Lifelong Learning Community at Otterbein

Otterbein's LLC program serves a vibrant community of lifelong learners age 55 and older.

Registration for the LLC Fall 2020 events and programs is now OPEN!

Download a full listing with presenters bios >

Click here to REGISTER for events for Fall 2020 

What is the Lifelong Learning Community?

A group of mature learners who are:

  • Open to learning.
  • Curious about the world.
  • Committed to maintaining an active mind for a healthy body.
  • Interested in coming to the Otterbein campus for a year-long menu of workshops, lectures and May mini-courses designed for Lifelong Learning Community members.
  • Eager to meet artists, lecturers, writers and faculty in formal and informal settings.

Event offerings and topics include art, history, health and well-being, book discussion groups, environmental and social issues, day trips, and other social opportunities.

Learn More

Membership & Benefits

LLC Annual Membership runs from September 1 thru August 31 of the following year.

As we transition to a virtual class format for Fall 2020 semester, the University is providing free membership for LLC classes this fall. When you register for a virtual class,  you will be considered a member of the LLC Community for the semester. 


We permit one-time guests at any event. If a guest would like to attend more often, then we ask that they become a member. Guests must register just like members for joining and access to sessions. 

**One-time guest exception may be made for day trips and the holiday luncheon. A non-member spouse or friend may attend these events if they pay the fee for the day drip or make a donation towards the luncheon.


Benefits of the Lifelong Learning Community Membership Include:

The following in-person benefits are suspended due to COVID-19 until further notice. 

Admission to special events with President John Comerford, experts and writers visiting campus

Exclusive offerings of lectures, discussions, workshops and May mini-courses created for the Lifelong Learning Community members, by members and by Otterbein faculty.

Otterbein Summer Theatre: Discounted matinee performances  with opportunities to meet the actors, directors and playwright.

Westerville Symphony: Discounted tickets for events in Cowan Hall in October through April. Contact Alumni Relations for promotional code for discount.

Friends of the Courtright Memorial Library: Discounted rate of $5 to become a member (regularly $20). This applies to new memberships, or those who are not currently Friends of the Library. Contact the Library for more information.

Volunteer opportunities in the Westerville/Otterbein community.

Volunteering & Presenting Opportunities

Lifelong Learning

Opportunities are available to volunteer within the Lifelong Learning Community as greeters, online moderators, introducing volunteers and marketing the program to others.
Click Here for a Volunteer Form 

If you are interested in Presenting a subject to the Lifelong Learning Community, Click Here to submit an application. 

You may also download and print the forms, fill them out and mail them to: 

LLC Howard House

1 S. Grove St. , Westerville, OH 43081

If you are interested in learning more, contact Becky May ’78 at or call 614-823-1650.

Community Engagement

At Otterbein University’s Center for Community Engagement (CCE), we believe that even small acts can change the world, and that there are many ways to change the world. We offer a variety of volunteer opportunities in various areas for those who want to volunteer a few hours each term or several hours each week, we have it all!

Contact Melissa Gilbert at or call 614-823-1251.


Otterbein Theatre is in search of volunteers to usher public performances.  Ushers report to the theatre 45 minutes prior to curtain, receive a basic training about seating and safety/evacuation procedures and then assist with seating patrons.  In exchange, ushers receive a complimentary ticket for the performance.

For more information, or to volunteer, please contact Elizabeth Saltzgiver at or call 614-823-1239.

Senior College

Seniors 60 and over may attend one Otterbein University class each semester.  The registration process for this opportunity can be accessed by downloading the applicationThis process has changed due to COVID-19. 

Please note that you are expected to register 10 days before classes begin so that the Office of the Registrar can check your request with the class instructor.  If you have questions about the application process, you may contact Joanna Cervi, or call 614-823-1248.  Not all class offerings can be made available through Senior College, depending on traditional student demand and class type.

Learn more about Senior College.