Learning in Retirement


Winter classes available to retirees

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering several courses beginning Jan. 18.

Jan. 18 is the deadline to register. Course fees, if applicable, are due at the time of registration. To register, or for more information, contact Janet “JP” Schumacher, ILR director, at 419-358-3346 or schumacherjp@bluffton.edu.

Winter courses are:

  • BYOL: Bring Your Own Laptop Tech Camp
    1-3 p.m., Jan. 20-22, $50
    Learn new techniques to gain more confidence in your computer skills. 
  • Walking Away the Winter Blues
    12:30-1:30 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays from Jan. 18-March 21
    Join the ILR walking club to walk away those winter blues.  The Sommer Center track will be open for walking. 
  • Mondays at the Movies
    10 a.m.-noon, Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 and March 29, $35
    These six weeks will feature ‘60s comedies with Don Knotts, Danny Kaye, Bob Hope, Jonathan Winters, Ethel Merman, Phyllis Diller and more.
  • The Lunch Bunch
    12:15 p.m.
    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 Monday course. 
  • Make and Take Card Workshop
    9 a.m.-noon, March 7, $25
    Come and learn new stamping techniques and creative ideas for designing your own cards.
  • Coffee Colloquium
    9:30-11:15 a.m., Feb. 3, 10, 17, 24 and March 2 and 9, $25
    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. 
  • Watercolor Painting
    1:30-3 p.m., March 2, 9, 16 and 23, $50
    This course will explore the different watercolor techniques and how to incorporate 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, $25
    The morning and afternoon sessions will feature two ILR historians.
  • Down Memory Lane, $50
    1:30-3:30 p.m., Jan. 28 and Feb. 4, 11 and 18
    In this class, you will have access to technology that will help you save your slides and photos on a digital flash drive.  Organize, separate and create a time line for your own “Memory Lane.”
  • March Mini-Escape Trips
    8:30 a.m. to approximately 3:30 p.m., March 3, 10 and 17, $15 per trip
         March 3: Armstrong Air and Space Museum and the Temple of Tolerance
         March 10: Toledo Museum of Art
         March 17: Architecture Tour: Buildings in the Midst