New Registration System Going Live for Summer Registrations

The Senior College is implementing a new registration system powered by CourseStorm that is easy to use and offers members helpful new benefits. This new system is already in place at four other senior colleges and is getting rave reviews. We wanted to give you a brief overview of what to expect as we move forward with bringing the system on line in Belfast.

Our website will provide a link to our Belfast Senior College page within the new system powered by CourseStorm. The first time a member uses the new system it will ask them some basic questions. (Name, address, phone number and e-mail address). This information is used to establish the member’s own personal account in the system. These questions will only be asked the first time a member uses the system, though there is the option of updating any of this information at any time should it change.

From there it will ask if you want to become a member. You do not need to be a member to enroll in any summer 2021 course, however all existing members will need to enter and pay their annual membership fee of $25 prior to being able to register for any fall 2021, winter 2022, or spring 2022 course. This membership is only paid once during the academic year. The system will remind you that you have already paid if you attempt to pay it a second time. Members who taught classes in the previous academic year or participants who have paid a membership at another senior college are exempt from paying a membership fee.

On the membership page a member will be asked three questions. 1.) Please provide an emergency contact person and the contact’s phone number should an emergency situation arise while the member is attending senior college, 2.) Write a brief description of a member’s areas of expertise that may be helpful to the senior college’s operations. 3.) Lastly, the member will be asked to acknowledge they understand the senior college’s refund policy.

Once a member has paid for a membership, they may review the class listings and choose which classes they would like to attend. A member can enroll just themselves in a course, or themselves and another member in a class. This is useful when spouses, partners or friends wish to enroll in the same class together. The charges for memberships and courses are accumulated and the member will be presented with an online invoice when they are ready to check out. In the new system, a member will use a regular credit card to settle the amount they owe. (We will no longer be using PayPal). A member may also pay by check if they choose to register in person, once our office in the Hutchinson Center reopens.

Upon registering for a class, the member will automatically receive a confirmation E-mail of their enrollment. Two days before a class begins, the member will receive a reminder E-mail that their class will be starting soon. Each member will have access to their own personal account where they can see a history of all the classes they have registered for as well as any memberships they have paid for. One note here – registration and payment information in our old system will not be imported into the new system, so a member’s account history will start to accumulate with the transactions that they will be entering into the new system.

Inevitably, there may be some questions that members will encounter when using the new system for the first time. Please know that we are here to support our members and to provide assistance as we always have in the past. If you need any help, please contact Al Arthur, our registrar at info@belfastseniorcollege.org.

Our CourseStorm class listings and registration is live, and ready for use. Click here to check it out, and let us know what you think!

Maine Senior College Network Statewide Zoom Class Opportunities

Senior College Belfast is part of the Maine Senior College Network that serves the 17 Senior Colleges in our state. Several representatives from Belfast attend weekly meetings via Zoom to discuss issues, activities, and initiatives with network members.

All members of Senior College Belfast are invited to attend all classes throughout the state. Senior Colleges will open registration to their members first. If classes have spaces, they will offer seats to the members of other senior colleges.

You are encouraged to go to www.maineseniorcollege.org and click on MSCN ONLINE to review courses open to all members of Maine Senior Colleges. You may also sign up for the monthly newsletter compiled by Anne Cardale the Director of the network.

Belfast Senior College Featured in Maine Seniors Magazine

The Belfast Senior College has been featured in a lovely three page article by Shelagh Talbot in the April issue of Maine Seniors Magazine with lots of photos courtesy of Belfast Senior College. Pick up the latest issue at your newstand or download the article as a PDF.

Waldo County is beautiful – a coastal area with much to do and enjoy, and for almost 20 years Belfast Senior College has been a vibrant part of that landscape. The college was created in 2001 by a group of Belfast-area residents and leaders along with Dr. Jim Patterson, director of the newly opened Hutchinson Center-part of the University of Maine system. This center was built with the idea of creating outreach for the university and “serving as an educational and cultural hub for the mid-coast community,” according to their website. Belfast Senior College is a perfect fit.

Communications Policy

Adopted by the SC Board in June, 2016

The purpose of SC advertising or announcements, including but not limited to the website, E-news, or classroom announcements, is to promote Senior College, and to inform the membership and the community of courses, special events, speakers, or projects that Senior College is directly involved with. Volunteer opportunities and other community events that Senior College (including the Community Service Committee) is not directly involved with (see following paragraph) are beyond the scope and purpose of the website, E-news, and classroom announcements, or any other advertisements, and are not permitted.

A Senior College committee or group is directly involved with a non-profit group or community event when the members of that committee or group have agreed, for some specified period of time (e.g., for the upcoming year, for a certain month, or for a particular date), that its members will participate in a particular non-profit or community event, at a specified time and place. If an SC committee or group merely urges (by mentioning or advertising) the SC membership at large to support a non-profit, or to attend a community event, then that does not count as “direct involvement” by the committee or group. To count as “direct involvement,” the committee or group members themselves must have committed to participate in some specific event (for a non-profit organization or in a community event). Given they have done this, if they also wish to invite members of the SC community at large to participate in that specific event, then that is permissible.