Morningstar Living and ESU Partnership Opportunity for Community Service: LIFE -- Learning Is ForEver

Morningstar Living in Nazareth, PA has partnered with ESU to offer a new lifelong learning initiative called: LIFE -- Learning Is ForEver

Tim Connolly teaching morningstar classFaculty at ESU may offer a range of teaching/learning and community service activities with ESU's partner with Morningstar Living in Nazareth, Pa. This partnership affords rich service connections but also expands ESU's presence into the neighboring Lehigh Valley – home of ESU's location for extended learning. The relationship with Morningstar Living enables departments, student groups and individuals to share more about ESU with lifelong learners.

Faculty, retired faculty, staff, and students may submit proposals for programs that they are interested in delivering to this unique group. Learning opportunities may be in the form of a short seminar, a series of lectures, or one-off event to lifelong learners in the Nazareth, Pennsylvania area. Team teaching and interdisciplinary topics are encouraged.

This partnership is designed to provide fun cultural experiences, as well as non-credit training and education. Learning opportunities are delivered at Morningstar Living’s Heritage Village Campus in their beautiful Cooper Center. Other venues may be considered if they make sense in the frame of a proposal, i.e. at the symphony, planetarium, etc.

This opportunity not only allows ESU faculty to provide service to ESU and the broader community in the Lehigh Valley, but also opens opportunities for clinical practice, field work, research, student recruitment, and beyond. This is a purely voluntary experience that is recognized by the Provost and Morningstar Living.

LIFE will be open to adults living in the Lehigh Valley area.

Spring 2024 Schedule

Dr. Holly Wells

“Designing and Publishing a Free Family History Website”

Embark on a fascinating journey into your family's past with our two-week course on crafting a personalized Google Sites website for your family history. Delve into the art of organizing, curating, and sharing ancestral stories, photos, and documents, as you master the skills needed to create a visually stunning and deeply meaningful digital legacy for generations to come.

Steve Ives

“National Parks of California”

There is at least one national park in all 50 United States, but only one has the most. With a total of 28 national parks, including national monuments, historic sites, seashores, and more, California is home to more national parks than any other state. All the California national parks/monuments are unique, from the lowest deserts to the high Sierras. We will explore the distinctive characteristics of several of the California parks/monuments.

Dr. Tim Connolly

"Transformative Experience: A Philosophical Guide to Big Decisions"

Transformative experiences change us in deep ways that are difficult to predict in advance. This course will discuss recent ideas in contemporary philosophy about how to make transformative decisions as well as how to respond to transformative events that are not of our own choosing. No advanced knowledge required.

What is offered

Topics from all departments and all areas are encouraged. Proposers should bear in mind the audience, and tailor topics that may be of interest to lifelong learners. Topic areas that rate high in community surveys are: music/ jazz, computer applications, digital arts, health, botany, birding, theatre, nature, history, art history, 3D printing, painting, sculpture and photography. Presentations from Provost Colloquiums past, present and future are also encouraged! Sessions are expected to be 1 to 1.5 hours each in length.

Please contact Steven Ives at if you have a proposal or idea you would like to share or for any questions pertaining to the day to day operations of this partnership.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about these programs and initiatives, please contact the Provost's Office.

Contact Information

Campus Address
Reibman Administration Building
(570) 422-3539
(570) 422-3519 (Fax)
Title of Department Leader
Provost and Vice President Academic Affairs
Margaret J. Ball