Lifelong Learning Announces Summer Classes

Posted May 27th, 2016 by Helene Sheets  Category: Community Interest, Events,


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is offering entertaining and educational classes. This summer school will be fun! Lifelong Learning will also host a day trip to Mansfield to visit two estates. Classes are offered in June and July 2016 and are held on the campus of Lourdes University, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

To register for Lifelong Learning classes and review the entire list of summer 2016 classes, visit, email or call 419-824-3707.


Printmaking 101
Instructor: Patrick Dubreuil
Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., June 6-27, Canticle Center 165
Cost: $54 members; $66 non-members

Let your creativity flow in this introductory printmaking class! All you need is a creative spark and we will help with the rest. Once you choose a favorite image we will patiently show you how to turn it into a work of art that you’ll be proud to share with your family and friends. The process – similar to that used to print currency – is an extension of drawing, but don’t let concerns about your drawing ability limit you! The maximum size of the monocolor intaglio prints will be 8×10 inches. Warning: come prepared to get dirty!

A Toledo native, Patrick Dubreuil has taught in the Lourdes Art Department for 10 years since getting his MFA from BGSU.

Art & Architecture of Lourdes
Instructor: Kristin Baldeschwiler
4 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 7 and Thursday, June 9
Cost: $34 members; $46 non-members
The Lourdes University campus is brimming with art, even in places you’ve never noticed it before. Take this opportunity to examine the paintings, sculpture, stained glass, prints, tiles, and more and hear the stories behind them. You will see campus in a whole new light! The class will be divided between lectures and walking tours, so choose your footwear wisely.

Kristin Baldeschwiler, a 2003 graduate of Lourdes, received her BA in Art History, works in medical education, and currently serves as the Historian for the Toledo Federation of Arts

The Summer of Fiction
Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Tuesdays, 10:30 to 1 p.m., June 21 and 28
Cost: $34 members; $46 non-members

Virginia Woolf wrote we need a room of our own to encounter our creative selves. This summer, come share a room with other writers and explore the world of fiction with us. Whether you bring in material to be critiqued or you use prompts provided in class, by meeting in a supportive sacred circle, we will encourage and help one another. Along with a previously written piece of fiction, please bring a favorite quote, poem, story, picture or artifact as inspiration for the first class – and something to write with and on! Our journey will include writing prompts and group sharing.

Judith Speizer Crandell, a published, awarding-winning writer and teacher, with an MA in English, was granted a Yaddo residency and a place at the 2013 AROHO creative retreat. She uses her life as the basis of her own writing.

The Simple Art of Murder: Detective Fiction and Film Noir
Instructor: Cody Osterman
Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., June 21-July 12
Cost: $51 members; $63 non-members

This course will examine the respective genres of “hardboiled” detective fiction and film noir that were very popular in the first half of the 20th century in both print and on screen.
We will look at how famous authors and filmmakers have put their own unique twist and artistic flourishes on their entries to the genre. We will start the first week discussing Raymond Chandler’s “The Simple Art of Murder,” in which he attempts to define the genre. We will also cover a brief history of the genre, and watch the first half of “The Big Sleep”, starring Humphrey
Bogart and Lauren Bacall the first week. We will then spend the following class finishing the film and discussing the novel The Big Sleep. The remaining weeks we will read, discuss, and watch the film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.” We will conclude the course with some contemporary examples of detectives on print and screen.

Cody Osterman is a doctoral student at the University of Maryland in American History. He received his master’s degree from BGSU in American Culture Studies. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Pace University in English Literature and American History.

The History of White House China and the Stories Behind Them
Instructor: Marjorie Waterfield
Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., June 22 and 29
Cost: $26 members; $38 non-members

Every U.S. President and their First Lady purchased their own unique china while living in the White House. Come hear the stories behind these stunning and delicate pieces, as well as what food was served upon them. Learn how State Dinners were planned from the days of George and Martha Washington to the present time. Select pieces from the instructor’s personal collection of official reproduction White House china will be displayed at each class.

Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of Genealogy Research at UT, BGSU, and Lourdes. She has continued her education as a History Major at Lourdes. She is author of hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles on history, nostalgia, travel, humor and genealogy in local and national magazines and publications.

Instructor: Laura Megeath
Thursday, June 23, 1 to 2 p.m., The Appold Planetarium
Cost: $14 members; $26 non-members

Telescopes help us understand our place in space and continue to expand our understanding of the Universe. Discover the history of the telescope and how they work. From small telescopes in backyards to the largest observatories in the world, they have changed our view of the sky and help us to explore the mysteries of the universe.

Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.

Henry County in the Great War: Loyalty Trials, German-Americans, and The League of American Patriots
Instructor: Michael McMaster
Thursday, June 30, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $14 members; $26 non-members

In 1918 an organization in Napoleon, Ohio, called The League of American Patriots of
Henry County was formed with the reported purpose of stamping out pro-German propaganda in the county. Despite their stated goal, the League of American Patriots, led by Napoleon’s Methodist and Presbyterian ministers, set its aim on the German Lutheran churches and especially their parochial schools. Several high profile Loyalty Trials were held by the League in Napoleon, Ohio. Nearly all of the targets of these loyalty trials were German Democrats running for office. In 1918 in Henry County, Ohio, like many other places in the United States at the time, petty religious, political, and personal grudges were exacerbated by the German spy hysteria that gripped America. Patriotism was used as a cloak to settle these scores.

Michael McMaster is Education Programs Coordinator at the Wood County Historical
Center & Museum and has published a book on this subject.

American Soldier Experience
Instructor: Travis Snyder
Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., July 5-26
Cost: $51 members; $63 non-members

This course will look at the experience of the American soldier through the four major conflicts of the 20th century. Connections will be made from one conflict to the next, as well as discovering the underlying themes of all four conflicts. This is not a study in strategy but a course that zooms in on the soldier in the trenches, in the desert, or in the jungle. American Soldiers: Ground Combat in the World Wars, Korea, and Vietnam by Peter Kindsvatter (required) will be available at the Lourdes bookstore.

Travis Snyder is a third year Master’s student who studies US Military History, with a focus on the psychological effects of combat. Travis has always had a profound interest in both the Civil
War and World War II (as do most modern military historians). Please know that Travis has an emotional support animal, a German Shepherd named Diesel, that he will be bringing to class with him.

21st Ohio Regiment and Its Role in the Civil War
Instructor: Travis Snyder
Tuesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., July 5-26
Cost: $51 members; $63 non-members

This four week course follows the 21st Ohio Regiment through the American Civil War, from beginning to end. It will look at this regiment’s role in many of the major battles of the Western
Theater. This course will have mild strategic overviews, but the purpose will be to really look at the combat reports of the 21st and for students to understand how the soldiers from Northwest Ohio participated in the war.

Exercising Your Memory
Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, July 13, 10 to 11:30 a.m.
Cost: $18 members; $30 non-members

We know that exercising our bodies is good for us, but how does one go about exercising their mind? Join us for a fun interactive brain workout! Built upon the foundation of how our memory works, this course will present various tips and techniques on enhancing your memory. Participants will also have the opportunity to take part in activities to help keep their brain in shape.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught at University of Toledo, BGSU, Monroe County Community College and Owens State
Community College. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. A participant in one of her “Thinking Outside the Box” courses had this to say: “The ‘memory’ [course] was very good– but this is ‘great!’”

Wire Bracelets
Instructor: Sr. Martha Herkness
Wednesdays, 1 to 3 p.m., July 13 and 20
Cost: $33 members; $45 non-members

Create your own silver plated bracelet! Making your own jewelry can be a lot of fun and this class will get you started. Everyone will make their own Byzantine weave bracelet from jump rings, complete with a magnetic closure. All materials will be supplied.

Sr. Martha Herkness has been a Sister of St. Francis for over 50 years and ministered in healthcare. She now enjoys making jewelry with various mediums, chain mail being her favorite.

Toledo Polonia: A History of Toledo’s Poles
Jacqueline Koralewski Konwinski
Thursday, July 14, 2 to 4 p.m.
Cost: $18 members; $30 non-members

Polish-Americans were Toledo’s major ethnic group during the early 20th Century. Discover their Polish origins, immigration routes, settlements and patterns of work and worship. Learn about the customs of Lagrinka and Kuhschwanz, sources of Polish pride and spirit. Traditional Polish desserts will be served.

Jacqueline Koralewski Konwinski, MA is an award-winning, retired Advanced Placement United States History and United States Government teacher. She is active in Toledo Polish Genealogical Society, Toledo Poznan Alliance and the future Polish Cultural Center.


Travel with Lifelong Learning
Mansfield Estates
Thursday, July 7

Tour the Kingwood Center Mansion and Gardens and Malabar Farm. Kingwood Center Mansion’s exemplary gardens are bursting with blossoms. The formal mansion is a legacy of Mr. Charles Kelley King who made his fortune at the Ohio Brass Company. Built in 1926, the house was designed by prominent Cleveland architect Clare Mack. The formal gardens include a daylily and iris collection, peony garden, cacti and succulent house, and rose garden. Today, the King home is used to house a horticultural library. Much of the main floor is on display in a manner similar to its original arrangement with many of Mr. King’s furnishing.

Malabar Home is best known as the home of Pulitzer Prize winning author Louis Bromfield, one of Mansfield’s most famous natives. Bromfield gained international recognition as an author, conservationist, pioneering farmer and friend to celebrities. He even hosted the wedding of Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in 1945. Tour the Big House with a naturalist to see where Mr. Bromfield’s famous books were written, where his family lived and where famous guests stayed. Explore the grounds of Malabar Farm with time to visit the gift shop.

Cost: $79 for members; $99 for nonmembers. Prices include all admissions and bus fare where applicable.
Bus departs from Lourdes University parking lot M at 7:30 a.m. returning by 6:30 p.m.
Lunch is included


Lifelong Learning is an exciting educational program at Lourdes University. Open to all interested men and women, the only requirement for participation is an interest in ongoing learning. Lifelong Learning participants enjoy classes on a wide variety of academic subjects, educational field trips and monthly lectures featuring guest speakers. All activities are open to both members and non-members. To RSVP or for more information about Lourdes University’s Lifelong Learning programming, visit

Rooted in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, organizational leadership, and theology. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium, the Center for Science Education & the Environment, and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211.

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