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Posted: 12:45 AM 12/1/2023
The class schedule for the spring 2024 semester has been posted on this website. Click anywhere in this block to go to the list of courses. The printed catalog will be mailed to you soon if you are on our catalog mailing list. We believe you will find many interesting and informative courses being offered this semester. Open House and Registration will be January 3. Classes will start January 16.
Posted: 5:34 PM 8/16/2023
The Center for Lifelong Learning went 'live' on social media with the launch of our Facebook group, 'CSRA Friends of Lifelong Learning' on Sunday, August 13. To join the group, go to our Facebook page by clicking here. If you already have a Facebook account, you may also open Facebook, find it under Groups, and ask to join. You will be approved within 24 hours and will have immediate access to the latest news about the Center. Of course, you can always access our website (www.aikenlearning.org) for complete information, but this group gives us a way to reach an audience through the most popular social media service.
Posted: 7:25 AM 7/7/2023
The Center is run by its volunteers. Running it is work that is meaningful and rewarding. We need volunteers in all areas of the organization: administration, publicity, fund raising, and many others. If you've been thinking about helping your community by volunteering your time and skills and want to explore volunteering with us, please send us an email at email@example.com. Trust me, we'll get back to you quickly. Click to learn more.
Posted: 9:07 AM 7/2/2023
A parking pass is required to park on campus to attend CLL classes. To acquire a pass, take your driver's license and vehicle registration certificate to Room 126 of the Business and Education Building. You may also acquire a pass at Open House if you bring your license and registration. Passes are valid for a year—check the expiration date on your decal. When you come to campus, place your decal in the lower left corner of your windshield and park only in spaces with white lines; spaces with yellow lines are reserved for USCA faculty.
The annual Kauffman Award for outstanding service to the Center for Lifelong Learning was presented to Vicki Collins at the annual Earl F. Kauffman Remembrance Day Luncheon, April 21, 2022.
[Note: Due to Covid concerns, no Kauffman luncheons were held in 2020 or 2021, so this presentation was made in 2022.]
Vicki Collins is the third USC Aiken instructor to receive this award since it was instituted in 1992.
Born in North Carolina and reared in East Tennessee, Vicki Joan Collins earned her B.S. at East Tennessee State University and an M.A. at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati. As a lifetime educator, she taught at various secondary schools, colleges and universities throughout the southeast during her career. She joined the faculty of University of South Carolina Aiken in 1989, where she held a Professorship in English.
Vicki was a writer most of her life. Her poetry and prose has appeared in many literary publications. Her book The Silent Appalachian: Wordless Mountaineers in Fiction, Film, and Television was published by McFarland & Company. Vicki became an active member of the Augusta Poetry Society, the Aiken County Library Board and various author/writer groups in the southeast.
She was the Director of USC Aiken's Writing Room and received numerous awards including the 2015 University Service Award, the 2016 Excellence in Teaching Award, and Student Education Advisor of the year.
While at USC Aiken, for well over a decade Vicki could be relied upon to teach numerous courses for the Academy dealing with various aspects of literature and writing, and especially with her lifelong interest in Appalachian culture. She was very popular with Academy students and many would sign up for whatever course she offered on any subject, knowing it would be worthwhile, interesting, and enjoyable. From Spring 2013 through Spring 2019, Vicki provided the Academy with a well attended course every semester. She retired from USC Aiken with health issues shortly thereafter.
For her continued support of the efforts of the Academy, Vicki Collins was selected as the recipient of the Academy's Kauffman Award for 2020. Sadly, Vicki passed away only a month later, before the award could be presented, so she never learned of this honor. Vicki's husband David Collins accepted the award on her behalf when the Academy's successor organization, the Center for Lifelong Learning resumed the Kauffman Remembrance lunches in 2022.