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SAGE kicks off Spring 2011 class offerings

A University of Maine at Presque Isle program that serves local residents over 50 and believes in “learning for life” will host its spring kick-off with a luncheon event at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 8 in the Campus Center.

Seniors Achieving Greater Education [SAGE] has worked for more than a decade to bring short courses in arts, sciences, and specialty areas to the region’s senior community. SAGE is one of 17 senior colleges in the Maine Senior College Network.

At the March 8 luncheon, participants will have the opportunity to socialize with SAGE members. Following lunch, they will learn all about upcoming SAGE classes. This spring, SAGE officials are offering more than a dozen courses and learning excursions – on topics ranging from Euripides to Native American Mythology. Learning excursions include trips to the Presque Isle Sewer Treatment Plant – the first facility of its kind built in the State of Maine – and the Loring Military Heritage Center in Limestone.

Classes range in length from four to six weeks and will be offered between March 18 and May 11. Individual classes generally meet once a week for approximately two hours and are led on a volunteer basis by SAGE members and guests. Course formats range from lectures and discussions to field trips and hands-on learning.

SAGE has no entrance requirements, grades or tests, and no college background is needed. Another benefit is that course facilitators are local people who have a deep love and knowledge of the subject they are presenting.

The cost that participants pay for the education and interaction they get is minimal. Membership in Seniors Achieving Greater Education is $15 per semester or $30 annually (Sept. 1-Aug. 31). There are additional fees for field trips and lab courses. Full or partial scholarships to take part in the program are available through a simple, friendly, and confidential process. SAGE members also have free access to most events sponsored by Cultural Affairs and the Campus Activities Board, the student-run activity committee, by showing their membership cards.

For more information, to register for a class, or to make a reservation for the March 8 kick-off lunch – cost is $5 with reservations until March 3, and $6.42 without reservations starting March 4 – contact Mary Lawrence at 768-9502. To view spring course offerings, visit