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Learning in Retirement program begins fall semester

Tabor College has announced the dates and speakers for its fall 60+ Learning in Retirement Program series. The new semester of programs, fellowship, and learning for older adults begins Sept. 22 at the Hillsboro campus.

“This is a very special time for all of us at Tabor College,” said program coordinator, Connie Isaac. “This month (September) it is 100 years since the doors opened for the first classes. With 60+ we hope to share in the college’s ongoing impact on our Central Kansas communities.”

The 60+ programs will be presented in the ground-level Wohlgemuth Music Education Center just north of the campus library. Parking is available south of the library or north of the Wohlgemuth building.

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 20 minutes before each session. A semester membership fee of $15 for individuals and $28 per couple is charged. The public also may attend any program for $3. In honor of the Centennial, the Oct. 3 session will be free.

For more information: contact Connie Isaac, 620-947-5964 or e-mail


Sept. 22 — Coffee served 9:15-9:45 a.m. before kickoff session. “Great is Thy Faithfulness: The Story Begins with World War II.” At only eight years old, Willy Penner became separated from his parents in Poland. Among other horrors, he experienced starvation in a concentration camp. Later the Lord brought his family to the U.S. where he eventually became a public school administrator.

Sept. 29 — “For I was Hungry and You Gave Me Meat.” Maynard Knepp, Warehouse Supervisor and Resource Generation Assistant, MCC Central States, has been on learning tours to Burundi, Africa, and Ukraine. Hear firsthand stories of people he met and positive things that are being done.

Oct. 3 (Homecoming Friday) — “The Rewards of Committing to Memory.” Former Tabor President, Vernon Janzen, Reedley, Calif. will inspire with his love for the memorization of God’s Word. His presentation will include memorized dramatizations from the Gospels.

Oct. 6 — No program.

Oct. 13 — “Fishing Holes I Have Known.” James Wiebe, Wichita entrepreneur, will share the social benefits, the competitive skill as well as the joys of fly-fishing in God’s creation. The room will be adorned with his own scenic enlarged photos.

Oct. 20 — “Turkey: Where the Patriarchs and Apostles Walked.” Visit the places that Paul and John walked. Sit with the churches mentioned in Revelation chapters 2-3. Bill and Helena Born, Bakersfield, Calif., had this once-in-a-lifetime experience recently and want to take us along!

Oct. 27 — “Celebrating a Century of Transformation,1908-2008.” We’ll hear stirring music and go back in time with illustrated stories from Tabor’s past, chosen for us by Centennial book committee chair and retired professor, Don Isaac.

Nov. 3 — “Memorable, Controversial, and Ridiculous Episodes in Presidential Elections.” On the eve of a national vote, Bill Kostlevy, Associate Professor of History/Political Science at Tabor College, will tell stories from the elections of Thomas Jefferson to William Jefferson Clinton. Steve Vincent and the Parkside Voices will begin the program with patriotic selections.

Nov. 10 — No program.

Nov. 17 — “Who’s Going to Get Grandma’s Yellow Pie Plate?” Susan Franz Koslowsky, Senior Vice President, Emprise Bank, Wichita, and her parents, Harold and Eleanor Franz, will explore practical issues involved in downsizing as well as the distribution of heirlooms after we’re gone.

Nov. 24 — “Some from Near, Some from Far, All are Special.” The birth of Christ is expressed throughout the world in nativity sets that reflect local culture. Leann Toews, Goessel, will “show and tell” interesting samples from her extensive collection.

Dec. 1 — “Annual Christmas Coffee: Music and Memories.” Harpist Judy Mace will remind us of the angels with several selections. Wilmer Thiessen will remember Christmas in Nebraska, and eye-witness Caryl Wiebe will take us back to the Christmas morning fire at Gnadenau. Bring a plate of finger food for the goodie-buffet.

Last modified Sept. 3, 2008