First spring Lifelong Learning session to focus on Christian high ed issues

EwertThe spring semester of the Tabor College Lifelong Learning program will offer the first of eight weekly sessions beginning at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Feb. 21.

The theme of the first session is, ?Looking into the Future: Christian Higher Educa?tion,? featuring Merrill Ewert, who spent a year in Wash?ing?ton, D.C., as senior consultant to the assistant secretary of education.

Ewert was president of Tabor?s sister school, Fresno (Calif.) Pacific Uni?ver?sity from 2002 to 2012. He will outline the challenges facing Christian colleges that will impact the lives of college-bound family and friends.

A 1967 graduate of Tabor, Ewert received the Out-standing Young Alumnus Award in 1978 and the Tabor College Alumni Merit Award in 2007. His career has included teaching at Cornell University and Wheaton College.

Each Lifelong Learning session begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Edu?cation Center located at 400 S. Jefferson on the Tabor College campus.

Each session allows adults to dig deeper into unique and diverse topics.

The public is welcome to attend all sessions and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple).

Participants may enjoy lunch in the college cafeteria after the sessions at the discount price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, director of Lifelong Learning at 620-947-5964 or The semester schedule and a downloadable PDF of the brochure are available at

Following are the topics of the seven remaining sessions.


? Feb. 28: Church Music in the Congo. Ever wondered what?s happening to church music in other countries? Lecturer Jill Schroeder-Dorn will discuss the development of Mennonite-evangelical music in the Congo, where most Congolese are drawn to the highly charismatic. Includes video and recordings.

? March 27: ?Title Towns: Class BB Boys Basketball Champions of Kansas.? As the basketball season hits its peak, Steven Farney, author of a 2012 book by that title, will underscore the impact of high school basketball on small towns. Of special interest to this area: His thoughts on the 1963 Durham championship and Hall of Fame team.

? March 14: Life in Southwest Kansas. Since 1973, farmers and public school teachers Dick and Carol Unruh have been making an impact on their rural Meade community. You?ll hear how their Christian faith has seen them through the joys, sorrows and challenges of life.

? March 21: Spring break, no meeting.

? March 28: Health Boosters: Music Fun & Olive Oil. Don and Con?nie Isaac will show-and-tell how one of the ?good? fats (olive oil) is grown and processed in California. Then Al Schmidt, a teacher in the Via Christi Family Medicine Residency Program, will perform from his repertoire of music and humor.

? April 4: Stories from an Old Town. Author Phyllis Hiebert Martens, Fresno, Calif., will tell stories from her grandmother?s time in small, rural Mountain Lake, Minn. She?ll bring characters from the book to life, triggering your own memo?ries of unique people in midwest towns.

? April 11: A holocaust Survivor and a Polish Resistance Fighter. Author Caryn Mir?riam-Goldberg, Lawrence, will share the personal stories of Jarek Piekalkiewicz and Lou Frydman, two men who survived the horrors of World War II.

? April 18: Good Friday, no meeting.

? April 25: Let?s Celebrate a Milestone. It?s been 40 years since the Tabor College Lifelong Learning ?60+? program began. This session also completes Connie?s 20th year as director. Enjoy music, food, photos, plus surprises.

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