Retirees Association

WSURA offers second annual Live & Learn Workshops

Foundation Building

WSURA’s second series of workshops are planned to stimulate discussions and develop new skills. Members, spouses, friends and university employees are welcome. Enrollment is limited to ensure good interaction so send in your reservation early. Unless otherwise specified, all sessions will be held at the WSURA office, 210 Foundation Building which is behind the Wendy’s directly across from the main entrance to the WSU campus. Parking is plentiful and free with accessible parking is in the rear of the building. Coffee and snacks will be provided. Enroll with our office assistant, Emily Ross, at 775-2777 or or with Marlene Bireley at Please include your name, email, telephone number, and the workshop(s) that you wish to attend. Enrollment closes on April 11.

Live & Learn Workshops

April 17 and 24 (Tuesdays)—10-12 a.m.    David Barr, WSURA member, Professor of Religion emeritus

Join in this loosely structured discussion of religion, guided by the interests and concerns of those who attend. First session (April  17) will focus on how different religions view the purpose of life and the fate of the individual after death. In the second session (April 24), we will explore four ways of being religious: Devotion, Mysticism, Myth, and Harmony.  Along the way we will try to sort out some of the basic characteristics of religion and discuss the underlying logic of religious behavior—however strange it may sometimes seem.

April 17 (Tuesday)- 1-3 p.m.    Leigh Duncan, Head, Library Technology Resources and the IT staff of the Dunbar Library

Learn how to get the most out of your smart phones, tablets and laptops. Topics will be based on the interest of the participants and time will be set aside for individual consultation with the workshop staff. Suggested topics are finding and using the right apps, using podcasts, cleaning up files, syncing various devices, etc.  If you have specific questions, please send them to Marlene Bireley at by April 11.

April 26 (Thursday)-10-12 a.m.    Donna Schlagheck, Professor emerita, Political Science, "Around the Globe: 2018 World Affairs."

At WSU, Donna taught American Foreign Policy and advised the Model United Nations program.  She served twice as president of the Dayton Council on World Affairs, and briefed officers at WPAFB who were heading to assignments in Europe and the Middle East.  She studied and wrote on terrorism and corruption. Join Donna for a conversation about world affairs in 2018.  Is it a world in disarray?  Do we miss the continuous and the good?

April 24 and 26 (Tuesday and Thursday)- 1-3 p.m.    Bill Stoltz, Dunbar Library Archivist/Reference and Outreach. Genealogy Basics: Getting Started.

The April 24 session will include the Wright State and other local archive resources, popular databases, state and national resources, and “tools of the trade.”

The April 26 session will focus on getting started on personal searches. If the group wishes, this session may be held at the Dunbar Library. (WSU is on break so parking should be easy.)