There is still a lot of summer left. At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we have eight camps available for children.

Starting the week of July 10, we have Hip Hop Camp and Soccer Camp. Pop! Lock! Break! The Hip Hop Camp explores the most popular dance craze in the world. Learn high-energy steps that you can combine with your own freestyle form to create the perfect hip-hop combination. Family and friends will be amazed when you show off your latest moves. No previous dance experience required. Hip Hop Camp is offered Mon-Thu, from 9:00am – 12:00pm, in the Mezzanine of the Center. The fee is $95 and you can register online or by calling our office at 256-233-8260. Soccer Camp is also offered the week of July 10, Mon-Thu, from 9:00am – 11:00am. The fee is $75.

The week of July 17 there will be four camps – two Art Explorers, Gross Science, and CSI for Kids. The Art Explorers camps focus on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Campers will discover different themes and various techniques to express themselves artistically. Be prepared to get messy — each day will be a brand new art adventure! The camp for 8-12 year olds is scheduled from 9:00am to 12:00pm while the Art Explorers from 5-7 years old will meet from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Camp runs Mon-Thu, July 17-20, and will be held at the Center. The fee is $65.

Gross Science and CSI for Kids will be held on the Athens State University campus in Waters Hall, Room N302. Gross Science is a fun exploration of the slimy, smelly, weird things that happen in the human body. This camp is scheduled Mon-Wed, 9:00am to 12:00pm, July 17-19. The fee is $75. In the CSI for Kids camp, you’ll be amazed at the mysteries you can solve simply by using your keen eye, profiling skills, and analytical expertise! Be a modern-day sleuth, and put your detective skills to the test. Camp is scheduled Mon-Wed, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, July 17-19. The fee is $75.

The last week of July, our camps will be held at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. Monday through Thursday, July 24-27, from 9:00am to 12:00pm, Art Explorers will be exploring art mediums and having a creative time. From 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Dr. Seuss’ STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Camp will have different STEM challenges based off Dr. Seuss’ classic books. Build a tower for Yertle, have a Butter Battle, play with Oobleck, and much more! Great camp for kids who love to create and build! The fee for Dr. Seuss’ STEM Camp is $115.

You can find out more about our camps by calling 256-233-8260 or check out our webpage www.athens.edu/CLL.

We look forward to seeing your children at camp.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for “The Story Behind The Song: Songwriters Showcase,” which will be presented on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 122 Second Avenue, Decatur, Alabama. Tickets are $15 each.

The Songwriters Showcase features Nashville songwriters Phillip White, Monty Holmes, and Mark Narmore performing an array of award-winning songs that they have written for Country Music’s Top Recording Artists. Each songwriter will also talk about what was happening in their lives that inspired the song to “come to life” and how they worked with the singers and recording artists to tell the story. White, Holmes, and Narmore have each received numerous awards and accolades, including ACM Song of the Year (Phillip White), Songs from Grammy-Award Winning Country Album of the Year (Monty Holmes), and Most Played Country Song on the Radio (Mark Narmore).

Phillip White is an Alabama native who has spent the last 20+ years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and Neal McCoy are some of the artists who have recorded Phillip’s work. Rascal Flatts recorded White’s “I’m Movin’ On,” which won the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year. White has been recognized in the TV and film industry as well, writing “I’m A Survivor,” the theme song for Reba McEntire’s self-titled hit TV show. His work is also featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor.

Monty Holmes’ love of traditional country music was instilled in him as a child growing up in Lubbock, Texas. Monty has penned several hit songs for George Strait, including the chart toppers “I Know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and from the 2009 Grammy award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubadour” and “House of Cash.” In 2009, “Troubadour” was honored with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s “One of the 10 Songs I Wish I Had Written” award, which is voted on by fellow songwriters. Monty co-wrote Lee Ann Womack’s debut single, “Never Again, Again,” as well as “What I Do the Best” for John Michael Montgomery.

Mark Narmore hails from the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He has over 80 major recordings to his credit including the likes of Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Shenandoah, Blackhawk, Brandy Clark, Sylvia, Tracy Lawrence and Michelle Wright. Mark’s first country hit was “The Moon over Georgia,” recorded by Shenandoah, followed by Blackhawk’s “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.” In 2005, Mark co-wrote the most played country song on the radio that year and also Billboard’s #8 song for the 2000’s decade, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Mark has a bronze star in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in the Shoals for his achievements.

This is the second Songwriters Showcase offered by Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and we are so pleased to bring this summer concert once again to North Alabama. To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.athens.edu/CLL. Then click on “Current Courses,” and find the Songwriters Showcase on June 23 in the Events Calendar. Tickets are also available by calling 256-233-8260 or by stopping by the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street in Athens.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

I am a big fan of old wives tales and Mother Goose rhymes. As I was cleaning out the closet in my youngest son’s room to turn the room into an office, I came across a Disney encyclopedia of old wives tales and nursery rhymes called Hodge Podge. I remember buying it for the kids and I remember reading it to them a lot, especially my youngest.

It seemed like every day I was reading the “Monday’s Child.”
Monday’s child is fair of face,
Tuesday’s child is full of grace,
Wednesday’s child is full of woe,
Thursday’s child has far to go,
Friday’s child is loving and giving,
Saturday’s child works hard for a living,
But the child that is born on a Sunday,
Is bonnie and blithe, and good and gay.

This rhyme was first recorded in A. E. Bray’s Traditions of Devonshire (Volume II, pp. 287–288) in 1838 and was based on folk tales of a child’s fortune according to the day they were born. When I read the poem I was hoping to be a Monday’s child, but it turned out I was a Saturday’s child.

While researching “Monday’s Child,” I found it published in a collection of Mother Goose tales. Mother Goose tales were told in France and England in the 1590s. They were published in the United States in 1786. There are many, many tales of Mother Goose. Most are just fun rhymes, some have morals, and some just retell ideas from the past, like “Monday’s Child.”

Mother Goose tales are a great way to get kids interested in words and reading. They are fun stories, they rhyme, and they are easy to read. Albert Einstein said, “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

This summer, the Center for Lifelong Learning will host a Kids’ Enrichment Challenge, Monday – Thursday, June 12-15, from 9:00 a.m. to noon for the child who loves to learn – even in the summer! Reading and mathematical abilities will be further advanced through challenging, enriching, and thought-provoking activities. Critical-thinking, problem-solving, and reasoning skills will also be incorporated into each fun and exciting day. This camp is a MUST for every child who thrives on academic challenges and social interaction. Recommended age: Rising 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. You can register for this program online at www.athens.edu/cll or call us at 256-233-8262.

The Center is offering many camps this summer. If you have not registered, don’t wait too long. Three camps are already filled. Camps are offered in Athens and at the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. Children from age 5 and up can come to camp. Camps are designed for specific age groups for better learning and safe fun.

For the whole family, we will be offering the Songwriters Showcase – The Story Behind the Song. This concert is Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave. NE, Decatur. Get your tickets online at www.athens.edu/cll or call us at 256-233-8260.

Never stop learning at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

In 1934, DuBose Heyward wrote “Summertime, and the livin’ is easy, Fish are jumpin’ and the cotton is high.” George and Ira Gershwin put the music and lyrics together for the musical Porgy and Bess. The song, “Summertime” quickly became a favorite jazz standard.

In 1958, the Jamies recorded another summer time favorite – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.” I sing that song in my head every summer at least 100 times. It is a snappy tune and you can remember the words because – “It’s summertime, summertime, sum, sum, summertime.”

This summer, at the Center for Lifelong Learning, a group of kids will be writing their own words in a summer camp called “Words Alive: Adventures in Writing and Illustrating Short Stories.” Students will develop their own story web; and from there the stories will take off! This camp, recommended for ages 10 and up, is June 5-8, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. at the Center for Lifelong Learning. More information is on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

We have added two new camps to our summer listing. These did not make the catalog and you don’t want to miss them.

ART TROPICS will be offered on June 26-29, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 133 Second Ave, NE, Decatur, Alabama. Artist Lessons ~ Projects ~ Music ~ Outdoor Activities and a ton of smiles, laughs and FUN! We will go on new adventures with famous artists, discovering their artwork and experiencing their techniques. This camp is for ages 5-10 and there is more information on our website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

The other new camp is COMPUTER GRAPHICS DESIGN CAMP offered June 19-22, from 9:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. also at the Alabama Center for the Arts. Have you ever wanted to learn to draw on the computer or learn Photoshop? This camp will spark creativity, engagement, exploration and individual expression. This camp is for ages 10 and up. You can find more information on our website or call us at 256-236-8260.

Two more camps will be held by the Alabama Center for the Arts in Decatur. ART EXPLORERS, July 24, 9:00 a.m. – noon and DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, July 24-27, 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. ART EXPLORERS focuses on each child’s creativity through the use of imagination and art mediums. Be prepared to get messy – each day will be a brand-new art adventure! At the DR. SEUSS STEM CAMP, we will have different STEM challenges based on Dr. Seuss’ classic books. This is a great camp for kids who love to create and build!

Do you have a child who loves to learn – even in the summer? We have the Kids’ Enrichment Challenge, June 12-15, from 9:00 a.m. – noon at the Center for Lifelong Learning. This camp is a reading and math challenge full of enriching and thought-provoking activities. Critical thinking and reasoning skills will be incorporated into each exciting day. This camp is for rising 3rd – 6th graders. Call 256-233-8260 or check out the website – www.athens.edu/CLL.

Our summer camps start in just two weeks. We have camps for future engineers, artists, writers, and chefs. You will need to register early for your favorite camps. Summertime is going to great fun at the Center for Lifelong Learning.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce that tickets are on sale now for “The Story Behind The Song: Songwriters Showcase,” which will be presented on Friday, June 23, at 6:30 p.m. at the Alabama Center for the Arts, 122 Second Avenue, Decatur, Alabama. Tickets are $15 each.

The Songwriters Showcase features Nashville songwriters Phillip White, Monty Holmes, and Mark Narmore performing an array of award-winning songs that they have written for Country Music’s Top Recording Artists. Each songwriter will also talk about what was happening in their lives that inspired the song to “come to life” and how they worked with the singers and recording artists to tell the story. White, Holmes, and Narmore have each received numerous awards and accolades, including ACM Song of the Year (Phillip White), Songs from Grammy-Award Winning Country Album of the Year (Monty Holmes), and Most Played Country Song on the Radio (Mark Narmore).

Phillip White is an Alabama native who has spent the last 20+ years writing songs for some of the biggest artists in the business. George Strait, Luke Bryan, Chris Ledoux, Vince Gill, Bonnie Tyler, Scotty McCreery, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, Reba, Blake Shelton, Rascal Flatts, Jake Owen, and Neal McCoy are some of the artists who have recorded Phillip’s work. Rascal Flatts recorded White’s “I’m Movin’ On,” which won the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year. White has been recognized in the TV and Film industry as well, writing “I’m A Survivor,” the theme song for Reba McEntire’s self-titled hit TV show. His work is also featured on the soundtrack for the film Act of Valor.

Monty Holmes’ love of traditional country music was instilled in him as a child growing up in Lubbock, Texas. Monty has penned several hit songs for George Strait, including the chart toppers “I Know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and from the 2009 Grammy award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubadour” and “House of Cash.” In 2009, “Troubadour” was honored with the Nashville Songwriter’s Association International’s “One of the 10 Songs I Wish I Had Written” award, which is voted on by fellow songwriters. Monty co-wrote Lee Ann Womack’s debut single, “Never Again, Again,” as well as “What I Do the Best” for John Michael Montgomery.

Mark Narmore hails from the music mecca of Muscle Shoals, Alabama. He has had over 80 major recordings to his credit including the likes of Josh Turner, John Michael Montgomery, Terri Clark, Craig Morgan, Shenandoah, Blackhawk, Brandy Clark, Sylvia, Tracy Lawrence and Michelle Wright. Mark’s first country hit was “The Moon over Georgia,” recorded by Shenandoah, followed by Blackhawk’s “Like There Ain’t No Yesterday.” In 2005, Mark co-wrote the most played country song on the radio that year and also Billboard’s #8 song for the 2000’s decade, “That’s What I Love About Sunday.” Mark has a bronze star in the lobby of the Alabama Music Hall of Fame in the Shoals for his achievements.

This is the second Songwriters Showcase offered by Athens State’s Center for Lifelong Learning, and we are so pleased to bring this summer concert once again to North Alabama. To purchase tickets, please visit our website at www.athens.edu/CLL. Then click on “Current Courses,” and find the Songwriters Showcase on June 23 in the Events Calendar. Tickets are also available by calling 256-233-8260 or by stopping by the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street in Athens.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we just finished the 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium. Participants received certificates with five contact hours or 0.5 Continuing Education Units. The symposium featured local and nationally-known leaders. Our featured guest was Barbara Dooley, First Lady of Georgia Football, television host, and author. Dr. Joe Delap presented the Distinguished Alumnus Award to Deborah Price and the Distinguished Undergraduate Award to Britney Locke.

This was a good opportunity to add training to our professional portfolios. If you are a professional, you should be keeping a portfolio. A professional portfolio is something you keep for a lifetime. Your portfolio is a reminder of trainings and a place to store awards and letters of recognition. Your portfolio is a history of all you have done and an invaluable resource when applying for new jobs or trying for a promotion.

My portfolio is not just a collection of certificates I have earned. It includes samples of my work. When I write an article for a journal or a newspaper, I include it in my portfolio. When I present on a topic, I keep the advertisement for the talk. When I volunteer for a community program, I keep the thank you note.

Do not get the idea that I am doing a great job keeping this portfolio. Like most people, I get busy and forget. I have an envelope of scrap papers that need to be added to my portfolio. The point is, if you don’t have a professional portfolio, it may be time you put one together. You never know what opportunities are just around the corner.

Are you looking to update your skills? Are you thinking about starting your own business? Do you want to change careers? Job security is not what it used to be, and many employees are considering alternatives.

At the Center for Lifelong Learning, we offer several certificate programs and courses to renew your skills. “Certificate holders earn 20% more than workers who hold only a high school diploma…and more than one-third of certificate holders also have Associate’s degrees or Bachelor’s degrees.” (from Inside Higher Education, June 6, 2015)

On Thursday, April 27, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., we will be offering Building Pivot Tables. Pivot Tables are one of Excel’s most powerful tools for data analysis. Topics in this class will include: identifying the primary use of Pivot Tables, filtering, sorting, and grouping Pivot Table data; using Pivot Charts and conditional formatting; tailoring Pivot Table calculations to your requirements; and summarizing data. The fee is $55.

Friday, April 28, from 9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. we will offer ISO 9001:2015 Transition Training. This course will teach you the requirements of the ISO 9001:2015 Quality Management System, and how those requirements differ from the ISO 9001:2008 standard. You will also learn how to plan and implement the new 2015 standard within your organization and how to prepare for the upcoming audits that will reflect the new requirements. The fee is $495 which includes lunch.

For those who are very busy, the Center offers a wide variety of certificate courses online. Most can be finished in less than a year, some in only six months, and a few of them in only six weeks.

Find out more about our courses and events on our website – www.athens.edu/cll – or call us at 256-233-8260.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Recently I was working out at the gym and heard a lively discussion with regard to certain executive orders coming out of the Oval Office. What exactly are we talking about when we use the term? According to www.whitehouse.gov, executive orders are orders issued by US Presidents and directed towards officers and agencies of the Federal government. Executive orders have the full force of law when they are based on authority from a statute or law or from the Constitution itself.

President Donald Trump has made use of the Executive Order Privilege 23 times since being sworn in on January 20th. He has also had a couple of his executive orders halted by the courts. What is the process by which this occurs?

Like both legislative statutes and regulations circulated by government agencies, executive orders are subject to judicial review and can be overturned if the orders lack the backing of a law or the Constitution.

Major policy initiatives require approval by the legislative branch, but executive orders have significant influence over the affairs of government. They can decide how, and to what degree, laws will be enforced. Executive orders can deal with emergencies, wage wars, and in general, fine-tune policy choices in the enactment of broad statutes.

All presidents, with the exception of William Henry Harrison, have issued executive orders. Franklin Delano Roosevelt holds the record at 3,721, and next to Harrison, the fewest orders were issued by John Adams, James Madison, and James Monroe. Each of them made only one. Probably the most famous executive order was President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, issued January 1, 1863. Executive orders were not numbered until 1907 when the Department of State decided to declare Executive Order #1 – Lincoln’s executive order to establish a Provisional Court in Louisiana on October 20, 1862. They numbered the orders retroactively from this first order.

Not all executive orders are accepted or uncontested. Recently Trump’s Travel Ban Executive Order was suspended by the courts. In 1935, the Supreme Court overturned five of President Franklin Roosevelt’s executive orders (6199, 6204, 6256, 6284, 6855). Executive Order 12954, issued by President Bill Clinton in 1995, attempted to prevent the federal government from contracting with organizations that had strike-breakers on the payroll; a federal appeals court ruled that the order conflicted with the National Labor Relations Act, and invalidated the order.

Congress also has the power to overturn an executive order by passing legislation that invalidates it. Congress can also refuse to provide funding necessary to carry out certain policy measures contained within the order or to legitimize policy mechanisms.

Our three branches of government perform checks and balances so that one branch does not become more powerful that another. Congress or the Supreme Court can stop an executive order. The President can veto a law or the Court can invalidate a law passed by Congress.

If you want to know more about executive orders recently enacted, you can go to www.whitehouse.gov for a complete list of President Trump’s actions. The site also has information about other presidents, first ladies, and cabinet members. Most of the information in this article was taken from that website.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

I recently had to give a speech to a group of high school seniors who were interested in leadership. Here is what I said to them:

“I am honored to be asked to talk with you today. The title of my presentation is ‘It’s Not Rocket Science.’ Today I want to talk with you about business etiquette and business ethics. You are probably sitting there thinking this is going to be so boring. But this subject is not about ‘Please’ and ‘Thank you.’ It is not as easy as it seems.”

About now I am wondering why I said ‘Yes’ to this request. Boy, there was a room full of zombie faces – no smiles, no nods, no interaction at all. So I continued……

“As adults, you will spend more than half of your life at the office. Etiquette is all about making those hours as pleasant and productive as possible. Ethics is about the process of learning what is right or wrong then doing the right thing.

“I know, you know that all business is people business – no matter where you work, you will be involved with people. In the people business, everyone is your customer. Sometimes you are selling something to your customer, and sometimes you are selling yourself to a boss or co-worker.

“Good salesmanship is empathetic. Empathy means you can identify the feelings, thoughts and attitudes of others. If I am watching television or reading a book, and really getting into, the character throws a punch and I stand up and throw a punch too, that’s empathy.

“This is not to be confused with sympathy. Sympathy is agreeing with the feelings of others. When someone gets hurt and we feel sorry about it – that is sympathy.

“And, empathy is not to be confused with action. If someone has a rotten attitude, it is not an excuse to have a rotten attitude too. Empathy is a feeling.”

I did get a little laugh here but I am still not sure they know what I am talking about. So I continued…..

“Let’s start with the basics – ‘Please’ and “Thank you’ are important. Remember to use them in your everyday meetings and encounters. A smile, a sincere handshake, and a kind word all provide important introductions and reminders of encounters. Schmoozing a little is the first step to building rapport. And listening is the secret to successful schmoozing. These basics tell others you are interested in them and value them. A little small talk can give you increased visibility in the workplace. And this is how it starts.”

The hardest part of this speech was not knowing whether or not anything I said got through. Blank stares followed me through the whole presentation, and I wonder what I should have said differently. But, you never know how much you influence someone, especially teenagers.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Athens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning is pleased to announce our 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dynetics Solutions Complex in Huntsville. This workshop offers an opportunity for strategic leadership development, a chance to “meet the experts,” interactive discussions, and partnership building.

The theme for this year’s symposium is: “Leadership: It’s All In The Game” – and we have an amazing panel of guest speakers including our featured keynote speaker, Mrs. Barbara Dooley (first lady of Georgia football, morning talk show host, author, and breast cancer survivor).

The panel also includes Tina Tuggle, Director of Community Relations for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Tuggle was an Active Facilitator at the NFL-NCAA Life Skills Education and Professional Development Summit. She earned the NFL-Wharton Athlete Development Professional Certification and represented the Titans at the NFL Women’s Summit in conjunction with Super Bowl LI (2017).

Kim Tibbs will also be part of our speaker panel. Kim is a state champion in track and field and is a singer/songwriter with two #1 hits currently on the Official U.K. Soul Chart. Her next album is already receiving Grammy attention!

Brooke and Audrie Hamann, two of Athens State’s own students who recently won the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship in May 2016, will also be featured speakers.

In addition to our exciting speakers, we are offering your choice of small group sessions. The first session choice is “Recruiting for a Winning Season” led by Jackie Warner, Saputo, Site HR Generalist, Lead Facilitator in Strategic Management and Organizational Effectiveness, and Community Outreach Specialist for The Bridge Community Center in Athens, Alabama.

The second small group session choice is “Building a Championship Team” led by Angie Sandritter, Haufe Inc., Partner and Vice President of Global Services. She is an expert in Performance Management Strategies, and an avid runner with a love for coaching new runners to achieve goals.

The third small group session choice is “Retiring Your Number: How to Financially and Emotionally Prepare for Retirement” led by Linda Spalla. Spalla is Past President and General Manager of WHNT-TV, and the first female in top corporate management for the NY Times Broadcasting Group. She is also a local author. You may remember that Spalla was a featured speaker last year.

We would love for you join us. Early-bird registration is currently available through March 15 ($85). We are also promoting opportunities to purchase a table if you have several employees interested in attending ($850 for a Table Sponsor, includes one table for 8 attendees with business name/logo prominently displayed on table, ½ page color advertisement in printed conference program, and logo placement on social media communications and symposium ‘Welcome’ display).

Last year, we had over 125 participants at the symposium, and we are working to reach an even broader demographic this year. If you know of anyone who might be interested in attending, please feel free to call me at (256) 233-8260 or register on our website – www.athens.edu/cll.
By: Wanda Campbell and Kim Bell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

Summer camps can be beneficial, enriching and fun. Choosing the right camp for your child can be difficult. The school year is more than half over and in just a little while kids will be out for the summer. When you are looking for something to do this summer, think of the Center for Lifelong Learning.

Why choose the Center for Lifelong Learning? Our camps are planned for fun first and include an academic component to keep the learning going during the summer. We offer a wide variety of programs for boys and girls, ages 8-12. In most cases, everything is included in the price of the camp, so there are no additional fees. Another reason to choose camps at the Center is the ratio of camper to teacher. We hire experienced teachers who work with just 10 campers at a time in most camps.

Archery Camp will be back for those campers interested in sports. This year we will be offering three new camps for the sports enthusiast – Fishing, Golf, and Soccer Camps. Last year the Archery Camp had a waiting list, so we recommend you register early for these camps.

From Cows to Cotton, Stop Motion Animation, and Smart Photography will be back for another year. The From Cows to Cotton camp will be touring new farms and focusing on different kinds of farmers. This camp filled last year too, so register early. Stop Motion Animation and Smart Photography will also be adding new components.

There are several new camps this year. There is a creative writing camp that will teach campers how to develop stories, and they will take home the collection of short stories from the camp. We will offer a Cooking School, co-sponsored by Food Fite, which will teach kids kitchen skills and let them cook a meal to take home for dinner. There is a camp that features Hip Hop moves and one that will feature sewing techniques. There are even science camps for the future scientists in your family. There are art camps in the works, too.

Most camps will be scheduled Monday through Thursday. Fridays will be reserved for Field Trip Fridays. Those campers who enroll in Field Trip Fridays will take short trips to local sites like the Huntsville Botanical Gardens.

Information about all of the camps and trips offered through the Center for Lifelong Learning will be available to the public on March 15. We will begin loading the website – www.athens.edu/cll – with details about the camps beginning March 1. You can look for information about camps on our Facebook page – Center for Lifelong Learning at Athens State University.

We also provide programming for adults. We are taking registration for our 2nd Annual Women’s Leadership Symposium on Wednesday, April 5, 2017, beginning at 9:00 a.m. at the Dynetics Solutions Complex in Huntsville. This year’s theme for the symposium is: “Leadership: It’s All In The Game.” Our featured keynote speaker is Mrs. Barbara Dooley – first lady of Georgia football, morning talk show host, author, and breast cancer survivor. Other speakers include Tina Tuggle, Director of Community Relations for the NFL’s Tennessee Titans; and Brooke and Audrie Hamann, two of Athens State’s own students who recently won the American Collegiate Rowing Association National Championship in May 2016. There will be three break-out session at the workshop: (1) Recruiting for a Winning Season; (2) Building a Championship Team; and (3) Retiring Your Number: How to Financially and Emotionally Prepare for Retirement.

Registration is available until March 1 at the sale price of $85. Regular tickets will be on sale for $95 beginning March 2. Please register by contacting the CLL at (256) 233-8260. More information is available on our website – www.athens.edu/cll.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262