Bethel University Library
Fri, May. 24, 2013
7:30am - 6:00pm
Homecoming 2006 “Sailing Into the Sea of Knowledge”
A celebration of lifelong learning!
In keeping with the Homecoming theme of “Set Sail to Bethel”, the Friends chose to celebrate lifelong learning by “Sailing Into the Sea Knowledge”. During the annual Open House, guests heard about the post-college adventures of five lifelong learners:
Dr. John Lawyer (Professor of Political Science Emeritus) spoke about The Great Courses collection that he recently donated to the Bethel University Library. The Great Courses website describes this series as follows: “…brings engaging professors into your home or car through courses on DVD, audio CD, and other formats. Since 1990, great teachers from the Ivy League, Stanford, Georgetown, and other leading colleges and universities have crafted over 200 courses for lifelong learners like you. It’s the adventure of learning without the homework or exams”.
Lorraine Eitel (Associate Professor of English Emerita) described her many Elderhostel trips that were full of learning and adventure.
http://www.roadscholar.org/ (formerly Elderhostel)
Beth Peterson (Associate Professor of Nursing.) talked about the wonderful experience of growing up in a home where her mother was the epitome of a lifelong learner.
Donna Barnett (retired Bethel University Librarian) spoke about her enjoyment of courses taken through OLLI (Osher Lifelong Learning Institute), an affiliated, noncredit program of the University of Minnesota College of Continuing Education. OLLI is a membership-based community of older adults in the Twin Cities metropolitan area who love learning and enjoy spending time with like-minded individuals.
Jocelyn Jensen (Bethel University alumna) described in voice and slides her adventure of learning to scuba dive.
Posters invited guests to “Share the lessons you have learned as you have sailed the Seas of Life. Live, learn, and pass it on…” by writing answers to the following questions:
1. Who has been your most influential teacher? Parent? Spouse? Neighbor? Co-worker? Car mechanic?
What did you learn from this person?
2. What is the most useful thing that you have learned outside a formal educational setting?
3. What is one thing that you would still like to learn how to do?
4. What is the name of a good book that you read recently? Was it fiction? A “how to” book?
Travel book? Biography? Children’s literature?