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!
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.
|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.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Moore is a UCM associate professor of communication.|
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.
|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.
|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.|
Blowing Up Your Business Model for Fun and Profit. This program will introduce the concept of lean principles and a team-based approach to promote constant improvement in the workplace. Presenter: Casey Lund, owner of Warrensburg Collision. Location: Heroes Restuarant meeting room. Address: 107 Pine Street in Warrensburg, MO 64093. Networking time begins at 5:00 pm.
Life Behind the Iron Curtain. A first-hand account of life in East Germany before the fall of the Berlin Wall as told by one who worked there as a "White Mouse" law enforcement officer. Presenter: Karen Churn, Office Manager at Trails Regional Library. Location: Trails Regional Library. Address: 432 N. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.