A resolute commitment to life-changing education and lasting transformation.

Honoring the legacy of Dr. Wilbert Welch, who led the university from 1959 to 1983 and served as interim president in 1991, the Welch Heritage Institute for Lifelong Learning (WHILL) is dedicated to educating others at every stage of life to lead with wisdom and discernment. This community encourages each other through learning and fellowship. Return to the classroom today and discover how you can become a lifelong learner, too!

Courses

Our CU faculty are experts in their field, and they'll help you answer deep questions about literature, politics, history and more. These courses let you experience Cornerstone not only as a cherished member of our community but also as a student. The best part is—there are no homework assignments! There's no need to purchase books ahead of time; simply come eager and ready to learn.

Unless otherwise noted, the registration cost is $30 per WHILL course, and classes require advance registration.

Winter/Spring Classes

The History of Baseball: A Slice of American Culture Part I Feb. 10, 17, 24 1:25-2:55 p.m. Logos Center
Medicare for All? Affordability for None? Feb. 14, 21, 28 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center
A three-class sequence that discusses frequently asked questions about health care: Why is my health insurance so costly? Why is my hospital stay so expensive? Why are pharmaceuticals so expensive?
The History of Baseball: A Slice of American Culture Part II March 9, 23, 30 1:25-2:55 p.m. Logos Center 
The Art of Storytelling March 12, 19, 26 6-7:30 p.m. Logos Center 
Everyone loves a good story! Would you like to learn to tell a story in a more compelling way—to share meaning and pass on a legacy to the next generation—to share wisdom from what you've experienced and learned so that those around you can benefit from it too? Taught by Professor Kathleen Sindorf, this is your chance to learn the secrets of great storytelling and to practice in a safe, hospitable environment.! Jesus was the master storyteller, and we can learn this vital skill too.

Summer Classes

The History of Baseball: A Slice of American Culture Part III June 8, 15, 22 1:25-2:55 p.m. Logos Center
Rhyming with Orange: Understanding Creativity & Innovation June 10, 17, 24 10-11:30 a.m. Logos Center 
Discover how to foster your creativity through creative habits, brain exercises and innovative processes that will improve your problem-solving, higher-reasoning capacity and creative performance. This three-session class is taught by Don Perini.
Media Literacy June 10, 17, 24 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center
In this class taught by Dr. Tim Detwiler, you will be provided with a set of media literacy skills to assist in determining the accuracy and trustworthiness of what you read and hear from television, radio and social media.
Irish History & Literature of the 19th & 20th Centuries June 11, 18, 25 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center
U.S. Latinos: History & Literature June 12, 19, 26 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center 
In this class taught by Dr. Leticia Espinoza, short stories, poems and historical essays will be analyzed to better understand Latinx identity in the United States.
Stream Ecology June 18 or 27 8 a.m. - noon De Witt 102
One can predict water quality by looking at the biodiversity of aquatic insects. The health of a stream can be evaluated by netting, identifying, counting and then releasing aquatic insects. Learn how to identify the larval stages of twelve aquatic insects and the three common crustaceans that are associated with our Michigan streams. Participants will be able to find aquatic insects and crustaceans in the moving water of Bear Creek. You will learn how to collect these invertebrates by using a kick net and a D-frame net.​ Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking. (Cost: $35)
The History of Baseball: A Slice of American Culture Part IV July 13, 20, 27 1:25-2:55 p.m. Logos Center
Stir Your Writing Juices: Write Fiction & Nonfiction Stories with More Courage July 14, 21, 28 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center 
You've thought, "I need to write this down." But when you try, you hear a negative voice, and you might stop. Our inner critic can smother our writing attempts. But we can learn ways to quiet this voice and write. Learn helpful creative practices from Professor Cynthia Beach, so you can be freer to follow your writing nudge. Together we'll explore how to strengthen our writing approach—how to let ourselves write. Then we'll explore and practice story craft structures that can improve the quality of our fiction or nonfiction. Our text will be "Creative Juices: A Splash of Story Craft, Process and Creative Soul Care."
British Constitution July 16, 23, 30 10-11:30 a.m. Logos Center

Fall Classes

Healthcare for All? Affordability for None? Sept. 11, 18, 25 1:30-3 p.m. Logos Center
Michigan Turtles  Sept. 12 9 a.m. - noon De Witt 102
Participants will learn about the natural histories of these 10 species through a variety of hands-on activities. The majority of the class will be spent inside learning about their basic lifestyles, habitat needs and unique adaptations. Live turtles will be available for the participants to observe up close. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking. (Cost: $35)
Bog Adventure Sept. 17 or 19 1-5 p.m. De Witt 102
If you have never been on a bog walk, you have not lived. A bog is the most interesting wetland in Michigan. You will encounter several species of carnivorous pitcher plants, bounce on the floating mat, learn how to identify Poison Sumac and discuss hydrophilic soils that are only found in the bog. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking. (Cost: $35)
Michigan Trees Sept. 24 2-6 p.m. De Witt 102
Participants will learn about the natural histories of these 10 species through a variety of hands-on activities. The majority of the class will be spent inside learning about their basic lifestyles, habitat needs and unique adaptations. Live turtles will be available for the participants to observe up close. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking. (Cost: $35)
The History of Cornerstone University Oct. 9, 16, 23 10-11:30 a.m. Logos Center
Sleeping Bear Dunes Oct. 15 7 a.m. - 8 p.m. De Witt 102
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore is the best place in Michigan to study sand dune ecology. Participants will also be led on one of the best hikes in Michigan​. Taught by Ray Gates, this off-site field trip requires light to moderate walking. (Cost: $95)


Membership Benefits

As a valued member of the WHILL, you'll have access to dozens of course selections, along with the following added benefits:

  • Use of your library card to check out resources at Miller Library.
  • CU parking pass.

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