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Come spring, West Liberty University will continue to offer Community University programs, supporting a learning environment for people ages 50 and older.

"Community University programs include topics from the arts and literature, sciences and technology, history, religion, business and commerce, current events and other suggested topics," said Jeff Knierim, WLU's vice president of community engagement and coordinator of the program.

The Community University relies on volunteer presenters that engage older adults as learners.

Spring 2014 courses include:

Movies with Art: Presenter is Art Barbeau. The course will be taught in a series of eight classes, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, March 19 – May 7. Children's movies are the topic of this class.

Military Aircraft: Presenter is Jon Letzkus. The course will be taught in a series of two classes, 10-11:30 a.m., Monday, March 24, 1:30 – 3 p.m., Wednesday, March 26. View the world's largest aircraft collection, located at the National Museum of the Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB. All photos in the course were taken by Letzkus.

Wow! Who Lived There: Virtual Tour of Some of Wheeling's Most Notable Homes: Presenters are Jeanne Finstein and Judi Hendrickson, 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, March 27. The course will look at the many homes located in Wheeling, from old style Victorians to more "modern" houses.

Baseball Perspective: Presenter is Bo McConnaughy. This course will be taught in a series of four classes, 10-11:30 a.m., Tuesdays, April 1-22. Veteran baseball coach and former professional baseball player Bo McConnaughy will share his experiences and the tradition of West Liberty University's baseball team, where he played during his college years and coached for 30 years.

World of Wine: Presenter is Aron Massey. This course will be taught in a series of four classes, 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesdays, April 2-23. This course will introduce the topic of wine through a geographic perspective, examining what wine is, how grapes are grown, wine making techniques and grape growing regions across the world. This class includes an optional wine tasting during each presentation. Participants are asked to bring a glass and pay a fee of $5 per week, if they wish to participate.

PowerPoint for Dummies: Presenter is Earl Nicodemus. The course will take place from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 3. This course will explain how to properly use PowerPoint for face-to-face projects, or community based activities that require visual aides.

Adventures in Transportation Part 2: Presenter is Dale Rothert. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, April 3. Rothert will show a variety of unusual transportation happenings, including how transportation evolved, where a U.S. president stopped in the area for breakfast, a rare look at a top-secret plane and much more.

Addiction Basics, Current Issues, Treatment: Presenter is addiction counselor Patrick Condron. This course will be taught in a series of four classes, 1:30-3 p.m., Mondays, April 7-28. The course will cover topics from how drugs work to current issues such as legalization, decriminalization, harm reduction and treatment issues.

Building the Oglebay Foundation: Journey from Experimental Farm to Model Municipal Park: Presenter is Eriks Janelsins. The course will take place from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 10 and will explore the circumstances that lead to the creation of the Wheeling Park Commission. Those taking the course will also learn about the legacy and vision of Col. Earl W. Oglebay.

9-11 Contextualized: Presenter is Michael Strada. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, April 10. In this course, George W. Bush's official 9-11 interview will be played uninterrupted, followed by questions and the presenter's opinions on 9-11.

Securing Your Key Information in Cybersecurity: Presenter is Jim Clark. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Those taking the course will learn how to keep online information out of the hands of Internet hackers.

Tour of Washington DC Monuments, Museums and the City: Presenter is Jerry Vinci. The course will take place from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, April 24. Those involved in the course will explore the growth of the nation's capital, from swampland to bustling city and learn about the history surrounding some of the greatest monuments, including the controversies and myths that come with them.

How Can I Run for Local Political Office: Presenter is John Bonassi. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, April 24. In this course, Bonassi will discuss how to gather a campaign team, how to register to run for office, how to fundraise and how to deal with the media.

Bones of a Story: Finding and Telling Your Family Story: Presenter is storyteller Judy Tarowsky. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, April 30. Tarowsky will discuss and demonstrate the tools available to anyone who wants to research family histories, as well as what this information can mean to future generations.

Investing 101: Presenter is certified financial planner Russell Dunkin. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Wednesday, May 7. This course will explore the fundamental basis for making investments, what's important and what to ignore, and whether or not someone should invest alone or with an advisor.

Preparing for Retirement: Presenter is financial advisor Daniel Young. The course will take place from 10-11:30 a.m., Thursday, May 8. This course will address two important issues when considering retirement: social security and health care. This class will discuss how social security fits into retirement plans, when a person should start taking benefits and tax considerations.

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly – Aging: Presenter is licensed social worker Ann Koegler. The course will take place from 1:30-3 p.m., Thursday, May 8. This course will discuss the ‘goods, the bads, and the uglies' of aging, such as what to expect when aging and the possible fears of aging.

Classes are scheduled during the day at the Highlands Center, in most cases. Students are asked to pay $25 per term and can attend as many of the Community University classes as they wish.

For information about Community University, contact 304.336.8301 or jknierim@westliberty.edu.

To reach the WLU Highlands Center, located just across the street from Marquee Cinema, call 304.217.2800.