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 SRU's Institute for Learning in Retirement Continues Growth 



 March 11, 2005

Contact: Gordon Ovenshine 724-738-4854;


SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Now in its fourth year, Slippery Rock University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement is offering more the 60 courses and eight day trips as part of its spring semester.  It continues to seek new registrations to meet the learning interests of those who are retired or near retirement in the Slippery Rock region.

 Spring semester classes include basic computer skills offered at the Cranberry Township Library,  as well as quilting, bridge, geology, genealogy and astronomy, among others offered at SRU.  The program also offers trips to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., as well as day trips.

“Our curriculum committee deliberately tries to new subjects and to expand topics where our members have shown an interest,” Executive Director Ruth Hoffman said.

 For example, computer classes started with a single basics class. The institute now offers an introductory class and courses in Excel, Publisher, Windows and Web page design.   “These classes are very popular,” Hoffman says  “and they tend to fill-up very quickly.  We also have begun a basics class in Cranberry Township.”

Day trips remain an important part of the ILR program.  Most often the trips are to nearby destinations such as “A Day in Ohio” featuring visits to woodcarving, pottery and button museums; a brunch cruise on Lake Arthur; and a trip to Akron for a matinee of  “Beauty and the Beast”  at the Carousel Dinner Theater.

In addition, the ILR has begun to offer more extensive trips such as an overnight to Washington, D.C , to visit the new Native American Museum at the Smithsonian.

Formed as an affiliate of SRU’s Alumni Association, the program depends on the availability of volunteer instructors.  Hoffman notes, “The ILR has been truly blessed with terrific instructors.”

Although the Institute for Learning in Retirement is a membership organization, some classes and trips are open to non-members.  There are no age or educational requirements for ILR membership.  Inquiries about the ILR are welcome at 724-738-1604.




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