The Institute for Retired Persons (IRP) was recognized by Salisbury
University in 1980. Designed for adults aged 50 and above, the IRP offers
programs to enlighten, educate and offer better understanding of our world.
The IRP meets at SU'S Guerrieri University Center at 2 p.m. Tuesdays
during the University's spring and fall semesters. Membership is open
to all area residents at a small yearly fee.
The IRP Program Committee arranges a speaker for each meeting. Speakers
include regional business and civic leaders, SU faculty members, and others, who
share their expertise (sometimes outside the bounds of their specific
discipline) and life experiences. Lectures are informative, fascinating and
entertaining. Speakers in recent years have included:
- Dr. Memo Diriker, director of BEACON, SU: "Turkey: A Former Insider's View
from the Outside"
- Dr. Pasquale Petrera, orthopedic surgeon: "Oh, My Aching Back"
- Matthew Heim, SU graduate student and staff member, Edward H. Nabb
Center: "Lost Village on Assateague"
- Dean Burroughs, beekeeper: "Bee Keeping on the Eastern Shore"
- Dr. Augustine DiGiovanna, retired professor of biology: "Memory"
- Lori Athey, landscape architect and photographer: "Butterflies of
- Ginny Rosenkranz, horticulture educator for Wicomico, Worcester and
Somerset counties: "Garden Fun From Spring Through September"
- Dr. Jeurel Singleton, professor, Department of Natural Science, UMES's
"Ticks Suck and Debugging Bug Myths"
- Go to Speaker Program & Schedule Spring
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The IRP Tour Group takes a day trip each month of the year and also organizes
spring and fall trips that range further afield for the general membership, each
at a minimal cost. Recent large-group trips included tours of the Newseum in
Washington, D.C.; the Valley Forge National Historic Park and nearby John James
Audubon Center; and Baltimore Harbor.
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The Tour Group and Book, Bridge, Walking, Biking and Swimming clubs meet once
a month, and IRP members are encouraged to join one or more of them and to form
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ARTS AND CRAFTS SHOW
Annually the talented members of the IRP present "A Well-Aged Exhibit."
Installed in one of the University's gallery spaces, the exhibit features works
collected or created by IRP members, including, but not limited to, paintings,
jewelry, needlework, photographs and items related to hobbies such as genealogy
and travel—whatever interests members wish to share with others. The exhibit is
open to the general public at no charge.
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In addition to enjoying faculty presentations, IRP members may obtain
restricted SU parking passes at a discount and use the University's pool for a
small fee. Spring and Holiday luncheons are held in a private room at the
Commons and are catered by the University's award-winning dining services. In
addition to delicious cuisine, the luncheons feature elegant table settings
provided by members and a special guest speaker or performer.
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IRP has a fund that provides SU scholarships to two or more students who excel
in their studies, contribute to the community and are in need of financial
support. The scholarship recipients visit during one of our meetings to share
their academic plans and personal aspirations.
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