|SRU LEARNING IN RETIREMENT
PROGRAM BEGINS ITS FOURTH SEMESTER; 25 CLASSES, DAY TRIPS,
WORKSHOPS AND SOCIAL ACTIVITIES PLANNED
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. -- With more
than 25 classes, a series of one-day-trips, workshops, plus a lunch
and lecture series and a luncheon out group, Slippery Rock
University's Institute for Learning in Retirement has again
expanded its course offerings as it prepares its fourth semester of
The institute's fall 2002 course
catalog is now available by calling 724-738-2633 or by e-mailing a
request to firstname.lastname@example.org. The non-profit ILR is a
member-run, learning community intended to meet the educational
interests of the area's growing number of retired people. Sessions
are designed to provide ongoing educational and cultural
opportunities with no tests or grades involved. There are no age
requirements or prerequisites and prior SRU affiliation is not
The fall semester kick off is set
for 3 p.m. Sept. 14 in the Pennsylvania Room of SRU's North Hall
and will give participants the opportunity to meet instructors and
fellow learners and renew last year's friendships. Fall session
starting dates are staggered through October, with most classes
completed by Thanksgiving.
A new venture for fall for those
with or without grandchildren will be "Make a Jack-O-Lantern and
Eat the Seeds" taught by Tim Walters. Children's literature expert
Fran Walsh will offer "Reading to Your Grandchildren."
Fall term sessions encompass other
broad topics, including skills -- advertising and public relations,
ballroom dancing, computer basics, introduction to oral history,
becoming a mystery shopper, and making holiday bows and wreaths;
art -- fine art print collecting and framing, introduction to
drawing, a tour of the Charles "Teenie" Harris exhibition, and
courses titled "Let's Go to the Theater" and "Let's Plan a Murder";
humanities -- "Mark Twain: Exploring His Genius," "Poetry
Appreciation" and a book discussion group; and science and the
environment classes, including "Introduction to Fall Wild
Mushrooms" and "A-B-C's of Birding."
Those facing retirement issues
will find "Changing Roles in Retirement," "Who Gets Grandma's
Yellow Pie Plate," "Oops! How You Can Prevent Falls," "Prosperous
Retirement Financial Planning" and an investing seminar for women.
Social sciences courses include "Foundations of Western Culture,"
"Hot Issues: Current Events" and "Everyday Life in a Coal Mining
Town." Those interested in travel may consider "Here in Our Own
Backyard," "Italian for Travelers" and "Let's Go
In addition, one-day activities
will include "A Day in Franklin," a tour of the Air Heritage
Museum, a lecture and slide show on the ancient city of Petra,
trips to the Butler Institute of American Art, the International
Rooms of the Cathedral of Learning, Kerr Memorial Museum, and
Pittsburgh's Strip District. This fall's murder mystery is titled
"'R' is for Reunion, Rancor and Revenge." The IRL's lunch and
lecture series, dining out group and gala semester-ending social on
Nov. 23 are open to all institute members.
The institute, which is affiliated
with Slippery Rock University, its Alumni Association and the
Elderhostel Institute Network, is self-supporting. Annual
membership dues of $100 ($60 for half year) enable members to take
as many classes as desired. Members also enjoy library privileges
and parking permits. ILR instructors/-facilitators are volunteers
and institute members, including retired SRU faculty and staff.
Those interested in serving as future instructors should contact
Dr. Constance Smith, ILR president, at 724-738-4543.
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