For many people—especially those who graduated from Centre College—the four years spent as an undergraduate are considered to be some of the best times in their lives. Few institutions of higher learning offer those graduates a chance to go back. At Centre, however, graduates have can relive those years at its annual Alumni College, taking place July 21-24 in 2016.
Those attending the upcoming Alumni College will get to take classes in an array of subjects from notable Centre faculty. The alumni select four 90-minute classes from the schedule and attend them throughout the weekend.
The ten course offerings for this year’s Alumni College include a lecture by Professor of Chemistry Joe Workman on volcanoes, a discussion on Ethiopia by Frank B. and Virginia B. Hower Associate Professor of International Studies Lori Hartmann-Mahmud, a presentation by Assistant Professor of Religion Matthew Pierce and Assistant Professor of International Studies Robert Bosco titled “Is ISIS Islamic?” and a viewing and examination of the contemporary political relevance of the 1949 film adaptation of Robert Penn Warren’s “All the King’s Men” by Professor Emeritus of French Charles Vahlkamp and Assistant Professor of English Stacey Peebles.
Alumni College at Centre also offers those attending—who have been called the happiest alumni in the nation—enrichment opportunities and excursions throughout the community, giving them the chance to get to know their fellow Colonels while doing sunrise yoga or eating at a local eatery. While on campus, they will stay in the Brockman Commons student residential facilities, giving them a full-immersion college experience.
Each year that Alumni College has been offered at Centre, the number of participating alumni has grown, with many Centre graduates enjoying learning throughout their lives, not just while enrolled in school.
by Elizabeth Trollinger
July 20, 2016