Current Course Descriptions

Spring Term 2016

April 4 - May 12, 2016

Full-tuition fee for the ILR spring 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 the lower level of Hirschler Hall in Riley Court

Check the ILR home page for cancellations due to weather.

Mondays:

Mondays at the movies
10 a.m. - noon        April 4, 11, 18, 25 and May 2 and 9                                                

Our movie selections for the spring term will focus on heroic and inspirational stories of survival that testifies to both the power of hope and the strength of the human spirit.

  • Week one: "The Book Thief"
  • Week two: "Life is Beautiful
  • Week three: "The Courageous Heart of Irena Sendler"
  • Week four: "Inside Hana's Suitcase"
  • Week five: "The Pianist"
  • Week six: Student's choice

 

Wednesdays:

How they do it: A comparison of Sexual Life Cycles in the Animal Kingdom. The Mammals
10-11:30 a.m.                                                                        
Moderator: Fran Core

This is the last of three studies of this kingdom, though we have four living kingdoms yet to do.  We will review reproductions, life cycles and parenting in mammals by beginning with the egg laying monotremes and the many, many marsupials. In addition, we will learn about the variations in parenting and length of “childhood,” and parenting before adulthood is attained.  Again, we will view the works of David Attenborough’s videos. 

Herbs and Plants in the Bible and Literature
1 - 2:15 p.m.                                                             
Moderator: Christina Walton\

 

Thursdays:

Shaking up Wellness for Seniors
10-11:30 a.m.                                  
Moderator: Guest speakers

This course will shake up the way you think about wellness at your stage in life. Don’t be threatened! This is not a course to “get into shape” but rather new ways to look at being WELL. We will look at our overall wellness through: measuring our wellness, nutritional advice, simple non-threatening methods of exercise, waking up the mind, quieting the soul and popular new ideas for increasing wellness.

 

What is PowerPoint?
1-2:15 p.m.                       April 7, 14, 21, and 28
Moderator: Isaac Schumacher
Limit of 10 students

PowerPoint is a complete presentation graphics package and will gives you everything needed to produce a presentation. PowerPoint offers you tools in: text, outlining, drawing, graphing and attachments. This course will teach the tools of PowerPoint and guide you to create a PowerPoint of your own.  Students will need to provide a laptop and have knowledge of basic computer skills. 

 

"Off Schedule" courses
Are you are interested in an ILR “off schedule” course? We will organize a course if there are 10-12 interested students. Indicate your preference(s) on the registration form.
Options include:

  • Knitting
  • Crocheting
  • Beginning recorder
  • Drumming

 

Summer outlook:  Field trips for June, July and August are being planned.  Be on the lookout for a postcard in early May. 

Registration:

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

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.