President Dr. Alison Morrison-Shetlar knows that it’s never too late to learn something new — and that it can be especially fun to learn among peers. This fall, she’s launching LIFE@Lynchburg, a weekly program that brings together people aged 50 and older to learn about a variety of topics.
“I am excited to invite members from the community to our campus and engage them in conversations about topics they care about,” said Morrison-Shetlar, who successfully established similar programs at two previous institutions, Elon and Western Carolina universities.
“It has been my experience that, once here, LIFE@Lynchburg members will meet new friends, make connections with our students, and become involved in the life of the University.”
The program, which takes place from 10 a.m. to noon each Wednesday in Schewel Hall’s Sydnor Performance Hall, begins on Sept. 7. Ten sessions are planned each semester with topics for Fall 2022 covering a wide range of themes, including the cultural and political history of Lynchburg.
The curriculum was developed by community members, and classes will be presented by community members or faculty and staff of the University. Future topics will be determined by LIFE@Lynchburg membership.
There is no academic credit for the sessions, and members enjoy a number of perks, including student pricing at Burton Dining Hall, free access to theater and music performances and talks on campus, and borrowing privileges at Knight-Capron Library.
Annual membership (20 classes) is just $150 per person, a semester pass (10 classes) will cost $85, and individual sessions are $12 each. Members also may purchase a guest pass for $5 per session. Attendees may sign up online or by calling 434.544.8084.