2018 Summer Program

The University of Dayton Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UDOLLI) is proud to share our 2018 summer program. Continuing the tradition of offering quality educational opportunities that are informative and diversified, the summer program features two one-day sessions with separate themes:

Thursday, May 10: Does the Reformation Still Have Something to Teach Us?
Wednesday, June 6: Be Smart About Your Health

2018 Summer Program Brochure (pdf) - Full informaton about UDOLLI programs, registration form, schedule, and more.
Registration -- See the Registration Information page for online, phone, and mail-in information procedures.

Thursday, May 10


Historical, Religious, & Cultural Perspectives on the Protestant Reformation
In 1517 Martin Luther, a religious monk and scholar, attacked the Catholic Church’s corrupt practice of selling “indulgences” to absolve sin. His “95 Theses” of what was wrong with the church, ignited the Protestant Reformation. Although these ideas had  been advanced before, Martin Luther codified them at a time ripe for religious reformation. The Catholic Church has been divided ever since, and the Protestantism that emerged was shaped by Luther’s ideas. His writings changed the course of religious and cultural history in the West. What has happened in the last 500 years, and why does the Reformation still matter? Come and hear what local historians and religious leaders have to say about the Reformation’s historical, religious, and cultural effects still  resonating today.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:00 a.m. UD River Campus, Daniel J. Curran Place
University of Dayton Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (UDOLLI)

Annual Meeting
9:00-10:30 a.m. Auditorium, Daniel J. Curran Place

Keynote Address: “The Reformation: Why Then, Why There, Why Him?”
10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Auditorium, Daniel J. Curran Place
This address will provide historical context for the major figures and series of events that led to the Protestant Reformation in 1517. It will describe the 16th century religious, political, intellectual and cultural upheaval that would permanently fracture the 1000 year dominance of Roman Catholicism in Europe. Aided by the power of a new technology, the printing press, reformers like Martin Luther and John Calvin challenged papal authority, Roman Catholic religious doctrine and canonical liturgical practices as dictated by the institutional Church. Monarchs like Henry VIII and other European princes used religious dissent to achieve political autonomy, free from the interference of Rome. For centuries, questioning of religious doctrine and calls to purify clerical corruption had been successfully weathered by the Church leadership. In the early sixteenth century, however, a confluence of swelling currents would break the dam of resistance which Rome had previously been able to reinforce. The result, the Reformation, left in its wake the diversity of Christian religious beliefs and political structures that would define the European continent in modern times.

Dr. William Schuerman served as Vice President/Dean of Students and taught undergraduate history at the University of Dayton from 1985 to 2007. He then taught as a full lecturer for six years, retiring in 2013. He has moderated seminars in the UDOLLI for over 15 years and served on its Board of Advisors from 2013 to 2016. 

Moderator Appreciation Luncheon
12:15-1:30 p.m. Dining Room, Daniel J. Curran Place

Keynote Address: The Reformation Through Jewish Eyes
1:30-2:30 p.m. Auditorium, Daniel J. Curran Place
Undoubtedly the Reformation, commencing almost exactly 500 years ago, changed the face of Christianity for all time. Yet Martin Luther’s reforms and attitudes had lasting consequences on the Jews as well, shifting from friendship to vitriol. We will explore Luther’s impact on the Jews… the good, the bad and the ugly!

Judy Chessin has been the Rabbi of Temple Beth Or since its inception in 1984. She speaks extensively in universities, high schools, churches and civic organizations on topics of Jewish interest. In 2017 she attended Berlin’s “Kirchentag” – Germany’s largest Protestant convention commemorating the 500th anniversary of the Reformation with her husband Dr. Michael Cook who was a presenter.

Panel Discussion: A Priest, a Minister and a Rabbi Discuss Why the Reformation Still Has Something to Teach Us
2:45-4:00 p.m. Auditorium, Daniel J. Curran Place

Rabbi Karen Bodney-Halasz, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel
Rabbi Bodney-Halasz joined Temple Israel’s staff in 2003 and currently serves as the congregation’s first female senior Rabbi. Originally from Overland Park, Kansas, Rabbi Bodney-Halasz attended Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois where she received her undergraduate degree in Comparative Literary Studies with a focus on Hebrew Literature and Culture. She received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) and was ordained as a Rabbi in 2007.

Rev. John T. Mittermaier, Pastor, Zion Lutheran Church,
Pastor Mittermaier is a Dayton native, who moved away at age 10 and returned 45 years later to serve Zion Lutheran Church in Miami Township. Zion Lutheran is one of the oldest ELCA congregations in Ohio - around almost 40% of the time since the Reformation began. Zion Lutheran will celebrate a 200th anniversary in 2020.

Father Brian Phelps, Parochial Vicar, Church of the Incarnation
Father Phelps is from Cincinnati. He is a graduate of La Salle High School and the University of Cincinnati. His seminary studies were at Mt. St. Mary’s Seminary of the West. Father Phelps has two brothers, two sisters-in-law and three nephews.

John Parrett, Panel Moderator
John is a graduate of Wilmington College who double majored in History and Religion and Philosophy with a minor in business management. He is now working to complete a Masters of Theology at the University of Dayton and hopes to one day go on to achieve a PhD in American History. Before coming to UDOLLI John was an instructor for the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) program at Wilmington College.

Wednesday, June 6


“If I knew I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself.” – Dorothy Parker

For every year that rolls around we add another year to our chronological age – but as we say, ‘that’s just a number.’ However, as we experience this chronological advancement it brings unwanted changes to our mind and body. But there are ways to enhance our quality of life as we advance ways to stave off the unwanted changes that are inevitable. This program will provide stimulating and practical ideas that will help you enrich your life and make it more comfortable as you continue to advance chronologically.

Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00-9:30 a.m. UD River Campus, Daniel J. Curran Place

Welcome and Introduction
9:30-9:45 a.m. Marshall Room, Daniel J. Curran Place
Julie Mitchell, Executive Director of the University of Dayton’s Office of Special Programs and Continuing Education and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.

Keynote Address: The New Science of Aging With the Brain in Mind
9:45-11:45 a.m. Marshall Room, Daniel J. Curran Place
This presentation teaches practical techniques to be mindful, active, healthy and wise. Learn how to live your life to enhance brain fitness. Discover what brain speed, memory and stress have to do with brain health. Learn three exercises, thought  techniques and habits to age gracefully. See and feel the difference!

Ann Anzalone is a dynamic teacher specializing in teaching current brain-based research, brain growth and development and effective learning. She teaches graduate classes and senior center continuing education classes, works with school districts throughout the country, and maintains a private practice.

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m. Dining Room, Daniel J. Curran Place

Keynote Address: Be Well on Purpose
1:00-2:00 p.m. Marshall Room, Daniel J. Curran Place
This presentation will examine what wellness means, explore the various dimensions of wellness and look at your purpose in life. The presenter will discuss “positive health” exemplified by quality of life and sense of well-being, as well as ways for discovering
one’s gifts, values and passions.

Amanda Walker is the Business Development Director for Brookdale Senior Living. She has worked in senior healthcare for more than 10 years and is passionate about health and wellness. Amanda lives in Springfield with her husband and three children.

2:15-3:15 p.m. Various Southwing Classrooms, Daniel J. Curran Place

Brain Fit
Leave smarter than when you arrived! Learn how the brain works, what happens when Alzheimer’s or dementia are present and how we can prevent them.

Amanda Walker is the Business Development Director for Brookdale Senior Living. She has worked in senior healthcare for more than 10 years and is passionate about health and wellness. Amanda lives in Springfield with her husband and three children.

Getting to the Heart of the Matter
Prevention is key to a healthy heart. Last year, the American Heart Association took steps to help people take better care of their hearts by changing blood pressure guidelines. With these new guidelines, nearly half of American adults are at risk for health problems because of high blood pressure, and approximately three-quarters of men between 55 and 74 could be diagnosed with high blood pressure. Learn what steps you can take to lower your blood pressure and lead a longer, healthier and more active life.

Brenda Bodenmiller is the program manager for Premier Healthy Living, a program of Premier Health. She has a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Masters of Public Health from Wright State University. Before managing Premier Healthy Living she was a cardiac nurse at Miami Valley Hospital. During her time at the hospital she was a nurse manager for the cardiac rehabilitation, pulmonary rehabilitation and wellness center. She also helped develop the Premier Heart Works program at the hospital, which is where her passion grew toward prevention and health promotion.

Hip to Be Healthy
Osteoarthritis, tendinitis, and bursitis are leading causes of hip pain, according to the Arthritis Foundation. Severe hip pain can make even the simplest tasks, such as putting on shoes, difficult. Lack of mobility can lead to further complications, some serious.
Join Dr. John Powell of Premier Orthopedics to learn strategies to manage hip pain – and when it may be time to consider hip replacement.

John Powell, MD, is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. He completed his orthopedic residency at Indiana University School of Medicine. Additionally, he served as Commander Orthopaedic Surgeon with the 655th Forward Surgical Team in Afghanistan and was the Orthopaedic Surgery Flight Commander with Wright Patterson Air Force Base 88th Medical Group. He is board certified in orthopedic surgery and sees patients at his Englewood office. Learn more about Dr. Powell by
visiting PremierOrthoOH.com.

“Oh, My Aching Joints”: How You Can Move and Feel Better!
We all have aches and pains as we age, especially from arthritis and injuries. This presentation from local chiropractor Dr. Patrick Prikkel offers tips on daily habits to help you move better and feel better. Topics include how to self-stretch and mobilize your neck, back and hips, how to know when you may be actually doing too much exercise which could create pain and inflammation, and how anti-inflammatory foods and supplements can help you feel and look better. It will also explain what methods chiropractic care has to offer in treatments.

Dr. Patrick Prikkel, the leading Sports Chiropractor in the region, practices in Oakwood. He sees patients of all ages for various injuries. He is the preferred Chiropractor for UD Athletics and has traveled the world assisting with professional and Olympic athletes.

Take Control of Your Pain
While there is no quick fix for chronic pain, there are many tools to help you better manage your pain. This session will help you gain a better understanding of your pain and learn proven self-management strategies that are part of the six-week Healthy U pain self-management workshop offered by the Area Agency on Aging in community settings throughout the Miami Valley. Don’t let your pain control your life!

Ann Finnicum has worked with seniors and caregivers for 25 years. Certified as a Master Trainer for the Stanford University evidence-based disease self-management workshops, Ann is an active trainer and leader in the chronic disease, diabetes, and chronic pain workshops.

Workshops Repeated
3:30-4:30 p.m. Various Southwing Classrooms, Daniel J. Curran Place

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