​​​​​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 three 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 three​. 

Check-in will be held at the University’s Alumni Memorial Union on Frazer Street, unless otherwise noted for off-site locations.  Registration in advance is required for all field trips.  Walk-ins are accepted for on-campus sessions, but if you would like lunch, you must register 5-7 days before the session you'd like to attend.  The parking lot east of the AMU has been reserved for your convenience, no parking pass is required. 

Contact Kay Hoane at [email protected]

Fall 2019 Lifelong Learning at the University of Findlay

(formerly known as Senior Forum)

​Oct. 16, 23, 30 

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

Fall 2019 Schedule​

Wednesday, Oct. 16

Critical Decisions: Protecting our Nation in Times of Disaster

​Chaplain (Brigadier General) Ed Brandt '​81

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Chaplain (Brigadier General) Kenneth "Ed" Brandt '81, serves as Senior Army National Guard Chaplain & U.S. Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains for the Army National Guard.  During disasters ranging from earthquakes and hurricanes to bombings and flooding​, chaplains provide religious support to senior leaders making critical decisions.  Ed will discuss several issues that surface during such disasters and the role of the chaplain.​​

Lunch Menu: Chicken fettuccini alfredo, side salad, steamed broccoli, dinner rolls and pumpkin pie

Saving Lives at Home and Abroad
Dr. Doug Yoder, Retired U.S. Colonel, Surgeon
Tara Smith, Director of UF Cosiano Health Center​

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.​

Retired U.S. Colonel and local Findlay surgeon, Doug Yoder, will share about his time as a general surgeon at Blanchard Valley Hospital as well as his time serving for the U.S. Army.  Tara Smith, will share about UF's Cosiano Health Center, the role it plays in the campus community and the excellent care they provide to our students who are often far from home.​

Findlay Women, Findlay Leaders​

The Honorable Christina Muryn '14, Mayor of Findlay​
Lydia Mihalik '02, Director of Ohio Development Services Agency Cabinet Member for Governor DeWine.​

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Come join these two wonderful leaders to hear what they've been up to lately!  Mayor Muryn will share exciting updates about the city of Findlay, what's new and what we are currently working on!  Lydia will share what she's been up to since leaving her role as mayor of Findlay and her exciting new role working with Governor DeWine.

Wednesday, Oct. 23

Daniel Boone: Icon and Folk Hero
Ken Hammontree, Historical Figure Impersonator

10:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Hammontree as Daniel Boone, one of the founding fathers of the state of Kentucky, will share about his life and time as one of the first real heroes on the Wilderness Frontier.

Lunch​:  Chicken Salad, Ham & Swiss, Turkey & Cheddar croissants, homemade vegetable soup, tossed salad, assorted chips and pumpkin cookies

Fit to Achieve
Jim Steffen '94, Owner XT Fitness

12:15 p.m. – 1:15 p.m.          
Jim's motivational fitness programs provide inspirational, fun solutions for anyone seeking to jumpstart their focus on health and wellness.  Through his high-energy presentation and audience participation, Jim provides instruction and ideas for getting fit in all aspects of one's life.  Jim will share his 5-STEPP success plan, and discuss goal-setting and positive attitude as vital components in living a healthy lifestyle.  After an hour in Jim's Fit to Achieve presentation, it is impossible to leave without a renewed interest in eating right, exercising more, and making better choices to help you achieve in all aspects of life!​

Alzheimer's, Art and Occupational Therapy
Dr. Lindsey Buddelmeyer '03, M'05, Assistant Professor of UF OT Program​​
Sarah Crisp '08, Executive Director of​ Awakening Minds Art

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Come experience how art and occupational therapy come together to help those with Alzheimer's.  Lindsey and Sarah will share their personal experiences about connecting the act of creating art with occupational therapy methods to help people with Alzheimer's.

Wednesday, Oct. 30​​
*Registration in advance is required for the sessions below - limited seating.​​​  UF transportation available for those attending all sessions.  Vans depart the Alumni Memorial Union at 10 a.m.

Career Success: Millstream Tour

Pam Hamlin, '94, M'98, Director of Millstream Career Center
10:15 – 12:15 p.m. 
Millstream Career Center is committed to training students in their program of study and prepares them for a career, further training, or collegiate studies upon graduation from high school.  Course work consists of related classroom instruction and practical hands-on projects and experiences aimed at developing the knowledge and skills required for career success.  Come join us as we investigate the opportunities for high school students right in the UF backyard.

Lunch will be served at the Millstream​ Cafe

Horses Up Close: Tour the James L. Child, Jr. English Equestrian Center
Jake Bowman '05, M'14, UF Farm Business Manager​

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Come tour UF's English Equestrian Center, see the horses up close and personal, learn about UF's programs, their equestrian riding teams, and more.  With five-days of instructor led riding per week, an exceptional school herd, and nationally and internationally renown instructors, Findlay's English Equestrian Studies Program has been setting the standard in the equestrian world for more than 40 years. 


Lifelong Learning fees are:​

  • ​$5 per presentation
    • $6 for lunch on the day(s) you choose


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

Lifelong Learning