Lifelong Learning Connections at the University of Findlay​​

Join us for Lifelong Learning Connections this Fall

Lifelong Learning Connections, formerly known as Senior Forum, is a flexible learning experience open to ages 50 and over.

This program is hosted by the University of Findlay and sponsored by the Office of University Advancement. Explore various topics every Wednesday for four weeks with expert instructors from the University of Findlay and our surrounding community. Participants may choose their level of involvement by attending one day or all four. 

Registrations will be held at the University’s Alumni Memorial Union on Frazer Street, unless otherwise noted for off-site locations.

Contact Kay Hoane at

Fall 2018 Lifelong Learning at the University of Findlay

(formerly known as Senior Forum)

Oct. 10, 17, 24 & 31

Lifelong Learning fees are:
  • $12 per day,
  • $18 per day with lunch OR
  • $5 per presentation
    • $6 for lunch on the day(s) you choose

Fall 2018 Schedule

Wednesday, Oct. 10

Human Trafficking

Kris Napier, Coordinator of the ProMedica Regional Metro Forensic Program

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Kris has been a registered nurse for over 20 years and a SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) for the last nine. Named "Best in the State" in 2016, Kris works with rescued human trafficking victims of all ages, and trains and mentors other nurses in screening and caring for these specific patients. Please join us to hear Kris present about human trafficking and her experiences as a nurse in the field.

Lunch Menu: Meatloaf, buttered corn, mashed potatoes, dinner rolls and apple crisp.

Experiencing the Land Down Under

Doris Salis, former Coordinator of Senior Forum, now known as Lifelong Learning Connections

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Everything seems opposite in the Land Down Under! Besides the time zone, New Zealand has trees and animals not found anywhere else on Earth. This presentation will take you on a virtual cruise around the island of New Zealand, through the Tasmanian Sea and ending in Sydney, Australia.

Cultural Diversity Activities, 
Buford Center for Diversity and Service Staff Members

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
The Buford Center for Diversity & Service​ is dedicated to actively promoting a welcoming and supportive environment for the entire community. UF international students involved with the Buford Center will lead​ Lifelong Learning participants in various activities unique to their culture.

Wednesday, Oct. 17

Ohio Farm Stories
Chris Denecker, Ph.D., Professor of English, Chair of the Department of English and Director of the Center for Teaching and Program Excellence, University of Findlay
Sarah Sisser, Executive Director of the Hancock Historical Museum
Megan Adams '04, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Communication, University of Findlay

10:15 – 11:15​ a.m.
Ohio Farm Stories is an ongoing collaborative project between the Hancock Historical Museum and the University of Findlay. The project showcases oral history narriatives from Hancock County farmers in an effort to preserve the local agriculture heritage and to provide Ohioians with the opportunity to discuss the ways in which agriculture continues to shape lives and the community. Christine, Sarah and Megan will present video footage and provide commentary regarding themes that emerged during their 2017-18 research into histories of three local farms.

Lunch Menu: Turkey with cheese croissants, chicken salad croissants, homemade vegetable soup, assorted chips and pumpkin cookies.
UF Farm Field Trip
*Registration in advance is required for this session
Jacob Bowman, Farm Business Manager, University of Findlay

Noon – 1:45 p.m.          
Experience the sights, sounds and even the smells of life on the farm! Tour the University of Findlay's Western Equestrian Farm and the Dr. C. Richard Beckett Animal Science Building, and discover first-hand the state of the art facilities and equipment at the core of our Animal Science and Western Equestrian Programs.
Ice Cream, Candy and Chocolate, OH MY! Dietsch Brothers Tour -SOLD OUT​

2 – 3 p.m.
Enjoy a tour of Findlay's famous East Main Cross Dietsch Brothers location. Dietsch Brothers' story began in the late 1920s when Edward Dietsch purchased the C.W. Wickham Candy Co. and opened an ice cream and candy store. After a series of ups and downs, the initial business closed; however, on December 7, 1937, Edward's younger brothers Chris and Don purchased the local Rogge Bakery Ship, eliminated the bakery, and opened the doors to Dietsch Brothers as we know it today. Ownership of the store has been passed down through generations and even withstood the hardships of WWII.

Wednesday, Oct. 24

Superman's 80th Anniversary

Chuck Coletta, Ph.D., Lecturer, Department of Popular Culture, Bowling Green State University

10:15 – 11:30 a.m. 
Superman burst onto the pop culture landscape with his debut in Action Comics #1 (1938) and has been thrilling readers ever since. Created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, two teenagers from Cleveland, the "Man of Steel" established a new genre of costumed superheroes as numerous publishers created their own characters to capitalize on Superman's success. This presentation will explore the evolution of Superman from a brash, head-bashing protector who intimidated his foes into submission to a national icon who stands for "Truth, Justice and the American Way."

Lunch Menu: Tossed Salad w/2 dressing choices, baked spaghetti, parmesan garlic bread sticks and peach cobbler.

Journey Into Vietnam
Spencer Cunningham, Instructor of Art, University of Findlay

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
From crawling through tunnels with bats, taking in the exciting nightlife of Hanoi, a quick jaunt to Japan, experimenting Vietnamese water puppets, navigating the busy streets and teaching at the Music Conservatory of Ho Chi Minh, Spencer had the adventure of a lifetime on UF's faculty exchange program. Please join us as Spencer takes us on this fantastic journey through his photos and videos.

The Secrets of Imagination
Daniel Chudzinski, Curator, University of Findlay's Mazza Museum

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Chudzinski, curator of the Mazza Museum and creator of highly detailed mixed media sculptures, will share how his unusual adventures have fine-tuned his creative process and how you can incorporate some of his thoughts into your daily life.

Wednesday, Oct. 31

Women Making a Difference: WWII's 1st WAC Separate Battalion

Molly Cooper, Administrative Assistant & Accounting Officer, University of Findlay's Mazza Museum

10:15 - 11:30

Join Molly as she performs a reenactment as a woman in the 1st WAC (Women's Army Corps) Separate Battalion in WWII.

Lunch Menu: Beef Stroganoff with egg noodles, salad-chefs choice, roll with butter and pumpkin pie with whipped cream. 

Guardian of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier

Bob Weinberg, Founding Father, Society of the Honor Guard and President of the Flag City Honor Flight
Nichole Coleman, Executive Director/County Veterans Service Officer, Hancock County Veterans Service Office

12:15 - 1:15

Bob will share his experience as a tomb guard of the Unknown Soldier, followed by a short overview of the Hancock County Veterans Service Office, given by Nichole.

"Old Blood and Guts" - The Story of WWII's Controversial War Hero

Kenneth Hammontree

1:30 - 2:30
Kenneth, a walking historical library of Ohio history, will be telling the story of General George Patton's role in WWII from a first person point of view.


Lifelong Learning fees are:

  • $12 per day,
  • $18 per day with lunch OR
  • $5 per presentation
    • $6 for lunch on the day(s) you choose


Contact Kay Hoane at or call the Wolfe Center for Alumni, Parents and Friends at 419-434-4516.

Lifelong Learning