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Volcanoes, UFOs and puzzling paradoxes: RaySociety fires up for fall classes

August 31, 2006

Drake's RaySociety plans a plethora of interesting courses and entertaining social events for fall. Upcoming classes range from a course on understanding volcanic eruptions to a discussion of the UFO enigma.

The Billie and Robert D. Ray Lifelong Learning Society at Drake offers courses on a variety of topics targeted at retirement-age people interested in learning in a college atmosphere. The courses are designed to accommodate those returning to school as well as individuals setting foot on a university campus for the first time.

The society takes its name from a pair of distinguished Drake alumni, former Iowa Gov. Robert D. Ray, who also served as the University's president, and Billie Ray, former first lady of Iowa and a former schoolteacher.

A $50 annual membership fee to the RaySociety allows members to participate in monthly events as well as fall and spring classes. There is a $25 registration fee per class.

Classes are held during the day, Monday through Friday, and are taught by volunteer instructors drawn from current and former Drake University faculty members, as well as members of the society and community leaders.

For a complete schedule of courses and social events, visit