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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.   Mary Solomon


Bobbie Erickson -- Vice Chair and 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. Bobbie Erikson

Kyle Constant

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.   Kyle Constant

Joe Moore, PhD

Moore is a UCM associate professor of communication.                                                                                                                                                     Joe Moorte LLL Board Member

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. 

Photo of Ellen Blaize

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.
Mike Sekelsky

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.                                                                                                                                                                   Kathy Howard

Paula Eschliman


Mike Shaw



Upcoming Events

 Mark Your Calendars!

Restorative Justice: Tuesday, April 16th at 6:30 pm

Restorative Justice views crime as more than breaking the law; it also causes harm to people, relationships, and the community.  A Just response must address those harms as well as the wrongdoing. This presentation will feature discussions of innovative Johnson County responses to address the needs of special populations in the criminal justice system.  Presenters:  Joe Dandurand, former Circuit Judge and current Executive Director of Legal Aid of Western Missouri will moderate a panel discussion covering Recovery Court, Juvenile Court and Truancy Court, as well as the needs of mentally ill offenders.  Panel includes:  Rob Russell, Johnson County Prosecuting Attorney; Brent Teichman, Associate Circuit Judge; Stephanie Elkiins, Circuit Clerk; Lauri Burk, manager of the Missouri Board of Probation and Parole, District 5; and Mark Steitz, Probation Officer.  UCM's Criminal Justice and Criminology programs are              co-sponsoring this program.  Location: Warrensburg Community Center.  Address:  445 E. Gay Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093. 

Citizens for Environmental Action's (CEA) Earth Day at the Farm: Saturday, April 27th at 1:30 pm

LLL is co-sponsoring CEA’s 19th annual Earth Day celebration with exhibits and demonstrations highlighting environmental stewardship. Local foods, crafts, and live performances will be featured.  Location:  700 S. Mitchell Street in Warrensburg


Orphan Train: Tuesday, May 7th at 1:00 pm

The speakers will share the experiences of their mother, an Orphan Train rider, as part of a discussion about the realities of the Orphan Train at the turn of the century.  Presenters:  Shirley Andrews and Mitzi Linsenbardt.  Location: Warrensburg Community Center.  Address:  445 E. Gay Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.


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


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