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B , 3:30 pm

February 4 CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B,  9:00 am

February 8

"Valparaiso University Law Immigration Clinic: A Ten Year Journey to Asylum"

Jordan Chelevish, JD and Mayombo Mbanza, JD

February 18

CURRENT EVENTS

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

February 29

VOLTS

"Climate Change and Business Opportunities"

Elizabeth Gingerich, JD

Editor-in-chief, Journal of Values-Based Leadership; the Louis and Mary Morgal Chair of Christian Business Ethics

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 3:30 pm

March 3

CURRENT EVENTS

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B,  9:00 am

March 7

VOLTS

"The Wolf Mansion (1875), A Historical Perspective"

Restorer & Owner/Occupant - Clement & Lynda Khan

Location:  Harre Union Ballroom B,  3:30 pm

March 17

CURRENT EVENTS

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

March 21

VOLTS

"Valparaiso Parks: Story of Partnership"

John Seibert, Director of Parks

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

 March 24

Play Review: "Eyre Affair" by Jasper Fforde

Written and Directed by Austin Tichenor

Performances: April 1 and 8 at 8:00pm; April 2, 3, 9, and 10 at 2:00pm

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

March 31

CURRENT EVENTS

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

April 4

VOLTS

"Creating Neighbors' Place, For Instance"

Paul Schreiner, Executive Director of Neighbors Corp. (Project Neighbors)

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

April 14

CURRENT EVENTS

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

April 18

VOLTS

"The Mongolian Empire Today"

Dennis Norman, Retired English Teacher and Owner of Global Travel Store

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

April 21

Play Review: "God of Carnage" by Yasmina Reza

Student Directed Production

Performances: April 28 and 29 at 8:00pm; April 30 and May 1 at 2:00pm

**Location: VUCA 4:00 pm

 April 28

CURRENT EVENTS

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 9:00 am

 May 2

VOLTS

"Montenegro- An Introduction to Cultural and Political History Along with the Geology and Geography"

Zaran Kilibrada, Professor of Geology, Indiana University NW

Location: Harre Union Ballroom B, 3:30pm