You may register for the following activities, classes, and events by contacting 419-824-3707 or email

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

Lifelong Learning Spring Registration Form


Memory Exercises

Barbara Mauter

Jan. 25 (meets once)
Wed., 10-11:30 am
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 167/Learning Center Hall 167

We all 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! No weights or bands required. Based on the principles 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 and presented various workshops for the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, Monroe County Community College and Owens State Community College. She recently attended a CDI (Course Design Institute) and has been sharing her new knowledge. 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”!”


Great Decisions – 2017

Norm Thal

Feb. 2, 9, 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 30 (8 weeks)
Thursdays, 1-2:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Dig deeper into the hottest topics in foreign affairs! The most significant issues of our time are explored by the Foreign Policy Association in a Briefing Book and television series. The result is Great Decisions – 2017, in which eight subjects are covered, ranging from the prospects for Afghanistan and Pakistan, to nuclear security, to U.S. Foreign Policy and petroleum, to trade and politics.

Each Lifelong Learning session begins with the appropriate television segment, and is followed by a spirited and wide-ranging discussion among the group. Veteran facilitator Norm Thal returns to add his experiences from around the world, and keep the arguments lively and on track. The textbook required for this class, “Great Decisions,” is available at the Lourdes bookstore for about $25. For a unique exploration of the world around us, join Great Decisions – 2017!


Procrastination: A Hardening of the Oughteries

Barbara Mauter

Feb. 8 (meets once)
Wed., 10-11:30 am
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 168/Learning Center Hall 168

How many times did you promise to yourself that you would STOP procrastinating? Don’t delay! Sign up for this insightful and informative workshop that will explore the reasons why we often procrastinate. Begin to understand what you “ought” to do. Techniques to avoid or conquer procrastination will be covered. Based on over 10 years of reading, research and presentations on procrastination.


Whistler’s Entourage

Chris Rilling

February 28 (meets once)
Tues., 1-3 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

The famous portrait painter’s life included some of the most famous people of the nineteenth century: Czar Nicholas I, Daniel Webster, Jefferson Davis, Robert E. Lee, Oscar Wilde, Mark Twain, President Millard Fillmore. His grandfather fought for the British in the Revolutionary War then for the Americans in the War of 1812. Was his brother really a Confederate spy? Whistler’s real life is way more interesting than the story of just one painting!

Chris Rilling is both an educator and artist. After receiving a Masters in Art Education from University of Toledo, Chris taught art and art history at Owens Community College and Northview High School.


Holistic Health Approach 50 & Over

Kym Cragel

March 1-April 5 (6 weeks)
Wed., 1:30-3:00 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 148

Approach the next 50 years of your life with the knowledge, tools and resources that will help you manage your wellness. Learn about nutrition, exercise and sharpen your mental skills to gain an edge on aging. Flex your mental muscles each week as we develop achievable goals, overcome challenges and develop skills to navigate obstacles and mental roadblocks. In this class you will learn to master positive self-talk, diminish negative habits, use visualization and relaxation breathing and maintain motivation and focus. This class will help you to merge mind, body and spirit so that you can maintain your full potential as you age gracefully and beautifully.

Kym Cragel has a Master’s degree in sport and exercise psychology and over 30 years as a personal trainer and nutrition specialist. She has worked with athletes and individuals of all ages and abilities. Kym has taught high school English, coached track, volleyball and soccer and logged over 500 hours teaching swim lessons.

Native American Culture

Jamie Oxendine

March 2–April 6 (6 weeks)
Thurs., 10-11:30 am
Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Many things we take for granted today originated from Native American discoveries, inventions, and traditions. From place names to the food on our table, discover the stories and backgrounds of the First People of North America. From traditional to contemporary, this class will cover all facets of Native American culture.

Of Lumbee/Creek ancestry, Jamie Oxendine is a member of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina. He is a professional educator, musician, writer, storyteller and civil rights activist. Jamie is also director of the Black Swamp InterTribal Foundation.


The Daniel Plan

Kym Cragel

March 2 – April 27 (8 weeks; no class 4/13)
Thursdays, 3 – 4:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 151

The Daniel Plan is a comprehensive system for achieving optimum health through the merging of food, fitness, friends, focus and faith. The Daniel Plan identifies lifelong habits that can lead to illness, chronic inflammation and shortened lives. This is not just a diet plan, but a holistic approach to healing and gaining control over your wellness. The key to long-lasting success is to develop new positive habits that replace old self-defeating ones. This class will guide you to making wiser choices in the grocery store, eliminating processed foods, understanding food labels, cooking techniques and much more! Don’t let your habits control your life to the point of feeling awful. Join this class and together we will break the chains of unhealthy habits and begin living to our full potential.


Five Warlords

Bud Fisher

March 3 (meets once)
Friday, 9 – 11am
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

There have been great military leaders, or warlords, throughout the ages such as those of the first and second triumvirate in Rome, the leaders of the seventh coalition who defeated Napoleon at Waterloo, and the crafty Otto Von Bismarck who defeated Napoleon III in the Franco-Prussian War. But the world had never seen the likes of the five warlords who entered the world stage during the early years of the 20th century. There was Benito Mussolini, Adolf Hitler, Josef Stalin, Winston Churchill and Franklin Roosevelt. There might have been a sixth, but Francisco Franco of Spain wisely abstained. Honorable mention should go to Harry Truman, who came late to the fray. What a group it was! One was a teacher turned revolutionary, one was a street person who had lived in homeless shelters, another was a bank robber, extortionist and mass murderer, and two were patricians, to the manor born. This class will discuss how these five warlords came to power, how they ruled their nations, how they interacted and how they conducted World War II.

Andrew “Bud” Fisher served in the US Army during the Korean War and has compiled two books of interviews from his years as a volunteer with the University of Toledo/Library of Congress Veterans History Project.


How to Listen to Music

Dr. Christopher Williams

March 6-April 10 (6 weeks)
Mon., 10-11:30 am
Room Location: Canticle Center 148

This course is designed to teach students how to understand music through close and attentive listening. Emphasis will be on how music uses sound to organize time, through form, texture, and instrumentation, and on some of the most famous styles and masterworks in the history of music. The goal will be to give students tools for understanding and appreciating any music they encounter and to give them a vocabulary for framing their subjective reactions. Although examples will be taken mostly from classical music and jazz, other popular music styles will be discussed, as well as the rudiments of music notation.

Christopher Williams holds a Ph.D. in Music History from the University of California at Berkeley. He has taught at the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, and the Cleveland Institute of Music, and is considered a leading expert on music in turn-of-the-century Vienna.

Using your iPad / iPhone Effectively

Mike Murray

March 6, 8, 10 (meets 3 times in one week)
Mon., Wed., Fri.,1:30 – 3:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 150

This class is intended for new users of either iPhones or iPads as well as experienced users who may want some additional tips and “tricks”. Topics will include familiarization with device controls, how to use various touch gestures, how to check/change device settings and Wi-Fi connectivity, how to find and download apps from Apple’s Apps Store, and familiarization with some of the built in apps such as Email, Photos, Safari, Messaging, Contacts and FaceTime. Students should bring their devices to class. Students will need to know their Apple Store ID and Apple Store password. Please note that this class will cover only Apple devices, not Android Smartphones / tablets.

Mike Murray worked for over 25 years in Information Technology at DeVilbiss and Dana in Toledo as well as several other companies. He is currently the moderator for the Computer Club at the Sylvania Senior Center.


Crocheting: Starting Stitches

Mary Jo Blohm

March 7-28 (4 weeks)
Tuesdays, 10-noon
Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Learn to crochet! One stitch at a time, this course will cover the basic fundamentals of crocheting. Class size is limited to allow for individual attention. Basic materials will be supplied to get you started!

Mary Jo Blohm recently retired and is looking forward to traveling, reading and crafting. She was introduced to crocheting at an early age and has taught herself to follow various patterns and create individualized projects. Some of her crocheted items are sold at All Good Things


Crocheting Creations

Mary Jo Blohm

April 4 – May 2 (no class April 18; 4 weeks)
Tuesdays, 10 – noon
Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Do you have a crochet project that needs expert help, or just help getting started? This class will help you with your unique creation. Bring your project, yarn, and H crochet hook to the first class. An introductory crochet class is a prerequisite.


Adding to Your Bridge Game

Ben Beazley

March 11-April 8 (5 weeks)
Sat., 10-noon
Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Develop your bridge-playing skills in this fun and informative class. The class will feature basic bidding techniques and introduce the use of the most popular bidding conventions.  Students will play hands as both declarer and defender.  Each class will include pre-dealt hands, which will be bid, played, and reviewed.  A textbook is included in the price of the class.

Ben Beazley has been a Bridge Life Master for many years and enjoys playing regularly in local duplicate games. He has extensive experience as a bridge instructor; he has tutored students individually and taught UT faculty groups as well as courses at Belmont Country Club and the Ottawa Hills Village Life Program.

Charlie Chaplin: Art, Comedy and Politics

Zach Sands

March 11-25 (3 weeks)
Sat., 1-4 pm
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210

In the 1930s, Charlie Chaplin was one of the wealthiest and most famous movie stars in the entire world, which gave him the autonomy and the clout to make the movies that he wanted to make. Capitalizing upon this freedom, Chaplin was one of the only filmmakers of the silent era who continued to produce silent movies even after the studios and theaters had all converted to sound. In this three-week course, we will examine and discuss themes in: City Lights (1931), Modern Times (1936) and The Great Dictator (1941), situating these movies within the historical context of the Great Depression and the prelude to the Second World War, supplemented with biographical information on Chaplin himself.

Zach Sands is a doctoral candidate in American Culture Studies at Bowling Green State University. He will officially earn his PhD in May of 2017. He is a versatile and prolific writer who has traveled extensively and taught a variety of college-level classes over the past ten years, including: Screenwriting, American Film Comedy and Film History.


Spanish for Travel or Pure Pleasure

Raquel Bravo

Session 1: March 13 – April 5 (4 weeks)
Room Location: St. Francis Hall 9

Session 2: April 17 – May 3 (3 weeks)
Room Location: St. Francis Hall 9

Mondays & Wednesdays,10-11:30 am

Do you want to pick up some Spanish and Latino Culture to ease into your vacation travel in Spain or a Latin American country? Or, do you want to learn Spanish for the pure pleasure of speaking and understanding a beautiful Latin language and a little of its culture and history?

Students are invited to practice Spanish during lunch at the Lourdes Café after class (price of lunch not included). The textbook for this class, “15-Minute Spanish”, includes two audio CDs and will be available for ~$20 in the Lourdes bookstore.

Raquel Bravo is a native Spanish speaker who has taught English/Spanish bilingual education and adult education. She is a retired school administrator who has enjoyed traveling to Spain, Mexico and South America extensively. She is eager to share her love of the Spanish language with you!

The American Political Party System

Loryn Clauson-Hodge

March 13-April 3 (4 weeks)
Mon., 2-4 pm
Room Location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 201

Political parties have been an integral part of the American political system since the birth of the country, when the Federalists and the Anti-Federalists battled over the Constitution itself. Yet, the political parties themselves have changed throughout history. What where these political parties? Who were their leaders? What did they stand for? How did they get their names? The political party system has developed over the course of 228 years, and in that time millions of Americans earned the right to vote and the political party system reacted. Find out what issues were important to American citizens in the 19th Century and how the party system reacted to political demands. Come find out why Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton hated each other, why Andrew Jackson changed the face of politics, and how little known parties like the Know-Nothings, the Free-Soilers, and the Greenbacks changed American political development.

Loryn Clauson-Hodge received her Masters in History from Kansas State University. Her thesis focused on Reconstruction Era Alabama and is entitled “A Missed Opportunity: United States v Hall and the Battle Over the Fourteenth Amendment.” She enjoys teaching at Lourdes University and plans to pursue her Ph.D. in History. She is married to Adam Hodge an Associate Professor of History at Lourdes University.

Traditions of French and Spanish Wines

Nicholas Kubiak

March 13, 20 and April 3
Mondays, 6:30-8:30 pm
Room Location: Franciscan Center board room

Throughout time, travelers took vines and traditions with them as they explored new places. This course will explore the link between Spanish and French wines throughout the years and how traditions and styles in each area developed and grew and created the wines we know today. This class will discuss the native places, peoples, cultures, and vines that have created the wines of their regions. Wine tasting will be included, feel free to bring your own food to pair.

This class will be taught by Certified Specialist of Wines and Spirits, Nicholas Kubiak, a veteran of the wine industry, creator of Bordo Tasters Tablet, and avid wine educator. We look forward to you joining us.

Making Sense of the Nonsense How to talk about art like an expert – even when you’re clueless

Chris Rilling

March 14 (meets once)
Tuesday, 1-3 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Confused about why some of that “stuff” is in the museum? By looking at art from different points of view and knowing what to look for –as well as what not to look for– you’ll be able to try to figure out what the artist was thinking and why museums buy some of the things they have on display. Your opinions may be more valid than you think!

Poetry in Bloom

Shari O’Brien

March 21-April 11 (4 weeks)
Tues., 1:30-3:45 pm
Room Location: St. Francis Hall 9

Just in time for spring, our class will focus on the poetry of flowers. Please be assured that we won’t be reading nursery rhyme poems pointing out that roses are red and violets are blue. In this fresh and vibrant course, we’ll be moved by poems that make you wonder, smile, question, shake your head, take your breath away, probe but above all feel. Just a few of the poets we will be dazzled by include Emily Dickinson, William Wordsworth, A. E. Housman, and Sylvia Plath. Our fast-paced but relaxed, interactive class will discover how poets use tools like imagery, voice, meter, and sound to mesh meaning with form. You certainly don’t need to write poetry yourself to fall in love with it.

Dr. Shari O’Brien earned an M.A. from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. from BGSU. After graduating magna cum laude from University of Toledo College of Law, she worked in United States District Court. Publishing five law review articles as well as hundreds of essays and poems in national journals, she taught writing and poetry for twenty-seven years at University of Toledo and continues today to practice law and write poetry.


Drawing with Confidence – Getting Started

Craig Rochkin

March 24-April 7 (3 weeks)
Fri., 11-12:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 168

Everyone can draw! Let us show you how with a series of exercises and strategies to approach the art of drawing in a comfortable setting. Lessons are designed to promote self-awareness and include strategies and techniques for the student to consider when drawing. While some art background is helpful, no experience is necessary.

Craig Rochkin is a life-long artist with degrees from Wayne State University, Northeastern University and The Museum School of Fine Arts in Boston. He has taught classes in Ann Arbor, Boston and the San Francisco Bay area.


Drawing with More Confidence – Developing Your Drawing Skills

Craig Rochkin

April 28-May 12 (3 weeks)
Fri., 11-12:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 168

Once you have started drawing, this class will keep you going! Learn about shading, shapes, and more involved techniques in a relaxed and supportive setting. This class is recommended for those who have already taken “Drawing with Confidence” this semester or last.

Residing in Toledo, he is currently working in digital imagery.


Insider Secrets to Selling Your Own Home

Dan Jachimiak

March 25 (meets once)
Saturday, 10 – noon
Room Location: Canticle Center 151

Save thousands of sales commission dollars by selling your own home this year … with help from one of the area’s most knowledgeable and experienced real estate Brokers. Topics of discussion include:

  • Setting the price to be competitive in today’s market
  • How, when and where to effectively advertise
  • Answering the Ad Call and showing the home
  • Open House checklist and qualifying the buyer
  • Negotiating and writing the Offer to Purchase
  • Financing, inspections, title work, and closing

Interesting and highly informative, this class will present practical tips and techniques to successfully market your house without using a real estate agent. You can do it … with a little help.

Dan Jachimiak has been an award-winning salesperson and licensed real estate Broker for over 30 years. He is a proud graduate of the University of Toledo, and is a former Adjunct Instructor at Owens Community College. Dan has owned a successful real estate Company, specializing in property management, and has contributed several articles to Realty Times.


Rx for Laughter

Barbara Mauter

March 29 (meets once)
Wed., 10-11:30 am
Room Location: St. Francis Hall 1

Studies have shown that laughter can actually improve your health! 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. Are you ready to have some FUN and laugh? Join us as we take a look at the “lighter side of life” and laugh away many of our cares. We will take both a light hearted and a serious look at this prescription and the health benefits that may result.


Praying the Scriptures

Fr. Daniel Zak

April 4 (meets once)
Tuesday, 10–11:30 am
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 209

Fr. Daniel Zak, a senior status priest of the Diocese of Toledo, and a counselor/spiritual director at the Sophia Center on the Lourdes campus will break open the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola and teach some of the Ignatius’ ways to pray: the Lectio divina method of praying the scriptures, use of the Imagination in prayer, and the Examen of Consciousness. All are ways to find God in all things.

Wisdom in the Words of Tolkien

Dr. Noah Roderick

April 5 (meets once)
Wed., 4:30–5:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 150

In this class, we’ll be talking about how knowledge works in J.R.R. Tolkien’s writings, paying special attention to the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Knowledge plays a very important role in Tolkien’s books, but unlike other prominent themes like courage and friendship, Tolkien’s portrayal of knowledge is complicated.

In our discussion of knowledge in The Lord of the Rings, we’ll focus on three areas: 1) The difference between magic and wisdom. 2) The dangers of looking into the future. 3) The emptiness of reducing things to their basic essences. There is no need to have already read the books in order to enjoy this class but it will help you to identify themes for future readings of the trilogy.

Dr. Noah Roderick is an associate professor of English at Lourdes University. He is the author of The Being of Analogy (2016), along with several articles in the areas of rhetoric, linguistics, and philosophy. His love of all things language related came largely out of reading Tolkien as a young man, and he hopes his students will be similarly inspired.

The Post-War Boom: 1950s American Cinema

Zach Sands

April 8, 22 and 29 (3 weeks)
Saturdays, 1-4 pm
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 210

In this class, we will examine the changing cultural landscape of the United States in the postwar era through a combination of lecture, film screening and discussion, considering aspects of the Cold War, McCarthyism, suburban sprawl, gender politics, the collapse of the studio system, the rise of independent cinema and the sudden ubiquity of television. Films to be viewed include: The Ten Commandments (1956), The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) and On the Waterfront (1954), as well as selected clips from other films of this period.

Approachable Opera

Dr. Christopher Williams

April 17-May 22 (6 weeks)
Mon., 9:30-11:30 am
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 168/Learning Center Hall 168

In the popular imagination, opera has often been portrayed as inaccessible, sung in foreign languages in vocal styles far removed from popular music. However, the ready availability of opera on video, frequent “Live in HD” broadcasts from the New York Metropolitan Opera, and performances by local and regional opera companies like the Toledo Opera—all of which present translations in supertitles—has largely dissolved these barriers. This course presents an overview of several landmarks in the history of opera, from its beginnings in the early 17th century to the present. Works by Mozart, Verdi, Wagner, and Puccini will all be discussed. The course will pay special attention to operas that are presented by Toledo Opera and are on the Metropolitan Opera broadcast schedule. The required textbook “The Figaro Trilogy” by Beaumarchais is available from the Lourdes University Bookstore for ~$14.


A Taste of French… No Grammar

Sandy Harding

April 18-May 9 (4 weeks)
Tues., 2-3:30 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

Come explore some aspects of French daily life and culture while practicing basic vocabulary and useful phrases. We’ll learn numbers and play around with them telling time, reading train schedules, finding our hotel room and paying for those souvenirs. We’ll use both French and American restaurant menus to discover the broad influence of the French language on our culinary vocabulary, the ways their dining traditions differ from ours, and the right way to pronounce “croissant,” etc. We’ll spend one class learning and practicing those indispensable expressions for greetings, farewells, getting directions, exchanging basic information and picking out the latest fashion- in the right size. Finally, Le Monde Francophone is vast and diverse- le francais is spoken on four continents. Want to visit a French-speaking country? You’ll be surprised at how many choices you have!

Sandy Harding’s career spanned 34 years of teaching various levels of French at Cardinal Stritch, Rossford, and Perrysburg High Schools. She has travelled frequently to France accompanying students on trips and home-stays in various areas of the country. She continues to correspond with friends in France who’ve hosted her in their homes and welcomed her into their families.


Women in Science

Dr. Anjali Gray

April 19-May 17 (5 weeks)
Wed., 11-noon
Room Location: Russell J. Ebeid Hall 103

Women have been pioneers in every field of science, but they’ve faced unique challenges over the last few centuries. This course will focus on the contributions of a few successful women scientists, looking especially at the factors that helped them succeed despite those challenges. We will also analyze the historical, social, cultural and scientific barriers to the success of women in science.

Dr. Anjali D. Gray is a professor in the department of Biology & Health Sciences at the Lourdes University. She has taught a wide variety of classes from introductory biology to upper level core courses at Lourdes for the last 11 years. Her favorite subject is Genetics.



The Vietnam War

Dr. Dwayne Beggs

April 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24 (6 weeks)
Wednesdays, 3-4:30 p.m.
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

We will study early Vietnamese history and the oppression experienced by the Vietnamese people, the events leading up to American involvement in Vietnam, the continued escalation of U.S. military involvement in Vietnam and the eventual withdrawal of U.S. forces. A particular focus will be given to the military and diplomatic aspects of U.S. involvement in Vietnam as well as the impact of the war on the American home front. “Vietnam and the United States: origins and legacy of war” (required) and “Vietnam: explaining America’s lost war” (suggested) both by Gary R. Hess will be available at the Lourdes bookstore.

Dr. Dwayne Beggs earned an M.A. and a Ph.D. in U.S. Diplomatic/Military History from BGSU. He has taught a Vietnam War class at BGSU for the past 3 years. He also holds an M.Div. and served as a Youth Pastor/Associate Pastor for 22 years.


Technology and the Stories We Tell

Dr. Susan Shelangoskie 

April 20-May 18 (5 weeks)
Thurs., 2-3 pm
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 168/Learning Center Hall 168

It’s hard to imagine life unplugged—we are constantly connected through internet, email, social media, and cell phones. Just as these technologies have become ubiquitous and familiar, we also recognize common stories about them—the cell phone that runs out of power at just the wrong time, the criminal traced through his Facebook profile, the urban-legend email scam. While these narratives seem distinctive to our digital age, they are really just the latest examples of ideas that can be traced back to the nineteenth century. Learning about earlier technologies like Victorian telegraphy and photography and studying the first cultural examples of these inventions used in stories helps us to understand the role of technology in our world today. In this class, students will read short fiction from the nineteenth century (much of which has been uncovered through Dr. Shelangoskie’s original research) that presents some of the oldest stories about technology. Through analysis and discussion, students will discover the continuity between the earliest technologies of the digital age and the stories we still tell today.

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 LIT: Literature, Interpretation, Theory.

Let’s Grow Natives!

Robin Parker & Cindy Carnicom

April 22 – May 13 (4 weeks)
Sat., 10-noon
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 109

Join Robin and Cindy, local native plant enthusiasts, to learn and explore the importance of including native plants in our lives! Come explore the ecosystems of this area, selecting the right plants for your landscape. Learn why these plants are so important, as well as how to grow and care for them. We will visit some native plantings right here on campus as they begin their impressive spring debut! You will even go home with some native plants to start your own local habitat! Learn about opportunities to help local agencies increasing native plant populations and where you can find more native plants.

Robin and Cindy are both Lourdes Alumni and have worked for the Olander Park System growing, selecting, and planting native plants in flower beds and restoration projects. They both are excited to share their knowledge and experiences with you! Let’s Grow Natives!

The Many Faces of Jesus

Chris Rilling

April 25 (meets once)
Tuesday, 1-3 pm
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 203

What did Jesus really look like? The question never occurred to the gospel writers since they never mentioned any sort of description. For almost 2000 years, people have been making images of Jesus but those depictions have been more about the artist than about Jesus – until now.

Thinking Outside the Box: # 8

Barbara Mauter

April 26 (meets once)
Wed.,10-11:30 am
Room Location: St. Francis Hall 1

The “Thinking Outside the Box” challenge continues with our eighth class! The Latin word for eight is “octo”. Did you know that the amount of clouds in the sky is measured in oktas (from 0 to 8)? Most umbrellas have eight sides. In the world of computers, a byte is eight bits. This course will present more metacognitive activities (“thinking about thinking”). You will be challenged to explore lateral thinking, and take part in interactive “thinking” activities. This workshop will offer at least 8 challenging and thought-provoking puzzles to stimulate your thinking. Note: Attendance in previous “Thinking Outside the Box” workshops is not required.

Silk Scarf Painting

Sharon Havelak

April 27-May 18 (4 weeks)
Thurs., 10:30-12:30
Room Location: Mother Adelaide Hall 101

Looking for that perfect scarf? Try painting it! Explore the delight of painting a silk scarf with fiber reactive dyes. You’ll have the opportunity to paint at least three scarves, using different painting techniques. No previous experience necessary, just bring your creativity! All materials will be provided.

Sister Sharon Havelak, OSF, is an artist and adjunct instructor at Lourdes University. She previously managed All Good Things, a gift shop and gallery that offers items made by the Sisters of St Francis, but now gives more of her time to her art.

Probing the US Constitution’s Second Amendment

Shari O’Brien

May 4 – 11 (2 weeks)
Thursdays, 1:30-3:45 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 149

In this interesting course, we will examine an amendment which has generated in recent years so much controversy regarding the right to bear arms. While not intended to persuade students to adopt a specific political position, our goal is that from studying its history, developments in the last fifty years, and case law, you will emerge with a deeper understanding of the second amendment. We will also look briefly at the third amendment (the other so-called military amendment). The class is designed to enrich both “veterans” of Dr. O’Brien’s previous classes and students who are not familiar with this intriguing area of study. There will be opportunity to work for part of each class in small groups and time at the end of the second class for a little debate.

Kidnapping Mona: Felonies and Forgeries in the Art World

Chris Rilling

May 9 (meets once)
Tuesday, 1-3 pm
Room Location: St. Agnes Hall 168/Learning Center Hall 168

After drugs and guns, art theft is the third largest criminal enterprise in the world. Who knew! Both the FBI and Interpol have special teams dedicated to the ten billion dollar market in art crime. We will look into the legitimate business of buying and selling art and not-so-legit ways people get their hands on some of the world’s most famous artwork.

Toledo and Presidential Politics

Marjorie Waterfield

May 18 (meets once)
Thursday, 1 – 3 pm
Room Location: Canticle Center 150

Candidates visit swing states frequently before elections but infrequently after they are elected. What does it take to bring a president to Toledo while in office? This class will discuss the situations that compelled seven presidents to visit Toledo between 1887 and 2016.

Marjorie Waterfield has been an instructor of Genealogy Research at UT, BGSU, and 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.

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