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Lifelong Learning


Our Mission

Lifelong Learning (LLL) seeks to provide quality, community-based programs for people of various ages.  UCM’s LLL series is designed to provide programs and performances that enlighten and inform people throughout the region.  All programs are free and open to the public.  Please join us!  

Our History

Lifelong Learning (LLL) began with an interest survey distributed to UCM’s to members of the UCM Emeriti Association in April 2010.  In June, 2010 a committee of emeriti members, Dee Hudson, Justyn Graham, Harold Sampson, and Deems Brooks met to begin planning a variety of ungraded learning opportunities for older adults within the community.  Though not serving on the committee, Dick Carr aided with media releases.  Darlene Laubenstein replaced Hudson on the committee in April 2011 and Karen Haase was added in the summer of 2011. 


Meet The Board


Mary Solomon -- Chair

Solomon retired after a 34-year career as a middle school language arts teacher. She is a University of Missouri graduate and completed graduate work at the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Solomon serves on the Survival Adult Abuse Center board and volunteers in other community capacities.  She is an avid reader who enjoys traveling, playing bridge, and spoiling grandchildren.  


Rick Squiric -- Vice Chair

Rick Squiric has lived in Warrensburg since 1977.  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975 and was hired as a project engineer by Shell Chemical Co and lived in Princeton, NJ, where he met his wife Laurie Innes.  They have two children Emily and Jeff.  In October 1977 Rick went to work with Innes Elevator Mills who were in need of someone to help with the feed mill operation.  They made feed and contracted with growers to raise chickens and turkeys. After 20 years of  operation Innes Elevator Mills shut down in 1998.  In 2000 Rick bought a printing business in Kansas City. Jeff, Laurie and Rick operate Lettercraft LLC now. Lettercraft offers printing services, direct mail marketing services (primarily by way of  The Big Local Flyer), and they also started offering web hosting and web development services. Besides getting much enjoyment from the work he does, Rick's main hobby is gardening, I enjoy puttering around the yard and watching things grow.

Bobbie Erickson -- Secretary

Erickson retired in 2004 after a 24-year career as a public school library media specialist. She has a BS degree in Sociology from Southern Illinois University (Carbondale) and a MSE in Library Science from UCM. Her passion is travel and she has visited all 50 states and many foreign countries. She also enjoys reading, singing in the church choir, and working at the Teacher's Warehouse.

Kyle Constant -- Treasurer

Constant is Assistant Director of Trails Regional Library, a public library system serving Johnson and Lafayette Counties.  He has been a librarian in Kansas and Missouri for over ten years.  Previously, he was an industrial/commercial electrician, a deputy juvenile officer, and a student at the University of Missouri where he earned his bachelor's degree in English and master's degree in library and information science.  Constant is married and has three daughters.  

Ellen Blaize -- Public Relations

Blaize is a lifelong Warrensburg resident and UCM alumna. She received a BS in Broadcast Media in 2011 and a MA in Mass Communication in 2013. She works as an integrated marketing specialist in UCM’s office of Integrated Marketing and Communications. She and her husband Josh love animals and have two basset hounds and two cats. In her free time, she enjoys traveling and camping in her RV, and playing bass guitar and singing on the worship team for Life Church of the Nazarene. 

Michael Sekelsky -- Public Relations

Dr. Michael Sekelsky joined the LLL Board in 2019 as one of the public relations directors.  Mike served at UCM primarily in the area of music from 1984 – 2018.  During that time, he specialized in the area of percussion while also working as an Assistant Director of Bands.  The position with UCM bands included Assistant Marching Mules Director until 1996 when he became the primary director of the Marching Mules and directing the Basketball Pep Band.  In 2013 Mike Became the Interim Department of Music Chair, followed by three years as Associate Dean of the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences.  He ended his tenure at UCM serving as the Interim Dean of CAHSS for the 2017-2018 academic year.  In his retirement Mike continues to work with the Warrensburg High School band program where his wife Stephanie is the head director.  He also teaches private percussion lessons and serves as the Public Image Chair for the Rotary Club of Warrensburg.

Kathy Howard

Howard retired in 2016 following a 44 year career in non-profit administration and fundraising, city management and working with U.S.  Citizenship and Immigration. She holds a Sociology and English degree from Western State Colorado University and a Master's in Public Administration from the University of Colorado Denver.  She actively participates in community activities. She enjoys reading, traveling, bicycling, waling and being "Nana" to two wonderful grandchildren. 

Jill Wilson

 Jill Wilson graduated from UCM in 2001 with her BSE in Speech Communication and Theatre.  She then went on to earn her MFA in Acting and Directing for Theatre from Regent University in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  Since graduating in 2006, Jill has enjoyed a vibrant career in professional stage and camera acting throughout the Kansas City area, most notably as the on-air spokesperson for Price Chopper.  Jill served as an instructor at UCM from 2007-2018 primarily in the areas of speech communication and theatre.  A resident of Warrensburg since 2006, you will often see Jill around town at Old Drum Open Mic, where she serves on the board, as well as attending area service projects and arts events with her husband John Wilson, head of the UCM School of Visual and Performing Arts.  Currently, Jill is working with Prison Performing Arts, which involves incarcerated youth and adults in the


Mark Pearce -- Ex Officio Member

Mark Pearce is a sixth-generation Missourian who lives in Warrensburg. Mark’s professional career was with public television station KMOS-TV and public radio station 90.9 The Bridge on the University of Central Missouri campus.  In addition to Lifelong Learning, Mark is also active in the Rotary Club of Warrensburg, The Warrensburg Church of the Brethren, Old Drum Open Mic and Johnson County Citizens for Environmental Action.


Upcoming Events

 Mark Your Calendars!

Life Behind The Iron Curtain: Two Perspectives (Saturday, January 25, 2020 - 1:00 pm)

 Presenters: Tom Goldstein, PhD. And HannahTrebec
  • Goldstein will provide a historical overview of East Germany followed by personal reflections from Ms. Trebec , a former law enforcement officer who was born and raised there.
  • Location:  University of Central Missouri - Wood Building Rm 100 (151 E. Clark St).  There is ample free parking

Oppression and Power: Examining White Privilege (Thursday, February 20, 2020 - 6:30 pm)

 Presenters: Jerry Crouse and BeckyBaile Crouse
  • Explore and discuss the meaning and impact of white privilege in our personal lives, our institutions, and our communities.
  • Location:  Trails Regional Library (432  N. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093)

Women Building Businesses (Tuesday, March 10, 2020 - 5:30 pm)

 Presenters: Business owners BeckyAxton (Tranquility Shop) and RachelMifflin (Ivory and Lace)
  • Starting a business as a second career and growing a business in town and online will be the focus.
  • Location:  Warrensburg Depot, Jack Moore Room (100 S. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093)

Traveling in Europe: Solo and On a Budget (Wednesday, April 22, 2020 - 1:00 pm)

Presenter: Art Ozias, Jr. of Java Junction

  • Art will share tips for economical travel as well as recommendations and personal experiences in Scotland, Switzerland, and Italy.
  • Location:  Warrensburg Community Center, Room C (445 E. Gay Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093)

Summer of Song: Music Promotions (tentative dates)

  • June 21---Community Band at Montserrat Winery, 6:30 p.m.
  • July 4—Community Band Veterans’ Home Concert and Freedom Festival (Grover Park Baptist) 3:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
  • July 9—Community Chorus—Summr’ Singers, Somr’ Not, 7:00 p.m.
  • July 13—Community Band—Courthouse Lawn Concert, 7:30 p.m.
  • July 22—Community Jazz Band—Library Concert, 5:00 p.m.
  • July 27—Community Band—President’s Lawn Concert at UCM, 7:00 p.m.


Extended Studies
HUM 410
Tel: (660) 543-4984


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