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Belfast Senior College

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Membership 2022-2023

Calendar Aug 22, 2022

Annual membership fee is $25.00, valid Sept. 1 through Aug. 31, and is required for all courses, except summer, which is free. 

Membership is not required if you are a member of another Maine Senior College.

If you taught a class last year at Belfast Senior College, you are entitled to a free membership.


Living in a world of toxic chemicals


with Barry Timms

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

During the past 75 years, over 80,000 synthetic chemicals have been released into the environment. Humans have been exposed to a vast number of man-made chemicals via food, breathed in, or through the skin. Relatively few of these chemicals have been tested for toxicity, and each year about 1,500 new chemicals are produced. Academic research has shown that a significant number of these chemicals have the potential to adversely impact human health, especially in the developing fetus and young children. There is no doubt that many man-made substances are a benefit to society, but others, such as Agent Orange (dioxin), and DDT are associated with cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

This course will offer an introduction to our understanding of how these chemicals interfere with normal body functions, especially with regard to natural hormone actions that are important at critical stages of growth and development during pregnancy and early childhood.

Dr. Timms is an emeritus professor in the Division of Basic Biomedical Sciences, Sanford School of Medicine, University of South Dakota and former lecturer and course director for Medical Histology. He received an MPhil from Aston University, and PhD in Biological Sciences from Cardiff University School of Medicine, UK. Dr. Timms completed postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Iowa. He has served on scientific review panels for the National Institutes of Health (NIDDK), Department of Defense, National Toxicology Program and the Environmental Protection Agency. Dr. Timms’ research interests included investigations of the cellular growth control mechanisms in the prostate, and the effect of environmental endocrine disruptors in reproductive biology. His research was supported for many years through grants from NIDDK, NIEHS and EPA.


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Making a Glass Mosaic


with Monica Morris

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

We will be working on completing a project together, learning the steps of this craft and the tools needed.

Monica took a one day glass mosaic course about 7 years ago, and that one lesson launched her into a new hobby. She hopes to show you the basics so that you can then take it in any direction.

Materials each student will need:

1. Cardboard box large enough to fit your sheet of glass and deep enough, so that when we cut our glass the box will keep glass shards from flying out.2. Safety glasses and gloves3. Tweezers4. Washcloth or sponge and a medium bowl to hold water (only for the final class)5. Pre-mixed sanded grout, color of your choice to best match the color of your glass.6. Aleene's 3 Pack, 8 oz Tacky Glue, 8 FL OZ, Original Version 3 Count7. A 12 inch round wood canvas of at least ½ inch thickness. You can orderor pick up from Lowes or Home Depot

These will cost a bit over $100. A more detailed, specific list will be provided to registered students. 

Nature, Art and Mathematics


with Cyrene Slegona

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

A hands-on course to explore connections between mathematics and nature through art. We will investigate Fibonacci numbers, the Golden Section, Platonic solids and how they present in Nature and Art. Each session will include hands-on explorations with paper, adhesive, pencils and color. Art experience of all levels welcome.

Cyrene Slegona has explored the connections between Nature, Art and Mathematics as a student and classroom teacher for more than 30 years. As a Maine Master Naturalist and through nature journaling she has continued to explore and discover new connections between the three disciplines. Sharing the connections is an ongoing ways of discovering even more. She is a Master’s graduate of the University of Maine in education and a life-long residents of Maine.

The Nuts and Bolts of a Good Photograph


with Jim Kosinski

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 9:30 am

Ever wonder why great photos invite your attention? Well here's the scoop. We will investigate light, space, time, composition, color, point of view, lens effects, editing and more to get a full understanding of how to make your best images. Participants must make new images to share in a lively workshop environment.

Jim Kosinski is a popular teacher at the senior college. He has extensive experience in teaching photography. He recently wrote, illustrated and published Maine Coast Outings on Penobscot Bay: for All Ages & Abilities, a book providing 25 day trips from Monhegan to Castine.

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Beginning Bridge Continued


with Carol Gator

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 1 pm

This is a class for beginning bridge players, or ones who have played some bridge, maybe long ago, and would like a refresher class. The basics for playing bridge will be taught, and much time will be spent playing and discussing hands as they are played.

Carol has played bridge for many years and enjoy the game, the challenge, and meeting people who also enjoy it. Her goal is to prepare attendees to participate in friendly bridge games and to instill an appreciation and enthusiasm for the game.

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Getting to Know Your iPhone


with Wendy Kasten

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 1 pm

Participants will increase their understanding and skills of using their Apple iPhone. This course is limited to Apple iPhone users (sorry, NO androids) who own and use a phone, know their Apple ID and their password to use their Apple ID. Sessions will be adjusted to suit the level of the participants but will likely include: understanding settings; using the phone for calls; using the contacts; calendar; text messaging; taking and sending photos; downloading apps; using SIRI; using google maps; using foreign language translation, and plant identification all built in to the phone. A maximum of 16 students will sit in four small groups and assist each other. Participants will be encouraged to practice their new skills.This is a repeat course from Winter 2020.

Wendy Kasten has taught about 10 classes for Senior College. She is Professor Emerita from Kent State University in Ohio, and returned to Maine to retire in 2013. Her field includes issues with education, especially language and literacy, reading, writing, and literature. She resides in Belfast with one husband and two English setters.

Henry VIII and His Quest for a Son


with Karen Gleeson

Calendar Jan 19, 2023 at 1 pm

There is increased interest in the Tudors, as evidenced by the current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Henry Tudor – Henry VIII of England – needed a son to consolidate his hold on the throne. In pursuit of this quest, he married six times and upended the religious life of his country. This course will examine his family background, the biographies of his wives, and the social and political currents of the time in which they all lived. Was he a tyrant or victim? And was there a fatal flaw in his genes that prevented him from realizing his quest? These will be explored through a review of the latest scholarship.

Karen Gleeson is a long-time Tudor enthusiast.  She has a background in anthropology and the social sciences,  has been active in Senior College for some years, and is currently the Chair of the Curriculum Committee.  She has taught courses in Belfast Senior College as well as Augusta SC, including this course a few years ago, although there have been some new information that will be incorporated into this class.

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