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Fall 2014 Classes

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Class Day/Time Location Price
Introduction to Islam Mondays, September 15 and 22, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. TBD $18/36
Let's play bridge, the game for a lifetime Tuesdays, September 16, 23 and 30; October 7, 14 and 21, 4 p.m.–5:30 p.m. LCH 167 $54/72
Memoir—My Story Tuesdays, September 16, 23 and 30; October 7, 14 and 21, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. SCH 224 $54/72
Thinking Outside the Box: Part 1 Wednesday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. TBD $25/43
Thinking Outside the Box: Part 2 Wednesday, October 22, 10 a.m.–noon LCH 167 $15/33
Becoming a Fully Alive Human Being Tuesday, September 30, 10 a.m.–11 a.m. TBD $10/28
Great Books: the Civically Engaged Reader Tuesdays, October 7–November 25, 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m. LCH Fireside Room $52/70
Travel Savvy Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30, 9 a.m.–10:30 a.m. TBD $38/56
Unlocking the Mysteries of Music Mondays, October 20 and 27; November 3, 10, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. SCH 224 $24/42
Philosophy is Phun Tuesdays, October 21 and 28; November 4 and 11, 3 p.m.–4:30 p.m. LCH 167 $36/54
Dream Analysis Mondays, October 27; November 3 and 10, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. LCH 167 $36/54
The Hollywood Musical Saturday, October 25, November 1 and 15, 1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m. MAH 210 $54/72
Medicare 101 Tuesday, November 18, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.


Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence Thursday, November 20, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Appold Planetarium $10/28
Exploring the Mandala Wednesday, September 10, 17 and 24, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. LCH 167 $36/54
Painting and Drawing Water and Sky Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25; October 2, 16 and 23, 11 a.m.–1:30 p.m. MAH 10 $110/128
Christianity in Art Wednesday, September 24, 10 a.m.–noon LCH 167 $15/33
Lessons from Raphael: Contour drawing Fridays, September 26 and October 3, 10 a.m.–noon; October 10, 10 a.m.–11 a.m. MAH 205 $47/65
Quintessential Quilling Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; November 6, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. TBD $32/50
Lessons from Georgia O'Keefe: Watercolor flowers Fridays, October 24 and 31, 10 a.m.–noon MAH 205 $44/62
Lessons from Picasso: Design Fridays, November 7 and 14, 10 a.m.–noon MAH 205 $44/62
Gifts of Glass Wednesday, November 5, 9 a.m.–noon TBD $35/53
iPhone Friday, September 12, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. REH 101 $18/36
iPad Overview Friday, September 26, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. REH 101 $18/36
iPad Applications Friday, October 3, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. REH 101 $18/36
Social Media Friday, October 24, 1 p.m.–4 p.m. CAH 2 $18/36
Computer Overview Saturdays, October 11, 18 and 25, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. MAH 120 $54/72
Modern Medical Technology Wednesday, November 12, 9:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m. Off Campus $20/38
Of Feasts, Festivals, and Faith Wednesdays, October 8 and 15, 2 p.m.–3:30 p.m. CAH 1 $25/43
Say cheese! Tuesdays, November 4&11, 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. Anderson's Market Café $28/46
Tasting and Talking about Wine Mondays, November 10, 17 and 24, 6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m. FC Board Room $60/78
History of Photography Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30; October 7 and 14, 3 p.m.–5 p.m. TBD $72/90
WWII: the Asian Theater Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25; October 2, 9 and 16, 2 p.m.–4 p.m. CAH 2 $72/90
The Gilded Age: a Tale of Today? Saturdays, October 11, 18 and 25, 1 p.m.–3 p.m. TBD $36/54


Introduction to Islam
Instructor: Meena Khan
Mondays, September 15 and 22
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.

An estimated 7 million Muslims now live in North America, roughly 2% of the total population. Islam is the third largest faith and Muslims are one of the most racially and ethnically diverse religious groups. Though most Americans support religious freedom and tolerance, many are unclear or uncomfortable with Islam. The purpose of this class is to acquaint non-Muslims with the fundamentals of Islam and to clarify some commonly misunderstood concepts of the faith.

Let's play bridge, the game for a lifetime.
Instructor: Ben Beazley
Tuesdays, September 16, 23 and 30; October 7, 14 and 21
4 p.m.–5:30 p.m.
LCH 167

The focus of the course will be on bridge as a partnership game. In the sessions, we will play pre-dealt hands and follow up by discussing the bidding and play. The course will cover bidding, play of the hand, and defensive signaling strategies. Popular bidding conventions will be introduced and reviewed. This course will improve your understanding and enjoyment of a great game. This course is ideal for those people who are already playing some bridge and would like to improve or for those who have played in the past and would like to get back in the game.

Memoir – My Story
Instructor: Judith Speizer Crandell
Tuesdays, September 16, 23 and 30; October 7, 14 and 21
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
SCH 224

Is there something calling out for you to remember and write it down – whether it's a particular time, event or relationship in your life? Here's a chance to begin in a supportive class, including individual attention, critiquing and suggestions for editing and possible markets. Memoir writing is a vibrant way 0to document the dance of our lives. Together we can transform everything from our daily encounters to our memories and dreams. Through various prompts, assignments, readings and critiquing exercises, you can pursue what has become one of the hottest literary genres in America (and beyond)—the memoir.

Thinking Outside the Box: Part 1
Instructor: Barbara Mauter
Wednesday, September 17
10:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
lunch included

This class will involve interactive activities to stimulate your thinking! We will explore different ways of looking at some common objects and work on solving some puzzles. The "tests" we take will all be entertaining! A fun way to keep yourself mentally active by exercising your brain!

The class will meet for one hour, then eat lunch together in the Lourdes Café for "food related thinking" and continued discussion, then meet for an additional hour in the classroom.

Thinking Outside the Box: Part 2
Instructor: Barbara Maute0r
Wednesday, October 22
10 a.m.–noon
LCH 167
Note: Attendance at Part 1 is not a prerequisite for this class.

This workshop is, in a way, a continuation of the first "Thinking Outside the Box" class. Designed, in part, at the request of previous participants! Part 2 builds and expands upon several topics presented in the first Thinking Outside the Box class. This workshop will offer more challenging and thought provoking puzzles and activities. A continuation of exercising your brain! Put on your thinking cap! Please bring standard size paper, scissors and a ruler.

Becoming a Fully Alive Human Being
Instructor: Fr. Dan Zak
Tuesday, September 30
10 a.m.–11 a.m.

St. Irenaeus, Bishop and Martyr once wrote "The glory of God is the human person fully alive." What Irenaeus meant was that the more we use of our potential as human beings in the physical, emotional, intellectual, and spiritual dimensions of ourselves the more glory and honor and praise we give to God. So this presentation will take a look at each of these dimensions of the human person and show how we need to be converted and grow in a holistic way by making conscious intentions, and allowing ourselves to be encouraged and held accountable. We will develop a personal growth plan, which will keep us from stagnating and to realize in a practical way what Jesus meant when he said: "I came that you might have life and have it more abundantly."

Great Books: the Civically Engaged Reader
Instructor: Pat Bercher
Tuesdays, October 7–Novovember 25
1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.
Fireside Room of Learning Center Hall

The class will continue with the book used in the Spring… we all loved the selections of essays, poetry, and stories. New authors include Martin Luther King, Jr., Walt Whitman, Maya Angelou, and Graham Greene, plus two books of the Bible. We'll interpret and discuss for wisdom and enjoyment. Civic themes are "Giving" and "Leading". The required book is available for $25 payable to the instructor.

Travel Savvy
Instructor: Judy Pfaffenberger
Thursdays, October 9, 16, 23 and 30
9 a.m.–10:30 a.m.

Travel smart, regardless of how you travel. Starting with the basics such as passports, visas, money, credit cards, insurance, and packing, we will cover group travel, independent travel, and river cruising. Each class will begin with a travelogue, including "Spectacular Southwest Adventure", "Vibrant Vietnam", "Ciao Italy", and "European Holiday River Cruising"—Christmas stolen and gluewein included! This class will answer your questions on how to choose the right tour or cruise, and more!

Unlocking the Mysteries of Music
Instructor: Ken Hummer
Mondays, October 20 and 27; November 3, 10
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
SCH 224

Journey into the world of music appreciation! Knowing how to listen and what to listen for can make all the difference between understanding and outright confusion. We will explore the basics of music, such as melody and rhythm, and how they have changed over the centuries. This is a great class for those who have always wanted to become a more informed listener of music!

Philosophy is Phun
Instructor: Mark Christensen
Tuesdays, October 21 and 28; November 4 and 11
3 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
LCH 167

Ethics, knowledge, logic, we have it all! In the first class we will be introduced to some of the greatest thinkers in history (and learn a few strange facts about their personal lives). The content of the remaining three class periods will be chosen from a list of options presented at the first meeting. Just's Philosophy!

Dream Analysis
Instructor: Terry Keller
Mondays, October 27; November 3 and 10
9 a.m.–11 a.m.
LCH 167

The first step in understanding dreams, is establishing the meaning behind the symbols within. This course aims to introduce the absolute beginner to dream analysis and interpretation. Dreams are a symbolic expression of our unconscious minds, feelings and thoughts. This course explores the insight that may be gained through self-analysis and keeping a dream journal.

The Hollywood Musical
Instructor: Dr. Melinda Lewis
Saturday, October 25, November 1 and 15
1:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.
MAH 210

The musical is a genre that has special place in Hollywood history. It is known as a genre full of spectacle: lavish costumes, stunning choreography, and catchy musical numbers. During its golden age, the musical defined Hollywood glamour and provided countless hours and energies to keep audiences wowed and interested in films. By watching pre-code favorite Gold Diggers of 1933 (LeRoy 1933), Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire's Swing Time (Stevens 1936), and Gene Kelly's An American in Paris (Minnelli 1951), we will discuss the films' cultural and historical significance.

Instructor: David Painter
Tuesday, November 18
10 a.m.–11 a.m.

Help yourself or those you love by taking the time to understand Medicare. This program will explore the different parts of Medicare, including Medicare Parts A, B, C, D, as well as Medicare Supplemental insurance and government subsidy programs for people with Medicare Part D and B. It will explain what Medicare pays for, how to get coverage and where to get assistance.

Are we alone in the Universe? Will we make contact in our lifetime? SETI – the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence – explores all sides of these questions, including the feasibility of traveling to the stars and the thousands of planets we are finding around other stars. Afterwards, continue the conversation in the Lourdes Café over lunch (price not included). Laura Megeath is the Coordinator of Lifelong Learning and the Appold Planetarium.


Exploring the Mandala
Instructor: Sr. Sharon Havelak O.S.F.
Wednesday, September 10, 17 and 24
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
LCH 167

Discover an ancient art form that offers a wealth of benefits. Working with mandalas offers an experience of entering into wholeness and healing, a technique for opening up oneself to creativity, and a means of entering into a state of contemplation and peace. We will use colored pencils and/or markers to create a personal mandala. No previous drawing experience necessary.

Painting and Drawing Water and Sky
Instructor: Anjelika Manakhimova
Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25; October 2, 16 and 23
11 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
MAH 10

Learn to paint and draw different aspects of water and sky using chalk pastel, watercolor and acrylic paints. We will focus on how to create an interesting atmosphere depicting the sky and a creek, river, pond, lake, ocean or waterfall. The aim of this class is an in-depth look at mood, color, tone and composition. The students will discover limitless ways and techniques of depicting water and sky. All materials and supplies will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring their own photographs and brushes.

Christianity in Art
Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Wednesday, September 24
10 a.m.–noon
LCH 167

From ancient catacombs to modern art, Christian symbols evolved over thousands of years. This class will explore the origins and symbolism of the Cross, changes in the depiction of Jesus Christ, and the development of symbols to illustrate the liturgical year.

Lessons from Raphael: Contour drawing
Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, September 26 and October 3, 10 a.m.–noon;
October 10, 10 a.m.–11 a.m.
MAH 205
Register by September 15

Raphael is considered a great master of the Renaissance who demonstrated a creative use of contour and cross contour lines in his drawings. Learn the process of contour drawing, and experiment with a variety of approaches to drawing. Your observational skills will improve, along with an understanding of line, value, perspective, and proportion.

Quintessential Quilling
Instructor: Brenda Milton
Thursdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; November 6
1 p.m.–3 p.m.

Discover the history and develop a love of quilling, the art of creating designs and filigree with coiled and shaped strips of paper. Watch how paper comes alive by learning basic quilling shapes and experiment with arranging these shapes to create a beautiful design or flower arrangement. Each week we will build on these basics and introduce new quilling techniques, transforming you from a beginner to an intermediate quiller. These techniques include fringing, folded roses, sculptured flowers and leaves, and more. By the course end, your own masterpiece will be complete and worthy of framing!

Lessons from Georgia O'Keefe: Watercolor flowers
Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, October 24 and 31
10 a.m.–noon
MAH 205
Register by October 13

Explore the endless beauty of flowers and discover a new world of compositions! We will examine and discuss the work of Georgia O'Keefe, particularly design and color simplification. Experiment with close focus floral design: find an interesting detail to enlarge, looking for character, not perfection. Mixed water media will be used.

Lessons from Picasso: Design
Instructor: Svetlana Ottney
Fridays, November 7 and 14
10 a.m.–noon
MAH 205
Register by October 27

Pablo Picasso was a Spanish painter, draftsman, and sculptor and co-founder of the Cubist movement. His revolutionary artistic accomplishments made him one of the best- known artists of the 20th century. Learn some of his techniques for transforming a realistic still life into a two dimensional abstraction through geometric simplification of form and design.

Gifts of Glass
Instructor: Amanda Rabara
Wednesday, November 5
9 a.m.–noon
Additional projects may be made for a fee payable to the instructor.

Create your own distinctive gifts of fused glass! Select your project, then let the art and fun begin! Choose from a wine bottle stopper (bottom of stainless steel), nightlight, or 3 pendants or magnets. Give them away as special holiday presents, or give the gift to yourself!


Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, September 12
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
REH 101

If you are new to your new iPhone you probably have lots of questions about the setup, preferences, storage and usage. Exactly how much can this smart phone do? Join us and bring your questions! We will be going over all aspects of the iPhone 4 and 5 with operating systems 6 or 7. If you're not sure what you have, we can help you there too!

iPad Overview
Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, September 26
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
REH 101

We will be going over the general settings, aspects and capabilities of your iPad. Regardless of which version you have, you will understand how it functions before we are done. Bring your iPad to class, no experience necessary.

iPad Applications
Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, October 3
1 p.m.–4 p.m.
REH 101

With over one millions apps for the iPad, it is sometimes difficult to know which are the most useful, fun, or safe. We will review many popular apps. We can delete them as well! Come join us for an enlightening session shared among friends.

Social Media
Instructor: Janis Weber
Friday, October 24
1 p.m.–4 p.m.

Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn... How should you protect yourself while staying connected with friends and family? What are the pros and cons of each? We can start your new account or work with one you already have.

Computer Overview
Instructor: Janis Weber
Saturdays, October 11, 18 and 25
9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
MAH 120

No matter whether you consider yourself a beginner or experienced, there are always things about your PC you don't understand. Bring your questions and we will go over the workings of your computer including all the software you may want to discover. No experience required. We use Windows 7.

Modern Medical Technology
Instructor: Sue Stoner
Wednesday, November 12
9:15 a.m.–12:45 p.m.
Off campus
Depart at 9:15 a.m. from Lourdes parking lot M

Flight simulators are standard equipment for training airplane pilots. Training medical personnel now includes flying through the human body at the University of Toledo's Interprofessional Immersive Simulation Center (UT-IISC). This immersive virtual reality center can project 3D images of skeletons and arteries, and can travel through a heart or through a single cell. Students also receive hands-on, interactive practice on human patient simulators.

Transportation will be provided from Lourdes parking lot M, departing at 9:15 am. Participants will receive a private tour of the UT-IISC from 10-11 am, then return to Lourdes for a presentation at 11:45 by Sue Stoner of Lourdes nursing department on the various types of simulation used in nursing today. See the actual patient simulators used to train future nurses in the Lourdes University nursing lab.

Food & Wine

Of Feasts, Festivals, and Faith
Instructor: Mary Bilyeu
Wednesdays, October 8 and 15
2 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

We all know that the holidays are coming ...but which holidays? Sure, Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here sooner than you think. But what about Bodhi Day, Sukkot, and Diwali? Come learn about fall holidays celebrated by a variety of faiths (Buddhist, Jewish, Hindu, Pagan, and more) and sample some of the traditional foods served for these special occasions. Why do Jews dip apples into honey at Rosh Hashanah? Why is a fruit bread important on Hallowe'en? Inquiring—and hungry—minds want to know!

Say cheese!
Instructor: Paula Larsen
Tuesdays, November 4&11
10 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
Anderson's Market Café
7638 W. Sylvania Ave.

Have you ever wondered what makes varieties of cheeses so different? Why do some smell delicate, others sharp, even stinky? What exactly is American cheese? Explore the flavors and gain a new appreciation for the many faces of cheese. We will taste, learn and discuss two groupings of cheese: washed rind and aged. Note: this class will be held in the Café at the Anderson's Market, 7638 W. Sylvania Ave. in Sylvania.

Tasting and Talking about Wine
Instructor: Jim Krusinski
Mondays, November 10, 17 and 24
6:30 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Franciscan Center Board Room

Who should attend: anyone interested in broadening their knowledge and educating their palates. This course is open to novice wine drinkers as well as those having some experience.

What it's about: over the span of three consecutive weeks, we will taste six wines per week. Our goal is to get you more comfortable tasting and describing your wine drinking experience. We will taste like wines from different countries, we'll learn how to vocalize what we smell and taste in wines, and we will answer all of your questions concerning wine in general plus much more.

History of Photography
Instructor: Kristin Baldeschwiler, B.A.
Tuesdays, September 9, 16, 23 and 30; October 7 and 14
3 p.m.–5 p.m.

This course surveys the history of photography from its origins in the early 19th century to the present day. We will examine the use of photography for aesthetic, documentary, and "scientific" purposes, stylistic shifts in photography, and interpretations of subject matter based on social and cultural concerns at specific moments in history. We will also discuss the relationship between photography and the visual arts, which culminates with the dominance of photography as a medium by the late 20th century and, of course, the advent of the digital camera.

WWII: the Asian Theater
Instructor: Dwyane Beggs
Thursdays, September 11, 18 and 25; October 2, 9 and 16
2 p.m.–4 p.m.

On December 7th, 1941 the United States was attacked by the Japanese Navy and subsequently declared War on Japan. The attack on Pearl Harbor and America's declaration of war would lead to several years of intense fighting between the American and Japanese military. In this class we will discuss why the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor, examine Japanese actions in the Pacific, recount the American Island Hoping Campaign- the American strategy used to defeat the Japanese. We will also talk about the dropping of the atomic bombs on Japan and give consideration to the end of W.W.II in the Pacific and its impact on the Cold War.

The Gilded Age: a Tale of Today?
Instructor: Loryn Clauson
Saturdays, October 11, 18 and 25
1 p.m.–3 p.m.
​REH 201

By the latter half of the nineteenth century Americans had established themselves as an independent nation, formed a new government and fought a Civil War to preserve both. After the Civil War ended the United States entered into the Gilded Age. The Gilded Age was corrupt with politicians and political machines, labor movements that resulted in violence throughout the country, social reform movements led by women, and newspapers with yellow journalism. Large scale immigration resulted in violence throughout the country and specifically New York. The period was filled with conflict and political turmoil. In this course you will learn why Tammany Hall was so hated and why Hull House was so beloved. Why was Upton Sinclair's The Jungle so important? And why Andrew Carnegie, John Rockefeller and J.P. Morgan are all household names today. Find out why Mark Twain named his first novel, a satire on greed, The Gilded Age: A Tale of Today.

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