NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resource Center

for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

July 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 U Delaware Makes the July Cover of Vital Magazine
OLLI at UConn -- Part of the Waterbury Tile Team!
Auburn U OLLI Members Sing and Celebrate
Building the Future of OLLI at UNLV
OLLI at CSU Dominguez Hills Provides Summertime Enrichment Opportunities
The Sweetest Future OLLI Members?
Webinar Alert: "Move With Balance" for Healthy Aging
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Greetings from Kali 

Summertime and the living is easy! We're halfway though the summer season; before we know it the "back to school" feeling will be in the air. As we've seen from contributions from around the network, OLLIs offer wonderful programming year round. Thank you for sharing your stories -- keep them coming!

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.

What is your opinion?
Do you read newspapers?

Uh oh! We had a problem collecting the data from last month's newsletter! However, as we think it is a super interesting topic we are running the survey again. We know you are hanging onto the edge of your seats waiting to see the results so please answer one more time!

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

Save the Date for OLLI 2012 National Conference 

Photo of The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs
The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs, CO

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 U Delaware Makes the July Cover of Vital Magazine
July issue of Vital magazine
The July cover of Vital magazine
OLLI at the University of Delaware was featured as the cover article in the July 2012 edition of Vital magazine.  We have linked to a pdf of the July issue, and you will find the full article on page 8.

- submitted by Tara White Kee, University of Delaware


OLLI at UConn -- Part of the Waterbury Tile Team!
Photo of OLLI at UCONN Tile Team
OLLI at UConn members assemble to board the bus that would take them to
the artists' studio to see the original mural.


When the Waterbury mayor's office was looking for volunteers for a special downtown revitalization project, OLLI at University of Connecticut jumped right in! The project -- meant to improve downtown areas by incorporating artistic designs with building facades -- involved hundreds of city volunteers, and the unveiling of the final piece was recently held at the downtown location.  


Almost 25 OLLI members volunteered to be part of the Waterbury Tile Team.The charge was to adhere one-inch painted tiles (similar to a paint-by-number art piece) to create a 900-square-foot colorful mosiac which was displayed on a building at a ceremonial unveiling.  

Waterbury, CT, Mosaic Wall installation
The unveiling of the mosaic took place before hundreds
of excited city residents in downtown Waterbury!


The mural, entitled, "Cool Waters," was designed by artists Bruce and Joanne Hunter and depicted a Waterbury theme that honored the restoration of the Naugatuck River that runs thru the city. The OLLI members had a great time volunteering - many went for 8-9 days!      


- submitted by Rita Quinn, Assistant Director, OLLI at University of Connecticut 


Auburn U OLLI Members To Sing and Celebrate at July Brown Bag Lunches

The OLLI at Auburn University is presenting two Brown Bag Lunch & Learn programs in July.  On July 16 the program features Sacred Harp music led by Karen Clark. Clark describes Sacred Harp, or "shape note" singing as a traditional type of a cappella hymn singing that has thrived in the South since the 1800's. This music began in England centuries ago, as a way to teach harmony to people who couldn't read music. Today it is a communal gathering, attracting participants from all over the U.S., Canada, England, and some parts of Europe. Sacred Harp is not a "performance" kind of music, but a participatory event. Singers are not arranged in a line or semicircle facing the audience. Instead they sit in a "hollow square" and face each other. That is the true appeal of this music -- singing for the singer's sake. According to National Public Radio, "There is no harp in Sacred Harp singing, in fact no instrument at all, just the power of a room full of singers belting out four-part harmonies."
Shape Note singers at OLLI at Auburn U
Karen Clark leads shape note singers.

On July 23, the Auburn OLLI will host a party for members age 90 years or older, and it will feature a presentation by member Gail McCullers on the history of birthday celebrations. One of the party goers will be Leora Bliss, a longtime member of OLLI, who was born on a farm in western Kansas on September 5, 1916. Click to read Leora's engaging biography!
photo of Auburn U OLLI member celebrating 90th birthday
From left to right: Mary Burkhart, OLLI at Auburn Executive Director; Diane English, OLLI at Auburn Immediate Past President; and Leora Bliss, 90th Plus Birthday Party Honoree.

-submitted by Linda Shook, Coordinator, OLLI at Auburn University

Building the Future of OLLI at UNLV

Photo of 2 arrows painted on a road, pointing to the future

Over the years, University of Nevada Las Vegas (UNLV) and OLLI at UNLV have continued to grow. UNLV recently announced that it will implement a dramatic new master plan which, as proposed, will include building a new 60,000 seat multi-purpose stadium, student housing, and retail shops. Most importantly for OLLI at UNLV, the plan addresses current and future growth of OLLI at UNLV and provides either a free-standing building or dedicated space within a larger structure for the program. The OLLI at UNLV board, in conjunction with the UNLV Foundation have started a building fund intended to raise approximately $2,000,000 over the next three to five years. This is an exciting time for both UNLV and OLLI at UNLV.

- submitted by Heather Haslem, Director, OLLI at University of Nevada, Las Vegas

CSU Dominguez Hills OLLI Provides Summertime Enrichment Opportunities
Photo from CarFit event
CSU Dominguez Hills OLLI member
Eleanor Van Natta drives her car up for a CarFit inspection by CarFit volunteers
Chris Christophersen and Pablo Diaz.

As part of its summer program, members of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Dominguez Hills recently had a busy week of special events.

In commemoration of "Juneteenth" which pays tribute to June 19, 1865, when Federal forces took possession of Texas and called for that state's enforcement of the Emancipation Proclamation, two years after it was signed by President Abraham Lincoln. OLLI's members gathered on June 19 for an afternoon of history, traditional food, and song. "I believe this is the first Juneteenth on this campus," said Margaret Gordon, dean of College of Extended and International Education.

Then on Friday, June 22, OLLI members had the opportunity to get properly fitted to their cars and learned a few driver safety tips during CarFit, a demonstration  by the American Society for Aging, the American Automobile Association (AAA), and the American Occupational Therapy Association.Read more about both of these events.

-submitted by Jim Bouchard, Coordinator of OLLI at CSU Dominguez Hills. Writing by Amy Bentley-Smith  with contributions from Laura Perdew. Photos courtesy of CSU Dominguez Hills, Dateline Dominguez.


The Sweetest Future OLLI Members?
Photo of CSU East Bay twins
Twins Carolyn (left) and Johanna (right) at 19 days old.
Pictured above are twins Carolyn Grace and Johanna Eliza, born to Joyce Podevyn and Robert Saul on May 21. Joyce was the first Project Coordinator at the OLLI at CSU East bay and helped develop and launch the Institute in 2003. Now a full-time teacher at Ohlone College in Mission San Jose, CA, Joyce has maintained her ties with the OLLI at CSU East Bay as a member of the advisory board.

At birth both babies weighed less than 3 pounds, and although still in the hospital, they have been moved to the "Growers and Feeders" area and need less intensive care. They have doubled their birth weight, need fewer tube feedings and receive more bottle feedings, and Carolyn is breathing on her own. Joyce and Robert are looking forward to bringing Carolyn and Johanna home next month!

- submitted by Bette Felton, OLLI at CSU East Bay

Webinar Alert: "Move With Balance" for Healthy Aging
The ASA is offering a webinar titled "Move With Balance" for Healthy Aging on Thursday, August 20th.

The organization "Move with Balance," based in Paia, Hawaii, won this year's ASA MetLife Foundation MindAlert Award in the category for programs designed to enhance mental fitness for older adults.

The founder Karen Freesia Peterson has been developing the program over the past 25 years. She integrates research in vision training, kinesiology and brain plasticity. Tune in for some new ideas.


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