Celebrating Seniors Through Education

Globe University – Madison East opened campus doors last Friday to area seniors to host workshops geared toward adults 55 and older. The hope was to celebrate the seniors by offering a variety of free workshops and a free appreciation luncheon.

Staff, faculty, and students volunteered as greeters, guides, and presenters throughout the day.  25 area seniors attended the sessions which focused on technology, health and hobbies.  The technology workshops included Email for Beginners, How to Use Facebook, and Skyping for Seniors. Hobby workshops offered were Arts for the Aging, Gardening, and Cheese and Wine Pairing.  The health focused workshops included Silver Sneakers, which focused on chair exercises and Hydration, Relaxation and Circulation, which included relaxation techniques and complimentary water bottles.

There were three breakout sessions allowing participants to attend up to three different classes they were interested in. All three of the technology sessions were most popular among participants.

Vet Tech Program Chair Heather Wipijewski assists a participant during the Facebook workshop.

“We had a great class of 15 seniors creating Gmail accounts,” said Dean of Students Heather Wilde who taught the Email for Beginners workshop. “By the end of the class, they had created their own account and were sending emails to one another.”

Two of the participants, Rose and Marie, met for the first time at the welcome table and became instant friends.  They sat next to one another during their sessions, connecting through Facebook and sending each other private messages during the training.  On Monday, Rose sent a Facebook message to Paralegal Program Chair Erin Everett who taught the Facebook training.  Rose said “Thanks again for a great presentation last Friday.  I have been kept busy accepting new friends, sending messages, and posting on people’s walls.”

Not only was this a great event for the community members who attended, but it was a fun event for Globe University staff and faculty.  ” There are a lot of staff who made new friends,” said Student Services Coordinator Cassie Chulick.  “We look forward to doing this again.”

Workshop attendees gathered in the student commons for lunch with the staff and student volunteers.

Visit Globe University – Madison East’s Facebook page to view more photos from the event.