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Source: Linda Teener, 785-539-8763,
Photos will be available. Contact or 785-532-2535.
Note to editors: Members of the media are welcome to attend the partnership signing.
News release prepared by: Rosanna Vail, 785-532-2720,

Thursday, Aug. 19, 2010


MANHATTAN -- A partnership agreement between Kansas State University and the University of Kansas will make four noncredit courses available to adults age 50 and older in the Manhattan area this fall.

The agreement will be signed at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Room 247 at the K-State Leadership Studies Building.

The courses are offered in collaboration with UFM Community Learning Center and KU's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, which provides engaging and enriching classes and events to diverse communities of lifelong-learners 50 and older.

"Jointly developing curricula and pooling instructional resources and expertise from our two universities enhances educational opportunities for older adults throughout the Manhattan community and throughout the state of Kansas," said Sue Maes, dean of K-State's Division of Continuing Education.

"We're hopeful that the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute agreement is only the beginning of more joint programs to come," she said.

The fall lineup includes two courses at Meadowlark Hills Retirement Center in Manhattan and two courses offered via videoconference. The cost to enroll is $35 per course. The courses are:

* Art of the 60s: Pop Art vs. Abstraction, 2-4 p.m., Sept. 8, 15 and 22, via videoconference at the NISTAC conference room, 2005 Research Park Drive, Manhattan.

* Worldviews, Spirituality and Wellness, 2-4 p.m., Oct. 7, 14 and 21, Meadowlark Hills Retirement Center, 2121 Meadowlark Road, Manhattan.

* Immigration, Past and Present, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 and 8, Meadowlark Hills Retirement Center.

* You be the Judge: The United States Supreme Court, 7-9 p.m., Nov. 4, 11 and 18, via videoconference in Room 213 at the K-State Student Union, Manhattan.

To enroll and view course descriptions, visit or call, toll free, 1-877-404-5823. For local information, contact Linda Teener at 785-539-8763.