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Senior citizens extend education

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Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 12:11

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SENIOR CITIZENS MEET WEEKLY in the Taggart Student Center to continue their education and learn from various USU professors. Statesman file photo

Each Wednesday from 2 to 3 p.m., senior citizens from Pioneer Valley Lodge gather in the senate chambers on the third floor of the Taggart Student Center to continue their education.


Senior University is a program offered through the Val R. Christensen Service Center for Logan residents 62 and older. These students come from Pioneer Valley Lodge, Cache Valley Senior Center and the community.


According to Helene Salisbury, those who attend the class don’t consider themselves old at all.


“We’re all more mature people — we’re not old,” she said. “It keeps you alive when you’ve got things going on upstairs.”


Kelsey Kushlan, the director of Senior University, said Senior University started six or seven years ago as a capstone project but has continued on because of the value it offers the community.


“I think it’s important because seniors don’t get active very much and they need ways to socialize and learn,” Kushlan said. “It also provides professors a chance to donate their time and expertise to help out the population and town we live in.”  


Each week of the school semester, a different professor from campus is asked to present an hour-long lecture regarding the area of their expertise. Ruth Holbrook, a student from Pioneer Valley Lodge, said she enjoys the range of topics.


“We learn about such a variety,” she said. “The pollination of plants, hybrid plants. Once there was a deaf man and it was terribly interesting, he had great tone and inflection and I was just amazed.”


Frank Salisbury, Helene’s husband who is also from Pioneer Valley Lodge, said one of his favorite lessons was on climate change.


“It was very well done,” he said. “The guy really knew his stuff.”

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