Written by Colleen Maidhof Thursday, 01 May 2014 00:00
Mineola resident Michael Cahill, 70, is one of the many seniors at Hofstra University’s Personal Enrichment in Retirement (PEIR) program, who are proving college doesn’t have an age limit. The PEIR program provides opportunities for intellectual stimulation, cultural
enrichment, and personal growth for retirees or semiretired individuals 55 years or older.
Cahill heard about PEIR from his daughter, who worked at Hofstra University, a few years before he retired. He spent his career as a program manager before 2010. Cahill knew that stimulating his mind and meeting new people was something that he wanted to do, so he joined.
Now, Cahill lectures others in the program.
“I love learning something new from each lecture, and I love hearing the different viewpoints of other members,” said Cahill. “It’s a very rewarding experience. I also love going home and researching a subject for a presentation that I’m doing, and then sharing my studies with others.”
When Cahill is attending lectures, he often incorporates his technical knowledge by managing the audio and visual services for those presenters.
Giving lectures and presentations about different subjects is one of Cahill’s favorite aspects of the program.
“I went to school for engineering. You don’t pay much attention to other subjects like literature and the arts in that area of study, so I can enjoy them now,” said Cahill.
One of Cahill’s first presentations detailed a topic he wanted to dig in to.
“When I first started, I had been working in Turkey, and when you go to Turkey you see statues of someone called Ataturk, so I decided to do my first presentation on who he was,” Cahill said. “It turned out everyone else also found his story fascinating too.”
Meeting new people and continuing to learn is something that Cahill plans on doing for quite a while.
“I love hearing what these fascinating people have to say. It is great. I will be at PEIR as long as I can locomote and talk.”
To schedule a visit, call Bradley Kaye at 516-463-4824. Visit www.hofstra.edu/academics/ce/lifelonglearning/peir
Saturday, 22 November 2014 00:00
Winthrop University Hospital employee Jeffrey Brenner, a hyperbaric technician with the Life Support Technologies group in Mineola, recently received the American Heart Association’s prestigious Louis J. Acampora Heart Saver Award at a dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club. The award is named for a Long Island teenager who succumbed to a sporting injury that is understood to have been preventable if a cardiac medical device had been immediately on-scene and applied.
“I hope that I have made a real difference in my town and the world around me to help prevent death and improve the quality of people’s lives” said Brenner.
Friday, 21 November 2014 00:00
The Wheatley School recently hosted an Item Writing Workshop for more than 100 language teachers representing districts across New York State. The workshop was sponsored by the Foreign Language Association of Chairpersons and Supervisors (FLACS), the professional organization that has assumed responsibility for the creation and administration of the FLACS
Checkpoint A and B Exams (formerly the NYS Second Language Proficiency and Regents Exams).
Thursday, 20 November 2014 00:00
After consecutive seasons of finishing runner-up in the men’s golf Player of the Year for the Skyline Conference, Christian Bleck of St. Joseph’s took home first place in a rather unlikely turn of events.
After a herniated disc caused the Chaminade High School alum to miss every event after the first week of the season until the conference tournament, Bleck returned—without even having the luxury of practicing a full 18 holes—and competed with the best players the conference has to offer.
Thursday, 06 November 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustang boys cross-country team won the division 4A championship recently at Bethpage State Park. This is the first championship for the program since 1974, ending a 40-year championship drought.
Mineola defeated Seaford, who also entered the undefeated in division competition, 38-20. Overcoming rain and high winds throughout the race, many Mustangs ran personal records for the 5K in route to the victory.