All participants are encouraged to submit ideas and attend discussion groups to explore future course topics. Course coordinators and the Curriculum Committee finalize the class list. Presenters include Purdue University faculty and staff, community leaders, and WALLA participants.
We welcome anyone 50 and older, living in Tippecanoe County or in neighboring counties who enjoys learning in a non-threatening, fun, and stimulating environment. The informal classroom environment invites participation, discussion, and fellowship.
The Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association is a non-profit educational association located in West Lafayette, Indiana. WALLA is affiliated with the Elderhostel Institute Network and Purdue University.
Yes, we do not restrict participation geographically.
For $75 per session a participant may enroll in as many classes as scheduling allows during the four-week class period. A few classes have additional fees for materials.
The brochures for the Fall class session are introduced at the annual picnic and the brochures for the Spring session are introduced at the annual pizza party. Course coordinators give a brief description of their classes at these well-attended events. Afterwards people often register for the class session to secure enrollment in courses with limited space. Persons who are unable to attend these yearly "kick-off" events will receive brochures in the mail as long as they remain on the mailing list. Anyone who has registered for classes during the previous four sessions is included on the mailing list. Address changes should be reported to the WALLA office.
After the curriculum brochure is introduced at the annual picnic or pizza party, an online version is made available on the website. Click on CLASSES (in the menu above) to print out the brochure. Mail in the completed registration form found in the center of the brochure.
Your name and address is added to the current participant database when you register for classes or special events. The newsletters will be mailed to you as long as you continue to participate on a yearly basis.
You may also click on NEWSLETTERS (in the menu above) to see the online version of the newsletter.
The Wabash Area Lifetime Learning Association, Inc. (WALLA) offered its first classes in the spring of 1993 and has been providing learning opportunities for mature students ever since. WALLA, an affiliate of the Elderhostel Institute Network, is one of approximately 1000 North American organizations that offer stimulating learning opportunities for older adults. There are no educational prerequisites and no tests. WALLA classes are held in an informal classroom environment which invites participation, discussion, and fellowship.
Classes are offered in a variety of subjects for a period of four weeks each spring and fall. Currently, there are 240 members enjoying these learning experiences. WALLA membership is open to anyone over age 50 in Tippecanoe County and the surrounding counties.
Classes and activities are planned and coordinated by an area-wide, 21-member, volunteer Board of Directors. The Curriculum Committee plans each session of classes. Presenters, drawn from Purdue University and the surrounding communities, volunteer their time and expertise. Several classes are peer-led.
WALLA now has an office at the Morton Community Center. It is staffed most mornings by volunteers. The phone is 746-2006.
Purdue University coordinates the WALLA program through the Center for Lifelong Learning.
Classes in the Fall and Spring sessions are as varied as the interests of the participants. Subjects may range from history, biography, nature, global issues, foreign languages, and poetry to mysteries, film studies, chocolate, nutrition, wine, gardening, exercise, and building model airplanes. Click on CLASSES (in the menu above) to see the most recent and upcoming curriculum.
WALLA organizes bus trips, luncheons with speakers, dinner theater trips, picnics, pizza parties, and frozen custard socials. The trips and special events are priced individually. In addition, WALLA co-sponsors free film series and lectures with the West Lafayette Public Library. Click on CALENDAR or EVENTS (in the menu above) to read about scheduled activities.