Lifelong Learning

​​​​​Lifelong Learning Connections at the University of Findlay​​​

Virtual Lifelong Learning Connections

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

To maintain the health and safety of our participants, presenters, and employees, University of Findlay's Lifelong Learning Connections was offered completely virtual this fall via Zoom with secure links.

This program is hosted by the University of Findlay and sponsored by the Office of University Advancement. Attendees explored various topics once a week for three weeks with expert instructors from the University of Findlay and our surrounding community. Participants chose their level of involvement by attending one day or all three​. 

Online Registration is Closed.
Questions? Contact the Office of Alumni, Parents, and Friends at [email protected] or 419-434-4516.

Virtual Spring 2021 Schedule​

All sessions were recorded via Zoom webinar.

Tuesday, April 6

A Journey from U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon to Volunteer Veteran's Flight Medic

Bret Bahn '99, MD, Physician, Northwest Ohio Orthopedics & Sports Medicine
10 - 11 a.m. (EST)

Dr. Bret Bahn will discuss his passion for serving as a flight surgeon in the United States Navy and explain how his military service impacted his life. Learn what guided him back to Northwest Ohio and led him to help Veterans through the Flag City Honor Flight Program as a volunteer flight medic.

Dr. Bahn received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the University of Findlay in 1999, then earned his medical degree at the University of Toledo. He served in the United States Navy as a U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon. Dr. Bahn deployed twice with the Marine Corps in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Following his U.S Navy service, he completed his anesthesia residency at the University of Michigan. In addition, Dr. Bahn completed his Interventional Pain Fellowship at Johns Hopkins University. Currently, he is a physician specializing in interventional procedures at Northwest Ohio Orthopedics & Sports Medicine and volunteers for the Flag City Honor Flight program.

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Wars and Pandemics: What Each Can Teach Us About Survival
Ron Ammons '81 & Rob Tong, Local Hancock County War Historians
Nicole Schroeder, PT, DPT, NSCA-CSCS, University of Findlay Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (EST)

In honor of the 160th anniversary of the Civil War, Mr. Ammons and Mr. Tong will lead us back through history to discover the similarities between the Civil War and World War I, and the challenges armed forces faced amidst disease and epidemics. Learn how these past experiences have helped shed new light on how we survive and face the future after COVID.

Ron Ammons is a 1981 alumnus of the University of Findlay, holding a degree in psychology and sociology. He recently retired from UF as the Head Softball Coach and Assistant Sports Information Director. He and Rob Tong are passionate experts in military history, specifically World War I and the Civil War, respectively.

Also, listen in as Dr. Nicole Schroeder discusses physical therapy, its history beginning after the polio epidemic and WWI, and how this correlates to our current treatment of post COVID-19 patients today.

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Tuesday, April 13

Influences and Deceptions that Affect Children and Teen Behaviors
Allison Kiefner-Burmeister, Ph.D. University of Findlay Associate Professor of Psychology
10 - 11 a.m. (EST)
Join us as Allison Kiefner-Burmeister, Ph.D., shares her research on media influences and food industry deceptions that affect children and teens. Dr. Kiefner-Burmeister will show how body image, anxiety, weight gain and loss, and self-esteem can all be impacted by these external factors in our youngest population. Also, discover how University of Findlay psychology research students are learning and working in Dr. Kiefner-Burmeister’s psych labs to help others. Take away concrete solutions on how you can combat these issues to help those you love.

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Your Estate and Legacy: The Needs of a Successful Plan
Ken McIntyre, Jr., University of Findlay's Director of Planned Giving
Matthew M. Black J.D., Principal at Trust Company Family Offices
Robert E. Schuck J.D., Shuck Law Office
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Visit with Ken McIntyre, Jr., University of Findlay’s Director of Planned Giving, and planned giving professionals Matthew Black, J.D., and Robert Schuck, J.D., to review the importance of having and maintaining your critical estate and life documents. Ken and his colleagues will share which eight critical documents everyone should have, where they should be kept, and how and when to update them. Also, hear insights on how to make state, health care preferences, and wealth distribution decisions protest proof. Bring questions and receive suggestions on these topics and more.

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Tuesday, April 20

Animal Science: From Hands-On Experience to Laboratory Research
Brian Whitaker, Ph.D., University of Findlay Associate Professor of Animal Science and Pre-Veterinary Medicine
10 - 11 a.m. (EST)
Delve into the University’s Animal Science program to discover the amazing things our faculty and students are doing. Take a virtual tour of the facilities and see first-hand how the students transition between animal care at the barns to classroom learning on the main campus. Listen as Dr. Brian Whitaker gives an overview of the labs and discusses the fascinating research he and his student assistants are accomplishing in the field of in vitro animal fertilization and reproduction.

About Dr. Whitaker
Brian Whitaker has been on the faculty at the University of Findlay since 2010. He utilizes active learning strategies and student involvement in all of his classes to encourage the development of the whole student. Whitaker is currently responsible for teaching multiple undergraduate courses in reproduction and swine production and management.

Whitaker aims to create a favorable learning environment that stimulates the students to become fully engaged in the information being presented by encouraging in-depth discussion, critical thinking, and analysis of the topics. His teaching has been recognized through the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture as a recipient of the Educator Award and Teaching Scholar Award, National Pork Board Award for Innovation in Education, American Society of Animal Science Midwest Section Outstanding Young Teacher Award, and Virginia Tech’s Outstanding Animal Science Recent Graduate Alumni Award. Whitaker is also an academic undergraduate advisor for his department and is a faculty advisor for Delta Tau Alpha, Academic Quadrathlon Team, and Block and Bridle. Most recently, he was awarded the Teaching Award of Excellence by the United States Department of Agriculture in 2020.

In addition to teaching, Whitaker focuses on reproductive cell biology in his undergraduate student research laboratory. He has completed a Research Fellowship in Japan and during his sabbatical spent time between the Salk Institute and the University of Missouri focused on gamete manipulation and creating an in vitro model for the studying the effects of aging. In addition to securing over $80,000 in research funding, he has published 25 peer-reviewed journal articles and over 75 abstracts in supporting and providing research and educational experiences for students. He has advised over 35 undergraduate research students.

He earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and master’s and Ph.D. degrees from Virginia Tech.

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Positioning a Community Post-Pandemic
The Honorable Christina Muryn '14 and University of Findlay Community Service Students
12:30 - 1:30 p.m. (EST)
Join in while UF alumna and City of Findlay Mayor Christina Muryn discusses how the city has held strong during the past year and hear plans for the post-pandemic phase.

UF students will also share their volunteer experiences within the community. Learn how they are actively making a difference through service, even amid COVID.

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Online Registration is Closed.


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