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 Student Services Center building on the campus of The Ohio State University at Lima.


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Tuesdays April 5, 12, 19, 26

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10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Rhodes State College
April 5: Future of Work and Why Critical Thinking Skills are Important.
Dr. Joseph Abbott, chair of Humanities and Social Sciences
April 12: What is ESports? – A multi-billion dollar business and what it means to Rhodes State College?
Brad Kunz, instructional design, and Jean Wisuri, chair of the Center for Distance Learning and E-campus
April 19: Welcome to the Borra Center for Health Science.
Angela Heaton, dean of Health Sciences and Public Service
April 26: What does it mean to be an apprentice or an intern and how does it benefit our local companies?
Tammy Eilerman, senior director of manufacturing and innovation, and Abby Miller, coordinator of intern¬ships and experiential learning .

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Food and Wine: A Marriage Story
We will explore the classic concepts of food and wine pairing with an initial look at the basic and a consideration of some modern innovations. Hands on experience will include taste comparisons and some volunteer food preparation with moderator Brian Keegan, wine steward and bar manager at Old City Prime American Steakhouse.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – Travel with AAA
April 5: AAA Travel and Ohio
April 12: European River Cruises
April 19: U.S. Road Trips and Rails
April 26: Alaska and other Bucket List Trips
Moderator: Cindy Nelson, district sales manager of Lima’s AAA Auto Club. Nelson is a certified travel counselor and a destination specialist for North America, the Caribbean, Mexico and Russia.

THURSDAYS – October 7, 14, 21, 28

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Nature Inspires Art
Explore how societies, scientists and artists have used nature to inspire art across the ages with moderator Linda Lehman.
April 7: Egypt and the Tomb Paintings – Look at the birds and nature images of the Early Egyptians and how these images were stylized and integrated into their belief systems. Images from the colorful tomb paint¬ings and hieroglyphics along with recent photographs taken along the Nile will be presented and discussed.
April 21: From America to the Galapagos – The artistic portrayal of John Audubon’s birds was unapparelled as was Darwin’s scientific study of finches. The presentation will examine how artists (and scientists) from the past sought nature’s creatures to study, and in this process created art. We’ll look at how present day artists continue this practice today.
April 28: Still Life and the Roman Emperor Rudolf II – A sumptuous still life of beautiful fruits, vegetables and a lobster painted by a Dutch master can’t compare with a funny face made of vegetables; or a painting of a cupcake. Or can it? We’ll look at how artists have used nature to inspire art from the sublime, to the comical, to the satirical, and even to the fine art of a cupcake!

10:00 to 11:30 a.m. – Tour of Lauer Historical Farm , April 14
Moderator Chris Fetzer, volunteer coordinator for the Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District, leads a walk through of the 1940s-era restored farmhouse. Learn about the history of the property and the people who lived there while interacting with the abundance of donated antiques and artifacts. Tour address: 800 Roush Road, Lima, OH 45801

1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – How Do They Do That?
April 7: Explore the ins and outs of warehousing and the trucking industry with moderator Scott Cockerell, vice president of operations at Wannermacher Logistics.
April 14: Learn about the “History of Cooper Farms and How We Pro¬duce Pork” with General Manager Greg Cooper and Sow Division Manager Kevin Stuckey.
April 21: Lima Memorial Health System Clinical Informatics Pharmacist Jason Schumacher, PharmD, gives a high level look at “Automation and Technology and the Impact on Medication Safety in a Hospital Setting.”
April 28: Josh Bloomfield, project director for the Crossroads of North¬west Ohio, talks about the vision and plans for the project, what they have accomplished to date, and what the next steps and challenges are for the 250+ acre, mixed use development located adjacent to I-75 in Cridersville.

2:45 to 4:15 p.m. – American Sign Language
Jodi Pierstorff, lecturer at The Ohio State University at Lima, will give an insight into the Deaf World. Participants will learn about Deaf Culture and about their language, American Sign Language or ASL.

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