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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 classes 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. CLASSES

The classes meet once a week for one to two hours. Most of the WILL classes are taught within a six week timeframe unless otherwise noted in the catalog (i.e., Garden Tours, one session classes, etc.) There are no educational requirements, no tests and no grades for the seminars. Topics cover a range of topics, including social, cultural, political, exercise, health, cooking, agriculture and many more. 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 2022 Course Offerings


  • Chair Yoga
  • Cherokee Language 101
  • Christmas Stocking
  • English Gardens
  • Equine 101
  • European Cultures
  • Furniture Restoration
  • Genealogy
  • Stained Glass
  • Tai Chi
  • Talking to Your Doctor
  • Weightlifting & Strength Training for Seniors
  • Wet Felting
  • Writing/Journalism

Chair Yoga | TUESDAYS | 10 to 11 a.m.
GROUP FITNESS ROOM, QUAKER RECREATION CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 13, 2022

Course Purpose: Learn the simple easy stretching exercises that will help you to support balance and maintain strength. Chair yoga is modified yoga poses that can be done while seated in a chair. These modifications make yoga accessible to people who cannot stand for extended periods of time, lack the mobility to move easily from standing to seated to supine positions, or want a quick break from office work.

Many of the basic body mechanics of the individual postures stay the same. While seated on chairs, students can do versions of twists, hip stretches, forward bends, and mild backbends.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Dorothy Hribar-Creed

I have been attending yoga class for the past 23 years.   After 17 years of retirement, the teacher in me started to miss the classroom.  So, in the fall of 2017, I enrolled in an Instructor Training program at the House of Aum.   After completing my training in 2018, I started teaching at a studio in Hillsboro, Ohio.

During this time, I have taught different classes and really like chair yoga as it seems to meet many people’s needs.  I feel it offers everyone, young or old, fat, or skinny, something—rather it be flexibility, stability, awareness, or balance. As long as a person keeps moving, we keep our bodies happy along with making that personal journey for ourselves.

Cherokee Language 101 | TUESDAYS | 10 to 11 a.m.
ROOM 10, KELLY CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 13, 2022

This course introduces you to the Cherokee language, mainly spoken in North Carolina and Oklahoma. Students will learn about the syllabary, invented by Sequoyah, and adopted in 1821 by the Cherokee Nation. Students will also have the opportunity to hear the language spoken, play Bingo and Uno in Cherokee, learn simple conversational phrases and how to write their names in Cherokee.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Bill Limbacher

Bill Limbacher has offered Cherokee language seminars many times through WILL and offers private lessons in the language. In 2019, he gave an interactive presentation on playing a Scrabble like board game in Cherokee at the American Indian Symposium in Tahlequah, Oklahoma. Bill has a substantial collection of language materials to share with students.

Christmas Stocking| MONDAYS | 4 to 5 p.m.
ROOM 10, KELLY CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 12, 2022

Basic knowledge and some earlier knitting experiences are needed to take this class.  This stocking is knitted in the round, the student will learn how to change colors, turn a heel, and shape a toe.

Materials you will need prior to the first day of class:

Set of size 8 double pointed needles

2 skeins of worsted weight yarn for main color

1 skein of worsted weight yarn for accents

Class Limit – 7

Instructor: Peggy Irwin Eades

Peggy Irwin lives on her family farm in the southeastern part of Clinton County, with her husband Ray Eades.  She is the mother of Katherine, Jacob, Paris, and Tristen.

She picked up her first set of knitting needles in September 2005 and has never looked back.  Along with knitting, she loves to weave and felt.  Peggy has taught classes for 15 years.  She also is the owner of Entwined Designs by Peggy, where she creates and designs pieces for sale along with custom designs for customers. 

English Gardens | FRIDAY, SEPT. 23 | 10 a.m. to noon (one tour will be offered)
6599 OLD US 35, JAMESTOWN, OHIO

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 this tour, transportation may be provided by the W.I.L.L. program – to be decided. We will let you know.

Tour Limit – 8

Instructor: Craig Jaynes

Craig is the gardener of the Ashdowne English Garden found 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 set up the first English-style garden open to the public in Columbus at Christ Church, Anglican prior to the Ameriflora International Garden Show in 1992.

Equine 101 | WEDNESDAYS | 2 to 3 P.M.
1535 FIFE AVE., WILMINGTON (WILMINGTON COLLEGE EQUESTRIAN CENTER)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 14, 2022

This class 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” in the Equine Center 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 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.

European Cultures | THURSDAYS | 4 to 6 P.M.
ROOM 10, KELLY CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 15, 2022

*Includes a Fieldtrip to the Cincinnati Art Museum leaving WC (Wilmington College) at 4pm as part of a Thursday class meeting (date TBA)

Explore the rich and diverse cultures of Europe through travel films, interactive lectures, food sampling, music, & a visit to the Cincinnati Art Museum. We will learn about the multi-ethnic countries of Great Britain, Spain, & Switzerland & become familiar with some of their customs, art, religious & historical sites, & other important aspects of their identities & cultures.  This is great preparation for a trip to Europe or just a way to expand your knowledge about & appreciation for the people & places of this region.

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Marlaina Leppert-Wahl, Ph.D.

Marlaina is an Associate Professor of Political Science at Wilmington College. She was raised in Europe & attended a British secondary school & universities in Spain. Her sub-fields for graduate degrees in International Affairs and Political Science included European government & politics. Although her professional focus has shifted in recent years to Middle Eastern issues, she still has family & friends in Europe & teaches Spanish language & culture in a variety of settings. Marlaina is also a member of the Cincinnati-based, interfaith organization EquaSion, which provides her with many local opportunities to interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds.

Furniture Restoration | WEDNESDAYS | 3 to 5 p.m.
71 RITA PLACE, WILMINGTON, OHIO
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 14, 2022

These classes will offer the opportunity to explore the art of reworking and refinishing a piece of furniture to its original condition, allowing the piece to be usable again. The first session will consist of an introduction providing examples from the instructor’s own refinishing endeavors. This introduction will provide class participants with ideas of what they can achieve during the class.

2nd session: participants will be asked to bring an item they wish to work on to class.

*An additional fee of $25 is charged for the class due to the cost of materials that will be provided. Please bring payment on the first day of the class and pay the instructor directly.

Class Limit – 3

Instructor: Lee Silverstrim

Lee is a retired manager from P&G. He has been reworking furniture since the age of 10 and has a true passion for the process. He refers to his completed pieces as “Resurrection Works.”  Lee is enthusiastic about his ability to see possibilities in pieces of furniture that would likely be in someone’s burn pile. He loves to help others see the possibilities and reach their goals for new life and function in these pieces.

Genealogy | THURSDAYS | 1:30 to 3 p.m.
149 E. LOCUST STREET, WILMINGTON, OHIO (GENEALOGY LIBRARY, CLINTON CO. HISTORY CENTER)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 15, 2022

Proper documentation and sources using records available is important in any geological search. Many avenues are available to the researcher, but proper documentation is key. Participants in this class will examine resources/records available in Clinton County, find where records are located, how to access them and the kinds of information to be found. Techniques learned in this class 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. If you have a laptop, please bring it to class on the days we will be using computers.

Class Limit – 8

Instructor: Leslie Holmes

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

Stained Glass | THURSDAYS | 2 to 5 p.m.
39 N. SOUTH STREET, WILMINGTON, OHIO (SOUTH STREET GALLERY)
4-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 15, 2022

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 | WEDNESDAYS | 10 to 11 a.m.
GROUP FITNESS ROOM, QUAKER RECREATION CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 14, 2022

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 and growth, he enjoys sharing his knowledge with others to help them improve their spirit, mind, and body.

Talking to Your Doctor | WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28, 2022 | 8:30 to 10 a.m. (one seminar will be offered)
ROOM 109, COLLEGE HALL (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)

Navigating our own health care is not as easy as it sounds. This seminar will provide you with the confidence to speak directly to your physician about your health care.

  1. How to be a good patient – sharing the responsibility of your care with your doctor
  2. Speaking to your doctor confidently – being prepared for the conversation
  3. The important questions to ask
  4. How to read drug information inserts (do any of us ever read those? /We should!)
  5. How to read internet ‘research’
  6. When no treatment may be the best alternative
  7. How to make sure your care is decided by what you want

Seminar Limit – 10 (plenty of time for questions and answers)

Instructor: Craig Jaynes

Craig is a retired RN, having served as a Hospice and Palliative Care Nurse with Community Care Hospice.  Previously, he was at Miami Valley Hospital (Cardiac Care) and Greene Memorial Hospital (General Medical/Surgical Care).

Weightlifting & Strength Training for Seniors | FRIDAYS | 11 a.m. to noon
GROUP FITNESS ROOM, QUAKER RECREATION CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 16, 2022

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!

Wet Felting | WEDNESDAYS | 4 to 5 p.m.
ROOM 10, KELLY CENTER (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
6-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 14, 2022

This class will teach students the basics of layering raw materials into a landscape design to process it through wet felting into a landscape picture.  We will also discuss fun ways to finish the piece.

Material Cost $10.00 – payable directly to the instructor during the first class

Class Limit – 10

Instructor: Peggy Irwin Eades

Peggy Irwin lives on her family farm in the southeastern part of Clinton County, with her husband Ray Eades.  She is the mother of Katherine, Jacob, Paris, and Tristen.

She picked up her first set of knitting needles in September 2005 and has never looked back.  Along with knitting, she loves to weave and felt.  Peggy has taught classes for 15 years.  She also is the owner of Entwined Designs by Peggy, where she creates and designs pieces for sale along with custom designs for customers. 

Writing/Journalism | WEDNESDAYS | 4 to 5 p.m.
ROOM 244, CENTER FOR THE SCIENCES & AGRICULTURE (WILMINGTON COLLEGE)
5-WEEK COURSE, BEGINNING SEPT. 21, 2022

This class lecture series will provide the class participant with an in-depth insight in to print and broadcast journalism.  The students will have the opportunity to learn and ask questions about writing for newspapers, magazines, and hosting a radio show.     

Class Limit – 15

Instructor: Dianne Bonecutter Garrett

Dianne currently writes a column for the Wilmington News Journal.  For many years she was a staff writer for a group of weekly newspapers and a Lifestyle Magazine in Columbus, Ohio.  Dianne has also written and produced her own radio show.