Spring classes offered to retirees

Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering multiple courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays this spring, beginning April 4.

The tuition for the full spring term is $100; individual class costs can be requested from the ILR director. Most classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Hirschler Hall of Riley Court on campus.

To register or for more information, contact JP Schumacher, ILR director, at 419-358-3346 or

Spring courses include:

Mondays at the Movies
Mondays, April 4 – May 9, 10 a.m. to noon

  • Week one “The Book Thief”
  • Week two “Life is Beautiful”
  • Week three “The Courageous Head of Irena Sendler”
  • Week four “Inside Hana’s Suitcase”
  • Week five “The Pianist”
  • Week six, Students’ Choice


How They Do It: A Comparison of Sexual Life Cycles in the Animal Kingdom, The Mammals
Wednesdays, April 6-May 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

The class will cover reproduction, life cycles and parenting in mammals. In addition, the class will learn about the variations in parenting and length of “childhood.”

Prose, Poetry, Scriptures and Palms
Wednesdays, April 6-May 11, 1-2:15 p.m.

Class members will discuss the literary use of various forms of plant life, their value and their habitats that are featured in British literature, Biblical scriptures, stories and illustrations.


Shaking up Wellness for Seniors
Thursdays, April 7-May 12, 10-11 a.m.

This is not a course to “get in shape” but rather explores new ways to be WELL through nutritional advice, simple non-threatening methods of exercise, waking up the mind and quieting the soul.


What is PowerPoint?
Thursdays, April 7-28, 1-2:15 p.m.

This class will give you everything needed to produce a presentation. Limit of 10 students. Students will need to provide a laptop and have knowledge of basic computer skills.


Claire Clay, public relations student assistant