ETSU’s Alliance for Continued Learning to offer fall classes

East Tennessee State University’s Alliance for Continued Learning (ACL) will offer a wide range of seminars and activities during the spring program beginning Tuesday, Sept. 21, and ending Wednesday, Oct. 27. Sessions begin at 10 a.m. every Tuesday and Wednesday.

To give new members an opportunity to become acquainted with the group, the ACL will welcome all participants on Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 9:30 a.m., in the meeting room provided by the Bank of Tennessee for the fall session at the Med Tech Branch, 100 Med Tech Parkway at North State of Franklin and Knob Creek roads. Dr. Wilsie Bishop, ETSU’s Vice President for Health Affairs and University Chief Operating Officer, and David Atchley, Senior Vice President at the bank, will offer remarks.

The fall lineup will include sessions featuring ETSU mathematics faculty member Dr. Rick Norwood presenting “Let’s Read the Funnies!” while Fred Sauceman, ETSU Executive Assistant to the President for University Relations, offers “The Swine-Centric South with a Soup Bean Prelude.” Bo Wilkes of Mountain States Health Alliance will discuss the new Franklin Woods Community Hospital, Alan Bridwell will explain Johnson’s Depot and the history of Johnson City, and Rob Williams of the 11 Connects Storm Team will offer insight into the history and practice of weather forecasting.

Other topics include Charles Maynard of the Friends of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park displaying the range of life found in that famous park, and Richie Hayward, an amateur photographer, showing a photo essay of the bears of Katmai.

Additional options range from Charlene Ehret of the James H. Quillen Veterans Affairs Medical Center talking about care and careers within her facility and ETSU English instructor Pat Buck leading discussions on the world of literature, to Helen Whitson of Bank of Tennessee giving hints for investing.

Field trips are planned to the International Storytelling Center for a performance by Donald Davis and to WJHL for a tour of the television weather studio.

Sponsored by the ETSU Office of Professional Development, the ACL is “member-empowered, member-driven and member-governed.” Participants decide the study groups, forums, classes, and other activities to be held, find leaders for the sessions, and elect officers. Most courses will be held at the Bank of Tennessee branch.

No educational pre-requisites, no examinations, and no grades are involved in the courses. A $40 fee allows participants to attend any or all sessions.

For more information or a schedule of classes, visit or call the ETSU Office of Professional Development at (423) 439-8084.


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