Happy New Year, happy belated birthday to Betty White (hope you all contributed to a local animal shelter), and greetings from SALT!
We appreciate all of you signing up for the SALT newsletter and we hope to see you soon either on our trips or in our classes. We created Senior Adventures in Learning and Travel for you, and we have been thrilled with your support, participation, and encouragement. As we venture into our second year of business, we remain grateful for the opportunity to give back to the community in our “retirement” years.
Changes to the schedule:
Many of our most popular classes begin the first two weeks of the semester, so don’t procrastinate and miss out on the following!
- Our discussion and dining clubs are very popular since they allow our members to meet new people and enjoy socializing either online (with Chew the Fat, Fun and Games, and Dining Club, Home Edition) or in-person with the new Breakfast Club, Lunch Bunch, Diners and Dives, and Global Cuisines.
- MaryClair is taking a break from the Wine Club, so we have recruited Lisa Lee to offer Wine 101. A special thank you to MaryClair for all she’s done for SALT(donations, donating her time, etc.).
- In addition to Cathy Hatch’s very popular online Jewelry class on Wednesdays, Patty Novak is offering a F2F jewelry class on Mondays at Market Common. Either class will give you not only the skills to make your own jewelry, but lots of pieces to wear or to gift to others.
- For those wishing to tone up or lose some of the holiday pounds, we have three seasoned instructors offering the following classes: Seated Senior Fitness, Tai Chi, Chair Yoga, and Mindful Movement.
- For those of you wanting to improve your health in general, don’t miss Barbara Chesler’s class on living gluten free, or Jessica Lowery’s Power of Using Elderberries, two new classes we are offering this semester.
- For those interested in history and geography, courses on Nathaniel Greene, the Amalfi Coast, and the impact of flue-cured tobacco on Horry County begin soon.
- Each semester, we try to offer classes in a wide variety of subjects, and Paul Moyer, bless his heart, has been so good to us in agreeing to teach so many interesting courses in mathematics, but our members have shied away from what we think are fantastic opportunities for learning. Please consider taking either Classical Plane Geometry (which begins soon) or Probability so that we don’t lose this marvelous teacher!
- New opportunities for personal growth start in the first two weeks: Sign Language, Consumer Laws, and Floral Design.
- Ellen has recruited her Aunt Sassie to help us with some courses in religion; Women of the Bible and Bible Art Journaling start our first week of classes.
- And finally, yours truly is teaching two literature courses, Short Stories and Revisions, and a one-hour Photographic Composition course that begin soon. I was also able to talk a former colleague, a professor with more chops than I have, to offer Wicked Women in Fiction. Please consider taking this class so that all my begging and cajoling is not in vain!
- Oh, and don’t miss Kelli’s earring class (you will be amazed!); our free class, Planning Your Vacation; and our series, Legal Eagles.
- And all these classes start between January 24 and February 4, so don’t miss out!
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce our new instructors for this semester. We’re always looking for new talent, so if you have friends with special interests, talents, or knowledge, please send them our way!
This semester we recruited my colleague from Murray State University, Dr. Sarah Appleton, who now teaches part time at Indiana State SE. The author of The Bitch is Back: Wicked Women in Literature, Sarah is a fantastic teacher. We are so lucky to have her. And we also recruited Dr. Barbara Chesler who used to teach with us at CCU. She has retired from academia, but has much to share about living a gluten-free life based on her lived experience since 2015, when she was diagnosed with gluten sensitivity.
Family members are not safe when Kelli and I are on the prowl for talent, so we are welcoming Kelli’s cousin, Kevin Cornett, and my second cousin once-removed (or something like that), Dan Faulk. Kevin will share his knowledge of Kauai, where he has lived since 2013. And Dan will share his passion for local history by telling us about Major General Nathaniel Greene. And as I mentioned earlier, Ellen recruited her aunt, Sallie Metzger, to teach Bible Art Journaling and Women in the Bible.
Sometimes, SALT students step up and offer courses for us. After appearing as guests on Ellen Jampole’s “Chew the Fat,” Andra Barnette and Debbie Bodell have agreed to share their experience with heart health with everyone this semester.
Sometimes, we walk up to total strangers and ask them to teach for us! Yes, we are crazy like that. We hit the jackpot this time with Lisa Lee, who works at Total Wine and Coastal Vino Wine Bar. She completed her training through Wine and Spirits Education Trust (WSET) and will be a wonderful addition to our faculty.
And then there are all the folks Kelli knows from her 25+ years in lifelong learning. Thanks to her efforts, we have added Annie Gladis, Patty Novak, Theresa Dean, and Jessica Lowery to our lineup. Finally, Hillary Winburn is joining her colleagues from the Horry County History Museum, Abigail and Marian, in offering local history courses.
Thanks to all the new instructors. Please make them feel appreciated and sign up for their classes!
Also, if you get a chance, thank Kay Matthews, of Peace, Love, and Little Donuts at Market Common for continuing to offer SALT a space for in-person classes.
Our first two trips are filling up. There are 5 spaces left for Painting Pottery and 8 left for the trip to the Francis Marion Performing Arts Center (and a craft). On the latter, we may not be able to make bath bombs, but we are working on an equally fun and interesting crafting opportunity.
We have already sold out of spaces for the Charleston Tea Plantation and only have one more spot in the Magnolia Plantation tour. We hope to add a second Charleston Tea Plantation tour since that has proven so popular.
Stay tuned for upcoming overviews of Collette and Premier World Discovery offerings. We should announce these free additions to our schedule and the second trip to the Tea Plantation in the next newsletter.