C.A.L.L. program takes students for a ride on the Balkan side with Bulgaria class

By Guy Harrison, Media & Marketing Specialist

APACHE JUNCTION, Ariz. - Bordered by Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey, Bulgaria is a little-known country that resides at the northeast corner of the Balkan Peninsula.

Central Arizona College's Lifelong Learners program now offers students the chance to learn about this country, its culture, and its cuisine in a class simply entitled Bulgaria.

The class will be held on Tue., Feb. 15, from 5-6:30 p.m. at CAC's Superstition Mountain Campus. The cost of attending the class is $10 for C.A.L.L. members and $25 for non-members.

The class, taught by longtime CAC employee Temenoujka Fuller, explores the history, geography and culture of Bulgaria along with personal stories about the turbulent time of change in the late 1980s and early 1990s when the citizens of Bulgaria overturned the dictatorship rule of the Communist Party.

Students will trace civilizations older than those in Mesopotamia and Egypt. Pictures, videos, music, memories, mystical stories, and traditional food prepared by the instructor will add an authentic feel to this class.

Fuller was born in - as she describes it - one of the most beautiful Alpine towns in Bulgaria. Soon after her birth, her family moved to a quiet place in the Thracian Valley to find a better life. This Alpine town, with its mysterious stone homes, became Fuller's secret place for thinking and reading during almost three months of vacation every summer.

She benefitted from a Bulgarian school system that was organized around the idea of independent learning. Students in the country of Bulgaria are given half the day to study at home, as well as one long vacation in the summer, and two shorter breaks every winter and spring.

Fuller went to a competitive high school, one in which she learned the foundation of modern statistics in the ninth grade. At age 23, she graduated from Sofia University and the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences with a master's degree in atomic physics. Her master's thesis was on geometrical statistics.

For almost 30 years, Fuller has collectively worked for two educational organizations - the Institute for International Students in Sofia and Central Arizona College. Her transition from a full-time professor of physics to a learning specialist and now to associate director of Learning Support has been, as she puts it, challenging yet rewarding.

To register for this course, or for more information on other C.A.L.L. programs, please contact Joel Beck by phone at 480-677-7721 or by e-mail at joel.beck@centralaz.edu.

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