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2013-2014

 

January 15, 2014

 

Cowley’s Golden Tigers turns 40, to hold spring enrollment on Jan. 28

Celebrating 40 years, Cowley College’s Golden Tigers (formerly Institute of Lifetime Learning) is planning a special celebration at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 1 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room inside the Brown Center at Cowley. Prior to the celebration, spring enrollment for classes in the Golden Tigers at Cowley College is scheduled from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 in the Earle N. Wright Community Room.
The Institute of Lifetime Learning was started in 1974 under the leadership of Mary Margaret Williams.

The program has continued to grow over the years and today offers many educational opportunities for older adults in Cowley and surrounding counties. Margaret Neal has been the coordinator of the program since 1997.

The special celebration will feature special guests, music, highlights through the years, and more.
The Golden Tigers is for women and men age 50 and over. There is a $5 registration fee and a fee of $2 per spring class. Fees for classes and trips are due at the time of enrollment. Some classes have additional costs or supplies needed.

Persons planning to attend enrollment from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 28 should bring mailing labels to use on their enrollment forms and sign-up sheets. This saves writing your name repeatedly and speeds up the enrollment process. Enrollment by telephone or mail will be accepted after Jan. 28.

In the event of class cancellations due to weather, Cowley College will post the announcement on its web site and on area radio stations. Information will also be listed on the Golden Tiger voice mail at 620-441-5286.

The Golden Tigers also have three educational trips planned in the spring.



Here is a list of trips offered in the spring:

  • Wednesday, March 26 – Chandler, OK. This  trip will be to Arcadia and Chandler, OK. At Chandler the group will visit the Lincoln County Museum of Pioneer History featuring area history as well as children’s toys and silent movies by Benny Kent, Route 66 exhibits and more. The next stop is the Route 66 Interpretive Center which recreates the sights and sounds of the Route 66 with photos, videos and memorabilia. Lunch will be at POPS in Arcadia. It is a one of a kind convenience store, soda fountain and diner.  The group will also visit the Round Barn in Arcadia. Depart at 7:30 a.m. and return by 6:30 p.m. Cost is $30.
  • Friday, April 4 – Mystery Trip. Travel to an unknown destination and visit a variety of unknown locations. If you would like to take a chance on a fun adventure, then be sure to sign up for the annual Mystery Trip. You will want to wear comfortable clothes and shoes because you never know where the bus might take the group. Cost is $50 and includes lunch.
  • Wednesday, May 7 – Southeast Kansas. The trip to Southeast Kansas will include stops at Little House on the Prairie and Big Brutus. After lunch the group will head to West Mineral and learn about Big Brutus. It is the largest electric shovel in the world. It is 16 stories tall and weighs 11 million pounds. The group will then head to Walnut, KS for a wonderful chicken dinner and music show at Chicken-n-Pickin. Depart at 10 a.m. and return around 9:30 p.m. Cost is $50.00 and includes dinner.

The spring 2014 schedule:

February
Aqua Fun – (Session I) –Monday, Wednesday, Friday, February 3, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19, 21, 24, 26 & 28, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. Family Aquatics Center, ACHS.  Debbi Davidson, Instructor. Participants will be led by trained personnel through a series of specially designed exercises that can help increase joint flexibility and improve mobility. There will be a $3.00 pool fee for this class.
Exercise – (Session I) – Tuesday & Thursday, February 4, 6, 11, 13, 18, 20, 25 & 27, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Ben Cleveland Wellness Center. Gina McKown, Instructor. Class participants will work on the joint area and flexibility. Basic stretching, kickboxing, yoga, and using vita bands will also be explored.
Beginning Genealogy – Monday, February 3, 10, 17 & 24, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 105. Ron Upton, Instructor. Class participants will learn how to get started in researching their family history, set up files and explore different internet sites.
Computer Skills for Today
– Wednesday,
February 5, 12, 19, 26 and March 5 & 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center, Room 105. Larry Schwintz, Instructor. Learn the basic computer skills you need to survive in today’s society. You’ll discover practical applications for creating word documents and how to create and organize files.
Beginning Mah Jongg – Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19, 26 & March 5 & 12, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Webb – Brown Academic Center – Room 207. Margaret Neal, Instructor. This is a popular game played with tiles and a game card. Instructions will be covered in the first few sessions and then participants will continue to meet and play the game.
Mah Jongg Players – Wednesday, February 5, 12, 19 26, March 5, 12, 26 and April 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Webb – Brown Academic Center – Room 203. Margaret Neal – Instructor. This class is for experienced Mah Jongg players to continue playing and improving their game.
This & That – Tuesday, February 4, 11, 18, 25 and March 4, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 204. Margaret Neal, Instructor. Each session will have a guest speaker & cover a variety of topics.
Cards & More – Thursday, February 6, 13, 20 & 27, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center, Room 204. Margaret Neal, Instructor. This class will feature Valentine cards, birthday cards and other special occasion cards that are fun and easy to make. Please bring scissors and your favorite adhesive. There will be a $10 class fee.
Creative Placemats & Table runner – Thursday, February 20 & 27, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ark City Senior Center. Sue Carpenter, Instructor. You will make four placemats and a table runner from scraps or fat quarters. This will be a great way to decorate your home without spending a lot of money. Fabrics, sewing machine and basic sewing tools are needed.

March
Aqua Fun (Session II) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, March 3, 5, 7,10, 12, 14, 24, 26, 28 & 31, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Family Aquatics Center, ACHS. Debbi Davidson, Instructor. There will be a $3.00 pool fee for this class. (See Session I)
Exercise – (Session II) – Tuesday & Thursday, March 4, 6, 11, 13, 25 & 27, 1:30 – 2:30 p.m., Ben Cleveland Wellness Center. Gina McKown, Instructor. (See Session I)
Advanced Genealogy – Monday, March 3, 10, 24 & 31, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 105. Ron Upton, Instructor. The class will help individuals continue to research family history. Participants will use the computer to collect data and learn how to integrate data into family history book.I-Pad Basics – Monday, March 3 & Thursday, March 13, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 207. Becky Reid, Instructor. This will be a basic class to help you learn more about using your I-Pad, finding apps and even completing simple tasks on the I-Pad.
Woodcarving– Tuesday, March, 4, 11, 18, 25 & April 1 & 8, 1:00 – 3:00 p.m., Cherokee Strip Museum. Linda Kenzy, Instructor. This class is open for beginning and advanced carvers.  Different projects will be offered for beginning and advanced carvers. Please indicate skill level on enrollment form. Wood blanks will be available for purchase (approx. $10.00) at the first class. Bring your tools and be ready for a challenging project.
Kindle, Nook & Other Tablets – Thursday, March 6, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 207. Margaret Neal & Bethany Stewart Instructors. This is a basic class to help you learn more about tables. Class members will explore the many options available to use on your table from reading books and magazines to using the internet. 
Scrappy Quilt – Monday, March 24 & 31, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ark City Senor Center. Sue Carpenter – Instructor. This is another great quilt using fabric scraps to create a beautiful quilt. You can use 8”, 10” or 12” blocks. Fabrics, sewing machine and basic sewing tools are needed for this class. Supply list available at enrollment.
Becoming a Better Photographer – Tuesday, March 25, April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 205. Jan Hathaway – Instructor. This class will help participants with lighting and composition to create better pictures. Weekly photo assignments will help students develop and “eye” for photography.
Driver Safety – Wednesday & Thursday, March 17 & 18, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m., Webb – Brown Academic Center – Room 103. Robert Chorn – Instructor. This is an 8 hour classroom refresher course for motorists. Insurance companies in Kansas give a discount on your car insurance upon completion of this class. You must attend both sessions to receive certificate to present to your insurance company. Cost - $12.00.

April
Aqua Fun – (Session III) – Monday, Wednesday, Friday, April 2, 4, 7, 9, 11, 14, 16, 18, 21, 23, 25, 28 & 30, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Family Aquatics Center, ACHS. Debbi Davidson, Instructor. There will be a $3.00 pool fee for this class. (See Session I)
Walking for Fun Monday, April 4, 11, 18 & 25,10:00 – 11:00 a.m., Ireland Hall. Betty Harper – Instructor. Enjoy walking around Arkansas City with friends and learning more about your community. The group will meet and depart from Ireland Hall.
Exercise – (Session III) – Tuesday & Thursday, April 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24 & 29, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m., Ben Cleveland Wellness Center. Gina McKown, Instructor. (See Session I)
Walking – Tuesday, April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & May 6, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., Veterans’ Lake. Clarice Henderson – Instructor. Meet at Veterans’ Lake and enjoy walking with your friends and neighbors.
Sharing Foods & Recipes – Monday, April 7, 14, 21 and 28, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m. Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 205. Margaret Neal & Guests – Instructors. This class will feature Mexican foods, dairy foods and quick meal preparation. Fee - $10.00
Beyond the Basics – Wednesday, April 2, 9 & 16, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center – Room 105. Larry Schwintz, Instructor. In this class you will learn more about using word processing and power point for everyday projects. Labels, greeting cards and certificates are some of the projects you will complete in this class.
Creating a Photo Story –Monday, April 21, 28 & May 5, 1:30 – 3:30 p.m., Webb-Brown Academic Center - Room 105. Larry Schwintz, Instructor. Learn to use this free software program to create a picture story for a special birthday, graduation, wedding or retirement pictures. Some computer experience highly recommended for this class.
TGIF (Thank Goodness It’s Finished) – Tuesday, April 15, 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Ark City Senior Center. Sue Carpenter, Instructor. Do you have some sewing and quilting projects at home that are unfinished because you need a little help? If so, this is your opportunity to bring those projects to class and get them completed.