LLI Member Pays Tribute to the Past by Living in the Present

NEWARK, Ohio, June 9, 2016 – When 74-year-old Rosie Frazier of Franklinton was asked to do a first person interpretation of the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" for the Ohio History Connection, she jumped at the chance to impersonate the symbolic figure who shares her name and many of her values.

"I loved interpreting Rosie the Riveter," said Frazier. "I love everything I get to do."

Rosie the Riveter is a cultural icon representing the American women who worked in factories and shipyards during World War II. Rosie Frazier is an icon in her own right. She is an example of all the things you can accomplish as you mature by exercising your mind and body. Frazier has been a member of the Lifelong Learning Institute (LLI) at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) since its inception.

Rosie_LLR_lr.jpg"I have always been active," said Frazier. "I was born in 1942 and grew up in New Rome on the west side of Columbus. I graduated from high school at 16 because I worked hard and had good grades. That work ethic and dedication to participating in life has never gone away." Frazier has an Associate degree in Library Science from Ohio Dominican University and worked as a school librarian and special education teaching assistant for the Columbus Board of Education for 31.5 years. In her retirement, she keeps her mind healthy by participating in many events through LLI.

"I encourage people to stay active and keep their mind going," said Frazier. "The Lifelong Learning Institute is great for that. I'm very interested in history and nature. The programs that the LLI provides are amazing in those areas."

In addition to LLI, Frazier travels all over Ohio offering first-person interpretations of historical characters for area schools. "The character I'm doing now is Mary Harris. She was a union organizer and an advocate for child labor laws. I'm doing that this summer at the Ohio Village at the Ohio History Center in Columbus."

Frazier also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Franklin County Historical Society. She is a member of the Columbus Historical Society, Columbus Landmarks, Turo Township Historical Society, Worthington Historical Society, George Rogers Clark Heritage Association and the Pike County Historical Society.

In her free time, Frazier loves to bike and swim. She also enjoys traveling, sewing her own costumes and gardening. Frazier has been married for 57 years. She has one daughter and one granddaughter.

Frazier is currently enjoying the LLI series called Technology Tips & Tricks, which continues June 10 & 24. The upcoming program offering for June through the Lifelong Learning Institute include:

     Don't Ask, Don't Tell: One Soldiers Story on June 21 at 1:00 p.m.

     Birthing Frankenstein: the Origins of the Gothic Novel on June 22 & 29 at 10:00 a.m.

     Columbus Opera: Stories from Behind the Curtain on June 27 at 10:00 a.m.

     Columbus Zoo: Surrogate Gorilla Husbandry Program on June 30 at 10:00 a.m.

Each takes place at the COTC Pataskala Campus, located at 8660 E. Broad St., Reynoldsburg.

Guests are invited to attend their first LLI program for free. Summer LLI Membership rates are just $30.00, and includes admission into each of the events and courses offered through August. For Licking County residents over the age of 60, Summer Membership is just $15.00, thanks to the Licking County Senior Levy subsidy.

To receive a complimentary course catalog or learn more about programs available through the LLI at COTC, contact Vicki Maple, director, at 740-364-9565 or VMaple@COTC.edu. Information is also available online at cotc.edu/LLI.

Central Ohio Technical College opened in 1971 and is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2016. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs, as well as encouraging the professional development of students, staff, faculty and administrators to assist them in achieving their maximum potential. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.