Travel, nutrition, courts all part of LivelyU academy


The LivelyU Lifelong Learning Academy is a platform of programming offered through the Wood County Committee on Aging Inc. in partnership with the Bowling Green State University Optimal Aging Institute.

The academy is designed to enhance senior center programming with opportunities for lifelong learning. Academy courses focus on education, engagement and life enrichment and are facilitated by volunteer instructors with a passion for their chosen subjects. Courses are intended to be enjoyable and stimulating for all participants and include opportunities for active learning, critical thinking and social engagement.

The spring semester will run from March through May and will include the following courses:

A Glimpse into the Incredible Universe, led by Dale Smith, physics and astronomy professor, planetarium director at BGSU

Adventures in Spanish Literature, led by Liliana G Rossi, PhD, Spanish Literature, Spanish teacher

Andrew Johnson: The First Sitting President to Visit Wood County, led by Richard Baranowski, local history librarian, Way Public Library

Bowling Green in Recent Austrian Literature, led by Geoff Howes, professor emeritus of German

Conversational Sign Language, led by Nancy Scott

County Courts: Juror Selection and Mock Trial, led by Judge Joel Kuhlman

Fascinating People and Careers, led by Mark Wasylyshyn, Floyd Craft, Dick Edwards, Gordon Ricketts and Tim Tegge

Immigration, led by Liliana Rossi, PhD, Spanish literature, paralegal (immigration)

Nutrition and You, led by Laura Brubaker, MA Food and Nutrition, RDN, BGSU

Public Health Through the Years: Epidemiology

Travel Basics, led by Judy Paffenberger

Toledo Museum of Art Gallery Group, led by Michael Coomes, volunteer docents

Reasonable Discussion of Controversial Issues, led by Lou Katzner, trustee professor emeritus of philosophy BGSU

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, led by Vicki Knauerhase, docent

Whatever Happened to the Erie Indians, led by Dr. Earl Campbell Jr., emeritus professor of medicine, University of Toledo

Writing Boot Camp, led by Joseph Elia, student, English Department at BGSU

To take part in LivelyU courses, a tuition fee of $20 is required. This tuition payment will give participants access to any courses offered for the calendar year. Payment and registration can be organized through the WCCOA Programs Department by phone at 419-353-5661 or 800-367-4935 or by email at [email protected].

LivelyU course work has been developed by committee members Danielle Brogley, David Drain, Carol Kinsey, Dianne Klein, Vivian Miller, Eric Myers and Lynn Ritter.

If you would like to share your life skills with others and volunteer as an instructor, course manager or curriculum committee member, please call the numbers above or email [email protected].

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