Lifelong Learning announces Summer classes

Posted May 29th, 2018 by Helene Sheets  Category: Education, Events


The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program is pleased to offer the following classes that are offered this summer. Unless otherwise stated, the classes are held at various Lourdes University classroom locations, 6832 Convent Blvd., in Sylvania.

To review the entire list of Lifelong Learning Summer 2018 classes, visit or email To register, please call 419-824-3707.

Registration may be made by credit card or check. Checks should be made payable to Lourdes University and mailed to: Lourdes University Lifelong Learning, 6832 Convent Blvd., Sylvania OH 43560.

The Mafia in Vegas
Instructor: John Scott

Mondays, June 4, 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 members; $34 non-members

The American mafia is behind the modern Las Vegas gaming establishment. The casinos of Las Vegas went from Western themed gambling houses to modern glitzy glamorous casinos, all because of the American mafia. This class discusses the foundation of modern day Las Vegas, and the rise and fall of the Vegas mafia.

John Scott is a Lourdes University history student who recent taught a Lifelong Learning class on the Kennedys.

Technology and Deception
Instructor: Dr. Susan Shelangoskie

Tuesday, June 5 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $17 members; $27 non-members

Technology is in the news and the news is not good: people worry that public perception can be altered by misinformation spread through social media, and even the U.S. Congress is considering regulating technology to make it safer. But this problem, and even this legislative response, is not new. In this talk, Dr. Shelangoskie looks back at the history of deception with proto-digital technologies like the telegraph and photography. Since the earliest days of these media, there has been a cycle of creative crimes and responsive regulations, resulting in entertaining stories! After reviewing examples, the class will discuss solutions of the past and apply what has been learned to today’s issues.

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie is a Professor of English at Lourdes University. She teaches courses in British and world literature, and specializes in Victorian literature, technology, and culture. Her scholarly work has appeared in journals such as the Journal of Victorian Culture and Nineteenth-Century Contexts.

Introduction to Beading
Instructor: Anita Tristan

Tuesday, June 12 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost: $32 members; $44 non-members

Come learn the fundamentals of basic beading! In this class, you work with summer charms and colorful Czech glass beads to create your own unique bracelet and matching earrings. All materials are provided – just bring your creativity! Visit the Lifelong Learning website ( for an example of the earrings and bracelet.

After several years of working under consignment at the Toledo Museum of Art, Anita Tristan and her twin sister founded Bonita Bead Boutique. They sell custom-made jewelry as well as share their love of beading with others through teaching.

Abraham Lincoln: Wartime President
Instructor: Dr. Dwayne Beggs

Tuesdays, June 12, 19, 26, July 10, from 1 to 2 p.m.

Cost: $30 members; $42 non-members

After the election of Abraham Lincoln, seven states seceded from the Union. The central issue, according to the states who pulled out of the Union was “slavery” (and concern that President Lincoln would bring “slavery” to an end.) Once in office, President Lincoln would take action that led to the secession of four additional states (the call for volunteers after Ft. Sumter was fired on). One of the central tasks for President Lincoln after taking office was to bring the Union back together which would be accomplished through a bloody Civil War.

Please join us as we examine “Abraham Lincoln the Wartime President.” During the class, the following topics will be discussed: Abraham Lincoln and Secession, Abraham Lincoln as Commander and Chief During War, Abraham Lincoln and the Emancipation Proclamation, and Abraham Lincoln and Reconstruction.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs is a professor of history at Lourdes University and has taught several popular classes on many military conflicts for Lifelong Learning. Dr. Beggs earned a M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Policy History from Bowling Green State University. He also holds a M.Div. and served as a Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor for 22 years.

Instructor: Dr. Laura Megeath

Thursday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $17 members; $27 non-members

Travel back in time to visit massive volcanic eruptions that have marshaled the energy that lurks, like a sleeping dragon, beneath the surface of planet Earth. Ancient eruptions have triggered drastic geographic changes as well as mass extinctions. Beyond Earth, explore the impact of giant volcanic eruptions around our solar system. Fly down to Neptune’s frigid moon Triton, and onto the ultimate volcanic world: Jupiter’s moon Io. On a visit to a legendary North American hot spot – Yellowstone National Park – seek clues to the inevitable question: can a supervolcano erupt in our time? After the show in the Appold Planetarium, continue the conversation over lunch at the Lourdes Café (cost for lunch not included).

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

Dishing About Cooking Shows
Instructor: Mary Bilyeu

Thursday, June 21 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $17 members; $27 non-members

Cooking shows used to teach us kitchen techniques, as they did when Julia Child prepared omelets and Duck á l’Orange on The French Chef. Now, these episodes can be anything from instructional opportunities to frenzied games, fascinating travelogues or pure escapist entertainment. The shows can be fun, frustrating and even food for thought.

Join Mary Bilyeu, The Blade’s Food Editor for a discussion of her favorite fare: PBS’ The Great British Baking Show, the Food Network’s Chopped, Netflix’s Ugly Delicious, and BuzzFeed’s Worth It. Watch clips and then chat about what we like, what we don’t like, and how hungry we’re getting as we assess the shows. (There’s a reason this class was scheduled before lunch.)

Don’t delay: Register now, or else you’ll be chopped!

Mary Bilyeu, who is completely obsessed with scrummy bakes (and avoiding soggy bottoms!), has been Food Editor at The Blade since 2014. She writes recipe features, columns, and updates about food news; showcases frugal finds in Cheap Eats videos; and introduces some of the Toledo area’s most interesting food professionals – from chefs and bakers to farmers and kombucha brewers – in The Full Course interview episodes.

Take a Closer Look: Soulsnorkeling Contemplative Photography
Instructor: Sheila Otto

Fridays, June 22, 29 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $36 members; $48 non-members

The Lourdes campus is the perfect setting in which to learn how to make, instead of just take, photos. Natural beauty, extraordinary architecture and an atmosphere of reverence combine to maximize the contemplative approach.

“Soulsnorkeling” is about looking more deeply into your experience. This class focuses on learning to see more mindfully. This class combines classroom introduction to the concept and practice with time to view and discuss the photos made.

This is not a high tech class about using your camera. This is one way to approach seeing differently. You can use the most complex SLR or the simplest of phone cameras. The class takes place rain or shine because there is much to photograph inside as well as outside. The class begins June 22 with a week to practice the contemplative approach and concludes on June 29.

Sheila Otto knows the campus well from having spent 10 years as the university’s first public relations director. She is a spiritual director and storyteller and the author of a book of stories – All Stories Are True … Some Actually Happened, Soulsnorkeling: Stories and Art for Looking Below The Surface.

Rx for Laughter
Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Wednesday, June 27 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! Evidence shows that laughter establishes – or restores – a positive emotional climate and a sense of connection between people. Some researchers believe the major function of laughter is to bring people together. Join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? We will take both a cachinnatory (laughing loudly) and a serious look at this prescription for health.

Barbara Mauter is an adjunct instructor with over 20 years college experience. She has taught and presented various workshops for The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College, and Owens State Community College. She is also a Master Online Instructor. Ms. Mauter has recently completed ALC (Active Learning Classroom) Training and is looking forward to incorporating new ideas into her workshops. Her interests center around thinking, reading and how our minds work. She is known for her critical thinking class activities. 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!’”

How Healthy is Your Family Tree
Instructor: Kathryn R. Lee

Thursday, June 28 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

Some diseases and disorders really do “run in families.” Using family stories, letters, medical records, obituaries and death certificates, we can locate the ailments in our family history. It’s not only fun and interesting, but this information can let us take full advantage of the many resources now available. DNA analysis and genetic counseling are enhanced by family history information. Let’s be better prepared for healthier lives for ourselves and our families.

Kathryn R. Lee, RN BSN Nurse Educator, has worked as a registered nurse for over 50 years in a variety of clinical and educational settings. She has been a family history researcher for three decades.

Effects of Vatican II on the Catholic Church
Instructor: Paul Mueller

Tuesdays, July 10, 17, 24 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Cost: $43 members; $55 non-members

The Second Vatican Council (1962-1965) changed the Catholic Church deeply in many ways. Examine the council and the changes it brought about which are still felt today. For example, the council decided that Catholic Mass no longer needed to be exclusively in Latin and that lay people could be more involved in the operations of the Church. Look at several of the documents decreed by the Council Fathers and consider how they have been put into action. These changes continue to confuse some and confound others. Discussion is encouraged as we examine how Catholics today continue to feel the impact of Vatican II.

Paul Mueller is an adjunct instructor of theology at Lourdes University. He received his Master of Arts degree in theology at Lourdes in 2011 and he is continuing his studies in pursuit of his doctorate in theology at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Mr. Mueller is an active member of St. Joseph Parish in Sylvania, Ohio.

Listening to the Movies, the sequel
Instructor: Dr. Christopher Williams

Thursdays, July 12, 19 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

Cost: $22 members; $34 non-members

Musicologist Christopher Williams presents an in-depth exploration of four movies, each of which involves a different approach to the use of music in film. Learn how movie music connects the drama to our emotions in these archetypes: Rebecca (1940; Alfred Hitchcock, director; Franz Waxman, music); Les Parapluies de Cherbourg – The Umbrellas of Cherbourg (1964; Jacques Demy, director; Michael Legrand, music); The Graduate (1967; Mike Nichols, director; Paul Simon and Dave Grusin, music); and The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014; Wes Anderson, director; Alexandre Desplat, music).

Students are encouraged but not required to seek out and watch these films before the course begins. This class is a sequel to the popular class on film music offered last summer, but please join us even if you did not take the previous class.

Dr. Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History and Literature from the University of California at Berkeley, and has taught at The University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the Universität Salzburg, and in the joint program of the Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University. He is considered an expert on the music of Fin de siècle Vienna.

Thinking Outside the Box: #10 [x-rated!?]
Instructor: Barbara Mauter

Wednesday, July 18 from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $29 non-members

The “Thinking Outside the Box” challenge continues with our tenth class! The Roman numeral for 10 is “X;” hence, an “X-rated” workshop? No, not so! Think again! An “X” may represent a kiss, or the name of a person that is not known. Join the TOB fun! This course presents more metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). You will be challenged to explore lateral thinking, and take part in interactive “thinking” activities. This workshop includes a Top 10 of 10 plus, challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your thinking.

Note: Attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” workshops is not required.

History of Hungarians in Toledo
Instructor: Peter Ujvagi

Wednesdays, July 18, 25 from 3 to 4 p.m.

Cost: $20 members; $32 non-members

Hungarian immigrants, like many others, came to America thinking the roads were paved with gold. They found out the roads were not paved with gold – actually the roads weren’t paved at all, and THEY would have to pave them! Since the first Hungarians arrived in Toledo in 1892, they created the Birmingham Ethnic Neighborhood and preserved their heritage through the architecture of their homes and churches, and the celebration of festivals and unique foods. Come learn about the colorful history, culture and language of the Magyars.

Peter Ujvagi was born in Budapest, Hungary and immigrated to Toledo when he was seven. He has maintained strong ties with the Hungarian community through work with the Hungarian-American Coalition, the Hungarian Club of Greater Toledo, and the Birmingham Cultural Center. Mr. Ujvagi served as a Representative in the Ohio State House (2003-2010) and is currently a member of the Toledo City Council.

Eleanor Roosevelt
Instructor: Gail Conrad

Thursday, July 19 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Cost: $17 members; $27 non-members

“A woman is like a tea bag – you can’t tell how strong she is until you put her in hot water.” Eleanor Roosevelt was a very strong woman indeed, as well as a political figure, diplomat and activist. Come hear a first-person account of the First Lady who regularly made public appearances on behalf of her husband but also created a public life of her own. Though Eleanor’s outspokenness was controversial at the time, she held regular press conferences, wrote a daily newspaper column, and hosted a weekly radio show. Even after Franklin’s death, Eleanor continued her work. She was among the first U.S. delegates to the United Nations and oversaw the drafting of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Gail Conrad portrays Eleanor Roosevelt as part of the National Women’s History Project and is a member of the Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women.

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