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IU Northwest alumni group encourages ‘Lifelong Learning’ during seminar Oct. 3

Early regional history is topic of educational presentation

Friday Sep 07, 2012

The Indiana University Alumni Association – Northwest is here to help you achieve your learning objectives and goals through “Lifelong Learning” seminars open to the general community, as well as to IU Northwest students, faculty, staff and alumni.

Wednesday, Oct. 3: Calumet Beginnings: Early Regional History From the Ground Up

5:30 p.m. Reception

6 p.m. Presentation

John W. Anderson Library Conference Center, Room 105A

The program is an animated slide show illustrating how the Calumet Area came to be. It details the creation of beaches and how other physical features influenced settlement in the region as well as the beginnings of the communities that today make the Calumet Area.

About the presenter

Kenneth Schoon, Ph.D., IU Northwest professor emeritus of science education, holds a B.A. in geology and an M.S. in secondary education, both from IU Bloomington, and a Ph.D. in curriculum and instruction from Loyola University in Chicago. In 1999, he was invited to join the IU Faculty Colloquium on Excellence in Teaching (FACET).

Schoon serves on the board of the Munster Parks and Recreation and the Dunes Learning Center. He also has been a member of the steering committee of IU Northwest’s Science Olympiad tournament since its inception in 2001.

Schoon’s research interests center around local studies and misconceptions in science. His book, “Calumet Beginnings,” released in 2003, is now in its fifth printing. He is also the author of “City Trees: An ID Guide to Urban and Suburban Species.” His latest work, “Dreams of Duneland,” is set to come out in April 2013.

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