NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resource Center

for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

June 2012
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
What is your opinion?
Save the Date for OLLI 2012 National Conference
OLLI at Tufts U Awarded $100K Cummings Foundation Grant
Osher Foundation President Becomes Nebraska Navy Admiral.
U North Dakota OLLI's Choral Ensemble Makes a Joyful Noise
Meet Me In St. Louis
OLLI at U Delaware Provides Outreach Platform for Grad Students
U Nebraska OLLI/Playhouse Radio-Active Players
UNF OLLI Spawns a Vibrant Community of Writers!.
Saginaw Valley State U OLLI Members Enjoyed a Bite of the Big Apple
Upcoming Regional Lifelong Learning Conferences
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Greetings from Kali 

Most of you have ended your Spring semester and may have a little break before summer activities. I sure your Spring semesters were entertaining and educational! I was pleased to attend the 25th anniversary celebratory dinner at OLLI at Northwestern University in Chicago last week. It was a terrific event!  Speaking of anniversaries, it dawned on me that 2012 is the 50th anniversary for lifelong learning institutes in the United States. The first lifelong learning institute was the Institute for Retired Professionals which  began in 1962 at the New School for Social Research (now called New School University) in New York. So Happy Birthday to one and all!

OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
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.

Daniel Katzen, University of Arizona School of Music faculty member, demonstrating Alpine horn playing with one of his students (who also happens to be the OLLI at UA office assistant. Submitted by Carol Stewart, OLLI Program Manager at University of Arizona.

What is your opinion?
Do you read newspapers?

To respond to this month's poll, click on the image below.
(Give the questions a moment to load!)

Here are the results from last month's question:

"Have you heard of The Hunger Games?"

34% answered "Yes, I've read the book and/or seen the movie -- I loved it!"
29% replied "I'm not planning to read the book or see the movie."
17% indicated "I'm planning to read the book or see the movie."
6% responded "Yes, I've read the book and/or seen the movie -- I didn't care for it!"


Save the Date for OLLI 2012 National Conference 

Nightime patio photo at The Broadmoor

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.

OLLI at Tufts U Awarded $100K Cummings Foundation Grant
Photo of Tufts U OLLI director receiving $100K grant check
Left to right: Medford Mayor Michael McGlynn; David A. Fechtor, Director of OLLI at Tufts University; Dave Blumberg, Operations Manager, Cummings Properties.
Photo courtesy of Cummings Properties.
Great news for the OLLI at Tufts University (Medford, MA). After less than four months on the job, David Fechtor, the program's new director, applied for a $100,000 grant from OneWorld Boston, a Cummings Foundation affiliate. Barely a month later, he learned that the grant had come through! Payable in two $50,000 installments over a two-year period, the money will enable David to increase the size of his support staff, upgrade his program's computer and A/V equipment, develop a registration database, improve his program's online capabilities, and, most important, increase his marketing efforts with an eye towards expanding and diversifying his program's membership.

Osher Foundation President Becomes Nebraska Navy Admiral

Mary Bitterman: Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska

On March 19 the honorary title of Admiral in the Great Navy of the 
State of Nebraska, Nebraska's highest honor, was bestowed upon Mary G. F. Bitterman, President of the Bernard Osher Foundation, during her visit to Lincoln, Nebraska. The Governor of Nebraska, a landlocked state, approved the title.  It is not a military rank, requires no duties and carries with it no pay or other compensation.  "There hasn't been a single enemy attack by an enemy ship. It's a great navy," stated Rod Bates, Director of Nebraska Educational Telecommunications and Mary Bitterman's good friend.

-submitted by Dee Aguilar, OLLI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Photo on the left:
Mary Bitterman, 
Honorary Admiral in the Great Navy of the State of Nebraska.

U North Dakota OLLI's Choral Ensemble Makes a Joyful Noise
photo of U NDakota OLLI Choral Ensemble
Left to right top row: Douglas Grove, Mylo Carlson, Virgil Sheggerud. Bottom row: Delores Beck, Marlene Carlson, Nikki Seabloom, Bonnie Solberg, Marsha Sheggerud, Marie Neumann, and veteran OLLI choral Director, Natasha Thomas.

"Make a Joyful Noise!" This was the title of the OLLI choral singing class my friend and I signed up for in the fall session of 2011 and again in spring 2012. Well, it probably wasn't a joyful noise when we first started, but after six weeks of class, we were actually ready to take our show on the road!


Our instructor, Natasha Thomas, did not have the luxury of selecting the voices she might have wanted for a choral group - she had to take what she got! But, as a performer and a music therapist in "real" life, she knew what to do with us. Her approach in brief: Have fun! Enjoy the music! And have fun! Read the full story . . . 


-by Nikki Seabloom, avid OLLI member and active participant of the OLLI@UND Choral Ensemble


Meet Me In St. Louis
Photo of Alorie Parkhill
Alorie Parkhill
We have no being beyond our stories. Our stories explain us, justify us, sustain us, humble us and forgive us.
--N. Scott Momaday

In March two members of the OLLI at Brandeis University,  Alorie Parkhill and Marjorie Roemer, were invited to present a session called "The Age of Memoir: Teaching Writing in a Lifelong Learning

Photo of Marjorie RoemerMarjorie Roemer
Setting" at the annual Conference on Composition and Communication in St. Louis. The 300-session conference draws some 2600 college writing teachers from all over the country and acceptance to the program is highly selective.

The theme of this year's conference was "Writing Gateways," a reference to the famous St. Louis Gateway Arch and the role of that city as "gateway to the West." This metaphor provided a platform for speculation about gateways in the practice of writing: the thresholds, transition points, and explorations that are studied in the field of composition. But it was the Momaday quote above which framed the opening keynote address that spoke most directly to our work. (Momaday is a Pulitzer prize-winning Kiowa-Cherokee author.)
Learn more about this presentation.
-by Alorie Parkhill and Marjorie Roemer

OLLI Course at U Delaware Provides Outreach Platform for Graduate Students

Photo of University of Delaware grad student with OLLI  Instructors
University of Delaware OLLI instructors Nan Norling and Stuart Siegell,
with UD art history graduate student La Tanya Autry.
(Photo by Ambre Alexander.)
A punch bowl in the China trade; citizen soldier monuments; lynching memorials remembering a dark past. These and other fascinating artifacts populate the syllabus of the "Objects as Cultural Artifacts" class at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware in Wilmington, UD's member-based teaching and learning program for those over 50.  The course is presented by graduate students from UD's Delaware Public Humanities Institute (DELPHI) whose material culture research spans history, literature, art history, art conservation and more. Read more about this innovative program.

- submitted by Nora Riehl Zelluk, University of Delaware 


U Nebraska OLLI/Playhouse Radio-Active Players Raise Funds for USO
Photo of U Nebraska OLLI Radio-Active Players

The OLLI/PLAYHOUSE Radio-Active Players, an older adult theatre group sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNL and Lincoln Community Playhouse, raised $2,750.00 in donations to the USO with their 1940's musical revue, USO: A Stage Door Canteen.

 "All of the donations from our audience will be sent to the USO to support current programs for our troops and their families. As a community theatre leader, it is a great feeling to know we are playing a part in improving life in communities around the world," stated Morrie Enders, Playhouse Executive Director.

- submitted by Dee Aguilar, Coordinator, OLLI at University of Nebraska-Lincoln


UNF OLLI Spawns a Vibrant Community of Writers!
U North Florida OLLI authors photo
UNF OLLI President Billie Hayward, UNF OLLI Author Carrie Whitfield and UNF OLLI Instructor Carol O'Dell. Photo by UNF OLLI Director Jeanette Toohey

On May 23, Le Chat Noir Writers Circle hosted an event that featured the literary works of 13 gifted writers. Their funny, poignant and compelling stories were presented to more than 60 family members, friends and supporters. The event program thanked the University of North Florida OLLI for showing the writers "that there's always something more to learn."

Le Chat Noir, based in Jacksonville, Florida, was born in a UNF OLLI class entitled "Remember Me: Writing the Powerful Memoir" offered by Carol O'Dell. As the group's founder, Carol offered a safe, productive and encouraging environment that allowed OLLI members to grow and flourish as authors.  The group's name pays homage to a group of artists who found inspiration and showcased their talents in the Parisian cabaret of the same name.

-submitted by Jeanette Toohey, Director, OLLI at University of North Florida

Saginaw Valley State U OLLI Members Enjoyed a Bite of the Big Apple
Sagainaw Valley OLLI members in NYC

The OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University was excited to be featured on the cover of the recent Road Scholar North American Programs catalog. Pictures of participants from our charter six-day New York City trip were featured on two versions of the cover. This was one of two Road Scholar charter trips our OLLI has taken.  Two other trips are in the works. Our members visited New Orleans earlier this year. They will explore the Southwest National Parks this coming fall and San Antonio Texas next winter. 

-submitted by Jo Brownlie, Director, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University

Upcoming Regional Lifelong Learning Conferences
There are three regional conferences for lifelong learning institutes coming up in the next year.  Institutes are welcome to attend any of the three, regardless of home region:

Southeast Region Lifelong Learning Conference - July 25-27, 2012 - That's next month! Sponsored by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, University of North Florida in Jacksonville. The theme of the conference is Innovation for Today and Tomorrow. Even though this is a Southern Region conference, LLIs and their members from all across the country are invited. For more information please see the conference website.

Midwest Region Lifelong Learning Conference, April 10-12, 2013 - Sponsored by the Academy of Lifetime Learning, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston. To be held at the Hilton Suites Chicago Magnificent Mile, 198 East Delaware Place, Chicago. For more information please contact Janna Overstreet.

Northeast Region Lifelong Learning Conference - April 20-21, 2013 - Sponsored by the Second Half Lifelong Learning Institute, University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. For more information please contact Beverly Stevens..


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News From Here and There . . . 

The Aging in America conference will be in Chicago March 12-16, 2013.  Proposal deadline is July 2. If anyone would like to collaborate with Kali on a session, drop a line.


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!