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 419-995-8215.

TUESDAYS – April 3, 10, 17, 24


10:00 am to 11:30 am – Experts from  Lima Memorial Health System Will Discuss Twenty-first Century Health Care


April 3: Robotic Surgery

Moderator: Dr. Jeremy Heffner will discuss Robotic Hernia Surgery and the daVinci Surgical Robotics System

Moderator:  Dr. Philip Gafford is the region’s only fellowship-trained surgical oncologist. He will present information on complex oncology cases, routine general surgery and robotic surgery procedures.


April 10: You and Your Healthcare Team

Moderators:  Tina Hook, Care Coordination Director; Jeremy Ebert, Clinical Coordinator Pharmacist, and Eiren Miller, Patient Engagement Technology Administrator, will guide LLI members on how to be an active member of your healthcare team. 


April 17: The Role of Philanthropy, Diagnostics, and Infection Control in Healthcare

Moderators: Lynn Carpenter, Executive Director of the Lima Memorial Foundation; Amanda Nolan, Director of Radiology; and Pam Lawrence, RN, Infection Control Specialist.


April 24: Lima Memorial Physicians’ Services

Moderator: Jeff Uts, Executive Director of Lima Memorial Physicians, will highlight industry-related changes that are impacting the way care is delivered.  Jeff will address care delivery by specialty physicians, technological advancements with Telemedicine services, cost and access to care initiatives using the Medical Home concept and Walk-in Care.


1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Ft. Amanda and the War of 1812, Parliamentary Procedure, Civil War Artillery


April 3 and April 10: History of Ft. Amanda and its Role in the War of 1812

Moderator: David R. Johnson has studied the history of northwest Ohio for more than 40 years with a special focus on Ft. Amanda. He recently led efforts to restore and preserve the fort and the cemetery and continues to work with state and local groups to educate residents on the rich history of this area. He is the author of Fort Amanda (1790-1814), A Historical Redress, published in 2017.


Johnson’s presentations will trace the history of Ft. Amanda from 1790 to 1814, including who built the fort, how it was named, battles of the War and famous people involved, such as General Arthur St. Clair, General Anthony Wayne, Tecumseh, Johnny (Chapman) Appleseed and others.


April 17: Parliamentary  Procedure presented by Spencerville High School students and faculty of the Spencerville Vocational Agriculture Department, Ryan McMichael, Vo-Ag Instructor.


April 24: Civil War Artillery

Moderator: George Wolf is a Rite-Aid pharmacist by profession who has a special interest in artillery used in the Civil War. He will discuss materiel, organization and tactics, exhibit scale models of artillery, uniforms and firearms, including black powder muskets. Wolf has presented programs on Civil War artillery for over 20 years. He competes annually in Civil War reenactments with a Coehorn mortar and various field guns.


2:45 to 4:15 pm – Artists Linda Lehman and Joe Bonifas


April 3: Viewing and Discussing Art

April 10: Sculpture Gardens:  Brookgreen, Pearl Fryar and Cheekwood


Moderator: Linda Lehman is a graduate of OSU Lima and taught art in the public schools for thirty years. She 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.


April 17 and April 24The Art of Metal Transformation - Joe Bonifas’s presentations will cover the evolution of metal working, its importance in the development of advanced civilizations and as a medium for creating artistic works. A basic casting demonstration will be presented and class members will have the opportunity to participate in the casting process. Participation is optional, but there will be a $5.00 materials fee for those participating. 


Moderator: Joseph A. Bonifas has been working with metals to create sculptural forms and functional works for over 40 years. He utilizes several techniques including casting, welding, hot and cold forging of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Bonifas has conducted metalsmithing workshops and demonstrations at the Toledo Museum of Art and several universities and national conferences. He also taught art for 35 years in the  public schools. 


THURSDAYS – April 5, 12,19, 26


10 to 11:30 a.m.  Studying Small Creatures in the Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks


Moderator: Dan Hodges, Naturalist, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District Dan earned a B.S. in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University.  He is a Naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District in Allen County.  His presentations will explore the natural world on a fairly small scale - Frogs & Toads, Bats, Dragon & Damselflies, and Moths.


1 to 2:30 p.m. – OSU Profs Present Evolution, Genetics, Robots, Drones


April 5: Moderator: Mike Reagon, Associate Professor of Biology - The rise of the superweeds: causes and consequences of rapid evolution in the era of "genetically modified" agriculture


April 12: Moderator: Jackie Augustine, Associate Professor of Biology - New data from old birds: The importance of natural history collections. Even before Darwin, scientists were traveling the world and collecting specimens to preserve in museums. Those specimens are now being used to answer questions that the collectors did not even think to ask. Dr. Augustine will describe some of the new and exciting information that is being obtained from these specimens.


April 19: Ryan Norris, Assistant Professor of Biology - Who's your cousin?  Using genetics to describe the relationships among small mammals in Africa, southern Asia, and the United States.


April 26: Jackie Augustine, Associate Professor of Biology - Robots and Drones for science (not just science fiction). Dr. Augustine will discuss how she utilizes robots and drones in her research studying the mating behaviors of prairie-chickens, a declining species of gamebird.


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

April 5: Moderator: John Heaphy, Founder and President of Good Food Restaurants, will tell the story of building his successful restaurant business, the trials and tribulations along the way and the tale of his three major enterprises – Happy Daz, the Beer Barrel and Old City Prime. 


April 12: Moderator: Kevin J. Martin, Chief of Police, Lima, Ohio, What Does “Community Policing” Really Mean?  This presentation will describe the history, challenges and benefits of Community Policing within the City of Lima.  It will also provide information on the methods employed by the Lima Police Department to provide police services within the Community Policing philosophy.   


Chief Kevin Martin graduated from Lima Senior High in 1981. He served four years in the United States Marine Corps and returned to Lima, joining the Lima Police Department in 1986. He rose through the ranks, being promoted to Chief of Police in 2011. Chief Martin earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from Mount Vernon Nazarene University, completed several courses in law enforcement leadership and achieved Certified Law Enforcement Executive through the Ohio Law Enforcement Foundation. 


April 19: Moderator: Scott Neidert, Manufacturing Engineering Manager, Unverferth Manufacturing of Kalida, will describe the high-tech fabrication of farm equipment, from start to finish. Unverferth, a Putnam-county-based, family-owned company, manufactures a wide range of farm equipment from tractor wheels all the way up to grain carts that haul 2,000 bushels of crop.


April 26: A representative from Nutrien (formerly Potash) will describe the manufacturing of nitrogen-based products made at the Lima plant and their various uses in the agricultural and chemical industries.