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Join us for our final Special Event of 2013
Holiday Happenings in Lebanon, December 6
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The ILR Office has Moved!
Our new location is 106 MacMillan Hall, 501 E. Spring Street, Oxford, which is two blocks east of our old office in McGuffey Hall. We’re located in the east wing on the first floor. If entering from the front of the building, turn left from the lobby. If entering from the rear of the building, use middle doors, take stairs to the first floor lobby and turn right, or take the elevator to the first floor and turn right. Room 106 is located within the Center for American and World Cultures.
Introductory Membership Fee for First-Time Members
An introductory rate of $75 is being offered to anyone who has never before been a member of Miami’s ILR. If you’re unsure if this applies to you, please contact the ILR office to check your membership status. New, first-time ILR members should use the promo code NEWMEMBER when registering online.
Once again, we’re pleased to offer online registration for ILR membership and events. To register online, click the link in the left column. Please note: Those registering online are charged a nominal convenience fee.
Those registering online must download, print, and sign the Emergency Medical Form and return it to the ILR office (either in person or by mail, email, or fax). This form is Miami policy and is required prior to ILR participation.
Also, please note that those needing a parking pass will need to call, fax, or email the ILR office with their request (or include it with your Emergency Medical Form submission) including the following information: name, address, phone, birth date, license plate number, and state of vehicle’s registration.
Paying by Credit Card?
Please note that credit cards — Mastercard, Visa, Discover, American Express, and Diner’s Club — can now only be accepted when registering online. Please note that when paying online by credit card, you will be charged a nominal “convenience fee” for this service.
Those choosing to walk-in or mail-in their registrations must pay by check.
Because credit cards can no longer be taken in the ILR office, registration by phone will not be available.
New ILR Class Location
We’re proud to introduce programming at our newest location, Berkeley Square in Hamilton. This site offers wonderful meeting spaces, convenient parking, on-site dining options, and friendly, helpful staff.
ILR/OLLI Joint Programming
ILR is excited to host a full term of joint programming with U.C.’s OLLI members. Wednesday classes at Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center will be open to both ILR and OLLI members..
Please Support ILR
As of July 1, 2011, ILR was forced to become self-supporting. To help ensure ILR’s future, please consider making a tax-deductible gift and/or participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Fundraiser. Every little bit helps to guarantee that ILR will continue to serve a much-valued need in the community. To donate or sign-up for Kroger Community Rewards, please click on the “Supporting ILR” tab.
Email from ILR
To cut paper, printing, and postage costs, we are making much greater use of technology. By communicating with members primarily through email, and including links to further information, we can cut costs by as much as $4,000 annually while also being much more timely. We really need you to:
- Give us your correct email address on your registration form or by sending it to ILR@MiamiOH.edu.
- Add ILR@MiamiOH.edu to your email contact list to be sure that the email notifications we send out do not go to your junk mail.
- OPEN and READ the email you receive from ILR.
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ILR membership fee is $95 per term. There is a one-time $75 introductory term offer for new members only. If unsure of your membership status, please contact the ILR Office.
The ILR Board of Directors has defined ILR Membership and benefits to be:
A member is someone who has paid the fee for the membership period during which a course or special event is scheduled to occur. Only members may register for courses. Non-members may register for special events but must pay a non-member fee (an extra 50% surcharge) in addition to the event fee charged to members. Membership periods – 2 per year: Jan. 1–June 30; July 1–Dec. 31. This definition of ILR membership was approved at the March 10, 2009 Board meeting. If an event occurs between semesters and before registration for the ensuing semester, member status shall be based on the person’s status in the preceding semester.
The membership fee allows you to take as many courses as you wish. Additional fees may be charged for travel, materials, etc. according to course requirements; additional fees are mentioned above the course descriptions in the course listing.
Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee. Important, please note: There will be no refunds given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.
To register by mail or in person
Return your completed 2-page registration form with payment to:
Miami University, ILR
106 MacMillan Hall, 501 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056
To register online
Select “Register Online” tab in left column.
NOTE: If you are new to Miami’s system (not a previous ILR member, Miami staff, or alumni) you will create a login during registration checkout. Otherwise, you will need to log-in to Miami’s EasyReg with your unique ID (sent to you in last term’s confirmation letter) and password. Your default password (if you haven’t previously changed it) is derived by combining your two (2) digit birth month, two (2) digit birth day, followed by the last (4) digits of your social security number. For example, if your birthday is 1/23/1945 and your social security number is 123-45-6789, then your default password would be 01236789. This will only work if you initially provided your birthday and social security number information. If you can’t remember your password, please go to www.MiamiOH.edu/password for assistance re-setting it. If you continue to experience difficulty, please call ILR at (513) 529-8500, or Miami’s IT Help Desk at (53) 529-7900.
If you have questions, please call 513-529-8500 or email us at ilr@MiamiOH.edu
Joining ILR is as easy as filling out a registration form or registering online. Membership in the ILR entitles participants to take as many classes per session as their schedule will allow, participate in operating the ILR, and attend special events. Course offerings and social events are regularly reviewed to broaden interest and participation.
To register for membership see "ILR Membership" tab above.
You will receive a mailed confirmation for all classes for which you are registered. Please read the information carefully. Do not attend classes for which you do not receive a confirmation.
Those with disabilities who require accommodation (e.g., interpreters for the hearing impaired) must contact the University at least 24 hours in advance of the date of the event in order for Miami University to accommodate their needs. If you have a special request, please contact the Office of Disability Resources, 513.529.1541 (voice/TDD).
You can now request your parking permit online by going to the Miami Parking Services website at www.MiamiOH.edu/parking. Click on the Visitors tab on the left side of the page and fill out the Visitor Parking Permit Request form and press the submit button. You will be emailed a printable permit within 48 hours.
Miami University and Miami University Art Museum are not responsible for providing parking. Obey all parking regulations.
Please consider carpooling or using Miami Metro buses (free for ILR members)!
Article IX, Section 1 of the by-laws specifies, "There shall be an Annual Meeting for the membership each calendar year at which the Board of Directors and Officers shall be elected and annual reports will be presented and received."
At that time, we will present the slate of candidates for a voice vote for:
- The Board of Directors
- The officers, prepared by the Nominating Committee as prescribed by the By-laws. The Board consists of twelve members, each serving for three years.
Members may suggest alternative candidates for these positions.
Five-week classes are offered during the university's fall and spring semesters. Each class is offered once per week in a regular time slot, Monday through Friday.
The purpose of these classes is to expand knowledge and explore new ideas in an informal, flexible and non-competitive environment. There are no prerequisites, no exams, and no grades — only the opportunity to learn with contemporaries and to meet friends, old and new.
Volunteer instructors may be retired educators, experts with vocational or professional credentials, or people whose experience, hobbies, or interests have provided them with knowledge they can share with others.
Subjects are selected by the Curriculum Committee from suggestions by the members, and by current and prospective instructors. It is the responsibility of the committee to develop a challenging, varied, and balanced program. The class offerings are published about six weeks in advance of upcoming sessions.
|PLEASE NOTE: REFUND POLICY FOR ALL PROGRAMS|
|Membership cancellations and Special Event cancellations must be made through the ILR office and are charged a 25% administrative fee. Important, please note: There will be no refunds given for membership or Special Event cancellations made within two weeks of the start date of the membership term or Special Event.|
The opinions and advice given in ILR classes are not necessarily the opinions and advice of the Institute for Learning in Retirement or Miami University.
Contact ILR by phone or email.
Miami University campuses are smoke-free environments.
Fall 2013 Classes
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American Sign Museum, Findlay Market,
and St. Mary’s Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption
Member CRN 65203 | Non-Member CRN 65204
Tuesday, September 24
Cost: $32 Member; $48 Non-Member*
Have you ever REALLY noticed the signs around you? They not only show us the way and invite us in (or not!), they reflect the history, technology, commerce, and culture of our communities. Signs and the sign industry have their own stories to tell, and they were previously being lost to redevelopment and ‘beautification’ projects everywhere. The American Sign Museum’s mission is to inform and educate the public about the history of the sign industry and its significant contribution to commerce and the American landscape.
Noontime will find us exploring Findlay Market, one of Cincinnati’s most cherished institutions and Ohio’s oldest continuously operated public market. You’ll be on your own to browse, shop, and lunch. Dine-in options are available or you may order take-out to enjoy the market’s open-air seating. Coolers (can be stored under the bus) are encouraged for those who want to bring the goodies of the market home with them.
With only four major basilicas in the world (all in Rome), The Cathedral Basilica of the Assumption is one of only 35 minor basilicas in the United States. Though largely unfinished even today, the Cathedral speaks of the faith and determination of the community. It is an art and architectural monument to be treasured for centuries by people everywhere.
- 8:15 Board bus at NW corner of Millett Hall parking lot
- 8:30 Depart Oxford
- 9:15 Second pick-up at VOALC
- 10:00 American Sign Museum
- noon Findlay Market (lunch on own)
- 2:00 Guided tour of St. Mary’s Basilica
- 4:00 Arrive at VOALC
- 4:45 Arrive in Oxford
NOTE: This is a walking tour. ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.
*Non-members may participate in special events for an additional fee.
Member CRN 65210 | Non-Member CRN 65211
Friday, October 4, noon – 2:00 p.m.
Knolls of Oxford Commons, Auditorium
Cost: $5 member; $7.50 non-member* NOTE: This is a catered (hors d’oeuvres) event
Join us for food, fellowship, and fun! Meet new members and instructors while reconnecting with the familiar ones as we kick off another exciting year of ILR learning.
Warren County Historical Museum, Golden Lamb, and Glendower Mansion | Friday, December 6
Holiday Happenings in Historic Downtown Lebanon
Warren County Historical Museum, Golden Lamb, and Glendower Mansion
Member CRN 65206 | Non-Member CRN 65209
Friday, December 6
$35 Member; $52.50 Non-Member*
Ring in the holiday season by joining ILR for this special event when the halls and streets of Lebanon will be decorated in all their festive finery. Our day begins with a tour of the Warren County Historical Society Museum. Its three stories hold more than 30 exhibits displaying thousands of artifacts that define the history of the area from prehistoric eras to the mid-20th century.
The Golden Lamb, built in 1815 and recognized as the oldest continuously operating business in the State of Ohio, will be our destination for a catered lunch buffet. Along with our delicious meal and the festive holiday atmosphere, we’ll be treated to a history lesson by a local historian.
Following lunch, we’ll drive to nearby Glendower Mansion for the “Christmas at Glendower” tour. Built in 1836 in the Greek Revival style, Glendower is known as one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the Midwest.
Due to the close proximity, there will be no bus service. Carpooling is encouraged and Marilyn Johnson has offered to coordinate carpools. If you need a ride or can offer one, please call Marilyn at 513.523.2971 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 10:00 Meet in Lebanon at the Warren County Historical Museum for tour
- 12:15 Lunch (included) at The Golden Lamb
- 2:00 Tour of Glendower Mansion
NOTE: This is a walking tour. There is one flight of stairs to the private dining room at The Golden Lamb. ILR events/classes involving walking/hiking/exercise may be strenuous for some. Please use discretion when registering.
*Non-members may participate in special events for an additional fee.
The Institute for Learning in Retirement Board and Staff
2013-2014 ILR Board Officers and Members
Tari Tharp – Chair
Tom Hayden– Vice Chair
Bob Johnson – Secretary
Pat Baugher – Treasurer
At Large Members
Judith de Luce
Ex Officio Board Members
Kathryn McGrew – Scripps Gerontology
Judy Macke - ILR
Cheryl Young - Global Initiatives
Rod Nimtz - Voice of America Learning Center
ILR Board Meeting Schedule
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Bylaws and Standing Rules
The Institute for Learning in Retirement: Volunteer Opportunities
As a member-driven organization committed to providing a high-quality program at the lowest possible cost, we rely heavily on volunteers to help in a variety of ways, including serving on the Board and/or committees (Curriculum, Special Events, Liaison, Publicity, Volunteer) and helping with tasks such as:
• compiling and labeling mailings and information packets
• providing computer support (typing, graphic design, database management)
• promoting ILR
• distributing materials
• writing confirmation and thank-you letters
• researching information for the ILR Board and committees
• reviewing archival materials
• scanning documents
• updating member information records
• helping instructors with AV equipment
The above tasks are intermittent and require a total commitment of 2-10 hours in the spring or fall. Some tasks require coming into the ILR Office while others can be done off campus.
Please identify committees and tasks you’re willing to help with, and call or email us; include your name, what you can help with, and your telephone number and email address. If registering in person or by mail, simply check the appropriate box on the registration form.
Thinking about offering a class?
Two versions of the Spring 2014 Course Proposal are available as follows:
- A fillable PDF that can be completed and submitted online by hitting the Submit button (upper right on form) and choosing the default email options. This form has an electronic signature at the end. Depending on your version of Adobe Reader, from the Tools menu, you can choose to insert your electronic signature (if you’ve previously set one up), or text, ink, or check the signature box.
Note: Mac users must have Adobe Reader (link below) installed to complete this form. Drag the PDF to your desktop and open the file with Adobe Reader. (Apple’s default reader, Preview, is not compatible with PCs in our office.)
- A regular PDF file that you can open, print, complete, and return by snail mail, fax, or by scanning and attaching to an email to Judy Macke, at mackejc@MiamiOH.edu.
- Attach your completed PDF to an email and return it to Judy Macke, ILR, at mackejc@MiamiOH.edu.
- Get the free latest version of Adobe Reader here
- Click here to download Miami University Volunteer Form (.pdf)
Other Useful Links
Oxford Senior Center
Oxford Community Arts Center
Contact ILR at:
|Address:||Institute for Learning in Retirement
106 MacMillan Hall
501 E. Spring Street
Oxford, OH 45056
ILR needs your help!
As state support for universities progressively declined and necessitated extensive institution-wide belt-tightening, ILR was forced to become self-supporting as of July 1, 2011. By virtue of being part of Miami University’s Global Initiatives, ILR continues to receive services (e.g. classroom space, accounting, registration, etc.) and price breaks on equipment and supplies; but operating costs are rising and we are responsible for paying salary and benefits for the staff support we receive.
To help ensure ILR’s future, please consider supporting ILR with your tax-deductible gift and/or by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program. Every little bit helps guarantee that ILR will continue to serve a much-valued need in the community. Please click on the tabs below for additional information. Thank you for your interest in supporting ILR.
It's easy to help ILR through the Kroger Community Rewards program, a no-cost, no-sell fundraiser. Once registered, with just a swipe of your regular Kroger Plus card, Kroger will donate a percentage (up to 4%) of your total purchases to ILR. With only minimal effort on your part (a few minutes to register your card's affiliation to ILR) you can help us offset our expenses. .
It's easy...just shop, swipe your card, and earn for ILR!
April is re-enrollment month for the Kroger Community Rewards program. Those using their Kroger Plus card to support ILR will need to re-enroll each year during the month of April to ensure that ILR remains as your charitable organization designation. Re-enrollment takes just a minute by following the steps below.
To re-enroll and/or designate ILR for your charitable designation:
1. Visit the Kroger website at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
2. Sign in using your email address and Kroger password. If you have forgotten your password, just click on "forgot password" and a link will be sent to your email to change your password.
3. Click on the Enroll Now button next to Cincinnati, OH.
4. Enter ILR's five digit NPO number which is 82360, or the first three letters of the organization's name, (Mia) Miami University Institute for Learning in Retirement.
5. Click on the circle to the left of ILR's name.
6. Save changes. That's it; you're done!
To verify you are enrolled correctly, you will see ILR's name on the bottom of your receipt. New enrollees should allow 7-10 days for this to take effect.
Not yet enrolled? To enroll for the first time, please follow these quick and simple steps:
1. Have your Kroger Plus card handy. If you use your phone number at the cash register, you can use it instead of the card here too.
2. Go to Kroger Community Rewards online at www.krogercommunityrewards.com.
3. Click on the red Create An Account box in the upper right side of the screen.
4. Sign up for a Kroger Community Rewards Account by entering your email address, creating a password, entering your zip code, selecting your store, entering your Kroger Plus number, and agreeing to the terms and conditions.
5. Once you've created your account, follow the steps 1-6 above..
REMEMBER, your purchases will not count toward ILR until you've registered your card.
For those of you who choose to support multiple organizations, you have two options:
1. Change your Community Rewards organization periodically (maybe every six months). Remember that it takes 7-10 days for the changes to be updated.
2. Or, obtain a second Kroger Plus Card (at any Kroger customer service desk) for your address. Multiple shoppers within the same household wishing to support different organizations at the same time will need separate Kroger Plus Cards with separate numbers registered with separate email addresses.
Thanks so much for helping ILR!