LivelyU Lifelong Learning Academy enrolling for summer

Press Staff Writer

        The LivelyU Lifelong Learning Academy is wrapping up a highly successful first semester with more 60 participants. Registration is now open for the second semester which begins in June.
        The academy is a platform of programming offered through the Wood County Committee on Aging, Inc. (WCCOA) in partnership with the Bowling Green State University (BGSU) Optimal Aging Institute. Academy courses, which focus on education, engagement and life enrichment, are facilitated by volunteer instructors with a passion for their chosen subjects. Courses are intended to be enjoyable and stimulating for all participants and include opportunities for social interaction.
        The Summer Semester will run from June through August and will include the following courses:
        • Toledo Museum of Art Gallery Group, led by Dianne Klein and Michael Coomes, volunteer docents, Toledo Museum of Art.
        • Adventures in the Spanish Language, instructed by Liliana G. Rossi, Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Spanish teacher, paralegal (immigration).
        • Mental Health & Well-Being, instructed by various professionals from BGSU & NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wood County.
        • Baseball: The Good, The Bad, & The Ugly, instructed by Dave Horger, retired Bowling Green radio personality.
        • Spanish Film Culture Review, instructed by Liliana G. Rossi, Ph.D., Spanish Literature, Spanish teacher, paralegal (immigration).
        • John Dillinger Slept Here: Gangsters in Wood County, instructed by Richard Baranowski, local history librarian, Way Public Library.
        • Bhutan & Nepal: A Travelogue, instructed by Joseph Jacoby, professor emeritus of Sociology, BGSU.
        • Local Tales, instructed by Dr. Earl Wm. Campbell Jr., MD, professor emeritus of medicine, University of Toledo.
        • Restorative Farming, instructed by Liz Mathiesen, student, BGSU.
        • Memoir Writing: Fiction, instructed by Joseph Elia, student, English Department, BGSU.
        Brochures with more information on each course are available at any WCCOA Senior Center location.
        To take part in LivelyU courses, an annual tuition fee of $20 is required. This tuition payment will give participants access to any courses offered for the calendar year. Payment and registration can be organized through the WCCOA Programs Department by phone at 419-353-5661 email at
        Those who would like to share their life skills with others and volunteer as an instructor, course manager or curriculum committee member may call 419-353-5661or email
        For information on WCCOA programs and services visit


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