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Lifelong Learning

Our Mission

Lifelong Learning (LLL) seeks to provide quality, community oriented 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


Karen Churn - Co-Chair

Karen Churn is a 1987 graduate of Central Missouri State University, now UCM, with a bachelor's degree in political science.  She worked for the American Red Cross Service to Military Families at Fort Leonard Wood, MO from 1989 thru 1996 which included deploying with the 82nd Airborne Division to Saudi Arabia during Operation Desert Shield in 1990. Currently, she has worked for Trails Regional Library in various capacities since 1996.  Since returning to Warrensburg, she has volunteered for the Warrensburg Food Center, served on the boards of Survival and the WMMC Auxiliary, and was a Hospice Volunteer for Johnson County Community Health Services for nearly 10 years


Karen Hicklin - Co-Chair

Karen Hicklin has lived in Warrensburg for 15 years.  Prior to retirement, she was the Director of Trails Regional Library.  She also serves on the Warrensburg Historic Preservation Commission and volunteers at the Jeremiah Project warehouse.  Karen & her husband Bob Steinkuehler enjoy reading and traveling.


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 an 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.


Robin Osborne - Treasurer

Osborne graduated from UCM in 1986 with a degree in elementary and special education and holds a Master’s degree in education administration from William Woods University.  She taught in the Sherwood Cass RVIII and Chilhowee School Districts and retired from teaching in 2016.  Education remains a priority to her, and she continues to substitute teach on occasion.

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Ellen Blaize - Public Relations

Blaize is a lifelong Warrensburg resident and UCM alumna. She received a BS in Broadcast Media in 2011 and an MA in Mass Communication in 2013. She works as a senior 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 camping in her RV, playing bass and singing on the Life Nazarene Church worship team, and collecting vintage items from thrift stores, garage sales and estate sales. 

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Josh Blaize - A/V Tech

Blaize, who comes from an Air Force family, moved to Warrensburg in 2001 after growing up at Eielson AFB in Alaska. He works as a multimedia specialist for UCM’s Office of Technology, and has served as the audio/video tech for Life Nazarene Church in Warrensburg for nearly 20 years. In his free time, he enjoys collecting and repairing vintage Apple computers, which he shares with the 45,000+ followers on his TikTok channel.

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Jenny Ramsay - Graphics Coordinator

Jenny has two Bachelor's Degrees from UCM. One in Studio Art and the other in Graphic Design. She's working as a Designer in UCM's office of Integrated Marketing and Communications. Jenny, her husband Cash, and son Jett live in Warrensburg. They enjoy playing outside and being creative together. 


Eddie Osborne - Member at Large

Osborne is a native of rural Henry County and a 1969 graduate of Chillhowee Public High School Eddie has called Warrensburg home for the past 36 years.  A passionate supporter of the arts he’s served on the Warrensburg Arts Commission.  He wrote, produced and performed in a reader’s theatre celebrating Warrensburg’s native son John William “Blind” Boone and served as producer and host of the long running radio program the “Eclectic Café”.  He presents topical essays at Old Drum Open Mic and serves on their advisory board.  Since 2009 he’s partnered with the Johnson County Historical Society to present 168 performances in the long running “Concerts in the Courthouse” series.       


Mary Solomon - Member at Large

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 is a past member of 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.  


Spring 2024 Presentations

African American History of Johnson County

Speaker:  Erica Jones-Collins, licensed social worker and Warrensburg native 
Date/Time:  Thursday, February 22 at 6:30 pm 
Location:  Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden Street in Warrensburg

The focus of this presentation will be on the history of Black families of Johnson County.

The Downsizing Dilemma

Speakers:  Shannon Poskocil, Care Connection for Aging Services
                    Charla Henry, HSH Estate Sales
Date/Time:  Thursday, March 21 at 1 pm
Location:  Senior Center, 445 E. Gay Street in Warrensburg

Discover some ways to deal with the lifetime accumulation of family possessions as well as the process behind setting up an estate sale. 

Warrensburg's Musical Legacy

Speaker:  Mark Pearce, former radio broadcaster and coordinator of corporate and community supports at KMOS_TV
Date/Time:  Thursday, April 11 at 6:30 pm
Location:  Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden Street in Warrensburg

Learn more about the lasting legacy of music in the Warrensburg community and the people who created it. 

Warrensburg Architectural Walk

Date/Time:  Wednesday, May 15 at 5:30 pm*
Location:   Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden Street in Warrensburg

Please join us for a tour of the interesting architectural features in downtown Warrensburg.

*Rain Date: May 22




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Tel: (660) 543-4984


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