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July 21, 2012

Thomas University announces Home-school Connections Program

THOMASVILLE — As home-schooling parents prepare for their children’s upcoming home-school year, Thomas University is prepared to help with educational opportunities. From dramatic productions to musical performances to Science Cafés, TU hosts a busy schedule of events throughout the school year that provides enrichment and enhances learning.

“The Home-school Connections Program is an open invitation to benefit from educational experiences and resources that Thomas University provides on campus and in the surrounding community,” said Amber Brock, director of the TU Library.

Thomas University’s arts programming through Arts for the Community at Thomas University – ACTU – provides many free concerts, events, and exhibits. The Sundays at Four series of 10 concerts is coordinated by Dr. Karl Barton, chair of TU’s Division of Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies. Events are held at the Thomasville Center for the Arts and Trinity Anglican Church featuring performances with the Thomasville Singers and special guest artist concerts.

ACTU also produces Fridays at Noon concerts featuring Florida State University College of Music faculty and other accomplished musicians held in the Balfour Chapel on the TU campus and in the chapel of the Thomasville First United Methodist Church. Noon concerts typically conclude with a complimentary luncheon and a chance to visit with the performers. The TU Jazz Ensemble performs during both Victorian Christmas and Rose Show at Grassroots Coffee in Thomasville, as well as at other festivals and events throughout the region and in Thomasville.

Each fall and spring, the TU Film Club, under the direction of Assistant Professor of Speech and Theater Lisa Mitchell, presents a screening of a classic and acclaimed film outdoors on the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle on TU’s campus as the evening sky darkens. Last year the screenings included Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” in the fall and Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” in the spring.

Professor Mitchell also produces an annual Spring Drama at TU’s outdoor playhouse. Last April student actors entertained the audience with an updated version of Homer’s “The Odyssey.”

      Teenage students are welcome to attend the TU Book Club, consisting of student and community members. The club meets monthly with guest presentations by members of TU’s and FSU’s English Departments and discussions of classic and recent novels and short stories.

Teenage students can also contribute to the TU Creative Writing Club, under the direction of TU English professor Dr. Sandra Simonds, which meets weekly and publishes The Nighthawk Review, a creative arts journal, in addition to presenting poetry readings.

The TU Art Department sponsors exhibits of student art at Grassroots Coffee in the fall and in conjunction with the TU Jazz Ensemble performance at Rose Show in the spring. The Open Studio program is open to members of the community and provides instruction in a variety of visual arts media.      

TU Talks, coordinated by Brock, provides a venue for sharing research, history, poetry, current issues, and short performances presented by TU faculty and students and community guests. Presentations are typically 30-45 minutes on Monday or Wednesday afternoons.

Organized by Education professor April Penton, Science Café is a once-a-month forum for face-to-face conversations with world-renowned scientists, including several from the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Challenger Learning Center, about current topics and engaging questions. Upcoming presentations include Sir Harold “Harry” Kroto, one of the co-recipients of the 1996 Nobel Prize in Chemistry and a Francis Eppes Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at FSU on “Scientists of the Past and Their Present Influence” on September 25.

Homeschoolers can also use the resources of the Thomas University Library. All members of the community are welcome to take advantage of the collections of books, CDs, numerous other multi-media and reference material.

Homeschoolers are invited to register for their own Thomas University Library account and check out materials that interest them. Expert librarians are always available to assist parents with resources for home school curriculum endeavors and research needs. The Library is even open on Saturdays.

To be notified of upcoming events, e-mail for more information, or call Amber Brock at 229-226-1621 ext. 1038.


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