In the spotlight

Kayaking on Muddy Creek, Witch of Pungo tale telling

Spring 2015 catalog

ILR kayaking on Back Bay's Muddy Creek

Is ILR open?

During the third week of February, this was a popular question as snow, ice, and cold held Tidewater in its icy grip. ILR relies on ODU to clear the parking lot and walks and to open the VBHEC so ILR follows ODU's opening policy. On days when ODU opens at 10 AM, the morning class is canceled but the afternoon class will be held.

You can use the link weather closings appearing in the Are We Open? block at the top of the right-hand column on the home page to go to ODU's closing statement on the ODU home page.


The Institute for Learning in Retirement is an educational member organization planned and operated by and for individuals 55 years of age and older. There are over 300 such college-sponsored institutes and centers in the U. S. and we are one of the largest in Virginia. Sposored by Old Dominion University, our ILR began in 1993 with 15 interested members and it now has well over 700 active members.


If you are new to ILR, please begin by reading About ILR. 


If you are a member, For Members provides links to content frequently read by our members. Members interested in taking an active role in program planning should read Volunteering.


If you think you might be able to present a program to our members, For Presenters guides you through the process of pitching and presenting a program.

Upcoming Events

March 27, 2015
Mar 27 2015 - 11:30am
Join us for lunch and to conduct annual business including the electing of officers.
March 27, 2015
Mar 27 2015 - 11:30am
ILR will be electing officers to serve for the 2015-2016 ILR year at its annual meeting to be held at Westminster Canterbury in Virginia Beach at 11:30 AM Friday 27 March 2015.
April 1, 2015
Apr 1 2015 - 1:15pm

Are we open?

ILR is normally open from 0930 to 1530 on days when ODU is open.

ILR follows ODU holidays and weather closings.

Phone: 757 368-4160

Map and Directions

Recent News

December 11, 2014
On October 17, O'Connor Brewing hosted a brewery tour and four beer tasting for ILR members. We met at the brewery at 11 AM.
December 11, 2014
On Friday October 5, members of the ILR tribe went kayaking on Muddy Creek at Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge.
December 8, 2014
Welcome to the new web site. Those of you visiting have been redirected here.
Two factors motivated the move to the new site.


Our spring newsletter
This publication describes ILR's Spring 2015 class offerings, the spring kayak trip, social functions, and trip to tour Montpeiler, home of our fourth president, James Madison.
Our Winter 2015 newsletter in PDF format.