C.A.L.L. unveils journey around the world without ever leaving Central Arizona College

October 13, 2008

PINAL COUNTY, Ariz. – The Central Arizona College Lifelong Learners (C.A.L.L.) program has a virtual ticket for vicarious travel during its Around the World Series this fall.
 
Whether it is a journey to Guatemala to visit the Mayan Culture with C.A.L.L. member Rita Vautrin, or an exploration of China with John and Jean Paddison, Central’s Superstition Mountain Campus in Apache Junction and the Corporate Center in Casa Grande are portals to four amazing treks around the globe.
 
“I’ve always wanted to see Tikal and Copan,” Vautrin said, “and I finally had a chance to see them this year.”
 
A member of C.A.L.L. since 2003, Vautrin has visited every continent except Antarctica and is heading to Madagascar this fall. She will share her Mayan experience through a digital slide show on Tuesday, Dec. 2, from 1-3:30 p.m. in Room 441.
 
The Paddisons, who have been to China a half-dozen times, will show their favorite photographs and display mementoes of their Asian trips during two classes in mid-November.
 
The first class will take place on Monday, Nov. 17 from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 441 of the Superstition Mountain Campus. The second class will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18 from 10 a.m.-noon in Room 120 of the Corporate Center.
 
The Paddisons’ presentations will cover their experiences with China’s people and its landscape. John Paddison’s favorite place in China is the Great Wall.
 
“When one stands on this impressive and ancient structure, one gets a true sense of the magnificence of China's long history and culture,” he explained. “The timeless nature of the wall seems to me to somehow symbolize the continuity of the 7000-year history of the country and its people.”
 
The Paddisons, who are leading another C.A.L.L. trip to China this coming May, will distribute information about the upcoming trip.
 
Rounding out the Around the World Series will be Ken Hurley and Audrey Sexton, who will share their experiences visiting family in Cambodia, and Dr. Pamela McMahon, a local dentist who will talk about her role with the Flying Samaritans in Mexico. Both classes will be held on the Superstition Mountain Campus.
 
The flight to Mexico is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 3, from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Room 442, while the trip to Cambodia will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 12, from 1-3 p.m. in Room 123.
 
No passport is needed.
 
All four Around the World journeys are free to C.A.L.L. members. Non-members who would like to experience a C.A.L.L. program pay $15 per class for visits to China, Guatemala and Cambodia, while Mexico and the Flying Samaritans is $10 for non-members.
 
For more information about the C.A.L.L. program, to sign up for classes or to receive a current catalog, please contact Vera Walters (480-677-7707 / vera.walters@centralaz.edu) or Joel Beck (480-677-7721 / joel.beck@centralaz.edu).

The C.A.L.L. office also may be reached toll free by dialing 1-800-237-9814.
 
C.A.L.L. is an enrichment program for adult learners of any age that provides a variety of informal, low-cost, high-quality classes, study groups and field trips. Visit the C.A.L.L. program on the web at www.centralaz.edu/call.

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