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Explore the Benefits of Lifelong Learning at SU

September 21, 2007

SELINSGROVE, (Pa.) – The Institute for Lifelong Learning at Susquehanna University will mark its 18th year with a series of lectures featuring local business leaders and television personalities, as well as music performances and a Veterans' Day tribute. Institute programs are held Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in Degenstein Center Theater with lunch served at noon. For reservations, call the Office of Continuing Education at 570-372-4354.

The fall series kicks off on October 3 with a lecture by Dick Knoebel of Knoebels Amusement Resort in Elysburg, Pa. Knoebel will discuss the history and development of this successful, family-oriented amusement park – how it has survived the competition from mass market theme parks and its plans for the future.

On October 17, the institute will host a lecture by Gary Bloss, executive director of the Susquehanna Greenway Partnership. Bloss will discuss a new effort to support the convergence of agricultural, recreational, historical and economic interests along the 500-mile corridor of the Susquehanna River.

Mike Stevens, host of the television program “On the Pennsylvania Road with Mike Stevens,” will be the keynote speaker at the October 31 gathering. “On the Pennsylvania Road,” which airs on local ABC affiliate WNEP-TV, is similar in substance and style to an earlier CBS program hosted by Charles Kuralt.

On November 14, the institute will present a Veterans' Day program featuring Mary Beth Voda. She will share family letters written by her father from Iwo Jima during World War II. These documents will be accompanied by stories from letters written by the Japanese Commandant of Iwo Jima during the same battle.

The Institute for Lifelong Learning will celebrate the coming holiday season with a piano recital and choral performance December 5. The program will feature a piano recital by Galen Deibler followed by a selection of choral music presented by the SU Chamber Singers under the direction of Cyril Stretansky, the Stretansky distinguished professor of music and director of choral activities at Susquehanna University.

Contact: Victoria Kidd


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