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Thursday. August 4, 1977 The Tar Heel 3
Elderhostelers sample UNC life
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By JUDITH TILLMAN
Citizens aged 60 and over from
several states are in Chapel Hill taking
special summer classes through a
program called Elderhostel.
Elderhostel is a nationwide plan
through which senior citizens can take
non-credit courses, participate in
campus activities, and experience
dormitory living at a low cost. S ix North
Carolina universities (Appalachian
State University in Boone, Winston
Salem State University, UNC
Charlotte, UNC-Greensboro, UNC
Wilmington, and UNC-CH) are
offering courses through Elderhostel.
Regional coordinator of the program in
North Carolina is Bobby D. Wagoner of
the UNC-CH Extension Division.
Elderhostel began at five New
Hampshire colleges in 1975. In 1976 the
program spread to six New England
states and to Florida.
"The program was designed
specifically for the elderly," said
Wagoner. "They have viewed the college
campus as an alien culture. We're
offering to break down that barrier and
to help them maintain their identities.
Elderhostel gives them opportunities to
expand their worlds through travel and
"Elderhostel participants at UNC are
really thristy to get back into school,"
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said Libby Morris, coordinator of the
program in Chapel Hill. "They are very
Elderhostel encourages participation
from all socio-economic backgrounds.
"There were participants in the New
England programs who hadn't finished
high school," said Wagoner. "The
experiences of life tend to mask the
differences of formal educational
Elderhostelers are coming to the
North Carolina programs from
Pennsylvania, Mississippi, Florida,
New York, New Jersey, Colorado, and
North Carolina. One woman explained
that she was from a large family; her
parents sent their five sons to college but
did not think that their daughters
needed a college education. "Pve always
wanted to come to college," she said,
"and now I have the opportunity." A
man from New York said he had spent
40 years playing trumpet with a band in
New York City. He's enjoying the
chance to travel and learn about various
fields at a reasonable cost.
Each North Carolina Elderhostel is
offering three sessions which are each
one week long. Cost for each session is
$60. Room, meals, and use of summer
services and facilities are included.
There is no tuition charge. Each
participating school receives $ 1000 from
Title 1 of the Higher Education Act to
help pay administrative, publicity, and
Three courses are offered to
Elderhostelers in Chapel Hill. Julie
Moore, a botanist at the North Carolina
Botanical Garden, is teaching "Native
Plants and Their Ecology," an
introduction to flowers and trees found
in the central Piedmont of North
Carolina. Participants will learn how
plants adapt to their ecological settings
through slide presentations,
observation of the special habitat areas
of the N.C. Botanical Garden, and a
field trip to Mitchell's Mill.
"Ethics and Politics: Talk with Lewis
Lipsitz" gives the Elderhostelers an
opportunity to discuss moral questions
in political actions. Lipsitz. a professor
in political science, briefly introduces
such topics as civil disobedience.
Please turn to page 23.
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