Institute for Retired People

The Institute for Retired People, (IRP) started at University College of Syracuse University in 1972, provides opportunities for retired people to stay intellectually active, discover new interests and make new acquaintances. Twice each month, members of IRP get together to hear speakers on a variety of topics and share views. Subjects for programs have included public and community events, political and social issues, fine arts, science, and the environment. Presentations are made by Syracuse University faculty and specialists within the community.


Meetings are held on every first and third Thursday of the month from 11:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. Members may bring their own lunches—Syracuse University provides coffee, tea, and cookies. Sessions are held at First Baptist Church of Syracuse, 5833 East Seneca Turnpike, Jamesville. Plenty of adjacent parking is available in the church parking lot. The location is easily accessible from Brighton Avenue and from Route 481.

Current Schedule

March 1, 2018

“Syracuse Stage”

Bob Hupp, Artistic Director

“Theater is best served when the artistic leader rolls up his sleeves and engages in the issues that affect all aspects of life in the community,” says Hupp.  Artistic leadership means bringing the creative voice of the theater to the community. My philosophy of theater is tied to the idea that we have the rare opportunity to create important communal experiences for our audiences.” Join us as Bob shares with us his vision for Syracuse Stage. Hupp is the fifth artistic leader in Syracuse Stage’s 43-year history.

March 15, 2018

“Mary Ann Shaw Center for Public & Community Service”

Colleen Cicotta, Associate Director for Literacy Initiatives

The Shaw centers mission is to promote, support, facilitate and recognize public and community service as a fundamental part of the Syracuse University experience, by developing academic opportunities connecting the University to the community through sustained, reciprocal partnerships.  Please join us as Colleen tells us about the Shaw center.

April 5, 2018

“New York State Fair”

 Dave Bullard, public information officer.

Join us as Dave fills us in on the new attractions and improvements for this year’s fair and the many other events, which take place at the fairgrounds throughout the remainder of the year.

April 19, 2018

“Sports in America: It’s Social, Cultural and Economic Impact”

Michael Veley, Director and Chair Department of Sport management, David B. Falk College of Sport & Human Dynamics

Please join us as Professor Veley examines the role of sports in America. From the Super Bowl to basketball in the Carrier Dome, Professor Veley will speak about sports management and the new degree from SU in Sports Analytics.


The Institute welcomes all retired persons and their spouses. The only criteria for membership are an inquisitive mind and an interest in continuing learning. Our members include engineers, marketing consultants, homemakers, administrators of higher education, teachers, salespersons, clerks, librarians, volunteers, architects, chemists, and many others. The result is an interesting and heterogeneous mixture, leading to lively and informative discussions. Membership is free, so sign up now!

Guests are welcome at the Institute. Please feel free to extend an invitation to someone who may be considering becoming a member or who is particularly interested in a given program topic. If you would like to attend a meeting or two before you decide on Institute membership, please do so. New members may join the Institute at any time during the year.

Special Activities

Several times each year members may take part in special activities such as day trips, tours, and luncheons.

For further information, please call or write:

University College of Syracuse University
700 University Avenue
Syracuse, New York 13244-2530
Telephone: 315.443.4846