Current Course Descriptions

Winter term 2016

Jan. 18 - March 30, 2016

Full-tuition fee for the ILR winter term is $100. For those wishing to take individual courses, the fee is noted with course. Unless noted below, classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Shultz Hall of Riley Court on campus.

Check the ILR home page for cancellations due to weather.


Mondays at the movies
10 a.m. - noon                  Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and March 29                                             
Moderator: Tim Schumacher
Cost: $25

Come laugh with your fellow classmates during Mondays at the Movies. These six weeks will feature ‘60s comedies, with Don Knotts, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Jonathan Winters, Ethel Merman, Phyllis Diller and more!

The lunch brunch
12:15 p.m.                      Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and March 29   

Following each class session of Mondays at the Movies, there will be an ILR Lunch Bunch gathering. All are invited to come and enjoy the fellowship. You do not need to be signed up for the movie course. Please sign up to receive the lunch schedule. No charge, just fellowship.

Make and take card workshop
9 a.m. - noon              March 7                                           
Moderator: Paulette Smith and Nancy Suter

Come and learn new stamping techniques and creative ideas for designing your own cards.           


Coffee colloquium
9:30-11:45 a.m.                Feb. 2, 10, 17, 24 and March 2 and 9                                                       
Moderator: Guest speakers
Location: Maple Crest family room
Cost: $25

Come and have a mid-morning break and fellowship as you listen to six weeks of dynamic speakers who will challenge, intrigue and inspire you with a variety of topics that will guarantee interesting conversations. The list of speakers and topics will be sent upon registration for the course.

Watercolor painting 
1:30 - 3 p.m.                      March 2, 9, 16 and 23                                            
Moderator: Judy Ruen, retired art teacher
Location: Maple Crest patio room
Limit of 12 students
Cost: $50

This course will explore the different watercolor techniques and incorporating them into paintings. Watercolor paper, paints and brushes will be provided.

History Seminar
10 - 11:30 a.m. and 1 - 3 p.m.                      March 30                                            
Moderator: TBD
Location: Kreider Room and Marbeck Center
Limit of 12 students
Cost: $25

This day will have a morning and an afternoon session targeted to timelines in history. This seminar will feature two of our favorite ILR historians! The speakers are finalizing their subjects; descriptions will be sent out upon registration. 


Down memory lane
1 - 3:30 p.m.                                  Jan. 8 and Feb. 4, 11 and 18
Moderator: JP Schumacher and Issac Schumacher
Limit of 12 students
Cost: $50                                    Required: Flash drive

Do you have that one cabinet that is filled to the brim with slides? What about those boxes of photos stacked in the closet? When was the last time you viewed them? This is your opportunity to go digital!

In this class, you will have access to technology that will help you save your slides and photos on a digital flash drive. Once on digital, photos can be printed or online books created. Historical photos can be labeled and shared with your children and grandchildren. We will begin to organize, separate and begin to make a time line for your Memory Lane.

March mini-escape trips 
8:30 a.m. to approximately 3 or 4 p.m.
Guide: JP Schumacher
Location: Meet at Sommer Center parking lot
Cost: $15 each trip

Each trip is individual so sign up for one or all three! Lunch is not included in the cost, but transportation and organization for each trip is included. Upon registration, you will receive detailed information on individual trips. Cost is individual and not a part of the student full-tuition fee.

  • March 3: Neil Armstrong Museum and The Temple of Tolerance
  • March 10: Toledo Art Museum
  • March 17: Architecture Tour: Buildings in the Midst


Extra opportunity

BYOL: Bring your own laptop
1 - 3 p.m.                                               Jan. 20-22 
Moderator:  Mary Kay Fleck           Assistants: University students
Limit of 12 students
Cost: $50                                 

This is your opportunity to ask the questions, learn new techniques and gain more confidence in your computer skills. You won’t get lost in the class because there will be a limit of 12 students. One moderator and five assistants will guide you through your learning experience. You don’t have a desktop but still want to learn? No worries. The Bluffton University Technology Center will lend you a laptop for use in the classroom.

walking Away the Winter Blues
12:30 - 1:30 p.m.                                               Jan. 18 - March 21   (Mondays and Thursdays)
Location:  Sommer Center         
Open only to full-tuition students
Cost: Free                                 

Do you like to keep active, but the winter weather is a factor? Join the ILR walking club to walk away those winter blues. The Sommer Center track will be open for walking. Tennis shoes are required.


Registration and course fees (if applicable) are due at time of registration. To register, contact Janet Schumacher, director of ILR: 419-358-3346 or

Forum programs are held on Tuesday mornings from 11 a.m.-noon in Founders Hall. Members of the ILR program are invited to attend the series. There is no charge.

Lunch: You may purchase a lunch for $4.25 at the Marbeck Commons. Tell the clerk you are an ILR member.