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UNI Lifelong University announces spring 2014 courses

February 3, 2014

Steve Carignan, associate dean, Special Programs, 319-273-3665,

Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa's Lifelong University will offer four courses this spring.

"Indoor Gardening" will be led by Stephanie Witte, UNI Botanical Center horticulturist, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 19 and 26, and March 5, at the UNI Botanical Center. Participants will learn about the best lighting, soil types, fertilizer options and pruning techniques to make houseplants look their best. Participants will also take a guided tour through the Botanical Center.

"Legacy Letters: Sharing your Values through Personal Messages" will be taught by Susanna Schuerman, development communications administrator, from 1 to 2:30 p.m., March 4, 11 and 25, at Western Home Communities, 5300 S. Main Street, Cedar Falls. Participants will learn about the history of legacy letters, discuss the components of a legacy letter and draw from life experiences to write their own letters.

"America Betrayed" will be led by Hal Wohl, emeritus professor of history, from 10 a.m. to noon, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, at Western Home Communities. The course will focus on the history of spying in America, highlighting the motivations behind it and the damage it has caused.

"American Education and its Future" will be taught by Steve Carignan, associate dean of Special Programs, from 10 a.m. to noon, Feb. 6, 13, 20 and 27, at Western Home Communities. Carignan will address the need for strong educational preparation amidst today's disruptive technologies, changing demographics and the increasing role of government in education.

UNI's Lifelong University program offers noncredit courses to Iowans of all ages. Classes are taught by retired and current UNI faculty and staff.

Course fees range from $30 to $40, which cover parking passes and course handouts. To register for a class or view a course description, visit or call University Events Coordination at 319-273-5141.