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January 10, 2024

La Roche University’s Adventures in Lifelong Learning Spring Term to Begin Jan. 29

PITTSBURGH, Jan. 10, 2024 – This spring adults 50 and better can rediscover the joy of learning without the pressure of assignments, grades or exams at La Roche University.  

Beginning Jan. 29, the University’s Introcaso Center for Lifelong Learning will launch a range of interactive courses including the following subjects: health and fitness, gardening, cybersecurity, knitting, art, writing, scripture, current events, history, literature, astronomy, wine tasting and music appreciation. The first session will feature a new course, Holocaust Survival & Immigration: A Pittsburgh Story, led by Squirrel Hill native Lee Goldman Kikel. The daughter of a Jewish immigrant and olocaust survivor, she stumbled across a four-decade-old telling of her father’s life story in a series of audio tapes, which will be the focus of the class.  

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

Spring term sessions run Jan. 29 to March 1 and March 18 to April 29. There will be no classes March 25 through April 1. Course details, descriptions and instructors are available online.  

Adults 50 and better can learn about the upcoming courses and Adventures in Lifelong Learning at a Spring Preview event Tuesday, Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. in Kearns Spirituality Center. Please email or call 412-536-1026 to register for the event. 

Individuals must purchase an individual Adventures in Lifelong Learning membership to register for courses. A basic membership includes: 

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

The program also offers Plus memberships, which include all the benefits of an individual membership plus the following: 

  1. Pool classes (space permitting; registration required) 
  2. Access to Kerr Fitness & Sports Center walking track 
  3. Pool lap swim during designated times 

The Introcaso 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. 


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, nursing, and health and medical sciences as well as interior architecture & design and graphic design. This residential university provides a vibrant campus community for nearly 1,200 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.