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January 06, 2022

La Roche University Announces Adventures in Lifelong Learning Winter Term

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 6, 2022 – This winter adults 50 and better can rediscover the joy of learning without the pressure of assignments, grades or exams at La Roche University. 

Beginning Jan. 31, the University’s Center for Lifelong Learning will launch a range of interactive courses in the subjects of: science and technology, fitness, gardening, scripture, geography, film, and writing and poetry.

Offered as part of the Center’s membership-based program, Adventures in Lifelong Learning, the courses enable retirement-aged individuals of all backgrounds to expand their social networks through shared intellectual experiences.

Winter 2022 Schedule

Course descriptions are available at online today.

Big Data: What It Means for Our Everyday Lives

Mondays, Jan. 31-Feb. 28
9:30-11 a.m.
Instructor: Cristina Robles Bahm, Ph.D.

Core Strength & Stability

Mondays, Jan. 31-Feb. 2811 a.m. to noonInstructor: Andrea Peck, Ed.D.

Faith on Film

Mondays, Jan. 31-Feb. 281-4 p.m.Instructor: Father Peter Horton


Mondays, Jan. 31-Feb. 285-6 p.m.Instructor: Emily Shimko, Ph.D.

The PsalmsTuesdays, Feb. 1 – March 11:30-3 p.m.Instructor: Ed Bobinchok, Ph.D.

Reading in Genre: Mystery Novel

Tuesdays, Feb. 1 – March 13:30 to 5 p.m.Instructor: Katie Fitzpatrick, MFA

How to Have Your Best Garden EverTuesdays, Feb. 15-March 1511 a.m.-12:30 p.m.Instructor: Doug Oster

Bodiography® Fitness and Strength Training

Wednesdays, Feb. 2-March 29:15-10:15 a.m.Instructor: Carolina Giansante

Chemistry with Chemistry

Wednesdays, Feb. 2-March 211 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Instructor: Don Fujito, Ph.D.

Poetry and Public Speech

Wednesdays, Feb. 2-March 21:30-3 p.m.Instructor: Sam Hazo, Ph.D.

Cultural Geography: Southeastern and Central Europe

Thursdays, Feb. 3 – March 311 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.Instructor: Natasha Garrett, Ph.D.

Memoir Writing

Thursdays, Feb. 3 – March 31:30-3 p.m.Instructor: Richard Haverlack

The Center for Lifelong Learning empowers learners of all ages by offering high-quality, flexible and adaptable programs to serve and meet the needs of Pittsburgh and its surrounding communities. The Center offers three programs for retirement-aged individuals, youth and professionals at various stages of their careers: Adventures in Lifelong Learning, Continuing Education and Community Programs. 

An idividual Adventures in Lifelong Learning membership includes:

  • Noncredit, short-term courses (four to five weeks)
  • The option to audit up to one LRU undergraduate course per term
  • Community and social events
  • Short educational tours
  • Health and wellness activities
  • Travel opportunities through La Roche’s Study Abroad office
  • Spiritual programming in partnership with La Roche’s founding congregation, the Sisters of Divine Providence

Please email or call 412-536-1026 for more information.


About La Roche University: A private liberal arts university in the North Hills of Pittsburgh, La Roche University offers 66 undergraduate programs of study, six master’s degrees and one doctoral degree, with particular strengths in education, business, criminal justice, psychology, and health and medical sciences as well as interior design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,300 men and women enjoying 30-plus student organizations and an exciting NCAA Div. III athletics program. Founded by the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963, La Roche University embraces its Catholic heritage while welcoming people of all faiths and backgrounds. With a legacy of social justice and a commitment to international exchange, La Roche University educates students to be lifelong learners and achievers in an increasingly diverse and global society.