Lifelong Learning Session for March 28 “Health Boosters: Old-time music, humor and olive oil.”

March 24, 2014

Categories: General News

Tabor College welcomes Al Schmidt, along with Don and Connie Isaac, on Friday, March 28 for its Lifelong Learning session entitled “Health Boosters: Old-time music, humor and olive oil.” The session begins at 9:45 a.m. in the Wohlgemuth Music Education Center at Tabor College in Hillsboro.

Don and Connie Isaac will show how the “good fat” in olive oil is grown and processed.

The major part of the program will feature Al Schmidt, a behavioral educator for the past five years at Via Christi’s Family Medicine Residency Program in Wichita, Kan. He will share how humor contributes to good health.

Schmidt will also play on a 12 string guitar and Marlene Fast, Director of Alumni for Tabor College, will play keyboard to provide the participants with some nostalgic music.

Schmidt grew up in rural Lehigh, Kan. and is the son of Helen and the late Eldon Schmidt. His education includes a bachelor of arts degree from Tabor College in 1972 and a masters of social work from Kansas University in 1979. He carries the following State of Kansas designations – Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Work (LSCSW) since 1981 and Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT) since 2000.

Among Schmidt’s favorite passages of scripture is from Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones.”

Don Isaac grew up on a potato and cotton farm in Shafter, Calif., while Connie spent her earliest years on a raisin farm outside of Reedley, Calif.

Don graduated from Fresno State in 1962 and Kansas State in 1964. Connie graduated from Tabor College in 1963.

From 1966 to 1980, they were both on staff at Pacific College in Fresno Calif. and raised two children.

In 1980, they moved to Hillsboro, Kan. where Don became Chair of the Tabor College Business Department and earned his Ph.D. at Kansas University in Lawrence. During the early 1990s, Connie earned a master of arts degree in church leadership from Eastern Mennonite Seminary in Harrisonburg, Va.

The Isaacs were able to purchase most of Connie’s family farm in Reedley, Calif. during the 1960s and 70s. In 2006, they planted olives on six acres of land. Connie says that in “Marion County, farmers might laugh at that because six acres in Kansas would barely grow pumpkins!”

The presentation will include products made from their olives.

The public is welcome to attend all Lifelong Learning programs and may register at the door. Fees are $4 per session or $15 per semester, or $29 per couple. Attendees may enjoy lunch in the Tabor College cafeteria after the sessions at the discounted price of $4.

For more information, contact Connie Isaac, Director of Lifelong Learning at (620)-947-5964 or The semester schedule and a downloadable PDF of the brochure are available at