Meet the CLL
In 1993 a group of retired educators, headed by Dr. Ed Dennery, created an organization known as the "Senior Center for Lifelong Learning." Its purpose was to serve the educational interests of the senior community in the Fort Walton Beach area. Although there was never a minimum age for enrollees, we later changed our name to simply "Center fof Lifelong Learning" to attract adults of all ages.
Our organization is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). Throughout the nation, hundreds of LLIs are joined in an organization called the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN). RSIN is funded by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational travel and lifelong learning opportunities for adults. The CLL has the distinction of being one of the few all-volunteer programs in the country.
Our courses encompass a wide spectrum of topics. For our September semester, we typically offer at least fifty courses. During the January semester, when many visiting Snowbirds enroll, the number of courses offered may reach seventy-five, or more, and our enrollment may reach 350, or more..
Our office is located in Room 461 on the Ft. Walton Beach campus of the University of West Florida.
While Courses are in session, a CLL volunteer will be the office from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
Click on the following link on to open a map that shows our location on a campus map. UWF/NFSC Campus
You may contact the CLL Office by phone or e-mail, as follows:
Center for Lifelong Learning
University of West Florida Campus
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547
CLL Board of Directors*
Dr. Bob Kitahara....1st VP/Academic Review
Dr. Dan Robison....2nd Vice President
Dr. Bob Carney....Treasurer/Database/Scholarship
Vickie Warner....Past-President/Special Events
Sharon Purvis....Curriculum Chairman
Martha Bradford....Publicity Chairman
Jackie Youngblood....Administrative Chair/ Co-Treasurer
Pat Cragin....Registration Co-Chair/Historian
Susan Roberts....Registration Co-Chair/Historian
Gloria DeBerry....Social Chairman
Dr. Bonnie Smith....Curriculum/Social
Jim Cooper....Computer Liaison
Dolores Noechel....Curriculum/Social Media
Melissa Wemyss....Social/ Social Media
Dr. Hal Pruett....Special Liaison—Computer/Web/Data/Catalog
* To contact a member of the Board, call the our office at 850-863-6548 and leave a message, or send an e-mail to email@example.com
Parking: UWF parking permits are free and you will have an opportunity to obtain a permit for each of your vehicles during registration. To avoid receiving a parking violation you must have a permit on your car to park in any of the UWF lots. Also, you may only park in unpainted spaces, not in ones marked with yellow paint; those spaces are for UWF faculty and staff only. However, if you have a handicap permit you may park in spaces that are marked in blue for handicap parking.
On the UWF FWB campus, our CLL registration is held in Building 1 and our courses are held in Buildings 3, 4, and 8. You will want to park near one of the latter buildings for both registration and classes.
Other locations where classes are held do not normally require parking permits, but you may need to park in an area that is designated for "Guest" parking.
Food and drinks: Food and drinks (except for bottled water) are not permitted in the classrooms. For your convenience, the campus now has a new facility in the library building. It is called the Campus Café that conviently offers sandwiches, salads, and a variety of drinks.
Campus Closing — Inclement Weather: Our policy if to adhere to the Okaloosa County Schools bulletins in case of inclement weather. Independently, decision makers in the main UWF campus in Pensacola may choose to close the Fort Walton Beach campus for weather-related reasons. In either case, we will occasionally need to cancel classes for a day or two.
Board Meetings: Our Board meets on the second Tuesday of each month. The meetings begin at noon and are open to all members. Normally, the Board meets in Building #4, but call 850 863-6548 to verify the location.
Committee Meetings: Committees meet at times specified by the committee chairmen. To attend a meeting, or to volunteer to help on a committee, please contact the chairperson of the desired committee. See above Board of Directors list for names of various committees.
We use our enrollment fees to pay for classroom facility rentals, registration computers, office equipment, insurance, and miscellaneous other operating expenses. After meeting these on-going expenses, we earmark much of the remainder for scholarship and charitable awards.
In the 1990s, the original CLL established an endowment for UWF students. The endowment has now given out $12,000 in scholarships to UWF Emerald Coast students. Since we become a charity in 2004, we've directly given out an additional $20,000 in scholarships to UWF and $2,000 to Northwest Florida State College (NFSC) students. For charitable awards, we've donated $6,750 to Take Stock in Children and $3,750 to Children in Crisis.