The Southwest Minnesota State University spring session of GOLD College will kick off March 20 starting at 2:15 p.m. in Charter Hall 201 on the campus in Marshall.

The entertainment for the kickoff event will be provided by Gary Froiland. Froiland is a one-man band who plays with recordings of himself on other instruments. As he performs, attendees will hear many Gary Foilands playing at the same time.

Registration will be held from 2:15-3 p.m. GOLD College participants will have the opportunity to pick up class schedules and parking permits while enjoying refreshments.

The kickoff program will begin at 3 p.m. with an overview of the GOLD College spring session, followed by Froiland's performance and an opportunity to meet the study group leaders. GOLD is an acronym for growth, opportunity, learning, development.

GOLD College offers non-credit classes with a variety of topics: art, history, computers, current events, music, writing, health, physical well-being and more. Each class is held one day per week for two hours.

There are no tests or grades, and it is for people of all educational levels. Study groups are planned for six weeks, from March 25 through May 2.

Contact the GOLD College office for registration material and more information: or call (507) 537-7164.

– Photo courtesy of the SMSU Web site