RoundUp 2008Seniors travel to YC for annual retreat
by Chrystal Houston
The interesting classes, the devotionals, and the fellowship with friends were the main draws for the 99 participants of RoundUp, the annual senior citizens' retreat on the York College campus, held May 18-24.
Participants came from six states to get a taste of the real York College experience. They slept in the residence halls, ate in the cafeteria, and even attended classes taught by YC professors.
A mark of distinction for this year's RoundUp was the special guest visit by famed Nebraska poet, Ted Kooser. A former poet laureate of the United States, Kooser presented a selection of poetry and a writer's workshop on the final day of RoundUp.
The theme for the week was World War II, a familiar event for many in the group who experienced the historical happenings first hand. YC Professor of history Tim McNeese riveted the audience with daily classes on the topic, weaving the massive amount of information into a fascinating narrative. Jarrell Gibbs, who serves as the current chairman of the board at YC, also presented on military strategy during that period.
"Although I enjoyed everything about RoundUp, I was especially interested in the World War II emphasis, which brought back memories from my high school and college years spent on the 'home front,'" said Charlene Ricketts, of Abilene, Texas.
For many, the best part of the week were the lessons presented by Frank Wheeler, York College professor of Bible and longtime RoundUp instructor. Wheeler's topic was the life of David, but he also shared slides from his archeological endeavors in the Holy Lands. "I loved the Bible class," said Sandra Miller, of Bartlesville, Oklahoma. "Our ladies class had just studied David, and Frank Wheeler brought the story to life along with his pictures of Israel and his digs."
A creative writing class also made up part of the curriculum, as RoundUppers were encouraged to record personal reflections in poetry and prose. Don Fischer of Sabetha, Kansas, said that he found the class to be challenging and motivational. "I do enjoy writing and [the class] made me decide to write stories from my past for my grandchildren," he said.
It was a full week of activities, as the RoundUppers enjoyed daily exercise classes; evening devotionals in the prayer chapel; a Hawaiian luau; a field trip to the Strategic Air Command Museum and the Lauritzen Gardens near Omaha; a talent show; and plenty of time for fellowship and games in the evenings.
Dates for next year's RoundUp are May 17-23, 2009. For more information, contact Gayle Good in the Advancement Office, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (402) 363-5664.