USD Offers University of Third Age for Life-Long Learners 55+

Local retirees can enjoy an exciting summer program of cultural, educational and social enrichment at the University of San Diego.

Sessions on drones, desalination, faith and the best new books for summer reading are only a few of the sessions offered at the 2015 summer program of the University of the Third Age. The series of programs runs from Monday, July 13 to Thursday, July 30.

“We’ve got some great speakers on topics in the news and of interest to life-long learners addressing the mind, body and spirit,” said Jodi Waterhouse, Director of Corporate and Professional Programs for USD’s Division of Professional and Continuing Education. Summer 2015 marks the 37th anniversary of U3A, the longest-running community outreach program at the University of San Diego.

David Cain of Ballard Spahr, LLP and Treggon Owens, CEO of Aerial MOB, will discuss “From Drawing Boards to Daily Buzz: Commercial Drones in the New Age.” Peter MacLaggan, Vice President of Poseidon Water, will present “Next on Tap: The Carlsbad Desalination Project Completion.”
USD alumnus Michael McDevitt, curator of the Cora Evans Writings, will present “Will Cora Evans Become the First Woman Saint of California?” and Sandy Steel, retired San Diego County Librarian, will discuss new books out in the summer of 2015.

The three-week session also includes workshops in MAC Computers, iPad/Digital Photography/Social Media, and Tai Chi Chuan exercise.

The program is open to life-long learners age 55+. The cost of $175 includes workshops, presentations and a luncheon.

For more information and registration, go to or call (619) 260-4585.

About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
(619) 260-4659