Furman University Learning in Retirement
In the week between their winter and spring terms, members of the Furman
University Learning in Retirement program in Greenville, SC had a series
of daytime tours of public agencies in the Greenville area. They met
at the designated site, had a behind-the-scenes tour followed by a Dutch
Treat lunch together at a nearby restaurant. Members had the chance
to ask questions of the experts and learn more about how Greenville
functions for them. They visited the following:
Greenville City Police Department - Members learned what keeps Greenville
safe by studying the latest techniques used by the Department. They
also saw the different ways the city and county relate to each other
in local law enforcement.
Greenville County Library – Participants saw every nook and cranny
of the extensive and attractive Hughes Main Library in downtown Greenville.
They studied the reference area, the children’s facilities, acquisitions,
the computer training facilities, meeting rooms, collections of historical
records, the South Carolina room, CDs, DVDs, books on tape, magazines,
microfiche, microfilm and much more.
Western Carolina Regional Sewer Authority – The group learned
how waste is treated and what the federal, state and local laws are
that govern the levels of purity from the outflow of the waste treatment
plants. They also learned who decides how much has to be paid for storm
water and wastewater, and whether they are getting a good deal for their
money. The also visited the lab to learn about the bio-solids program
and watched a presentation on the sophisticated management information
Taken from their spring 2006 newsletter.