Since the fall of 2009, BILL has offered enthusiastic learners in the Central Susquehanna Valley a broad range of educational and intellectual opportunities in congenial community settings. In keeping with Bucknell's commitment to build bridges to the local and regional community, this is a learning partnership between Bucknell and area residents.

This program of the Office of the Provost at Bucknell, offers non-credit short courses and special presentations on a variety of topics during fall and spring terms with significant facilities support from area organizations such as the Public Library for Union County, RiverWoods Senior Living Community, Buffalo Valley Lutheran Village, the American Red Cross, East Buffalo Township and Union County.

With the fall catalog, we present 19 short courses offered by a combination of members of the institute and retired faculty from various institutions. These courses bring the total number presented since our founding to 270. To date, the institute has enrolled nearly 1,000 members from 31 regional communities. BILL truly achieves its goal of being a "learning partnership" with its great diversity of offerings and activities in which area residents increasingly take leadership.

You will notice a slight increase in course fees this term, and we anticipate a need for a similarly small increase in membership fees next term. We have managed to keep fees and overhead to a minimum with no increase in the last four years, but as the program grows, we see an ever increasing fixed cost for services and supplies that is beyond our control. Financial assistance will always be available for those for whom this presents a hardship. This also presents an opportunity for those among us who may wish to consider gifts to support such scholarships. In either case, please speak to Annie in the office, or contact me directly.

Your participation and involvement are warmly appreciated and welcomed.

 

Ruth B. Burnham, Director

Anne P. Smith,  Coordinator

Photography by BILL member Janice Pearson

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