NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

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for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

May 2012
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
What is your opinion?
Save the Date for OLLI 2012 National Conference
Innovative Programs at OLLI at Boise State U
OLLI at UNC Asheville Launches Appalachian Studies Author Speakers Series
Athens Mayor Visits OLLI at UGA
OLLI at U Delaware Partners with Delaware Art Museum for Spring Series
U Cincinnati OLLI Partnership Design Products of the Future
OLLI at FSU's Susan Yelton Makes Headlines
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OLLI @ Furman Member Seeks Marines' Stories
OLLI Members as Citizen Scientists
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Greetings from Kali 

The OLLIs are tooting their horns, and this month we bring you more great stories from around the OLLI Network. Please keep them coming -- we love reading about what your OLLI is doing. Recent feedback from our readers shows that they do too.

OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
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We have revamped the NRC newsletter to include articles from OLLIs around the network! We are looking for those special happenings or news items that you are particularly proud of and know others in the network will also be excited and inspired by when they hear about it. Please note -- We don't expect you to send something every month by any means, but keep the network newsletter in mind as a place to "Toot your Horn!" when good things happen.

We are happy to reprint one of your own newsletter stories  -- we will just provide a bigger audience.

If you have a story to share, please send (with photos if possible) to Fran or Anne at the National Resource Center.

What is your opinion?
Have you heard of
The Hunger Games?

To respond to this month's poll, click on the image below.

Here are the results from last month's question:

"Do you have a Facebook page?"

39% replied "Yes, but I don't visit it much."
responded "Yes, and I love Facebook!"
22% answered "No, not now, not ever!"
4% said "No, but my friends and family say I should."


Save the Date for OLLI 2012 National Conference 

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The 2012 OLLI National Conference will be held November 12-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado. The Bernard Osher Foundation is pleased to extend an invitation to the OLLI National Conference to two representatives from each OLLI. If you have any questions about the 2012 OLLI National Conference, please do not hesitate to contact Fran Myers by email or by phone at 207-228-8256.

Innovative Programs Abound at Boise State University!
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The OLLI at Boise State University decided that one way to "give back" to its host institution as well as strengthen ties to it is to support university faculty who need a small grant to do research. OLLI members initiated an Osher Institute Faculty Research Grant program funded by generous contributions from members and community partners. The OLLI raised $16,000 which was divided into four $4,000
grants. The grants were distributed to faculty in Theatre Arts, Biological Sciences, and Electrical and Computer Engineering from a field of 23 proposals by faculty members from departments across disciplines.  Read more about this innovative program at the Idaho Statesman website . . .

In addition, Boise State has unveiled a new Foundational Studies Program for this fall's first-year university students that replaces existing core curriculum. The new courses constitute a framework on which departments establish the educational opportunities specific to the needs of their disciplines along with offering enrichment via study-abroad programs and service learning opportunities. The university has turned to the Osher Institute as a potential source for discussion group leaders for this program. Learn more . . .

- submitted by Ellie McKinnon, Director of the OLLI at Boise State University.

OLLI at UNC Asheville Launches Appalachian Studies Author Speakers Series
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Using funds from their Osher Foundation grant, the OLLI at University of North Carolina, Asheville, is launching a new program this summer, the Appalachian Studies Summer Author Speakers Series. It is an outgrowth of our Appalachian Studies Program that was launched 2-1/2 years ago, to acquaint "transplants" to our area with All Things Appalachia.

We know that many people who move to our area want to know all about their adopted home, so we offer courses and lectures that provide them with information about the Southern Appalachians. One of our most successful (and on-going) courses is called An Appalachian Sampler. It is an eight-week course that, each week, offers members a different aspect of our region. We've had outside speakers and performers come in to talk about the geography and geology of the area, music and dance (we even had the Bailey Mountain Cloggers perform, who have won the national clogging title 23 times!), literature of the South, arts and crafts of the area, the Cherokee--and much, much more. So I'm "tooting our horn" about the new Speakers Series. The event will be free and open to our members as well as to the Asheville community, so I'm expecting standing room only!  Learn more about the Appalachian Summer Author Speakers Series.

-submitted by Susan H. Poole, Director of the OLLI at University of North Carolina, Asheville

Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

Mac Rawson, President of the OLLI at University of Georgia, displays a proclamation presented to the OLLI by the Mayor of Athens, Nancy Denson. The Mayor  attended OLLI@UGA's Volunteer & Presenter Appreciation Social on April 11 to present the proclamation designating the week of April 9-13 OLLI@UGA Week in Athens. The proclamation noted the important role OLLI plays in helping adults over 50 remain mentally, physically, and socially active, thereby contributing more to the Athens area community.

-submitted by Katy Crapo, OLLI at the University of Georgia

OLLI at U Delaware Partners With Delaware Art Museum in Spring Series
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Delaware Art Museum Executive Director Danielle Rice presents "Director's Delights."

One hundred years ago, it wasn't just the rare four-way presidential election that took people by storm. In March of 1912, an exhibition of American painter (and Delaware native) Howard Pyle's work at the DuPont Building in downtown Wilmington drew crowds five to six people deep. So thick were the crowds at the exhibition, which followed Pyle's untimely death in November of the previous year, that a woman was asked to remove her hatpin or walk with her head tilted, for fear that the crush of people might cause the pin to skewer one of Pyle's artworks. One "ragged and tousled" little boy, questioned as to why he was in line a second time, responded, "Can't you see 'em twicet?"

Pyle's vivid paintings are just some of the pieces that Danielle Rice, executive director of the Delaware Art Museum, explored this spring as she took a personal look at some of the museum's major works and most accomplished artists in a 13-week series on the University of Delaware's Wilmington campus.  The "Director's Delights" Spring Series took place at UD's Osher Lifelong Learning Institute and drew large crowds of OLLI members as well as the public, with 150 to 200 people at each lecture.Each Friday, Rice discussed one of the museum's paintings in depth and also examined it within the art, history and culture of its time. Read more about this exciting series!

- by Kathy Maas for the OLLI at University of Delaware


U Cincinnati OLLI Partnership Develops Products of the Future
Illustration of a group meetingThe OLLI at the University of Cincinnati has formed a unique partnership with the Live Well Collaborative at UC, a non-profit organization that works with business and students to develop new products to meet the needs of Baby Boomers.  OLLI members were invited to collaborate with multi-disciplinary teams of UC students to design products and services to better the lives of people aged 50+, and more than 30 people have volunteered.

Students meet with OLLI volunteers three times during a project to present designs and ask OLLI members' opinions as potential consumers. OLLI volunteers have participated in exploring product solutions for managing joint pain using cold and heat therapies and have provided feedback on redesigning airline cabins to make the flying experience more comfortable for people with limited mobility.

Jim Goyette, president of the OLLI at UC, has participated in both projects and is enthusiastic about the program.  He said the students love working with OLLI members and gain real-world experience along with college credits. The companies that have participated in the program, including Proctor & Gamble and Boeing, find it a win-win experience as well, and OLLI students are excited to be involved.  Jim said that the OLLI at UC "hopes to eventually partner with four additional nonprofits, " and the positive experience with the Live Well Collaborative "is an example of what we are hoping to achieve."

-submitted by Jerri Roberts and Jim Goyette, OLLI at the University of Cincinnati

OLLI at FSU's Susan Yelton Makes Headlines Via Volunteering
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Susan Yelton, immediate past president of OLLI at Florida State University, has been making headlines in recent months for OLLI and for her work as a volunteer in the Tallahassee area.

In February, Yelton was selected as one of the Tallahassee Democrat's 2012 "25 Women You Need to Know." In April she was honored as the Tallahassee Democrat's Volunteer of the Year in the Education category-representing lifelong learning and students over 50--a unique choice for a contest that typically honors public school volunteers who serve youngsters. She won these recognitions despite tough competition, vying against over 180 nominees in the "Women You Need to Know" contest and 44 candidates in the Volunteer of the Year contest.

According to John Reynolds, director of the Pepper Institute on Aging and Public Policy, which supports OLLI at FSU, "Under the joint leadership of Susan Yelton, the Executive Board, and the director, OLLI at FSU's accomplishments in the past year have been simply stunning. In the past 12 months, OLLI at FSU doubled its membership, greatly expanded its course offerings to historic levels, adopted an online payment and registration system, and qualified for and received a $1 million dollar endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation in California. There is no doubt that this year has been one of the most significant in the history of adult education at FSU, and Susan was instrumental in pulling off these feats."  Read more about Susan's accomplishments . . .

- submitted by Fran Conaway

OLLI @ Furman Member Seeks Marines' Stories

Short Rations book coverRalph Bates, a retired Marine Corps Major and one of our members, is creating a book of true short stories about Marines, Fleet Marine force sailors and/or their families. He was inspired by an OLLI course to develop this book and is seeking submissions for it. The book, Short Rations for Marines, will be distributed nationally, and a portion of the proceeds from its sale will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project and the Marine Corps Heritage Project. If you are interested in submitting a story, please visit the Short Rations for Marines website for details. If you know someone who has a story to tell, please pass the word about this project along!

- submitted by Lucy Woodhouse, Director, OLLI at Furman University.

OLLI Members as Citizen Scientists
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As many of you know, "citizen science" has been receiving increasing interest from both researchers and citizens interested in participating in research. It is particularly suited to the kinds of studies that require multiple observation sites, out of doors, over periods of time. And the concept is one that is often compatible with OLLI goals -- an activity that can be done in a group (special interest group?) by people with no previous scientific training or background.

Here is a link to an article by the National Science Foundation with links to several ongoing projects that have received NSF support. Local chapters of Audubon or other nature organizations may also be looking for OLLI partners.


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News From Here and There . . .
The AARP 2012 Life@50+ National Event & Expo will be held on September 20-22 in New Orleans. The National Resource Center will have a booth at the show. Stop by and visit!

Jane Dowrick, director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Richmond, was chosen to serve on the LEARN Council, a leadership committee of the American Society on Aging (ASA). She will serve a two-year term that began April 1. The Council participates in the development and execution of outreach efforts, webinars, fundraising efforts and the Aging in America conference.

Senior Theatre USA Annual Conference: June 3-7 in New Orleans. For performers or those interested in theatre groups for older adults.

The National Center for Creative Aging has a spiffy new website. Lots of ideas and resource about arts programming and creativity in later life.