Join Allegany Center of Lifelong Learning (ALLCOLL) and enjoy access to 25 or more events held at Allegany College of Maryland, as well as weekly roundtable discussions, happy hour, and more! For an annual membership fee of $30.00, you will enjoy diverse education opportunities with other Allegany County adults. Membership covers classes and events from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.
The following classes will be held on Thursdays in the Continuing Education building from 10:00AM to noon in room 8.
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August 29 – Matthew Ravenscroft
Subject: Kick-Off – Allegany Unearthed: Coal in Western Maryland - A Student Perspective
Note: This presentation will take place at 6:30PM in rooms 12-14 of the Continuing Education Building.
September 5 – Doug Schwab
Subject: Cloud Computer, understanding what it is and how you can use it
Description: Cloud Computing is the practice of using a network of remote servers hosted on the Internet to store, manage, and process data, rather than a local server or a personal computer.
September 12 – Anne Beyer
Subject: Antique Dolls
Description: Hear information to help you identify family dolls – old and new – you may have at home or have heard about. Following the talk, informal identification of dolls with be available.
September 19 – Andrew Sparber
Subject: Sylvan Retreat
Description: The Sylvan Retreat was a small psychiatric hospital meant for Allegany County residents built at the turn of the 20th century. What was unique about the facility is the amount of ongoing support for patients, humanistic care by staff and that minorities were admitted.
September 26 – Joe Weaver
Subject: Braddock’s Defeat
Description: Launched from Fort Cumberland, General Edward Braddock’s 1755 expedition should have been a stunning success. Instead, it ended as one of Great Britain’s worst military defeats. What happened? Why?
October 3 – Kristina Hall
Subject: Antique Jewelry
Description: 200 years of bling and elegance from the middle class of Europe, England, and the USA – from sentiment to opulence, materials, techniques, and styles including a short “show and tell.” Following the talk, participants are welcome to bring one piece of their antique jewelry, and which they would like to know more.
October 10 – Children’s Literature Center
Subject: Families Plus Books = WOW
Description: Looking for activities to share with your grandchildren? Join members of the Children’s Literature Center to learn about their programs focusing on books for children.
October 17 – John Hoogland, UMCES-Appalachian Laboratory
Subject: Prairie Dogs Are Charming and Cute, But They Are Also Promiscuous Serial Killers
Description: Prairie dogs exhibit a wide range of human-like social behaviors, from friendly interactions such as grooming, kissing, and playing to less desirable actions such as adultery, incest, and even murder. Find out why John calls prairie dogs his “little people,” why he studied them for 45 consecutive years, and why these almost-endangered species are worth saving.
October 24 – Suzanne Trussell
Subject: Archaeology of the French and Indian War
Description: The French and Indian War was fought on the British frontier of the Appalachian Mountains in 1755-1763. Suzanne will discuss the background history of the French and Indian War and specifics of archaeological investigations at regional sites.
October 31 – Lt. Israel Sibley, Allegany County Sheriff’s Department
Subject: Telephone Scams
Description: How to recognize a telephone scam, how to handle the caller, what you need to do to end the call and not “fall” for the scam.
November 7 – Ashley Roush
Subject: 2020 Census
Description: In a little over a year, the public will get the chance to respond to the 2020 Census. And before they do, it is our job to make sure they understand that their responses help shape the future of their community.
November 14 – Brian Dicken
Subject: Buzz and Bites
Description: Understanding the ticks, mosquitoes, and rabies issues for your own good health.
November 21 – Chris Logsdon
Subject: Coming of Age: Washington’s Time in Western Maryland
Description: Western Maryland played a unique role in the military and political careers of America’s first president, George Washington. This presentation recalls key events that explore the significance of Western Maryland in the life of America’s foremost Founding Father.
December 5 – Daryl Smith
Subject: A Local Connection to WWII
Description: An unwitting, but quite willing German-born American citizen, with ties to Eckhart, is part of a failed Nazi plot to “turn” the Dakotan Germans into supporters of the 3rd Reich.
December 12 – Dan Fiscus
Subject: Holistic Life Science and Why it is Necessary Now
Description: Dan will present the ideas in his recent book, Foundations for Sustainability, a scientific synthesis and strategy for understanding and solving the problems that make up the systemic global ecological crisis.