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KACL kicks off fall classes tomorrow (Oct. 9)

Sunday Stories • Oct 8, 2018 at 6:00 PM


KINGSPORT – The Kingsport Alliance for Continued Learning (KACL) has announced its lineup of classes and activities being offered this fall through a partnership with East Tennessee State University at Kingsport.

A series of informal classes - with no homework, grades or tests - will be held Oct. 9 through Nov. 16 at the Kingsport Center for Higher Education, located at 300 W. Market Street in Downtown Kingsport.

The classes are open to the public and a one-time $25 fee covers admission for fall 2018.

KACL will kick off fall classes on Tuesday, Oct. 9, at 9:30 a.m. with muffins and coffee, followed by a special presentation, “Protecting Your Identity – What you Should Know, What You Should Do,” by Jerry Stout, a supervisory agent in the Bureau of Operations for the Office of Homeland Security.

On Oct. 16, Ron Ramsey, former lieutenant governor of Tennessee and a member of ETSU’s Board of Trustees, will offer examples of cooperation, or lack thereof, between local, state and federal governments. On Nov. 5, Dr. Daryl Carter, associate professor in ETSU’s Department of History, will lead a discussion in advance of Election Day and what the results may be.

Efforts to emphasize regionalism and its potential to draw more industry and businesses will be the topic of a class taught Oct. 19 by Dr. Jon Smith, associate professor and director of the Bureau of Business & Economics Research at ETSU.

Dr. John Jernigan will turn the focus to health care on Nov. 2 when he gives a talk about infections acquired by hospital patients - how common they are, who is at risk, how to prevent them and why treatment is becoming more difficult. Jernigan, a Kingsport native, is director of the Office of Prevention Research and Evaluation, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and adjunct associate professor at the Emory University School of Medicine.

Several KACL classes will provide international perspectives. On Oct. 10, Sharon Petke will reflect on experiences during a recent missionary trip to Tanzania and share “Lessons from a Third World Country.” Pre-colonial and colonialism in West Africa will be the focus of two classes led by Dr. John Rankin, associate professor in ETSU’s Department of History, Oct. 17 and Oct. 24. A series on Roman Mediterranean food ways with food historian Lisa Rolen on Oct. 30, Nov. 6 and Nov. 13 will take students on a tasty tour of the Mediterranean by reproducing recipes and culinary traditions.

Architecture and infrastructure topics such as ongoing repairs to Boone Dam (Oct. 25) and the science and technology addition at Dobyns-Bennett High School (Nov. 8) will be covered during Thursday morning classes. “The Design and Construction of the Cooper River Bridge in Charleston, South Carolina” will be presented Nov. 1 by Dan Carrier, the design team project manager. Dr. Joseph Shrestha, assistant professor of Engineering Technology at ETSU, will explain the grade of D- on the latest report card of U.S. roads by the American Society of Civil Engineers during “Let’s Talk Roads” on Oct. 18.

Participants may choose to attend a field trip to the City Garage Car Museum in Greeneville on Oct. 12 for an additional $5. There will also be a group tour of Domtar on Oct. 15.

The KACL was established in 1993 to provide adults, regardless of educational background or age, opportunities to attend stimulating courses, lectures and special events. To register and pay the $25 participation fee, or for more information, including a full list of fall 2018 classes, call (423) 354-5200 or visit the website at www.kingsportlearning.org.