NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resource Center

for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

September 2012
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
Time to Register for the 2012 OLLI National Conference
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
Poster Celebrates Volunteers at U Nebraska Lincoln
Duke University's OLLI Celebrates 35 Years of Lifelong Learning
Michigan Governor & Ann Arbor Mayor Declare Lifelong Learning Week
Meet the OLLI at Auburn Karate Team
Take a Child Outside Week
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Greetings from Kali 

I recently had the pleasure of attending and speaking at the 35th anniversary celebration at Duke University's OLLI. It was a great experience! Many OLLIs have lately celebrated milestone anniversaries, and these anniversaries are a reminder of how opportunities for formal lifelong learning have increased during the last five decades. Other reminders of how interest in lifelong learning is growing are the official proclamations of "Lifelong Learning Week" in several states. Please note this issue's feature on the most recent proclamation in Michigan.

Thank you to all OLLI staff, members, and volunteers for supporting lifelong learning!


Time to Register for the
2012 OLLI National Conference!!
Conference Photo
Attendees from the OLLI 2011 Conference sharing some thoughts about the presentation
The OLLI National Resource Center is pleased to announce that you can now register for the 2012 OLLI National Conference to be held at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs,CO, on November 12-14, 2012. Please visit our website to review all the conference information and to register. The registration deadline is October 1st!
We will be strictly limiting participation to two attendees per Institute to make it possible for the delegates, National Resource Center staff, and the Osher Foundation staff and Board members to meet each other, network, and have substantive discussions and interactions. Each OLLI may decide upon the two delegates selected, but we encourage a mix of both staff and member leadership.

One of the greatest benefits of the OLLI National Conference is the exciting dynamic that happens when Osher Institutes gather together in one place at one time to celebrate cognitive vitality, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute movement, and its undeniable success.
Contact Fran Myers with any questions by email or by phone: 207-228-8256.

OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
Photo of a man speaking into a megaphone
Toot your horn! Does your OLLI have news that you are proud of and would like to share with the network? The NRC newsletter is looking for articles about those special happenings that you know will inspire and excite others. So, keep the network newsletter in mind as a place to "toot your horn!"

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

OLLI Volunteers at U Nebraska Lincoln Celebrated With Eye-Catching Poster

Poster from the OLLI at U Nebraska

Artist William Shaffer created this eye-catching poster for the OLLI at University of Nebraska, Lincoln. We love the image and want to share it with the OLLI network!

- submitted Dee Aguilar, Coordinator, OLLI at University of Nebraska, Lincoln
Duke University's OLLI Celebrates 35 Years of Lifelong Learning
Duke University dean speaking at OLLI at Duke's 35th anniversary celebration
Laurie Patton, Dean of Arts and Sciences of Duke University speaks at OLLI's 35th anniversary celebration, while Mike Bahnaman, President of the Duke OLLI's Board of Advisors listens.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Duke University held a 35th anniversary party in early September to celebrate its past and prepare for the future. Laurie Patton, (pictured) dean of arts and sciences at Duke, discussed the role that adult education can have within the university's developing mission of public scholarship.

Kali Lightfoot, Executive Director of the OLLI National Resource Center, gave the keynote address. She traced the development of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes from the 18th century roots of lifelong learning programs.

Michigan Governor & Ann Arbor Mayor Declare Lifelong Learning Week
Ann Arbor proclamation of Lifelong Learning Week presentation to OLLI at U Michigan
Left to right: Ann Arbor Mayor John Hieftje, OLLI at U of Michigan Board President Ed Marcus, and 25th Anniversary Committee Chairperson, Sherry Root holding the proclamation from the City of Ann Arbor.
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder proclaimed September 2 through September 8 as "Lifelong Learning Week in Michigan," and Mayor John Hieftje proclaimed the same week as "Lifelong Learning Week in Ann Arbor." Both proclamations were made in conjunction with the 25th anniversary of the OLLI at the University of Michigan and in response to a national movement created by the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country. Michigan joins North Dakota, Virginia, Louisiana, and Colorado in declaring Lifelong Learning Weeks. Read more about this event!

-submitted by Abbie Lawrence-Jacobson, Program Coordinator, OLLI at University of Michigan


Meet the OLLI at Auburn Karate Team
Photo of the Karate team from OLLI at Auburn University
OLLI at Auburn Karate team: from left to right, front row, Jennifer Nylen and Barbara Wooley;
second row, Robert Martin, OLLI Karate instructor, and Jeff Graves.
Three OLLI at Auburn University members, Jennifer Nylen, Barbara Wooley, and Jeff Graves, led by Robert Martin, OLLI at Auburn Karate instructor, recently gave a Karate demonstration at Full Life Ahead Camp at Children's Harbor on Lake Martin. Full Life Ahead Camp is designed for families with children with multiple disabilities. OLLI at Auburn team members joined with JIKC (Japan International Karate Center) students from Auburn University and the Opelika SportsPlex to present a Karate demonstration and learning experience for participants at Full Life Camp. The Full Life Ahead Foundation vision is to help people with limitations to live the most independent and productive lives possible. This mission of Full Life Ahead is to connect people with their dreams and to the resources to make those dreams become reality. 

OLLI at Auburn has been offering Ki and Karate for about six years and offers Karate and Ki classes during the fall, winter and spring terms. In addition to teaching these classes at OLLI, Robert Martin,an instructor in the Kinesiology Department at Auburn University, teaches Auburn U students and teaches children at the SportsPlex recreation/health center in the neighboring city of Opelika.

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


Take a Child Outside Week: September 24-September 30

"Take A Child Outside Week" is a program designed to help break down obstacles that keep children from discovering the natural world. By arming parents, teachers and other caregivers with resources on outdoor activities, the goal is to help children across the country develop a better understanding and appreciation of the environment in which they live as well as a burgeoning enthusiasm for exploring it. The program is an initiative of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and is held in cooperation with partner organizations across the U.S. and Canada. "Take A Child Outside Week" is sponsored locally by Dover Foundation, Inc. and Great Outdoor Provision Company.

Going outside connects children to the natural world; helps kids focus in school; and reduces chances of obesity. So take a child outside!

On this site you can: pledge to take a child outside and record your outdoor experiences, get ideas for outdoor activities, and find participating organizations in your area. For programs across the USA, visit this link.

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News From Here and There . . . 

Congratulations to Southern Oregon University, home of an Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, on celebrating the University's 140th anniversary this year!


University of Minnesota OLLI members are collaborating with the Ridgedale Library in Minnetonka, MN, to present "Books You Don't Have Time to Read."  Each week a University of Minnesota OLLI member presents a book that tackles a challenging subject of the day and discusses the issues involved with the group.


Visit the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute booth at the AARP Expo in September:     

The AARP 2012 Life@50+ National Event & Expo will be held on September 20-22 in New Orleans. Stop by and visit!