Virtual Flexible Learning Experience Coming to University of Findlay in April

Posted on March 11, 2021

The spring session of University of Findlay’s Lifelong Learning Connections program, sponsored by the Office of University Advancement, will be held in a virtual format April 6, 13, and 20.

In an effort to maintain the health and safety of participants, presenters, and employees, the sessions will be offered virtually via Zoom. All sessions will be provided at no cost. Expert instructors, including University faculty and staff as well as members of the community, will present various topics. Participants may choose their level of involvement by attending as many sessions as they wish throughout the three days of events.

To register for this spring’s Lifelong Learning Connections, visit the Lifelong Learning Connections at the University of Findlay webpage:

If you have questions relating to the event, please contact the Office of Alumni, Parents, and Friends at or 419-434-4516.

The schedule of events is as follows:

Tuesday, April 6

A Journey from U.S. Naval Flight Surgeon to Volunteer Veteran’s Flight Medic

Bret Bahn ‘99, MD, Northwest Ohio Orthopedics & Sports Medicine physician

10 – 11 a.m.

Dr. Bahn will discuss his passion for serving in the United States Navy as a flight surgeon as well as how his military service impacted his life. Learn what guided him back to Northwest Ohio and led him to help veterans through the Flag City Honor Flight Program as a volunteer flight medic.

Wars and Pandemics: What Each Can Teach Us About Survival

Mr. Ron Ammons ’81 and Mr. Rob Tong, Hancock County historians; Nicole Schroeder, PT, DPT, NSCA-CSCS, University of Findlay assistant professor of physical therapy

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

In honor of the 160th anniversary of the Civil War, Mr. Ammons and Mr. Tong will lead us back through history to discover the similarities between the Civil War, World War I, and the challenges armed forces faced amidst disease and epidemics. Learn how these past experiences have helped shed new light on how we survive and face the future after COVID. Dr. Nicole Schroeder will also discuss physical therapy, its history beginning after the polio epidemic and WWI, and how it correlates to our current treatment of post COVID-19 patients today.

Tuesday, April 13

Influences and Deceptions that Affect Children and Teen Behaviors

Allison Kiefner-Burmeister, Ph.D., University of Findlay associate professor of psychology

10 – 11 a.m.

Join us as Allison Kiefner-Burmeister, Ph.D., shares her research on media influences and food industry deceptions that affect children and teens. Dr. Kiefner-Burmeister will show how body image, anxiety, weight gain and loss, and self-esteem can all be impacted by these external factors in our youngest population. Also, discover how University of Findlay psychology research students are learning and working in Dr. Kiefner-Burmeister’s psych labs to help others. Take away concrete solutions on how you can combat these issues to help those you love.

Your Estate and Legacy: The Needs of a Successful Plan

Ken McIntyre, Jr., University of Findlay director of gift planning; Matthew M. Black, J.D., Principal at Trust Company Family Offices; Robert E. Schuck, J.D., Schuck Law Office

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Visit with Ken McIntyre, Jr., University of Findlay’s director of gift planning, and Planned Giving Council professionals Matthew Black, J.D., and Robert Schuck, J.D., to review the importance of having and maintaining your critical estate and life documents. Ken and his colleagues will share which eight critical documents everyone should have, where they should be kept, and how and when to update them.

Tuesday, April 20

Animal Science: From Hands-On Experience to Laboratory Research

Brian Whitaker, Ph.D., University of Findlay associate professor of animal science and pre-veterinary medicine

10 – 11 a.m.

Delve into the University’s Animal Science Program to discover the amazing things our faculty and students are doing. Take a virtual tour of the facilities and see first-hand how the students transition between animal care at the barns to classroom learning on the main campus. Listen as Dr. Whitaker gives an overview of the labs and discusses the fascinating research he and his student assistants are accomplishing in the field of in vitro animal fertilization and reproduction.

Positioning a Community Post-Pandemic

The Honorable Christina Muryn ’14, Mayor of Findlay, and University of Findlay Community Service Students
12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

Join in while UF alumna and City of Findlay Mayor, Christina Muryn, discusses how the City has held strong during the past year and hear plans for the post-pandemic phase. UF students will also share their volunteer experiences within the community. Learn how they are actively making a difference through service, even amid COVID.

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