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Lifelong Learning November 2020 Classes
Lourdes announces new online & hybrid classes

The Lourdes University Lifelong Learning program announces a new selection of presentations for November 2020. Hear speakers with interesting stories, none of which are prerecorded. Connect with other interested people, and learn something unexpected!

All events are offered online through Zoom. A hybrid option offers limited seating on campus for some classes.


To register or for more information, call (419) 824-3707 or email

Military Life in Desert Storm

Speaker: Carolyn E Nagy

Friday, November 20

10:00 to 11:00 am

Free Lecture


If it was your job, how would you set up a 400 bed hospital from scratch? How would you handle that job if the hospital was in a war zone, as well as in a foreign country? Carolyn E. Nagy was a member of the team that tackled the complex task of designing a hospital and living accommodations for an Army unit as well as overseeing the hospital set up and staffing. As Assistant Chief Nurse during Operation Desert Storm, Ms. Nagy was responsible for the daily operation of the 400 bed hospital and clinic. She also experienced some of the cultural difficulties encountered by soldiers working Saudi Arabia. Ms. Nagy will also share her experience as a female soldier during a time of conflict and relate it to past and present military issues.


Carolyn E. Nagy was commissioned in the Army Reserve in 1980. After being promoted to Major, she was responsible for unit readiness for deployment during Operation Desert Shield. As a registered nurse, Ms. Nagy practiced primarily at St. Vincent Medical Center, then developed and lead the Practical Nurse Program at Stautzenberger College. Ms. Nagy has become actively involved in women veteran issues and is the Coordinator of the Women Veterans Initiative Toledo, Ohio. During leisure time, she enjoys reading, travel, photography, sailing and racket sports.


Italian History and Geography

Presenter: Maria Pool

Monday, November 2, 9, 16 and 23

10:00am to 12:00pm


Are you interested in learning about the history, culture, and geography of Italy? If so, then join us as we dive into the different regions of Italy learning more about this beautiful country and rich heritage along the way.


Maria Pool is a native of Calabria, Italy. She met and married her husband on the American Air Force base in Aviano, Italy and moved to the United States. She has been teaching lifelong learning courses in the Italian language at Monroe County Community College for 17 years.

Drowning in Paper

Presenter: Karen Lucas

Thursday, November 5

10:00am to 11:30am


Are you drowning in paper? You are not alone! Rafts of paper flood into the average home every single day. Paper clutter costs time, money and stress. Without a management plan, a household can drown in a rising tide of paper. Learn about simple tips and techniques to help you set up and handle household filing systems, the daily mail, newspapers and magazines, children’s artwork, cards and correspondence, calendars, phone lists, menus, and more. Find out which important papers you need to keep, and for how long. Learn strategies for handling tax records and which papers should be saved in safety deposit boxes. Join us to learn how you can develop new systems and methods to handle your household papers.

Presented by Karen Lucas, owner of Your Professional Organizer, a service she created in 2013 to help people transition to a simple, more organized, less stressful way of living. Karen is a member of NAPO, the National Association of Professional Organizers.


The Power of Plants & Animals

Presenter: Barbara Mauter

Friday, November 13

10:00am to 11:00am

Virtually explore the inseparable bond of Native Americans and their deep reverence and respect for nature. Native American beliefs are found intertwined with all of Mother Earth. Their spirituality extends to all natural objects, living and nonliving. Traverse a different landscape and begin to recognize a relationship with nature.


The World in Figures

Presenter: Dr. Bahu S. Shaikh

Wednesday, November 18

10:30am to 12:00pm


Each year, the Economist Magazine publishes a handbook of facts and figures dealing with demographics, industry, politics, geography, culture and more from 180 countries around the world. By looking into these numbers, we can learn where we as Americans stand in comparison to other developed countries. Our strengths and weaknesses are made clear by the numbers and figures in this book.


By applying this data, we can make some educated decisions about improving the health, well-being and social status of Americans. For the U.S. to remain competitive, we must work together to improve our health care, education and economic status. This class will look for globally inspired lessons for ways to help to make positive changes.



Lourdes University

Rooted in the Catholic and Franciscan tradition, Lourdes University is sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis, and offers baccalaureate degrees in a variety of academic majors as well as graduate degrees in business, education, nursing, and organizational leadership. The University also offers a master’s degree in social work from Saint Louis University. Community outreach programs include the Appold Planetarium and Lifelong Learning. A member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, Lourdes students can also compete in a variety of men’s and women’s sports. Named a “Best in the Midwest” college by the Princeton Review, Lourdes University is a nationally accredited, veteran and transfer-friendly institution offering a variety of student scholarships. Explore the possibilities online at or by phone at 419-885-3211. 

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