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Senior education celebrated with style

November 20, 2019 | Gunner Young | campus editor
Photos by Christian Garza/The Collegian. Senior Bash attendees raise their hands after winning a game of trivia to signify how many points they accumulated. Prizes were won throughout the night by many participants.
Photos by Christian Garza/The Collegian. Senior Bash attendees raise their hands after winning a game of trivia to signify how many points they accumulated. Prizes were won throughout the night by many participants.

South Campus celebrated its Continuing Education and Engagement program with trivia, dinner and prizes during Senior Bash Nov. 15.

South President Peter Jordan opened the event by thanking everyone who came and explaining why the program is so special to him.

“I have the best job in the world,” Jordan said, “because I get to work with educators who educate students from cradle to cane.”

He also encouraged CEE students to stay motivated and re-enroll in classes next semester.

“Taking classes doesn’t only benefit you. It benefits this institution, the community and the younger students,” Jordan said. “Because it shows them that there is so much to accomplish.”

Continuing Education and Engagement student Johnny Lewis and former South Campus dean of community service Ambrose Adams socialize after the conclusion of Senior Bash.
Continuing Education and Engagement student Johnny Lewis and former South Campus dean of community service Ambrose Adams socialize after the conclusion of Senior Bash.

Jordan wanted everyone in attendance to know this event was about togetherness and giving thanks in the weeks leading up to Thanksgiving.

“I ask that you start here, this evening, by giving thanks and celebrating camaraderie that we have here,” he said.

While a line formed at the food table, various members of the CEE staff went up on stage to thank the organizers of the event and the seniors who make the department successful.

South executive director of continuing education and engagement Terry Aaron said the senior education program is becoming her favorite group of students.

“I’m serious,” Aaron said. “At first, I thought it was College for Kids, but now I think it’s the senior ed program.”

Continuing Education and Engagement program students dance to the Cha Cha Slide during Senior Bash Nov. 15 on South Campus. The event featured a Luby’s catered dinner, CEE class-themed trivia games, a raffle and oldies music.
Continuing Education and Engagement program students dance to the Cha Cha Slide during Senior Bash Nov. 15 on South Campus. The event featured a Luby’s catered dinner, CEE class-themed trivia games, a raffle and oldies music.

After introductions, everyone sat down with their food and participated in a trivia game with questions regarding the various courses offered by the CEE program.

The classes include photography, water aerobics, painting, French and piano. The winners of the game received prizes and bragging rights.

After the formal event proceedings were done, guests were invited to dance to songs from their youth and get to know each other.

One CEE student, Johnny Lewis, found himself in a photo from 1970 in the TCC South Campus Historic Exhibit, a display of photos and memorabilia from the campus’ past.

“I couldn’t believe it when I saw it,” Lewis said. “I was the president of the Black Student Union at that time.”

Loretta Baston and Pat Wilkerson check their trivia responses as the correct answers were announced to the players.
Loretta Baston and Pat Wilkerson check their trivia responses as the correct answers were announced to the players.

Lewis, who said he has been involved with South Campus for 49 years, also takes various photography classes with the CEE program and hopes to take a creative writing class soon.

“I learned a long time ago that learning is a continuous process,” he said. “I think once you get an appreciation for it, it never goes away, even if you’ve been through two or three careers.”

Lewis recently achieved his master’s degree at the age of 65 and says his love for learning and teaching keeps him coming back for more classes.

Senior Bash trivia team mulls over question asked about piano keys as a way to learn more about the music class offered by TCC.
Senior Bash trivia team mulls over question asked about piano keys as a way to learn more about the music class offered by TCC.

“I’m still learning,” he said. “What I learn here, I’m also teaching it back into the community.”

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