Spring Excursion to the Delta
A Spring Excursion to the Delta

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What is the Renaissance Society?
The Renaissance Society is a participatory "Center for Learning in Retirement." Members choose to study topics proposed by their peers who lead the seminars. These subjects constantly evolve from the interests of the members. The goals of the Society are to provide opportunities for continued learning for seniors and to foster creative expression for members.
Who may join?
Membership is open to all seniors who wish to engage in participatory learning. No college degree is required for membership, just the wisdom that comes with experience and the curiosity that sustains interest in learning. The annual membership fee covers the courses offered during the year. For $5 paid to the library, you are granted campus library privileges for the entire school year.
What is the membership fee?
The membership fee is $60 per member for an academic year, from July 1 to June 30. For those joining for the Spring semester the fee is $35. This fee is paid to the Renaissance Society, CSUS, 6000 J Street, Adams Building, Room 106, Sacramento, CA 95819-6074.
Where do we meet?
Friday and Saturday seminars are held on the campus of California State University, Sacramento. Also, there are off-campus seminars, as well as walks, tours and excursions that are held at different locations.
When do we meet?
On Fridays, there are various seminars from morning through the afternoon on the CSUS campus. Some are one-time or drop-in and others last through a semester. Following the Friday seminars each week, a Forum is held featuring invited speakers of note who share their views with members, followed by lively question-and-answer sessions. We also have some Saturday seminars on campus. Other seminars are held off-campus at various times in the community.
What about parking?
An optional $20 fee provides members with parking on campus on Fridays and Saturdays for one year. This fee is paid directly to the University Transportation and Parking Services (UTAPS). Go to the Parking page for details on how to get the parking pass and where you can park. 
What about public transportation?
Various buses and light rail serve the campus. Check out the Parking page for links to Regional Transit and the CSUS Hornet Shuttle.
May I use the Library?
To apply for an annual Library card (July through June) show your Renaissance Society membership card and pay $5 to the Library information desk. This card entitles you to all Library privileges, to borrow books for three weeks and audiotapes from the Library Media Center for one week. Videotapes may be watched only on the monitors at the Center. If you need to have a videotape shown in your seminar, call the Renaissance Society office at (916) 278-7834 to make the necessary arrangements. Please allow at least two weeks lead time.
May I use The Well?
The Well is the CSUS fitness center. It has a huge amount of very current fitness machines and weight equipment and also offers classes such as yoga, spinning and Zumba. Renaissance members can join. Visit and get the details. You will pay a monthly fee of about $35, plus fees or semester-long cards for classes.
How do I join Renaissance?
You join by applying at the Renaissance Office, CSUS, 6000 J Street, Adams Building, Room 106, Sacramento, CA 95819-6074, or call (916) 278-7834 during office hours Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.-12 noon, and Friday, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. An application form is available on the Membership page.
How do I register for a seminar?
The Rendezvous, usually held a week or two before the start of each semester, is one way to register. Attending Rendezvous allows you to talk to the various seminar leaders if you would like more information about the seminars. You may also register by contacting the seminar leaders directly either by e-mail or phone once the new semester calendar comes out (the classe schedules are also on this website at that time). On-line registration is currently being explored, but that is in the future.
What else?
If you need more information, send an e-mail to: rensoc@csus.edu