Sue Swersky (in class)

Emily Nye (online lessons)


Welcome to Rediscovering San Diego

About Rediscovering San Diego

“Rediscovering San Diego” is a field trip class in which older adult students discover, explore, learn about, and experience San Diego resources, as well as politically, culturally, historically, economically, and educationally significant sites and venues within our community, first hand.  Our class is being conducted this semester completely online through Zoom, where you will experience virtual weekly “trips.”  Our destinations to include areas all over the world.  We think you’ll love it!  

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About the class

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Syllabus Spring.pdf

Syllabus & Website  

This syllabus contains a brief description of each venue we will visit virtually every week.  You will find the schedule at the end of the syllabus.  More detailed information will be emailed to you the weekend prior to each virtual trip.  Our class website is managed by instructor Emily Nye, who also writes the website lessonsLinks to websites, announcements, class photos, interesting facts, and student comments will be available on this website.  Instructor Sue Swersky  teaches weekly  Zoom lessons that she creates using power point presentations with videos and other interactive materials for the virtual trip. She also hosts guest speakers. 

 Virtual Field Trip Instructions  

Our virtual class Zoom session is on either Tuesday or Wednesday (depending on which class you registered for) from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Please try to be on time for class so you don’t miss anything!  The Zoom instructions can be found on the class website homepage (, but we will also send a reminder every week the day before the Zoom session.  The reminder email will include the links and phone numbers you’ll need to join the session.  


Because this is currently a fully online class and all “field trips” are virtual, there will be no weekly attendance taken.  Online classes are under a different system of attendance called the census system.  Twice during the semester, we will send out an email asking if anyone would like to drop the class.  If we don’t receive a response and have not heard from you during the semester, we will drop you from the class as of that census date.  Please know that it is perfectly okay for you to be in the class and not participate in Zoom sessions, as long as you are enjoying reading the lessons on your own—just keep in contact and let your instructors know so we don’t drop you during the census periods.


Our Rediscovering San Diego class will be taking "virtual trips" through the use of a software technology called "Zoom."  The days and times of these "trips" or Zoom sessions will be the same as your regular field trip class was--every Tuesday or Wednesday at 9:30 a.m.  However, our virtual trips will last only about an hour. 

You may be asked to download the Zoom software, if you don't already have it.  When you download the program once, you will not have to do it again on your computer.   

NOTE:  Some people who do  not have a webcam or microphone may call with their phones AND view the video on the computer screen.  This way, you can see what we are doing and communicate with us.  

Do you have a mobile device?  Then go to the app store and download the free Zoom app and set it up.    Then, when you click on the link for your session, it will automatically open in the app.  Or, just as easy, open the app and tap join a meeting, then add the meeting ID.   

For instructions on joining your specific weekly Zoom session, please visit The Zoom Classroom page on this website.  For your convenience, here is a quick link to our weekly Zoom sessions: 

Remember, it is optional to join our Zoom meetings.  We hope you do, but if you don't, we hope you will enjoy the lesson and videos each week.

The Instructors

Sue Swersky

Hi I'm is Suzanne Swersky, also known as Sue. I was born in Cape Town, South Africa on the southern tip of Africa                      

I completed my undergraduate and post-graduate studies at the University of Cape Town. In 1989, I moved with my family to the United States and settled in beautiful San Diego. I joined the teaching faculty of SDCCD in the 1990s and I have been part of the evolving Emeritus Program ever since. I also served as Associated Student Body (ASB) Advisor for a number of years, and helped establish a Student Scholarship program for Continuing Education students. 

I love to travel and have combined my passion for history and love of travel to develop my classes, focusing on studying people, their cultures and history around the world. I really enjoy bringing places from my travels to life in my classes through lectures with slides and videos. With the advent of Covid and not being able to explore in person, these global destinations came to be  included in my Rediscovering San Diego and the Globe classes. I love art, reading, hiking, playing pickleball, and spending time with my husband, our children and families who all live in San Diego.

I'm Emily, and I've been teaching for the San Diego Community College District's Emeritus Program for over three years. I'm a former English professor and Writing Center director. 

I love doing research and writing up the lessons about our various Rediscovering San Diego venues and events! I I strive to provide you with interesting, insightful facts. I certainly learn a lot from my research and writing, so I hope you do, too!

On a personal note, I grew up in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and have lived all over the United States (including Socorro, Baltimore, Denver, Boulder, Fremont, Honolulu, Ewa Beach, Beaverton, and of course San Diego).

I also teach several other classes for Emeritus.  "Mystery Fiction Demystified" presents short mystery fiction by a range of writers, and Modern World Fiction.

...And a site JUST for Emeritus Students

Make sure you explore this site just for Emeritus students. You can access it by going to the former schedule site ( or by going to the new name ( On this site, you will find:

Information for Spring 2024 (schedule, details on some classes, meet the instructors and registration tutorials)

Student Guides (Guide to understanding online instruction, Guide to using Zoom, Guide to find your class on the website)

Student resources (Job opportunities, list of resources from SDCCE available to students, classes from previous semesters)