Thursday, January 12, 2012

WISE kicks off spring season

From politics and allergy remedies to crime stopping tips and an analysis of American public education, the Daytona State College Foundation’s Wisdom in Senior Education program will feature something to suit everyone’s interests when it kicks off its spring season beginning Jan. 24 at the News-Journal Center, 221 N. Beach St. in Daytona Beach, from 2 – 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Perry Ballard, a political science professor at Daytona State, will headline WISE’s first program of the semester with an examination of this year’s presidential election.  Ballard will place Republicans, Democrats, Independents and the entire political process under the microscope during a presentation that promises to be witty, entertaining and enlightening.
Other presenters scheduled this semester include Dr. Michael Kohen, an expert in the treatment of allergies, asthma, arthritis and lung conditions, who will speak on Feb. 14; Dr. Margaret Smith, Volusia County Schools superintendent, scheduled April 3; and Volusia County Sheriff Ben Johnson, scheduled to speak on April 24. A complete spring semester schedule, along with a WISE membership form, is available for download at
The Foundation created the WISE program to provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community. Since 2009, WISE’s membership has grown from its original three founding couples to an association of more than 250 patrons. WISE is open to anyone age 50 or older.
For more information, visit WISE on the Web at or contact Kent Ryan (386) 506-4425, email: