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What You Didn’t Know About Taxes  NEW

This seminar will feature a different financial topic each week. We will cover credits and deductions, retirement taxable and nontaxable, social security, preparing for future life events, and more. This seminar will cover many topics about financial planning that most people don’t think about.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Julie Maloney will offer a different instructor for each session aligning to their area of ex- pertise. Many of the instructors have been working with financial and tax topics for 25+ years. Their combined experience is over 100 years.


History of Rock & Roll-Part 2-The 1960s NEW

A review of the 50’s and then a look at chapters 4-10 of the course text, which include The British Invasion, Folk Rock and Folk, Phil Spector’s “Wall of Sound”; Motown verses Memphis Stax Recordings; Female Groups of the Early 1960s; Special Tribute to the 60s Rock and Roll Hall of Famers; and Top Songs of the 1960s according to the top 40 charts. The class will come up with their favorite top 100 songs.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 9:30-11:30 a.m.  -OR-  12:30-2:30 p.m.
at River Campus

Gary Ruff has education degrees from Wright State University and the University of Dayton. He is a retired high school social studies teacher and has taught 40 seminars at the Osher Lifelong Learning Program at UD. He has seen many of these Rock and Rollers in person, from Billy Haley to Bob Dylan.


Adventure Travel 2018

Come and share the travel experience of our presenters and go from Dayton to the canal zone on a motorcycle. You will also see glimpses of the British Isles, Barcelona through Southern France, beautiful Bavaria, and explore London and Italy.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Jack Cartwright is a graduate of Indiana University who worked for 37 years with Merrill Lynch and taught in the UD Davis Center for portfolio MGT and Socially Responsible Investing. If you are interested in being a future presenter for this course, please call 937-886-8298.


Cache, Cloud and Cookies

This seminar will serve as an introduction to the World Wide Web and focus on basic computer operation. Participants will see how the computer can simplify and organize life. We will explain Cache Cloud and Cookies. We will also examine the University of Dayton/ UDOLLI websites and offer assistance for Online Spring Registration. Personal computers/ internet capable devices will enhance the learning experience but are not necessary.

4 Wednesdays, January 31-February 21 9:30-11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Gloria Chaverst has an educational background in data processing and computer programming. She retired after 25 years with the Army and Air Force Exchange where she held primary positions as Retail Store Manager, Exchange Business Manager, and Operations Manager. A career of managing and budgeting resources (people, time, merchandise, and money) was beneficial to an early retirement with minimal risk.


The History of the U.S. Nuclear Weapons Program - From Fermi to the Present  NEW

This seminar covers the United States nuclear weapons program, beginning with early research based on Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the Manhattan Project, the Cold War, nuclear weapons by branch of service, nuclear weapons accidents, the current nuclear weapons situation, and the future outlook.

4 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

John Sheehan retired from Wright-Patterson AFB after nearly forty years with the U.S. Air Force. While on active duty he served as a Missile Launch Officer, Munitions Maintenance Officer and Maintenance Supervisor, all in organizations with a nuclear weapons mission. For one assignment, he was the custodian of all nuclear weapons for a European-based fighter wing. John was the Nuclear Surety Officer for Headquarters, Air Force Materiel Command and Headquarters, Air Force Logistics Command at Wright-Patterson AFB. John has presented other seminars for UDOLLI on digital photography, jet aircraft history, and the development of the smart car, as well as serving on the Curriculum Committee.


History of Dayton Police and Challenges in American Law Enforcement

Dayton Police is the largest department in our region. However, all police departments in the US, regardless of size, face new challenges. Police must be flexible enough to respond to terrorism as well as provide routine service to citizens. Technology is rapidly changing the way police perform their job under increasing real-time scrutiny from news media and social media. The seminar will increase our understanding of how the decentralized style of policing in America impact expectations and outcomes. Time will be available for Q&A. Several new speakers will present. Daniel Baker will attend all sessions.

Session 1. Introduction and Overview of Policing in our Region and America, Dan Baker

Session 2. History of DPD, Sgt. Steve Grismer

Session 3. Current Challenges in Policing, Chief Douglas Knight, Vandalia PD  

Session 4. The Role of Police When Dealing with the Mentally Ill, Dr. Tom Rueth, UD

Session 5. Dayton’s Most Violent Decade 1965-1975 as told in the book “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America,” Daniel Baker

Session 6. Police Community Relations, Rev. Dr. David Fox, Chair Dayton Unit NAACP Criminal Justice Committee.  Closing remarks by Daniel Baker.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Recommended text: Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America by moderator Dan Baker and attorney Gwen Nalls. This text will be used in session five and is about Dayton’s most violent period from 1965-1975 when Dayton experienced multiple riots, desegregation of public schools, a racist serial killer for four summers, and the city’s highest murder record in history. Available at bookstores, Amazon. com, and Barnes and Nobles, ( Some books will be available for sale in classroom.

Daniel Baker graduated from UD with a B.S. degree in 1987 and M.S. degree in 1989. Retired from the Dayton Police Department after 25 years, he served as Detective Lieutenant of the Violent Crime Bureau and Command of the Hostage Negotiation Team. He immediately began a second career as Director of Nuclear Safeguards and Security at the US DOE Mound Plant in Miamisburg and was later transferred to Washington State, and Oak Ridge, TN, over an 18-year period. Dan served as Executive Director of the new Cincinnati Citizen Complaint Authority that independently investigated serious complaints against Cincinnati Police after the riots in 2001. He also served as Executive Director of the University of Tennessee Law Enforcement Innovation Center and the prestigious National Forensic Academy. Dan and Gwen Nalls co-authored “Blood in the Streets: Racism, Riots and Murders in the Heartland of America” and are currently working on a second book, a fictional mystery story expected to be released in February 2018.


Understanding Addiction and How our Communities Are Responding

This seminar will focus on education, awareness, and how the communities around us are responding to the heroin epidemic that has devastated our families. Speakers, documentaries, and local resources will be the main seminar content. Questions will be welcomed throughout the seminar.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Lori Erion is a person in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drugs and also the mother of a child with substance use disorder. She is the founder and Executive Director of FOA Families of Addicts, as well as a certified peer support specialist and a sought-after resource for families, friends, individuals, and professionals in the recovery community. Lori is also a freelance graphic designer, adding a new phase to her 33-year career in the industry. Lori has two children, 22 and 24, one who lives with her and one who resides in the area.


Mystery Novels From Different Cultures around the World  NEW

This seminar will cover novels from mystery authors whose books are set in six different areas: Ireland, England, Norway, the United States, Japan, and Argentina. The class will explore universal themes involved in crime, as well as the unique aspects of each culture and historical time period. The moderator will present background information about the authors, brief background about each culture, and lead a discussion of each mystery novel. At least one copy of each book (in the case of Higashino’s, it is an e-audiobook) is available at Dayton Metro Library. Some books may be purchased at area bookstores (new or used) or online through such booksellers as Abe Books, Kindle, Barnes and Noble, or Amazon.

Please be sure you are obtaining the correct book, as some of these titles have been used by more than one author.  Please read the first book listed before the first class to facilitate a good discussion.

Week 1: Conor Brady A June of Ordinary Murders (2012) Week 2: Jacqueline Winspear Maisie Dobbs (2003) Week 3: Jo Nesbo The Redbreast (2006)

Week 4: Keigo Higashino The Devotion of Suspect X (2005)

Week 5: Lawrence Block The Burglar Who Traded Ted Williams (1994)

Week 6: Claudia Piniero Betty Boo (2011)

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Mary Ellen Griswold has been a moderator with UDOLLI since 2011, and has been reading mystery novels for almost 60 years. She has a B.A. in psychology, M.S.W. in social work, and has completed graduate coursework in multicultural education.


Introduction to Geography

This seminar will give a brief overview of the topic of geography. We will discuss the National Geographic Society’s Five Themes of Geography, maps, and map projections. We will look at aspects of physical geography, including landform, water distribution, and climates and their distribution. We will also examine aspects of cultural geography, including family patterns, economic patterns, and world religions.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Janet Hess taught junior and senior high school social studies and English classes for  36 years, finishing her career at Oakwood City Schools. She received her undergraduate degree from Bowling Green State University and her master’s degree from Wright State University. She is a member if Syzygy Science Fiction Book Club. She is also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, an international honorary society for women educators.


More Beginner Guitar: Workshop 2 NEW

Our primary focus will be to continue to perfect our chord playing with more complex chord arrangements to accompany our singing. We will also begin to look at finding the notes on the strings. This is a slow jam group. Beginner Guitar Workshop 1 is not a prerequisite, but a fundamental knowledge of playing chords in expected.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus Seminar limit: 20

Marsha O’Connor has been playing guitar for over thirty years. She has enjoyed playing several instruments with the Hithergreen Strummers for the past 15 years.


Artisan Bread Baking

This seminar will teach home bakers how to make European-style artisan hearth breads with crisp, caramelized crusts and a moist, chewy crumb. Content will include a brief discussion of the history and role of bread in human history; the essentials of bread leaven—sourdough and commercial yeast bread types and the milled grains that make them; and, most important, the tools, art and techniques necessary to produce the types  of breads that are found in the small artisan bakeries of Europe and, increasingly, in the U.S.

6 Wednesdays, January 17-February 21 3:00-5:00 p.m. at River Campus Seminar limit: 25

Bill Schuerman retired from UD in 2013 after 28 years as a vice president, dean, and faculty member. He has served as a moderator for the UDOLLI seminars Europe 101 and 102 for 13 years. He has been a home baker for more than 20 years, focusing on developing the knowledge and skills necessary to bake the kinds of breads he found when first traveling to visit his wife’s family in Germany more than 40 years ago. His quest to become an artisan bread baker has included researching and building a wood-fired brick bread oven in his backyard.

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