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The Way of Self-Love: Learn How to Be a Happy Being

This weekly gathering will open your insights into realizing your total acceptability. All of us possess the where-with-all to experience a life that transcends everyday anxiety and stressfulness. We have it within us to move beyond a life of striving, pursuing, and chasing down frustrating and difficult demands that are put upon us. Within our hearts and minds is the inherent ability to transform ourselves into truly Happy Beings. Through weekly teachings, guided meditation sessions, and quiet meditation participants learn to replace otherwise disturbing and strained moments with calmness, tranquility, and a mind that is free and uncluttered. Some participants say this weekly gathering is an amazing healing experience while others say it is a soothing ongoing reminder of how to get back to living each day with Love and Happiness in their hearts. We hope you join us.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Don Brun is the loyal and enduring practitioner for championing personal happiness and self-acceptance. He has evolved through many years as a conscious-living guide, dedicated to championing the human spirit. Don has worked with numerous groups and individuals in finding the peaceful and loving pathway for living their lives. He is the founder of Happy Beings, a gathering of folks who are empowering their lives through the awareness of True Self. Don is dedicated to helping others engender Present Love and resonate the numerous benefits of self-kindness and self-awareness in their daily lives.

Introduction to French Language and Culture - NEW

This seminar will cover basic oral and written constructions to aid travelers in francophone countries or readers who confront French expressions or for anyone who wants to experience the fun of learning another language. There will be some additional discussion of history, culture, art, and music, as all of these are a part of any language.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus

Donna Griffith holds a B.A. and a Master’s degree from the University of Dayton. She has taught French and English at both the junior high and high school level. She has taught as an Adjunct Professor at Wright State University for ten years.

Creative Writing Workshop

Creative Writing seminar will offer participants an opportunity to present their work to the seminar peers for group discussion on how the piece can be improved with emphasis on positive reinforcement as well as how the work can be raised to the next level. Instruction will be given as manuscripts present the need. Given time restraint and factoring the size of the seminar, it is reasonable to expect one turn to read per participant, with full discussion afterword.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 20

Nancy Pinard is the author of two published novels and numerous short stories and essays. She has an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in North Carolina and has made repeat appearances teaching creative writing at the Antioch Writers’ Workshop, Mad Anthony Writers Conference, Sinclair Community College, and UDOLLI.

Creating Photo Books with iPad and Shutterfly Photo Story

This seminar will teach intermediate iPad users how to create printed photo albums and books on the iPad using the free app Photo Story by Shutterfly. Participants will spend the course creating their own project, using photos from both their printed and digital collections. Considerable seminar time will be devoted to individual projects with guidance from the instructor. The goal will be to produce and order electronically a printed book from Shutterfly (approximate cost $35.), a great Christmas gift opportunity!

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 15
Required: iPad with camera, email account, and beyond beginner level using iPad. Individuals should have taken and downloaded pictures, organized them in albums, and be familiar with the Photo app that comes on iPad.

Mary Riordan is a retired educator, guidance counselor, and technology consultant. She currently serves on the UDOLLI Board of Advisors as Curriculum Co-Chair. Mary has been an Apple enthusiast since 1983.

Arrow Wine Presents: Craft Beer 101 - NEW

A look into the history of beer, the basics of making beer, the craft beer industry boom, tasting notes, the variety of styles, and discussions on the future of the craft beer industry.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
9:30–11:30 a.m. at River Campus
Seminar limit: 25

Matthew Wolfe worked in the beer sales industry for many years. He is a home-brewer and self-proclaimed Know-It-All!

Frugal is not a Dirty Word - NEW

This seminar will reexamine how we use our resources and challenge the label of consumer. Participants will learn how to save money without forfeiting quality. The premise is to get paid for spending and/or allowing the use of your money. Seminar completion objective is to vieweach participant as a business entity. Computer/iPad access will yield the maximum benefits.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
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.

Europe 103: History of Great European Cities

What do all those ruins, cathedrals, churches, palaces, art museums, architectural masterpieces….mean anyway? The content of this seminar will provide meaningful historical context for the European traveler. In contrast to the comprehensive approach of Europe 101 and 102, this seminar will focus on the history of 4 to 5 great cities of Europe:  Rome, Florence, Paris, London, and Vienna. When, why, and how were they founded?  How did they become western civilization’s principle centers of power, art, architecture, and culture?  What remains of various historical epochs?  What are “must see” and what sites are often overlooked?

6 Wednesdays, October 4 – November 8 (Note: later start date)
12:30-2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Bill Schuerman, PhD., retired from UD in 2013 after serving 28 years as vice president, dean, and faculty member. For 27 of these years he taught courses in early western civilization to undergraduates and served twice as a faculty member for UD’s Summer Study Abroad Program in Florence, Italy. He has been a UDOLLI moderator for 16 years. During this time his seminars have included Europe 101 and 102, Artisan Bread Baking and, most recently with his wife, Ann, Biking the Dayton Region’s System of Bike Trails. He and Ann travel and bike in Europe annually. Bill has been a member of the UDOLLI Board of Advisors since 2012.

The History of Classical Music, Part I

We’ll begin with the Baroque Era (1695-1750) and study the works of Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Albinoni, and Gluck. Then we’ll move to the classical era and Haydn, Mozart. Beethoven, Schubert, and Rossini. Major historic events of each era will be noted as well as biographies of the composers and examples of their works through CDs and DVDs.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – November 1 (No seminar on October 11)
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Franklin Lewis, J.D., received his bachelor’s degree from Case Western Reserve University and his Juris Doctor from The Ohio State University Michael E. Moritz College of Law. He served as trustee for the Cleveland Institute of Music (1988-96) and as secretary and associate general counsel for the East Ohio Gas Co., from which he retired in 1995. He also served as assistant director of law (public utilities) for the city of Cleveland until his retirement in 2004. He currently serves on the boards of UDOLLI and the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance.

Personal Security and Identity Theft

This seminar will focus on two important areas of our lives: personal security and identity theft. The personal safety seminars will concentrate on the precautions we should consider when conducting day-to-day business and travel, including how we present and protect ourselves from becoming the prey of those who wish to harm us. This seminar will provide tips and strategies on protecting our homes and ourselves. Identity theft is no longer an unusual occurrence. According to a September 2010 survey by the Federal Trade Commission, 27.3 million Americans have been victims of some form of identity theft within the past five years, including 2.2 million in 2009 alone. Consumer victims reported $5 billion in out-of-pocket expenses associated with having their identity stolen. This seminar will address: crime prevention strategies for personal and home safety, how identity theft occurs, how to tell if you are a victim of identity theft, managing your personal information, and what to do if your identity is stolen.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jeffrey W. Mitchell is the Chief of Police for the City of Lebanon, Ohio, a nationally accredited law enforcement agency. A retired special agent from the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, he has extensive experience in conducting felony criminal, fraud, and counterintelligence investigations. Chief Mitchell has an Associate Degree in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management, and a Master of Public Administration from the University of Dayton. He is a graduate of the Police Executive Leadership College, Northwestern University School of Police Staff and Command, and the Certified Law Enforcement Executive program. Chief Mitchell is an adjunct instructor at the Ohio Peace Officers Training Academy, London, Ohio.

Richard Wagner Film Biography by Tony Palmer - NEW

This seminar will view the 1983 film biography “Wagner” by noted British film-maker Tony Palmer. This complete 9 hour epic stars Richard Burton as the fiery German Romantic composer Richard Wagner. An all-star cast includes: Vanessa Redgrave, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson, and Lawrence Olivier. Stunning visuals and musical elements tell this amazing artist’s life story.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Jim Slouffman has been an artist and educator for more than 40 years. He received his BFA from Wright State University in 1972 and his MFA from UC in 1976. He is the President and Founder of the Wagner Society of Cincinnati.

Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum

Enjoy a presentation through time as you discover the timeless beauty and fascinating history of Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum and the lives of those resting peacefully within. Topics of discussion will include: Historic Overview; Women of Woodland; History, Mystery, Murder and Mayhem; Dayton’s Walk of Fame; and two new programs: President’s Club of Dayton Citizen Legion of Honor Award Recipients; and Revolutionary War Soldiers at Woodland.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Angie Hoschouer is the manager of development and marketing at Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. She was a former volunteer before becoming employed at Woodland and has four generations of ancestors buried at Woodland dating back to 1858. She enjoys local history and telling stories of those who made it great in Dayton.

The Power of “Connection”- NEW

This seminar delves into three core areas. Each main topic has an introductory discussion, experimental exercises, and applications to everyday situations. You’ll learn some amazing things about yourself and others that will increase your ability to relate to and better communication with others, both personally and professionally.
1).     Connect with Self deals with empowering yourself. Topics include personal motivations, stress management, goal setting, and dealing with change.
2).     Connect with Others includes rapport building, avoiding “Landmines of Language,” and dealing with anger and hostility.
3).     Connect with Group/Environment focuses on teambuilding and group cohesion.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
12:30–2:30 p.m. at River Campus

Since 1980, Steve Drozdeck has taught over 50,000 people core communication skills and written 17 books and numerous articles on management and sales. He has been a keynote workshop speaker throughout the USA and Canada, as well as the Netherlands, Singapore, and Kuwait. He presents concepts that can be applied to most areas of human interaction in an easy-going, enjoyable manner.

The Supremes II: Judicial Hits or Misses

In this seminar, first presented Fall 2016 and now significantly revised and updated, your moderator, with active seminar participation, will discuss selected U.S. Supreme Court cases that interpret the First Amendment (freedom of the speech, press, and assembly and freedom of and from religion), the Fourth Amendment (freedom from unreasonable searches and seizures) and the Fourteenth Amendment (person’s rights not to be deprived of life, liberty, or property without due process of law and not to be denied equal protection of the laws).

Your moderator, with active seminar participation and lively discussion, will then consider how the Supreme Court might deal with current hot-button social issues culled from current happenings that may still be undecided and are typically controversial.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus

In prior UDOLLI years, Pat Foley and Bill MacMillan moderated numerous legal seminars. Now they have passed the moderator baton to Lawrence (Larry) Burick, a retired Dayton attorney. He graduated from Northwestern University Law School and always practiced law in Dayton, first with Smith and Schnacke and then with Thompson Hine Law Offices. For most of his 44.6 year career, he handled complex bankruptcy and creditor rights matters, but his passion has always been constitutional law. As a practicing attorney, Larry facilitated numerous legal seminars and workshops and published articles directed to colleagues and clients. For two years after his recent retirement, Burick served as an adjunct professor at the University of Dayton Law School, teaching bankruptcy law. He moderated two sessions of the Supremes seminar in fall 2016. Larry is proud to be married for 48 years to one wonderful woman (Cindy). They have two fabulous children (Carrie and Sam).

Shakespeare for Fun and Profit - NEW

Let’s start this foray into Fun Shakespeare with a look at The Taming of the Shrew and The Merchant of Venice. Both are comedies, but that won’t keep us from noting obvious sexism in Shrew and anti-Semitism in Merchant. YOU are encouraged to be an active participant:  Recite a few lines you memorized in high school; share your Shakespeare travels and photos; hold forth on any wild theory about WS that tickles your fancy. I hope this Shakespearean adventure will be the first of several. Oh, what about the “Profit”?  As the man wrote, “No profit grows where is no pleasure taken.” (Shrew, I.i.39)

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus
Seminar Limit: 30
Recommended text:  Either download free, annotated copies of the plays and sonnets or buy a used copy of The Riverside Shakespeare (great source of everything Shakespeare). Dozens of used copies available from; under $10 each, plus shipping. It’s a heavy book.
Special equipment recommended:  smart phone or tablet with Wi-Fi capability

Tom Clark is a UD grad twice over. Over the past forty years he has taught theater, film study, English, and Latin. Among his favorite Shakespeare zingers is this one that will stop a 16th-century Puritan dead in his or her tracks:  “Dost thou think, because thou art virtuous, there will be no more cakes and ale?”--Sir Toby Belch in Twelfth Night

Investing in Today’s Climate

The road to financial independence series. We will cover:

Wednesday, September 20:
Rules of the Road Presentation - We will cover how to avoid making mistakes, investing strategies, and how to reach your investment goals.
Outsmart the Scammers - Learn important strategies to help protect yourself and the ones you love.

Wednesday, September 27
Retirement: Making your Money Last - We’ll discuss strategies designed to help you work toward fulfilling your retirement expectations.
A Woman’s Retirement Outlook - Specifically tailored for women who have transitioned to retirement.

Wednesday, October 4
College, Getting There from Here - How to make college a reality for your children and grandchildren. Strategies to help you reach your goal.
Health Care and Your Retirement - Traditional medical expense, Medicare, and long term care expense strategies will be discussed.

Wednesday, October 11
Outlook and Opportunities - Perspective on the economy, recent stock market activity, your asset allocation, preparing for volatility, and opportunities in today’s market.

Wednesday, October 18
Protect What You’ve Worked For - We will share proactive ways to address key risks we all encounter and strategies to help prepare for the unexpected.

Wednesday, October 25
Preparing Your Estate Plan - Creating your will, the benefits of trusts in estate planning. How to reduce your taxes and how insurance can help protect your family. Local estate attorney W. Michael Conway, Attorney At Law, will be present to answer questions.

6 Wednesdays,  September 20 – October 25
3:00 – 5:00 p.m. at River Campus

Ron Solada AAMS is a Financial Advisor with Edward Jones Investments. Tenure with the firm is over twelve years. His office is located in Kettering. Ron is married and has three grown children.

Southern Women Writers

Southern writing stands alone, and stories by Southern women occupy a unique place. The short stories for this seminar come from Southern women writers of all ages, and the central threads embody family, community, and history.

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus
Required text: Downhome: An Anthology of Southern Women Writers edited by Susie Mee, Harcourt, 1995. Costs 99 cents used on Amazon.

Priscilla Mutter is a member of the UDOLLI Board of Advisors, serving as co-chair of the Curriculum Committee. She has been a UDOLLI member since McGinnis days and has moderated many seminars mostly on literature and film. Recently she moderated “Bringing the Peace Corps Experience Home.” She lives in the woods in Clayton with her husband, Dane, and their dogs.

Fred’s Easy Pop Music Explosion - NEW

Between the end of the big band era and the birth of rock and roll, there was a time when music was . . . pretty. And lots of fun. Relive this all-too-brief decade of easy pop, when artists with wonderful voices dominated the music business. Learn about the great groups and soloists and sing along to dozens of the most popular tunes of the day. Relive some of your favorite (and often very dance-able) instrumental numbers. Join us for a pleasant walk down memory lane as we embark on what may be the ultimate nostalgia trip!

6 Wednesdays, September 20 – October 25
3:00–5:00 p.m. at River Campus
No required text, but Daniel Niemeyer’s book Remembering 1950s Easy-Pop Songs and Singers is a lot of fun. It sells for about $20 on Amazon.

Fred Oliver is a retired base engineer and lifelong music fan. He’s been a UDOLLI student for the last six years. His previous seminars on film noir, science fiction movies, and big bands of the swing era got good reviews. This will be his tenth seminar.

The Solar System’s Giant Slushballs - NEW

Saturn has been orbited by the Cassini spacecraft for more than 13 years. The mission will come to an end when Cassini descends into Saturn on September 15, 2017. Jupiter has been orbited by the Juno spacecraft since July 4, 2016. We will examine what has been learned through these fantastic voyages to these gas giant planets, view some of the amazing images captured, and discuss why we could not uncover this information from here on Earth. Each session will include orientation to the night sky in the planetarium.

2 Wednesdays September 20 and October 25
3:15 – 4:45 p.m. at Boonshoft Museum of Discovery
Off-site Fee: $5

Cheri Adams taught Astronomy at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery for more than 20 years. She retired and transitioned to volunteering at the museum in June. This will be Cheri’s 18th Astronomy themed seminar for UDOLLI. She first began teaching high school Astronomy in rural Missouri after earning her bachelor of science in education at the University of Missouri at Columbia and still loves looking up when the sky is clear.

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