WILL Lifelong Learning Program Starts Fifth Year

20 Seminars Offered for Spring Term

February 11, 2014

Many worthwhile endeavors gain initial enthusiasm but quickly fade away like a distant meteor crossing the night sky.

Wilmington College’s Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning (WILL) continues to burn brighter as it enters its fifth year of offering enriching, continuing learning seminars for the 40-plus crowd.

WILL director Margaret Guentert is pleased with the program’s success and solid footing as it embarks upon this milestone year. She said WILL is designed as an “authentic educational opportunity” for those persons over 40 years old with a will to continue learning.

“The Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning fulfills a need as an educational outlet for motivated persons wishing to learn and be challenged,” she said. “The community was ready for it when we started in 2010 and it continues to embrace this opportunity.”

For the spring 2014 term, WILL’s catalog features 20 skill-learning and knowledge-expanding seminars designed to introduce students to new worlds. They vary in class frequency and duration but generally will meet weekly from March 10 to May 3. Registration begins Feb. 17.

The cost is $60 for the initial course with a second one this term provided free of charge. Some persons may qualify for financial aid. Seminars meet on campus and at other various locations.

The slate of courses for the spring term encompasses a number of topics, including fine arts, science, religion, history, literature, medicine and travel.

Courses include: Music through the Years, Bible Stories Your Sunday School Teacher Never Told You, Investing: Some Ways to Succeed, Early Stuart England and the Civil War, Religions of the World on the Walls of the Cincinnati Art Museum, Garden to Table, Photo Images: Organizing and Storing Them, Emotions behind Disease and Travel: The World Is Too Big to Be Unexplored.

Also, Unlocking Cincinnati Treasures: Part III Institutions, Medicine in 2014: Some Current Questions and Concerns, Wood Carving, Improve Your Public Speaking in 8 Weeks, What Can Your DNA Tell about You? Writers’ Workshop: Writing for Fun and Profit, Lizzy Borden Took an Axe — or Did She? Beginning Spanish, Stained Glass Possibilities, Medicare 101 and Bird Watching.

Guentert retired from Wilmington College’s English faculty in 2009. She established the WILL program based upon successful models in other communities that shared a desire to provide an educational outlet for motivated persons wishing to learn and be challenged.

“These seminars are designed for those with a passion to know, those eager to share ideas and learn new things,” she said. “Those that enroll in the program are persons that want to build upon their lives and stay engaged.”

A link to a full list of courses and descriptions is available by clicking on the WILL banner near the bottom of the College’s Website homepage at Also, course booklets are available by calling Guentert at WC and leaving a message, including name and mailing address, at (937) 382-6661 ext. 226.