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When it comes to taking out loans for a car, higher education or other needs, it’'s imperative to be informed about the lending process. Otherwise, it’'s easy to fall into a debt trap, where one can end up in a spiral of increasing debt. Good practices can be difficult to discern when there are so many advertisements involving predatory lending.

As members of the Baby Boom generation have hit and passed the age of 50, many of them have changed the direction of their lives. Some have been forced to change, others have willingly sought new careers, activities or lifestyles. Either way, many say entering what has been termed life’'s Third Act is an opportunity to discover your passions and find new purpose. A project developed by AARP, Life Reimagined, was designed to help individuals successfully create a new stage in their lives.

The University of Dayton established the nation’'s first undergraduate human rights studies program in 1998. The program is intended to produce intellectually adept students who can perform rigorous research and conduct high-quality analysis of critical questions in the area of human rights studies.

May 9 and 10 are the dates for Queen City Merge, a gathering of developers, marketers, social media types and designers where ideas and visions are openly discussed and shared. As Bill Barnett and Tammy Gambrel tell Mark Perzel, along with the workshops and speakers, there are two nights of fun events where the participants can meet and talk in a more casual atmosphere.

Senior Learning Conference

Apr 19, 2013

Two of our area’s premier adult learning institutions, UC’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and Miami University’s Institute of Learning in Retirement will combine forces on April 26 to present their Collaborative Conference, a day full of senior learning opportunities. Organizer Rosemary Deitzer tells our Jane Durrell that the conference will feature topics as diverse as electronic medical records, sports stories, and the past and present of our international airport and will take place at the Miami University Voice of America Learning Center in West Chester.

Xavier University’s College of Social Sciences, Health, & Education presents the Remarkable Families Symposium on Friday, March 1 at the Cintas Center. This program is for parents of special needs children, and will provide them with critical information to aid them in the challenges they face both now and in the future with their children. Paul Daugherty, columnist for the Cincinnati Enquirer and parent of a special needs daughter (the subject of his upcoming book) is the guest speaker. Mark Perzel learns more about the event, the agenda for the day, and how parents can register during a conversation with one of the key organizers, Dr. Thomas Knestrict from Xavier.