We are saddened to learn of the passing of Fr. Bill Neidhart, C.S.C., beloved priest and friend of Forever Learning Institute, teaching here for many years. Fr. Bill passed away on Wednesday, January 22. A 7:30 p.m. Vigil Service is planned for Tuesday, January 28 at Moreau Seminary. His Funeral Mass will be Wednesday, January 29 at 3:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart.
Forever Learning is currently seeking instructors for our spring semester specifically in Creative Writing, Keyboarding, Zumba, Meditation/Eastern Spirituality and Meteorology and Climatology. Interested individuals may complete the volunteer instructor application available for download under the Support Us/ Volunteer at Forever tab.
Forever Learning Institute is the honored recipient of the South Bend Alumni Association Distinguished Community Service Award. The annual Hall of Fame award ceremony took place on November 15, 2018. Forever Learning was chosen for the honor in recognition of the important opportunities for service the school has provided to the Michiana community.
Forever Learning's Board of Directors has decided to commit an endowment to the Community Foundation of St Joseph County, creating a fund that will continue to support Forever Learning, as well as other nonprofits throughout the county. The Community Foundation continually invests gifts they receive from individuals and organizations to improve the quality of life for all the county's citizens.
Longtime Forever Learning Institute instructor, William Brady, has passed away. We have reprinted his obituary here. William E. Brady June 8, 1926 - Sept. 10, 2018 SOUTH BEND, IN - William Edgar Brady, 92, of South Bend died peacefully Monday, September 10 in his residence, surrounded by his loving family.
We are sad to announce the passing of Anthony 'Tony' Peligrino, 85, an instructor at Forever Learning. Tony taught basic Spanish and is remembered fondly by his many students. Tony was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church in South Bend. Anthony Peligrino was born Dec 19, 1932 and passed away on Mar 10, 2018. Memorial Celebration of his life will be on Friday, March 23, 2018 11 am at St. Augustine Church in South San Francisco, California.
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of Mary Sue Freitag, our friend, student and instructor. Mary Sue Freitag went to be with her darling daughter Suzanne. She passed away at the St. Joseph Medical Center on Monday morning February 19, 2018 with her family by her side. She was born to Edward and Eva (Hawkins) Zatarga on November 17th, 1940 at South Bend Memorial Epworth. She was preceded in death by her parents, her sister, Elizabeth Huston and her daughter Suzanne Beth Freitag. On May 14, 1966 Mary Sue married Ronald Freitag at St. Patrick’s Church in South Bend. She was beloved mother to Christopher Anthony and Suzanne Beth. She made it a point to introduce her children to various cultural activities, hoping that they, too, would share in her love of the arts.
The amazing amount of research that we see every day supporting the need for programs such as Forever Learning Institute is staggering. It seems that what we knew intuitively is now attracting the attention of psychologists and sociologists. According to a recent article published in The Caregiver Space, scientists believe that simply conversing with friends and family can stimulate the brain to form new connections. If that's true, image what learning a new skill or debating a philosophical position could do!
Though it didn't make the Course Guide, Jim Turnbo will be returning to Forever Learning this spring with his Aging Gracefully through Balanced Exercise and Nutrition on Mondays. This class will cover ten points to living a long, healthy, and active life. The course is interactive, with both lecture and application periods. As the course finishes, each individual will be armed with the tools to keep them healthy until they take their last breath. As a student, you’ll have a completed workbook for reference to use whenever you want.
Ron Molenda, a former Forever Learning Institute board and longtime member of the Polonaise Club, has published a novel “The Polish Architect: A Family’s Plan that Falls Apart then Succeeds.” The book was published last fall and is available at the Notre Dame Bookstore and through Amazon.com. The historical fiction is set in World War ll and tells the tale of a family separated between the U.S. and Poland for the duration of the war.
With great sadness, we announce the passing of long time Forever Learning Instructor, Jim Fischoff. Jim taught our Sit and Be Fit classes at the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley. James R. Fischoff, 76, passed away unexpectedly at 8:43 am Sunday at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center, Mishawaka.
The Universe, will be offered this winter at the Jewish Federation on Mondays 10-11:20 a.m. January 15, 22, 29 and February 5, 12, and 19. Taught by Dr. James Powell, the classes cover The Ancient Universe, Astronomy and Telescopes, The Cosmos, The Galaxies and Stars, The Solar System and Planets, and The Earth. The presentations require little or no prior scientific knowledge. Students may download the Winter Registration Form and note the class title.
Silvertones, Forever Learning Institute's choral singers, have been working all fall on their new repertoire for this holiday season and will debut their talent at the November 30 Fall Festival. Silvertones Director, Maretta Hershberger, has also announced the group's annual holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 1021 Manchester,South Bend, IN. We hope to see all of our FLI friends there to enjoy this amazing group of talented singers!
Many of our classes still have space, but the following courses have filled for this semester: iPad and iPhone - all courses; Memory, Aging & the Brain; The Universe - at FLI only; MahJong - at FLI only; Watercolor, both beginning and workshop; Spiritual Art Journal and Matter of Balance - at Southfield.
Forever Learning is now offering classes at Southfield Village. Beginning this fall, we will hold classes on Mondays, running concurrently with our regular 10-week semester. Classes will include Exploring Your Voice, Matter of Balance, Beginning Spanish and The Universe. Students will be able to register for Southfield classes, as well as all our locations, online and onsite beginning August 29.
Stores are filling up with back packs and thermoses, but back to school isn’t just for kids any more! Michiana’s own Forever Learning Institute is offering senior adults over 110 classes this fall on just about every topic you can imagine (and possibly a few more). Care to learn a new language, play the guitar, or brush up on your computer skills? Or maybe The Making of North Korea or Fitzgerald, Hemingway, and the American Dream are more your speed. Forever Learning instructors can help you avoid scams, invest your savings, or tackle a mouthwatering tailgate that will entice any football fan. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, August 29, when registration at Forever Learning Institute is set to begin. Unlike any other school you may have attended, Forever Learning offers students and instructors the opportunity to explore interests they are passionate about and share this excitement with like-minded learners. Serving over 700 students each semester, FLI is quickly becoming the boutique learning center of South Bend. Classes are held at the main campus in the Parish Center of St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, as well as the Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, and new this semester, on Mondays at Southfield Village. Students may view all course offerings online at www.foreverlearninginstitute.org or call the Institute at 574-282-1901 to reserve a course guide. Guides are also available at all St. Joseph County Public Libraries. Classes will begin Monday, September 11, 2017. Registration for all classes will be held August 29, 30 and 31. Students may register for classes online, by mail, or in person at the Forever Learning Institute, 54191 Ironwood Road, South Bend.