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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.

Spring 2022 Course Offerings


  • CPR Instruction
  • English Gardens
  • Horse 101
  • International Home Cooking
  • Middle Eastern Cultures
  • Self Help to Manifest a Positive Life
  • Speaking to Your Physician
  • Stained Glass
  • Tai Chi
  • Weightlifting & Strength Training for Seniors

CPR Instruction | TUESDAYS & THURSDAYS (2 SESSIONS PER WEEK) | 4-5 P.M.

CENTER FOR SPORT SCIENCES (CSS) ROOM 110 (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

3-WEEK COURSE, MARCH 22 THROUGH APRIL 7 (2 SESSIONS PER WEEK, TOTAL OF 6 CLASSES)

Course Purpose: Students should be able to perform as first responders with the understanding of first aid, child CPR, adult CPR, and AED use. They should be able to use their knowledge in an emergency situation in order to sustain life and/or maintain a controlled situation until emergency medical help arrives.

*An additional fee of $20.00 is required for CPR Certification

Course Objectives: 

  • Understand the Emergency Medical System (EMS), including all its components, and how it works. 
  • Understand how to check an unconscious or conscious victim. 
  • Recognize signs of breathing emergencies, including choking, and cardiac emergencies, and demonstrate how to care for them. 
  • Identify risk factors/signs associated with cardiovascular disease and/or possible heart attack and how to minimize them. 
  • Demonstrate use of an AED for use on adults and children. 
  • Recognize life-threatening situations and how to control/deal with them until further medical help arrives. 
  • Recognize symptoms of shock and understand how to minimize its effects. 
  • Recognize soft tissue and musculoskeletal injuries and demonstrate how to care for them. 
  • Recognize sudden illness, poisoning, bites, stings, heat/cold emergencies and demonstrate how to care for them. 
  • Describe how and when to move a victim in an emergency.

Class Limit – 6

Instructor: Trip Breen

Trip is the Head Men’s and Women’s Swimming Coach at Wilmington College. In addition to coaching at Wilmington, he has been an American Red Cross Volunteer for over 20 years teaching classes in CPR, First Aid, Lifeguard Training, Water Safety, Swimming Lessons and Safety Training for Swim Coaches. Trip is really looking forward to teaching this class and spending some time with all of you, let’s have some fun!

ENGLISH GARDENS | APRIL 22 & MAY 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

6599 OLD U.S. 35, JAMESTOWN

2 SEPARATE TOURS OFFERED

What is an English Garden? Who is to say what an English Garden is? Why are English Gardens considered to be the quintessential garden? Can you grow an English Garden in Ohio? Sadly, the answer is no. So, what can you do? Come join us at Ashdowne Garden in Jamestown, Ohio to learn. This is a one-day (approximately 2 hour) class that includes a lecture detailed with slides of some of the most famous English Gardens in England and an extensive tour through Ashdowne. Please wear comfortable outdoor shoes as pathways through the gardens are grassy and uneven with a few inclines in places. A box lunch will be provided at the end of the tour.

*Depending upon how many register to attend these tours, transportation may be provided by the W.I.L.L. program – to be determined. We will notify you.

Tour Limit – 8

Instructor: Craig Jaynes

Craig is the gardener of the Ashdowne English Garden located just outside of Jamestown, Ohio. He began creating and working on the garden over a decade ago as it is always a work in progress. Craig has led four different garden tours to England. He also established the first English-style garden open to the public in Columbus at Christ Church, Anglican prior to the Ameriflora International Garden Show in 1992.

HORSE 101 | WEDNESDAYS | 2-3 P.M.

WILMINGTON COLLEGE EQUINE CENTER (1535 FIFE AVE., WILMINGTON)

6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 16

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. If weather and time permits the students will also be taught the basics of proper mount and dismount and have some “seat time” learning to slow walk, then trot within the arena.

*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 (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING THURSDAY, MARCH 17

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 and possibly even leftovers of the dishes that have been presented in class.

*Due to the cost of ingredients and cooking supplies, participants will be asked to pay an additional $25 beyond the W.I.L.L. 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 graciously teaching International Home Cooking for the W.I.L.L. Program for many years.

MIDDLE EASTERN CULTURES | MONDAYS | 4-6 P.M.

COLLEGE HALL, ROOM 109 (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

6-WEEK TERM, BEGINNING MONDAY, MARCH 21

Optional Fieldtrip to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati on Saturday, April 2 (depending on timing of course)

Explore the rich and diverse cultures of the Middle East through films, music, interactive lectures, food sampling, and a visit to the Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati. We will learn about the Arabs, Jews, & Persians of the region & become familiar with their customs, art, religions & sacred sites, & other important aspects of their identities & cultures. This is great preparation for a trip to the Middle East or Northern Africa or just a way to expand your knowledge about & appreciation for the people & places of the region.

Instructor: Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, Ph. D. 

Marlaina is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilmington College. Her research & teaching interests include Middle Eastern studies. She prepares WC students for participation in the Model Arab League diplomatic simulation. She has traveled & taken students to the Middle East & Northern Africa on various occasions. Marlaina is also a member of the Cincinnati-based, interfaith organization EquaSion, which provides her with many local opportunities to interact with people from different cultural backgrounds.

SELF HELP TO MANIFEST A POSITIVE LIFE | WEDNESDAYS | 1-3 P.M.

CENTER FOR SPORT SCIENCES (CSA) ROOM 314 (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

6-WEEK TERM, BEGINNING WEDNESDAY, MARCH 23

Self-Help to Manifest a Positive Life- Students will explore the 10 Rules to Fuel Your Life, Work, and Team with Positive Energy from Jon Gordon’s The Energy Bus and The 7 Habits to Highly Productive People. The goal of the course is to establish a personal vision and provide methods of personal growth and development for each student that will be beneficial in their everyday lives and in any leadership roles they might hold.

Instructor: Caroline Liggett 

Caroline Liggett is from Johnstown, Ohio. She is a senior at Wilmington College, pursuing a Self-Designed Major, titled: Agribusiness and Policy. On campus, Caroline holds various leadership positions as well as being involved in many different organizations. Following graduation, she has accepted an offer with Winfield United, a branch of Land O’ Lakes, within the Associates Program in the central Iowa region. She will be working as a bridge between their agronomy research team and the sales teams. Caroline plans to obtain a master’s degree during this time in Agricultural Leadership. She would eventually like to achieve a Doctorate Degree and make her way back into the collegiate classroom as an agricultural professor.

SPEAKING TO YOUR PHYSICIAN | MARCH 29 & APRIL 12, 8:30-9:30 a.m.

KELLY CENTER – ROOM #2 (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

2 SEPARATE SEMINARS OFFERED

These seminars will provide you with the confidence to speak directly to your physician about your health care. Each session will cover the same material: 

  1. How to be a good patient 
  2. Speaking to your physician confidently – being prepared for the conversation 
  3. The important questions to ask 
  4. How to read drug information inserts 
  5. How to read internet ‘research’ 
  6. When no treatment may be the best alternative 
  7. How to make sure your care is determined by what you want

Seminar Limit – 8

Instructor: Craig Jaynes

Craig is an RN and a Certified Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse. Previously, he was at Miami Valley Hospital (Cardiac Care) and Greene Memorial Hospital (General Medical/Surgical Care).

STAINED GLASS | THURSDAYS | 9 A.M. – NOON

SOUTH STREET GALLERY (39 N. SOUTH STREET, WILMINGTON)

6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING THURSDAY, MARCH 17

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 

TAI CHI | TUESDAYS | 11 A.M. – NOON

QUAKER RECREATION CENTER: GROUP FITNESS ROOM (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

6 WEEK TERM, BEGINNING TUESDAY, MARCH 15

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 fifteen years, which has enabled him to achieve higher levels of health and spiritual awareness. As he continues his journey of personal discovery 

WEIGHT LIFTING & STRENGTH TRAINING FOR SENIORS | FRIDAYS | 11 A.M. – NOON

QUAKER RECREATION CENTER: GROUP FITNESS ROOM (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

6-WEEK TERM, BEGINNING FRIDAY, MARCH 18

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!