...shining the spotlight on newly discovered onscreen stars — grandparents and grandchildren alike — right here in the heart of West Chester. Communication and Media, the program became somewhat of an annual tradition for her family. “My children Andrew and Caroline attended for many years. The first year we didn’t attend was last year,” shared Travis, who also taught a public speaking course for GPU. “We had the kids write speeches about their grandparents. It was really neat to see them outside of their comfort zone.” “Sometimes kids can learn best when their parents aren’t around; there’s a level of patience and perspective that grandparents have that makes a difference,” explained Travis, “My dad actually taught a class on Smartphone Photography.” For my granddaughter, it was just cool to see her pop-pop as a teacher. Caroline, who attended with her grandfather, loved the feeling of autonomy while on campus. “It made you feel like you were a college kid and made you feel like you had a lot of independence,” said Caroline, “I liked walking around going to the classes and the dining hall; it surprised me how big the campus was actually.” In addition to exploring campus, Caroline’s favorite course was the Flight Class where she learned how airplanes take off and land. When asked how she would rate Grandparents University overall on a scale from one to 10, she exuberantly answered “11.” If an 11/10 student rating is any indication of the program’s success, a teacher’s perspective will surely back it up. In reflecting on his work with Grandparents University, Dr. Boyle shared, “I've greatly enjoyed teaching the Create Your Own Newscast course since the inception of the program. I see it as pretty cool that part of my job is to help people learn about television production and to get them excited about what
goes on behind the scenes of a live television show. A bonus on top is that what we help families grow by giving grandparents and grandchildren an opportunity to learn and have fun together. To be part of that — and see them laugh and get excited about what we do — is a really special thing.” So, while we’ll leave the wisecracks and slapstick scenarios about the college experience to the cinematic legacies of our treasured comedic actors, it’s safe to say that the experience at Grandparents University is not without a belly laugh or two. From the grandparents, to the children, to the instructors, no matter the age or occu-
pation, Grandparents University proves to be a fun, fulfilling summer camp program that bridges the gap between generations through new ways of learning, shared wisdom, and hands-on experience, maybe even shining the spotlight on newly discovered onscreen stars — grandparents and grandchildren alike — right here in the heart of West Chester. Grandparents University is currently open for registration until June 7, 2019. Those interested in enrolling can visit the program webpage at wcupa.edu/gpu or call (610-436-2813) for more information.
MAY 2019 THEWCPRESS.COM
Voice of the Borough