Newman University School of Social Work, Aging & Wellness Coalition partner to host Senior University June 11-13

May 20, 2013

The Newman University School of Social Work has partnered with The Aging & Wellness Coalition of Sedgwick County to host the second summer session of “Senior University.” The event, scheduled for June 11-13, was created for adults 55 and older who are active, engaged and interested in expanding their knowledge on a variety of subjects.

The registration cost is $65 for participants. Group discounts are available on a limited basis for the three days of classes, which includes lunch each day and a closing reception the afternoon of June 13.

The event follows the successful implementation of the first Senior University in June 2012. That event drew 45 participants, many of which are already looking to return this year.

“This program offered some wonderful classes last year and we were able to get some great speakers,” said Newman Associate Professor of Social Work and co-chair of the event Sue Gardner, Ph.D. “This year we have another exciting schedule and we expect to receive up to 100 students, which is where we must cap the registration numbers.”

Senior University follows nationwide models such as the events offered at the University of Kansas and the University of San Diego. The three-day workshop is the only one of its kind in the Wichita area, and will offer class options that are a mix of social, educational and cultural learning. This year’s classes will include topics such as Oil Fracking, Origami, Egyptology and Zumba. Senior University will also offer animal programs from the Great Plains Nature Center, Tanganyika Wildlife Park, and the Sedgwick County Zoo, as well as wine tasting and book presentations.

Classes will be taught by doctoral and master level presenters from the area’s local universities, and local experts in their fields. These instructors include Newman University Provost, Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor of English Michael Austin, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of Social Work Gloria Hegge, Ph.D.; Assistant Professor of English Susan Crane-Laracuente, Ph.D., and Associate Professor of Nursing Amy Siple, M.N. For complete information on classes and instructors, visit

For more information and to obtain registration forms call Sue at 316-942-4291, ext. 2183, or visit Registration is open now through June 5.

Senior University is sponsored by Presbyterian Manors, The Regent, Right at Home, Active Aging, Newman University, CPAAA, Sedgwick County Aging & Wellness Coalition, Home Instead, and Health and Wellness Coalition of Wichita.