Dr. Gail Lamberta, professor and department chairperson of recreation and leisure studies at SJC, has been a liaison between the College and the Center, helping students secure internships and coordinating site visits. She also served as this year’s keynote speaker.
“The reciprocal process of learning can foster creativity and challenge minds, regardless of age,” said Dr. Lamberta. “When we open our minds and take the risk of learning something that perhaps is new and unfamiliar, we not only become more knowledgeable, but grow as people within our community and society at large. Learning keeps our minds young.”
Carolyn O’Brien, director of therapeutic recreation at the Center, created the program as a way for residents to increase their knowledge on topics of interest. The residents were given the opportunity to vote on topics they would like to learn about and the courses featured guest speakers and occasional field trips.
“We created this program and a classroom setting, because we wanted to tap into the intellectual aspects of the world around us,” said Ms. O’Brien. “You’re never too old to learn.”
The one-hour courses were held once a week from September to June and included Space Exploration, History of Long Island, Going Green, Modern Art and Dance and Religion. New courses will be offered for the program’s second year, which include Marine Biology, Famous Presidents, Artists and Painting, Prohibition, Honoring Our Soldiers and The U.S. Post Office.
About St. Joseph's College
St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 26 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.