“Alumni College is a wonderful program that allows alumni and friends the opportunity to reconnect with WKU beyond the typical alumni experience,” said Ginny Hensley, director of Alumni Programming. “Staying on campus in Southwest Hall for a long weekend and taking entertaining, yet educational classes allows participants the opportunity to experience life at WKU today without the stress of final exams.
“Over the past decade, we have seen college friends reconnect, alumni bring their grandchildren to experience life on a college campus, and spouses enjoy a weekend getaway, all while learning how WKU students live today,” she said.
This year’s classes include a campus tour to discuss blending new construction with WKU’s historic landscape; a visit to the advanced manufacturing and robotics lab; a tour of the Confucius Institute and Chinese Learning Center; a tour of the Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center; a visit to the WKU Farm; a dancing lesson by Donna Hey; a history of beer with Dr. Andrew McMichael; a geography of wine with Dr. Katie Algeo; a lesson on the horse industry with Jack Smith, president of Jack Smith Thoroughbreds; a look at WKU’s Study Away program with Jerry Barnaby; a quilt making workshop; and an inside look at political campaigns with media consultant John Rowley.
Participants also will take a hard hat tour of the Augenstein Alumni Center, which is under construction, and will have an opportunity to jump out of an airplane at Skydive Kentucky in Elizabethtown.
Contact: WKU Alumni Association, 888-958-2586; or Ginny Hensley, (270) 745-4395.