RUI University

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Lifelong learning provides intellectual stimulation and social connections. That's why we've developed RUI University to offer residents and the surrounding community the opportunity to increase their knowledge and explore new interests.

Our partnerships with skilled professionals and colleges/university instructors allow not only residents but also the surrounding community the opportunity to enroll in a variety of courses of their choosing. 

Courses are taught by outside professionals in our own classroom, and include a diverse course catalog, such as Sign Language for Beginners to Lessons of the Virginia Historical Society and Creative Writing to Essential Oils. 

Enjoy the rewards of continuing your education at RUI University. 

Register for what will surely be an exciting new journey in purposeful living. Please see a member of our Life Enrichment team for more information. 


Summer Semester Courses

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Meet our Academic Administrator

My name is Mary-Kate Hovanic, and I am the RUI University Academic Administrator. I graduated with my Masters in Higher Education Administration from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, and I work out of the home office in Roanoke, Virginia. My position was created to focus on our programming and build partnerships with colleges, universities, museums, and professional experts. I will frequently be traveling to all of our communities, so I am looking forward to meeting you!

RUI University strives to promote lifelong learning and purposeful living. Engaging in lifelong learning has been proven to benefit health and wellness. I have seen this in my career in higher education and also in my personal life. There have also been numerous academic and scientific studies that show the benefits of intellectual stimulation. Learning a new skill promotes cognitive health by strengthening pathways in the brain. It also builds social support by creating quality contact with instructors, residents, and outside community members. I encourage you to attend as many classes as you can and bring your friends and family as well. All can enjoy our classes!

It is my pleasure to announce that we will be beginning our culinary courses this summer. Our talented Executive Chefs will teach each class. Travel the world by taking our Global Cuisine class and experience a taste of Italy, France, Japan, Mexico, Germany, and India. Learn the tips and tricks of the fine dining by attending in our Culinary Behind the Scenes class where you will learn how to bake the perfect cookie, the complexities of fine dining service, and how to cook the perfect steak. Included in all of our culinary classes is a tasting, so be sure to invite your friends and family to come learn and enjoy!

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