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The mission of the Center On Aging is to promote and facilitate activities on aging
in the areas of education, research and evaluation, and community service.


UMaine Penobscot Valley Senior College

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Penobscot Valley Senior College



Fall 2016 schedule of Penobscot Valley Senior College courses announced!

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Memo for Members


 Memo for Members (PDF) - March 2015


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Become a Senior College Member Now to Get Full Benefits!


Penobscot Valley Senior College’s membership year begins on July 1. Dues continue to be $25/person or $40 for two people living at the same address. We look forward to welcoming both renewing and new members who want to enjoy the following benefits of membership You can send your check to Penobscot Valley Senior College, 450 Essex Street, Bangor, ME 04401. (Download membership form)


Benefits of PVSC Membership


  • Two-week early notice of fall and spring classes
  • Invitations to one-day programs (6-8 each year)
  • Annual FREE members-only luncheon with guest speaker
  • Memo for Members occasional newsletter

Affiliated with the statewide Maine Senior College Network and the UMaine Center on Aging, Penobscot Valley Senior College offers non-credit courses and other learning opportunities for people 50 years and over. With “Learning for the fun of it!” as its motto, PVSC provides opportunities for learning, social interaction, and intellectual stimulation with no requirement for college degrees, tests, or grades. Volunteer plan and teach weekly two-hour sessions for six weeks each fall and spring. Membership dues and course fees are minimal.


PVSC History


Established in the fall 2002 at the University of Maine in Orono and affiliated with the UMaine Center on Aging, Penobscot Valley Senior College serves the greater Bangor-Orono region. The college's mission, like that of other senior Senior College Members enjoy lunch at the 2005 Annual Meetingcolleges, is to offer adults who are at least 50 years old opportunities to learn about a wide array of fascinating topics. The college's emphasis is on enjoyable learning in a relaxed non-competitive atmosphere. Socialization is an important part of all activities and programs. Approximately 200 adults attend PVSC classes during each fall and spring term, and more than 300 were PVSC members during 2007-08.

Senior colleges provide unique educational and social opportunities, and are largely volunteer-driven. Members volunteer to serve on their college's board of directors and committees as well as to plan and present all courses and special programs. Their interests are the foundation of all program planning. PVSC is one of 18 senior colleges in Maine, stretching from York County to Presque Isle and Calais, linked to the Maine Senior College Network, which is located at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Southern Maine.

Above: Penobscot Valley Senior College board members at work in the Center on Aging's conference room at the University of Maine at Augusta Bangor Campus.



Course and Membership Information


A college education is NOT a requirement for admission to senior college! Senior colleges have no educational admission requirements, require no tests and assign no grades. They stress "Learning for the fun of it!" PVSC courses are offered to its own members as well as to members of other colleges in the Maine Senior College Network. Similarly, members of PVSC may also enroll in courses offered by other colleges in the network. Annual membership fees at PVSC are $25 per individual or $40 for two people living at the same address. This fee provides membership benefits for up to 12 months beginning on July 1. (There are no part-year membership dues rates.)


Tuition for each course is $30 and includes books and most supplies.  Courses are held at the University of Maine Orono, UMA-Bangor, and at selected sites in the community.  PVSC provides free parking permits for courses held at UMO or participants may choose to use the free bus service, Black Bear, from downtown Orono to campus. PVSC membership is required for course registration.


For further information call 992-0118, leave a message and someone will call you back or check our PVSC link at for more information about PVSC. You can also email PVSC at


2013-2014 Annual Senior College Summary of Activities

Senior College Bylaws Amended February 16, 2011

Senior College Officers and Directors List  2014-2015 (PDF file)


Penobscot Valley Senior College Board of Directors


Officers, Directors & Committee Chairs

2014 - 2015


Charles Boothby - President

Peter Anderson - Vice President

Eloise McLaughlin - Secretary

Elsa Sanborn - Treasurer

Judy Hanscom - Immediate Past President

Standing Committee Chairs

Paul (Skip) Howard - Curriculum Chair

George Elliott - Finance & Governance Chair

Helen Genco - Marketing and Public Relations Chair

Vacant - Member Services Chair

Dick Eustis - One-day and Special Events Chair


Directors at large

George Elliot

Henry (Hank) Metcalf

Kay Retzlaff

June Fiske

Tom Reagan 

Lenard Kaye, D.S.W./Ph.D – ex officio Maine Center on Aging