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 Lydia Steinke at 567-242-7295.

TUESDAYS – April 7, 14, 21, 28

10:00 am to 11:30 am – Experience the Lima Public Library

April 7: Technology at Lima Public Library – This session introduces the library’s digital resources, explains how you can access and use them and describes the library’s computer classes and virtual reality tools. Moderator: Dani Hollar, MLIS head of reference services.

April 14: Your Library Experience: All the Little Things That Make a Difference

The paint on the wall, the carpet, food vs. no food, whispers vs. regular voice, banners, signs, videos – all have an impact on how you perceive the library. Moderator: Karen Sommer, director of public relations.

April 21: Mythology, Fairy Tales and the Evolution of Literature

Explore the history and power of myths and fairy tales and the importance of these stories. We’ll move from ancient Greece to medieval Europe to modern literature’s fractured fairy tales and the importance of these stories in the development of mankind.

Moderator: Dani Hollar

April 28: Something for Everyone…and We’re Closer Than You Think! Wondering what we do at the library, what’s available to you, where you can get it? Lima Library staff will highlight programs, services and resources available at all five library locations.

Moderator: Debbie Buettner, head of branch and youth services

1:00 pm to 2:30 pm – Great Vacations for 2020

Moderator: Cindy Nelson, district sales manager at Lima’s AAA Auto Club. Cindy has been with AAA since 1999 and is a certified travel counselor and a destination specialist for North America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Russia.

April 7: AAA Travel and Ohio

April 14: European River Cruises

April 21: US Road Trips and Rails

April 28: Alaska and other Bucket List Trips

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm – Democratic Governance and Rule of Law

Ohio Northern University’s LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law is designed for foreign lawyers practicing in the public sector and committed to promoting governance and law reforms in their home countries. Since the first class graduated in 2007, more than 200 young lawyers from more than 35 countries have benefited from this unique program and returned home to apply their learning in a variety of legal, governmental and civic organizations. Five current students will make presentations about their courses and their plans.

April 7: Ikpenmosa Uhumuavbi (Nigeria/UK) – Rule of Law and Democratic Governance: Resolving Nigeria’s Legal Conundrum

April 14: David Braun (United States) – Rule of Law and Elected Judges

April 21: Norma Karina Sanchez-Valdez (Honduras) and Nickson Mayieka Oira (Kenya) – Education within the Penitentiary System

April 28: Floridin Osmanaj (Kosovo) – Institutions and the Promotion of the Rule of Law

THURSDAYS – April 9, 16, 23, 30

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. – ArtSpace/Lima

Moderator: Sally Windle, executive director, ArtSpace/Lima. Sally retired from the Lima City Schools as director of the Arts Education Program.

April 9: What’s Going on at ArtSpace?

You may know ArtSpace as a place for art and summer rallies, but did you know ArtSpace has seven galleries, a theater, a speakeasy, and a secret floor? Learn about the Thompson Building and all that ArtSpace offers for the community.

April 16: What Color is Five?

If you have synesthesia, you know the answer. It is a learning style that joins objects such as letters, shapes, numbers or people’s names with a sensory perception such as smell, color or flavor. Many artists have this and use it to create work. We’ll see some examples and meet a person who has this sensory phenomenon.

April 23: Mysteries in Art Histories

There are oddities, legends, clues, predictions and practices found in famous paintings throughout history. We’ll uncover a few and explore more.

April 30: You Can Draw!

You may never have tried, be a beginner, or be an expert at drawing. This session will be an exercise in using some easy tips to make drawing easier and sharpen your observation skills. No experience necessary – come willing to be impressed with your ability!

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. – Experts in their Fields

April 9: Jaroslav Malina in Scenography and Painting

Jaroslav Malina (1937-2016) was an internationally recognized scenographer and artist – he was also Joe Brandesky’s friend and mentor for 29 years. A retrospective exhibit is on display at the Columbus Museum of Art and Brandesky published a book about his work, Jaroslav Malina in Scenography and Painting, in 2019. This presentation will feature a 40-minute documentary on Malina’s life, which won the Best International Short Documentary award at the Garden State Film Festival in 2011.

Moderator: Joe Brandesky, PhD, Martha W. Farmer endowed professor of theatre, Ohio State Lima

April 16: “Made in America” The Story of Aircraft Dynamics Corporation

focuses on the story of a 58-year-old, family-owned manufacturing company in northwest Ohio and what “made in America” actually means to us – a history of the people who created the company along with the history and progression of customers, products and current capabilities.

Moderator: Steve Jones, DDS, owner and president of Aircraft Dynamics, practiced dentistry for 10 years in Columbus before he moved back to Lima to join his father and brother in the ownership and management of Aircraft Dynamics in 2002. He soon opened Northwest Dental Center in Elida and now practices dentistry, co-manages his dental businesses and owns and operates Aircraft Dynamics.

April 23: Politics and the Run-up to the 2020 Conventions and Election.

Moderator: William Angel, PhD, associate professor emeritus in political science at Ohio State 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 1980s and 1990s.

April 30: Current Issues in Professional and College Sports focuses on the impact of pro sports integration beginning with Jackie Robinson’s 1947 Brooklyn Dodger debut and the black athletes who crossed the color line in the modern NFL and the NBA. The presentation culminates with discussion of the current social justice platforms used by today’s athletes such as Malcolm Jenkins and LeBron James.

Moderator: Jessica A. Johnson, PhD, lecturer in English, Ohio State Lima

2:45 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. – Flora and Fauna in Johnny Appleseed Metro Parks

Allen County, although primarily agricultural in its land use, is full of life! Both flora and fauna abound if you know where to look and what to look for. Join Naturalist Dan Hodges from Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District to explore some of the natural world’s most fascinating subjects.

Moderator: Dan Hodges, naturalist, Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District – Dan earned a BS in Zoology and Environmental Science from Miami University. He is a naturalist with the Johnny Appleseed Metro Park District in Allen County.


The Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at The Ohio State University at Lima is a program of the Road Scholar Institute and offers classes for mature adults on four Tuesdays and Thursdays in April and October each year. LLI is an independent volunteer organization sponsored by Ohio State Lima since 1991.

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. Since classroom size is limited, please register early for the courses you plan to attend.

LLI contributes a portion of the tuition you pay to the Lifelong Learning Institute Scholarship Fund for nontraditional students at Ohio State Lima.

COSTS: Registration fee = $40 total cost whether you register for one course or six courses.

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: April 2, 2020. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis to a maximum of 45 persons per class.

REFUNDS: You may receive a refund (minus a $5 processing fee) if you withdraw at least 48 hours before the programs are scheduled to begin.

PARKING: Parking is available in any of the student lots on campus. Lots C and G are the best choices for parking near Public Service. Lot G has ample handicapped parking spaces. A limited number of handicapped spaces are also available near the Perry Webb Student Life Building.

CLASSROOM: Public Service 212/213.

LUNCH: Available at the Barons Bistro in Reed Hall, local restaurants or bring your own.

QUESTIONS: Call 567-242-7222