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Sinclair College

SEEK Conference 2022

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sinclair Conference Center, Building 12, Sinclair Community College
444 West Third Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402

Registration Fee: $10 (includes all sessions, box lunch, and parking under Building 12).
Registration opens Friday, July 1.  The link will be posted here.
Register by Friday, July 29 to reserve your seat.


Featured Opening Speaker: Mayor Jeffrey J. Mims, Jr., joined the Dayton City Commission in January of 2014, with a distinguished history of public service, and was elected Mayor of Dayton in 2021.


Breakout Sessions - 10:00 a.m. - 10:40 a.m.

Can You Live Longer & Healthier? YES!
Patti McCormick, RN, PhD, President, Institute of Holistic Leadership
There are so many things that can help you live longer and be healthier AND it is never too late! Participants will be introduced to research based holistic activities / nutrition / supplements and more that have been shown to lead to a longer healthier life.  You can make a difference in the rest of your life!!

Friendship Force
Gary Mitchner, Professor Emeritus and Former Poet Laureate, Sinclair Community College
This Session will address the mission and operations of Friendship Force International, the Dayton International Peace Museum, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize.

How to Navigate your Healthcare Needs
Denise Berthold, BSN, RN; Taira Suchland, BSN, RN; Pam Walker, MA, BSN, Healthcare Navigators, Kettering Health Network
Healthcare can be complicated, expensive, and overwhelming – especially as we age.  Learn how to effectively advocate for yourself and your loved ones and to be better prepared before you face a serious medical situation.

Waking the Giant: The Dayton Arcade’s Past, Present, and Future
Megan Dunn Peters, Arcade Community Manager
Built in 1902 as a “city within a city”, the historic Dayton Arcade served as downtown’s central marketplace for the better part of the 20th century. A series of twists and turns shuttered the iconic nine-building complex for nearly 30 years, but in 2021 the Dayton Arcade re-emerged as a center for arts and innovation. Come learn about what makes the Dayton Arcade “the most transformational project in America”!

Be A Tourist in your Own Backyard!
Bev Rose and Crystal Walker, Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau
Staff from the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau look forward to sharing a short video and collateral information (Destination Dayton Visitors Guide 2022) on Dayton and Montgomery County.  Hear about area attractions, arts and culture, recreation, special events and more.  Review possible “Dayton vacation” or “Daycation” itineraries and learn how to explore and experience all that is available in your own back yard!

Agency on Aging: Navigating Longer Lives
Nanci McGuire, Seniors Prevention Program Coordinator, WestCare Ohio
The Aging Mastery Program, created by the National Council On Aging, is a 10-week course encouraging older adults, age 55 and over, to explore the realities of living longer, physical activities, sleep, healthy eating and hydration, financial fitness, managing medications, planning ahead for sickness/death, healthy relationships, falls prevention and community engagement.

Creativity and Community for Healing
Darlene Nelson, Executive Director, We Care Arts
In 2013, Darlene Nelson experienced the healing power and capabilities of art firsthand with her 10-year-old daughter, while in grief therapy for the unexpected loss of her husband, Darlene began to understand the importance of programming like We Car Arts.  She will Share her journey of advocacy with the program over the last 5 years.

Breakout Sessions - 11:00 a.m. - 11:40 a.m.

Dayton Police Experience: Interacting with Police
Officer Ronald Strehle, Dayton Police Department
In this session, we will discuss your rights when you come in contact with police.

Dayton Ombudsman: Long-term Care Ombudsman Office, Region 2
Lawrence Wilkins, Megan Oiler, and Dorothy Young
Know anyone who is receiving Long-term care in a nursing home, assisted living facility, group home, or their private home? Want to help their voice be heard? Come learn how our office can help consumers expect excellence in their long-term care no matter where they live! Come learn about their rights! Our team advocates for these consumers in many ways and we need help. You can help! Think about joining our team as a volunteer.

Sinclair PED Department: Chair Exercises
Yamika Leeper, Exercise, Wellness and Sport Science, PED Instructor
An alternative form of exercise that focuses on all major muscle groups.  Session allows modifications to exercise of the back, chest, legs, arms, shoulders and core.  Benefits includes flexibility, strength, coordination, less risk of injury, improves posture and balance.  Participants are welcomed to participate in the activity at all fitness levels.

The Funk Music Hall of Fame & Exhibition Center
David Webb, President and CEO, TheFunkCenter
TheFunkCenter decided to find a way to honor Dayton’s musical legacy. The challenge was to gather this local music history and preserve it – in a museum that would become a hall of fame, exhibition center, performance venue and educational outreach for today’s young students.

Navigating Decisions Around Elder Care
Kristina M. Rainer, Attorney at Law, Roberson Law
This topic will walk you through the special considerations that need to be addressed when navigating the decisions that arise when preparing oneself or a loved one for long term care.

Dayton History: Paul Laurence Dunbar
Steve Lucht, Curator at Dayton History
This year marks the 150th anniversary of the birth of Paul Laurence Dunbar. A friend of the Wright brothers, Dunbar became America’s first internationally acclaimed poet and influenced many artists of the Harlem Renaissance. He also wrote many novels, short stories, essays and lyrics for musicals. Come celebrate this native Daytonian and literary genius.

Ohio's Hospice of Dayton: A Glimpse Into Grief
Deb Holt, MS, PCC-S, Greif Counselor
Grief is a universal experience.  We will take a look at the experience of grief and suggestions on coping and growing through grief.

Breakout Sessions - 12:45 p.m. - 1:25 p.m.

A Look at the Dayton Art Institute
Jerry N. Smith, Chief Curator and Director of Education
A look at the history of the Dayton Art Institute and a sneak peek at what is ahead.

Kindred Funeral Home: Demystifying Pre-Planning
Laura Nobbe, Preplanning Specialist
Now, more than ever, it’s important to talk about the “what ifs” in life and how you want to be remembered.  Join us for a special presentation to learn more about securing your legacy and reducing your family’s emotional burdens through advance funeral planning.

Memoir Writing Made Easy
Kay Berg, Sinclair Professor of English, ret., College for Lifelong Learning Instructor: "Writing about My Life and Times"
Your story matters! Capture those perishable moments from then and now. This session will provide tips and encouragement for putting onto paper the things you've "been meaning to write about sometime." Get started today!

Woodland Cemetery & Arboretum: History, Mystery, Mayhem, and Murder
Angie Hoschouer, Manager of Development and Marketing
Everyone has a story including the victims and perpetrators of crimes. You’ll be on the edge of your seat as tales of mayhem are told in this chilling presentation of murders, assaults, revenge, negligence, and hopelessness that took place in Dayton from 1867 to 1964. Please note that graphic details are given.

Volunteer Engagement with Five Rivers Metro Parks
Candy Halloway, Volunteer Coordinator
Explore volunteer opportunities, the benefits of volunteering, and next steps on becoming a volunteer with Five Rivers Metro Parks.

Dayton Metro Library: Go Digital! @ Your Dayton Metro Library
Suzanne Kirchner, Older Adult Services Librarian for the Dayton Metro Library
You have the equipment: smartphone, tablet, or PC. You have the desire: from fresh to favorites, access books, movies, music, magazines, and more. Get the know how! Learn how to borrow, stream, and download the Library’s digital collections – available 24/7! When things go wrong (and they will): live support from the library’s public services tech staff. Continue your learning: free tech classes on a wealth of topics at select locations.

VA Medical Center: History of the Dayton VA Medical Center
Dr. J. Thomas Hardy, Chief of Staff
During his second inaugural address, in the midst of a bloody civil war, Abraham Lincoln promised to “care for those who have borne the battle.” In the spring of 1865, those words became a reality with the passage of a law establishing three “Asylums for Disabled Volunteer Soldiers and Sailors.” One of these facilities opened in 1867 in Dayton, Ohio. From those humble beginnings the Veterans Health Administration has grown into the largest healthcare system in America. Come learn how that all began.