posted June 19, 2001

Family Learning Event June 26

A conference on learning is presenting a "Family Fun Night" open to the community on Tuesday, June 26, at 7 p.m. at Hope College.

Designed for "fun loving people of all ages," the event will take an active and entertaining approach in exploring how to boost learning potential. The session will take place in the Pine Grove located at the center of the Hope campus, and will be led by educator/author Dr. Jeff Haebig.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

Topics will include how to sharpen focus and heighten attention, how to build learning and memory, how to tap one's preferred learning style, brain-boosting foods, how to correct learning problems, and how to create a nurturing home that enhances learning. The session, which will run until 8:30 p.m., will provide information that applies to infants through adults.

Haebig has been a health educator for more than 30 years, and has presented wellness lessons using body/brain-based teaching and learning methods to regional and national audiences. Founder and president of Wellness Quest, a company that has specialized in health promotion since 1984, he has produced three audiocassettes and published eight books in the "Health Care-toons" and "Toon Ups" series. A state champion in public speaking, he has earned the "Distinguished Toastmaster" award, the highest honor bestowed by Toastmasters International.

The Pine Grove is located east of College Avenue near Graves Place (11th Street), and is behind Graves Hall on College and Durfee Hall on 10th Street. If it rains, the event will be held in the Haworth Inn and Conference Center, located on College Avenue between 9th and 10th Streets.

The "Family Fun Night" is being offered in conjunction with the "Midwest Brain and Learning Institute" being held at Hope on Monday-Thursday, June 25-28. The institute features presentations on brain research information and its impact on learning, and is geared toward educators, social workers, psychologists and health care professionals. The institute is sponsored by Hope College, the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District and the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District.