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The United States Invades Ohio

Before Ohio became a state, it was the first major battleground of the new US republic under the Constitution. This seminar will discuss the growing pains of the new government and particularly the War Department as it suffered a major setback, and then a complete military disaster–worst in US history––before General Wayne’s ultimate triumph over the Native Americans. Ramifications of this now all but unknown fiasco were significant. It caused the first Cabinet meeting and first Congressional investigation in US history. Lecture will be augmented with a brief photographic presentation of the sites as they look today.

2 Fridays January 26 and February 2
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Mike Taint is a retired USAF officer and aerospace industry project manager, as well as a singer in Dayton Opera and an actor/director in local community theater productions. He received a B.A. in history, summa cum laude, from Norwich University in 1977 and his mas t e r ’s de gr ee in computer science from UD in 1986. This is his fourth UDOLLI seminar pr ese ntation. E arlier pr ese ntations include “Endangered History,” “I Tried Opera,” and “Rece nt American His tory with Alistair Cooke.”


Helpful Hints for Your PC    NEW

We will review the latest software issues relative to proper maintenance for a Microsoft Operating System. We will discuss PC security from hackers, ways to improve your performance, and helpful hints on how to watermark your photo.

1 day Friday, February 16
9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Don Quigley has taught Information Technology at the University of Dayton to undergrad and M.B.A. students for over 18 years. He has been an UDOLLI member since 2008 and is c urr e ntly a member of the Board of Advisors. During his 36 years in the business world, he work e d for t e chnology c ompanie s lik e IBM, GE, and Hitachi. Since retiring in 2004 from IBM, he has been an adjunct professor in the School of Business. He graduated from UD in 1963 with a B.A. in psychology and then received an M.B.A. from UD in Dec of 1964. He taught pr evious UDOLLI seminars on “Self-Publishing,” “Life in 2050,” and technology for seniors.


Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Future Options   NEW

During this 1-day, 3-hour short course, we will discuss the causes, consequences, and future options that society has for addressing climate change. To what extent do humans contribute to climate change? What is likely to occur as a result of the continued release of greenhouse gasses? How will these changes impact human society and the environment? What are ways that society can adapt to changes that are already likely?

What are ways we can keep the impacts from becoming even more severe? The material will be geared to the interested layperson.

1 day Friday, January 26
9:30-12:30 p.m. at River Campus 

Hunt Brown has a M.A. in Zoology and a J.D., and is recently retired after over 25 years at Wright State University where he both taught and helped administer a variety of environmental progr ams. He had previously worked as an environmental specialist for the Florida Department of Natural Resources, as an environmental biologist, and later as an e nvironmental lawy e r for pow e r c ompanie s. He became aware and concerned about evidence for climat e change during the 1970s.

Dr. Shuang - Ye W u is a climatologist working in the Department of Geology at University   of Dayt on. He r r ese arch foc uses on how climate change alters the hydrologic cycle and   the consequent precipitation patterns. In particular, she is interested in changes in extreme eve nts such as extreme storms, floods, and droughts. Dr. Wu has published 35 papers in pee r-r evie w e d scie ntific journals and obtained grants from NSF, EPA, and other funding agencies. Dr . W u obtained he r mas t e r ’s and Ph.D. degrees from Cambridge University in the UK, majoring in environmental geography. She is currently teaching courses in the Earth sys t e m science, climat e change , and geographic information systems at UD.


Creating Your Encore NEW

This two-hour seminar will explore the gift of longevity and the opportunity for creating your “second act for the greater good.” Come and learn about the Encore movement as it works to redefine the meaning of retirement and to change the perception of aging in our society. Led by the Del Mar Encore Fellows of The Dayton Foundation, this seminar will explore the seismic shift in population trends and what that means for older adults and society at large. Fellows will discuss their Encores and present opportunities for members to become engaged in skill-based volunteer roles at four Fellow-led community initiatives.

  • 1 day Friday, January 19
    12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jeanne Holihan is the Senior Fellow of The Dayton Foundation leading the Del Mar Encore Fe llow s Initiativ e. This three-year pilot program, modeled after the Encore.org nationwide mo ve ment , is focused on engaging older adults in both Fellow and skill-based volunteer role s to work on community projects addressing social issues, such as poverty, health, e ducation, and human services. Jeanne will be joined by Del Mar Encore Fellows Linda Fischbach, Sherre Collier, Vel Hux, and Kristina Lewis. Each Fellow will share their background and current Encore experience leading a social impact program at Miami V alle y Work s, Brunner Lit e ra cy, L e arn to E arn Dayt on, and St. Vincent de Paul.


Facebook for Seniors NEW

This seminar will introduce seniors to the social media app Facebook. Participants can either watch the demonstrations or access their own Facebook account during class if they bring a mobile device. Instructors will assist with hands-on experience as much as time allows. Participants will need to access wifi to go online, so if you are bringing an iPad without cellular data or a laptop, you must let the instructor know in advance. We will cover how to upload and download photos, hide or unfriend people, join a group, and examine certain Settings. Contact Mary with questions at riordanmt@gmail.com.

  • 2 Fridays, January 19 and 26
    12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus Seminar limit: 20

M ary Riordan is a retired educator, guidance counselor, and technology consultant. She currently serves on the UDOLLI Board of Advisors as Curriculum Co-Chair. Mary teaches seminars on iPhone, iPad, MacBook, and various social media.


Recreational Bicycle Touring in Europe

“It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best… while in a motor car…you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.”

-Ernest Hemingway

Biking is an enjoyable and active way to experience Europe that’s different than the typical tourist itinerary. Bike tours offer a balance of support and freedom to explore. This one-day, two-hour seminar will introduce the participants to the numerous options available to explore parts of Europe (and other regions of the world) by bicycle. The moderators will share their 17 years of experience taking one-week, “self-guided” bike tours in Italy, Switzerland, France, Ireland, Germany, and Austria.

On all of these tours, accommodations and luggage transfers were arranged and a route and day-by-day itinerary were planned by in-country tour companies.

The tours average between 30 to 40 miles a day and are designed for the recreational biker and require a moderate level of fitness. The goal is to enjoy the countryside and small towns. Normally missed in touring by bus, car, or train. The pace allows for sightseeing and enjoying the local culture and cuisine (After biking 30 miles a day a person can eat and drink and not gain a pound!) Website resources for scores of available tour options will be provided and travel hints and suggestions will be shared.

1 day Friday, January 26
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill and Ann Schuerman hav e bee n r e cr e ational bik ers for o ve r 20 years and have explored most of the 350 miles of bikeways in the region. For the past 17 years, they have taken w ee klong r e cr e ational bik e trip s throughout Europe.


Court Appointed Special Advocates—Volunteers that Can Change the Life of a Child NEW

Want to help turn a child’s life around? Want to help the Court determine what is in a child’s best interest? Want to be that one consistent person in the life of a child? Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) are volunteers that work with children and their families with an active Children Service’s case. The CASA volunteer helps the Court determine what is in the child’s best interest. The CASA is sometimes the only consistent person in that child’s life and sometimes the only person that is able to be a positive role model. Learn how you can become a CASA volunteer.

1 day Friday, February 2
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jane Novick , Esq. has a bachelor’s degree from Barnard College (Columbia University) and a master’s in International Affairs from Columbia University. She also has a Juris Doctor de gr ee from the University of Dayton Law School. Her private practice c onc e ntrat e d on working with our vulnerable populations: the elderly, juveniles, and people with disabilities. Presently, she is the Director of the CASA Program at the Montgomery County Juvenile Court.


The Life and Songs of Bob Dylan

This seminar will cover the following: the early life of Bob Dylan; his rise to stardom in the early 60s; his movement from folk to folk rock. We will also see vintage footage of concerts and hear his greatest songs, including, “Like A Rolling Stone,” “Blowin In the Wind,” and his later songs from the last decade. Students will come up with their favorite top 25 Dylan songs. Dylan’s Nobel Prize for Literature puts him into an elite category of songwriters.

1 day Friday, February 9
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Gary Ruff earned his degrees in education from Wright State University and the University of Dayton. He is a retired high school teacher and has taught over 45 seminars. Gary has attended over 20 Bob Dylan concerts and owns most of his records and CDs.


UDOLLI special events are free and open to the public. This is a wonderful way to introduce our program to others! You MUST register to confirm your attendance. You may register online or call: 937-229-2347

Music Trivia Competition Thursday, February 8, 2018

5:30-8:00 p.m.
River Campus, Dining Room

Come and enjoy the fun. This is a friendly competition with teams consisting of 6-8 mem- bers. You can form your teams in advance or be added to a team when you arrive for the event. Each team will take turns selecting a music category. A song will then be played from this category for about 20-30 seconds.

Categories Include:

  • Big Band
  • Female Pop Singers (40’s-50’s)
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (first 10 artist inductees 1986)
  • Folk Rock
  • Folk
  • One Hit Wonders
  • The English Invasion
  • Instrumentalists
  • Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (second 15 artist inductees 1987)
  • Disco
  • Female Pop Groups 1960’s
  • 1960’s Number Ones
  • 1970’s Number Ones
  • Teen Idols
  • Doo Wop

All teams will write down their answer on an answer sheet. These answer sheets will be turned over to a panel of graders. Two points for the team that selected the category and one point for the other teams for correct answers. After all rounds are finished, the points are announced. The winning team will receive a prize for each member. Small prizes for all who attend. This event is close to Valentine’s Day, so some songs will celebrate the holiday…hint, hint.  

Gary Ruff grew up in Dayton and began the study of classical guitar while in high school. Upon returning to Dayton after college, he took private lessons from Asher Yonan in Cincinnati. He has taught, performed locally, and given recitals at the Unitarian Fellowship, the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center (Troy, Ohio), Wright State (Celina branch), and the Dayton Art Institute.