ILR schedule


Fall classes available to retirees

BLUFFTON, Ohio—Bluffton University’s Institute for Learning in Retirement (ILR), an educational program for retirees, is offering eight courses on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from Sept. 21-Nov. 12.

Each course costs $50; the cost to take two or more courses is $100. Registration and, if applicable, course fees are due at the time of registration. Sept. 18 is the deadline to register. Unless otherwise noted, classes will meet in the ILR classroom, located in Shultz Hall of Riley Court on campus.

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

Fall courses are:

Making Melody in Your Hearts: The Place and Role of Music in Christian Spirituality and in the Life of the Church

Mondays beginning Sept. 21, 9-10:30 a.m.

Mixing Things Up: TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks

Mondays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Participants will view and discuss online videos of TED Talks, a global set of conferences whose emphasis has broadened to also include talks on scientific, cultural and academic topics.

Greek Mythology

Mondays, 1:30-3 p.m.

Varieties of International Film Experiences

Wednesdays beginning Sept. 23, 9 a.m. to noon

Pie Crust and Pastries in the Making

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:30 p.m., First Mennonite Church kitchen

The class will be limited to 10 students, and a $15 materials fee will be charged.

A Plentiful Prismatic Poetry Class

Thursdays beginning Sept. 24, 9-10:30 a.m.

Art Appreciation

Thursdays, 10:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

The class will cover the period from the Italian High Renaissance of the early 16th century to the present.

How They Do It: A Comparison of Sexual Life Cycles in the Animal Kingdom—The Mammals

Thursdays, 1:30-3 p.m.