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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.  


Rick Squiric -- Vice Chair

Rick Squiric has lived in Warrensburg since 1977.  He graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a degree in Chemical Engineering in 1975 and was hired as a project engineer by Shell Chemical Co and lived in Princeton, NJ, where he met his wife Laurie Innes.  They have two children Emily and Jeff.  In October 1977 Rick went to work with Innes Elevator Mills who were in need of someone to help with the feed mill operation.  They made feed and contracted with growers to raise chickens and turkeys. After 20 years of  operation Innes Elevator Mills shut down in 1998.  In 2000 Rick bought a printing business in Kansas City. Jeff, Laurie and Rick operate Lettercraft LLC now. Lettercraft offers printing services, direct mail marketing services(primarily by way of  The Big Local Flyer), and they also started offering web hosting and web development services. Besides getting much enjoyment from the work he does, Rick's main hobby is gardening, I enjoy puttering around the yard and watching things grow.

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 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.

Kyle Constant -- Treasurer

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.  

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. 

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.

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. 

Mark Pearce -- Ex Officio Member

 Bio available soon.  


Jill Wilson

Bio and picture available soon.


Upcoming Events

 Mark Your Calendars!

A Life of Song and Color: Conversation with Forest Sun, Saturday, Sept 21st at 11:00 am

Forest Sun, singer-songwriter, artist and filmmaker will share his experiences in music, film, and the visual arts at this program.  He will also be performing September 20 as part of the Concert at the Courthouse series.  Location:  Java Junction, 112 N. Holden Street in Warrensburg


Lessons from the Past: The 70273 Quilt Project and UCM Archives, Thursday, Oct 3rd at 6:00 pm

The program will present information about the touring quilt project commemorating Holocaust victims and give an overview of items found in the Archives.  Presenter:  Dr. Amber R. Clifford-Napoleone. Location: The McClure Archives and University Museum, Kirkpatrick Library rm. 1260.


Finding Your Photos: Lost But Not Forgotten! Saturday, Nov 9th at 1:00 pm

Overwhelmed by photo collections? Presenter Kathy Baldridge, owner of Photo Gym, will share ideas on how to take control of the photos and videos taken on your phone.  Location: Trails Regional Library, 432 N. Holden Street, Warrensburg, MO 64093.

Season of Song: Music Promotions

  •  Handel’s Messiah presented by UCM Choruses, Voice Faculty, and Symphony Orchestra on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. in Hendricks Hall
  • Winter Band Concert presented by the UCM Bands and Warrensburg Community Band on Wednesday, December 4 at 7:00 pm. in Hendricks Hall
  • Christmas Concert presented by the Warrensburg Community Chorus on Sunday, December 8 at 3:00 p.m. at the Community of Christ Church, 700 S. Mitchell Street in Warrensburg


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


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