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The Institute for Learning in Retirement at Miami University promotes opportunities for individuals 50 and older to enrich their lives as they explore areas within science, the arts, society, technology, literature, languages, business, economics, and other subjects of interest. In addition, opportunities are presented to become acquainted with community needs and to link individual talents and interests to those needs.

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Fall Semester Dates are October 6 through November 7, 2014.

This website will be updated with the fall offerings when registration opens in mid-August.
Below you’ll see what you missed this past spring, along with general program information.
Note: The ILR office will be closed for the month of June. Have a safe, relaxing summer!


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ILR News

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.


ILR Now Offers Gift Certificates
Give a gift that is certain to please your friends, loved ones, or even yourself. ILR gift certificates offer an ideal opportunity to introduce someone to lifelong learning at Miami. They’re available anytime and are always a perfect fit. To order, call the ILR office.


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
  • Add 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.




General Information

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ILR Membership

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 surcharge, not to exceed 25% of the member price. 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 for assistance re-setting it. If you continue to experience difficulty, please call ILR at (513) 529-8500.


If you have questions, please call 513-529-8500 or email us at


How do I become a member? What do members do?

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.

How will I receive confirmation of registration?

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.

Are there disability accommodations?

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).

How do I get a Miami visitor parking permit?

You can now request your parking permit online by going to the Miami Parking Services website at 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. Complete one parking permit request for the entire term, including the start date and an end date two weeks beyond your last class (this allows for any make-up classes).

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)!

How does ILR organize?

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.

What classes are open to ILR members?

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.

What is the cancellation and refund policy?
  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.


I have other questions!

Contact ILR by phone or email.




Miami University campuses are smoke-free environments.



Spring 2014 Classes

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Special Events

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Diana, A Celebration and Journey to the South Pacific at Union Terminal | Tuesday, March 25

Diana, A Celebration and Journey to the South Pacific at Union Terminal
Member CRN 77322 | Non-Member CRN 77323

Tuesday, March 25
Cost: $23 Member; $26 Non-Member*

More than 15 years after her death, Princess Diana’s memory still stirs interest and emotion. The award-winning exhibition which chronicles the life of the late Diana, Princess of Wales, will be the final showing for the renowned exhibition, which has been touring the world since 2003, before the items return to her sons in England to be preserved for future generations. The exhibition presents the life and humanitarian work of Princess Diana through nine galleries containing 150 objects, ranging from her royal wedding gown and 28 of her designer dresses to family heirlooms, personal mementos, paintings and rare home movies and photos. The exhibition showcases the life and work of one of the most remarkable women of her time. Her charm, beauty and easy grace touched people worldwide during her short and complex life.

Following the Diana exhibit, we’re just steps from the OMNIMAX Theater where we’ll settle in for a showing of Journey to The South Pacific, an uplifting story of hope and celebration which highlights the importance of protecting the ocean and its inhabitants—above and below the sea.
Please note: This is a walking tour. Registration deadline is March 7th.

There will be no bus service. Parking at Union Terminal is $6 per vehicle if you’re not a museum member. Carpooling is encouraged. If you desire to arrive early, lunch options are available within the Rotunda. Don’t miss the ice cream parlor and its original Rookwood tile.

- 11:45 Assemble in Rotunda
- noon Diana Exhibit
- 2:00 OMNIMAX film

*Non-members may participate in special events for an additional fee.

Madame C. J. Walker Museum, New Orleans on the Avenue, and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art | Tuesday, May 6

Madame C. J. Walker Museum, New Orleans on the Avenue, and Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art
Member CRN 77330 | Non-Member CRN 77331

Tuesday, May 6
Cost: $45 Member; $56 Non-Member

The historic Madam C. J. Walker Building has long symbolized the spirit of creativity and community pride in the city of Indianapolis. Named after America’s first “self-made” female millionaire—Madam C. J. Walker—the site represents the achievements, art forms, culture and history of African-American people. Madam Walker, featured in our Monday afternoon course, African-American Women Stirring the Waters, began the development of the Walker Building and Theatre prior to her death in 1919. The project was subsequently completed by her daughter and opened to the public on December 26, 1927. The words that Walker Company general manager, F. B. Ransom, shared with the audience at the 1927 grand opening still apply: “To those who toil, to those who think . . .to those who love good music, good pictures, high class entertainment amidst magnificent surroundings; to those who believe that our boys and girls are entitled to the best there is . . . to all classes; to all races, this house is dedicated.”
Just steps from the Walker Museum, we’ll enjoy a buffet lunch (included) at New Orleans on the Avenue, an upbeat Louisiana-themed restaurant in downtown Indianapolis.

The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art was founded by Indianapolis businessman and philanthropist Harrison Eiteljorg. Its mission is to inspire an appreciation and understanding of the art, history and cultures of the American West and the indigenous peoples of North America. The museum executes this charge in exciting and often surprising ways. The Eiteljorg collects and preserves high-quality Western art and Native American art and cultural objects. The institution’s contemporary Native art collection has been ranked among the world’s best. The Eiteljorg Museum is the only museum of its kind in the Midwest, and one of only two museums east of the Mississippi that explore both Native America and the American West. On display during our visit will be photography exhibits by Ansel Adams and Blake Little.

NOTE: This is a walking tour.

- 7:00 Assemble at VOALC for first pick-up
- 7:15 First pick-up departs VOALC
- 7:45 Assemble at NW corner of Millett Hall parking lot for second pick-up
- 8:00 Depart from Oxford
- 10:00 C. J. Walker Museum & Theater
- 11:30 Lunch at New Orleans on the Avenue
- 1:00 Eiteljorg Museum
- 5:15 Arrive in Oxford
- 6:00 Arrive at VOALC


BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studios, Stained 1054 Bistro, & Sorg Opera House | Tuesday, May 13

BeauVerre Riordan Stained Glass Studios, Stained 1054 Bistro, & Sorg Opera House
Member CRN 77332 | Non-Member CRN 77333

Tuesday, May 13
Cost: $20 Member; $25 Non-Member

An advertisement in the 1840 Cincinnati city directory enticed customers with “Coulter and Finagin’s . . . keep constantly on hand a general assortment of cut and plain glassware which they will sell as cheap and on as liberal terms as any other establishment.” This firm, in a few years, was to become G.C. Riordan & Company. Gerald C. Riordan cultivated a high profile in the Cincinnati art community by joining with a group of fellow artists to found the Cincinnati Art Club. Over 165 years later, the oldest documented continuously operated stained glass studio in the United States merged with BeauVerre Studios in Middletown, Ohio. Formed in 1983 by Jay and Linda Moorman, BeauVerre Studios began creating works using the same old-world techniques that the Riordan Glass Company set as the highest standard for all other glass studios.

Stained 1054 Bistro, located within the BeauVerre Riordan Studios building, is our destination for lunch (included). Please indicate your lunch choice on the registration form.

Following lunch, we’ll stroll 1-1/2 blocks down the street to view the revitalization progress at the Sorg Opera House. Built in 1891, it’s one of Middletown’s crown jewels and has withstood the test of time, including a fire in 1935 that threatened to destroy it. In its more recent years, the historic building had fallen into disrepair. Sorg Opera Revitalization Group (SORG) aims to preserve the historic landmark in order to provide and sustain a majestic performing arts venue. They intend to offer the people of Middletown and surrounding communities the opportunity to enjoy cultural, educational, civic, and corporate events that will entertain, enrich and inspire. The silence of its vacancy is deafening, its prospect for rejuvenation, inspiring.

NOTE: This is a walking tour. Due to the close proximity, there will be no bus service. Carpooling is encouraged.

- 10:30 BeauVerre Studios
- 11:45 Lunch at Stained 1054
- 1:00 Sorg Opera House

Lunch Choices
(choose one, those registering online should phone in their choice to the ILR office)
- The Bistro Club
- Beer Battered Atlantic Cod Sandwich
- Blackened Chicken Salad
- Vegetarian (above salad w/o chicken or bacon)

End of Semester Party | Friday, May 2

End of Semester Party
Member CRN 77334 | Non-Member CRN 77335

Friday, May 2
Friday, May 2, noon – 2:00 p.m., Knolls of Oxford, Clubhouse
Cost: $8 Member; $10 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 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.

We’re honored to have as our speaker, Patricia Ellis, an African-American specialist, who taught social studies in the public schools for 34 years. Patricia travelled with Pathway to Freedom, the Rosa Parks tour, across the United States and Canada.




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
Mary Kay Fischer 
Bill Gracie
Sue Jones
Betty Rogers
Edna Southard
Dan Szuhay
Ron Zemko

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

2014-15 Schedule (.pdf)



Click link below to download a .pdf file of the minutes.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to open the file.

May 2014 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
Annual Meeting May 2014 (.pdf)

2013-14 Annual Report (.pdf)
March 2014 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
February 2014 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
January 2014 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

December 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
November 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

September 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)
September 10, 2013 Special Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

May 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

2013 Annual Meeting (.pdf)

2012-13 Annual Report (.pdf)

March 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

February 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

January 2013 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

November 2012 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

Septebmer 2012 Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

2011-12 ILR Annual Report (.pdf)

February 2012 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

January 2012 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

December 2011 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

September 2011 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

June 2011 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

May 2011 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

April 15, 2011 Annual Meeting (.pdf)

2010-11 Annual Report (.pdf)

December 2010 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

October 2010 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

September 2010 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

ILR Annual Report for 2009-2010 (.pdf)

April 2010 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)

March 2010 ILR Board Meeting Minutes (.pdf)



Bylaws and Standing Rules

ILR Standard Operating Procedures 2013-14 (.pdf

ILR Bylaws (.pdf)

ILR 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
• proofreading
• 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.

Click here to download Miami University Volunteer Form (.pdf)


Thinking about offering a class?

Two versions of the Fall 2014 Course Proposal are available as follows:

  • A fillable PDF that can be completed and submitted online.
    • If using a PC, open PDF using Internet Explorer or Safari. Fill out form online and press the purple SUBMIT button in the upper right corner. You’ll be prompted to return the form one of two ways: either directly if you’re using a desktop email client such as Outlook, or by saving the form to your desktop, then attaching it to an email sent to
    • If using a Mac, open PDF using Safari. Fill out form online, save it to your desktop, then attach it to an email sent to 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.)
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Attach your completed PDF to an email and return it to Judy Macke, ILR, at
  • 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:


  Phone: (513) 529-8500
  Fax: (513) 529-5896
  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.

Supporting ILR with your tax-deductible gift

To donate, plese download and complete our donation form (.pdf)

Kroger Community Rewards Program - Support ILR as you shop!

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

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

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!




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