Senior Adult Program

Vision:

The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program will be respected regionally and nationally for excellence in the development and delivery of innovative educational opportunities for adults age 55 and above.

Mission:

The College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program’s mission is to provide lifelong learning opportunities for senior adults 55 years of age and older by offering personal enrichment classes in a positive, accepting and intergenerational environment. Senior Adult Program staff collaborates with academic departments and the community to develop programs that meet senior adults' existing and emerging educational needs. 

Who is a senior adult?

Any person 55 years of age or better.

Message from the Director

Welcome to the College of the Mainland Personal Enrichment and Senior Adult Program. We hope you will join us this summer for classes, informational lectures and trips. Inside these pages you will discover ways to satisfy and express your creative side, learn new skills, connect with others, stay current on technology, have fun and explore a world of opportunity. COM prides itself on having instructors who are passionate about their subjects and innovative in their teaching.

Mark your calendars:

  • May 5 – Summer registration begins.
  • June 2 – Summer classes begin.
  • July 4 – College will be closed for Independence Day.
  • August 4 – Fall registration begins.

To register for summer classes, you may use the computers at the COM Learning Center-Delmar location from May 5-30, or you may call 409-933-8586. Have you attended our informative lectures? We have several scheduled for the summer including the AARP driver safety course, genealogy lectures,

a personal safety seminar and a new discussion of memory issues, “Where Are My Keys?”

Have you taken a trip with us yet? This is a great way to get to know other seniors and stay involved in your community. Most trips fill up fast, so find one you would like to go on and register soon. While classes and lectures are open to adults of any age, our trips are exclusively for senior adults ages 55 or older.

I challenge you to try a new class, something that has piqued your curiosity in the past or that you have always wanted to try. You might surprise yourself and make some new friends while you’re at it!

We strive to offer fun, exciting and relevant courses for senior adults and have several new classes in this schedule. If you have a suggestion for new courses, please call me at 409-933-8226.

Alesha Vardeman Aulds
Director, Senior Adult Program

COM senior adult students steal show in Galveston exhibit

Students in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program created a menagerie of deep-sea and furry creations that garnered awards at the Galveston Art League’s fall juried art show. Read the article.

Senior adults bead it forward

An intricately beaded one-and-a-half-inch square may seem small, but for women in the College of the Mainland Senior Adult Program, that’s all the space that’s needed to help raise funds for cancer research. This project was featured in the October 2013 Issue of Bead and Button magazine.  Read the article.

Summer 2014 Schedule

Summer 2014 Schedule
 
For step-by-step instructions on how to register using WebAdvisor, please click here.

Senior OneCard

Effective Sept. 1, 2012, senior adults will no longer need to purchase a Senior OneCard to register for senior adult classes or senior fitness memberships or to obtain the benefits formerly obtained by the purchase of a Senior OneCard. Senior adults who register for a Senior Adult Program offering will be provided a free Senior ID Card. Seniors possessing a valid Senior ID Card are entitled to the follow­ing COM benefits:

  • Use of the COM Library
  • Use of the Innovations Computer Lab in TVB 1324
  • Discount on COM cosmetology services at the Salon; call 409-933-8480 for more information.
  • Discount on tickets for COM Community Theatre productions; call 409-933-8345 for more information.
  • Blood pressure reading with automated monitor available daily in Senior Adult Program Office.

Summer 2014 Lectures (Open to Everyone – Must register to attend)

  1. LECTURE: GENEALOGY – OVERVIEW AND OPPORTUNITIES – 2 HRS

    Students will learn about upcoming trips to various libraries, the basic methods and systems for studying genealogy and the thrill of finding ancestors they never knew they had. During upcoming library trips students may discover birth, marriage or death records, probate records and perhaps wills. Students will learn how to dig a little deeper and develop persistence and research techniques along the way. Debbie Cothern teaches this class.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6014 SENR-7098-101CL 06/03/14-06/03/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106 D Cothern

  2. LECTURE: GENEALOGY – LEARN ABOUT HISTORIC AMERICAN NEWSPAPERS – 2 HRS

    Students will learn how to use the great resources of historic American newspapers. Students will learn how to find details of ancestors who lived between 1836 and 1922. Students will learn about the Library of Congress website “Chronicling America” and free access. Kim Zrubek from the Friendswood Library teaches this class.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6015 SENR-7098-102CL 06/17/14-06/17/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106

  3. LECTURE: WHERE ARE MY KEYS? – 1 HR

    This lecture will explain what constitutes normal memory loss for a certain age and identify the types of dementia. The informal presentation will cover current studies with a time for questions and door prizes. Taught by Mainland Medical Center

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6016 SENR-7098-103CL 06/18/14-06/18/14
    W 01:00PM-02:00PM LMCR 106

  4. LECTURE: AARP DRIVER SAFETY COURSE – 4 HRS

    The AARP sponsors this one-day safety course, and most major insurance companies offer discounted rates for those who complete it. The class shows seniors safer driving techniques to compensate for age-related problems. Participants will receive a completion certificate and should check with their insurance agents to discover whether completing this course will qualify them for an insurance discount. The certificate feeis $15 for participants with a valid AARP membership card and$20 for nonmembers. The instructor will collect this fee at thebeginning of class. Note: This is a not a ticket dismissal class.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6017 SENR-7098-104CL 06/19/14-06/19/14
    TH 09:00AM-01:00PM LMCR 106
    SYN: 6019 SENR-7098-106CL 07/17/14-07/17/14
    TH 09:00AM-01:00PM LMCR 106

  5. LECTURE: GENEALOGY – LEARN WHERE TO STORE YOUR FAMILY TREE – 2 HRS

    Students will learn the available options to organize and store family history records. Anita Cooper teaches this class.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6018 SENR-7098-105CL 07/15/14-07/15/14
    T 01:00PM-03:00PM LMCR 106

  6. LECTURE: PERSONAL SAFETY AND BODY LANGUAGE – 1.5 HRS

    This lecture will provide information to help seniors raise their awareness and avoid danger when out in the public sphere. It will address how to read danger indicators through body language and discuss communication between the potential victim and perpetrator. Lt. Sylvia Chapa from the COM Police Department teaches this class.

    Cost: Senior: FREE
    SYN: 6020 SENR-7098-107CL 07/23/14-07/23/14
    W 01:00PM-02:30PM LMCR 106 S Chapa

Summer 2014 Senior Trips (open to senior adults age 55 or older)

  1. TRIP: SCHULENBURG PAINTED CHURCHES – 9.5 HRS

    Students will travel to Schulenburg for the official state of Texas Painted Churches Tour, which includes Ascension of Our Lord Catholic Church in Moravia and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church. These two churches are only available on the guided tour. The other painted churches are located in the communities of Dubina, High Hill and Ammannsville. Appearing unassuming on the outside, these churches take visitors’ breath away with their beauty inside. Midway through the tour, which takes approximately three hours, will be a Dutch treat lunch. The cost includes transportation, admission tickets and docent fees. Refund deadline: May 21

    Cost: Senior: $40
    SYN: 6021 SENR-7099-101CL 06/06/14-06/06/14
    F 08:00AM-05:30PM

  2. TRIP: CLAYTON LIBRARY FOR GENEALOGICAL RESEARCH – 8 HRS

    Students will travel to Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, one of the top genealogical research libraries in the United States. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses over 70,000 reels of microfilm and other electronic databases. This session will include a tour of the second floor, which houses a family histories collection, including published and nonpublished documents. Lunch is Dutch treat at Bodgas Mexican Restaurant, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Refund deadline: June 2

    Cost: Senior: $22
    SYN: 6022 SENR-7099-102CL 06/10/14-06/10/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern

  3. TRIP: ALLEY THEATRE’S “GOOD PEOPLE” – 7 HRS

    A Dutch treat supper will be followed by the Alley Theatre’s Neuhaus Stage production of “Good People.” This Tony-nominated play is a funny, tough and tender story about the insurmountable class divide. Synopsis:  “When Margie Walsh loses her job at a Boston dollar store, she reaches out to her old flame Mike, a neighborhood boy who escaped and became a successful doctor. Margie’s attempt to hit Mike up for a job takes on a surprising twist when she realizes the power a secret from Mike’s past holds. “Good People” looks at the consequences of choosing to hold on to the past or leave it behind.” The cost includes transportation and admission ticket. Refund deadline: June 3

    Cost: Senior: $35
    SYN: 6023 SENR-7099-103CL 06/17/14-06/17/14
    T 04:00PM-11:00PM

  4. TRIP: GENEALOGY – MONTGOMERY COUNTY LIBRARY, CONROE – 9 HRS

    Participants will travel to the Montgomery County Library in Conroe, Texas. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses many resources including special collections, the Dawes Rolls (Native American), south Louisiana records by Hebert and 19th-century military records. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat at Cracker Barrel, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: June 10

    Cost: Senior: $22
    SYN: 6024 SENR-7099-104CL 06/24/14-06/24/14
    T 08:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern

  5. TRIP: MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON – 6 HRS

    Students will tour the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, located in the heart of Houston’s Museum District. The MFAH is a dynamic cultural complex comprising two gallery buildings, art collections and exhibitions: the Audrey Jones Beck Building and the Caroline Wiess Law Building.  Connected by the underground Wilson Tunnel, these two locations also house Cafe Express, the MFAH Gift Shop, Hirsch Library and the Kinder Foundation Education Center. Students will stop for a Dutch treat lunch at MFAH’s Cafe Express. Refund deadline: June 12

    Cost: Senior: $15
    SYN: 6025 SENR-7099-105CL 06/26/14-06/26/14
    TH 09:30AM-03:00PM

  6. TRIP: GENEALOGY – GEORGE MEMORIAL LIBRARY, RICHMOND – 8 HRS

    Students will travel to the George Memorial Library in Richmond, Texas. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources.  This library houses resources that focus on the southeastern United States, including pension records, federal censuses and documents relating to Texans in the Mexican and Civil War. Collections include books and microfilm. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: June 24.

    Cost: Senior: $22
    SYN: 6026 SENR-7099-106CL 07/08/14-07/08/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern

  7. TRIP: CITY BY THE BAY TOUR – 6 HRS

    Students will tour the newly renovated Texas City Museum, where they will see a short film on the history of Texas City. A tour of the Galveston County Model Railroad Club’s extensive working model train collection will follow as well as tours of additional museum exhibits. A guide will then join the group for a visit to Heritage Park and several vintage Texas City homes. The next stop is a Dutch treat lunch at The Reef. The guided tour will continue with a visit to the Doyle Convention Center with explanations of the many historical paintings and local artists’ work.  The driving tour includes stops at the Memorial Park, Archimedes Screw Pumps, Texas City Biosphere and Bay Street Park. The final destination is the refurbished Texas City Dike - Texas City’s water playground. The cost covers transportation, admission tickets and ride-along tour guide. Refund deadline: July 2

    Cost: Senior: $23
    SYN: 6027 SENR-7099-107CL 07/16/14-07/16/14
    W 09:00AM-03:30PM

  8. TRIP: CLAYTON LIBRARY FOR GENEAOLOGICAL RESEARCH – 8 HRS

    Students will travel to Clayton Library for Genealogical Research, one of the top genealogical research libraries in the United States. Instructor Debbie Cothern will assist beginner and advanced students in tracing their family history using research techniques and library resources. This library houses over 70,000 reels of microfilm and other electronic databases. This session will include a tour of the second floor, which houses a family histories collection, including published and nonpublished documents. The cost covers transportation and instruction. Lunch is Dutch treat at Bodgas Mexican Restaurant, or participants may bring a sack lunch and eat at the library. Refund deadline: July 8

    Cost: Senior: $22
    SYN: 6028 SENR-7099-108CL 07/22/14-07/22/14
    T 09:00AM-05:00PM D Cothern

  9. TRIP: MOODY GARDENS EXHIBITS – 6 HRS

    Students will travel to Galveston’s Moody Gardens, where they can choose to tour any of the following attractions: Aquarium Pyramid, Rainforest Pyramid, 3-D and 4-D theaters or the Colonel Paddlewheel Boat. Each attraction will cost the student $5 per attraction (not covered by registration fee). You can tour one or multiple attractions until the designated departure time. Lunch will be Dutch treat at Moody Gardens.Refund deadline: July 15

    Cost: Senior: $15
    SYN: 6029 SENR-7099-109CL 07/29/14-07/29/14
    T 09:30AM-04:00PM

For more information on these trips, please call 409-933-8912 and ask to speak with Mary Combs, Senior Adult Program Trip Coordinator.