CSC College for Seniors Open House

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record
Helen Helvick, 85, has taken 250 classes through the College for Seniors program at Carl Sandburg College. The Galesburg resident is planning to attend the June 29 open house and is anxious to continue her history studies through the Fall 2011 College for Seniors offerings.

Carl Sandburg College will host an open house for the College for Seniors program from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in Building G on the Main Campus, 2051 Tom L. Wilson Blvd., Galesburg. The open house is designed to familiarize College for Seniors participants with the new host facility, as the program has moved from the former Educational Technology Center host facility at Sandburg Mall to the CSC Main Campus.

The open house will include a tour of Building G, refreshments, Wii bowling, Facebook demonstration, and a meet and greet with instructors. CSC therapeutic massage students will be on hand from noon to 2 p.m. to offer free chair massages. Also, the first 100 attendees to bring a canned food donation will receive a free t-shirt. Donations will benefit the FISH food pantry.

One of the people planning to attend is long-time participant Helen Helvick. Since 1992, the 85-year-old Galesburg resident has taken over 250 classes through College for Seniors. She retired from the Knox County Nursing Home in 1991 and wanted to find a way to keep busy. “It’s a way to keep active and keep your brain working,” said Helvick. “Anything you do to keep your brain working is important.”

Helvick prefers to study history, as did her father, and is particularly interested in American history. She has taken most of the history classes offered by College for Seniors, and looks forward to the upcoming fall 2011 offerings. “I think in general, if we can learn from past history, it will help our future,” said Helvick.

Helvick enjoys taking trips through the College for Seniors program, including the longer travels to such destinations as Chicago and Springfield. “The trip to the Lincoln Museum and library has been one of the highlights,” said Helvick. “Locally, we’ve gone out to the box factory when Maytag was still open. We toured there. It’s just interesting to see what’s going on in the community.”

Helvick is optimistic about the relocation of College for Seniors, especially because of the ease of parking. Helvick feels “it’s a good location – it’s easy to get to and much better than downtown.”

For information about the open house and College for Seniors offerings, contact Krisa Creech, coordinator of business and community education, at (309) 345-3506 or Fall 2011 classes can be viewed on the CSC website by visiting and clicking on the community services link.