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It’s never too late to learn
By Jane Peterson |

AH, THE SIMPLE joys of childhood, when we counted the years until college graduation and that miraculous moment when
there’s no more school-ever! By then, we figured, we’d have learned it all, and we’d be smart. But things
were pretty cut and dried in those days; kindergarten was full of frenzied 5-year-olds, high school was meant for
free-spirited teenagers and college was strictly for young adults. Today, though, college campuses are dotted with
faces of “young adults” from 18 to 80, those still striving to “be smart” as well as those who make the most of the
campus services that many of us assume are limited to full-fledged students.

Here in the Dallas area, we’re especially lucky because college campuses can be found around almost every corner.
Thousands of Dallasites participate in continuing-education programs at any number of area colleges and
universities, and those who know also visit campuses for everything from legal clinics and art museums to health
clinics and planetari-ums. All it takes is a little elementary investigation. We’ve undertaken Lesson Number One for
you and have discovered some of the basics to get you off and on your way back to school-for whatever reason.


University Lecture Series spotlights members of the SMU faculty in theme lectures that sometimes include
travel. Three series beginning this month are “The Many Faces of Depression” (seminar, limited to 25 at $75 per
person; Mondays, October 17 through Novem-ber 7 from 9:30 to 10:45 a.m., R.L. Thornton Alumni Center); “Discover
Santa Fe Tour,” conducted by Dr. Anne Woosley, SMU professor of Anthropology; October 19 through 23 $625); and “King
Richard and the Round Table: A Congressional Odyssey” (Mondays, October 24 through 28 at 11 a.m., R.L. Thornton
Alumni Center, $75, lunch included). Call 692-2532 for more information.

Continuing Education: General. Each semester, the School of Continuing Education conducts about 75
programs, including informal courses, lectures, seminars and tours that range from country /Western dancing and
nutrition to real estate investing and stock market analysis.

Perkins School of Theology has programs for both professional church workers and laymen. For more
information, call 692-2124.

The Southwest Graduate School of Banking provides banking education through seminars and classes. For more
information, call 692-2996.

Bradfield Computer Center offers free three-hour courses on weekday evenings. “Introduction to the Computer
Center,” “Beginning Terminal Usage,” “Text Editing,” “File Management,” “Tape Usage” and “Terminal Usage for
Fortran, Basic and Cobol” are some of the topics included. For a complete schedule of classes, call User Services,

The Reading Center offers non-credit classes for high school students interested in College Entrance
Examination Preparation (CEEP). Optimum Reading, Attention, Comprehension, Learning Efficiency (ORACLE) promotes
growth in vocabulary comprehension, reading rate and learning efficiency. Adults and those who speak English as a
second language can benefit from ORACLE classes, too. For more information, call 692-2092.

Upward Bound is a yearlong program that prepares high school students from low-income families for college
admission and helps them apply for financial aid. Students spend six to eight weeks during the summer on a college
campus, where they participate in academic, cultural and social activities to acquaint them with college life.
During the rest of the year, students attend meetings and are counseled and tutored in their own communities. For
more information, call Thomas A. Edwards, director of Upward Bound at SMU, 692-2364.

Edwin L. Cox School of Business provides the business community with resources and research on a variety of
subjects. It also created “Business Conditions Briefings” for business leaders to hear nationally known economy and
business experts speak on current issues. In addition, numerous conferences are held by the Caruth Institute of
Owner-Managed Business, Costa Institute of Real Estate Finance, the SMU Management Center and the Maguire Oil and
Gas Institute.

The Management Center has scheduled 19 seminars for September, including “Management Skills for Women in Business,”
“Assertive Management” and “Profit and Cash Flow Management.” Call 692-3255 for more information.

The Meadows School of the Arts offers a wealth of programs in dance, film, art, music and theater, as well as
lectures. Faculty and student concerts are scheduled daily in Caruth Auditorium. Some are free; others have an
admission fee. Call 692-2628 for events information.

Theatre SMU performs at the Bob Hope and Margo Jones theaters. Trojan Women is scheduled for October;
Charley’s Aunt, for November. Call 692-2573 for tickets and information.

The Meadows Museum. The museum contains one of the finest collections of Spanish art outside of Spain. More
than 100 paintings by such artists as Velázquez, Ribera, Zurbarén, Murillo, Goya, Picasso and Mir6 are on exhibit.
The museum also has a sculpture garden and a gallery for rotating exhibitions. The garden contains works by some of
the pivotal sculptors of the 20th century: Rodin, Maillot, Lipchitz, Giacometti, Henry Moore, David Smith, Claes
Oldenburg, Marino Marini and Isamu Noguchi.

University Gallery shows temporary exhibits and faculty and student works throughout the year. For a list of
future shows, call 692-2740. The museum and gallery are open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and
Sunday from 1 to 5 p.m. Group tours can be arranged through the museum office, with at least one week’s notice.

Legal clinics. The SMU School of Law operates clinics that provide services for Dallas County residents who
cannot afford to pay for legal assistance. Law students who have completed at least half of the hours required for
graduation are responsible for interviewing clients, drafting instruments and the trying of civil, criminal and tax
cases. Faculty members supervise the students. For information, call 692-2562.


Continuing Education. Thirty to SO courses, programs and seminars in professional development and personal
enrichment are offered each semester. The Institute for Small Business Management, co-sponsored by the Dallas
Chamber of Commerce, provides a series of seminars and short courses, including “Computers for Small Business,”
“Starting a Small Business” and “Customer-Client Relations.” A conference on entrepreneurship has been added this
year, also.

“The Business of Writing,” an all-day seminar that focuses on new writers, is scheduled for October 1 from 8:30 a.m.
to 6:30 p.m. Sixteen workshops address different areas, such as script writing, religious writing, romance-novel
writing and non-fiction writing. A course entitled “It’s Your Move: Coping With Relocation” helps families deal with
the problems of moving. For brochures and more information, call 690-2204.

Callier Theater of the Deaf. Callier Center for Communication Disorders has been affiliated with the
university since 1975. Callier and UTD present productions that include spoken and sung dialogue, American sign
language, music, dance and mime. The hearing and the hearing-impaired work together in theater presentations that an
audience of both the hearing and the hearing-impaired can enjoy. Tickets cost $6 for adults; $4 for students,
children under 12 and persons 65 and older.

This year, the theater also offers Friday Forum, which includes a question-and-answer session. After a performance,
the audience meets with the actors, director, designers and stage technicians. For additional information, call
783-3041; deaf and hearing-impaired can also use this TTY number.

Library Collections. The History of Aviation Collection boasts a research library second only to the one at
the Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum Library in Washington, D.C. The aviation collection is
housed in McDermott Library in the special-collections area. The special collections also include the Southwest’s
best research library for stamp collectors. The collection area is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon
and 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call 690-2570.

Astronomical Observatory. The observatory schedules an open house each month from September through May.
Visitors can use the observatory’s telescope, which can magnify images up to 500 times. For days and available
hours, call 690-2836.


Community Education (non-credit courses). A collection of mini-courses, lectures, exhibits, concerts, movies
and special presentations are offered on a non-credit basis. Offerings for the fall include mini-courses such as
“Irish History Illustrated: Armchair Travelogue,” “A Stab at James Joyce’s Ulysses” and “Parenting
Adolescents: A Survival Kit.” For a complete list of programs, contact Sandra Connell or Marge Cruse, 721-5225.

German Fortnight Events. The university has planned a series of events to complement the Neiman-Marcus German
Fortnight, October 17 to November 5. The programs include a German expressionists art exhibit with gallery lectures
by art professors Mark Lavatelli and Heri Bartscht and a production of Bertolt Brecht’s The Good Person of
Also offered are “Is God a Teuton?,” reflections on the possibility of salvation for non-Germans by
Rev. Peter Phan, a professor of theology; the film Faust; and “Our Observer in Germany Writes,” a lecture on
Germany today, given by English professor Michael Platt. For more information regarding Fortnight events, call

Lectures. Distinguished speakers address the public through the Eugene McDermott Lectureship and the Helen
Corbett Lectures on Excellence. Recent speakers have been J. Carter Brown, director of the National Gallery of Art,
Washington, D.C.; philosopher Paul Weiss; and educator Marva Collins. This year, the Eugene McDermott Lecturer, Dr.
Seymour Slive (director of the Fogg Art Museum), will speak January 31. The lecture, which was planned in
conjunction with the opening of the Dallas Museum of Art, will be held in the new museum downtown. For information,
call 721-5225.


Continuing Education. The university offers some unusual courses among the 80 or so continuing education
classes. “The Assassination of John F. Kennedy: 20 Years Later” examines the aftermath of the death of the president
through film, photographs, lectures, ques-tion-and-answer sessions and invited guests. The course will be taught on
Thursdays (October 6 through November 17) from 7 to 9 p.m. The fee is $35. “Training for a Career as a Travel Agent”
prepares students in world geography and reservation procedures for airline flights, tours, cruises and hotel rooms.
The course costs $195 plus $20 for a required text. It is scheduled for October 10 to November 16 (Mondays and
Wednesdays) from 7 to 10 p.m.

Don Praeger, a licensed captain, teaches “Basic Sailing and Seamanship” on Lake Arlington and Lake Whitney. The
course includes basic sailing navigation, charting of weather conditions, boat handling and rules of the road, as
well as boat and equipment maintenance (instruction is aboard a 22-foot Catalina). The course runs from September 27
to November 12; classes are on campus Tuesday and Thursday nights; Saturdays will be spent on the lakes for active
sailing participation. The fee is $85 per person or $160 per couple. For a catalog and registration in continuing
education classes, call (metro) 273-2581.

Other continuing education courses geared to professionals are offered by various departments and schools such as
the Nursing Department, the Graduate School of Social Work and the Institute of Urban Studies.

Recitals and concerts. The music department sponsors many faculty, student and guest recitals (14 are
scheduled for October). Most performances are held in Irons Recital Hall and are free; some have a $3.50 admission
fee. Call (metro) 273-3471 for schedules.

Planetarium shows. The planetarium, adjacent to Preston Hall, has scheduled two shows each month during
September, October, November and December. Tickets are $2 for adults, $1 for children and students. Call Dr. Ulrich
Herrmann, (metro) 273-2963 for more information.


Continuing Education. The seven colleges in the district offer hundreds of continuing education opportunities
each year. Short-term courses, seminars and workshops teach everything from cooking, sewing and flower arranging to
dog obedience, motorcycle riding and auto repair. Classes in business management, real estate and computer skills,
tennis, ballet, hang gliding and yoga are offered. Programs for teens and children are also available.

Phone numbers for the continuing education departments at all seven Dallas County Community Colleges are listed
below. Call the college nearest you for a catalog.

Brookhaven College 620-4715

Cedar Valley College 372-8212

Eastfield College 324-7018

El Centra College 746-2141

Mountain View College 333-8612

North Lake College 659-5200

Richland College 238-6147


Continuing Education. A variety of non-credit courses in subjects ranging from astronomy and income tax
preparation to candle-wicking and country /Western dancing are offered each semester. Most courses last several
weeks, usually meet one night a week and cost little to attend. For schedules and descriptions, call (metro)

Clinics and health services: Dental hygiene clinic. For a nominal charge (about $3 a semester), the
clinic provides teeth cleaning, X-rays, fluoride treatments and examinations. Disease control clinics are also
scheduled. Junior and senior students, supervised by faculty members, provide the services in a learning situation.
Both children and adults who live in Denton may be accepted for treatment. Patients are screened by completing a
health history form. No appointment is necessary for the screening examination, which lasts 15 minutes. Hours change
each semester. Call (817) 382-2567 or (817) 382-2568 for more information.

Speech and hearing clinic. The clinic serves as a laboratory for students in the department of communication
services. Children and adult residents of North Texas who need remedial help with speech, language or hearing
problems may apply for therapy. Both individual and group therapy are available on an outpatient basis free of
charge. For information, call (817) 387-6160.

Institute for Mental and Physical Development. Diagnosis, treatment, training and education for children and
some adults who have physical or mental handicaps is available. Students majoring in health-related disciplines
(including everything from psychology and physical therapy to home economics and physical education) offer their
services while training. North Texas residents are accepted free of charge on a space-available basis. To apply,
call (817) 387-7090.

Texas Women: A Celebration of History, which toured the state for two years, is now permanently on view in
the main library. The exhibit, a project of the Texas Foundation for Women’s Resources, reveals the major roles
women played in the development of Texas. Call (817) 566-6145 for library hours.

A collection of the gowns of Texas’ first ladies includes both actual garments and copies of dresses worn by wives
of the governors of Texas and the presidents of the Republic of Texas. The collection, assembled by the Texas
Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, is in the Human Development Building and is open Monday through
Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tours and meeting space can be arranged for groups. Call (817) 382-8821.


IRS Auditing Clinic. Taxpayers who have been notified by the Internal Revenue Service that they are being
audited are eligible for clinics on the Denton campus and at NTSU’s Dallas facility at 6920 Meadow Road. Supervised
graduate accountants go over tax returns, help clients gather documentation and point out overlooked deductions.
They do not, however, prepare tax returns. To arrange to attend a clinic, call the accounting department, (metro)

Elderhostel. No other area campus currently offers this program, which has been quite a success. Citizens
over 60 are brought to the campus for a week of educational and cultural experiences. They live in dorms, eat on
campus and attend concerts, exhibits, lectures and programs, all for a minimal charge. For information, call (817)

Museum. The Historical Collection’s permanent exhibits include an outstanding doll collection, a
comprehensive historical gun collection, glassware, musical stones on which visitors may play tunes and old musical
instruments. The Historical Collection is open daily from 1 to 5 p.m. For information, call (817) 565-2386.

Concerts. Faculty and student recitals and concerts run continually. Each fall and spring, the One O’Clock
Lab Band and eight other lab bands present concerts. The Symphonic Wind Ensemble and three concert bands, as well as
chamber and symphony orchestras, play for both students and the public during fall and spring semesters. Most
programs are free. For schedules, call Julia Ferre at (817) 565-3705.