ETSU's main campus learning in retirement organization

is starting classes this month.  ACL is an activity of the School of Continuing Studies and Academic Outreach.  So is the group located in Kingsport.

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, March 22, and ending Wednesday, April 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 at a continental breakfast on Tuesday, March 22, at 9:30 a.m., at Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church, 610 E. Watauga Ave., in Johnson City. ETSU President Dr. Paul E. Stanton Jr. will offer welcoming remarks.

The spring lineup will include a Centennial-themed session, “A University in Profile: Fascinating Folks from the 100-Year History of ETSU,” by Fred Sauceman, the university’s executive assistant to the president for University Relations; the story of the Korean people told by the ETSU College of Business and Technology’s Dr. Don Shemwell, who recently taught in Korea; and a program of St. Patrick’s Day stories presented by the Homespun Storytelling Guild.  

Among other sessions are environmentalist Anne League speaking about mountaintop removal; nano technology explained by Dr. Ray Mohseni of the ETSU Department of Chemistry; disaster preparedness outlined by Angie Minor of the Tennessee Department of Health; and Marcia Songer, until recently the director of the ETSU Honors-in-Discipline Program, sharing her experiences from her visit to Tibet and Nepal.

Additional options range from retired minister John Martin talking about Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung and the dynamics of symbols; ETSU Literature and Language professor Dr. Tess Lloyd and the difficulties of compiling an anthology of Appalachian literature for the 21st century; and local educator Bill Campbell showing the great male singers in cinema.

Field trips are planned to the Nathanael Greene Museum and the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville, as well as to Sycamore Shoals State Historic Park.

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 Watauga Avenue Presbyterian Church.

No educational pre-requisites, examinations, or 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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