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. Registration and other program information for 2017 will be available soon.

TUESDAYS – October 3, 10, 17, 24

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Cinematic Storytelling: How to Read a Movie

How’s your visual literacy? Did you know good guys enter the screen from the left, bad guys, from the right? Join us to learn other non-dialog strategies filmmakers use to help tell their stories. We’ll sample classic and contemporary films for examples. 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.

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Romeo and Juliet: Love, Passion, and Violence

Why, after over 400 years, does William Shakespeare’s tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet remain the most well-known love story in the world? We’ll explore themes of youth, family, love and death as we read, watch and discuss this famous play. Books will be available for a fee the first day of class.

Moderator: Judith E. Gilbert. After a career teaching high school 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 plants.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Sports in the Media

October 3: A Symbiotic Relationship: Sports and the media in Early 20th Century America – Long before ESPN, the news media discovered it was good business to cover (and promote) sports and sports heroes.

Moderator: Mike Lackey retired after 40 years as a newspaper reporter/editor/columnist. He is the author of Spitballing

which won the 2014 Larry Ritter Award for the best book related to the Deadball Era (1901-1919).

October 10: Koza in the morning – Vince Koza will describe his call-in show, the audience and the questions and comments he gets from listeners. You can hear Koza each morning from 6 am to 9 am on 93.1 Sports Radio.

Moderator: Vince Koza is Sports Marketing Director for Childers Media Group.

October 17: Mullen It Over – Mike Mullen will talk about his book Mullen It Over, a memoir of his 40-years behind the mic at WIMA.

Moderator: Mike Mullen is a retired sportscaster from 1150 WIMA radio.

October 24: My Career – So Far—In Sports – Nesha Johnson comes to Ohio State Lima from the Cincinnati Reds and will tell us about her career in sports up to the present time.

Moderator: Nesha Johnson, Athletic Director, The Ohio State University Lima

THURSDAYS – October 5, 12, 19, 26

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Art and Crafts

October 5: A Walk with Frederick Remington – Perhaps no one captured the spirit of the horse and its importance to the westward movement better than Frederick Remington. This class will examine the series of bronze sculptures installed on the ONU campus that comprise the Remington Walk. Attendees will leave well prepared to enjoy and appreciate the outdoor sculpture exhibit on the ONU campus in Ada.

Moderator: Linda Lehman is a graduate of OSU Lima and was inducted into the OSU Lima Hall of Fame in 2010. Linda taught art in the public schools for thirty years and also taught art education at OSU Lima, Bluffton University and Ohio Northern University. She is active as a volunteer and board member in numerous area organizations and exhibits her paintings and photographs in various northwest Ohio juried exhibitions.

October 12: Needle Arts Past and Present

Moderators: Heather Pisle and Shana Taylor are lifelong crafters who have owned and operated Heavenly Stitches (a fabric and yarn shop) for the past seven years. They will present the history, evolution and modern iteration of the arts of Quilting and Knitting.

October 19: Weaving Rugs From Recycled Material, a Hobby That Pays for Itself

Moderator: Kathryn Herman, fiber artist, is a member of LLI. She is retired from Central Insurance in Van Wert. Kathryn will display rugs woven from recycled fabric, describe how to prepare the fabric for weaving, her process for weaving with recycled material and will also give a weaving demonstration.

October 26: Painting en plein air and Elsewhere.

Moderator: Rhonda Hager earned a Bachelor of Fine Art from Austin Peay State University and a Masters in Education from The Ohio State University. Rhonda will share her creative process as she demonstrates acrylic painting. She will also describe her journey to becoming a full-time artist and offer tips for those who would like to pursue their own creative passion. Original paintings and prints will be exhibited. Additional paintings and information are available at

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Music and Theatre

October 5: Absolute and Program Music: We will explore the fascinating world of music from the romantic era using the framework of music with or without a story.

Moderator: Margaret M. Young, DMA, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Honors Program at The Ohio State University Lima.

October 12: The 21st Century Russian Theatre: The beginning of the 21st century Russian theatre started tragically: on the 23rd of October 2002 the production of the musical “Nord-Ost” was seized by armed Chechens. Over 850 people were held as hostages; the siege ended with the death of at least 170 people. The lecture will revolve around the production of “Nord- Ost,” as well as a few other significant performances that have reflected directly or indirectly upon the political and social situations in contemporary Russia.

Moderator: Maria Ignatieva, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre at The Ohio State University Lima.

October 19: Here’s to Old Broadway: Let’s take a quick look at the lasting impact Broadway has had on American society and some of the fantastic music that has changed our culture.

Moderator: Margaret M. Young, DMA, Associate Professor of Music and Director of the Honors Program at The Ohio State University Lima.

October 26: Czech Shakespeare: Dr. Joseph Brandesky will draw on his many years of experience and scholarship in Eastern European theatre, focusing on productions of Shakespeare’s plays.

Moderator: Joseph E. Brandesky, Ph.D., Professor of Theatre and Interim Dean at The Ohio State University at Lima.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Latin American History

Moderator: Stanley E. Blake, Ph.D., Associate Professor of History at The Ohio State University Lima. Dr. Blake will present two sessions on the history of Brazil and two sessions on the history of Mexico.