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

12-2-2016-9-36-47-amIn December 1946, James “Jimmy” Stewart (1908–1997) starred in a movie titled It’s A Wonderful Life. The film was directed by Frank Capra and also starred Donna Reed, Henry Travers, Lionel Barrymore, and Thomas Mitchell.

This movie did not do well at the box-office, but was praised critically and nominated for several Academy and Golden Globe Awards. Its popularity grew over the years as the movie won the favor of new generations through annual airing of the movie and the success of DVD sales.

In the movie, George Bailey (Stewart) has so many problems that he is thinking about ending it all on Christmas! The film shows his life in flashbacks as George’s situation is discussed in heaven. As George is about to jump from a bridge, he ends up rescuing his guardian angel, Clarence (Travers). Clarence then shows George what his town would have looked like if it hadn’t been for all his good deeds over the years.

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Clarence says, “Strange, isn’t it? Each man’s life touches so many other lives. When he isn’t around he leaves an awful hole, doesn’t he?”

If you have never seen the movie, plan to watch it on NBC on December 3rd or on USA on December 10th. Keep the Kleenex handy and enjoy it with your whole family.

In case you don’t know about Jimmy Stewart, he was an American actor, World War II and Vietnam War veteran, and Brigadier General in the United States Air Force Reserve who appeared in many film roles. From the beginning of his career in 1935 through his final project in 1991, Stewart appeared in more than 92 films, television programs, and short films. In 1999, he was named the third greatest male screen legend of the Golden Age of Hollywood by the American Film Institute. Humphrey Bogart and Cary Grant were number one and number two, respectively.

Other family friendly films starring Stewart include Mr. Smith Goes To Washington, also directed by Frank Capra; Harvey, directed by Henry Koster; and my favorite, The Cheyenne Social Club, which also starred Henry Fonda and was directed by Gene Kelly.

Mr. Smith Goes To Washington is a 1939 American political comedy-drama about a newly appointed United States Senator who fights against a corrupt political system. Mr. Smith Goes To Washington was controversial when it was released, but also successful at the box office, and made Stewart a major movie star.

Harvey is a 1950 comedy-drama about a man whose best friend is a “pooka” named Harvey — in the form of a six-foot, three-and-a-half-inch tall invisible rabbit. A pooka is a creature of Celtic folklore who brings both good and bad fortune. The movie is a lot of fun for the whole family, but it is dated.

The Cheyenne Social Club is a 1970 Western comedy starring James Stewart, Henry Fonda and Shirley Jones. It’s the story about an aging cowboy who inherits a brothel and decides to turn it into a respectable boarding house, against the wishes of both the townspeople and the ladies working there. I have never laughed so hard during a movie.

Stewart did not stop with being an actor. He also published a collection of poems and stories about his everyday life. Jimmy Stewart and His Poems is available at Amazon.com, and you can watch him reading selections on YouTube.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

11-4-2016-10-51-48-amAthens State University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will be hosting The Story Behind the Song: A Songwriters Showcase. The event will be held on Friday, November 11, 2017, at 6:30 pm in McCandless Hall on the Athens State campus.

We are so excited to bring these talented musicians to McCandless Hall in an unplugged format. Each songwriter will play his songs and talk about the inspiration behind his writing.Tickets are $20 for the reserved seating show and are available now for purchase at the Center for Lifelong Learning at 121 South Marion Street on the east side of the Limestone County Courthouse Square. For more information about the concert, call 256-233-8260 or visit www.athens.edu/cll.

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Songwriter Phillip White is a Rogersville native, a graduate of Austin High School in Decatur, and the winner of the Academy of Country Music’s Song of the Year for his hit “I’m Movin’ On” (Rascal Flatts). He has written songs for artists such as Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Wynonna, George Strait, and Kenny Rogers. During the past twenty years he’s been published by some of music row’s most respected publishers including Murrah Music, Disney, Universal, and Sea Gayle Music. He recently signed with Fluid Music Revolution and Spirit Music Publishing.

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Monty Holmes grew up in Lubbock, Texas. His grandfather exposed him to a great record collection and such artists as Jimmie Rodgers and Hank Williams. From Ray Price to the Rolling Stones, Holmes’ songs reflect his varied musical influences. Throughout the years, Holmes has worked with Whitey Shafer, Hank Cockran, Glenn Martin, Don Sampson, Donnie Kees, Tony Mullins, Leslie Satcher, Scotty Emerick, Brice Long, Buddy Cannon, and Phillip White. He has written songs for George Strait, including chart toppers “I know She Still Loves Me,” “When Did You Stop Loving Me,” and the 2009 Grammy Award winning Country Album of the Year, “Troubador” and “House of Cash.” Holmes is currently an ASCAP writer but is a multiple BMI “million-air,” an honor for writers with over 1 million broadcast performances.

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Clint Daniels is a Florida native, inspired by bluegrass music. After graduating from high school, he moved to Nashville to pursuit a career in country music. He had two singles on the charts – “A Fool’s Progress” and “When I Grow Up.” Since leaving Epic Records, Daniels has co-written songs with other country artists, including the Number One hit “Brokenheartsville” by Joe Nichols and “Roll with Me” by Montgomery Gentry, as well as Brooks and Dunn’s “God Must Be Busy.”

This is going to be a wonderful concert. I know you will enjoy yourself. The show is sponsored by Guitar Center, Huntsville. Stop by the Center to pick up your tickets today.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

10-21-2016-2-55-54-pmAlfred Nobel (October 21, 1833 – December 10, 1896) was a Swedish chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman, and philanthropist. He was best known for inventing dynamite. He held 355 different patents for inventions during his lifetime.

He is also known for the Nobel Prizes given each year. These prizes recognize five categories regardless of country of origin. Three of the prizes awarded are Physical Science, Chemistry and Medicine. Another prize given is Literature and the fifth prize is given for the furtherance of Peace.

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In The Nobel Prize: The First 100 Years, Kjell Espmark states that “[a]mong the five prizes provided for in Alfred Nobel’s will (1895), one was intended for the person who, in the literary field, had produced ‘the most outstanding work in an ideal direction’.”

I tell you all of this because Bob Dylan (born Robert Zimmerman May 24, 1941), singer, songwriter, author, and artist, was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature. Professor Sara Danius, Permanent Secretary of the Swedish Academy, announced that the Nobel Prize in Literature 2016 was awarded to Bob Dylan “for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.”

When I heard the announcement last week, I was jumping up and down and dancing in my seat. It was too exciting. I understand that some people think that he should not have been awarded such a distinguished prize. His nasally, mumble voice is very difficult to understand at times. But, the lyrics are “work in an ideal direction.” And, I love to read the lyrics – the poetry. The songs are full of imagery and symbolism.
Dylan has been around for five decades. Since 1994, Dylan has published six books of drawings and paintings, and his work has been exhibited in major art galleries. As a musician, Dylan has sold more than 100 million records, making him one of the best-selling artists of all time. He has also received numerous awards. He won eleven Grammy Awards for songs that included “Blowin’ in the Wind,” “Mr. Tamborine Man,” “Like a Rollin’ Stone,” and “Highway 61 Revisited.” He won a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar for the song “Things Have Changed” from Wonder Boys.

Dylan has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and Songwriters Hall of Fame. The Pulitzer Prize jury in 2008 awarded him a special citation for “his profound impact on popular music and American culture, marked by lyrical compositions of extraordinary poetic power.” In May 2012, Dylan received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama.

If you have never listened to (or read) the works of Bob Dylan, I recommend you surf the web and check out this talented word master. You will not regret it. If you would like to hear Bob Dylan locally, you can try to get tickets to the Von Braun Center on October 29th.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

10-7-2016-12-32-28-pmIt is already October; just 79 days until Christmas, and 42 days until Christmas Open House. Where does the time go?

AND, this week-end is the Fiddlers’ Convention. The Center for Lifelong Learning will have a booth on the campus of Athens State University, next to McCandless Hall. Y’all come see us there! We will have tickets to the Songwriters’ Showcase on November 11th, raffle tickets for an acoustic guitar and a month of lessons from the Guitar Center in Huntsville, and the Lifelong Recipes cookbook that was just published. We will tell you about dance lessons and blacksmith classes, about upcoming trips, and so much more. Even if you are not interested in those things, stop by and say hi!

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Coming up next week is the Leadership Lunch and Learn. The theme for this year is The Ethical Leader. This short-term, focused series is an ideal way to add to your skill set or update a previously completed certificate. The Ethical Leader Certificate will be awarded to those students who attend all five sessions and complete the outside reading assignment. This program will begin October 13th, and continue to April 13th. Courses are scheduled once a month, on Thursday, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. There is one outside reading assignment. This program is approved for 20 contact hours of training or two (2) CEUs. The fee is $25/per session, but is you register for the whole series you can save $30. Chamber Members can register for $15/per session. Sessions are held at the Center for Lifelong Learning, located at 121 South Marion Street in Athens. Because lunch is provided, pre-registration is required. The program begins with lunch at 11:00 am, class will start at 11:30 am and end no later than 1:00 pm.

10-7-2016-12-32-48-pmThe October 13th class is The Ethical Leader, taught by Dr. Robert White, director of the Coleman Center for Religious Studies and Ethics, and professor of religion at Athens State University. For more information about the course, you can contact Wanda Campbell at 256-233-8262 or email wanda.campbell@athens.edu.

October 19th we will conclude the Caring for Older Adults program with Linda Spalla, author of “Catch Your Breath: Tender Meditations for Caregivers.” The program will be held in Huntsville at the Dynetics Solutions Complex, 1004 Explorer Boulevard, from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Lunch is provided with this program, and the first 50 people who register will receive a copy of Ms. Spalla’s book. The fee for the program is $25 which includes lunch. Limited transportation to Huntsville is available on a first call, first served basis. To register for the program, and reserve your seat in the van, call 256-233-8260. Also available for this program are local experts who will discuss transition to assisted living, hiring sitters, and managing medicine as well as other topics.

If you want to know more about what is happening at the Center for Lifelong Learning, stop by 121 South Marion Street, in Athens – on the east side of the Courthouse, or give us a call at 256-233-8260. You can find us on Facebook – Center for Lifelong Learning – Athens State University, and on the web at www.athens.edu/cll.
By: Wanda Campbell
Center for Lifelong Learning – 121 South Marion Street, Athens, AL 35611 – 256-233-8262

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