Outreach

Senior University (Ages 55 & Better)

Through the Senior University program, IU Northwest has offered programming to senior residents for almost two decades. Since 2012, CURE has successfully continued the program’s mission of providing educational, social, and engaged learning opportunities for seniors residing in Northwest Indiana. This includes offering a variety of lectures, seminars, and workshops throughout the year. Learning opportunities take place at various locations on the IU Northwest campus in Gary, IN, as well as throughout the Northwest Indiana region. To learn more or to be added to the Senior University mailing list, email curesu@iun.edu or call (219) 980-6907.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

In order to ensure the health and safety of our campus and community, Senior University programming will be shifting to remote learning. Face-to-face offerings will resume once it is determined to be safe for all involved. This decision aligns with Indiana University (IU) policies regarding COVID-19 as well as indications noted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that older adults and people with serious chronic medical conditions (such as heart disease, diabetes, respiratory conditions, etc.) are at higher risk of becoming very sick from this illness.

Remote Learning Offerings

There types of remote learning opportunities are listed below:

  • Online Meetings: Provided via Zoom, participants will need access to a computer or mobile device (internet connection or data plan are needed) and will join the session through the Zoom application using a provided link/meeting ID. Select sessions offer the option to join by phone call.
  • Self-Paced Tutorials: Provided via Canvas, participants will need access to a computer or mobile device (internet connection or data plan are needed) and will access the tutorial through any modern web browser using a provided link.
  • Session Recordings: Provided via YouTube, participants will need access to a computer or mobile device (internet connection or data plan are needed) and will use a provided link to access the recording of the past session.

Registration: Please email curesu@iun.edu or call 219-980-6907. Details regarding how to join a remote learning session will be provided upon registration.

As we count down to the United States General Election 2020, it is becoming increasingly difficult to tell fact versus fiction. Misleading headlines, biased news stories, and even doctored images and fabricated videos have been dominating cable news and social media, including Facebook and Twitter. In this video, IU Northwest librarian, Nico Casas, discusses the history of fake news and simple techniques and tools you can use to identify misinformation and keep yourself informed before you vote. This session was held live on September 21.

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 8
  • Enrollment Deadline: Oct. 7
  • Online Meeting

Have you noticed that towards the end of the month you're running low on funds to meet your monthly obligations? Is the balance in your checking or savings account always less than what you have expected? If you've encountered these issues before, then attend this live, online session and gain insight on developing a budget that can assist you in increasing your disposable income.

  • 2:30 to 4 p.m., Tuesdays, Oct. 20, 27, Nov. 10, and 17
  • Enrollment Deadline: Oct. 19
  • Online Meetings

Is your Android smartphone outsmarting you? It won’t be for long if you join us for this four-part, live, online series on the basics of operating an Android. Learn how to download apps, check email, send texts, customize your settings, and much more. Show your smartphone who's smarter!

  • 2:30 to 4 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 22, 29, Nov. 12, and 19
  • Enrollment Deadline: Oct. 21
  • Online Meeting

Is your iPhone smartphone outsmarting you? It won’t be for long if you join us for this four-part, live, online series on the basics of operating an iPhone. Learn how to download apps, check email, send texts, customize your settings, and much more. Show your smartphone who's smarter!

  • Available Starting: Monday, Oct. 26
  • Registration Deadline: Nov. 30
  • Self-Paced Tutorial

If you are ready to move beyond the basics of computer use, then this online, self-paced tutorial is for you! You will learn at your own pace by watching and/or re-watching these video tutorials created by veteran instructor, Chelsea Whittington. The tutorial will cover how to navigate Microsoft Word, learning various terms and functions. Get familiar with formatting documents through templates while tapping into your creative side! 

Participants will have access to the tutorial after enrollment and until Dec. 31.

  • 1 to 3 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 5
  • Enrollment Deadline: Nov. 4
  • Online Meeting (with option to phone in)

Are you 55 years and older and caring for an older adult? Do you at times feel stressed and overwhelmed by your caregiving responsibilities? More than 34.2 million people in the United States are caring for someone over the age of 50 (National Alliance for Caregiving, 2015). COVID-19 has added additional challenges for caregivers. So more than any other time, conversations about caring for older loves ones is important. This live, online workshop will provide information about the various types of caregiving, including available support and resources for people taking care of older adults during the pandemic. Most importantly, we will talk about ways to take care of yourself during the pandemic, so that you are able to provide the care your loved one needs during this time.

  • 6 to 7:30 p.m., Monday, Nov. 16 and Thursday, Nov. 19
  • Registration Deadline: Nov. 13
  • Online Meetings (with option to phone in)

Join Billy Foster for this two-part, live, online exploration of the greatest small groups in jazz from 1955 to 2020. During the sessions, we will watch videos, listen to music, and discuss some of the best touring and recording groups of this time period. Come join us as we continue on this exciting tour of jazz bands!

2020 Reading Skills: Online Programs for Children and Adults

CURE is proud to offer the Reading Skills Program as a community service to families throughout Northwest Indiana. Since 1996, this program has helped students in our community build strong reading skills and develop a deep love of books and reading. The program is designed and taught by the Institute of Reading Development, a nationwide leader in reading skills instruction.

The Reading Skills programs are specifically designed to give students the skills, motivation, and individual support they need in the fall, winter, spring, and summer of each grade level. Students attend a dynamic, live online class each week, during which they can see, hear, and speak with each other and their teacher in real time. Every class is full of engaging discussions and class activities. Between classes, students complete independent reading assignments and interactive online lessons that build skills and confidence.

For program schedules, or to enroll online, select a program level below:

For more information, or to enroll by phone, please call (800) 964-8888.

Program coordinators are available Monday through Friday from 8 am-10 pm, Saturday from 8 am-7 pm, and Sunday from 10 am-6 pm.