Meet the CLL

In 1993 a group of retired educators, headed by Dr. Ed Dennery, created an organization known as the "Senior Center for Lifelong Learning." Its purpose was to serve the educational interests of the senior community in the Fort Walton Beach area. Although there was never a minimum age for enrollees, we later changed our name to simply "Center fof Lifelong Learning" to attract adults of all ages.

Our organization is a Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI). Throughout the nation, hundreds of LLIs are joined in an organization called the Road Scholar Institute Network (RSIN). RSIN is funded by Road Scholar, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational travel and lifelong learning opportunities for adults. The CLL has the distinction of being one of the few all-volunteer programs in the country.

Our courses encompass a wide spectrum of topics. For our September semester, we typically offer at least fifty courses. During the January semester, when many visiting Snowbirds enroll, the number of courses offered may reach seventy-five, or more, and our enrollment may reach 350, or more.

Our Office

Our office is located in Room 461 on the Ft. Walton Beach campus of the University of West Florida.
To view our location on a campus map, click on the this link: UWF/NWFSC Campus
While Courses are in session, a CLL volunteer will be the office from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.
You may contact the CLL Office by phone or e-mail, as follows:
Phone: 850-863-6548
Center for Lifelong Learning
University of West Florida Campus
1170 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32547

CLL Board of Directors*

Executive Committee:

Dennis "Den" Lauer..........President
Nicole Blatt..........1st Vice President
Tom Schwingle..........2nd Vice President
Dan Robison..........Secretary
Patricia "Pat" Guidry..........Treasurer
Bob Kitahara..........Past President

Board Members At Large and Areas of Responsibility:

Jackie Youngblood..........Administrative Chair
Sharon Purvis..........Curriculum Chair
Bob Carney..........Catalog
Dolores Noechel..........Online Programs Chair
Christa Hornbaker..........Online Registration Chair
Billy Walker..........Parliamentarian/Video
Vickie Warner..........Registration Chair Publicity/eBlasts
Juanita Harvin..........Social Chair
Hal Pruett..........Special Liaison-Computer/Webmaster/Database/Catalog

* To contact a member of the Board, call the our office at 850-863-6548 and leave a message, or send an e-mail to

Misc Information

Parking: UWF parking permits are free and you will have an opportunity to obtain a permit for each of your vehicles during registration. To avoid receiving a parking violation you must have a permit on your car to park in any of the UWF lots. Also, you may only park in unpainted spaces, not in ones marked with yellow paint; those spaces are for UWF faculty and staff only. However, if you have a handicap permit you may park in spaces that are marked in blue for handicap parking. On the UWF FWB campus, our CLL registration is held in Building 1 and our courses are held in Buildings 3, 4, and 8. You will want to park near one of the latter buildings for both registration and classes. Other locations where classes are held do not normally require parking permits, but you may need to park in an area that is designated for "Guest" parking.
Food and drinks: Food and drinks (except for bottled water) are not permitted in the classrooms. For your convenience, the campus now has a new facility in the library building. It is called the Campus Café that conviently offers sandwiches, salads, and a variety of drinks.
Campus Closing - Inclement Weather: Our policy if to adhere to the Okaloosa County Schools bulletins in case of inclement weather. Independently, decision makers in the main UWF campus in Pensacola may choose to close the Fort Walton Beach campus for weather-related reasons. In either case, we will occasionally need to cancel classes for a day or two.


Board Meetings: Our Board meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The meetings begin at noon and are open to all members. Normally, the Board meets in Building #4, but call 850 863-6548 to verify the location.
Committee Meetings: Committees meet at times specified by the committee chairmen. To attend a meeting, or to volunteer to help on a committee, please contact the chairperson of the desired committee. See above Board of Directors list for names of various committees.


We use our enrollment fees to pay for classroom facility rentals, registration computers, office equipment, insurance, and miscellaneous other operating expenses. After meeting these on-going expenses, we earmark much of the remainder for scholarship and charitable awards.
In the 1990s, the original CLL established an endowment for UWF students. The endowment has now given out $12,000 in scholarships to UWF Emerald Coast students. Since we become a charity in 2004, we've directly given out an additional $20,000 in scholarships to UWF and $2,000 to Northwest Florida State College (NFSC) students. For charitable awards, we've donated $6,750 to Take Stock in Children and $3,750 to Children in Crisis.

CLL Refund Policy

Any student who requests to withdraw during the first week of a semester will have their fees refunded by check, to be issued by the CLL Treasurer. For the September-2021 session, the deadline to request a refund will be Sunday, 19 September 2021, at 5 p.m. Please make your requests by e-mail to

Our Special Events Programs

These programs are presented at noon on each Friday during our eight-week semester. It is an opportunity for you to hear invited local experts speak on a subject in which they have special knowledge or interest. The program is open to the public.
The first seven events will be held in Building 1 in room 126 at the Emerald Coast UWF Campus. The concluding event, "Final Follies," will be held in the campus auditorium. The latter event will consist of students performing in person, or displaying works they created during the current session.
Feel free to bring your lunch and enjoy the speakers!
To view the tentative schedule for the upcoming events, click on: Fall Semester Special Events, which will take to to a separate webpage.