Quick Guide 1. AARP: Are You Getting What You Paid For? CLOSED 2. Allegheny National Forest, II 3. Archaeology & GIS: Mapping the Arroyo Tannery Site 4. Book Discussion Group, Fall 5. Boomtowns & Characters of Early PA Oil 6. Bridge I: Basic/Beginning* 7. Bridge II: Play of the Hand* 8. Bridge III: Defense* 9. Cemeteries: An Introduction to Allegheny & Homewood 10. Chinese Art: A Survey CLOSED 11. Coal Town 1910-1999: Everyday Life CLOSED 12. Creative Writing 13. Dante: The Image of Greed in Dante's Divina Commedia 14. Ecology: Science of the 21st Century 15. Eighties: The World of the Eighties 16. Empires: Their Rise and Fall 17. Film: Crime and Punishment, II 18. Floral Design class cancelled 19. Genealogy/Family History: How To Begin 20. George Washington In Butler County 21. Good Grief: Dos & Don'ts to Help Grieving Friends CLOSED 22. Good Old Days? The 1900's House 23. Grove City: Boom, Bust and Bubble City 24. Hot Issues: Current Events Discussion Group 25. Japanese 26. Jazz Guitar: Masters of the Bebop Era 27. Larry Berg Discussion: Presidential Election 2012 28. Library: Bailey Library Tour (Bonus) 29. Lunch & Lecture (Bonus) 30. Luncheon Out-Group A* 31. Luncheon Out-Group B 32. Mormon Religion Revisited CLOSED 33. Opera Orientation: Don Giovanni (Bonus) 34. Opera Orientation: Rigoletto (Bonus) 35. PA Forest History & Winter Tree Identification 36. Painting: Mary Hogg Watercolor Group 37. Photography: Improvng Your Pictures 38. Piano: Applied Piano III and/or Basic Theory 39. Presidents: White House 'Truth' vs. Inconvenient Facts CLOSED 40. Printmaking: A Creative Habit* 41. Quilt Guild ala ILR 42. Relaxation/Visualization 43. Roy S. Evans (of Jeep fame): His Life and Times 44. Scripture Rocks of Douglas Stahlman CLOSED 45. Slovakia: The Heart of Europe 46. Spiritual Worldview: Broadening Our View 47. Story of Painting with Sister Wendy 48. Sustainable Home: Our Adventure Building One 49. Three Sisters 50. Timber Wolves 51. Travel Preview: Alaska (Bonus) 52. Wigton Massacre and Sam Mohawk 53. Kick-Off: Social & Wine Tasting (Bonus) 54. Allegheny National Forest (North) Tour 55. Ballet: Nutcracker 56. Biking the Armstrong Trail 57. Bowling for the Young at Heart 58. Butler Airport: What's Up? 59. Carnegie Museum: Behind the Scenes Look at Paleontology 60. Cemetery Tour: Allegheny & Homewood 61. Don Giovanni: The Opera (Bonus) 62. Emsworth Lock & Dam Presentation and Tour 63. Genealogy Workshop, Cranberry Twp, Group A, B & C 64. George Junior Republic 65. Glass Blowing Center 66. Holiday Luncheon (Bonus) 67. Holy Pittsburgh CLOSED 68. Ice Age Sites in the Slippery Rock Area 69. Kayaking 101 70. The Kerr Museum 71. Phipps Conservatory Fall Flower Show (Bonus) CLOSED 72. Pow Wow at Three Rivers American Indian Center 73. Rigoletto: The Opera (Bonus) 74. Strand Theater, An Inside Look AARP: Are You Getting What You Paid For? AARPBuyng Mary Bach Do you ever feel 'ripped off' in the marketplace? Do you understand Pennsylvania's amusing and confusing sales tax applications? Your shopping trips will never be the same after this entertaining and educational presentation designed to make you a smarter consumer and help stretch your shopping dollars. This program will also equip you with the proper process to follow and the pitfalls to avoid if you are considering selling any of your gold, precious metals or coins. Wed., Sept. 19; Noon-2:00 pm CLOSED Allegheny National Forest, II AlNatForII Macario Herrera The presentation will provide an overview of some of the current uses and pressures which exist on the forest. Some of these are natural and some are man made. Participants will better understand the challenges of effectively managing this large landscape in the face of declining forest health due to insects, disease, invasive plants and climate change. The presentation will also provide an overview of other uses and how these might be managed in the face of declining federal funding. How can we: continue to provide a sustainable supply of high value timber; address the impacts of oil and gas extraction; and maintain large recreational facilities needed by a large number of visitors? Thurs., Oct. 4; 1:00-3:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Archaeology & GIS: Mapping the Arroyo Tannery Site ArcGis Brian Fritz The Arroyo Tannery was a large scale leather manufacturing center that operated along the Clarion River in Elk County, PA between 1881 and 1924. Adjacent to the tannery was Arroyo Village which included more than 40 company built houses for the tannery workers and managers. None of the original buildings of the tannery or the village have survived. The field survey recorded the location, size and shape of over 150 structures. GIS was used to construct detailed maps that helped archaeologists to identify the function of various buildings and the general work flow through the leather making complex. Mon., Sept. 17; Noon-2:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Book Discussion Group, Fall BookGrpFa Constance Smith, Nancy Mickle Love to read? Here's your chance to discuss wonderful books with other readers. All types of books are eligible: fiction, memoirs, biographies, histories, etc. Fall selections are: Sept - The Hunger Games Trilogy (Hunger Games, Catching Fire & Mocking Jay) by Suzanne Collins; October - Still Alice by Lisa Genova; Nov - Major Pettigrew's Last Stand by Helen Simonson. Tues., Sept. 18, Oct. 16 Nov. 13; Noon-1:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Boomtowns & Characters of Early PA Oil Boom Paul Adomites The first twenty years of the Pennsylvania oil industry (1859-1879) were an amazingly energetic time. Millions of dollars were made, lost and stolen. The most noble saints and the most wicked villains were populating the landscape. Towns exploded into existence in days and dissolved into dust in months. This class will tell the tales of those terrible towns and frenetic folks, separating truth from the myths and legends, but delivering it all with a hearty chuckle and deep appreciation. Guaranteed: the attendees will be both amazed and amused. (Discounts available on the instructor's books). Tues., Sept. 18, 25 & Oct. 2; 2:30-3:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Bridge I: Basic/Beginning* Bridge-I*Fa June Morrison *Zelienople. This is the first of a Bridge class series, comprising 8 sessions, written by the very qualified and well-known Audrey Grant and updated by Betty Starzec, Senior TAP Teacher-Trainer. The first class is an introductory class that concentrates on bidding. It is meant for those who are complete beginners, or for those who wish to bring their bridge up to date with current standards. Please call the instructor, June Morrison, at 724-452-3686 at least 10 days before beginning class for instructions to register and order the textbook. Classes will be held in the Overflow Dining Room at Passavant Retirement Center at Zelienople. Wed., Sept. 26, Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 & 14; 10:00 am-12:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Bridge II: Play of the Hand* Bridge-II*Fa June Morrison *Zelienople. This is the second in a Bridge class series written by Audrey Grant and updated by Betty Starzec. This class focuses on the play of the hand and is designed as a sequel to Bridge I-Basic/Beginning. It is recommended that you have taken the first course, although this one is designed to stand on its own if you have a basic knowledge of Bridge. Please call the instructor, June Morrison, at 724-452-3686 at least 10 days before beginning class for instructions to order the new textbook. Fri., Sept. 28, Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9 & 16; 10:00 am-12:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Bridge III: Defense* Bridge-III*Fa June Morrison *Zelienople. This is the third in a Bridge class series, written by Audrey Grant. This class focuses on defense strategies and is designed as a continuation to Beginning Bridge and Play of the Hand. It is recommended that you already have taken the first and second courses, although this one is designed to stand on its own if you have a basic knowledge of Bridge, bidding and standards. Please call the instructor, June Morrison, at 724-452-3686 at least 10 days before beginning class for instructions to order the new textbook. Tues., Sept. 25, Oct. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6 & 13; 10:00 am-12:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Cemeteries: An Introduction to Allegheny & Homewood CemIntro Thomas Hannon Cemeteries are transitional in that they reflect both the time frame in which they were established and the culture in which they are found. Cemeteries in our society moved from graveyards, relatively simple family burying grounds, to church affiliated havens of eternal rest. The Rural Cemetery and Landscape Garden Cemetery movements of the late 19th century present a totally different appearance. Those taking this course and trip will see the difference. Thurs., Oct. 18; 9:30-11:30 am Open to ILR members only (FREE) Chinese Art: A Survey ChiArt Kurt Pitluga This class will provide a brief survey of Chinese art. We will examine the artistic highlights of the important dynasties including the magnificent bronzes of Shang Dynasty and the terracotta warriors created by the famous Emperor Chin. We will also study the rich tradition of painting and ceramics. Mon., Sept. 17; 2:30-4:30 pm CLOSED Coal Town 1910-1999: Everyday Life CoalTown Susan Ferrandiz McIntyre, PA was one of the many western Pennsylvania bituminous coal company towns developed during the early part of the 1900's. Its usefulness to the coal company ended in mid century and the town was sold to a salvage company. Like many coal towns of this period many of its residents and breadwinner coal miners were immigrants from southern and eastern Europe. The presentation will deal with the social aspects of the residents' lives. Photos will enhance the oral presentation and session will end with the reading of selected memories of some of the former residents. Mon., Sept. 17; 9:30-11:30 am CLOSED Creative Writing CreWrFa J. L. Horam This class provides a relaxed and safe environment to learn shortcuts and techniques. Individual help will be given. Thurs., Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18 & 25; 2:00-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $30.00 Dante: The Image of Greed in Dante's Divina Commedia DanteG Frank Treccase In his journey in search of meaning, Dante runs into significant stumbling blocks. The first one is GREED, depicted as a she-wolf. She is forever hungry, forever in search of food. In her relentless search for more, she mates with other beasts. She is evil that generates evil. In this lecture we will try to answer three basic questions: What did Dante, the protagonist, learn from his encounter with the she-wolf?; What are we learning form Dante's tale of that encounter? And How relevant is for us, citizens of the 21st century, our own encounter with Dante's she-wolf? Thur. Sept. 13; 3:30-5:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5 Ecology: Science of the 21st Century Ecol Gene Wilhelm There are some truths, even fundamental ones, that are apt to elude us. The most basic truth regarding earth, our home, is that all living beings, from the minute to the gigantic, are related in some manner to each other and to their environment. Ecology studies these interactions, and this course will explain how and why we humans must become more conscious of this 21st century scientific focal point. A textbook is required which may be purchased from the instructor at $15, cash only. Please bring the exact amount. Wed., Sept. 12,19 & 26; 9:00-11:00 am Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0 non-members - $15 Eighties: The World of the Eighties Eight Valentin Kefeli, Mary Lou Kirin The 1980's was a decade of drastic changes in the world. Red China formed a market style of Communism and solved the problem of hunger. The Soviet Union survived the last decade of its existence. The stagnation of Brezhnev's time eventually was followed by the election of Mikhail Gorbachev, the author of Perestroika and Liberalization. The final act of Russian Communism was the destruction of the Berlin Wall in Germany and the union of two German states. Soviet state satellites and some Soviet republics tried to separate from Russia. The textbook will be provided by the instructor. Please bring $15 to reimburse the instructor for printing costs. Tues., Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9 & 16; 2:00-4:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Empires: Their Rise and Fall Empires Robert Davis In this class we will examine a select number of the world's historic empires in terms of the reasons for their rise, their achievements, the duration of their supremacy and why they went into decline and failed. From the early Roman and Chinese empires to the modern fall of the British and Soviet empires, a number of explanatory themes regarding the process of rise and fall have been repeated throughout history. In our examples we will explore those themes and in conclusion evaluate how much they might apply to the future role of the United States in the world. Mon./Wed, Oct. 29, 31, Nov. 5, 7, 12 & 14; 3:00-4:15 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Film: Crime and Punishment, II FilmCrII Kenneth Harris This film segment features a set of seven movies about unusual crimes or criminals, selected from among the following: 'The Sting'; 'The Duelists''; 'He Walked By Night'; 'The Secret in Their Eyes (in Spanish with English sub-titles); 'In the Bedroom'; 'The Way Back'; 'The Thirty-Nine Steps' and 'Atonement'. Each film is shown in its entirety and without interruption, followed by a discussion of topics and questions growing out of the film. Wed., Oct.3, 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7 & 14; 11:30 am-2:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Genealogy/Family History: How To Begin GenFamHist Robert Hinds In this class we will address the basics of gathering and organizing information on ancestors, including the use of computers and web based resources. Wed., Sept. 19, 26, Oct. 3 & 10; 9:30-11:30 am Open to ILR members only (FREE) George Washington In Butler County Georgew Martin O'Brien This class will study the path and events of George Washington through Butler County and western Pennsylvania in 1753. This trip was detailed personally by Washington and his guide Christopher Gist in separate journals. The first events of the French and Indian War occurred near Slippery Rock--Believe it!!! Remember Washington crossed Slippery Rock Creek twenty years before he crossed the Delaware. Tues., Oct. 9; 10:00 am-Noon Open to ILR members only (FREE) Good Grief: Dos & Don'ts to Help Grieving Friends GoGrief Ruth Leo Personal experiences and source materials will be used by class participants to prepare guidelines for helping a friend who is grieving. People grieve the loss of independence, their health, their jobs or their marriage, as well as the death of a spouse or other loved ones. Having a friend who understands grief is priceless! Mon., Nov.12; 9:30-11:30 am CLOSED Good Old Days? The 1900's House Good1900 Edmund Dlutowski The 1900 House may be the closest thing to a time machine any of us will ever experience. A family agrees to spend three months living the life of a lower middle-class family of the late 19th century in England, without modern conveniences, in an authentically reconstructed Victorian house. This program shows us the down side of “the good old days” and keeps us from romanticizing the period. Tues., Oct. 23, 30, Nov. 6 & 13; 9:30-11:30 am Open to ILR members only (FREE) Grove City: Boom, Bust and Bubble City GroveCity Mary Sample Join us at the Grove City Area Historical Society for an afternoon of history and food. Lunch will be served at the Historical Society at 11:30 am. Following lunch Skip Sample will speak on the history of Grove City in the context of the business/industrial evolution of western Pennsylvania. Participants will also have the opportunity to tour the building and view the displays. Class fee covers lunch and tip. Mon., Oct. 29; 11:30 am-2:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $12.00 Hot Issues: Current Events Discussion Group HotIsFa Barbara Blackstone Some controversies are 'hot', others just persistent. Participants will select those they consider timely, and discuss one at each session. We exchange information and points of view without any intention of reaching agreement. Insight and enlightenment are all we seek, in a congenial setting. Our first topic will be “The most controversial topic on today's news”. Wed., Oct. 3, 10, 24 & 31; 9:30-11:30 am Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $20.00 Japanese Japan Junko Yamamoto The class is designed for those who do not have any background in the Japanese language. The participants will practice simple conversation in Japanese. You will learn how to write your name, say greetings, colors and food vocabularies. You will practice ordering food in Japan and also learn the geography of Japan. Thurs., Oct. 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8 & 15; 2:30-3:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $15.00 Jazz Guitar: Masters of the Bebop Era JazzGuitFa Joe Barth This class will feature an examination of the development of jazz guitar during the Bebop and Hard Bop eras of jazz. We will observe the improvising and comping approaches of such masters as Kenny Burrell, Joe Pass, Wes Montgomery and others. Mon., Oct. 29 & Nov. 5; 10:00 am-Noon Tuition/Fees: ILR members - non-members - Larry Berg Discussion: Presidential Election 2012 LBergFa Larry Berg A frank discussion will be encouraged about the upcoming election: the candidates, the issues, the political parties and their tactics, campaign finance laws, the new voter ID regulations and the significance of this election. Wed., Oct. 17; 10:00 am-Noon Open to ILR members only (FREE) Library: Bailey Library Tour (Bonus) LibTour Christine Hogg, Catherine Rudowsky The best kept secret of Slippery Rock is the SRU Bailey Library, free to ILR members and the community. Here is the opportunity to go on a guided tour with SRU librarian, Catherine Rudowsky. You will learn the resources available throughout the library and sign up for a free library card or renew your current card. It is an invaluable tool for finding research material whatever your topic may be. Saturday, Sept. 8; 9:30-11:00 am Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $0.00 Lunch & Lecture (Bonus) Lun&LecFa Mary Alice Cobbett Bring your brown bag lunch and join new friends for a series of stimulating presentations. Advance registration is not required for ILR members. The following topics will be presented: Sept. 13, 'Mary Pickford and Yard Long Print', Karen Trempus, Sept. 27 'Marvelous Morocco', John and Carole Fruehstorfer, Oct. 11, 'Go Nuts About Squirrels', Miranda Crotsley, Oct. 25, 'Therapeutic Massage for Wellness', Patricia Redshaw. BONUS: This event does NOT COUNT toward your 12-class limit. Thurs., Sept. 13, 27, Oct. 11 & 25; 11:30 am-1:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $20.00 Luncheon Out-Group A* LnchO,A-Fa Teresa O'Malley, Henry Anna *Join us at area restaurants for good food and great companionship. (You'll pay for your own lunch) Group A is always on the lookout for something new, exotic and different in cuisine. We will eat at Habitat, Meat and Potatoes, Casbah and Nonni's this term. Thurs., Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 18 & Nov. 1; 11:30 am-1:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $20.00 Luncheon Out-Group B LnchO,B-Fa Frank Hoffman, Ruth Hoffman Join us at area restaurants for good food and great companionship. (You'll pay for your own lunch.) Group B tends to go all over Western PA and Eastern Ohio. Please: sign up for group A or for group B, but not both! You will be sent the location for the first restaurant after registration, and participants will provide suggestions for the next three establishments. Thurs., Sept. 20, Oct. 4, 18 & Nov. 1; 11:30 am-1:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Mormon Religion Revisited MormonR Robert Hinds This class presentation will include an historical and doctrinal perspective of the Mormon religion with an emphasis on political context. Tues., Nov. 6 ; Noon-2:00 pm CLOSED Opera Orientation: Don Giovanni (Bonus) OpOrDG G. Warren Smith Opera has no villain more unrepentant than the great and terrible Don Giovanni. Based on the legend of Don Juan, Mozart's masterpiece is pure opera buffa in which a bad master and his bumbling servant fall into predicaments from which they must extricate themselves by hook or crook. If you plan on attending the opera, or if you are simply curious about this opera, join us for this brief orientation. SEE ALSO: Don Giovanni, the Opera in the trips section. Thurs., Nov. 8; 10:00 am-Noon Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Opera Orientation: Rigoletto (Bonus) OpOrRig G. Warren Smith Based on a Victor Hugo play about treachery in the court of the French King Francois I, this tragic story revolves around the licentious Duke of Mantua, his hunch-backed court jester Rigoletto, and Rigoletto's beautiful daughter Gilda. In preparation for attending the first of the operatic masterpieces of Giuseppe Verdi's middle-to-late career, or if you are simply curious about this opera, join us for this brief introduction. SEE ALSO: Rigoletto, the Opera in the 'Trips' section. Thurs., Oct. 11; 10:00 am-Noon Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 PA Forest History & Winter Tree Identification PAForHist Eric Best (Class meets at Jennings.) Pennsylvania's forests and their history are fascinating, even in winter. Real tree experts learn to notice clues in the branches, bark and buds that are present in the winter months to help identify the trees. Discover PA forest history as well as techniques that can help distinguish Pennsylvania' common trees in any season during this informational program and short hike at Jennings Environmental Education Center. Wed., Nov. 14; 1:00-3:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Painting: Mary Hogg Watercolor Group PaWtrFa Barbara Davis, George Compton Originally taught by the late Mary Hogg, this group is an informal gathering of anyone who enjoys watercolor painting - beginner or beyond. We share ideas and help each other solve painting problems. Bring your own materials or contact your facilitators for suggestions as to what you need. Thurs., Sept. 20, 27, Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov., 1, 8 & 15; 9:30-11:30 am Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $35.00 Photography: Improvng Your Pictures Photo Audrey Pollock Have you ever looked at your photographs and wondered why you bothered? Three members of the New Castle Camera Club, all of whom have many years of experience and are award winning photographers, will share insights into their special areas of expertise. Karen Kriley will address portrait photography, Audrey Pollock will focus on still life, and David Diffenderfer will present scenic photography. All these presenters have had their work displayed in several galleries, including the Hoyt Institute of Fine Arts in New Castle, PA. Session A, Portrait Photography will meet at Ultimate Images Studio, 120 Franklin St., Slippery Rock; Session B, Still Life will meet at the Extended Learning Ctr. Rm 108; and Session C, Landscape/Scenic Farm will meet at West Park Alpaca Ranch (See attached directions). Thurs., Sept. 13, 20 & 27; 9:00 am-Noon Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $15 Piano: Applied Piano III and/or Basic Theory PianoAppIII Christine Hogg Members will bring their own music of sacred, pop or simple classics and learn how to work it out in class. The number of sessions will be decided upon at the the first class meeting. Scheduling will be at the convenience of the participants. Tuesdays and/or Wednesdays. Members only. Schedule at convenience of participants. Tues. and/or Wed. only. Open to ILR members only (FREE) Presidents: White House 'Truth' vs. Inconvenient Facts PresLies Charles Zuzak This class will focus on several U.S. presidents and the Lies they told as opposed to facts. The lecture will feature political cartoons of presidents as well as current candidates. There will be time for questions and answers. Tues., Oct. 23; 11:45 am-1:00 pm CLOSED Printmaking: A Creative Habit* PrintMakng* Zarah Blair Think you're not an artist? Substitute the word 'work' for 'art'. Does it make a difference? Discover your work through the vehicle of printmaking and the book 'The Creative Habit' by Twyla Tharp. Included are four 2 hour classes in my studio followed by a brown- bag lunch critique. We will use a 1500 lb. press. Materials fee is $12, payable at the first class. People returning to this class will explore new process options. If you have questions, call Zarah at 724-353-2366. Tues., Oct. 9, 16, 23 & 30; 10:00 am-Noon Open to ILR members only (FREE) Quilt Guild ala ILR QuiltGldFa Jean Wanchick Here's your chance to learn new skills and meet other quilters! You can help decide what the Guild's program will include: guest speakers, demonstrations of new techniques or patterns, sewing for charity, visiting quilt shops, etc. Bring your suggestions! We share our work, get assistance with problems, learn from each other and socialize. (Note: the group will decide what fees - if any - are charged.) Mon., Sept. 17, Oct. 15 & Nov. 19; 1:00-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $10.00 Relaxation/Visualization Relax Nancy Mickle We live in a stressful world which often causes tension that may result in sleep problems, disease and loss of joy in our daily lives. In this class you will be learning the techniques needed to help reduce tension, lesseen/eliminate pain, produce a peaceful state of mind, increase your self-protection and expand your self-knowledge. You will be in control of your mind and body at all times while learning these techniques. Tues., Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2 & 16; 10:00-11:30 am Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $20.00 Roy S. Evans (of Jeep fame): His Life and Times RoyEvns Leeland Bortmas This class will focus on Mr. Evans' accomplishments on the way to becoming a multimillionaire and owner of the largest car dealership in the country. His intervention and support had a great impact on the development of 'Butler's Proud Moment in History', the world's first military jeep. Tues., Sept. 25; Noon-2:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Scripture Rocks of Douglas Stahlman ScripRocks Kenneth Burkett Legends grow in part from facts, and many versions abound about the numerous Scripture Rocks frequently encountered by hunters and hikers scattered throughout the woodlands surrounding Brookville, Pennsylvania. This class session will present an ongoing joint project to rediscover, formally record and interpret the Scripture Rocks inscribed by Mr. Stahlman during the early 1900's in an attempt to understand his perception of religion with a slightly different twist. Tues., Oct. 2; Noon-2:00 pm CLOSED Slovakia: The Heart of Europe Slovak Anne Dayton Slovakia is located in the center of Europe. It has a population of about 5 million people and is about half the size of Pennsylvania. In the past it was part of Great Moravia, the Hungarian Kingdom, then Czechoslovakia. In 1993 it became an independent nation, and joined the European Union in 2004. In this course we will talk about the nation and its people, see a slide show, and visit the Slovak Folk Crafts store near the Premium Outlets to see maps, a large animated wood carving and hand crafted Slovak products. Mon., Nov. 5 & 12; 2:00-4:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Spiritual Worldview: Broadening Our View SpritWrld John Sloat The class will focus on the discussion of the following topics. The Christian Church is dwindling in size, influence and wealth. Is something wrong? Younger generations appear to be less religious, but more spiritual. The world (i.e.) families, localities, political parties and nations all need more unity to survive. Thurs. Nov. 8 & 15; 2:00-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $10.00 Story of Painting with Sister Wendy storypnt Christine Hogg The delightful Sister Wendy brings her knowledge, her deep love of art and her luminous insights to 'The Story of Painting'-making a sometimes difficult subject accessible and stimulating to everyone. From the cave paintings at Lascaux- through the turbulent history of the ages- to the continuation of the future, Sister Wendy just wants us to surrender to the wonder of the story. Wed., Sept 12, 19, Oct. 3 & 10; 9:30-11:00 am Open to ILR members only (FREE) Sustainable Home: Our Adventure Building One SustHo Todd Garcia-Bish Todd Garcia-Bish began his career at Camp Lutherlyn in 1993 when he was hired as Director of Applied Environmental Science. Over the next two years, Terra Dei Homestead was developed including an organic garden and the first straw bale house built in Pennsylvania. In 2007, Todd and his family started to construct their own straw bale home based on what they had learned in building Terra Dei Homestead. We will discuss the steps they have taken to make their home more sustainable. In particular, we will focus on straw bale construction, earth plastering, rainwater catchment and passive solar design. Wed. Sept. 26; 11:30am-1:30pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $5.00 Three Sisters ThreeSis Ryan Stauffer In this class we will explore the development of corn, beans and squash. The technology to grow these remarkable plants spread out of Mexico and eventually traveled into the New England region. People dramatically changed these plants from their native forms into the vegetables we know. These staple crops also affected the cultures that grew them. We will also learn traditional gardening methods and recipes. Some foods will be available to try. Wed. Sept. 26; 2:00-4:00pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Timber Wolves TimbrW Laura DeYoung This is a science based educational program about Timber Wolves, including habitat, pack function, management and the controversy surrounding wolves in North America. We also will discuss similarities and differences between wolves, domestic dogs and coyotes. We'll listen to recorded howls and observe skulls and pelts. Wed., Nov. 7; 10:00-11:00 am Open to ILR members only (FREE) Travel Preview: Alaska (Bonus) TravPre Matthew D'Eramo Everyone should see the wonders of our fabulous 49th State in person! Colorful history and breathtaking scenery abound on this tour: tour Fairbanks, ride the Alaska railroad, visit Denali National Park, tour Anchorage, cruise Glacier Bay and Southeast Alaska. An unforgettable experience you don't want to miss! Monday, Sept. 24; 11:00 am-noon Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $0.00 Wigton Massacre and Sam Mohawk WigMascFa Brad Pflugh The participants will hear an in-depth descripption of the infamous Butler County Wigton Massacre, including events leading up to it. Taking a look back to the early 1840's, we will study Sam Mohawk and his path that led to the brutal murder of a local Butler Co. family, including how Sam Mohawk got here, the manhunt to track him down, the trial for the murders, and the aftermath it left on Butler County. By default, several local families and historical sites will be brought to light as we track Samuel Mohawk's steps on those fatal days. Wed., Oct. 24; 3:00-4:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Kick-Off: Social & Wine Tasting (Bonus) zk-KickOff Joanne Santus Join us for a kick-off salute to our fabulous ILR. Instructors are urged to attend. Registration is required for this event. Sunday, Sept. 9; 4:00 - 6:00pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $0.00 Allegheny National Forest (North) Tour zt-AlNatForN0 Thomas Black This tour will concentrate on the northern part of the forest, including stops which provide examples of forest health, timber, oil and gas and recreational applications and issues. Many of the sites will be on or in proximity to the Allegheny Reservoir. Bring a bag lunch and dress for the weather. Fri., Oct. 5; 7:00 am-4:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Ballet: Nutcracker zt-BallNutc Lois Larsen Travel with us by motor coach to the Benedum Center where we will immerse ourselves in the wonder of America's favorite holiday tradition, 'The Nutcracker'. Following the 11:00 am performance we will lunch out at our own expense. Class fee includes your ticket and transportation. Fri., Dec. 7; 9:30 am-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $55.00 non-members - $60.00 Biking the Armstrong Trail zt-BikeArm G. Warren Smith Tracing the course of the scenic Allegheny River, the Armstrong Trail runs along the former Allegheny Valley Railroad. From 1855, the railroad served passengers and freight from Pittsburgh to Buffalo. The rail line ended passenger operations in 1941. We'll start from the scenic Cowanshannok trailhead for 1.27 miles, joining the Armstrong Trail at Buttermilk Falls and head upriver toward Rimer and return. See: www.armstrongtrail.org for the history and a map of the trail. Bring your own bicycle, food and water. Recommended: a spare tube and air pump. Required: a helmet. Sat., Oct. 13; 9:00 am-3:00 pm (rescheduled from Oct. 6) Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $10.00 Bowling for the Young at Heart zt-BowlingFa Lois Larsen How long has it been since you bowled? For those of you who would like to resume this activity, combine the exercise with a little socializing and lunch out together, this is for you. Let's give it a try. Participants will pay for their own admission and shoe rental at the door. Mon., Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8 & 15; 2:00-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $0.00 non-members - $0.00 Butler Airport: What's Up? zt-ButlAir Karen Trempus Airport manager Ivan Longdon will share the history of the airport with pictures and interesting information. Amelia Earhart was there, and WW II pilots trained there and bunked at Slippery Rock and Grove City Colleges. Dedicated in 1929 and being in operation for over 80 years, the airport is a vital facility in Butler County. The civil Air patrol and Lifeflight crew are based there. We will hear about the expansion plans, past, present and future. Meet at Butler Airport first gate for a tour which will begin at 10:30 am. Following the tour you may lunch on your own at nearby restaurants. Fri., Oct. 12; 10:30 am-Noon Open to ILR members only (FREE) Carnegie Museum: Behind the Scenes Look at Paleontology zt-CarnMus Edmund Dlutowski Enjoy this unique opportunity to take a Behind-the-Scenes guided tour of vertebrate paleontology, conducted by one of Carnegie Museum’s scientists. Learn how fossils are processed and stored by museum staff. Lunch available for purchase on site. Pay your own parking fee; class fee covers admission to the Carnegie Museum. Fri., Oct. 5; 8:00 am-3:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $13.00 Cemetery Tour: Allegheny & Homewood zt-CemTour Thomas Hannon The cemetery as a cultural landscape has experienced several evolutions since the frontier era in U.S. History. It began as an isolated burial place for transient and semi-transient pioneering folks, and moved through the period of the family and church-related cemetery to the public or community type. Each evolution represents demographic, design and perceptual changes in the society in which it is found. Allegheny is the oldest of the so called 'rural' cemeteries in western PA while Homewood is the oldest 'lawn garden' type; therefore distinct design differences exist between the two cemeteries. Both represent the final resting places of Pittsburgh's elite. Fri., Oct.19; 8:00 am-4:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $30.00 non-members - $35.00 Don Giovanni: The Opera (Bonus) zt-DonGovi G. Warren Smith The Don (Juan) assaults every woman he encounters, and by the opera's close has murdered one man and badly wounded another. His lady-killing ways finally catch up with him in the form of a statue that he invites to dinner. Unrepentant to the end, even as he is dragged away to hell, he refuses to save himself by renouncing his crimes. Join us for the pre-opera lecture at 1:00 pm before the matinee performance at 2:00pm. Carpool; class fee covers your opera ticket. You may bring a bag lunch to eat before the lecture. SEE ALSO; Don Giovanni Orientation. Sun., Nov.11; 11:30 am-6:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $40.00 non-members - $45.00 Emsworth Lock & Dam Presentation and Tour zt-EmswthDam Thomas Black This tour and presentation will involve a visit to the oldest lock & dam project on the Ohio River, built in 1922. The Emsworth Locks & Dams at Neville Island consist of two lock chambers and two dams, one of which is on the back channel of the river. The low cost and environmentally friendly waterway transportation made possible by the locks and dams is vital to numerous economies throughout 38 states. More than 40 million tons of cargo moves in and out of the Port of Pittsburgh each year and approximately 820 barges per month pass through the Emsworth locks loaded with coal, aggregates, petroleum, steel and other commodities. NOTE: This is a federal facility and proof of citizenship is required. Acceptable proof is photo of first page of passport or birth certificate. Class fee covers motor coach transportation. Lunch will be provided at the facility. Fri., Sept. 21; 9:00 am-3:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $30.00 non-members - $35.00 Genealogy Workshop, Cranberry Twp, Group A zt-GenWkshpA Robert Hinds We will focus on learning how to use the Family History Center facilities in obtaining ancestral information. The workshop will be at the Family History Center in Cranberry Township at the corner of Powell and Rochester Roads. Participants in the workshop must arrange their own transportation to the site. Three separate sections will be offered. Space is limited to five participants in each section. Please register for Group A, B or C. Fri., Sept. 21; 9:15 am-1:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Genealogy Workshop, Cranberry Twp, Group B zt-GenWkshpB Robert Hinds See class description above. Fri., Oct. 19; 9:15 am-1:00 pm CLOSED Genealogy Workshop, Cranberry Twp, Group C zt-GenWkshpC Robert Hinds See class description above. Fri., Nov. 9; 9:15 am-1:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) George Junior Republic zt-GeorgeJr Monica Ondrusko George Junior Republic in Pennsylvania is a residential school for court adjudicated youth. It is located on a 450 acre campus in Grove City, off Route 58 north across from the County Market shopping area. The republic was founded in 1909 by William Ruben George as a private nonprofit treatment community for disadvantaged youth. Though it has grown and changed during the past century, the school's continuing goal is to create an environment where youth receive guidance, education and skills training as preparation for productive adult life. Today inclusive and individualized practices are basic to GJR programs and treatment. Mr. James Bird, Director of Development, will share with us the key features of the school' history. Mr. Bird will guide our tour by mini-bus, and we will enjoy a catered lunch prepared by students and staff. Class fee covers the cost of transport and lunch. Carpool or meet at GJR. Fri., Oct. 26; 9:00 am-1:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $15.00 Glass Blowing Center zt-GlassBl Edmund Dlutowski Enjoy a visit to the new and expanded glass blowing facility. You can experience flame working demonstrations, watching one of the resident glass workers at the in-store workshop. Watch as hot glass is manipulated in an open flame to produce sculptures, marbles, blown vessels, jewelry and other items. You can browse the selection of hand blown glass gift items. We'll carpool to the glass center near Boyers. Bring a bag lunch. A picnic shelter is available. Fri., Sept. 28; 10:15 am-2:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Holiday Luncheon (Bonus) zt-HolidyL Hazel Allen Join us for a lovely holiday buffet luncheon. Yummy offerings will include tossed garden salad, chicken, beef, baked potatoes, rolls & butter, green beans, cake and beverage. You may bring your own bottle of wine if you wish. BONUS: This event does NOT COUNT toward your 12-class limit. Wed., Dec. 5; 1:00-2:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $25.00 non-members - $30.00 Holy Pittsburgh zt-HolyPgh Patricia Griest Join us for a tour of Pittsburgh's Rodef Shalom Temple and Botanical Garden. The tour begins in the Old Testament Biblical Garden following the Jordan River to the Dead Sea. We move on to the temple for a docent led tour. Next we will lunch at Church Brew Works housed in a repurposed church. After lunch we will visit St. Paul's Cathedral, the seat of the Bishop of the Pittsburgh Diocese, where we will have a tour. Class fee includes transportation, admission fees and lunch. Wed., Sept. 12; 8:30 am-5:00 pm CLOSED Ice Age Sites in the Slippery Rock Area zt-IceAge Ryan Stauffer This day trip will take us to the edges of Lake Edmund (Slippery Rock sits at its beach). After that we will visit an esker and a kettle hole lake. We will take note of different soils and rocks that were pushed down from Canada. A visit to Cleland rock, Slippery Rock gorge, the McConnell's Mill area and Lake Arthur will round out the day. Carpool. Bring water and a bag lunch. Fri., Sept. 28; 10:00 am-2:00 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Kayaking 101 zt-Kayakng Linda Armstrong, Borcz,E Join Linda Armstrong for Kayaking 101 where we will have instructions on life jackets, getting into and out of a kayak, proper kayaking techniques and then enjoy a quiet paddle around the lake shoreline to practice our newly learned skills. Bring drinking water, and dry clothes – just in case! Please wear water shoes or old sneakers – no flip flops. After our kayak program, homemade lunch will be served at the classroom. Class fee covers lunch. Also instructing will be Emily Borcz, Outdoor Programming Specialist PA State Parks. Pymatuning State Park. Wed., Sept. 26; 7:30 am-2:30 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $15.00 non-members - $20.00 The Kerr Museum zt-KerrMus Lois Larsen Commissioned in 1897, the Kerr House is an example of a late 19th century Queen Anne style home which served as the residence of the wealthy Kerr family well as the medical office of Dr. Kerr. Enjoy a guided tour of this 2 story restored home in Oakmont, PA. Class fee covers admission. Lunch will be at your own expense. Carpool from Slippery Rock, Butler or New Castle. (Please arrange rendezvous point with trip leader). Fri., Sept.14; 9:00 am-4:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $7.00 Phipps Conservatory Fall Flower Show (Bonus) zt-Phipps,Fa Rhoda Taylor Enjoy the variety of chrysanthemums and other fall flowers at the Phipps' Fall flower show. Our own motor coach will free us from the hassles of parking and traffic. We will tour the facility and have some free time to visit the gift shop. Then we will have lunch at a restaurant on the way home (you pay for your own meal). Class tuition covers transportation and admission. (Admission is free for Phipps members; so if you are a member, deduct $11 from the fee.) Group size is limited, so register early! BONUS: This trip does NOT COUNT toward your 12- class limit. Fri., Oct. 26; 9:00 am-3:30 pm CLOSED Pow Wow at Three Rivers American Indian Center zt-PowWow Ginger Dlutowski Join us on a visit to the 34th Annual Pow Wow presented by the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. You will enjoy watching the gathering of various tribal members who share in singing, competition dancing and renewing friendships. You may join in the Snake or Round dance. Pow Wow participants can purchase traditional American Indian foods such as Buffalo Burgers, Indian Fry Bread and Indian Chili. There will be vendor booths to purchase authentic American Indian treasures, such as jewelry, baskets, clothing, quilts, pottery and much more. School buses take you from the Dorseyville School parking lot to the Council site. Admission is $4 for senior citizens payable at the gate. Please let the facilitator know if you plan to carpool from Slippery Rock or from Butler. Sat., Sept. 29; Noon-3:30 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Rigoletto: The Opera (Bonus) zt-Rigoletto G. Warren Smith The Duke of Mantua is a chronic womanizer and an all-round snake in the grass. Yet, everyone knows that he cheerfully imprisons his enemies, and his courtiers are adept at pretending not to notice when he appropriates their wives. See what happens when the Duke covets the 'girlfriend' of his sarcastic jester, who turns out to be the jester's daughter. Join us for the pre-opera lecture at 1:00 pm before the matinee performance at 2:00 pm. Carpool: class fee covers your opera ticket. You may bring a bag lunch to eat before the lecture. SEE ALSO: Rigoletto Orientation. Sun., Oct. 14; 11:30 am-6:00 pm Tuition/Fees: ILR members - $40.00 non-members - $45.00 Strand Theater, An Inside Look zt-StrndIn Ron Carter Meet at the Strand Theater in Zelienople at 1:00 pm for a presentation on its history, present and future by Ron Carter, president of the Strand Theater followed by the movie 'The Chief' about Art Rooney and the Pittsburgh Steelers. You have the option of arriving 60-90 minutes early and lunching at your own expense in one of the area restaurants. You will pay $5 admission at the door. Fri., Nov. 2; 1:00-3:15 pm Open to ILR members only (FREE) Facilitators & Instructors Paul Adomites Paul Adomites got his first check for writing when he was 12 (and the earth was still cooling). Since then he has written hundreds of ads, brochures, commercials, articles and at least ten books. His latest two are: 'Pennsylvania Crude: Boomtowns and Oil Barons' and 'Oil Fields, Oil People'. Hazel Allen Hazel is an enthusiastic member and supporter of the ILR. She volunteers in her church and in the community. She also enjoys time with her family, particularly her grandchildren. Henry Anna Henry J. Anna is professor emeritus of political science and public administration at Slippery Rock University. A native of Cambria County, PA, Hank has traveled extensively and has so far visited more than 25 countries on 5 continents and 47 U.S. states. He is adventurous in his dining habits and enjoys reading and gardening, as well as volunteer work. Linda Armstrong Linda has worked with PA State Parks for over 15 years in the Environmental Education Division. She earned her Bachelors Degree in Park Resource Management and her Masters in Environmental Education from Slippery Rock University. Mary Bach After more than 25 years as an activist on consumer issues, Mary Bach is now serving as Chair of AARP's Pennsylvania Consumer Issues Task Force. As a volunteer, she is spreading AARP's strategic messages about fraud against older consumers. Joe Barth Joe Barth is Senior Pastor of Slippery Rock Alliance Church. Dr. Barth taught music at Simpson College, Multnomah School of the Bible and Crafton Hills College. He holds a D.Min. from Bakke Graduate University, an M.C.M from Western Seminary, a M.A. and B.A. from California State University. He is a contributor to JUST JAZZ GUITAR magazine and author of Voices in Jazz Guitar. Larry Berg Larry Berg has spent 53 years in broadcasting. For 36 years he hosted The Larry Berg talk show on WISR and WBUT in Butler. He spent 11 years as an on-air personality at KDKA and 14 years as owner-manager of WBUT and WLER-FM in Butler. Larry is past president of the Butler County Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Butler. He has also served on many dozens of Boards of Directors of local service groups. Eric Best Eric Best has been an educator at Jennings Environmental Education Center since 2000, where he develops and facilitates programs for all ages of students, as well as teachers and community members. He is the center's tree expert,' and is the go-to for all forestry-related questions in the park. Thomas Black Tom Black is a retired chemistry teacher. He manages to keep busy by taking ILR classes, (many, many), traveling, studying German and going to Challenges in New Castle. If you try to call him, you'll find that he is rarely at home. Jeanne Blackman Jeanne Blackman is a certified floral designer who retired from elementary school teaching ten years ago. She then taught English as a Second Language to adults. She has taught many courses in flower arranging at Senior Centers in the past ten years. Barbara Blackstone Before retirement in 2004, Barbara Blackstone spent 34 years teaching public speaking, small-group decision-making, intercultural communication and speech skills for classroom teachers in SRU's communication department. She's enjoyed the give-and-take as a member and/or mediator in ILR sessions. She hopes to carry on the lively tradition that Irv Kuhr began. Zarah Blair My first life was Nursing Home Administration. My second is illustrator, writer and teacher. My present loves are drawing, printmaking and inspiring others to create. I am a wife, mother and grandmother. My goals are to develop personal works that are relevant and to coach others in developing exciting creative habits. Leeland V Bortmas Leeland Bortmas is a lifelong Butler resident. He is a car collector & restorer and restored 5 of the 42 Butler built Bantam BRC 40 Recon cars in existence. He is involved locally and nationally with the history of the American Bantam Car Company. Kenneth Burkett Kenneth Burkett is the Executive Director of the Jefferson Co. History Center in Brook- ville, PA and a Field Associate Archaeologist with the Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh. He is best known for his extensive work on the Late Prehistoric Fishbasket Village Sites in Clarion and Armstrong counties and Pteroglyph studies in the Allegheny River basin. Ron Carter Ron Carter is a former corporate and freelance marketer with 20 years in business management, leadership experience, development, training and contract negotiation. He has always had a passion for the theater and is now fulfilling a dream of building a theater program as President of the Strand Theater in Zelienople. Mary Alice Cobbett Mary Alice Cobbett, a Slippery Rock University graduate, is a retired Reading Specialist and Spanish teacher. A former Peace Corps Volunteer, she lived for four years in Central and South America. George Compton George believes that trying new things contributes to a long life. He painted with oils before becoming interested in watercolor. He is retired from Armco and is an active ILR member. Robert A Davis After 35 years of service, Bob Davis retired from SRU's Geography Department. He has taught numerous classes in the ILR dealing with regional or international topics. Barbara Davis Bobbie Davis retired from the Slippery Rock Area Schools where she taught both 5th and 6th grades. She began watercolor painting through the ILR classes taught by the late (and greatly missed) Mary A. Hogg. Anne Dayton Anne is a retired Assistant Professor of English at SRU. She has led 11 international Elderhostel trips to Hungary, Romania and Slovakia. She has taught in Oxford, England; Budapest, Hungary and Presov, Slovakia. She and her husband travel extensively and are the owners of the Slovak Folk Craft Store. Laura I DeYoung Laura DeYoung is currently a member of the Timber Wolf Alliance Speakers Bureau, located in central Wisconsin. She also teaches environmental education at Lutherlyn in Prospect, PA. She was involved in the barn owl reintroduction project at Moraine State Park and is also a member of the Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. Ginger Dlutowski Ginger Dlutowski retired from the VA Medical Center in Butler after 25 years service in administrative services and information systems. She is Red Hat Queen of a chapter in the Butler area with over 100 members. Ginger is also president of National Association of Active & Retired Federal Employees in Butler. She currently serves as Secretary for the Butler chapter of the Society for PA Archaeology and is the current president of the ILR. Edmund T Dlutowski Dr. Edmund Dlutowski has extensive archaeological field experience and has worked on prehistoric and historic archaeological sites. He is a life member and past president of The Society for Pennsylvania Archaeology. He is a former editor of the Bulletin of the Eastern States Archaeological Federation and remains active in archaeology. Susan Ferrandiz A graduate of Long Island University, Pratt Institute and SRU, born in Brooklyn, NY, Susan now lives in the woods with her husband Bob Hinds. Retired as an assistant professor from the SRU Library Department, she now spends part of her time designing and making ethnic-inspired necklaces. Brian Fritz Brian L. Fritz is the principle investigator for Quemahoning, LLC, a cultural resources consulting business that specializes in industrial archaeology, paleo-landscape geomorphology and GIS solutions for archaeological problems. Mr. Fritz earned geology and anthropology degrees from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and an M.S. in Geology from the University of Akron. Todd Garcia-Bish Todd Garcia-Bish is the Director of Environmental Education at Camp Lutherlyn. He holds a bachelor's of science degree in chemistry from Gettysburg College and a master's of science degree in environmental science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. In 1996, Todd became Director of Environmental Education at Camp Lutherlyn. Patricia Griest Pat Griest is the owner and operator of Platt Lighting. She is manufacturer's representative to a dozen or more Decorative Lighting Manufacturers. Her best jobs are Mother, Wife and Grandma, not necessarily in that order. She loves to travel and meet new people. Thomas J Hannon Dr. T. J. Hannon taught both regional and topical courses in Geography at SRU for 34 years. Prior to coming to SRU he taught in the public schools of New York. Primarily a cultural geographer, his interest in large part has been in religious landscapes, primarily tombstone design and diffusion. Kenneth Harris Ken Harris is a retired professor of theater from Slippery Rock University. His life has been blessed with opportunities for adventure, romance and mystery. He is incurably curious about what comes next. This is his fourteenth film series. Macario Herrera Mac has worked in forestry and conservation for the last 25 years of his career. He currently serves as the Bradford District Ranger on the Allegheny National Forest. During his career, Mac has been involved in numerous collaborative projects including a large-scale tree planting program which resulted in the planting of over 20,000 trees and watershed plans and implementation efforts which received national recognition. He is a recipient of the EPA Award for Environmental E¬x¬c¬e¬l¬l¬e¬n¬ce. Robert W Hinds Robert Hinds has been pursuing family history research for over 40 years, and has taught genealogy classes and tutored individuals in research techniques. As a retired geologist, he has familiarized himself himself with the natural gas industry, particularly with respect to organically rich black shales such as the Marcellus Shale and the Utica Shale. Ruth F Hoffman Since she retired from teaching at Franklin Middle School, Ruth Hoffman has been active in church activities, volunteering at the Grove City Historical Society, Meals on Wheels, traveling and taking ILR classes! She and her husband, Frank, love to eat out. Frank Hoffman Frank retired from SRU in 1999 after 32+ years in the Biology Department. Frank's interests include gardening, reading (mainly mysteries), computer games and spoiling his grandchildren. He also serves as chairman of the accession committee for the Grove City Area Historical Society. Christine Hogg Chris Hogg is an independent piano teacher owner of the federated piano "Studio in the Woods". She was named to Who's Who Among America's Teachers in 1994. J. L. Horam A talented writer, Ms. Horam has been named to: 'Poets, Artists and Editors of the US and Canada', 'Who's Who in America', 'Who's Who of American Women' and 'Who's Who in the World'. She has 34 poems published in 14 anthologies in the U.S., Wales and England. J.L. has recently completed 2 short stories, 3 poetry manuscripts and is working on a collection of flash fiction. Valentin Kefeli Valentin Kefeli began teaching at SRU in 1995 where he taught Practical Botany, Environmental Biology and Biological Seminar. He also works as advisor in the Slippery Rock Watershed Coalition on problems of water cleaning, fabricated soil production and landscape rehabilitation. He has taught classes in Russian and Russian culture for the ILR for three years. Mary Lou Kirin Mary Lou has been the manager of the Slippery Rock Senior Center since 2006. She coordinates all services at the center. She organized a presentation titled Reminisce with the Forties. Everyone was encouraged to share items from their private collections: pictures, articles, clippings music and personal treasures. This event prompted the creation of the ILR class. Lois Larsen Lois Larsen, a retired teacher, has experience teaching in N.Y.C., Delaware and Pennsylvania. She received her B.A. from N.Y.C. University and did graduate work at Fordham University. At SRU, Lois has worked with international students in the Educational Foundation Interstudies program. She enjoys gardening, travel and collecting and selling antiques. Lois also serves as majority inspector at the polls on election day as well as ILR curriculum committee member. Ruth E Leo Ruth E. Leo was a faculty member in Nursing at SRU for 24 years. She has also been employed as a registered nurse, a pediatric nurse practitioner nursing faculty member and a parish nurse. Ivan Longdon Ivan Longdon has worked at the Butler County Airport for 17 years in various capacities, most recently as Airport Manager. He loves his airport and its history and enjoys making others aware of Butler County's "best kept secret." Nancy Mickle Nancy Mickle graduated in 1984 from Slippery Rock University with a BA in Communications. She coached two area high school speech teams for several years. After working almost 16 years at SRU's Bailey Library, she retired in 2004. She has taken numerous classes and workshops involving relaxation and visualization techniques, and has conducted extensive individual help sessions in these areas. June Morrison June is not a life-master, but is qualified to teach beginning classes. She has been taking classes and playing bridge weekly for approximately 15 years and teaching classes for 6 years.. She is a college graduate and is currently retired from a career in Computer Management and Nutrition Counseling. Martin O'Brien Martin O'Brien graduated from Georgetown College and Georgetown University School of Law. He is a retired President Judge of the Butler County Court of Common Pleas. He currently serves on the Board of Directors for Butler County Community College Foundation, Butler County Historical Society, Rivers of Steel Heritage Area and Washington's Trail-1753. Teresa O'Malley Teresa is married to Jerome, the mother of two sons, and the grandmother of six. For eight years she worked in Commissioned Sales at Sears. She is currently President of Evans City Fireman's Auxiliary, SWPA Swo Cluster planner and ILR Luncheon Out Leader. She loves traveling, reading rubber stamping, working crossword puzzles, music, movies, volunteering and spending time with family and friends. Monica Ondrusko Monica retired from SRU after 28 years as a member of the College of Education Faculty. She is an avid student of philosophy and psychology and is intent on developing a career as world traveler. Her recent journeys have been to countries in Central and Eastern Europe and Russia. Brad Pflugh Brad received his undergraduate and graduate degrees in History from SRU and an Education degree from Pitt. He is currently the chairperson of the Social Studies department at Knoch High School and part-time instructor at Butler County Community College. He has recently written a book on the Wigton Massacre. Kurt Pitluga Dr. Kurt Pitluga is an assistant professor of art history at Slippery Rock University. He holds a Ph.D. in art history from Penn State University with a concentration in American Architecture. He has extensive experience teaching a wide variety of art history courses, ranging from African to Contemporary Art. For the last five years he has guided SRU students to Europe visiting such artistically enriching cities as Florence, Rome, Paris, London and Madrid. Audrey Pollock Audrey Pollock's interest in photography began with slide film, but once she discovered the ease and economy of digital photography, her interest quickly became a passion. Audrey is a member of the New Castle Camera Club where her photos have won several awards and honors. Mary Sample Mary "Skip" Sample is a retired teacher/realtor. She has been active in the Grove City Area Historical Society since its inception. She was the first president and was instrumental in organizing the Society. She returned to the presidency in 2009 and has been in that position since. John W Sloat John W. Sloat, retired Presbyterian minister, served churches in Ohio and Pennsylvania for more than 40 years. He is also an author, pianist and organist. He discusses the differences between religion and the Kingdom of God. He speaks of a current reformation, a gradual movement toward a vital spirituality. G. Warren Smith An opera "buff" and outdoor enthusiast, Warren is a retired chemistry professor and university administrator. His research studied the history and use of medicinal plants by Arctic Natives. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, AAAS and the Explorers Club. Constance K Smith Connie Smith has 25 years' professional experience in higher education, and prior to landing in Pennsylvania, she lived in Alaska, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Louisiana, New York and Texas. She admits to being a book-oholic by choice and a computer nerd by necessity. Ryan Stauffer Ryan Stauffer is a Slippery Rock native who works as an environmental educator for the Audubon Society of Western PA. His family farm borders Jennings and Moraine State Park. Ryan utilizes the unique history of the area for recreation as well as for its resources. H keeps an extensive garden and grows the 'three sisters'. Rhoda Taylor Rhoda Taylor taught biology at SRU for more than 30 years. Since her retirement in 1998 she has developed several new interests. She has been a volunteer docent at Phipps Conservatory since 2003, and following a number of ILR classes in quilting, joined the Fiberarts Guild in Pittsburgh and has embarked on a 'new career' - making quilted wall hangings. Many of her art quilts have been shown in juried shows. Frank Treccase Frank Treccase holds Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees in Italian and Spanish. He is a Professor Emeritus at SRU where he taught Italian and Spanish for over 25 years. In addition to his teaching experience, he conducts tours to Italy each summer. Karen Trempus Karen is a graduate of SRU and taught kindergarten, first and second grades in the Allegheny Valley School District. In 2005 she won the Teacher Excellence Award in her district. She is a member of the Red Hats, Penn Township Planning and Park Committees, the Brownsdale Cemetery Committee and Questers Antique Group. Her husband, bichon, maltese and horse are her joys. Jean Wanchick After retiring from SRU, Jean Wanchick learned to make quilts. Since then, she has taught classes and organized quilt shows. Gene Wilhelm Dr. Gene Wilhelm, Professor Emeritus of SRU, taught biogeography, ecology and environmental courses and researched human impact on natural ecosystems in Africa and the Americas for 30 years. This year, he was recipient of the coveted Great Egret Award by the National Audubon Society for six decades of active conservation. Junko Yamamoto Junko Yamamoto is an assistant professor for Secondary Education/Foundations of Education Department at Slippery Rock University. She grew up in Kyoto, Japan, and holds a PA Teaching Certificate in Japanese. She taught Japanese at Shady Side Academy Junior School, The University of Pittsburgh and Mt. Lebanon High School. Charles A Zuzak Charles "ChucK" Zuzak is Dean Emeritus at Slippery Rock University where he served for 21 years. His doctorate in political science is from the University of Maryland. He has been a consultant to state and local governments and directed seminars on American democracy and two-party politics.
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