LIR announces spring sessions

?There?s something for everyone.?

That?s how Connie Issac, director of Tabor College?s Learning in Retirement described the sessions planned for the spring semester.

The sessions will begin Monday, Feb. 28, with the theme, ?Facing the Future with Confidence,? presented by Larry Nikkel, former Tabor president.

The group will experience the musical talent of Glenn Litke, former professor of music at the college.

?I am thrilled at the quality of interesting programs that will be presented during the spring semester of Learning in Retirement,? Isaac said.

?There are a wide range of subjects that will be presented and many fun opportunities to interact. I hope that many individuals will attend the sessions. It will prove to be a fun and enriching time together.?

The programs are presented in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center and begin at 9:45 a.m.

Registration for the entire series is $15 per semester for an individual or $29 per couple. Those who wish to attend only a few programs can pay $4 per session.

Another added benefit for taking part in the LIR sessions is the opportunity to enjoy lunch in the Tabor Cafe located in the student center following the program. An additional fee of $3.75 will be charged for those who wish to partake.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, coordinator, at 620-947-5964, or The schedule can also be found online at

Following is the entire semester?s programs.


? Feb. 28: ?Facing the Future with Confidence.? Participants will begin the semester with a requested vocal solo by Glenn Litke. Speaker, Larry Nikkel, will expand his premise: ?The quality of life we can expect as we grow older rests almost entirely on how we relate to the changes occurring in us and around us.?

? March 7: ?Doing Science in the Extreme at the Amundsen-Scott Station, the South Pole.? Kenneth Ratzlaff recently returned from the middle of the highest, coldest and windiest continent on earth. With remarkable photos and non-technical language, he?ll answer the what, why and how questions of this important project.

? March 14: ?And the Answer Is?.? Fifth-grader Noah Schumacher, fourth-grader Cora Masar, and 60-plus participants Loyal Martin and Mary Olson will compete, answering a variety of questions posed by quiz master Ron Braun. Participants can cheer, watch the scoreboard and offer their own guesses.

? March 21: Spring break, no session.

? March 28: ?Ring the Bell, Light the Fire.? Long-time educators Jona Baltzer, Marilyn Jost, Herb Richert and Helen Schmidt will lead the group in a panel discussion of how they managed to teach and love child?ren in changing times.

? April 4: ?The Dust Bowl Revisited? Author and KU continuing education instructor Elizabeth Kliewer Black will share from the lecture she?s been giving statewide on land use mistakes that led to the greatest ecological disaster in our history. Is another Dust Bowl possible?

? April 11: ?Adventures of a Kansas Explorer.? Larry Hornbaker, Wichita, has a passion for unique views of the Sunflower State. Enjoy as he takes us along hill and dale via digital photography. Recom?mended by Marci Penner of the Kansas Sampler Foundation.

? April 18: ?Furry Friends: Slickfester Dude and Others.? Farm animals have always been an important part of the lives of Maynard Knepp and his author-wife Carol Duerksen. Knepp will portray, Slickfester Dude, their story-telling cat, and remind listeners of the special relationship between pets and their owners.

? April 25: ?Red Wing and More from Memory Lane.? Enjoy old favorites sung by Christian musician Benny Holtsclaw of Cedar Point as he draws from his performances over the past 39 years.

? May 2: ?Roger Adams Explores Kansas Cuisine.? You are what you eat. If this is true, then what are Kansans? Part travelogue and part history, Adams explores unique dishes associated with immigrant groups in Kansas. This session, sponsored by the Kansas Humanities Council, is free to the public.

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