Written by Hillsboro Free Press Wednesday, 12 September 2007 10:33
The 34th annual Tabor College Learning in Retirement fall lecture series begins Sept. 24 with the first of 10 weekly lectures. Topics will focus on global adventures, entertainment and informative subjects of special interest to adults aged 60 and over.
“Several of this season’s presenters are particularly distinguished and from out of state, making this Learning in Retirement series exciting, entertaining, and unique,” said Connie Isaac, director of the program.
All meetings except for Oct. 8 are in the handicapped-accessible Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at the college. Sessions begin with a coffee reception at 9:30 a.m. followed by the program at 10 a.m.
Participants are invited to purchase lunch in the campus cafeteria after the program.
Admission for the fall series is $15 per person or $28 per couple. Fall-season tickets may be purchased at the first lecture. Individual sessions are $3 at the door.
For more information, contact Isaac by phone at 947-3121 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
TABOR 60+ FALL SCHEDULE
Sept. 24: “Silverton Colorado: A Little Mining Town in the West.” Author and McPherson native Freda Carley Peterson will describe what she has found so fascinating about such an out-of-the-way place. Her stories come from what she has uncovered while researching the cemetery in this colorful community.
Oct. 1: “From Russia to the North Pole: Life Can Be Full of Adventure.” Abe Siemens, Rancho Mirage, Calif., will share stories and slides from some of his recent, daring experiences.
Oct. 8: (at Hillsboro Mennonite Brethren Church) “Barbershop Fun: Mac Foursome.” A community performance of old-time favorites including the oft-requested “The Auctioneer.” Guest soprano Julia Jost will add her voice to “Lida Rose” from “The Music Man.”
Oct. 15: “My Life, My Imagination, and How God Used Them.” Wilma Wall, Reedley, Calif., will talk about her childhood in China from her novel, “Jade Bracelet.”
Oct. 22: “Preserving Life’s Worth Within the Context of End-of-life Decisions.” Arthur J. Dyck, Harvard University professor from Alton, N.H., will discuss the impact of Christianity on issues of life and death.
Oct. 29: “My license plate reads ‘BARN LVR.’” Martha Knudsen, rural Newton, produces pen-and-ink sketches of disappearing Kansas barns. Her illustrations stir memories of this area’s rural past.
Nov. 5: “Adventure and Challenge in a Southeast Asian Muslim Country.” After leading Tabor College students on four study trips to Malaysia, Aleen Ratzlaff, professor of communications, will recount her experiences.
Nov. 12: “Campus Visit Day,” no session.
Nov. 19: “From a Farm in Ingalls to the Statehouse in Topeka.” Elected speaker of the Kansas House of Representatives in 2006, Melvin Neufeld, Ingalls, will talk about his deep love for the Sunflower State and share firsthand knowledge of how decisions made at the Capitol impact lives.
Nov. 26: “Adventure Down the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers.” Kansan Malcolm Strom will describe his adventure to a remote part of the world, exploring 800 miles of jungle rivers by plane, boat and on foot.
Dec. 3: Annual Christmas coffee. The fall lecture series ends with a musical performance of the classical story of “The Nutcracker.” Performers will include Vada Snider, flute; Karen Loucks, piano; and Jonah Kliewer, narrator. Kliewer will lead Christmas carols. Participants are invited to bring a plate of holiday finger-food.