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Daytona State College’s Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) talks begin Feb. 7

Weekly presentations provide continuing education and cultural enrichment activities to senior members of the community

DAYTONA BEACH, FLA. (January 31, 2023) – The Daytona State College Foundation has announced the 2023 program lineup for its Wisdom in Senior Education (WISE) talks, beginning February 7 with a discussion on foreign involvement in the American Civil War.

The WISE program promotes and shares the College’s academic resources with our senior community, providing learning opportunities in an enjoyable format. WISE is open to adults 50 and older and has a low annual membership fee. All sessions are held at Daytona State’s Advanced Technology Campus except for the February 28 program which will be hosted at the Southeast Museum of Photography located in the Hosseini Center on the Daytona Beach Campus.

Schedule of Presentations

Tuesday, February 7 - 2 p.m.
Topic: Foreign Involvement in the American Civil War, Part II
Nancy Duke, DSC Faculty - History,
School of Social Science & World Languages

Tuesday, February 14 - 2 p.m.
Speakers: Glenda Coursen and Larry Powers
Members of the Port Orange Historical Museum
Get the lowdown on the history of trains in Port Orange and the upcoming addition of a caboose to the Port Orange Train Station located on Herbert Street in Port Orange. Also learn about the start of Port Orange and how it grew into the city it is today!

Tuesday, February 21 - 2 p.m.
Topic: Hands HOLD the Torah
Dr. Barry Altman, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth-El, Ormond Beach, FL

Tuesday, February 28 - 2 p.m.
Topic: The Role of Museums in the Community
Whitney Broadaway, Museum Director, Southeast Museum of Photography
This session will take place at the Southeast Museum of Photography in the Hosseini Center, Daytona Beach Campus.

Tuesday, March 7 - 2 p.m.
Topic: The Rich History of Ormond Beach & Florida featuring “The Loop,” a film presentation
Joyce Benedict, Ormond Beach Historical Society

Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Topic: Exploring Wonderful State Parks in Volusia County
David Jones, Park Services Specialist

Tuesday, March 28, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Topic: Safe Computing for Seniors
Speakers: Dr. Ron Eaglin, Chair, and Patrick Vilkinofsky, Assistant Professor, School of Engineering Technology
A review of how to be safe on all your electronic devices, phones, and computers. From phishing to spear-phishing and direct hacking attempts, we will review everything you need to know to stay safe and what to do if you think you’ve been victimized.

Tuesday, April 4 - 2 p.m.
Topic: “Unfolding the Universe”: The James Webb Space Telescope—A spectacular view that unlocks the vast mysteries of deep space
Speaker: Seth Mayo, Curator of Science at the Museum of Arts & Sciences

Tuesday, April 11, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Topic: How local law enforcement is handling the population explosion in Volusia County
Speaker: Michael Chitwood, Volusia County Sheriff

Tuesday, April 18, 2023 at 2 p.m.
Topic: How Participating in Performing Arts helps College Students Succeed
Samantha Stern, DSC Faculty – Theater, Mike Curb College of Music, Entertainment & Art
Meet Daytona State College theater students who will talk about their experiences in the arts and perform several musical theatre songs for your enjoyment!

Programs will be hosted in Room 109 at the Advanced Technology College, located at 1770 Technology Blvd., Daytona Beach. For more information on the WISE program, contact Judy Haydt with the Daytona State College Foundation at 386-506-3110 or visit