Thursday, April 30, 2015

[380] Adult learners can stay mentally vibrant with MTSU Lifelong Learning Program

MURFREESBORO — MTSU is offering a new opportunity for adults age 50 and older to continue their education.

The Lifelong Learning Program will make its debut Monday, May 4, in the Sam Ingram Building, 2269 Middle Tennessee Blvd., in Murfreesboro.

Plenty of free parking will be available in front of the building. A campus map is available at

Students in the program can take noncredit classes without the responsibilities of either homework or tests. The theme for 2015 is “Getting to Know Your Tennessee.”

Dr. Tanya Peres-Lemons, an associate professor of anthropology and director of the MTSU/Rutherford County Archaeology Research Program, will teach a class on Tennessee archaeology.

Peres-Lemons worked at the University of Kentucky as a project director, zooarchaeologist and assistant director for archaeological research for several years before coming to MTSU in 2005.

Dr. Fred Colvin, MTSU professor emeritus of history, will teach a class on Tennessee history.

During his tenure at MTSU, Colvin developed and taught courses in Canadian history, the history of American sport, Tennessee history and European history. He also served as faculty senate president and director of graduate studies for the Department of History.

Classes will be conducted from 9 to 10:30 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. each Monday in May except for May 25, Memorial Day. Classes will take place on Tuesday, May 26, that week.

"The Lifelong Learning Institute is an inexpensive way for adult learners to satisfy their ongoing desire for knowledge in a relaxed environment with knowledgeable and experienced instructors,” said Dr. Mark Byrnes, dean of the College of Liberal Arts and political science professor.

Fees are $20 for each course. Students may take one or both courses. To register online, go to, or send a note to Connie Huddleston, MTSU Box 97, Murfreesboro, TN 37132. For more information, contact Huddleston at 615-494-7628 or

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