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KEY Lecture Series Discusses Honeybees

By Allyson Oakley

On Friday, March 29, 9:15 a.m. to noon, Volunteer State Community College hosted Honey Bees 101 as part of the KEY Lecture Learning Series, which author Jane Miller presented in room 101 of Caudill Hall.

She discussed the important role that bees play in our society.

Miller is also an author of a book on beekeeping. According to Miller’s blog, “The wise men of beekeeping would tell me if I wanted to understand the bees, I needed to sit with them (the bees, that is). So, I’d take my coffee out to the bee yard every morning and watch the activity around the hive. And I did learn a lot about bees. But there is more …”

The lecture gave information about the health benefits of raw honey and how it affects the world around us.

Miller also had advice on how to become a beekeeper, consisting of necessary tools, good location, and how to get started.

“We have anywhere from 40-90 people registered for the class,” said Lisa Haley from the Division of Continuing Education Department .

“We have different topics and we could have younger students and we could have older people. The key is to keep educating yourself. No matter how old or young you are, you never quit learning.” said Haley.

KEY is the name of the lecture series, and it stands for, Keep Educating Yourself.

Haley said that there are 60 people signed up for this series and many of them are older adults.

The lecture series, which spans over six weeks, is open to the community and does require signing up.

The cost is $49 and there are three more lectures left for students to attend.

Those interested can sign up at enter “KEY” in the search bar.

This topic, as well as all the other lecture series topics, are selected ahead of time by the advisory council board of Vol State.

Attendees can rate each lecture and make suggestions for future lecture series.

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