News Release


Mount Marty College Announces the Center for Active Learners

Published Date1\30\2012
Mount Marty College is announcing the establishment of a new outreach initiative designed for adults of all ages. The newly established Center for Active Learners will serve to provide short courses for adults who wish to learn more about a variety of topics that are consistent with the liberal arts traditions of Mount Marty College. The Center for Active Learning will operate within the framework of the Benedictine Institute for Leadership, Ethics and Social Justice which was founded in 2009 through an endowment from the Sisters of Sacred Heart Monastery. The center’s purpose is to provide educational outreach through short courses and seminars. The non-credit courses are designed for anyone who loves learning and enjoys the exchange of ideas without the pressures of homework or exams. Courses will consist of lectures and class discussions aimed at enriching the lives of individuals in the Yankton area.

Mount Marty College President, Dr. Joseph Benoit, sees the establishment of the Center as another opportunity for the institution to contribute to the quality of life in the region. "The Center for Active Learners is directly aligned with the educational mission of Mount Marty College and reaffirms our commitment to life-long learning. Many individuals whom I have met in recent months have asked about opportunities for continuing education and I am pleased to be able to inform everyone that we are now able to respond to those requests."

The Center for Active Learners will offer courses beginning in February. The inaugural series will feature four courses taught by members of the Mount Marty College faculty and staff. Topics covered include: "What are Teenagers Reading?", Dr. Janis Hausmann; "The Gospels", Fr. Thomas Wordekemper; "World War II: Strategy and Legacy", Dr. Richard Lofthus; and "Film Literacy", S. Cynthia Binder. Courses will meet on the Mount Marty College Campus.

The cost for the inaugural series is $50 per course for Center members or $75 for non-members. Membership can be attained for $50 per year.

An informational session will be held on Sunday, February 5th from 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm at the Cyber Cafe in the Roncalli building of the Mount Marty College campus. Course instructors will be available at the event and those attending the information session will be given first opportunity to register. For more information on the courses please visit the Center for Active Learners website.