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Experience the joy of learning in retirement!
Please join us for our fall term October 7th through November 8th, 2013.
Fall curriculum is currently being finalized.
This website will be updated once fall registration opens.
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Online Registration is Here!
After much work and anticipation, we’re thrilled to offer online registration for ILR membership and events.
Those registering online must download, print, and sign the Emergency Medical Form and return it to the Lifelong Learning 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 Lifelong Learning office with their request (or include it with your Emergency Medical Form submission) including the following information: name, address, phone, license plate number, and state of vehicle’s registration.
Paying by Credit Card?
Please note that credit cards — Mastercard, Discover, American Express, and Diner’s Club (Miami’s registration system does not accept Visa) — 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 Lifelong Learning office, registration by phone will not be available.
New ILR Class Location
Mount Pleasant Retirement Village
We’re proud to introduce two days of programming at our newest location, Mount Pleasant Retirement Village in Monroe. This site offers wonderful meeting spaces, convenient parking, and friendly, helpful staff.
ILR/OLLI Collaborative Conference Day
ILR is excited to host this full-day event on Friday, April 26th, at Miami’s Voice of America Learning Center. This event is generously underwritten by Atrium Medical Center.
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 Lifelong Learning office to check your membership status. New, first-time ILR members should use the promo code NEWMEMBER when registering online.
Kroger Community Rewards Fundraiser has Changed
It’s no longer necessary to carry and load a separate shopper card in order for ILR to receive a donation from Kroger. We’re excited to offer this no-cost, no-selling fundraiser which generates a donation to ILR of up to 4% of the total of all our members’ Kroger purchases.
With your participation, this fundraiser helps to keep your ILR fees low. All you’ll need to do is give a few minutes of your time to register your Kroger Plus Card with the ILR affiliation.
For instructions and a link to register, click on the “Supporting ILR” tab. Unsure if you’re supporting ILR? If you’ve registered to support ILR, the ILR designation will print at the bottom of each of your Kroger receipts.
New Miami Web Address
As part of Miami’s strategic branding initiatives, the university will be changing its domain name, effective immediately. Miami will phase out “muohio.edu” and replace it with “MiamiOH.edu.” Both old and new web addresses will work during this transition.
Email from ILR and Lifelong Learning
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 following the “ILR email updates” link on our website, or email it to us. If you don’t have an email account, please establish a free one (e.g. Google gmail) and check it regularly; you could do this at a computer at your local library, senior center, or elsewhere (e.g. the centralized computer at Knolls Commons or a friend’s computer).
- 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 and Lifelong Learning.
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NEW - MEMBERSHIP CHANGES:
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 Lifelong Learning 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 Lifelong Learning 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, Lifelong Learning
127 McGuffey Hall, 210 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 "How to Register for 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).
If you require a parking permit, you MUST include your license plate number and state in the space provided on the registration form. This permit allows you to park in designated parking areas on campus. Note: Permits are not required for the Voice of America Learning Center.
Those registering online will need to phone, fax, or email their parking pass request and info (name, address, phone, license plate number, and state of vehicle's registration) to the Lifelong Learning Office.
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 Lifelong Learning 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.
Spring 2013 Classes
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Member CRN 75518 | Non-Member CRN 75519
Wednesday, May 1
7400 Willey Road, Harrison, Ohio
Cost: $17 Member; $25.50 Non-Member*
The Fernald Preserve is located on the site of the former Feed Materials Production
Center, a uranium processing facility that produced high-purity uranium metal
products as the first step in America’s nuclear weapons production cycle. The site’s
production mission began in 1951 and continued until 1989, when production operations ceased and Fernald’s
mission changed to environmental remediation. The 1,050 acre Fernald site has now come full circle. The property’s
natural features have been restored to pre-settlement conditions using native plants and grasses. Restoration
activities at the site have created one of the largest man-made wetlands in Ohio, open water, upland forests, a
lengthy riparian corridor, and 360 acres of grassland, including tall grass prairie and savanna. The Preserve features
seven miles of trails that provide access to the site’s varied habitats. Over two hundred species of birds have been
observed, and nearly 100 different species have been documented as nesting at the Fernald Preserve. The awardwinning
Fernald Preserve Visitors Center is the focal point of the site and where we’ll view a morning presentation,
enjoy a catered lunch, and begin an off-the-trails guided hike.
NOTE: Due to the close proximity, there will be no bus service. Carpooling is encouraged. This is a walking tour.**
• 10:00 Arrive at Visitor’s Center
• 10:30 History of Site Presentation
• noon Lunch Buffet (salad, sandwiches, cookies)
• 1:00 Guided Hike
• 2:00 Self-guided
*Non-members may participate in special events for an additional fee.
Great American Ball Park, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum,
Member CRN 75520 | Non-Member CRN 75521
Monday, May 13
Cost: $45 member; $67.50 non-member*
Located on the winding banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati,
Great American Ball Park serves as the home of the Cincinnati Reds, baseball’s
first professional franchise. The ballpark officially opened for the 2003 season,
making 2013 its 11th big-league season. From the FOX Sports Ohio Champions
Club to the dugout and press box, we’ll get an insider’s behind-the-scenes sneak
peek at the ballpark. After our guided morning tour, we’ll walk across the
street to The Banks, one of the nation’s preeminent urban “Live, Work, Play”
destinations. We’ll dine at the Holy Grail, one of The Banks’ only locally-owned
restaurants. After lunch, we’ll head back to the ballpark for a guided museum
tour. Winding down our day at The Banks, we’ll explore the nearby Smale
Riverfront Park, an enduring riverfront destination landmark, before heading
home, happily tired.
NOTE: This is a walking tour.** It is fully handicap accessible except for a few
stairs into the dugouts.
*Non-members may participate in special events for an additional fee.
• Patty Melt on Rye
• Pulled Pork Sandwich
• Turkey Bacon Club Wrap
• Veggie Wrap
• Cobb Salad
• 8:45 Board bus at NW corner of Millett Hall parking lot
• 9:00 Depart Oxford
• 9:30 Second pick-up at Lowe’s, Colerain Avenue
• 10:00 Great American Ballpark
• 11:45 Lunch
• 1:00 Red’s Hall of Fame & Museum
• 2:00 Smale Riverfront Park
• 3:30 Arrive at Lowe’s
• 4:00 Arrive in Oxford
End-of-Semester Party and Annual Meeting
Member CRN 75516 | Non-Member CRN 75517
Friday, April 19, 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! You’ve finished classes, now it’s time to celebrate with all your classmates
and thank instructors and volunteers for all the work that went into the planning of another great ILR year.
You’ll have an active role in planning the future of ILR by voting in the new members of the Board of Directors.
Member CRN:75514, Non-Member CRN:75515
Friday, Apri, 26 9:00-4:15
Voice of America Learning Center
Cost: $10 member; $15 non-member* (fee includes boxed lunch)
Come celebrate as the region's finest lifelong learning programs in Butler, Hamilton, and Warren Counties --Miami's Institute for Learning in Retirement and the University of Cincinnati's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, join to present this collaborative conference day, generously underwritten by Atrium Medical Center.
Attendance Limited - No Refunds - Register Early!
8:30 - 9:00 a.m. Coffee and Session Sign-ups
9:00 - 10:15 a.m. Welcome and General Session
• "To Be An American: Mission to Afghanistan," Daniel Butler, MD, General Surgeon & Trauma Medical Director, Atrium Medical Center
10:30 - 11:45 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
• "Hospitalist," Jeffrey Petry, MD, Regional Medical Director, Cogent Hospital Management Group
• "Voice of America Museum & Bethany Relay Station: The Past and the Present"
• "Sport Stories of All Sorts," John Popovich, Sports Director-WCPO TV
• "Have App, Will Travel," Tim Reisinger, retired computer and software consultant
Noon - 1:15 p.m. Box Lunch and Musical Performance
• "To Be An American: Civil War Dulcimer Music," Hills of Kentucky Dulcimers
1:30 - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
• "Electronic Medical Records," Jeff Haas, Director of Clinical Applications for Premier Health Partners
• "Big Klu & The Cincinnati Reds of the 50's," Greg Rhodes, Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame Historian
• "Cincinnati Airport," Bobby Spann, Director of Air Services, CVG
• "Scripps Gerontology: The Changing Face of Aging," Dr. Suzanne Kunkel, Director of the Scripps Gerontology Center, Miami University
3:00 - 4:15 p.m. Closing General Session
• "To Be an American," Honor Flights Tristate Program and Participating Veterans
The Institute for Learning in Retirement Board and Staff
2012-2013 ILR Board Officers and Members
Tari Tharp – Chair
Pat Baugher – Vice Chair
Bob Johnson – Secretary
Sue Jones – Treasurer
At Large Members
Judith de Luce
Ex Officio Board Members
Kathryn McGrew – Scripps Gerontology
Judy Macke - Lifelong Learning
Cheryl Young - Global Inititatives
Rod Nimtz - Director, Voice of America Learning Center
Click link below to download a .pdf file of the minutes.
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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 Lifelong Learning 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 Fall 2013 Course Proposal are available as follows:
- A regular PDF file that you can open, complete, and return by mail, fax, or by scanning and attaching to an email.
- A fillable PDF file that can be completed and submitted online.
Note: Mac users must have Adobe Reader (link below) installed to complete this form. Save the completed form to your desktop.
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.)
- Attach your completed PDF to an email and return it to Judy Macke, Lifelong Learning, 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
c/o Lifelong Learning
127 McGuffey Hall
210 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 Office of Lifelong Learning, 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!