Until further notice, interest groups and social activities will not be held at Lewis House due to COVID-19. However, we do have a full schedule of virtual activities on Zoom, as mentioned in the Tampa Bay Times. And we are still accepting new members!

A welcoming group of active lifelong learners

Presentations, lectures, social life and activities for inquisitive adults interested in intellectual stimulation and camaraderie with like-minded individuals.

The Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College (ASPEC) is a continuing education organization whose members come from diverse backgrounds but share a common belief that lifelong learning is a great way to engage the intellect for the pure joy of learning and to develop new friends and lasting relationships.

Located at Lewis House on Eckerd’s beautiful campus overlooking Boca Ciega Bay, ASPEC has transformed itself during COVID-19. We now offer virtually more than 30 intellectually stimulating academic presentations and fun social activities each week to be enjoyed from the comfort of your own home. ASPEC continues to closely monitor the evolving COVID-19 outbreak and we hope to return to normal operations at some point.

View our latest newsletter and monthly calendar for a sample.

Learning at ASPEC is fun and stressless. With members who had distinguished careers in medicine, science, law, academia, business, the military and many other fields, presentations become lively discussions as we eagerly share our knowledge and life experiences.

Get a taste of learning through Academy of Senior Professionals at Eckerd College
Tampa Bay Times, 7/25/2018


Community Engagement

Although volunteer activities have been semi-curtailed during COVID-19, many of our members still enrich themselves and our community by devoting their time to Eckerd College, local schools, service, civic and cultural organizations. ASPEC is proud to make a difference.

Popular Activities

Exercise & Socials

If your muscles need a little stretching, we have chair yoga and Tai Chi. How about some more exercise? Try our kayak and canoe group!

Weekly socials, monthly evenings out, holiday parties, frequent theater, concert and museum visits as well as other organized activities enhance the quality of life for adults seeking social interaction and intellectual stimulation outside the classroom in beautiful, culturally inviting St. Petersburg, Florida.

College Events & Facilities

As a part of Eckerd College, ASPEC members enjoy frequent interaction with students and take advantage of the many campus activities like speakers, foreign films, operas and Broadway musicals.

ASPEC members also have access to college facilities like the library, waterfront and cafeteria. Did we mention, Eckerd College has a beautiful waterfront campus?

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