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2015 Program

When: Jan. 15-March 26
Thursdays, 9 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Where: Highlands Campus - Avon Park
Building T, Room 20


Lauren Redick 863-784-7388
Community Education Specialist

Lifetime Learners Institute

The Lifetime Learners Institute offers non-credit, short-term educational opportunities for intellectual enrichment and cultural exploration.

Educational sessions and field trips provide a relaxed environment for adults to develop new interests and enjoy opportunities for personal growth and social interaction.

SFSC’s 2015 Lifetime Learners Institute meets Thursdays in Building T, Room 20, at the SFSC Highlands Campus. Session A begins at 9 a.m.; and Session B begins at 11 a.m.

Jan. 15 (CRN 20485)

Session A: Changing Lanes in a Prison Setting
Shirley Johnson, retired colonel, Florida Department of Corrections

Shirley Johnson shares her 30 years of experience from working her way up through the ranks to working at different levels with the Florida Department of Corrections and at different institutions.

Session B: Continued from Session A.

Jan. 22 (CRN 20607)

Session A: Maintaining Effective Rx Safety
Dr. Dennis Mungall, extensive professional and clinical experience

Dr. Mungall will share the key to “Maintaining Effective Drug Safety” (MEDS) and will discuss how to prevent missing your financial and therapeutic targets with your medication.

Session B: Samaritan’s Touch
Priscilla Preece

Samaritan’s Touch is a Christian non-profit medical care center that has provided free health care to low-income, uninsured residents of Highlands County since 2007.

Jan. 29 (CRN 20608)

Session A: Field Trip to Toby the Clown Foundation
Departs at 9 a.m. from the SFSC Learning Resource Center (LRC) in college vans.

Discover the Toby the Clown Foundation’s mission of teaching the art of clowning and spreading smiles, love, and laughter. (A donation of $5 is appreciated.)

Session B: Field Trip to Lake Placid
Lunch at Golden Corral - $11.50, includes drink, tip, and tax.

Field trip continues with a waling tour to nearby murals and the Caladium Arts and Crafts Co-Op. Mary Madison, president of the Bonsai Society, will demonstrate bonsai techniques.

Feb. 5 (CRN 20609)

Session A: Influence of Picasso and Dali on Modern Art
Cathy Futral, SFSC Professor of Art Education

SFSC art professor Cathy Futral will discuss the contributions of Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali to modern art. Futral’s knowledge of art and teaching exceed four decades, and her passion for it simply radiates.

Session B: History of the Holocaust
Rabbi Lorraine Rudenberg, Temple Israel

Rabbi Rudenberg will focus on Germany before the Holocaust, events leading up to the Holocaust, and impact of Adolf Hitler.

Feb. 12 (CRN 20610)

Session A: Field Trip to the Salvador Dali Museum
Departs at 7 a.m. from the SFSC Learning Resource Center (LRC) in college vans.

The Salvador Dali Museum, located in St. Petersburg, houses the largest collection of Dali’s work outside of Europe.

Lunch on your own.

Session B: Field Trip to the Florida Holocaust Museum

One of the largest Holocaust Museums in the country, the Florida Holocaust Museum is the result of businessman and philanthropist Walter P. Loebenberg’s remarkable journey and vision.

Feb. 19 (CRN 20611)

Session A: History of SFSC - 50-Year Anniversary President's Presentation
Donald Appelquist, dean, Resource Development; Dr. Thomas Leitzel; Dr. Catherine Cornelius; Dr. Norman Stephens Jr.

SFSC's current and past presidents will discuss South Florida State College's past, present, and future.

Session B: Continued from Session A.

Feb. 26 (CRN 20616)

Meets at the SFSC Criminal Justice Academy.

Session A: Crime Scene/Tour of Criminal Justice Academy
Richard Morey, Coordinator, Criminal Justice Education

Tour this state-of-the-art facility designed to provide the most current training available in corrections, criminal justice, and law enforcement.

Session B: The Joy of Beekeeping
Anthony Ritenour

Since 2008, circuit court judge Anthony Ritenour has earned various awards for his fascinating hobby of beekeeping, which includes bee removal and crop pollination.

March 5 (CRN 20620)

Session A: Bullock Fish Farm
Rob Bullock, Owner

Learn how Rob Bullock became a fish farmer, where the Bullock Fish Farm started, and where it is today.

Session B: Missionary Presentation
Jean and Earl Conrad

The Conrads were missionaries in India for forty years and have many fascinating stories to tell about life there and the changes they observed.

March 12 (CRN 20621)

Session A: Field Trip to Bok Tower Gardens
Presentation by Becky Rousch

This meandering, historic landscape garden was designed to be a contemplative and informal woodland setting offering a series of romantic recesses and tranquil resting spots, picturesque vistas and breathtaking views of the Singing Tower.

Session B: Continued from Session A

March 19: College Closed for Spring Break

March 26 (CRN 20622)

Meet in the lobby of the Hotel Jacaranda, 19 E. Main St., Avon Park

Session A: The Artist's Group Studio Tour

Tour The Artist’s Group's working studio. Learn about the classes they offer and view beautiful paintings, jewelry and other items. 

Session B: History of the Hotel Jacaranda
Don Appelquist, executive director, SFSC Foundation, Inc.

The Hotel Jacaranda was built in the 1920s and is listed on the National Historic Register.  The Jacaranda played hostess to celebrities like Babe Ruth and Clark Gable.   

Lifetime Learners Closing Luncheon, Hotel Jacaranda, Ward Room

Maximum: 50 attendees

Price is $12.75 per person and includes entrée, drink, desert, and tip.

Community Education
South Florida State College
600 West College Drive
Avon Park, FL 33825

To contact us:
Phone: 863-784-7388
Fax: 863-784-7355