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Winter-Spring 2018 Classes G.O.A.L. courses encompass the study of history, arts, sciences, literature/writing, wellness, and other topics. Our aim is to provide adults 50 years and older a no-stress, continuing education environment that includes interesting lectures, stimulating discussions, and social interaction; all at a very reasonable price. Classes are offered at Carpenter Park Recreation Center.


G.O.A.L. G.O.A.L. MEMBERSHIPS

Please visit or call Carpenter Park Recreation Center at 972-208-8087 to register for all G.O.A.L. classes.

With the purchase of a G.O.A.L. membership ($112), individuals 50 years and older can register for up to six G.O.A.L. continuing education classes out of roughly 20-25 classes being offered each session for free. These same classes average $48 for non-G.O.A.L. members. A G.O.A.L. membership also gives you the opportunity to register early and guarantees you a spot in the class of your choice. Classes meet anywhere from one to six weeks. Purchase your G.O.A.L. membership at Carpenter Park Recreation Center.

Featured Instructor

Art

Fred Smith Lone Star Nation Charles Fred Smith is a native Texan who served 40 years in the U.S. Army and retired in 1995 as a Brigadier General. Mr. Smith has a B.S. degree in Chemistry from Abilene Christian University and a M.S. degree in Physical Chemistry from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. He is a graduate of the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College and the Army War College. He has had numerous military assignments all over the world and retired in Plano. He is presently an instructor in the SAIL Program of Collin College. His primary area of instruction is modern (post 1800) history with a particular interest in the 20th Century. Summary: Texas is unique in that it joined the union as an established and recognized nation. The story of how this happened is an adventure in learning, as Texas is a meld of cultures that came together at a critical time in United States history. In many ways, Texas provided the backdrop for the idea of Manifest Destiny, or the settling of the West. The story of Texas is the story of America in a nutshell. Learn how this unique gathering of white settlers, Mexicans, Native Americans, AfricanAmerican slaves, fugitives and even a couple of politicians whom their voters sent packing ultimately became something greater than the sum of its parts.

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Modern Architecture

Explore Modern Architectural History (1880’s - present) by taking virtual tours of some of the world’s most famous cities. Learn modern influences affecting each city’s development, famous modern landmarks and their importance to the city’s fabric, and visit the interior of some of the world’s newest structures. The first course will focus on Chicago, Paris, New York, Barcelona, and Houston. The second course will focus on London, Las Vegas, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Dubai.

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4:30pm-5:30pm 4:30pm-5:30pm

2/5 3/12

4 Tari 5 Tari

$40 $40

The Life & Works of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci painted some of the world’s most appreciated works of art, but this universal genius of the Italian Renaissance also conceptualized such modern marvels as the tank, “flying machines,” cannons, solar power, and the calculator. Needless to say, his life was not what you might expect. Join us as we study this man’s art and technical ingenuity, and examine the models behind some of his inventions.

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1:30pm-3pm 1:30pm-2:30pm 1:30pm-3pm

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$25 $25 $25


G.O.A.L. Royal Palaces & Gems

History Ancient Sites of Persia

Join us in exploring Persian ruins and Persian historic sites and find the best places to view Persian Empire history.

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11am-Noon 11am-Noon 11am-Noon

2/2 3/16 4/27

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$40 $40 $40

Immigration History of the United States

We will cover the history of American immigration since the beginning of the 19th century, with special emphasis on naturalization and permanent residency. We will also discover how such things changed after the 1965 immigration law.

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3:30pm-5pm 3pm-4:30pm

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Join us and learn about the making of a serial killer through the eyes of the FBI. In this class, you will learn how the bureau creates profiles for these individuals and will listen to several interviews from real-life serial killers from behind bars. CAR Th CAR Th CAR Th

3pm-4:30pm 3pm-4:30pm 3pm-4:30pm

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$25 $25 $25

Life & Legacy

This is a historical look at the role seniors play in societal norms. Explore how your role as a precious natural resource will be an invaluable catalyst for generations to come.

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10am-11:30am 10am-11:30am

2/1 3/22

6 Daniels 6 Daniels

$63 $63

My Memories Supporting the Space Program

Phil Pollacia, who supported and was present in the mission control for many notable space missions, will review the facts and emotions from his point of view.

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1pm-3pm 1pm-3pm

4/11 4/25

1 Pollacia 1 Pollacia

$17 $17

Paper Clips: A Symbol of Solidarity

The year was 2001, a year when terror shook our country and shocked the world. Yet, nestled in the small town of Whitwell, Tenn., a lesson of compassion and acceptance was being taught. How many is 6 million? Learn how this innocent question led to the start of a Holocaust project that changed a community and spanned time, distance, and differences.

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10am-11am 10am-11am 10am-11am

2/2 3/16 4/20

4 Wexler 5 Wexler 4 Wexler

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$32 $40 $32

3:30pm-4:30pm

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6 Tari

$48

Venice-History, Art & Travel

This class aims to convey the intriguing beauties of Venice, Italy. You will discover its history, famous monuments and neighboring cities.

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$63 $63

Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer 7106 7107 7108

Explore the palaces and royal fancies of England, France, AustriaHungary, Sweden/Denmark, Russia, and Persia. Course will focus indepth on one country per class and includes information on the palaces, royal crown jewels, finery, and royal gardens from some of the world’s most opulent royalty.

9:30am-10:45am 9:30am-10:45am 9:30am-10:45am

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5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra

$50 $50 $50

Literature Memoir Writing: Your Life as a Powerful Story

Your life is filled with unique experiences-let’s help you share your story! Discover successful memoir writing principles as and begin writing your life’s journey. You will receive prompts to recollect your life walk, from the everyday journey to the extraordinary milestones. Learn to chronicle your world and life story and receive constructive feedback from other students as you write their life story in a positive, delightful and learning environment.

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11am-Noon 11am-Noon

2/2 3/23

6 Johnson 6 Johnson

$48 $48

Scribble: The Craft of the Short Story

A story is inside you waiting to be told! Learn how to plan, write, edit and publish a short story. Discover basic short story writing principles. Students will receive prompts to brainstorm short story ideas and select one story idea to turn into a short story. You will receive constructive feedback from the instructor and from other students in a positive, fun, learning environment.

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10am-11am 10am-11am 10am-11am

2/2 3/9 4/13

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$32 $32 $32

Senior Writing Segments

This class allows you to tell your story in short pieces called segments. This is not an English class, so you will not be graded, corrected, asked to use proper grammar, or even to tell the truth. You will, however, be asked to write in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

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11am-Noon 11am-Noon

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G.O.A.L. Other

Science

Financial Awareness & Asset Management

Each participant will learn all the components that make up their asset portfolio (pension, 401K, life insurance, etc.). Become more aware of easy ways to track your progress toward the overall financial goal and carefully navigate through all financial matters by creating a checklist.

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9:30am-10:30am 9:30am-10:30am

1/30 3/20

6 Hodge 6 Hodge

$48 $48

Financial Planning for the Suddenly Single

Enjoy Astronomy Without the Math

Learn about what your friends and neighbors are seeing with those telescopes in their backyards. Explore the solar system and beyond with this trip through the universe! Course includes discussions and demonstrations regarding equipment, and also includes a solar viewing session.

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3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm

If you’ve recently gone through a divorce or lost a loved one who took care of your finances, this course will help you navigate the new financial territory of being “Suddenly Single.” Explore budgeting, basic investments and taxes, scams targeting seniors, and retirement planning.

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3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm 3:30pm-4:30pm

2/1 3/8 4/12

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$32 $32 $32

Investing for Beginners

Want answers to common investment questions? Class topics will include asset allocation and investment diversification, understanding 401k rollovers, IRA’s and Roth IRA’s, mutual funds, ETF’s, stocks and bonds. We will also cover typical investment fees, advisor/no advisor, and earning income from your account. 2326

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6pm-7:30pm

2/8

1 Wigen

$13

Lonestar Nation

Texas is unique in that it joined the union as an established and recognized nation. The story of how this happened is an adventure in learning, as Texas is a meld of cultures that came together at a critical time in United States history. In many ways, Texas provided the backdrop for the idea of Manifest Destiny, or the settling of the West. The story of Texas is the story of America in a nutshell. Learn how this unique gathering of white settlers, Mexicans, Native Americans, AfricanAmerican slaves, fugitives and even a couple of politicians whom their voters sent packing ultimately became something greater than the sum of its parts. 2356

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1pm-2:30pm

1/30

5 Smith

$56

Texas Elections, Government & Political Parties

In March of each even-numbered year, Texas voters nominate November general election candidates for county, state and federal levels of government office. This class covers the political process, as codified in Texas election law, on how voters select their respective party’s political leadership and candidates for government office. 2329

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1pm-3pm

1/27

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3 Handley

2/1 3/8

4 Lashbrook 4 Lashbrook

$32 $32

Wellness Healthy Brain

Learn about sustainable practices that allow us to age as healthfully as possible. We will focus on nutrition, movement, sleep, and mindfulness.

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9am-10:30am 9am-10:30am 9am-10:30am

2/2 3/16 4/27

5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra

$56 $56 $56

Personalized Medicine & Current Developments

This course will examine what personalized medicine entails as well as its molecular basis, implications of human genome and genetic variations. Students will also learn about the current applications of personalized medicines being used in clinics. Discussions will focus on future promises of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of common diseases, as well as how personalized medicine effects our healthcare system. Learn the scientific bases of treatments and become better informed about how new innovations can change your view of healthcare and help bring down treatment costs. 2352

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2:30pm-3:30pm

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4 Sunar-Reeder $32

Social Psychology

Have you ever wondered how or why people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people? If you are fascinated by human social behavior, this interesting class is for you!

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11am-12:15pm 11am-12:15pm 11am-12:15pm

1/30 3/13 4/24

5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra 5 Malhotra

$48

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G.O.A.L. DIANE HODGE Financial Awareness and Asset Management

Our Instructors KEN BELLONI Senior Writing Segments

Ken Belloni has a B.A. degree from Southeastern Louisiana University and is an avid writer of stories, songs and poems.

Diane Hodge is a business owner with over 35 years of experience in sales, product marketing, and project management. She is very knowledgeable in the areas of financial management and asset tracking towards retirement goals. Dianne has a passion for helping others create a plan of action that puts them in control over their retirement years and a no stress view of the big picture.

Summary: This class allows you to tell your story in short pieces called segments. This is not an English class, so you will not be graded, corrected, asked to use proper grammar, or even to tell the truth. You will however, be asked to write in a welcoming and relaxed environment.

Summary: Each participant will learn all the components that make up their asset portfolio (pension, 401K, life insurance, etc.). Become more aware of easy ways to track your progress toward the overall financial goal and carefully navigate through all financial matters by creating a checklist.

YANIKA DANIELS Life and Legacy

MARK JOHNSON Scribble: The Craft of the Short Story

Yanika Daniels loves to expand her own educational experience by engaging with others to explore and uses dialogue to gain understanding, and not just knowledge. Summary: This is a historical look at the role seniors play in societal norms. Explore how your role as a precious natural resource will be an invaluable catalyst for generations to come.

Mark Johnson leads students to learn in a positive, delightful learning environment. He takes joy in helping students learn new skills, discover new ideas, and apply principles learned while having fun. Mark received his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas at Austin and received his graduate degree at Southern Methodist University. Mark is a lifelong learner.

GEBRE HABTU Immigration History of the Unite States

Summary: A story is inside you waiting to be told! Learn how to plan, write, edit and publish a short story. Discover basic short story writing principles. Students will receive prompts to brainstorm short story ideas and select one story idea to turn into a short story. You will receive constructive feedback from the instructor and from other students in a positive, fun, learning environment.

Summary: We will cover the history of American immigration since the beginning of the 19th century, with special emphasis on naturalization and permanent residency. We will also discover how such things changed after the 1965 immigration law.

Summary: Your life is filled with unique experiences-let’s help you share your story! Discover successful memoir writing principles as and begin writing your life’s journey. You will receive prompts to recollect your life walk, from the everyday journey to the extraordinary milestones. Learn to chronicle your world and life story and receive constructive feedback from other students as you write their life story in a positive, delightful and learning environment.

Gebre Habtu served in the U.S. government as an immigration officer for over 23 years. He entered the country as a refugee in 1982 and is married with two children. He and his family have lived in Plano for the last 17 years. He is an avid reader of history and current affairs.

Memoir Writing: Your Life as a Powerful Story

MICHAEL HANDLEY Texas Elections, Government, and Political Parties

Michael Handley has served the community as an election official for Collin County at the Carpenter Park Recreation Center since 2002. Summary: In March of each even-numbered year, Texas voters nominate November general election candidates for county, state and federal levels of government office. This class covers the political process, as codified in Texas election law, for how voters select their respective party’s political leadership and candidate for government office.

972-941-7250

LLOYD LASHBROOK Enjoy Astronomy Without the Math

Lloyd Lashbrook and John Wagoner are long-time members of the Astronomical Society, and enjoy time spent with a good telescope under a clear dark sky. Even more, they love to share our knowledge of the cosmos with the public. Summary: Learn about what your friends and neighbors are seeing with those telescopes in their backyards. Explore the solar system and beyond with this trip through the universe! Course includes discussions and demonstrations regarding equipment and also includes a solar viewing session.

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G.O.A.L. DAVID PLAUT The Life and Works of Leonardo da Vinci David Plaut taught statistics for Rutgers for many years. Since moving to Plano, he has been a math tutor. For the past several years, he has taught art, personality, math, and history programs for people 55+ at both UNT and Collin College. For nearly four decades, he has recorded books of all types for the blind. Summary: Leonardo da Vinci painted some of the world’s most appreciated works of art, but this universal genius of the Italian Renaissance also conceptualized such modern marvels as the tank, “flying machines,” cannons, solar power, and the calculator. Needless to say, his life was not what you might expect. Join us as we study this man’s art and technical ingenuity, and examine the models behind some of his inventions.

Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer

Summary: Join us and learn about the making of a serial killer through the eyes of the FBI. In this class, you will learn how the bureau creates profiles for these individuals and will listen to several interviews from real-life serial killers from behind bars.

SARITA MALHOTRA Venice: History, Art and Travel

Sarita is a certified personal trailer with a passion for good physical health and general wellness. She is an advocate for nutritious eating, understanding mind-body connection and aging gracefully. Summary: This class aims to convey the intriguing beauties of Venice, Italy. You will discover its history, famous monuments and neighboring cities.

Healthy Brain

PHIL POLLACIA My Memories Supporting the Space Program

Phil Pollacia supported all the Gemini, Apollo, Skylab and Apollo-Soyuk missions from Mission Control in Houston. He was selected to attend the Apollo 11 launch and was awarded the highest recognition award by NASA. Summary: Phil Pollacia, who supported and was present in the mission control for many notable space missions, will review the facts and emotions from his point of view.

Summary: Sustainable practices that allow us to age as healthfully as possible. We will focus on nutrition, movement, sleep, and mindfulness.

Social Psychology

Summary: Have you ever wondered how or why people’s thoughts, feelings and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people? If you are fascinated by human social behavior, this interesting class is for you!

SHELA MOBARAK Ancient Sites of Persia

Shela Mobarak has a Master’s degree and passion for education and travel. Summary: Join us in exploring Persian ruins and Persian historic sites and find the best places to view Persian Empire history.

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JIM RENFRO Suddenly Single

Jim Renfro has 35 years of diversified business experience in management, banking and engineering, and has been a CEO of several public and private companies. Mr. Renfro has an MBA degree specializing in finance from the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Summary: If you’ve recently gone through a divorce or lost a loved one who took care of your finances, this course will help you navigate the new financial territory of being “Suddenly Single.” Explore budgeting, basic investments and taxes, scams targeting seniors, and retirement planning.

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G.O.A.L. BULBIN SUNAR-REEDER Personalized Medicine & Current Developments

Bulbin Sunar-Reeder has various degrees in the medical and science field, and has published many scientific papers. She enjoys following new innovations in the medical field and also enjoys lecturing and meeting other scientific-minded people. Summary: This course will examine what personalized medicine entails as well as its molecular basis, implications of human genome and its genetic variations. Students will also learn about the current applications of personalized medicines being used in clinics. Discussions will focus on future promises of diagnosis, prognosis and treatment of common diseases, as well as how personalized medicine effects our healthcare system. Come out of this course understanding the scientific bases of treatments and become better informed about how new innovations can change our view of healthcare and help us bring down treatment costs.

CYNTHIA TARI Opulence & Extravaganza: Royal Palaces & Gems

Cynthia Tari holds professional degrees in both law and architecture, with minors in art and art history. She worked for three seasons as the site coordinator and site recorder for an archaeological excavation outside Rome, Italy along the ancient Via Gabina. This site produced many significant historical artifacts, the most prominent being an ancient mosaic floor emblema depicting a Greek mythological scene. The room’s mosaics and in situ stone revetment are now housed and on display in the National Museum in Rome, Italy. Ms. Tari’s architecture experience includes working on high-rise building projects such as 125 High Street in Boston, as well as historical renovations, institutional projects, largescale residential, and single-family residential projects. Ms. Tari is also an attorney, mediator, and arbitrator in the fields of family and construction law and has worked on many high-profile cases, including the Dallas Cowboy practice facility collapse and the Fort Worth Water Gardens case. Summary: Explore the palaces and royal fancies of England, France, Austria-Hungary, Sweden/Denmark, Russia, and Persia. Course will focus in-depth on one country per class and includes information on the palaces, royal crown jewels, finery, and royal gardens from some of the world’s most opulent royalty.

Modern Architecture

Summary: Explore Modern Architectural History (1880’s - present) by taking virtual tours of some of the world’s most famous cities. Learn modern influences affecting each city’s development, famous modern landmarks and their importance to the city’s fabric, and visit the interior of some of the world’s newest structures. The first course will focus on Chicago, Paris, New York, Barcelona, and Houston. The second course will focus on London, Las Vegas, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Dubai.

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LINDA WEXLER Paper Clips

Linda Wexler is a retired high school teacher and has taught U.S. and World History in collaborative learning environments throughout her career. Linda’s family memoirs are documented in “No Way Out,” which was written by her aunt, Susan Prinz Shear. These memoirs are a compilation of over 500 family letters written during the Holocaust. It is those stories, taught by her grandmother, that have played a profound role in her quest for a world of compassion and acceptance. Summary: The year was 2001, a year when terror shook our country and shocked the world. Yet, nestled in the small town of Whitwell, Tenn., a lesson of compassion and acceptance was being taught. How many is 6 million? Learn how this innocent question led to the start of a Holocaust project that changed a community and spanned time, distance, and differences.

JAMES WIGEN Investing for Beginners

James Wigen is the founder of Wigen Financial and has been planning, advising, investing and insuring people and businesses for over 21 years. Summary: Want answers to common investment questions? Class topics will include asset allocation and investment diversification, understanding 401k rollovers, IRA’s and Roth IRA’s, mutual funds, ETF’s, stocks and bonds. We will also cover typical investment fees, advisor/no advisor, and earning income from your account.

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