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Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein University


Deepen your commitment to education by joining the Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein.

What is the Lifelong Learning Community?

A group of like-minded mature learners, 55 and older who are:

  • Open to learning.
  • Curious about the world.
  • Committed to maintaining an active mind for a healthy body.
  • Interested in coming to the Otterbein campus for a year-long menu of workshops, lectures and May mini-courses designed for Lifelong Learning Community members.
  • Eager to meet artists, lecturers, writers and faculty in formal and informal settings.

Space is limited. Register as a Member Today!

A membership in the Lifelong Learning Community is $50 per person; ½ price for a spouse, partner or friend! A one-year membership is Sept. 1, 2017, through Aug. 31, 2018.  Register here or by calling 614-823-1650.  Space requires that we limit membership. Once our limit is reached, we will take your information and contact you about public events, May mini-course offerings and enrollment for next year.

Benefits of Lifelong Learning Community Membership

  • Admission to special events with President Kathy Krendl, experts and writers visiting campus
  • Exclusive offerings of lectures, discussions, workshops and May mini-courses created for the Lifelong Learning Community members, by members and by Otterbein faculty. A sampling of courses can be seen to the right.

  • Opportunities to meet artists for the Opening Doors to the World programming. This year's focus is  on art and culture in Africa.
  • Discounted Otterbein Theatre matinee performances during the summer of 2019 with opportunities to meet the actors, directors and playwright.

  • Discounted tickets for Lifelong Learning Community members for Westerville Symphony events in Cowan Hall in October, December, March and April.
  • Discounted rate of $5 to become a member of Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library (regularly $20), a Lifelong Learning Community partner. This applies to new memberships, or those who are not currently Friends of the Library.  Contact the library for more information.

  • Volunteer opportunities in the Westerville/Otterbein community.

 Sampling of offerings:

  • Janice Glowski - Opening Doors to the World/Africa art exhibits and more
  • Betsy MacLean - The '60s Rebellion, a five- part course 
  • Gayle Walker - The Singing Heart:  Adventures in Germany with the Otterbein Choir 
  • Victoria Frisch- Great Flexibility and Balance Through Yoga
  • Terry Carlson - Vietnam:  Our War. What do You Remember?
  • Lyle Barkhymer - Mozart Requiem lecture preceding the Westerville Symphony concert
  • Lois Szudy and Nancy Smith - Reading groups  Travels With Charley John Steinbeck
  • Doug Knight - Helping Grandchildren to Invest: College and Retirement
  • Paul Wendel - Small Things That Add Up:  Our Efforts to Reduce Our Environmental Impact
  • May mini-courses: $100 per course in addition to your membership, add a second person at $50 or add a second course for $50.