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Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning


With W.I.L.L., Wilmington College began a new outreach to the community in the spring of 2010. We are dedicated to providing challenging seminars for those 40 and older in the greater Wilmington area. Our objective is to lead all who wish to join us to new ideas, possibly to new experiences, and to pleasure in the pursuit of continued, shared learning.

Fall 2020 Cancellation

Due to the continuing COVID-19 situation Wilmington College has opted to cancel the W.I.L.L. program for the upcoming fall 2020 session.

We are hoping to be able to provide classes for all of you during the spring 2021 session. We are currently working with instructors to create a class list and schedule.

Please continue to check this page for updates throughout the fall.

Thank you for understanding and for your continued support of the Wilmington College W.I.L.L. program.  Please stay safe and healthy.


W.I.L.L. Seminars 

The seminars meet once a week for one to two hours. Some meet for two weeks, some for four weeks, some for six weeks, and some for eight weeks as each instructor wishes. There are no educational requirements, no tests and no grades for the seminars. Topics vary from the arts to the sciences to use of computers, quilting, film, and photography. Our objective is to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas to promote the joy of learning. Participants are encouraged to keep up with any assigned readings and to contribute to seminar discussions.

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Margaret Guentert

Wilmington College remembers Margaret Guentert, founding director of the WILL program, who died unexpectedly in May 2019. A member of the English faculty beginning in 1997 and the director of the Honors Program for several years, she retired as an assistant professor of English in 2009. Less than a year later, she established the Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning, in which she coordinated the offering of 20 or so adult seminars in both the fall and spring terms through fall 2018. Margaret is fondly remembered for her passion for education and belief that learning is a lifelong endeavor.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

  • Drawing I
  • English Gardens
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Genealogy
  • Introduction to Equine & Horsemanship
  • Living on a Retirement Budget
  • Microsoft Word
  • Quaker History Highlights
  • Raising Backyard Poultry – CANCELLED
  • Sock Class: Intermediate Knitting
  • Stained Glass
  • Sustainability Made Simple
  • Tai Chi
  • Weight Lifting & Strength Training for Seniors
  • What You Need to Know About Stress
  • Woodcarving

Course Information

Drawing I | Wednesdays, 3/18 – 4/22 | 1-4 p.m.


The drawing seminar is a studio class. Participants will explore drawing with line, values, and texture through observation skills. Participants will increase their knowledge of compositions and drawing techniques. Participants are asked to bring 11×14 Sketchbook, a set of colored markers, extra fine black Sharpie Marker, eraser, and 2H, 2B, and 4B graphite pencils.

Most items can be purchased in the Wilmington College Bookstore.

Class size limit – 12

Instructor: Linda Stanforth

Linda has been a practicing artist for many years. She has had the pleasure of teaching art in kindergarten through high school, as well as at the college level. She loves to share her passion for art with others.

English Gardens | Friday, May 1 OR Friday, May 15 | 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.


Participants will meet at the Presbyterian Church of Wilmington (840 Timber Glen Drive), at 9 a.m. for pick up and will be transported to and from the session.

What is an English Garden? Why are they considered to be the quintessential gardens? Can you grow and English Garden in Ohio? Join us to learn about these gardens. This seminar will include a lecture as well as a tour through the gardens. Lunch will follow the tour and is included in the cost. For more information about the Gardens please visit www.englishgardenfarm. com this website will also provide you with a map and directions if needed.

Class size limit – 12

Instructor: Craig Jaynes

Craig is the gardener at English Garden Farm outside of Jamestown. He began the garden over a decade ago. He has led four different garden tours to England and he established the first English-style garden open to the public in Columbus at Christ Church, Anglican prior to the Ameriflora International Garden Show 1992.

Furniture Restoration | Tuesdays, 3/17 – 4/28 | 4-6 p.m.


These classes will offer the opportunity to explore the art of reworking and refinishing a piece of furniture to its original condition, as well as being usable again. The first session will be an introduction showing examples from the instructors own refinishing endeavors. This will allow participants to get ideas of what they can accomplish during the course of the class.

After the second session, participants will be asked to bring an item they wish to work on with them to class. Due to the cost of the materials, participants will be required to pay an additional $20 beyond the WILL program fee. Fees will be payable to Lee Silverstrim.

Class size limit – 3

Instructor: Lee Silverstrim

Lee is a retired P&G manager who has been reworking furniture since he was ten. He calls his works “Resurrection Works” because of his ability to see possibilities in pieces of furniture that would likely be in the burn pile. He loves to help others see the possibilities for new life and function to these pieces.

Genealogy | Tuesdays, 3/17 – 5/5 | 1-2:30 p.m.


Proper documentation and sources using records available is important in any genealogical search. Many avenues are available to the researcher, but proper documentation is key. Participants in this seminar will examine resources/records available in Clinton County, determine where records are located, how to access them and the kinds of information to be found. Techniques learned in this seminar will apply in other counties and states. Forms relevant to the class of the day will be provided. Use of the internet is increasingly important to researchers. Digital records will be emphasized and information for accessing them will be provided. If you have a laptop computer, please bring it to class on the days we are using computers.

All classes will be held at the Clinton County Genealogical Library located inside the Clinton County History Center at 149 E. Locust Street. Parking is available in the parking lot at the rear of the building.

Class size limit – 8

Instructor: Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth is a Wilmington College Alum. She is a retired history teacher who for 40 years has extensively researched her own family genealogy and has assisted others in their research of records. She has transcribed and published several types of records of Clinton County and has made them more user friendly. Presently she is a part-time researcher for the Genealogy Society and continues as a volunteer to transcribe more records.


Instructor: Leslie Holmes

Leslie is a graduate of Hanover College in Indiana. She is a retired teacher and history and genealogy have always been her passion. Leslie had successfully completed all three courses of DAR, Genealogy Educational Program. She is currently a past Registrar for the George Clinton Chapter of the DAR. She also compiles and publishes the newsletter for our Genealogy Society.

Introduction to Equine & Horsemanship | Wednesdays, 3/18 – 5/6 | 3-5 p.m.


The first part of this course (Intro to Equine) introduces participants to the basics of equine care, handling, behavior, and management with an emphasis on safety. Basic equine health, identification and equine anatomy will also be covered. Discussion and application of handling (haltering, catching, leading and holding horses), behavior, management practices, anatomy and identification will occur in both the classroom and laboratory settings.

The second part of this course (Intro to Horsemanship) begins April 15 and introduces the beginner/non-rider to the basics of horsemanship and safety around horses. The participant will learn to handle the horse on the ground, saddle, groom, bridle, mount/dismount, walk jog/trot, stop, back and turn a horse. Additionally, the participant will learn to identify gaits of the horse, tack and horse anatomy as it applies to riding. Application of all the elements will occur in a “hands-on” setting.

An additional fee of $100 is charged for this class as it helps afford to have the horses and tack available at the Equine Center that will be used by the class participants.

Class size limit – 8

Instructor: Katie Finkes-Turner

Katie Finkes-Turner joined Wilmington College in 2017, as the Equine Center Manager and Riding Instructor/IHSA Team Coach. Katie has lived locally for the majority of her life, helping manage her family farm (Finch Creek Farm of Xenia, OH), working in and managing local equine facilities, and most recently teaching Agriculture and Equine Science and Managing the Equine Program at Greene County Career Center along with being an FFA Advisor there. Katie attended Morehead State University where she studied Agriculture and Equine Science and rode on the IHSA riding team, Antioch University Midwest where she received her Bachelors in Business Management and the Ohio State University where she completed masters’ coursework for her Educational Licensure.

Before entering the educational realm of the Agriculture and Equine worlds, Katie gained considerable experience working in a variety of horse barns ranging for Thoroughbred racehorses, to World Champion Friesians. She has managed traveling show barns, been a professional groom, and has shown and trained in a variety of disciplines. In having such a broad and diverse industry education, Katie brings a wealth of both practical equine knowledge and training/coaching techniques to her classes and riding team at Wilmington College.

Living on a Retirement Budget | Tuesdays, 3/17 – 5/5 | 2-3 p.m.


Planning your finances using a retirement budget can improve your peace of mind and lessen your stress about money in your golden years. Plus, calculating your budget will help you avoid spending too much of your nest egg too soon—a financial mistake many retirees could make. With a few simple steps, this course is designed to help you develop a budget that accounts for your obligations but leaves plenty of room for enjoyment.

Class Limit – 15

Instructor: Tim Burgoyne

Tim, Assistant Professor of Management, regularly teaches Introduction to Management and Human Resource Management but he has also taught more than twenty different courses on business-related topics for various colleges starting in 2007. Tim’s professional work experience consists primarily of six years’ experience as a business manager/analyst in international logistics for American Standard. In this capacity, he was responsible for strategic development, contract management/negotiations and analytics of global trade lanes. Additionally, Tim spent four years in management at Staples in the New York City area. Over the past 10 years, Tim has taught financial seminars, public speaking events on money management, credit classes for various colleges in financial literacy/personal economics, and has taught the Dave Ramsey Cash Management program.

Microsoft Word | Thursdays, 3/19 – 5/7 | 5:30-6:30 p.m.


This course will provide an introduction to Microsoft Word. The course will be broken down into four projects: Formatting a letter, creating a flyer, creating a greeting card and creating a brochure. This course presupposes knowledge of computers, including how to power on and off, and basic navigation to a program. It also presupposes typing ability and the ability to use Google to search the internet.

Class Limit – 15

Instructor: Ashleigh Wellman

Ashleigh is the associate director of digital marketing for Wilmington College. She is fluent in both Windows and Macintosh and uses both every day for both work and fun. She is from eastern Kentucky and graduated from Morehead State University in 2010 (BA in Art) and 2013 (Master of Public Administration). Ashleigh has seven cats and four dogs and lives in Wilmington with her husband, whom she calls, “Wellman”.

Quaker History Highlights | Thursdays, 4/2 – 4/23| 3-5 p.m.


From the 1652 vision of George Fox atop Pendle Hill in Lancashire England to the 2020 celebration of 150 years since the founding of Wilmington College in Ohio, we will look at a few of the people, places, events, and issues that tell some of the story of “The People Called Quakers.” (It’s not about oatmeal) Learn why a hundred years ago Clinton County was called the “Quaker County.” Class participants are asked to bring a clip board, note paper or hard tablet and writing utensils for note taking.

Class Limit – 30

Instructor: Christine Snyder

Christine Hadley Snyder was born and raised in a brick farmhouse in Adams Township built by her great-great-great grandfather, Eli Harvey. The Adams Township farm was located on land purchased and settled by the Quaker families Harvey, Hadley, and Hale in 1806. She was a birthright member of Springfield Friends Meeting where seven generations of Hadley ancestors are buried. She has served in the Peace Corps, as a teacher and professor, has done financial management, and has served on the local, national, and international boards of Quaker organizations. She has been president of the Clinton County Genealogical Society and is currently on the Board of the Historical Society. While chairing the Board of Wilmington College, she worked on the planning of the Quaker Heritage Center and the erection of the “Who Sends Thee?” sculpture.

Raising Backyard Poultry – CANCELLED

Sock Class: Intermediate Knitting | Wednesdays, 3/18 – 4/8 | 3:30-5:30 p.m.


Participants will be learning how to knit a pair of socks. The class will be set up as follows:

Class 1 | Getting set up and starting the leg

Class 2 | Heel flap and the magic of turning a heel

Classes 3 and 4 | Working the foot and wearing a sock

Materials needed for the knitting class:

400 Yards of Sock Yarn

Size 4 Double Point Needles (you may want to purchase two sets to work both socks at once)

All materials can be ordered on the JoAnn Fabrics website.

Class Limit- 10

Instructor: Peggy Irwin-Eades

Peggy is a life-long resident of Clinton County. She is the proud mother of Katherine, Jacob, Paris and Tristen and wife of Ray Eades. Peggy picked up a set of knitting needles in September of 2005 and she has been knitting ever since. Peggy writes patterns, and designs and creates custom original pieces for individuals and small farms. Peggy owns 7 looms; she spins yarn, does wet and needle felt. Peggy has been teaching knitting to children and adults for many years.

Stained Glass | Thursdays, 3/19 – 4/9 | 2-5 p.m.


Explore the ancient and beautiful art form of stained glass as you create your own masterpiece. This one-on-one training is hands-on and incorporates both traditional and modern techniques. You will learn to cut the glass safely and successfully while learning methods of construction including Tiffany, Lead and Zinc Came.

Due to the cost of the materials, participants will be asked to pay an additional $100 beyond the WILL fee payable to the instructor on the first day of classes.

Class Limit – 6

Instructor: John W. Schum

John owns the South Street Gallery and is the Director of the Wilmington Community Arts Collaborative. He serves the City of Wilmington as a member of the Design Review Board. The stained-glass bug bit John almost 30 years ago. He loves the way light looks coming through stained glass at church. In his retirement, he gets to show people how to make stained glass.

Sustainability Made Simple| Tuesdays, 3/17 – 4/28 (except 3/31) | 6-7:30 p.m.


Participants can expect to learn what sustainability is and how it can be done on a personal level. Participants will also learn about food waste, gardening, agriculture, and local ways to improve sustainability.

Class Limit – 20

Instructor: Aryn M. Copeland

Aryn Copeland is a senior studying agricultural communication with a minor in sustainability. Originally from Bucyrus, Ohio she plans to work in the agricultural community with a focus in sustainability. Aryn is very passionate about the topic of sustainability and brings her enthusiasm to the classroom.

Tai Chi | Wednesdays, 3/18 – 4/22 | NOON


Learn the internal benefits of Tai Chi, an ancient, slow meditative practice that creates tremendous health benefits. Tai Chi helps to improve your balance, reduce stress and increase your vitality. Practicing Tai Chi and Qigong develop and stimulate internal energy centers while helping to improve mobility and flexibility. Anyone can learn Tai Chi regardless of age, level of fitness, or flexibility. Be sure to wear comfortable workout clothing and socks for each class.

Class Limit – 15

Instructor: Bob Baylor

Bob has been studying Tai Chi for the last eleven years, which has enabled him to achieve higher levels of health and spiritual awareness. As he continues his journey of personal discovery and growth, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others to help them improve their spirit, mind and body.

Weight Lifting & Strength Training for Seniors | Fridays, 3/20 – 5/8| 10-11 a.m.


This class is designed to help participants build strength, endurance and flexibility with the use of weights and various body weight exercises. Life-long ailments can be accommodated through modifications.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Paula Stewart

Paula is the Director of Wellness and Assistant Swimming Coach at Wilmington College. She holds certifications as a Personal Trainer, Strength and Conditioning Coach, Spinning Instructor, and recently completed her 200-hour yoga teacher training. Paula is a 2-time Ironman finisher; she has been a previously sponsored athlete on SoBe Cannondale Mountain Bike Team, has summited Pikes Peak on 3 separate occasions and has also summited Mt. Evans (the highest paved road in the United States) by bicycle. Paula hopes to help you find an activity that you can enjoy while getting fit!

What You Need to Know About Stress | Wednesdays, 3/18 – 4/8| 2-3 p.m.


In today’s world, we frequently encounter stressful situations. However, most of us do not understand what stress is, what causes it, what effect it has on us, and how to deal with it. In this seminar we will examine some of these issues and experience a simple way to determine the stress level in your body.

Over four class periods, you will learn: what stress is, a simple way of measuring your own stress level, the role of stress in the development of many illnesses and diseases and how to manage stress.

Class Limit – 12

Instructor: James Ramsey

James is an Emeritus professor of Biological Sciences at the University of Dayton. James has published numerous research papers from his research laboratory, he has also written a medical textbook on stress and disease in 1982.

Wood Carving | Wednesdays, 3/11 – 4/15| 2-4 p.m.


Participants in this seminar will learn safety procedures for carving wood with a carving knife. Class will include knife safety, a variety of whittling exercises and a variety of carving projects to begin during the class session and complete at home at participants’ own schedule. Each carving project will build upon the previous so that at the end of six sessions participants will be able to carve projects of their own design. Carving knife, safety glove and instructional booklet require an additional fee of $20 paid at the first class meeting. Wood for various projects is provided and miscellaneous supplies are included in the class fee.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Donald K. Mertz

Donald has been carving seriously since 1975 and has taught numerous classes on carving. He has written instructional articles in wood carving magazines and authors a web blog at where students may continue their learning by visiting his carving blog.