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Ready? Set? Register!
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ILR Spring Registration is NOW OPEN! 

The instructors are prepping, the ILR Spring 2022 Course Catalog has been delivered, the office is gearing up in anticipation of a torrent of registrations, and our excitement is overflowing. The only missing piece is YOU! 

The ILR website is now live with the link to register. If you don't see the "Registration Now Open" announcement on our website, your browser may be hanging onto old information. When that happens, you need to either clear your browser’s history or try opening our website with another browser.  

If you requested a catalog within the past week, know that it is on its way. Not yet receiving our catalog? Request a copy

Have an upcoming group or club meeting? Bring a stack of ILR catalogs and help spread the word. Catalogs are available in the ILR office (Oxford) and the Voice of America Learning Center (West Chester). Call the ILR office to arrange a pick-up time.

**IMPORTANT** Current Covid-19 protocol

Miami University's first priority has always been to protect the health and safety of the campus community. To that end, in-person classroom participation requires adherence to the following safety mandate: Regardless of vaccine status, facemasks must be worn inside all Miami buildings. Instructors may remove their masks while teaching, provided they can maintain at least six feet of distance from their students. Should conditions change prior to the start of classes, you will be notified. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.
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Online, mail, and in-person registration 

At 9:00 a.m. today, our website was updated with a live link to online registration and our office began processing mailed registrations in the order they were received. While we continue to have three easy ways to register--online, mail, or in person, online is your quickest option and immediately reserves your seat in class. Online registration–accessed from the ILR website–takes only minutes and requires no passwords. Once you experience the ease of registering online, you'll understand the appeal. It's the most efficient means of registering, both for you and the ILR office. 
If you have been checking our website regularly and don't now see the current content, you may need to clear your browser's cache to refresh your browser. 

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Your questions answered

Q. Why Webex instead of Zoom?
A. When ILR (and most of the world) flipped to virtual learning in 2020, Miami had only the Webex license. While they now have both licenses, we've invested too much time in Webex to justify making a switch. That said, a few classes being taught by current Miami faculty will be using Zoom. If you've used Zoom, you'll notice how similar it is to Webex.

Q. Will more in-person experiences be offered in the near future?
A. This semester, we're moving back to the classroom for 32 of our 66 offerings. When our community partners are ready to open their doors, we hope to resume our classes there. For the future, we will continue virtual and hybrid offerings as well as in-person classes. Ultimately, however, where and how to teach is the decision of the instructor. 

Q. How can I review the course descriptions after I have started the registration process?
A. If you don't have a printed catalog or the PDF linked above, open a second browser and view the classes from the ILR website. You'll see the link on our homepage.

Q. Why do I need to fill out a MU Medical Form if I am only attending virtually?
A. Unfortunately, people can experience medical emergencies during virtual classes. Miami requires a completed form each academic year (fall-spring). If you participated last fall and submitted a form, you're good to go this spring.

Q. Do I need to request a catalog?
A. If you participated in ILR or requested our catalog within the past three years, you're on our mailing list. 

Q. Do I need to request a parking permit?
A. Parking permits are required for classes on the Oxford campus only. After you have registered, your confirmation email will contain the link to register your vehicle.
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Catalog update

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the following classes have been canceled. We apologize for this inconvenience and hope to see them return in an upcoming semester.
Code Red for Humanity: Ringing the Bell
Human Development as Taught through Popular Song
Hands-On Origami and Haiku: Mind and Hand Fun
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Don't get lost
Oh, the errors we see. Prior to mailing the catalog, an audit of the mailing list uncovered many transposed zip codes–a direct result of the information provided to us through registration. While playing zip code detective is easy, transposed house/phone numbers and email addresses, on the other hand, ensure we'll lose you.  And we certainly don't want to lose you. Please be extra diligent with your digits when registering.
In addition, registration emails will come your way with the option to Opt Out of future emails. Please don't Opt Out if you plan to register in the future. Opting out will prevent you from receiving future confirmations of registration.

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Early birds encouraged

Registration closes on March 22nd. Please register early to enable us to get all necessary materials to you in a timely fashion. Additionally, all in-person classes have limited seating and some may reach capacity. To ensure you are not waitlisted for your favorites, register early for best availability.

Never hesitate to add your name to a waiting list. Openings often occur and room changes are made based on waiting list sizes.

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Meet your instructors
Course descriptions in our catalog leave precious little space to feature our instructors. Want to learn a bit more about your instructor(s)? The About section of our website offers a deeper dive into the talent you'll find in our classrooms. 
Give high praise to your instructors. They're volunteering their time for you.
Parking passes & maps
Not sure how to get to your class location or how to request an Oxford campus parking pass? The Locations and Parking section of our website lists all locations, on and off campus, each linked to a Google map, as well as instructions for requesting your electronic ILR parking pass (necessary for Oxford campus locations only).
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Celebrating ILR at 25!

Spring 2022 will be a semester to remember as we commemorate our 25th anniversary. We're thrilled you're here and invite you to join us this semester as we celebrate a quarter-century of Engaging, Enriching, and Enlightening our community. Since 1997, we have focused on making a positive difference in the lives of the lifelong learners of our community. We trust you'll agree that we are fulfilling our mission in a big way.

We proudly introduce our 25th anniversary semester sponsors, The Knolls of OxfordMiami University Global Initiatives, and Berkeley Square. With their generous support this semester, we are planning to offer a 25th-anniversary celebratory luncheon on May 4th. Save the date!  Stay tuned for further details.

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From Old Miami to Gettysburg: A Visit with Charles Anderson

Charles Anderson is a Miami grad, '33. That's 1833! Charles Anderson's Miami experience and family connections projected him into a life that threads through many of the significant events of mid-19th century America. He became a farmer, lawyer, soldier, developer, scholar, Lieutenant Governor, and Governor of Ohio. We will take a visit with 'Charlie' by examining a recently discovered collection of his personal papers and documents.
Included in this historical trove was Charles Anderson's "Lost Gettysburg Address." What did Anderson say, and what did he edit? What did Lincoln think about Anderson's speech? Let's find
out together.
Your instructor, Rob Tolley, will guide you on this journey from his home outside of Jackson Hole, Wyoming. He is a Senior Lecturer Emeritus of
Anthropology from Indiana University East and a Miami alumnus. His work as an anthropologist took him to many wilderness areas of North America. He currently serves as President of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, Wyoming. 5 Wednesdays: March 30–April 27; 12:30–1:45 pm; Format: Virtual. 
See page 17 of the catalog for further details.

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A page-turner

Have you joined the Miami University Alumni Book Club yet? No alum status is necessary; it's open to ILR friends as well.
It’s almost time to begin reading Alka Joshi's eloquent debut novel, The Henna Artist. You are sure to be captivated by Lakshmi and her struggle to maintain her independence in a world hostile to trailblazing women. Check out a summary and more reviews for it here. We look forward to beginning our next reading journey with you soon! 
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