The rich traditions of the Courses for Community program at Salem College have continued for more than thirty-five years, offering residents of the Triad a series of courses that enrich their lives through the visual arts, dance, writing, professional development, test preparation, and personal enrichment.
The program offers high-quality, non-credit courses that are accessible and designed to engage the mind. Interesting and affordable classes are held in a safe, comfortable environment, with the majority of classes meeting on the beautiful Salem College campus. These offerings can increase your knowledge and activity level, improve your lifestyle, and provide personal enjoyment, as winter ends and spring and summer emerge.
To learn more about the Courses for Community program and to register for a class, please call 336-721-2855.
Many thanks to Home Moravian Church and Old Salem Museums & Gardens for their generosity in assisting the program by providing facilities.
After a thirty-five-year career in banking and finance, Bruce Heye decided to focus on his love of wine, proposing to teach classes in wine appreciation for the Salem College Courses for Community program in 2000.
Dr. Alice Patterson, the Dean of Continuing Education at the time, interviewed Bruce and questioned him about the appeal and value of wine appreciation courses. Convinced that the courses were worth trying, Alice accepted Bruce as an instructor for Courses for Community. Dr. Patterson recalls, “There’s so much that could be said about Bruce. When he first proposed the idea of a wine course, I was ready. It was a huge success. We knew we had a program that the community would engage in. From then on, Bruce was full of ideas for good courses. He knew his wines, and he loved to share that knowledge with others.”
Bruce started the first day-long wine tour of the Yadkin Valley, taking students to Raylen, Shelton, Hanover Park, and Westbend. His other course topics included Wines of the New World, Old World Wines, Pairing Wine and Food, and Wine Varietals. He hosted a wine dinner each semester at a local fine restaurant, a class that consistently sold out. In the later years he added a course series called “In Focus” that allowed him to cover a particular topic in detail. His “In Focus” class about Thomas Jefferson proved so popular that a second section was added.
For sixteen years, Bruce entertained adult students with stories as he educated them about the many facets of wine. During his tenure, Bruce presented 120 classes to 1,800 students, some of whom took 20 to 30 of these classes. “Course after course filled to the brim (no pun intended). We had to put folks on wait lists. Some students took every course he offered and wanted more. Many folks who would not have had reason to come to Salem College came for Bruce’s courses—what a boon to the college and what a boon to the community!” added Dr. Patterson.
Bruce, who had retired from his Salem classes in the spring of 2016, died unexpectedly on December 14, 2016. To honor his memory, please enjoy a good bottle of wine and raise a toast to Bruce Heye, the Wine Guy.