TC alum to speak at LIR on polar projects

What is it like to be a scientist working on the highest, coldest and windiest continent? Participants will get a firsthand account during the second session of Learning in Retirement planned for March 7.

Registration begins at 9 a.m. in the lobby of the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center. The program begins at 9:45 a.m.

Kenneth Ratzlaff, a 1967 Tabor College alum and former track star, will share photos and stories from his work at the Amundsen-Scott Station located at the South Pole, Antarctica.

Ratzlaff is the son of Ruth and Kermit Ratzlaff of Hills?boro. He is a senior scientist at the Instrumentation Design Laboratory, located in Lawrence.

Ratzlaff has made three trips to Antarctica to deliver scientific equipment to the station, and returned just recently from an excursion there.

Learning in Retirement meets regularly through the spring semester, according to program coordinator Connie Isaac.

Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester ($29 per couple) payable at the door. Registration allows for optional lunch at discount in the cafeteria after the session.

For more information, contact Isaac at 620-947-5964 or at

The next LIR program is planned for Monday, March 14. A quiz-show version is planned, emceed by quizmaster Ron Braun.

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