The Academy for Lifelong Learning is carefully monitoring the COVID-19 corona virus and notifying members of updates as events unfold. All Academy classes for the spring semester are canceled. Our host, SUNY Empire State College is taking proactive measures to protect the safety and security of students, faculty, and staff. For questions, please call Academy staff at (518) 587-2100, Jeff Shinaman x2390, or Vera Kasson x2415.
Other Social Events
Term Kick-off Luncheons are scheduled a week before classes begin in the fall and spring. New members are teamed with an "experienced" A.L.L. buddy, who invites them to the event and meets them at the registration table. After the executive council chair greets those in attendance. Then the executive director describes the benefits and responsibilities of A.L.L. membership and explains the work of each of the committees. A short social period follows, when new members may meet each other and members of the executive council and have their questions about A.L.L. and the A.L.L. program answered. Study group leaders are available to answer questions about their upcoming courses before the program begins.
The Holiday Luncheon is traditionally held at a local restaurant the first week in December. It is a time for members to gather with new and established A.L.L. friends and share the gaiety of the holiday season. An art gallery of works produced in A.L.L. classes and/or a photo board of fall study groups may be viewed. The program is usually a reading of work produced in the previous term or a recently published A.L.L. publication, or a musical or theatrical performance as a culmination of a study group's activity.
Winter special programs may be offered as an escape from cabin fever. In the past, this has provided the opportunity to relax, swim in an indoor pool, enjoy lunch and/or socialize with fellow Academy members.
The Annual Meeting/Luncheon is traditionally held the first week in June at a local restaurant. After the business meeting and election of officers for the upcoming year, the membership is entertained by A.L.L. talent resulting from spring study groups. An art gallery of works produced in the spring art classes and a photo board of spring study groups are usually on display.