What’s Happening at The University of Guadalajara-Coastal University Campus in Puerto Vallarta

Believe it or not, the fall 2018 semester began on the 13th.  This year there will be over 5000 student enrolled at the University of Guadalajara – Coastal University Campus.

Free Classes For Seniors

Enrolment for the Fall 2018 SUAM classes is now open and classes begin soon. To enroll contact Erandy Cruz at 322-226-2200 ext. 66290 or 66304.  All of the classes are free and open to the public.

The University of Guadalajara – Coastal Campus (SUAM PROGRAM) was created in 2012 with the main objective to integrate and educate senior citizens in the region.  It was designed to offer academic, intellectual, recreational and artistic courses and the opportunity for social interaction for people over the age of 60.

SUAM offers to meet the particular needs of the individual users and offers courses and workshops in a variety of different and interesting areas, such as Art and Culture, Computing and Languages, Humanities, Health and Psychology.

SUAM Courses And Workshops

Generally, courses are about 20 hours duration and are spread over two and a half months.  Students can spend 2 – 4 hours each week depending on their objectives and the contents of the course.

Schedule:  9am to 2pm Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday.

SUAM offers the following classes and activities.

  • Health: Tai Chi, Yoga, Swimming, Nutrition, Humanities, Family Law.
  • Wonders of the World: Art, History, Literature, and Nature.
  • Regional architecture and the Western Mexico Mountains.
  • The natural richness of the Bay of Banderas
  • Poetry and reading workshops
  • Computing: Basic and intermediate levels
  • Languages: Basic and Intermediate level English, French, and Spanish.
  • Dance, Drawing, and Painting.
  • Creativity with recycled material.
  • Popular culture.

The SUAM classes will begin on September 3, 2018. Any senior over the age of 60 can enrol to be in one or more of the 30 different classes.

The University of Guadalajara Centro Universitario de la Costa radio station is happy to announce that ‘The Good Morning Wake Up Show’ hosted by Michael Nolen, just began its 4th year on the air.

The show airs from 9 to 11 every Saturday morning. Listeners can tune in at 104.3 FM or via the Internet.

Started in August 2015, The Good Morning Wake Up Show is broadcast as part of the University of Guadalajara’s 104.3 FM radio station at the Puerto Vallarta campus.

The main purpose of the show is to get the English-speaking community of Puerto Vallarta involved with the activities and events of the university.  The show, however, isn’t solely about the university; it is dedicated to all types of events and news in the Banderas Bay area.  Michael regularly does updates on weather, safety and entertainment. He gives advice on such things as transferring money to Mexico, to how to take the correct buses around town, where to eat, shop or just have fun.   You can also expect great music, exclusive interviews, and Michael himself just loves to talk about what he’s been up to and what’s been on his mind.

Michael summarized: “I just try and inform the English-speaking population on how they can make their lives a little better, a little easier, and how they can get involved with all the great stuff that is going on, as a lot of the people down here are retired and looking for a sense of community. We’re very grateful to the president of the university Marco Antonio Cortez, who has been very generous, not only with his time but also offering us the opportunity to work here at the radio station.”

The Good Morning Wake Up Show is broadcast every Saturday from 9:00-11:00 am. For more information on the show, events and activities you can email Michael@104.3wakeupshow@gmail.com.

Listen to the show live on Saturday mornings at udgtv.com/radio-puerto-vallarta/en-vivo.

Visit the University website for more information.


Please remember, “Life is fragile. We’re not guaranteed a tomorrow so give it everything you’ve got.”

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Michael Nolen
Since retiring to Puerto Vallarta last year Michael Nolen has been keen to give back to the community. 'You can only play so much golf before you start to question your retirement,' Michael philosophized.

Started by Michael in August 2015, The Good Morning Wake Up Show is broadcast as part of the University of Guadalajara's 104.3 FM radio station at the Puerto Vallarta campus.