The Ohio State University at Lima


Lifelong Learning Institute(LLI)

The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Ohio State Lima began in 1991. A Road Scholar® program, LLI traditionally offers classes for seniors on four Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and October.

LLI volunteers, in coordination with Ohio State Lima, run our local program. Ohio State Lima provides administrative support, classroom space, audio/visual equipment, and technical support. Volunteer officers and committee members, course participants, and many moderators come from west central Ohio counties surrounding Allen County.

Courses on six subjects are offered each session. Individual classes last one and one half hours and meet at the same time each week. You may sign up for as many or as few classes as you wish. Classes are typically held in the Public Service Building, Rooms 212/213 on the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima. For questions or further information, please call Julie Klingler at 567-242-7215.


TUESDAYS – October 1, 8, 15, 22

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Ambition, Witchcraft and Madness in William Shakespeare’s Macbeth

Inspired by the prophecies of the weird sisters, Macbeth, esteemed nobleman and war hero, ascends to the throne of Scotland and becomes a murderer of old men, women and children. In the play, Shakespeare presents an intense study of human character and the human mind. We will observe this “butcher and his fiend-like queen” and discuss why they have transfixed audiences for four hundred years. Play books will be available for a fee at the bookstore the first day of class.

Moderator: Judith E. Gilbert. Following a career teaching English and journalism, Gilbert left education to work at BP Lima Refinery and BP Lima Chemicals, retiring in 1999 as Director of Community/Public Relations for the two plants.

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm Politics and Elections

Moderator: William Angel, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Political Science, The Ohio State University at Lima, holds BS and MA degrees from The Ohio State University and a PhD in Government from the University of Texas at Austin. He has published numerous articles and a book, Not All Politics is Local, which details his experiences as chair of the Allen County Democratic Party during the 1980’s and 1990’s. Dr. Angel will offer his assessment of politics and the run-up to the 2020 U.S. election.

2:45 to 4:15 pm – The Ohio State University – Celebrating its Sesquicentennial 2019-2020

As part of the Sesquicentennial, the University is offering its popular non-credit “History of Ohio State” course online. The course includes nine modules taking about 10-15 minutes each. Included are origins of Ohio State traditions, physical evolution of the campuses, shaping of educational philosophy, notable turning points in OSU history and contributions of students, faculty and staff to Ohio State and the world. Lifelong Learning participants will take the online course together, including the ten-question quizzes at the end of each module! We will cover three modules each session on October 1, 8, and 15.

Dr. David Adams will be the moderator for these sessions.

October 22: Tyler Osborne, a member of the four-person OSU Sesquicentennial Team, and an Assistant at OSU Archives, will join us to wrap us these sessions. She will provide additional information about the history of the University and the Sesquicentennial.

THURSDAYS – October 3, 10, 17, 24

10 to 11:30 a.m.--Horticulture: The Science or Art of Cultivating Fruits, Vegetables, Flowers, or Ornamental Plants

Moderator: Beth Scheckelhoff, Extension Educator, Agriculture and Natural Resources, Putnam County, has been an Extension Educator in NW Ohio for the past 15 years. She received degrees in horticulture and

ornamental production from both the University of Arkansas and Michigan State University. She has been an avid gardener for 25 years, with a particular fondness for perennials and pollinator plants.

October 3: Trees and Shrubs for Ohio Landscapes. Participants will learn more about common and not-so- common trees and shrubs for Ohio landscapes. This session will cover a multitude of native and non-native ornamental trees and shrubs for Ohio landscapes including selection, care, and pest management.

October 10: Ornamentals for Ohio Gardens. Participants will learn about the variety of herbaceous ornamental plants suitable for Ohio gardens - including bulbs, annuals, perennials, succulents, grasses, and so much more.

October 17: Mastering the Lawn. Learn the basics of selecting and caring for turfgrasses in your lawn. This session will cover the different types of turfgrass blends available and how to properly manage turf pests and weeds.

October 24: Moving Beyond the Garden. Participants will learn the ins and outs of gardening in containers and raised beds. This session will cover growing ornamental and edible plants in containers of all shapes and sizes.

1 to 2:30 p.m. – Music in the Movies

Music has always accompanied movies, from the 1890s to the present. Initially, music covered audience and projector noise, but soon was used to heighten movies' emotional impact. How does it do that? For answers, we'll sample classic movie music from the 1930s ("King Kong"), 1940's ("The Sea Hawk"), up to recent releases. It'll be fun.

Moderator: David S. Adams, PhD, Associate Professor Emeritus, Sociology, The Ohio State University at Lima. Dr. Adams, who taught sociology at Ohio State Lima for 25 years, is the weekly movie critic for The Lima News and WLIO television.

2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Finances in Retirement

Representatives from U.S. Bank will address financial issues related to retired adults.

October 3: Realities of Retirement – Managing your IRA, creating an income stream from your investments, protecting your assets, long-term care.

Moderator: Anthony P. Rahrig, CFP, Wealth Management Advisor, U. S. Bancorp Investments, Inc.

October 10: Downsizing Your Home – What should you do and what options do you have?

Moderators: Jennifer Bornhorst, Mortgage Loan Officer, and Timothy A. Sprague, Mortgage Loan Originator

October 17: Protecting Against Fraud and Scams – How to avoid being a victim and how to be aware of potentially fraudulent activity around you.

Moderators: Sandi Wilhelm, Operations Specialist, and Abby Hicks, Branch Manager, Spencerville.

October 24: Banking for Every Stage of Your Life – Consumer loans (co-signing for children and grandchildren), Powers of Attorney, Payable on Death and Digital Banking.

Moderators: Tara Zorn, Jackson Center Branch Manager; Vicki E. Ruhe, Sidney District Manager and David P Richard, Anna Branch Manager