INSTRUCTOR: susan Bilo
DATES: Wednesdays, oct. 22 to nov. 19
TIME: 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION: hope lutheran Church

solar power plantCOURSE INFO: Circle the globe to learn solar energy’s rich history: how the ancient Puebloans, romans, Greeks, Chinese (and Clarence kemp from Baltimore) used the sun’s energy. Not a lot has changed since the first solar water heater was patented in 1891, but the technology for solar electricity has come a long way since scientists developed the first solar cell from an element of sand. learn how photovoltaics power everything from calculators to cars, buildings to boats, and appliances to airplanes!
The journey will encompass the basic science, applications, economics, and policies of solar energy principles and technologies, including solar’s role in the smart Grid and net Zero energy projects. 

CLASS FORMAT: lecture and discussion
READINGS: Chapters from the books below will be e-mailed with copies provided for those without email access.
Reinventing Fire: Bold Business Solutions for the New Energy Era by Amory lovins, Anasazi Architecture and American Design by Baker h. Morrow and V.B. Price and Let It Shine: the 6,000-Year Story of Solar Energy by John Perlin.

INSTRUCTOR BIO: Susan Bilo is a renewable energy advocate on the local, state, and national level. She serves on Montana State University’s Campus Sustainability Advisory Council and is a member of the American Solar Energy Society, Montana Renewable Energy Association, Passive House Institute, U.S., and the Net Zero Energy Coalition. Susan served as an energy specialist with a state energy office, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory. She lives in a solar powered-home and bakes with a solar oven.


Kathryn Earley 2When my husband and I were looking for our place to retire, one of the places we visited was Bozeman.  While we were here we went to the library, where I happened to pick up a Wonderlust brochure.  Here was university-quality instruction by experts in a huge number of subjects.  No homework, no exams, no papers, just a chance to learn new things or review things we’d already studied.  It was also an opportunity to meet people with a wide variety of interests.  I was hooked! Over the past several years, I’ve come to feel strongly about supporting this valuable community resource for lifelong learning, and fortunately there’s a community of dedicated volunteers who feel the same way.

This past year was our first as Friends of MSU Wonderlust, whose mission is to support and promote MSU Wonderlust.  We’ve contributed funds to getting a new projector at Hope Lutheran Church, where many of our classes are held, and to Gallatin Community Radio, which broadcasts many of our Friday Forums.  We’re also sponsors of and taking part in Active Aging Week and the Prime Age 50+ Expo.

In January Friends will sponsor the MSU Wonderlust reception.  Join us at the Country Bookshelf on January 9, 5 pm – 7 pm, where you can meet instructors and other people interested in learning.  

Kathryn Earley, President of Friends of Wonderlust