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VSU Students Are True To Their School


It was back to school in late August for Village Shalom residents, families and staff as they attended the third annual “Village Shalom University.” The weeklong event turned the retirement community into a virtual college campus environment, with more than 50 courses taught and attended by residents, employees and community members. Topics covered everything from “A Trip to Northern Europe” to “Origami Fun” to “Competition BBQ Cooking.”

“Professor” Lee Kortemeyer (left) helps Village Shalom resident Ed Krigel create a folded-paper design in “Origami Fun” class.

It wasn’t all academics, however. One VSU day was devoted to Field Day activities, with three teams of residents and staff competing in events including Bridge and Rummikub tournaments, Team Jeopardy and a Spelling Bee.

Roe Bovos, Mae Bratt and Nancy Miller show their school spirit as they await the beginning of Team Jeopardy during VSU Field Day. Bovos and Miller are Village Shalom residents; Bratt is a member of the Village Shalom VIP Club.

VSU was created as Village Shalom’s response to residents’ requests for more extensive opportunities for learning and personal growth. Established in 2011, the original programming concept received the 2012 Excellence in Innovation Award from LeadingAge Kansas, an association of not-for-profit senior-care organizations across the state.