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Spring Term Courses

You must purchase your Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) membership in advance to prepare for registration.
  • Summer Term Session 1: May 20-June 21

    Fitness classes continue through June 28.
  • Monday

    Muscle Conditioning: Strength & Endurance – Intermediate/Advanced
    9-10 a.m. and 10-11 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises, with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered.

    Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water.

    This is an intermediate to advanced exercise class. Members can register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    This class is open to LRU staff, faculty and the public for a fee. Public fee: $100 for the term.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals.


    Legends & Narratives of the American West: Part One

    1-3 p.m.

    The American West has played a major role in shaping the essential character and national spirit of the United States, for both good and bad. This course focuses on select historic topics, individuals and events that defined the American West experience during the 19th century.

    The first part of the course features lectures and visual presentations that include Lewis and Clark’s Corps of Discovery, violence in Kansas between vigilantes and abolitionists, the Indigenous sacred reverence for the bison nation, the Cheyenne Indian tragic nightmare at Sand Creek, and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad.

    The course goal is to demonstrate how the broad spectrum of these weekly episodes contributed to the history and mythology of America’s most celebrated region.

    Instructor: Dr. Richard S. Grimes has taught Native American history and early American history for 25 years at West Virginia University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Duquesne University and La Roche University. He currently teaches at Penn State University-Beaver.

    An active researcher and writer, his book, “The Western Delaware Indian Nation, 1730–1795: Warriors and Diplomats,” was published by Lehigh University Press, Studies in the Eighteenth Century and the Atlantic World (October 2017).

    He is working on a new book which focuses on the Cheyenne Dog Soldier (Hōtăʹmĭtăʹniu) military society and their role as tribal police, nomadic warriors and defenders of Cheyenne culture and homeland on the Great Plains during the 19th century.


    Vinyasa Yoga Flow 

    4:30-5:30 p.m.

    Vinyasa yoga is a common style of yoga practice in Western Culture. This type of yoga links postures from one to the next, guided by the use of the breath. Postures and sequences vary from class to class. Benefits of regular Vinyasa yoga practice may include increased strength, flexibility, overall fitness and reduced feelings of stress.

    Modifications can be made during practice, but participants should be in relatively good health and be able to move between the mat and standing postures. Please dress comfortably and bring a mat and water. You also may bring your own blocks, towels, straps or any other items to support your practice. This is a general-level fitness class.

    Please note: This class is available to ALL members, LRU staff and faculty, and the community. The fee for community members is $90 for 10 weeks. The fee for current and active LRU staff/faculty is $45. This is a general level fitness class.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals.

  • Tuesday

    Private Swim Lessons

    $35 per 30 minute lesson.
    Call 412-536-1026 to register.

    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? This individual lesson classes provides one-on-one attention and privacy for you to become a safer, more comfortable, and competent swimmer. Lessons can be for any level.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2 or 3, depending on day.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults. 


    Feathered Friends
    9:30-11 a.m.

    This course is designed for new and experienced birdwatchers and includes five sessions that give you the tools you need to find, understand and identify birds. Join us for an outdoor experience that will help you better appreciate the natural world around you.

    This course will meet at North Park. Transportation is on your own. The trails are level and easy to navigate. Each class students will walk between a quarter to a half mile on mostly level terrain.

    For the first class, we will meet in the parking lot at the corner of Babcock Boulevard and Pearce Mill Road.

    Instructor: Steve Benson earned a Bachelor of Arts from IUP and a master’s degree in higher education from Geneva College. He is the Assistant Director of Mission and Ministry at La Roche University and a senior instructor for L.L. Bean’s Outdoor Discovery Program, where he frequently leads birding groups on and off the lake.

    Mr. Benson has been a co-curricular and experiential educator for the last 18 years in a variety of settings and institutions. He has led countless team-building activities, wilderness experiences and community-service activities, and he believes hands-on experience is critical to the learning process. He and his wife, Jill, live in Allison Park with their children: Oliver (9), Lucille (7) and Cinder (labradoodle).


    The Protestant Reformation
    9:30-11 a.m.

    In 1517 a German Catholic priest named Martin Luther challenged the leadership of the Roman Catholic Church with his Ninety-five Theses. The confrontation would shatter the Catholic Church’s dominance over Europe and result in a major split in Christianity that reverberates to this day.

    Within this course we will explore the reasons for Luther’s outburst and examine the role of the main characters involved in the conflict, while assessing and understanding the significant impact of this great historical event.

    Instructor: Mark Macedonia is a retired social studies teacher who taught for 32 years within Seneca Valley School District. He taught AP World History and United States History to high school students. Mr. Macedonia holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. In the past five years, Mark has authored three books of historical fiction: “The Soles of Cyrus Eblis,” “Beneath a Crescent Moon,” and most recently, “Beware the Shifting Sands.”


    Gentle Yoga
    10:30-11:30 a.m.
    11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

    This yoga class is designed for a wide range of fitness levels, and for those with and without prior experience with yoga. This course will include slow, gentle movement alongside guided mindfulness and meditation practices.

    Yoga postures throughout the course will involve sitting, lying down and standing. Accommodations happily will be made as needed to ensure that each student finds comfort throughout the class. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a yoga mat and water.

    This fitness class will only run for the first session. Those who also take Vinyasa Yoga Flow cannot register until May 13 if spaces permit. This is a general level fitness class.

    Instructor: Carol Lynn Hecht completed her yoga training in 2019 and is a 200-Hour Registered Yoga Teacher.

    Her training focused primarily on vinyasa or flow yoga. Currently she is completing a training in yin yoga, a contemplative practice involving longer holds for poses. She specializes in gentle practices which integrate breathwork, mindfulness and relaxation techniques with movement.

    Her hope is to create a welcoming, accessible space for her students to practice and explore. Beyond yoga, she is a licensed counselor, pursuing a doctorate in Counselor Education and Supervision. In her free time, she enjoys reading and painting.


    The Gospel of Matthew
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    This course examines the person and message of Jesus of Nazareth, as recorded in the gospel according to Matthew. Special focus will be given as to how Jesus’ message continues the Old Testament tradition of the Kingdom of God, a Kingdom which creates a new world order based on radical equality and social justice.

    Instructor: Ed Bobinchock holds a Ph.D. in Biblical studies with a specialization in the Old Testament from Amridge University. He has served as a faculty at La Roche since 2007. Dr. Bobinchock has taught various courses in Biblical Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, The Psalms and the Letters of St. Paul. In addition he has taught courses in Philosophy, Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics and Philosophical Anthropology.

    In recognition of his excellence in teaching, La Roche awarded Dr. Bobinchock the Brother Gregory Nugent Award for Excellence in Teaching. He serves as the chair of the Humanities Division and the chair of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy.


    Water Aerobics
    12-12:50 p.m.
    1-1:50 p.m.
    2-2:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.


    Words of Music: Classic Hollywood Musicals
    2-3:30 p.m.

    An early hallmark of the Sound Era of film are musicals – of course, the most famous early ‘talkie” is “The Jazz Singer” and the audio recordings were specially the musical numbers. Quickly Hollywood followed the then-Broadway model of a review with an almost random collection of songs and dancing. We’ll begin with a bit of “The Jazz Singer,” then a few early hits like “Gold Diggers of 1933” and “42nd Street.”

    In the second week, we’ll focus on the genre’s most famous duo, Astaire and Rogers, with a few films such as “Swing Time” and “Shall We Dance.” Then it is on to Pittsburgh’s own Gene Kelley with hits like “An American Paris,” “On the Town” and “Singing in the Rain.”

    In the fourth week, we’ll sample one of the most notable of the writers of Broadway and movie musicals, Rogers and Hammerstein, with seminal films including “Oklahoma, “The King and I,” and “The Sound of Music.” We will finish our last meeting with some of great narrative musicals of the end of this generation, including “West Side Story” and “The Music Man.”

    Instructor: Michael Young has over three decades of teaching experience at schools like the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University and over 20 years at La Roche. His Ph.D. in writing and literature is from the University of Cincinnati.

    Dr. Young has given numerous conference presentations and published articles on Shakespeare’s plays, poetry, bringing Shakespeare into the classroom and the plays’ adaptations into film and television, along with the editorial work on the book, “Everyone’s Shakespeare,” by noted Yale professor Maynard Mack.

    He has won teaching awards at two major universities, was awarded a Faculty Enrichment grant by the Canadian government, and is the author of dozens of other articles and essays, along with short stories and poems.


    Intro to Water Class
    3-3:45 p.m.

    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? Join this small, personalized class to become a safer, more comfortable and competent swimmer.

    This class is for new beginner non-swimmers.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding, and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

  • Wednesday

    Private Swim Lessons 

    $35 per 30 minute lesson.
    Call 412-536-1026 to register.

    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? This individual lesson classes provides one-on-one attention and privacy for you to become a safer, more comfortable, and competent swimmer. Lessons can be for any level.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2 or 3, depending on day.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults. 


    Muscle Conditioning: Strength & Endurance – Beginner/Advanced Beginner
    9-10 a.m. & 10-11 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered. Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water.

    This is a beginner to advanced beginner exercise class. Members will be able to register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to get you to total three fitness classes. Water and Water Aerobics require a Plus membership.

    This program runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals.


    Water Aerobics
    10-10:50 a.m.
    11-11:50 a.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.


    U.S. Constitution & the Structure of American Government
    10 a.m. - noon

    This course is intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of the basic principles and practices of American government. As a class we will discuss current events in politics and sort through the facts of our government. The class will cover democracy, the structure of government and the branches of government.

    Instructor: Jamaal Craig is an Associate Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County where he teaches courses in Ethnic and Diversity Studies and Political Science. He holds a master’s degree in public policy from New England College and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee. He has taught courses including Political Science 101, American Government, State and Local Government and the U.S. Constitution.

    Mr. Craig is the lead faculty of the Youth Civic Leadership Academy, a program that partners with the City of Pittsburgh to help youth develop transferable skills, competencies and experiential learning necessary to thrive as civic leaders, community stewards and change-makers.

    In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Craig has extensive experience working in government at the federal, state and local levels.


    Swim Lessons: Beginner/Advanced Beginner
    12:30-1:15 p.m.

    This class is for those who have some comfort in the water but are still not moving through the water like they want.

    This class will teach you how to move through the water and become even more comfortable. Join this small, personalized class to become a safer, more comfortable and competent swimmer.

    This class is for people who can put their face in the water and are willing to step out of their comfort zone.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 3.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.


    Tai Chi
    12:30-1:30 p.m.
    1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall wellbeing. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs.

    Tai Chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement form and progressing to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises,) postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    The course runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation. As part of three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old.

    Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn.

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble.

    Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.


    Swim Lessons: Stroke Refinement
    1:15-2 p.m.

    This class is for those who are able to swim but want to improve their stroke or endurance. We will focus on a number of strokes including front and back crawl, breast stroke, elementary back stroke and others. Join this small, personalized class to become a stronger and more efficient swimmer.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 3.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.


    Introduction to Artificial Intelligence
    1-3 p.m.

    This course will explore the concept and technical construct known as Artificial Intelligence (AI). In recent years AI has generated an enormous amount of attention. However, it will be shown that AI is many decades old and has evolved with the passage of time. The development of AI, both technically and from the standpoint of public perceptions, will be explored.

    We will cover these topics regarding AI: historical, technical foundations, machine readable components and business opinions of function and efficacy.

    Instructor: Dr. Ron Gilardi has taught at the University of Illinois at Campaign, the University of Western Ontario in London and most recently at La Roche. Before teaching Dr. Gilardi practiced law for about 15 years.

    Dr. Gilardi holds a Bachelor of Arts from Washington & Jefferson College, a J.D. from the School of Law at Duquesne University and a Ph.D. from the School of Computing and Information at the University of Pittsburgh.


    Functional Fitness – Intermediate/Advanced
    3:45-4:45 p.m.

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury. Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    This is a fast-paced exercise class. Participants must be able to handle physical activity and be able to move easily and quickly up and down from the floor.

    Members can register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    This program runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.


    The Cradle of Western Civilization – Greece: An Unforgettable Journey to Antiquity
    6:30-8 p.m.

    (Skip May 29, June 19 & July 3)

    Greece, officially The Hellenic Republic, is the birthplace of western civilization and one of the most historic places on the planet.

    In this class we will explore beautiful, breathtaking Greece, and its rich and majestic antiquities. The gifts to the world that came out of this gem of the Mediterranean-Aegean Seas are relevant to humanity up to this very day.

    We will learn about these important gifts to humanity, along with what it's like to visit modern Greece, and how to absorb it all!

    We will touch upon Greek culture, customs, food, attractions, myths and, of course, its rich, core language. You'll learn to speak and understand basic words and phrases that will be most useful in your travels there. 

    Instructor: Joanna Zervos has taught classes in the Greek language, along with classes about Greece and Greek for Tourists for the Berlitz School of Language, the Greek Orthodox Church and for the Community College of Allegheny County. She speaks fluent Greek and is passionate about sharing her Greek culture.

  • Thursday

    Pilates for the Beginner
    8:30-9:30 a.m. (Begins June 6)


    Introduction to Wellness & Resilience
    How to Survive & Thrive
    10-11:30 a.m.

    Wellness has a lot to do with resilience, but resilience can be learned. We will learn how to gain empowerment through mindfulness, the importance of goals and values, and finally willpower and accepting reality.

    The purpose of this course is to teach skills for having resilience in the face of commonly experienced stressors and difficulties. Stated simply, resilience is the ability to both survive and thrive.

    Resilience is not only about your ability to positively adapt in the face of adverse or challenging circumstances (that is, survive), but it is also about learning the positive skills, strategies and routines that enable you to live a happy, fulfilling and successful life (in other words, thrive).

    This course will provide you with a personalized set of strategies and skills for self-care. By the end of this course, you will have knowledge and skills that you can apply to your life now and in the future.

    This class will be similar to the previous course, Wellness and Resilience, but there will be new content. Members can take either or both classes taught by Tricia Katyal. The courses are different. You do not need one of the courses to take the other.

    Instructor: Tricia Katyal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She also is certified as a school counselor.

    After receiving her M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University in the Counselor Education Program, Ms. Katyal worked as a school counselor in schools ranging from K-12th grade.

    Wellness & Resilience: Build on Your Strategies & Skills
    11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

    Research has shown that individuals who develop and use resilience strategies and emotion regulation skills and build positive routines are more likely to be effective in their job roles, involved in strong relationships, physically and mentally healthy, and satisfied with their lives overall.

    We’ll discuss choosing attention and practicing gratitude, identifying unhelpful thoughts and managing negative emotions. We’ll also learn about the importance of connecting with others in meaningful ways and therapeutic lifestyle changes that we can make to positively impact our lives and strengthen our resilience.

    Members can take either or both classes taught by Tricia Katyal. The courses are different. You do not need one of the courses to take the other.

    Instructor: Tricia Katyal is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and National Certified Counselor (NCC). She also is certified as a school counselor.

    After receiving her M.S.Ed. from Duquesne University in the Counselor Education Program, Ms. Katyal worked as a school counselor in schools ranging from K-12th grade.

    Memoir Writing
    Noon-2 p.m.

    All of us have our own interesting stories. In this participatory class, we want to hear your stories. The instructor will go over some of the basics of memoir writing. Then participants will write and share their stories in a relaxed and positive classroom setting. The course also will explore how to preserve your stories in a keepsake for yourself and future generations.

    This class is open to new and former participants. The class will run for six weeks. If a member has never taken this course before, they must attend the first week of class to participate.

    Instructor: Steve Hecht worked on newspapers and magazines for 40 years as a writer, copy editor and graphic designer. He spent 30 of those years at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Mr. Hecht became interested in memoir writing in the early 1990s when he helped Holocaust survivor Ernie Light compile his memoirs, which were turned into a small book. Some of Hecht’s own memoir stories have appeared in “Chicken Soup for the Soul” and Pittsburgh Quarterly Magazine.

    Theories of Criminal Deviance
    2-3:30 p.m.

    This course will examine criminal deviance by analyzing both criminal and victim populations, with particular emphasis on crime typology and the analysis of criminal behavior. We will explore and discuss the responses of the criminal justice system and private security experts to criminal behavior from situational crime prevention techniques to correctional treatment methods.

    Instructor: Mike McKeown is a recently retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supervisory Special Agent . He joined the FBI in 1997 and worked for most of his career on cyber investigations for the FBI. His cyber work for the FBI included working as a Cyber Assistant Legal Attache in Ukraine and at the European Union’s Europol Center in The Hague, Netherlands. Following his retirement from the FBI, Mr. McKeown became an Assistant Professor at La Roche.

    The Economics of Sports
    4-5:30 p.m.

    This five-week session will explore the various financial relationships between professional sports teams and the cities they represent, the impact of NIL (name, image and likeness) on college athletics, as well as the impact of legalized gambling and the changing face of sports content distribution to the public.

    Instructor: Paul Kasunich, Ed.D., holds a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Master of Science in education, and an Ed.D. from Duquesne University. In addition to teaching in the doctoral program at Gwynedd, he serves as Dissertation Chair for several doctoral students. From 2000 to 2006, he taught both macro and microeconomics at La Roche.
  • Friday

    Core Strength & Stability – Intermediate/Advanced
    8-9 a.m.

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury.

    Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain.

    Participants must be able to handle physical activity and be able to move easily and quickly up and down from the floor. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and bring water and a towel.

    This is a fast-paced exercise class and at the intermediate/advanced level.

    Members will be able to register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes. Aqua and Water Aerobics still require a Plus membership.

    This program runs through both summer sessions and for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.


    Water Aerobics
    10-11:50 a.m.
    11-11:50 a.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus Members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Deb Carrera has served the aquatic fitness industry for over 20 years as a water aerobics and swimming instructor. She holds a specialized certification in Deep Water Fitness, along with Aquatic Fitness Professional certification from the Aquatic Exercise Association. She teaches a variety of aquatic classes, open to all levels and abilities. Ms. Carrera’s passion is to help people achieve their goals through the routine practice of Aquatic Fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys nature, kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.


    iPhone Basics
    10 a.m.- Noon

    Join this low-pressure, hands-on class to learn how to use and not use your iPhone. The class will take participants through how-to videos, activities and instructions on the various aspects of an iPhone. Ample time will be allotted for questions.

    Participants must have their own iPhone, already use the phone and bring the device to each class. This class is only for iPhone users, not other types of cell phones. Members who previously took an iPhone Basics course must wait until May 13 to register.

    Instructor: Jennifer Engel is the Executive Director of the Introcaso Center for Lifelong Learning. As a member of the GenX generation, she remembers the time without computers and cell phones but has grown up using them. She has spent a great deal of time training and supporting people with the use of their iPhone and other forms of technology. 


    Summer Reading – Greece (Monthly Book Club)

    1-3 p.m.

    This summer we will read three novels that offer a variety of interpretations to the topic of Greece. We will read one literary fiction novel, one fun summer novel and one retelling of Greek mythology.

    • May 24 – “Scorpionfish” by Natalie Bacopoulos
    • June 7 – “The Summer House in Santorini” by Samantha Parks
    • June 21 – “Circe” by Medeline Miller

    Instructor: Natasha Garrett earned her Ph.D. in international education from the University of Pittsburgh. She serves as the director of International Student Services and as an instructor in the International Studies and Communications Departments at La Roche. As a Macedonian in Pittsburgh, she is passionate about everything cross-cultural: education, literature, art, food/drinks and people.

  • Summer Term Session 2: July 8-Aug. 9

  • Monday

    Muscle Conditioning: Strength & Endurance - Intermediate/Advanced 

    9-10 a.m. 

    10-11 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises, with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered.

    Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water.

    This is an intermediate to advanced exercise class. Members can register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    This class is open to LRU staff, faculty and the public for a fee. Public fee: $100 for the term.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals.


    Mythology & Modern Life: A Marriage
    10-11:30 a.m.

    What connections do myths have to our everyday lives? Why are they important today? How can mythology help us navigate the vagaries and challenges of life? This course will explore the contributions of mythology to contemporary society as well as the impact of the universal themes that transcend time and cultures.

    Going beyond familiar Greek and Roman mythology, this course will look at a wide range of world mythologies from the Middle East, Northern Europe and the British Isles to the Far East, Africa and the Americas.

    Instructor: Leslie Russell is a retired English teacher and lifelong learner with a deep love for and interest in world mythologies. After retiring from public school education, where she often wove mythology into her curriculum, Leslie taught English as a Second Language in at La Roche for 10 years.


    Legends & Narratives of the American West: Part 2
    1-2:30 p.m.

    The American West has played a major role in shaping the essential character and national spirit of the United States, for both good and bad. Legends and Narratives of the American West: Part Two focuses on select historic topics, individuals and events that defined the American West experience during the 19th century.

    The second part features lectures and visual presentations that include the legacy and folklore of Custer’s Last Stand, the ecological annihilation of the bison nation, gunfighters and lawmen, America’s first superstar Annie Oakley and an interpretive presentation of John Ford’s epic western film, “The Searchers.”

    The course goal is to demonstrate how the broad spectrum of these weekly episodes contributed to the history and mythology of America’s most celebrated region.

    Instructor: Dr. Richard S. Grimes has taught Native American history and early American history for 25 years at West Virginia University, Carnegie-Mellon University, Duquesne University and La Roche University. He currently teaches at Penn State University-Beaver.

    An active researcher and writer, his book, “The Western Delaware Indian Nation, 1730–1795: Warriors and Diplomats,” was published by Lehigh University Press, Studies in the Eighteenth Century and the Atlantic World (October 2017).

    He is working on a new book which focuses on the Cheyenne Dog Soldier (Hōtăʹmĭtăʹniu) military society and their role as tribal police, nomadic warriors and defenders of Cheyenne culture and homeland on the Great Plains during the 19th century.


    Vinyasa Yoga Flow (continued)
    4:30-5:30 p.m.

    Vinyasa yoga is a common style of yoga practice in Western Culture. This type of yoga links postures from one to the next, guided by the use of the breath. Postures and sequences vary from class to class. Benefits of regular Vinyasa yoga practice may include increased strength, flexibility, overall fitness and reduced feelings of stress.

    Modifications can be made during practice, but participants should be in relatively good health and be able to move between the mat and standing postures. Please dress comfortably and bring a mat and water. You also may bring your own blocks, towels, straps or any other items to support your practice. This is a general-level fitness class.

    Please note: This class is available to ALL members, LRU staff and faculty, and the community. The fee for community members is $90 for 10 weeks. The fee for current and active LRU staff/faculty is $45. This is a general level fitness class.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals. 

  • Tuesday

    Private Swim Lessons (continued)

    $35 per 30 minute lesson.
    Call 412-536-1026 to register.
    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? This individual lesson classes provides one-on-one attention and privacy for you to become a safer, more comfortable, and competent swimmer. Lessons can be for any level.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2 or 3, depending on day.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    The Defeat of the Spanish Armada
    9:30-11 a.m.

    In 1588 Spain, the greatest empire in the 16th century, made a fateful decision to launch a massive sea invasion of England. The result of that decision would have a profound effect on the direction of both European and American history. This course will explore the evolution of the decision to invade England and examine the role of the main characters involved while assessing and understanding the significant impact of this great historical event.

    Instructor: Mark Macedonia is a retired social studies teacher who taught for 32 years within the Seneca Valley School District. He taught AP World History and United States History to high school students. Mr. Macedonia holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from St. Bonaventure University and a Master of Arts in teaching from the University of Pittsburgh. In the past five years, Mark has authored three books of historical fiction: “The Soles of Cyrus Eblis,” “Beneath a Crescent Moon,” and most recently, “Beware the Shifting Sands.”

    Travel Stories, History & Sustainability
    11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Travel stories have long been a part of our culture and myths, especially the personal life stories of tours, vacations and trips both real and imagined. From our nomadic beginnings as humans, travel history and the tourism industry have evolved with the increasing mobility from walking, ships and railroads of the European grand tours, cars, Jetliners and 10,000 passenger cruise ships of today, making the tourism industry arguably the largest industry in the U.S. and the world.

    We will explore individual travel stories and events, structure of the travel and packaged tour industry, evolution of destinations, impacts including the shock of climate change and the travelers’ evaluation of sustainable travel.

    Instructor: Bill Obenour, Ph.D. is a retired professor whose research focused on the meanings of the journey to long-term traveler, destination image and sustainable tourism strategies. He taught at East Carolina University, Bowling Green University and the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He earned his Ph.D. in parks recreation and tourism management from Clemson University and his M.Ed. from Bowling Green State University. In his free time, he has traveled to approximately 45 countries and 47 of the 50 states.

    Water Aerobics (continued)
    12-12:50 p.m.
    1-1:50 p.m.
    2-2:50 p.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    American Government: Role of Government, People & Political Parties
    1-2:30 p.m.

    This course is intended to provide students with a deeper understanding of the basic principles and practices of American government. As a class, we will discuss current events in politics and sort through the facts of our government. The class will cover the role of government and public opinion, the news media, and the role of political parties.

    Instructor: Jamaal Craig is an Associate Professor at the Community College of Allegheny County where he teaches courses in Ethnic and Diversity Studies and Political Science.

    He holds a master’s degree in public policy from New England College and a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Tennessee. He has taught courses including Political Science 101, American Government, State and Local Government and the U.S. Constitution.

    Mr. Craig is the lead faculty of the Youth Civic Leadership Academy, a program that partners with the City of Pittsburgh to help youth develop transferable skills, competencies and experiential learning necessary to thrive as civic leaders, community stewards and change-makers.

    In addition to his teaching experience, Mr. Craig has extensive experience working in government at the federal, state and local levels.

    Intro to Water Class (continued)
    3-3:45 p.m.

    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? Join this small, personalized class to become a safer, more comfortable and competent swimmer.

    This class is for new beginner non-swimmers.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding, and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    A History in All Lives: Shakespeare’s History Plays
    3-4:30 p.m.

    This term we will explore the third major category of plays by Shakespeare, those based on British history. The five selected will be Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, Henry V and Richard III.

    Each is a story of king but also of the country going through conflict—with others but mainly with itself. We also will meet one of the great comic characters: Sir John Falstaff.

    There is a lot of real history involved in these plays, like the very true battle of Agincourt in Henry V, but it also is the Bard’s interpretation of the people and times, and maybe of his own times.

    Instructor: Michael Young has over three decades of teaching experience at schools like the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University and over 20 years at La Roche. His Ph.D. in writing and literature is from the University of Cincinnati.

    Dr. Young has given numerous conference presentations and published articles on Shakespeare’s plays, poetry, bringing Shakespeare into the classroom and the plays’ adaptations into film and television, along with the editorial work on the book, “Everyone’s Shakespeare,” by noted Yale professor Maynard Mack.

    He has won teaching awards at two major universities, was awarded a Faculty Enrichment grant by the Canadian government and is the author of dozens of other articles and essays, along with short stories and poems.

  • Wednesday

    Private Swim Lessons (continued)

    $35 per 30 minute lesson.
    Call 412-536-1026 to register.
    Have you always wanted to feel comfortable in the water, but you were too afraid or intimidated to try? Want to begin to learn to swim but never had the chance? This individual lesson classes provides one-on-one attention and privacy for you to become a safer, more comfortable, and competent swimmer. Lessons can be for any level.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 2 or 3, depending on day.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    Muscle Conditioning: Strength & Endurance – Beginner
    (continued)
    9-10 a.m.
    10-11 a.m.

    Build muscle strength and endurance in this group fitness class. We will use dumbbell weights and other equipment to move through a variety of muscle fitness exercises with little rest between exercises. Modifications and a range of weights will be offered. Participants should have adequate mobility for this class. Weights will be provided, but participants are advised to bring a mat and water.

    This is a beginner to advanced beginner exercise class. Members will be able to register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to get you to total three fitness classes. Water and Water Aerobics require a Plus membership.

    This program runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ed.D., is an assistant professor in the Health Sciences Department at La Roche University.

    Dr. Shimko earned her Bachelor of Arts in dance from Slippery Rock University, and her M.S. in exercise physiology and Ed.D. in healthy and physical activity from the University of Pittsburgh. She is a certified exercise physiologist, a certified strength and conditioning specialist and registered yoga teacher (200 hour).

    Dr. Shimko previously worked as a personal trainer and still loves teaching group fitness. She believes that taking classes, as well as finding a supportive social network, is a great way to improve our physical health and fitness and meet our individual goals.

    Water Aerobics (continued)
    10-10:50 a.m.
    11-11:50 a.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    North Park Multisport Adventure with L.L. Bean
    10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

    Join L.L. Bean's passionate and professional instructors on a five-week multisport adventure! Each week you will be introduced to a new sport in a fun and supportive way that could spark a new recreational passion or be a great refresher for something you haven't done in a while. The activities will include all necessary equipment and instruction. No prior experience required!
    • Week 1: Archery
    • Week 2: Fly Casting
    • Week 3: Stand up Paddle Boarding
    • Week 4: Geocaching
    • Week 5: Kayak
    The cost for this course is $125 and includes all supplies for the programs. This course will be held off-site at North Park and transportation is on your own.

    Classic American Drama
    11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

    We’ll read and discuss one play a week from the golden age of American Theatre. We’ll chose from: “Cat on a Hot Tin Roof,” “Picnic,” “All My Sons,” “All the Way Home,” “Dark at the Top of the Stairs,” “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Glass Menagerie” and others.

    Instructor: Rebecca Fishel Bright, MFA, is a former professional actor with a specialty in acting and directing for Shakespeare. She has performed with Chicago Shakespeare, Milwaukee Repertory Company, Great Lake Shakespeare Festival, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, Stan Hywett Shakespeare, Theatre Voices, Cleveland Women’s Theater Project and Ohio Valley Summer Theatre, among many others.

    Following her career as an actress, she began teaching in University Theatre Departments such as SUNY – Albany, University of Akron and Southern Illinois University. For 20 years she shepherded bright-eyed young things through the rigors of acting training and experiences in directing.

    While Shakespeare is closest to her heart, Rebecca has performed in many of the great American classics such as “All My Sons,” “Picnic,” “Cat On A Hot Tin Roof,” “All the Way Home” and “The Miracle Worker.” She currently teaches Acting for Grownups and the Physical Aspects of Communication at Beaver County Community College.

    Swim Lessons: Beginner/Advanced Beginner (continued)
    12:30-1:15 p.m.

    This class is for those who have some comfort in the water but are still not moving through the water like they want.

    This class will teach you how to move through the water and become even more comfortable. Join this small, personalized class to become a safer, more comfortable and competent swimmer.

    This class is for people who can put their face in the water and are willing to step out of their comfort zone.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 3.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    Tai Chi (continued)
    12:30-1:30 p.m. & 1:30-2:30 p.m.

    Tai Chi is a low-impact set of movements that benefits the mind and the body. Some of the benefits include improved balance and flexibility, better focus and concentration, stress reduction and overall wellbeing. The movements are done in a slow, relaxed, coordinated manner that helps increase circulation to the brain and the internal organs.

    Tai Chi helps regulate the nervous system, which sends signals to the brain that enhances our reaction skills. Each movement has a specific name and purpose.

    The classes will begin with working on the beginner 24 movement form and progressing to the advanced 108 movement form. Chi kung (breathing exercises,) postures and footwork will be covered in each class.

    The course runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation. As part of three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    Instructor: Sifu David Slaughter began training in Chinese Martial arts at the early age of eight years old.

    Over decades of training and teaching, Sifu realized that learning, patience and discipline pave the long path to wisdom. Sifu carries forward this philosophy—a philosophy that characterized traditional Chinese “closed school” systems—into an open school where his teaching style demonstrates that every student should be taught what the individual student is ready to learn.

    At the core of Sifu’s teaching are two foundational elements: the training of the body to build confidence in the individual’s physical abilities, and training of the mind to release personal ego that often gets us into trouble.

    Sifu Slaughter’s reputation for sincerity, patience in teaching and dedication to his art have become widely known and respected throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area and beyond.

    Swim Lessons: Stroke Refinement (continued)
    1:15-2 p.m.

    This class is for those who are able to swim but want to improve their stroke or endurance. We will focus on a number of strokes including front and back crawl, breast stroke, elementary back stroke and others. Join this small, personalized class to become a stronger and more efficient swimmer.

    This program runs through both Summer Term sessions and skips July 3.

    Instructor: Cathy Fodor has taught water aerobics, swimming lessons, lifeguarding and many other aquatic programs for over 30 years. She is a certified Silver Sneakers instructor and enjoys creating fun aqua workouts for older adults.

    History of Broadway Through the Decades
    1:30-3 p.m.

    We will begin by learning the history of how singing stories on stage (opera) led to Broadway and how it developed from there. We’ll highlight shows through the decades, famous actors, famous sayings, and of course, the most memorable songs!

    Instructor: Caterina Santucci has been on the stage beginning as a child performing with the Pittsburgh Playhouse, the Chancery Lane Players and others. She studied piano and voice with Pittsburgh's finest: Robert Cardillo, Shirley Barasch and Miriam Kelly. Her professional career as a singer and recording artist began after she was discovered at an Italian festival, and she went on to record popular and contemporary music for 10 years.

    Upon returning to Pittsburgh, Ms. Santucci opened her school of music and has been teaching in the public and private sectors for over 20 years. She received her music education from Duquesne University, a political science and Western European studies degree from the University of Pittsburgh, and graduated with honors from City University of New York.

    Functional Fitness – Intermediate/Advanced (continued)
    3:45-4:45 p.m.

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury. Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes, and bring water and a towel.

    This is a fast-paced exercise class. Participants must be able to handle physical activity and be able to move easily and quickly up and down from the floor.

    Members can register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes.

    This program runs through both summer sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.

    Wines of the Loire Valley & Southern France
    5-6:30 p.m.

    In this class we will explore the wines of three different regions of France. We will start with wines from the Loire Valley in Central France and move south to Provence, including the Rhone Valley and finally the Languedoc Roussillon region. These areas all produce wines that are excellent for summer sipping.

    Each week students will have the opportunity to sample three to five wines alongside small food items that will serve to cleanse the palate between tastings.

    This course will have a course fee of $40 to cover the cost of the wines and small food items. This course will meet for three weeks and end July 24.

    Instructor: Patty Jones has been an avid wine enthusiast for many years. She had a 35-plus year career in technology/software development and decided several years ago to leave full-time employment in the technology field to pursue formal education and certification in wine.

    Ms. Jones began courses through the Wine & Spirits Educational Trust (WSET). The WSET, a global organization founded in 1969, is headquartered in London and generally regarded as one of the world’s leading providers of wine education. She has achieved the WSET Level 3 Award in wine and has been teaching wine classes at a local distributer/importer for more than two years.

    The Cradle of Western Civilization – Greece: An Unforgettable Journey to Antiquity

    6:30-8 p.m.

    (Skip May 29, June 19 & July 3)

    Greece, officially The Hellenic Republic, is the birthplace of western civilization and one of the most historic places on the planet.

    In this class we will explore beautiful, breathtaking Greece, and its rich and majestic antiquities. The gifts to the world that came out of this gem of the Mediterranean-Aegean Seas are relevant to humanity up to this very day.

    We will learn about these important gifts to humanity, along with what it's like to visit modern Greece, and how to absorb it all!

    We will touch upon Greek culture, customs, food, attractions, myths and, of course, its rich, core language. You'll learn to speak and understand basic words and phrases that will be most useful in your travels there.

    Instructor: Joanna Zervos has taught classes in the Greek language, along with classes about Greece and Greek for Tourists for the Berlitz School of Language, the Greek Orthodox Church and for the Community College of Allegheny County. She speaks fluent Greek and is passionate about sharing her Greek culture.
  • Thursday

    Pilates for the Beginner (continued)
    8:30-9:30 a.m.


    Prepare Institute – Financial Literacy Class (July 11 & 18)
    9:30-12:30 p.m.

    Unlike financial programs that focus on a specific topic, this comprehensive course will help you see the big picture. The course examines many aspects of personal finance and how they can work together to create a complete game plan for retirement.

    With constant tax law changes, an uncertain future for Social Security, the shift toward employee-directed retirement plans, and the probable onset of widespread changes in the U.S. government the need for sound retirement strategies have never been more paramount. Today’s retirement landscape is vastly different from decades past. Retirees today demand capital preservation with growth for income now and in the future

    The risks are abundant and include sequencing risk, longevity risk, health care risk, inflation risk and market risk. This course is designed to deliver comprehensive and up-to-date information, education and knowledge to assist you to accurately prepare a retirement plan in today’s world.

    Instructor: Walt West is a volunteer financial planning professional and a part of the local Prepare Institute. The Prepare Institute is recognized by the IRS as a 501(c)3 nonprofit educational organization that provides retirement planning educational workshops and classes nationwide. Instructors are licensed and trained financial professionals with a minimum of 5-years of real-world experience in their field.

    The Prepare Institute courses and workshops do not promote or endorse any specific products or companies, and no selling is allowed. The Prepare Institute educational workshops and courses are for general, non-commercial, education only and are not intended to be construed as tax, legal or financial advice. Attendees should seek the assistance of a financial or tax professional familiar with the course material prior to implementing any of the ideas and strategies taught or discussed in this course.

    Tech Questions Answered (July 25, Aug. 1 & 8)
    10 a.m. - noon

    Join this interactive class to have a chance to getting answers to some of your tech questions. Each week we’ll cover a general topic and allow time for questions. Members will have the opportunity to submit questions in advance.

    Instructor: Jennifer Engel is the Executive Director of the Introcaso Center for Lifelong Learning. As a member of the GenX generation, she remembers the time without computers and cell phones but has grown up using them. She has spent a great deal of time training and supporting people with the use of their iPhone and other forms of technology.

    Crime, Terror & The Environment
    1-2:30 p.m.

    This course integrates criminal justice, national security studies, political science and natural sciences in a study of globalization’s influence on international crime and terrorism that is linked to the natural environment.

    Subjects including resource scarcity, pollution, desertification, species elimination and climate change will be explored by examining their effects on communities that are linked to the world’s ecosystems.

    The main focus will be on the increasing power and danger of global crime and terror organizations, and how they use the natural environment as a target for their illegal activities.

    Instructor: Mike McKeown is a recently retired Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Supervisory Special Agent . He joined the FBI in 1997 and worked for most of his career on cyber investigations for the FBI. His cyber work for the FBI included working as a Cyber Assistant Legal Attache in Ukraine and at the European Union’s Europol Center in The Hague, Netherlands. Following his retirement from the FBI, Mr. McKeown became an Assistant Professor at La Roche.

    Loom Weaving
    1-4 p.m.

    Step into the world of rigid heddle weaving with our beginner-friendly course. Designed to introduce you to the timeless art of weaving, this course offers a step-by-step exploration of the fundamentals.

    With guidance, you'll learn how to set up and use a rigid heddle loom with ease. Dive into the essentials of project planning, including selecting materials and mastering basic weaving techniques such as the sturdy plain weave.

    As you progress, you'll have the opportunity to apply your newfound skills by creating a variety of beginner-friendly projects. From crafting your first scarf to weaving table runners, coasters, pot holders and rugs, each project is tailored to build your confidence and expand your abilities.

    Whether you're completely new to weaving or seeking to refresh your skills, this course provides a supportive environment for you to thrive. Join us and embark on an exciting journey into the world of weaving, where you'll unlock your creativity and create beautiful pieces to cherish.

    Instructor: Maura Edwards is an alumna of La Roche University, where she obtained her bachelor's degree in history with a special interest of British monarchs. Currently serving as the library assistant at La Roche, Maura harbors a deep passion for history, constantly seeking avenues to delve deeper into her field.

    Introduced to rigid heddle weaving in November 2023 through a class at Old Economy Village, Maura quickly found herself enamored with the craft. Since then, she has fervently pursued her newfound interest, teaching herself to create an array of projects using various materials and color schemes. Her journey in weaving is marked by a continuous pursuit of knowledge, as she diligently researches new techniques and patterns to expand her repertoire.

    Fueled by her passion for weaving and a desire to share her creations with others, Maura recently launched a small side business called Heddle & Yarn Co. Through this venture, she endeavors to showcase the beauty of woven projects and offer them to a wider audience. Driven by her love for learning and a desire to inspire others, Maura is eager to embark on new adventures and share her enthusiasm for history and weaving with the world.

    Jane Austen & Philosophy
    2-3:15 p.m.

    Calling all Janeites! In this interactive discussion class, we will apply philosophical questions or ideas to the plots and characters of these beloved novels.!

    This course will largely focus on three novels: "Pride and Prejudice," "Sense and Sensibility," and "Persuasion." If you don't want to read (or reread) them, the instructor recommends the following film adaptations, which are all available on various streaming sites: the six-part BBC production of "Pride and Prejudice," starring Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle, Emma Thompson's film "Sense and Sensibility" and the BBC film, "Persuasion," starring Amanda Root and Ciaran Hinds. All three were originally shown in 1995.

    Please note: This course will be in person, but the instructor will be virtual.

    Instructor: Sarah Rosenson is an experienced educator with years of professional experience leading lively discussions with adults in various settings, including retirement communities, Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, synagogues and Jewish Community Centers.

    Her undergraduate degree in government is from Georgetown University (B.A.), and she has a law degree from the University of Pennsylvania (J.D.). In addition she holds a master’s degree in Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute. For over a decade, she taught classes on ethics, the Bible and world religions to high school and middle school students at a private Quaker school.

    Green Energy & Climate Change: Economic Opportunity or Economic Disaster?
    4-5:30 p.m.

    This five-week course will focus on the emerging green energy economic sector as well as the forces driving government policy in relation to climate change. Topics will include the use of government subsidies to drive consumer choice, who are leading advocates for green economic plans, and who are leading critics of green economic policy?

    Instructor: Paul Kasunich, Ed.D., holds a Bachelor of Science in economics, a Master of Science in education, and an Ed.D. from Duquesne University. In addition to teaching in the doctoral program at Gwynedd, he serves as Dissertation Chair for several doctoral students. From 2000 to 2006, he taught both macro and microeconomics at La Roche.

    The Great Forensic Outdoors: Outdoor Crime Scenes & How We Process Them
    6-7:30 p.m.

    This course consists of five 1.5 hour classes in which we will explore the role of various disciplines in the recovery of evidence from outdoor crime scenes.

    Each week we will address the application of different disciplines such as archaeology, entomology, botany, and geology to the recognition, collection and documentation of crime scene evidence. To do that, retired FBI Special Agent and Evidence Response Team member Mike Hochrein will lecture and present case histories relative to each topic. Attendees also will be shown different types of equipment and technology used in the examination of outdoor scenes.

    The examination and processing of outdoor scenes can be very different from that of indoor scenes. The determination of what constitutes the scene, the exposure of evidence to the elements, the methods used to conceal evidence, and the transfer of environmental matter from the scene are typically not presented in indoor, or sheltered, crime scenes. Therefore, they require the joint investigative efforts of law enforcement and experts in the various disciplines.

    This course is an example of what would be presented to law enforcement officers to make them aware of the scientists and specialists who could help them in their investigations, and to alert them to the types of environmental evidence which could affect their cases.

    Instructor: Michael J. Hochrein is an adjunct faculty for the Department of Justice, Law and Security of La Roche University and a consultant for HD Forensics in Erie, Pennsylvania. He retired from the FBI in 2017, after more than 29 years as a Special Agent.

    In his capacity as a Special Agent, he participated in the investigations of matters ranging from violent crimes, financial and government fraud, as well as child pornography. Former Agent Hochrein was a member of the FBI’s Evidence Response Team (ERT) Program since its initiation in the mid-1990s.

    As a certified police instructor in various topics related to the collection of evidence and management of crime scenes, he developed and conducted training for local, state and federal law enforcement as well as medico-legal practitioners and academic audiences ranging from high school to graduate school.

    Former Agent Hochrein was a contributor to the FBI’s Evidence Response Team Field Reference Guide. He is also the author and co-author of several peer-reviewed articles on topics of forensic archaeology and forensic geotaphonomy. In addition, he continues to compile and update an extensive bibliography for many aspects of crime scene investigation.

    He maintains memberships in American Academy of Forensic Sciences, the International Association for Identification and the International Homicide Investigators Association.
  • Friday

    Core Strength & Stability – Intermediate/Advanced
    (continued)
    8-9 a.m.

    Looking to increase your balance, posture and gain flexibility in your everyday life? This workout class will concentrate on abdominal muscles, the back and your mid-section to build muscle strength and protect you from injury.

    Building your core can provide you a more stable base for your joints, improve your posture and coordination, and lead you to feel stronger with less strain.

    Participants must be able to handle physical activity and be able to move easily and quickly up and down from the floor. Some equipment will be used and is provided. Participants are encouraged to wear tennis shoes and bring water and a towel.

    This is a fast-paced exercise class and at the intermediate/advanced level.

    Members will be able to register for up to three fitness classes total (plus a Water Aerobics if you are a Plus member). As part of the three fitness classes, you can take up to a maximum of two at your level, plus any number of general levels to total three fitness classes. Aqua and Water Aerobics still require a Plus membership.

    This program runs through both summer sessions and for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Instructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D. is an assistant professor in the Education Department at La Roche. She graduated from La Roche in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education and a minor in psychology. She holds a master’s degree from Chatham University, K-12 principal certification from Slippery Rock University, and a Superintendents Letter of Eligibility from California University of Pennsylvania. In 2015 she obtained a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh in educational leadership.

    Her passion for teaching and exercise is combined at Cyclebar North Hills, where she is an indoor cycling instructor, and at F45, where she will be a trainer in early 2022. Currently she is completing her coursework to become as NASM-certified personal trainer. Dr. Peck also competes annually in Spartan Races. This past year she completed her fourth Spartan Trifecta.


    Water Aerobics (continued)
    10-11:50 a.m.
    11-11:50 a.m.

    Join us for a low-impact but high-intensity water aerobics class where no swimming skills are needed. This class is designed to improve flexibility, range of motion, strength, muscle tone and cardiovascular endurance while using the resistance of the water to cushion the feet, knees and back. Exercises are performed to lively, motivating music, and are effective and easy to follow.

    The program runs though both sessions for approximately 10-12 weeks. Specific dates will be listed in your registration confirmation.

    Plus members may register for one water aerobics class per term as part of their membership. If Plus Members take an additional class beyond their free day, it is $50 for one additional day, and the cost includes both sessions of ~10 sessions, or $100 for two additional days (both sessions or ~20 classes total).

    This class is open to LRU faculty/staff and the public for a fee. Public: $100 for one day/week per term, $175 for two days/week and $225 for three days/week.

    Instructor: Deb Carrera has served the aquatic fitness industry for over 20 years as a water aerobics and swimming instructor. She holds a specialized certification in Deep Water Fitness, along with Aquatic Fitness Professional certification from the Aquatic Exercise Association. She teaches a variety of aquatic classes, open to all levels and abilities. Ms. Carrera’s passion is to help people achieve their goals through the routine practice of Aquatic Fitness. In her spare time, she enjoys nature, kayaking, biking, hiking, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.