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Breiseth Hall • (570) 408-5615 (T) • (570) 408-7912 (F) • Email

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Wilkes University Partners With Jewish Community Center to Offer Classes


Wilkes University and the Jewish Community Center of Wyoming Valley are partnering to offer three enrichment classes at the center for adults in the spring 2014 semester. The courses will cover several topics of interest including political science, pottery and technology tutorials.

 “Great Decisions” is America's largest discussion program on world affairs bringing college-age and older participants together. It highlights eight of the most thought-provoking foreign policy challenges facing Americans each year.  Wilkes University students will participate in the course in addition to adults from the community. “Great Decisions” will be instructed by Andrew Miller, assistant professor of political science and coordinator of the international studies program at Wilkes. This course will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 14 to Feb. 25 at the JCC, 60 S. River St. in Wilkes-Barre, from 4 to 6 p.m. The cost is $70 including text and materials.

A pottery course will allow participants to explore the basics of wheel throwing and experimentation in surface decorations, glazing and kiln firing. All skill levels are welcome. Participants receive individual instruction, enabling beginners and advanced students to register. Each participant will create about 20 pieces, depending upon the class size. Wilkes University adjunct faculty member Jean Adams will instruct the class. Pottery will be held on Tuesdays from Jan. 21 to Feb. 25 in the pottery studio in the Bedford Hall Annex at Wilkes from 1 to 4 p.m. The cost is $190, which includes supplies.

            A technology tutorial course, “Smart Phones, Social Media, and Internet Safety” will teach participants how to use some of the lesser-known functions of smart phones and how to effectively use social media to communicate and share with friends and family. Participants also will learn how to protect themselves online. Jason Wagner, programmer for strategic initiatives at Wilkes University, will teach the class. This course will be held on Wednesdays from March 5 to April 9 at the JCC from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. The cost is $30.


For more information, please contact Wilkes University’s Office of Continued Learning at 570-408-5615.




9 people per class

Explore the basic methods and techniques of wheel throwing. Experiment in surface decorations, glazing, and kiln firing. Participants receive individual instruction, enabling beginners and advanced students to register. Each participant is limited to 20 pieces, depending on size.

Mondays, 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Summer & Fall 2014

Summer Session I Dates: April 28, May 5, 13, 19, June 2, 9

Summer Session II Dates: June 16, 23, 30, July 7, 14, 21

Fall Session I Dates: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13

Fall Session II Dates: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17, 24

Fee: $190/session (includes supplies)
Instructor: Jean Adams

Dr. Lori's Antiques Appraisal Comedy Show

Join Dr. Lori Verderame for this one-evening class on how to tell if your prized possessions hold more than sentimental value. Each participant will receive appraisals on two items brought to the class (a perfect excuse to get answers about your collectibles!). 

Dr. Lori is an award-winning TV personality and the star antiques appraiser
on the hit TV reality show Auction Kings which airs on the Discovery
channel. Dr. Lori shares insider information about antiques at
www.DrLoriV.com and to 9.5 million readers through her internationally
syndicated column featured in 406 newspapers worldwide and on her blog for
Lifetime Television. Dr. Lori resides in Bucks County, PA.
After years teaching in university classrooms and working as a museum
director, Dr. Lori was inspired to start appraising antiques after an
unexpected encounter with a 75 year old woman. "This woman told me her
story. She had recently sold an historic George Washington document for $50
that was worth $50,000! She said she needed the $50 to pay her electric
bill. When I met her, I thought, this woman could be my mother--anyone could
make that mistake."  Dr. Lori says, "That woman's mistake inspired me to
share my education and expertise. So, I do just that presenting over 150
antique appraisal shows and appraising 20,000 objects that audiences bring
me to review every year."

Date: TBA
Fee: $30


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