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 – April 4, 11, 18, 25


10:00 am to 11:30 am – Choral Music You’ve Probably Never Heard  


Moderator: Robert Mix, Choral Director, Retired, Lima City Schools

An introduction to all kinds of choral music, from its ancient Greek origins to contemporary and sometimes controversial compositions. Choral music for children, madrigals, motets, and choral forces out of control.


1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – A Few of My Favorite Things


Moderator: Mary Ann Sullivan, Ph.D., taught English literature and art history for more than 25 years at Bluffton University. Her website, focused on architecture and sculpture, has more than 21,000 pictures.

April 4: The Art City of Florence, Italy

April 11: The Diversity of Sicily

April 18: The Varied Arts of the Native Americans in the Southwest

April 25: Art and Architecture of Berlin


April 4: The Art City of Florence, Italy. Art and architecture of historic Florence focusing on the very important innovations of the Italian Renaissance. Giotto, Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Ghiberti, Donatello and Michelangelo, among others will be the subject.


April 11: The Diversity of Sicily. Sicily’s rich history from Greek colonies, through Roman cities, through Norman Sicily, and beyond. We will see Greek temples and fabulous Roman floor mosaics, as well as the Byzantine mosaic decoration in Norman churches.


April 18: Per request: The Varied Arts of the Native Americans in the Southwest-  from Pueblo pottery to baskets, to jewelry, to rugs and two dimensional contemporary paintings as well with a focus on Pablita Velarde and Helen Hardin.


April 25: Art and Architecture of Berlin. After the fall of the Wall, Berlin began rebuilding and commissioning works by some of the most famous international architects. We will focus on some of these new buildings. Because Berlin had a rich tradition in archaeology, its museums are treasure troves of world art. So we will skip into some of these museums as well.


2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Interfaith Topics in the Abrahamic Religions: Judaism, Islam, Christianity


 Moderators: Pastor Mark Rich, Market Street Presbyterian Church; Pastor Paula Belousek, Salem Mennonite Church; Imam Shamsuddin Waheed, Toledo Masjid Al-Islam; Rabbi Lenny Sarko, Congregation Achduth Vesholom; Fr. Kent Kaufmann, Fr. David Ross, and Fr. Jim Szobonya representing the Catholic traditions. 






THURSDAYS – April 6, 13, 20, 27


10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Johnny Appleseed Metro Park Naturalist: Area Flora and Fauna


April 6: Moderators: Kevin Haver, Director, Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District, History and overview of the park district and Dan Hodges, Naturalist, Mammals

April 13: Moderator: Dan Hodges, Trees and Reptiles

April 20: Moderator: Beth Theisen, Naturalist, Wildflowers and Monarch Butterflies 

April 27: Moderator: Dan Hodges, Birds and Pollinators


1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Women in American Cinema


Moderator: Charlene D. Gilbert, Dean and Director, The Ohio State University at Lima

In her course, Women in American Cinema, Dean Gilbert will discuss the representation of women in American cinema in the 20th century. Together the class will explore the four key paradigms used to shape women characters in films like Stella, Rebecca, and Imitation of Life.


Gilbert became the Dean and Director of The Ohio State University at Lima in 2014. In her research and creative work as a documentary filmmaker, she has written and produced more than a dozen films and videos. She is the producer and director of two feature length documentaries that aired nationally on PBS during primetime.


2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – How Do They Do That?


April 6: Moderator: Jeff Nordhaus, Manager/ Owner H&K Products, Pappy’s Sassafras Tea

Pappy’s Sassafras Tea. Jeff will describe the brewing process for Pappy’s teas, production and sales techniques, and how to prepare the teas. Samples will be provided.


April 13: Moderator: Dr. Craig Nicholson, Director of Robotic and Minimally Invasive Surgery, St. Rita’s Medical Center

Robotic Surgery. Dr. Nicholson will describe how robotic surgery is performed, its benefits and medical procedures where robotic surgery is utilized.


April 20: Moderators: Nate Neuenschwander, CCM, LEED AP, President, Touchstone CPM and Judy Wells, Superintendent, Apollo Career Center

The Evolution of Apollo Career Center: How the Recent $52 Million Transformation was Done (From Conception- To Construction- To Community). Come and hear how the $52 million transformation of Apollo Career Center was accomplished. You will get behind the scenes insight on how a project of this magnitude was accomplished while the students were still attending classes along with the specialty partners that were needed to bring this seven-phase construction project to an on-time and in-budget completion. We will also demo how the use of a drone at a construction jobsite aids the project.


April 27: Moderator: Jim Rieman, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Ford Motor Company Lima Engine Plant

Process and Technology Utilized to Build the 2.7L Premium V6 Engine. Mr. Rieman will discuss the history of the Lima Engine Plant, the development of the Premium V6 Program, and some of the processes and technology utilized to build the engine.