Elder Collegium Courses in Faribault!
Beginning in the Fall 2015 term, the Cannon Valley Elder Collegium will be offering one “Faribault course” each term during a three-year trial period. These courses will be held in Faribault and will normally be taught by instructors from or connected with Faribault. Initially, they will last four weeks; they will be similar in format and style to other Elder Collegium courses. They will be open on an equal basis to all applicants, whatever their city.
The program, originally suggested by Board Chair Jerry Mohrig, was set up by a committee of two CVEC Board and staff members (Jerry and Rich Noer), two Faribault Senior Center staff members (Mona Kaiser and Brenda Johnson), and two Faribault residents with CVEC experience (Diane Hagen and Bob Speckhals). Their proposal (essentially, the first paragraph of this article) was accepted by the Elder Collegium Board in April. The Faribault members of the committee also agreed to seek out possible instructors for the Faribault courses, organize class meeting rooms and times, and manage Faribault publicity.
The Fall course, “Historic Mills of the Cannon Valley” (instructor Jeff Jarvis) has ended. It attracted 29 applications for 20 openings. For the 2016 Winter and Spring terms the courses will be “C.S. Lewis, J.R.R Tolkien, and The Inklings” (instructor Richard Jorgenson) and “Islam and Muslims” (instructor Esam Aal). We have high hopes that these courses will continue to attract applicants from Faribault and other nearby towns, as well as others from Northfield and farther afield.
Rich Noer, CVEC Executive Director