Week one is under our belt!
Week one is under our belt!
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The Institute for Learning in Retirement: Engaged, Enriched, Enlightened.
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Say it ain't snow

Winter just doesn't want to release its grasp. With snow in the forecast yet again, we feel fortunate to have made it through our first week of ILR classes. 
The wild weather did, however, cause the postponement of our If You Build It, They Will Come tour. See "Verify these dates" below for new date details and page 5 of the catalog for event information. 
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Next steps 

Review your schedule 

Most classes began this week or last. Others start next week, may run an extra week or two, and a few even skip a week along the way and add a make-up session. If need be, review your class schedules with each of your instructors.

Verify these dates
The following tours and Special Events are full with waiting lists. If you've registered for any of these and find you can no longer attend, please notify us ASAP. If you'd like to be added to the waiting list for any of these events--we DO routinely go completely through some of our waiting lists--please contact the ILR office. For tour descriptions, see pages 5-7 of the ILR catalog.
Angels in the Grove Tram Tour - Monday, May 7
Trash Talk and Tour of Rumpke Recycling - Monday, May 7
Watered Down and Mounded Up tour - Tuesday, May 8
ILR Annual Meeting and Ice Cream Social - Friday, May 11
If You Build It, They Will Come tour - NEW DATE - Thursday, May 17
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Missing something?

You must have a parking pass for classes on the Oxford campus. Request your free ILR parking pass by sending an email to ilr@MiamiOH.edu with "Parking Pass Request" in the subject line. Classes held at the M.U. Art Museum require a special pass which should be requested the same way.
We want to get to know you. PLEASE wear your name tag and lanyard to class, and hang onto it from term to term. Tags are automatically issued for new members and non-members only. Can't find yours? Request a replacement by emailing ILR. 
Keep in close contact with your email during the ILR semester. Notices of schedule changes, weather-related cancellations, etc. always come via email. Phone calls are made to those who don't use email, but may not be as timely.
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Go to the head of the class

We don't want you to miss a single word in class. If you have hearing challenges, please seat yourself up front, near the instructor. We promise he/she won't bite. If you experience any hearing difficulties in class, please speak up ASAP. Ask your instructor to use a microphone if the room has one, or request a portable mic from the ILR office. If you can't hear questions posed by other students, kindly ask the instructor to repeat the question before answering. If you can't hear, chances are many others are in the same boat.
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Call for proposals
Are you sitting in class wondering how you can share your own expertise? Jump in! We're actively planning the curriculum for our fall 2018 semester, October 1 through November 2

Whether the passion for your subject matter stems from your career, hobby, or life experiences, you'll find an audience that's eager, interested and hoping you'll consider proposing a course for ILR. To get started, complete our course proposal form, which is also on our website under Volunteer - Teaching.

You, too, could end up leaving a quote such as this one received from a recent instructor: "It is a joy to teach to a classroom full of interested, enthusiastic and engaged learners. I can honestly say that my involvement in ILR has given my retirement a richness that I had not anticipated. The learning, the stimulation, and the sense of community are invaluable."

We're looking for fresh perennial favorites in literature/writing, science/nature/horticulture, technology/photography, art/theater/music, current events/politics, health/nutrition, sports, geography/history, philosophy/religion, or whatever else is on your mind. 

Ideas? Suggestions? Recommendations? Propose a class at the link above or email us at ilr@MiamiOH.edu. Proposal deadline for the fall semester is May 1.
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Side dishes

Caught in the Caregiver Crunch
Most of us are painfully aware of the demands in time, energy and finances of trying to aid loved ones needing our care in later life. Many of us will face this challenge and you might be shocked at the hurdles that await you. Caught in the Caregiver Crunch, April 19 at 7pm, was designed to help you avoid some of the colossal obstacles and to alert new and potential caregivers of the steps to preparedness and where and how to seek the limited help available.
David Eicher lecture info

2018 George C. Benson Memorial Lecture

For those of us who knew, loved, and miss John Eicher, here's the next best thing. His son is coming to town!

Where and how should American citizens access trustworthy news, how do journalists determine real from fake news, and how can the average citizen identify fake news and avoid accidentally promoting it through social media? These questions and more are of great importance to citizens across greater Cincinnati and the nation. - April 26, VOA Museum

21 Years of Excellence in 
Lifelong Learning

Join us this year! 
Spring: April 2 thru May 4, 2018

Fall: October 1 thru November 2, 2018 

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