School of Professional and Continuing Studies


UMSL Celebrates Launch of Lifelong Learning

New program for older adults showcases a commitment to community enrichment through personal growth, education and recreation

ST. LOUIS – March 27, 2013 – The University of Missouri–St. Louis Executive Leadership Consortium celebrates the launch of their new program, Lifelong Learning @ UMSL. The launch event takes place at 2-4:30 p.m., Friday, April 5, 2013, at the J.C. Penney Conference Center at UMSL. Lifelong Learning seeks to serve members ages 50 and older, a rapidly growing demographic with changing needs and demands.

The launch begins with a keynote address by Dr. John Henschke, EdD, associate professor of education at Lindenwood University, who is a renowned scholar and practitioner in the field of andragogy – learning strategies focused on adults. Dr. Henschke presents basic information about new and creative concepts and frameworks that better prepare us for serving older adults.

The event features breakout sessions including “Retirement Planning and Strategies: 50 and Beyond,” presented by Sharon Laux, PhD, associate director of UMSL Center for Entrepreneurship and Economic Education; “Life Review in Aging” with Jessica Sunnenberg, BSW, MSG, gerontological social worker, Forever Memories, LLC; and “The Affordable Care Act: What does it mean for you?” presented by Cora Drew Walker, JD, MPH, Missouri Foundation for Health.

The workshops will be highly interactive, collaborative and engaging, with an emphasis on “immediacy of application,” a prominent theme in andragogy.  A reception, which features attendance prizes, will follow the workshops.

The Lifelong Learning program further explores the fact that some older adults may not be inclined to accept the aging process during such rapidly changing times. Health and time become two major factors, thus lifelong learning should facilitate shifts in attitudes and behavior.

“We’re very fortunate to be living during these historic and extraordinary times, where life expectancy is greater than ever,” said Malaika Horne, director of Lifelong Learning @ UMSL. She adds that the program seeks to be the “obvious leader of lifelong learning in North St. Louis County and beyond.”

All are invited to join in celebrating the launch of life-learning skills for older adults who have a thirst for knowledge but still enjoy having fun. Registration is $10 per participant. For more information and to register, please visit the Lifelong Learning @ UMSL website.

About the University of Missouri–St. Louis School of Professional & Continuing Studies: The University of Missouri–St. Louis Division of Continuing Education provides courses, programs, conferences, and events that fulfill degree completion, professional development and personal enrichment goals for the lifelong learner. For more information, please visit