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Wilmington Institute for Lifelong Learning

(W.I.L.L)


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.

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.

Fall 2021 Course Offerings


  • CPR
  • Drawing 101
  • Essentrics: Classical Stretch
  • Genealogy
  • Horse 101
  • International Home Cooking
  • Stained Glass
  • Tai Chi
  • Weightlifting & Strength Training for Seniors

CPR | WEDNESDAYS | 6:30-7:30 p.m.

CENTER FOR SPORT SCIENCES (CSA) ROOM 110
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15

An investigation of the immediate assistance administered in the case of injury or sudden illness before the arrival of trained medical personnel.  Includes national certification in child and adult CPR.  American Heart Association International Heartsaver® CPR AED Student Workbook will be provided at no additional cost.  *An additional fee of $20 for the CPR certification card is required.*

Class Limit – 12

Instructor: Eric Dick

Eric is entering his fifth year at Wilmington College.  He is an Assistant Professor in the Master’s in Athletic Training Graduate program.

Eric is a 1985 graduate of Wilmington College. He received his Master of Business Administration with a concentration in Healthcare Administration in 2011 from Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa.

Eric spent seven years with the Cincinnati Bengals as a seasonal assistant athletic trainer from 1982-1988 including Super Bowl XXIII. He retired from Highland District Hospital in Hillsboro, Ohio in 2016. He was instrumental in developing the athletic training/sports medicine outreach program to area high schools.

During his 30 years at Highland District Hospital, he was an approved clinical instructor for Wilmington College’s athletic training program. He was the hospital’s American Heart Association Training Center coordinator as well as, an adjunct professor for Southern State Community College. He was the manager for the hospital’s Center for Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine overseeing Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy and Athletic Training, as well as Chairman for all hospital-wide Customer Service initiatives.

Eric, and his lovely bride Suzanne are avid covered bridge enthusiast and live outside of Leesburg, Ohio with their three dogs, Rags, Lady and Tramp.

DRAWING 101 | WEDNESDAYS | 1-4 p.m.

WILMINGTON COLLEGE DEPARTMENT OF ART (1594 FIFE AVE., WILMINGTON)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15

*CLASS MUST HAVE AT LEAST 4 CLASS PARTICIPANTS IN ORDER TO RUN*

The drawing seminar is a studio class. Participants will explore drawing with line, values, and texture through observation skills. Students will increase their knowledge of compositions and drawing techniques.

Participants are asked to bring drawing pencils (#2, 2B, and 4B) and extra fine Sharpie black marker, a stump (blending tool), an eraser, a kneaded eraser, and a sketch pad. All of these materials can be purchased in the college bookstore if needed.

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.

ESSENTRICS: CLASSICAL STRETCH | WEDNESDAYS | 10-11 a.m.

QUAKER RECREATION CENTER: GROUP FITNESS ROOM (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 15

A dynamic, full-body workout suitable for all fitness levels that simultaneously combines stretching and strengthening with some zero impact aerobics. The class will increase flexibility and mobility for a healthy, toned, and pain-free body. Unlock joints, improve posture, and rebalance your body. Comfortable clothes for stretching recommended, yoga mat and towel optional. *We will exercise in bare feet.*

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Michele Beery

Michele is an early childhood educator, Wilmington College Emeritus faculty member and granny. She is a crafter whose best projects are “something from nothing”. She is a lifelong learner and attributes this thankfully to the loving encouragement of her husband, Fred. Michele has been a fan of Classical Stretch on PBS for the past two decades and accredits this with pulling her from the brink of immobilizing arthritis- twice. Michele is now training to become and Eccentrics instructor to share the good news that we are, indeed, fearfully, and wonderfully made.

GENEALOGY | THURSDAYS | 1:30-3 p.m.

CLINTON COUNTY HISTORY CENTER (149 EAST LOCUST ST., WILMINGTON)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING THURSDAY, SEPT. 16

Proper documentation and sources using records available is important in any geological search. Many avenues are available to the researchers, 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 countries 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.

Class Limit – 8

Instructor: Elizabeth Mitchell

Elizabeth is a Wilmington College Alumni. 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. Currently, she is a part-time researcher for the Genealogy Society and continues to 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 Genealogical Society.

HORSE 101 | TUESDAYS | 3-4 p.m.

WILMINGTON COLLEGE EQUINE CENTER (1535 FIFE AVE., WILMINGTON)
4 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPT. 14

This course will introduce students to the basics of the 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.

*An additional fee of $50 is charged for the class enabling us to have the horses and tack available at the Equine Center that will be used by the class participants*

Class Limit – 8

Instructor: Daren Wright

Daren is from Chillicothe, Ohio and is the Director of the Equine Program and Equestrian Team at Wilmington College. He has been judging for 30 years and is currently the Director for the American Paint Horse Association and currently serves on the judges committee. Daren is currently carded with his AQHA, APHA, NSBA, PHBA, ApHC, PtHA, ABRA,IBHA, and NASMA. He is a Professional Horseman for the American Quarter Horse Association and American Paint Horse Association and a member of the Judges Committee for the American Buckskin Horse Association. Daren has been fortunate enough to judge some of the largest and most prestigious shows in the United States including the AQHYA World Show, All American Quarter Horse Congress, APHA World Show, PtHa World Show, AQHA Novice Championships, ApHc World Show, ABRA World Show, PHBA World Show along with many other national and championships in Italy, Australia, Sweden, Holland, France, England and multiple other countries.

Instructor: Stephanie McConnell-Hill

Stephanie has managed a very large and successful Boarding, Training, and Breeding Farm, she holds several Breed Judging Cards, and most importantly, comes to us with a very impressive coaching record. She has coached over 30 World and Reserve World Champions at prestigious shows such as the AQHA World Championships Show, the AQHA Level 1 World Championship Show, and the ARHA World Championship Show. She has also coached numerous top 10 awards in the AQHA Quarter Horse Congress.

INTERNATIONAL HOME COOKING | THURSDAYS | 2-3 P.m.

CENTER FOR SCIENCE & AGRICULTURE (CSA) FOOD LAB, ROOM 302
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING THURSDAY, SEPT. 16

This cooking seminar will be a demonstration session with each of the six weeks focusing on a different country. Participants will go home each week with the recipes that have presented in the class

*Due to the cost of ingredients, participants will be asked to pay an additional $20 beyond the WILL fee. This fee can be paid directly to the course instructor during the first class*

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Norma Duran

Norma is originally from Bolivia. Before coming to Wilmington, she lived on four different continents and traveled extensively. Norma is an excellent cook and has been teaching International Home Cooking for the W.I.L.L. Program for many years.

Stained Glass | THURSDAYS | 9 a.m. – Noon

SOUTH STREET GALLERY (39 N. SOUTH STREET, WILMINGTON)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING THURSDAY, SEPT. 16

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 incorporated 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 – 3

Instructor: John W. Schum

John owns the South Street Gallery and is the Director of the Wilmington Community Arts Collaborative. 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.

Tai Chi | TUESDAYS | 11 a.m. – Noon

QUAKER RECREATION CENTER: GROUP FITNESS ROOM (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING TUESDAY, SEPT. 14

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 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 – 10

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 | 11 a.m. – noon

QUAKER RECREATION CENTER: GROUP FITNESS ROOM (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING FRIDAY, SEPT. 17

This class is designed to help participants build strength, endurance, and flexibility with the use of weights and various body weight exercise. Life-long ailments can be accommodated throughout 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 previously sponsored athlete on SoBe Cannondale Mountain Bike Team, has summited Pikes Peak on three 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!