Current Classes

Spring 2022

Welcome! Here is how to participate this semester:

1) Read through the catalog to see what interests you. You can also search for classes below using our search tool. All University Express classes are free and either in-person or virtual using Webex. Some classes may be recorded and posted on our website at a later date.

2) Register for the classes that interest you.

Virtual Classes: Visit our Virtual Classes page to register for the classes you want to virtually attend. You’ll receive an email confirming your registration status after registering. You can call our office for assistance if you do not have internet access.

In-Person Classes: Call the location where the in-person class is offered and reserve your spot ahead of time. Visit our Locations page for the list of locations and their schedules. 

3) Make sure you have the right technology. You can access the virtual classes from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. You may also phone in if you’d just like to listen to the presentation. 

4) Participate in the classes you registered for!

Virtual Classes: Once your registration is accepted, you will receive email reminders before the class(es) start that you can join from. 

In-Person Classes: Make sure you called the location ahead of time to register. Be sure to follow all safety guidelines at the location you are attending.

Catalog

Take a look at our class catalog to see what we will be offering this spring!

Locations

Check out the list of locations that are hosing our in-person classes and their schedules! You must contact the locations directly to reserve your spot. Be sure to follow all location safety guidelines. 

Virtual Classes

Visit our registration page so you can register for our virtual classes! 

 

Date - Time Topic Course Description Instructor Location Category

11:00 AM
Get to Know the Architectural Styles of Erie County

Explore 200 years of architectural design, learning the terminology and characteristics of the styles and types that define Erie County's unique built environment.

Christiana Limniatis Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Choosing the Right Foods to Manage or Prevent Osteoporosis

Learn how certain foods and eating behaviors can benefit our skeletomuscular health through the aging process. Attendees will leave understanding which nutrients impact bone health, with special attention to female health.

Jacqueline Anderson Clarence Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:00 PM
Early 1900s Society & Culture

We'll cover individuals involved in education, politics, entertainment, sports, religion, social welfare and white-collar companies of the WNY area, including retail, newspapers, hospitality, and other businesses and the philanthropists that benefitted our community.

Rick Falkowski City of Tonawanda Public Library
History

2:00 PM
US President James A. Garfield: Victim of Assassin & Medical Arrogance

This presentation explores the surprise election, brutal murder, and unfulfilled potential of our 20th president.

Ron Smith Amherst Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Switched at Birth

A true story about two babies born within days of each other and were given to different parents. How did the families find out about the switch 10 years later? What did the future hold for both girls?

Theresa Wiater Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Humanities

10:00 AM
Amphibians: The Good, the Bad, & the Slimy

This program will explore the diversity of amphibians on Earth today, as well as their Devonian period origins. Their unique adaptations will be discussed along with some incredible exceptions to the typical rules of amphibian growth and development. Other key topics will include their roles as indicator species, reasons for their dramatic decline over the last 50-100 years, and ways we can aid their survival.

Robin Sanecki Lancaster Senior Center
Natural Sciences

1:00 PM
Rock 'n' Roll Buffalo

A review of the musicians, bands, DJ's, clubs, concert halls and personalities that brought rock music to the Buffalo area. Starting with the beginning of Rock N Roll in the 50's, the presentation will focus on rock music, but will include all styles of music performed in WNY through the mid 80's, along with photos of the bands and venues.

Rick Falkowski Akron-Newstead Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Looking Ahead

With no kids or out of town family, are you wondering who will be able to provide support and care for you in the future? Join us for a talk about the services and supports that can be put into place.

Amherst Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:30 AM
Understanding Lipid Profile & Cholesterol Numbers - VIRTUAL

This is for anyone interested in learning more about cholesterol and lipid profiles and how they affect our health. We'll learn about HDL, LDL and triglycerides, how they work in the body, and management options.

Virtual
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Science and Medicine

11:00 AM
Head Lamps & High Times: The Early History of Buffalo Automobiles

Head Lamps and High Times is a journey through the automobile culture that developed in Western New York in the early 1900s.

Doug Kohler Schiller Park Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
Training for a Race

Are you think about competing in a running, biking, or swimming competition? Here you'll learn the ins and outs of training for the sections.

Julie Ruszala Amherst Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:30 AM
Backyard Wildlife

We'll talk about how to encourage wildlife into your backyard! Learn about the best backyard wildlife to have and how they are so important to have around.

Nicole Klimowicz Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Natural Sciences

10:30 AM
Discovering Buffalo, One Street at a Time

We'll continue our study of how the streets in Buffalo got their names. Learn about the man who brought vocational schools to Buffalo, how the electric chair is connected to Buffalo and more!

Angela Keppel West Side Community Services
History

10:30 AM
To Build a Fire by Jack London

A man, a dog, and the Artic combine to illustrate the conflict that Nature presents when man becomes over confident when dealing with the natural world.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

1:00 PM
Buffalo Stories: The Murder of the White Witch

Journey through one of the "Crimes of the Century" in Buffalo which you may have never heard of. Uncover a love triangle, hear messages from the other side, and see landmarks from right here in our backyard.

Ryan Gadzo Town of Tonawanda Senior Center
History

2:00 PM
What's a Filibuster?

Is it time to end the filibuster? Is it outdated? Is it blocking progress? Join us for an informational discussion on the matter.

Len Lenihan Amherst Senior Center
Current Events

10:00 AM
Safe Dating Practices

Dating has changed a lot over the years. We'll discuss topics including safe sex, scams, and other scenarios you may encounter while dating.


Wellness and Personal Enrichment

10:30 AM
Diabetes & Added Sugars: Making All Foods Fit

Achieving balanced blood sugar should not be restrictive! In this class sources of added sugar, how much to consume and strategies for including these types of food will be reviewed. Attendees will be encouraged to participate in brainstorming combinations of foods that promote healthy blood sugar levels.

Orchard Park Senior Center
Science and Medicine

1:30 PM
Persuasion

We'll examine the basic social psychology behind persuasion. By learning the communication techniques and notions of influence and attitude, along with interpersonal and media related examples, we can better understand persuasion as a communicator and receiver.

John Harrigan Orchard Park Senior Center
Humanities

2:00 PM
The Joy of Flying Kites

Learn about the history of kite flying, the types of kites, and how to make the most of all wind conditions.

Bill Daniels Amherst Senior Center
Wellness and Personal Enrichment

2:30 PM
WAVES in World War II

This program, while not the first in America's military history, ushered the discussion of bringing women into service full time. Come learn more about this important program during World War II.

Shane Stephenson Lancaster Senior Center
History

10:30 AM
Mary Anning, William Smith, & "The Map that Changed the World" - VIRTUAL

A class about global geology and how we've come to understand it during the past two centuries based on stratigraphy and plate tectonics. We'll be talking about two people whose early field work in England laid the foundation for much of what we now understand.

Phil Stokes Virtual
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Natural Sciences

11:00 AM
Crystal Beach

Return to Crystal Beach Park through a slideshow collection of photographs and postcards from the park's beginning in 1888 to its final year in 1989. Shiver in fright in the Laff in the Dark. Ride a painted pony. Walk the wacky halls of the Magic Carpet. Remember the fun one more time.

Rose Ann Hirsch Autumnwood Senior Center
History

1:00 PM
Living with Anxiety

We'll discuss the types of anxiety, how anxiety may impact us, and ways to cope.

Mark O'Brien Clarence Senior Center
Science and Medicine

5:30 PM
Styles of Beer

What separates an IPA from a Lager? How is a Sour Ale made? Learn what makes each beer style unique, and the beer culture that made it popular. Join us to find out!

Akron-Newstead Senior Center
Science and Medicine

10:30 AM
Putting Your Affairs in Order

Consider your important documents, how to keep track of your accounts, and what to share with trusted family and friends.

Valerie Stanek West Side Community Services
Law and Finance

10:30 AM
What Do All These Numbers Mean? - VIRTUAL

Fitness trackers are great, but how do you make sense of all the numbers they give you? Heart rate, sleep tracking, steps, calories...what are you supposed to do with all that information? Join us as we discuss the different data your fitness tracker captures and how to make it work for you.

Jennifer Johnson Virtual
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Science and Medicine