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

Join us for Lifelong Learning Connections this Spring

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]

Spring 2019 Lifelong Learning at the University of Findlay

(formerly known as Senior Forum)

Apr. 10, 17, 24

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
Re​​gister Now!​

Spring 2019 Schedule​

Wednesday, Apr. 10

Mission Possible​

​Charlie Ernst​ '92, M'06, University of Findlay Basketball Coach

10:15 - 11:30 a.m.
Come hear ​Charlie Ernst, Head Coach of the UF Men's basketball team, share about local organization, Mission​ Possible, and the impact their medical mission work is making in Haiti.  Haiti is one of the poorest countries in the world and Mission Possible has been working for the past four years to improve the lives of the Haitian people one person at a time.  Coach Ernst and his wife, Belinda, will accompany one of his players on a life-changing trip with Mission Possible to Haiti this May.

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

Over 50 & Thriving

Annie​ Hayes, Certified Health Coach

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.

Annie will offer tips to improve your nutrition, ward off disease, build your immune system, reduce inflammation, improve brain health, conquer weight concerns, develop an accountability plan, and more!

UF Christian Connection ​

Pastor Matt Ginter, Director of UF Campus Ministries

1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
University of Findlay's religious heritage is viable and vital even today amongst the student body.  Students from a variety of church backgrounds are coming to campus, seeking opportunities to wrestle with questions of faith and believing.  To that end, hundreds each week participate in times of worship, Bible study, and prayer!  Pastor Matt Ginter, Director of Campus Ministries for the university, will share stories and pictures of student engagement.  Additionally​, several students actively engaged in collegiate ministry will be on hand to share samplings of worship and snippets of their own testimony.

Wednesday, Apr. 17

Recyc​le, Reduce, Reuse ... on YOU!
Amy Schlessman, University of Findlay Physical Therapy Department​​

10:15 – 11:15​ a.m.
Assistant Professor of Physical Therapy, Amy Schlessman, will share a treasure-trove of simple ways to combine fitness and fun with everyday recyclables.  Amy holds a Doctorate of Physical Therapy and Health Science and has practiced physical therapy in school-based settings for over 16 years.  Her research has been published in the Pediatric Research Journal and she has also published a book Recycle Bin Boogie:  Move and learn with Recyclables, which she will raffle off during our session.

Lunch​:  Will occur during session 2 ​and is provided by Ohio Logistics - No Charge​
 Please indicated when registering if you will be utilizing the UF transportation to Ohio Logistics & The All Hazards Center  - the van will depart the AMU at 11:30​ a.m.

Tour of Ohio Logistics

*This session is closed due to limited seating.

Chuck Bills, CEO of Ohio Logistics​, 1800 Industrial Dr., Findlay, Ohio

11:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.          
Ever wonder how goods are stored or get to where they're going?  Come tour Ohio Logistics, one of the largest privately owned logistics firm in the Midwest, to find out!  Headquartered in Tall Timbers, Ohio Logistics operates out of 22 locations and serves seven states.  CEO Chuck Bills who serves on the university's Board of Counselors, will share the history of Ohio Logistics, the impact on the communities it serves, and their strong belief in giving back.  Ohio Logistics was awarded the 2017 Hancock County Small Business​ of the Year award.
Tour of University of Findlay's All Hazard Training Center​
*Registration in advance is required for this session.
Dave Copus, Project Manager,​​ All Hazards Training Center, ​​​6002 OH-12, Findlay, OH

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Join Project Manager, Dave Copus, on a tour of UF's All Hazard Training Center.  The facility is designed to re-create real-life scenarios to train students how to safely respond to emergency situations involving hazardous materials and work with professionals to extend their capability beyond routine safety inspections and environmental remediation practices to include prevention and response.  Since its beginnings in 1986, over one-quarter million people have received instruction in a wide range of safety, security, emergency preparedness and response, and environmental​ management topics.

Wednesday, Apr. 24

Thomas Jefferson and the​ Influence of History

Ken Hammontree
Elizabeth Buchannan, University of Findlay History Department
10:15 – 11:30 a.m. 
Opening our session will be Dr. Elizabeth Buchanan of the UF History Department sharing why the past is so important for our present and future.  Following Dr. Buchanan's presentation we will be joined by Thomas Jefferson himself!  Regarded as the best thinker of his day, he became a silent member of the Continental Congress and, at age 33, drafted the Declaration of Independence.  Ken Hammontree poetically portrays former President Thomas Jefferson who is known as a writer, scholar, and inventor, and for establishing the Lewis and Clark expedition.​

Lunch Menu: BBQ pork sandwiches, baked macaroni & cheese, cole slaw and ​Haw​​​a​​i​​ian Pineapple Cake

Seeing Stars
*Registration in advance is required for this session - limited seating.​​
Steve Wild, University of Findlay, Assistant Professor of Physics

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Come immerse yourselves in the night sky and learn how UF's planetarium is used!  Steve will share about the history of the planetarium, show some constellations, share about the programs offered, and some fun and creative ways they are using the planetarium.  

UF's Magical Mazza Museum
Ben Sapp '93, M'95, Director,​ University of Findlay's Mazza Museum & Dan Chudzinski, Curator, Mazza Museum.

1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
​We'll begin with an introduction to the Mazza Museum from Director, Ben Sapp and he'll share the impressive news about our new STEAM addition.  Curator, Dan Chudzinski will share about his role, the different exhibits at the Mazza, an exciting new exhibit coming to the Toledo Zoo and take us on a behind the scenes tour of the art vault.  There will be time at the end for questions and touring of the Mazza while enjoying music from flutist, Rachel​ Darroch.


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
​Register​ Now!​​


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

Lifelong Learning