Academy of Learning in Retirement


Through volunteerism, the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR), believing in lifelong learning, recognizes and utilizes its members’ wealth of experience and abilities to achieve educational stimulation in the arts, history, literature, languages, and sciences.


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  • Fall 2022 Course Catalog

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    About


    Academy of Learning in Retirement

     The Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR) began as an extension of the University of Texas at San Antonio, with Dr. John and Marci Lane as its catalysts. Their founding vision of an all-volunteer learning academy, offering a variety of classes to an over-50 crowd, was realized in 1989, when ALIR opened its doors to 61 members at the Institute of Texan Cultures under the aegis of UTSA. In 2005, growth and space considerations necessitated a new campus home and happily, North East Independent School District (NEISD) welcomed ALIR to its Community Education Department in the spring of 2006. In 2020, as a 501(c)(3) corporation, ALIR had a student body of more than 650 intellectually curious, over-50, San Antonians. In 2020, a new era for lifelong learners opened, with ALIR offering a full slate of online courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. In the summer of 2021, thoughtful planning allowed the careful re-opening of in-person classes. ALIR will continue to offer Zoom-based online classes to those who are limited in mobility as well as for those who prefer online learning.

    Important Dates for Fall 2022

    Monday, 8/22 Online payment opens for Fall term; payment required to register

    Monday, 8/29 Online Registration opens for fall classes; ongoing through term

    Tuesday, 9/6 Instructors’ Meeting – online instructors via Zoom; campus in person

    Tuesday, 9/6 Orientation for new students – online via Zoom; campus in person

    Monday, 9/12 First day of classes (12 week and 1st 6 weeks)

    Monday, 9/26 First Luncheon

    Monday, 10/10 NEISD closed; no on-campus classes

    Monday, 10/24 First day of 2nd 6 weeks classes

    Tuesday, 10/25 Second Luncheon

    Week of 11/21-11/25 NO CLASSES – Thanksgiving break

    Thursday, 12/1 Third Luncheon

    Tuesday, 12/6 Art Exhibition and Performing Arts Show

    Friday, 12/9 End of Fall term

    Flexible Fridays (New classes begin every 3 weeks)

     Flex Fri Session A: Sept. 16, 23, 30

     Flex Fri Session B: Oct. 7, 14, 21

     Flex Fri Session C: Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 11

    Flex Fri Session D: Nov. 18, Dec. 2, 9

    Mission Statement


    Through volunteerism, the Academy of Learning in Retirement (ALIR), believing in lifelong learning, recognizes and utilizes its members’ wealth of experience and abilities to achieve educational stimulation in the arts, history, literature, languages, and sciences.
     

    Contact

    Classes are held at 8750 Tesoro Drive, San Antonio, Texas. There’s ample free parking.
     
    For questions or more information, contact Rhonda McRae, ALIR Facilitator, at (210) 407-0167, or visit www.neisd.net/Page/875  and click on ALIR.