Lifelong Learning Institute


The Lifelong Learning Institute Announces its 2018 Mid-Winter Lecture Series.

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The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County provides stimulating and affordable short courses in many fields for active seniors. Courses are held in fall and spring, in addition to a lecture series in midwinter. There are no tests or grades — just the joy of learning. No previous studies or degrees are required.

LLI course brochures are available at the Greencroft Goshen Community Center (1820 Greencroft Blvd.) and the Goshen College Welcome Center (1700 S. Main St., 574-535-7566), as well as at other community locations.

Classes typically meet for one and a half hours, twice a week, for two weeks, though schedules may vary. LLI instructors are usually seniors themselves, often former teachers, professionals or others with special interests in the area of their course. They volunteer their time. The courses provide for lively discussion.  Courses are held at Goshen College, the Goshen Public Library, Greencroft Goshen and other suitable community locations.  Restrictions on class size may apply. Some courses may require extra fees for supplies, transportation or tickets.

Mid-Winter Lecture Series

The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County invites the public to its annual Midwinter Lecture Series. The
free one-hour presentations begin at 1:30 p.m., and include time for audience questions. No registration is required.

Wednesdays, 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Classes are held in Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center, unless otherwise noted.


January 10:  Rosie Singh — “An American Dream”

Rosie (Chati Singh) came to America for the first time when she was 17 years old. In her growing-up years and married life, she lived in India, Colombia and the United States. She says, “Who would have thought that we would end up in Goshen? Not I, that’s for sure.” Rosie and her husband (Gurpreet Singh) have been blessed and successful running businesses and now an Indian restaurant.We know Rosie because of the Maple Indian Cuisine. But there is a lot more to her story that shaped who she is and got her to this point in life. Come hear her fascinating story!  

January 17:  Floyd Miller — “Conceive It, Believe It, Achieve It”

He stepped off the boat and thought he was on another planet. He felt so privileged to be among the few who could say they had been to Antarctica, a surreal and untouched place. He was here to run a marathon, his fourth marathon on his journey to complete a marathon on all seven continents. Floyd Miller came from humble origins but now found himself among an elite group, one of 438 men and 198 women that have accomplished this and are members of the Seven Continents Club. Floyd will describe his unique background, training and experiences.   


January 24:  Dan Shenk — “A Pilgrimage of Remembrance, Lament and Transformation: Retracing the 1838 Potawatomi Trail of Death in 2015”

For a week in late June 2015 Dan Shenk of Goshen joined 15 adults and one adolescent on a pilgrimage from Indiana to Kansas that retraced the Trail of Death of 859 Potawatomi people in 1838. In connection with that forced 660-mile march, 42 people died, most of them children. Dan says he learned a lot from the pilgrimage—in both his headandhis heart. A PowerPoint depicts the journey via current and historical slides.

January 31:  Mark Potuck — “Stress: Ready or Not, Here It Comes”

Stress is a fact of life, and it affects all of us, regardless of age. Being retired, or up in years, does not guarantee that life will always be “smooth sailing”; in fact, the “waters” can get pretty rough at times. In this presentation, we’ll look at the everyday causes of stress, what long-term stress can do to us physically and mentally, and, most important, ways we can effectively deal with stress, including maintaining our sense of humor!

February 7:  Glenn Gilbert — “Future of the Environment: Hope or Despair, or Are There Any Other Options?”

How are we to think about the condition of our planet? Is it too late to reverse course? Are we all doomed? Arethere reasons to be hopeful? If so, are there ways we can be part of the solution? How are we to live in this 21stcentury? Glenn Gilbert will share from his years managing utilities and promoting sustainability at Goshen College and help us grapple with these important questions.

February 14:  Jep Hostetler — “Milkweed Pods, White Margarine and Ration Stamps: Stories We Tell and Why We Tell Them!”

For those of you in your 70s or older, the title will likely cause you to remember stories about each of these items. But for a story to have value, it must be told in a way that holds the attention of the listeners. We will present simple suggestions for you to go back in time and recall how you personally related to these items. Stories arise out of our memories to be embellished, tweaked, told with a flair, and enhanced to educate and entertain. This session will be lighthearted and interactive to enhance your ability to tell a story that is meaningful with the possibility of including humor and drama in ways that promote understanding and community. Join us and learn to tell your stories.

February 21:  Ron Hoke — “The Keepers of Goshen’s Story . . . Who Are They . . . What Is Their Story?”

Concealed in the basement of the old Adams Store at 124 S. Main St., in the drawers, on the mezzanine shelves (and sometimes in plain sight) are bits and pieces of Goshen’s 186 years as a community. Overseeing this collection since before 1981 has been a fairly small but very dedicated group of volunteers named the Goshen Historical Society. They have but one goal … to preserve and tell the stories of Goshen’s past and its present as well. The purpose of this brief program is to introduce you to some of the individuals and their tasks, as well as introduce you to the current activities that the society offers and in which they participate.


Classes are held in Jennings Auditorium, Greencroft Goshen Community Center, unless otherwise noted.


Membership & Fees

Who is eligible for membership? Persons 55 and older are welcome. You do not need to have attended college or to live at a retirement community. The LLI membership year runs from July 1 through June 30.

The benefits of membership: Your first course is free and additional courses are half price. For members residing in HUD housing all courses are free. Your LLI member card also entitles you to privileges at the Goshen College library and free admission to home Goshen College athletic events. With professor approval you may also audit approved classes at Goshen College for a reduced fee. Greencroft Goshen will provide free transportation from GG to LLI classes held at other locations..


  • Membership is $50 per academic year (from July 1-June 30). All courses are half price.
  • For persons in HUD housing, membership is $10 and all courses are free. For non-member HUD residents, classes are $10. 
  • Most courses for non-members are $40.

Community Involvement

LLI is a member organization in which participants assist with curriculum planning and help to guide decisions on publicity and finance. There are 11 LLI board members.  Four are appointed by the sponsoring organizations, Goshen College (2) and Greencroft Communities (2). Four are elected by membership from members. Three are from the community-at-large and are elected by the board.

LLI is cosponsored by Goshen College and Greencroft Communities.

The Lifelong Learning Institute of Elkhart County is part of a grassroots movement.  Retiring seniors everywhere are seeking stimulation, continued growth, and connections to others with similar interests. Our local LLI is a member of The Elderhostel Institute Network (EIN), a national network of similar programs.

Contact Us

If you have questions, want a course offering brochure, or need further information, please contact Director, Linford Martin by phone at 574-536-8244 or by e-mail at