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June Member of the Month

It is an honor for us to introduce Corrine Joyner. Corrine states that learning is a continuum from birth until death. When young, we learn through activities and experiences and as we age, we learn by reflecting and reviewing those experiences. She believes that lifelong learning helps to connect and enrich one’s lifetime achievements and that’s what she likes about this program; it helps in recalling and enjoying the memories.

Her hobbies include reading books, quilting and volunteering. She volunteers for Senior Health Insurance Program (SHIP). Corrine displays unique social skills. “When I meet people, I don’t think they are strangers, they seem familiar to me”. This statement reveals much about her lovely nature, which is evident when you first meet Corinne. Since joining the Academy in 2008, she has many significant memories. The most impactful course she has taken was Meditation with teacher Jay Shinde. Corrine suggests that people take advantage of the courses which the Academy provides to give continuity to their learning experiences: “If you don’t use your knowledge and experiences, they become frozen”. Thank you, Corrine, for these insightful views.

First Time! Summer Audit Courses

The Academy of Lifelong Learning will offer two audit courses this summer that run June 16 through July 26.  This unique opportunity permits members to take selected traditional college courses without paying tuition, taking tests or getting grades.  Members of the Academy may take one course per semester.  Any required textbooks are issued through Textbook Rental and are subject to all rules applicable to credit courses. The following selections were based on member request.  Registration is required.

History of Cinema  3759 - This course offers a comprehensive overview of the history of cinema, integrating the basic tools for analyzing film as art. It will examine how the uses of camera, editing, lighting, sound, and acting contribute to the construction of meaning, and will consider various cultural contexts.

Tuesdays & Thursdays - 1:00 p.m. to 3:55 p.m. - Coleman Hall 1255 - June 16 through July 26

Painting I  2050 - This course is an introduction to oil painting as a medium of expression, investigation of media usage, color development, variety of picture-making ideas and instruction in basic painting craftsmanship.

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 11:20 a.m. - Doudna 2950 - June 16 through July 26

Captivating Calligraphy

Tuesday, June 24
5-6:30 p.m.
EIU Blair Hall - Room 2103

Calligraphy is the ancient visual art of fine writing or script used to enhance printed materials. Some current uses are wedding invitations, greeting cards and scrapbook entries. Learn to beautifully script your name or monogram in this session! All required tools will be supplied by the instructor for this free introductory session.

This event is free and open to the public!

Lincoln, Coles County Courthouse, and the Tunnel

Tuesday, July 15
1 - 2:30 p.m.
Coles County Courthouse

Did you know  Abraham Lincoln used the Coles County Courthouse and businesses around the square to develop relationships in politics that led to his great success? Join Judge Schick for a historical tour of the Coles County Courthouse and tunnel connecting the Courthouse with the Coles County Jail. Once we emerge from the tunnel, we will tour the Jail.

This event is free and open to the public!

Diamonds and Gemstones

Wednesday, July 16
Noon - 1:30 p.m.
Charleston Carnegie Public Library - Rotary Room B

Learn from an expert about various topics in the field, such as the mining and cutting of various gemstones, aspects of the diamond trade, appraisals, and custom design. IJO Master Jeweler, Terry Davis, owner of Towne Square Jewelers, will be sharing his expertise with us.

This event is free and open to the public!

EIU Garden Tour

Thursday, July 17
1 - 2 p.m.
Meet at EIU Blair Hall, north side

This walking tour of the beautiful EIU campus will introduce you to a variety of plants and flowers and provide inspiration for your own garden. Learn some secrets to creating a beautiful garden in central Illinois. It's not just about growing plants, it's about the gardeners' labor of love. We will meet outside Blair Hall on the north side at the paved brickyard.

This event is free and open to the public!

Fall Travel - Exploring Lincoln's Roots: An Educational Adventure

Join us for a special three-day, two-night journey through Indiana’s Lincoln sites to explore the Kentucky roots of our 16th president October 10-12. Visit the plantation of Abraham Lincoln’s lifelong friend Joshua Speed. Explore Kentucky’s Bourbon Trail with a tour of Maker’s Mark Distillery.

Accommodations for both nights will be at the Inn at the Historic Pleasant Hill Shaker Village, outside Herrodsburg, Kentucky, which is also featured on our tour itinerary.

Seats are filling up fast, so register today by calling (217) 581-5114!

For the itinerary and pricing information, visit http://file:///C:/Users/160228/Downloads/Lincoln8x11Flier.pdf.

Volunteer Opportunities!

We will be offering three different opportunities to volunteer this fall, however one needs your help immediately! 

The Habitat for Humanity ReStore at 520 W. Lincoln in Charleston is run with just two paid employees.  We toured the store and were impressed with how clean and organized it is.  If you are able to donate a bit of your time, they will be very appreciative as they have lots of items to price and place on the shelves!  (No clothing) 

Please contact Marita Metzke at 581-5114 or Angela Reed, Store Manager, 348-7066 for additional information.

Academy Chess Club

The Academy would like to develop a chess club, where members can play and improve their skills. If you are interested in joining an Academy Chess Club later in the year or after the holidays, please contact Mark Hillard at haze0008@gmail.com

Book Club News

After concluding great discussions on Watership Down we will proceed as follows:

  • Next book we selected to read and discuss is Outlander by Diana Gabaldon - to be finished over the summer.
  • We will reconvene August 12th - 5-6:30 p.m. - on alternating Tuesdays.  We have secured the Charleston County Market's Study Room upstairs.  It's well-lit and quiet!  No outside food or drinks permitted.  Seating is limited to 15.

Academy Member Advantages

Academy membership means savings at area businesses!  Always present your membership card to the businesses that have provided these valuable discounts:

• Bike & Hike of Charleston offers a 10% discount to Academy members. http://www.bikeandhikeweb.com/
• Pensee's Bookshop on the square also offers 10% off. http://penseesbookshop.blogspot.com/
• EIU Bookstore offers a 20% discount (on non-technology purchases). http://www.eiubookstore.com/
• Curves - Charleston & Mattoon locations - $59 registration fee is waived! http://www.curves.com/