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.

Tuesdays October3, 10, 17, 24

Neil Armstrong and Apollo 11 Mission 
10:00 to 11:30 a.m., October 3 
Moderator | Greg Brown, historian and collections coordinator at the Armstrong Air and Space Museum

Weather is Always on My Mind 
10:00 to 11:30 a.m., October 10 
Moderator | Dr. Aaron Wilson, Ohio State University Extension field specialist and state climatologist 
Join Dr. Wilson as we chat about weather and climate. We will explore how our climate is changing and highlight some of the impacts we feel here in Ohio. We will also have a small activity to drive home the similarities and differences between weather and climate.

Thomas Jefferson, American Sphinx 
10:00 to 11:30 a.m., October 17 
Moderator | Chuck Schierloh spent 50 years in the classroom, teaching every grade level from 7th grade through graduate school. 
A 1996 book called Thomas Jefferson The American Sphinx. Historians have argued for centuries about his true nature. This presentation will attempt to peel back the layers of a truly complicated and mysterious person.

Artificial Intelligence Role in Our Lives 
10:00 to 11:30 a.m., October 24 
Moderator | Dr. Dean Cristol, associate professor, College of Education and Human Ecology 
This session will provide an introduction to the fascinating world of artificial intelligence, or AI, and its impact on our lives. The audience will be provided with an AI overview, how it works and its many real-world applications and benefits. Dr.Cristol will address concerns around data privacy, security, bias and other ethical concerns and participants will get hands-on opportunities to use AI.

Othello, Verdi and Orson Welles 
Tuesday afternoon class will include both the 1:00 p.m. and 2:45 sessions 
We will study Shakespeare’s play with Judy Gilbert, learn about opera and other musical adaptations from Bob Mix and watch Othello in film with David Adams.

Thursdays – October 5, 12, 19, 26

The Chaotic Run-Up to the Presidential Election of 2024
10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Moderator | Dr. William Angel, associate professor emeritus at Ohio State Lima
October 5: The GOP Candidates
October 12: The Trump Indictments
October 19: Biden, the Democrats
October 26: Where will we be this time in 2024

Law and Order in Lima, Ohio
1:00 to 2:30 p.m.
October 5: Steve Stechschulte, Lima Police Department – Duties of a Patrol/
Street Officer and an Investigator/Detective
Stechschulte will highlight the activities and responsibilities of each type of officer as a case progresses from initial call to response and investigation through the court process.
October 12: Kyle Thines, prosecutor for the City of Lima
Community crimes such as illegal drugs, burglary and home invasion, murders, tax offenses, juvenile court and parental non support.
October 19: Robert Meredith, defense attorney, Civil Law
Estate planning, probate and trust administration and real estate law as well as insurance defense and general civil litigation.
October 26: Judge Richard Warren
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly – 35 years on the Common Pleas and Municipal Court Bench.

From Our Farm to Your Fridge
2:45 p.m., October 5
Moderator | Scott Knueven is the owner, master cheese maker, chief of operations–the know all and be all of Knueven Creamery. Laurie Knueven is the manager of Knueven Creamery and Market, the Scoop Shop in Gilboa and helps to create the delicious ice cream.
Knueven Creamery is a small dairy farm in northwest Ohio that processes the milk from only their dairy cows. They will discuss the processing of whole milk that is low-temperature vat pasteurized, not ultra pasteurized like supermarket milk and why the nutritional value may be different. They will touch on farm practices and you will learn about the processes of cheese making and ice cream.

Interacting with Nature
2:45 p.m., October 12 and 26, with Johnny Appleseed Metropolitan Park District
Naturalist Dan Hodges

October 12: Intro to Nature Journaling
Nature journaling is a great way to be present in nature, appreciate and record it. Using works, pictures, and numbers, nature journaling offers an opportunity to try to capture a moment and recall observations that may otherwise be forgotten. Hodges will offer a brief introduction, discussing benefits, tools, and methods and then facilitate trying it out for ourselves!

October 26: Birds and Bird Feeding
Now is the time to do some great bird watching – the birds come to you! Hodges returns to present on resident birds, those that stick around all winter, and how to attract them to your yard. We’ll also discuss a community science monitoring program that you can participate in!

Impacts of the 2024 Solar Eclipse on One Community
2:45 p.m., October 19
Moderator | Russ Decker, chair of the Lima Chamber of Commerce Solar Eclipse Committee, is special projects manager at Nutrien Lima Nitrogen, adjunct faculty at Ohio Northern and Ohio′s former deputy director of public safety.
Decker will share information about the upcoming solar eclipse event and its impact on our local community, including public safety, communications and business.