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 October 2018 will be available soon. For questions or further information, please call 567-242-7215.

OSU Lima Lifelong Learning Institute Curriculum October 2018

TUESDAYS – October 2, 9, 16, 23

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Politics and Elections

William Angel, PhD, will offer his assessment of the politics of the 2018 mid-term U.S. elections.


Moderator: William Angel is an associate professor emeritus of political science at The Ohio State University at Lima. He Holds a 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 books, not all Politics Is Local, which details his experience as chairs of the Allen County Democratic Party during the 1980’s and 1990’s


1:00 to 2:30 pm – A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Shakespeare’s Mix of Magic and Merriment

Considered Shakespeare’s greatest comedy, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, features a quartet of star-crossed lovers, a troop of inept amateur actors, a feuding pair of supernatural spirits and a love potion gone awry. We will read and watch the play and discuss its universal themes. Books will be available for a fee at the book store 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.


2:45 to 4:15pm – Black and White Movies

In the 1940s, black and white cinema was at its zenith.  Many filmmakers prefer black and white to color. In this class, we’ll find out why and sample great black and white cinema from Hollywood’s Golden Age – 1930s and 1940s.


Moderator: David S. Adams PhD, associate professor emeritus of sociology at The Ohio State University at Lima. Dr. Adams taught sociology at Ohio State Lima for 25 years and is the weekly movie critic for The Lima News and Your Hometown Lima Stations.


THURSDAYS – October 4, 11, 18, 25


10 to 11:30 a.m. -- Marin, Marin, Quite the Daring: How Does Your Garden Grow?

During this course, Dr. Marin Harbur will take a broad and scientific (but practical) look at the biological and chemical processes that produce our summer bounty. Soil topics will include biology, plant nutrition and use of composts and manures. Plant topics will include general botany, weeds, insects, and plant diseases.


Moderator: Marin Harbur, PhD, holds MS and PhD degrees in agronomy, the science of growing crops while sustaining the environment, from Iowa State University. Dr. Harbur works full time as a data analyst for Land O’ Lakes. She is also a part-time professor of agronomy at Iowa State University where she teaches a graduate course in statistics.


1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Area Environmental Issues

October 4: Moderator: Beth Gray, PhD, Professor of Biology- Endocrine Disruptors.

Beth Gray, PhD, senior lecturer of biology at The Ohio State University at Lima, earned her PhD from MIT/Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. She has been with the Ohio State Lima faculty since 1995.


Some chemicals in our environment can interfere with hormone activity in the bodies of humans and animals. Dr. Beth Gray will discuss how these effects occur and their extent of impact.


October 11: Moderator: Thomas Knapke, PhD, Professor of Emeritus- Grand Lake St. Marys: What’s happening with the Algal Blooms?

Dr. Knapke earned a PhD in educational administration from Bowling Green State University. He is the WOEF Development, professor emeritus of Wright State University–Lake Campus in Celina


Thomas Knapke, PhD, is facilitator of lake restoration for Grand Lake St. Marys and oversees the strategic plan, “Moving Forward,” which provides a framework and timeline to restore Grand Lake St. Marys through lake improvements and revitalization.


October 18: Moderator: Ryan Norris, Assistant Professor of Evolution - The Basics of Climate Change

The research of Dr. Ryan Norris, assistant professor of evolution, ecology and organismal biology at The Ohio State University at Lima, focuses on recovering the evolutionary relationships of rodents and other small mammals and involves questions ranging from deep his-tory to recent patterns in information.


Dr. Norris presents an overview of why most scientists think the climate is changing and a perspective from climate change events from Earth’s past.


October 25 Moderator: Mike Reagon, PhD, Associate Professor of Biology - Harmful Algal Blooms: Causes, Consequences and Prevention

Mike Reagon, PhD, associate professor of biology at The Ohio State University Lima, joined the faculty at Ohio State Lima in 2012. His teaching and research focus on ecology, plant biology, genetics, and evolution. More specifically, his research focuses on understanding the processes that influence the evolution of herbicide resistance in agricultural weeds. He worked for four years in the hazardous waste removal industry before returning to graduate school at Ohio State.


Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are occurring with increasing frequency worldwide. Most notably in our region, seasonal HABs have been observed in Lake Erie and other smaller lakes since the mid-1990s. Many potential factors could be responsible for this increase in the occurrence of HABs, and no one factor is likely to be solely responsible. In this class we will discuss the causes of HABs in Ohio and what might be done to prevent future outbreaks.


2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Famous Downtown Lima Buildings

October 4: Moderator: Anne Finley Edwards, - The Faurot: King for a Day

Anne Finley Edwards lives and works in northwest Ohio. She studied at Gonzaga University and is retired from teaching at the Allen County Juvenile Detention and Treatment Center.


In 1882, Benjamin C. Faurot constructed a $225,000 building in a town of fewer than 12,000 people and incorporated into this structure an opera house considered to be the finest between New York and Denver. Learn about this magnificent Lima landmark, the Faurot Opera House block and the excitement of its opening night.


October 11 and 18: Moderator: Ray Shuck - A Look at the History of the Allen County Court House and the Memorial Hall from their inception to the present

Ray Shuck, retired director of the Allen County Museum and retired assistant professor of history at Ohio Northern University.


October 25: Moderator: Rob Nelson- Revitalizing and Reusing Historic Structures to Bring Life Back to Small Town Downtowns

Rob Nelson, PhD, is a Lima entrepreneur, local business owner and philanthropist who retired from academia and became a stay-at-home dad. In his spare time, he also serves as the head varsity softball coach at Lima Senior High and the director of the Lima City Softball Travel Program.


This presentation will include the history of the Met Block Building, home of The Met restaurant, at 300-306 North Main in Lima and also the Sealts building at 330 North Central.