Tabor announces spring topics for Learning in Retirement program

Tabor College has announced the dates and speakers for its spring Learning in Retirement Program series.

The new semester of programs, fellowship and learning for older adults begins Feb. 22 at the Hillsboro campus.

?I?m really looking forward to every session this spring,? said Connie Isaac, program director. ?Each speaker and musician is actually quite different and, hopefully, will meet audience needs in varying ways.

?I thank the Lord for blessing us with capable speakers and musicians who are willing to commit to all that?s involved in being on the spring schedule.?

In the first of nine programs scheduled for the spring semester, James Yoder of Hesston will illustrate how his life experience leads into story writing and story?-telling in a program titled, ?Agonizing and Laughing with an Author.?

His presentation begins at 9:45 a.m. Monday, Feb. 22, in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. Yoder will also discuss his most recent book, ?The Lone Tree,? set in Florence and rural Moundridge during 1874 and 1875.

According to Isaac, the popularity of the Learning in Retirement Program is at an all-time high. A record number of people attended the programs this past fall.

?Though most of the audience participants have come from Marion County, it?s been particularly exciting to see people come from Sedgwick, Harvey, Reno, and Dickinson counties, even from as far away as Topeka,? Isaac added.

Learning in Retirement programs will be presented on Mondays in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center.

Each session begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends about an hour later, allowing time to join friends in the college cafeteria for an early lunch (at special discount).

Registration is open during the 30 minutes before each session. A semester membership fee of $15 for individuals and $28 per couple is charged. Others may choose to pay $3 per session at the door.

For more information: contact Connie Isaac at (620) 947-5964 or email


2010 Spring Semester Series


? Feb. 22: ?Agonizing and Laughing with an Author.? James Yoder of Hesston will illustrate how his life experience leads into story writing and storytelling. He will feature his most recent book, ?The Lone Tree,? set in Florence and rural Moundridge during 1874 and 1875.

? March 1: ?The Gravestone on Old Highway 56.? John Sharp, Hesston College instructor in history, will tell the amazing story of Henry and Suzanna Heatwole Brunk Cooprider. Henry was buried eight days after arrival in Marion County, in 1873. Sharp will be accompanied by Herb Zook, a direct descendant of Cooprider.

? March 8: ?Last Frontier School Teacher.? In 1959, Anna Bortel accompanied Elmer Gaede on a medical and educational mission to the Nunamiut Eskimos in Alaska. Subsequently, Anna became the first permanent teacher for these last nomads. Hear Naomi Gaede-Penner tell Bortel?s remarkable story.

? March 15: Campus visit day, no meeting.

? March 22: ?How Great Thou Art.? Dave Deutschendorf, a bass vocalist from Newton, and Joann Nickel, a pianist and photographer from Goessel, will share their talents. Their hymns, gospel songs and photo images are sure to touch the heart.

? March 29: ?Men of Song.? A chorus of 20 men conducted by Elvera Voth, North Newton, will perform a concert of sacred and secular selections. In recent years Voth founded the Arts in Prison program at the Lansing Correctional Facility.

? April 5: ?Share Our Adventure: From Cape Town to Dubai.? Denver resident and well-known videographer Lowell Ratzlaff will take the group along to enjoy the exquisite beauty, native culture and wildlife of South Africa. The tour concludes with the world?s tallest building in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

? April 12: ?Adjusting to Changes in Retirement.? Verla Dick, a social worker from Topeka, will lead a discussion with participants regarding the many changes retirees face in what is supposed to be their golden years. Join us for a time for sharing, laughing and encouraging one another.

? April 19: ?Following God and Defending the Law.? Tabor College Board Chairman Lyndon Vix of Wichita will share interesting experiences from his 25 years practicing law. Lyndon works primarily with civil cases and has chosen to talk about the integration of his faith and vocation.

? April 26: ?History of Joint Replace?ment: How You Got What You Have.? Retired orthopedic surgeon David Wiebe of Kearney, Neb., will show and tell how medicine has progressed in the area of bone and joint care, an area that becomes increasingly important as people age.

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