WellesleyWeston Magazine

WINTER 2014/2015

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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When they're not in class, students can gather in a "schmooze room." Membership in Lifelong Learning at Regis College has quadrupled to more than 400 since it was launched a decade ago. Offering more than 35 courses, the program is open to any adult. But since the classes are during the work day, students tend to be retired or semi- retired. This fall's offering ranged from the movies of World War II, to Behind the Mask of Louisa May Alcott, to a very timely course on epidemic diseases. The courses are run seminar-style with lots of give and take. That doesn't mean they lack rigor. "Just because there are no term papers or exams doesn't mean they are not meaty," says Jill Rosen, the program coordinator and liaison with Regis. Rosen characterized most of the students as retired professionals. Over the years, she has seen the gender split go from 70-30 female to 60-40. "We've had parents and [adult] chil- dren come," she says, highlighting the broad age range. "They find out things about each other they probably had never known through discussions around history and literature." The lifelong learning members share a classroom building with the regular Regis College students. "Membership has very adamantly said they want to remain on cam- pus," Rose explains. "They like the academic atmosphere." The granddaddy of adult programs is Wellesley Weston Lifelong Learning, which 101 w i n t e r 2 0 1 4 / 2 0 1 5 | W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e

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