I enjoyed a delightful lunch Thursday with 111 of my newest friends — members of UT Professional & Personal Development’s Seniors for Creative Learning (SCL).

These senior adults got together for their semi-annual “members only” lunch at the O’Connor Senior Center

They’re certainly  a fun and energetic group!

After feasting on barbecue sandwiches and trimmings, they were entertained by jazz pianist Wendell Werner, who also is a popular lecturer in UT’s School of Music.

I specifically met several SCL leaders, including current president Doug Hubbard and curriculum committee members Geo Hall and Carl Faught. They’ve worked hard with Jennifer Bennett in UT Professional & Personal Development to develop a quality series of programs for spring 2009.

SCL is open to senior adults age 55 and up, and the cost of membership is only $35 per person and $50 per couple.

Membership is quite a bargain because you can participate in some 30 programs in March and April for the one-time registration fee.

Interesting spring topics include David Crockett’s rifle, the importance of Mars Exploration, and the changing atmosphere of Earth. View the full lineup of spring courses (pdf). 

Spring programs begin on Tuesday, March 3, but it’s not too late to register

E-mail professionalpgms@utk.edu or call 865-974-0150 for more information.

Darrin Devault, UT Professional & Personal Development

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