NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

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for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

October 2012
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
Wow, the Deadline has Passed!.
STEM for Seniors
OLLI Represented at AARP Life@50+ Expo
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
OLLI at San Franciso State Shares New Vide
Welcome to OLLI!
Casper College OLLII Goes Afield
U Minnesota OLLI Featured in Star Tribune
OLLI at University of Michigan Has Created a Promotional Video
Announcing the OLLI-California State University at Fullerton Collaborative
Alaska Calling
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Greetings from Kali 

September and October have been full of celebrations. I mentioned Duke's 35th anniversary last month -- that trip also included a visit to UNC Wilmington for a very fun fall kickoff with 250 in attendance and a chance for me to meet with board and staff. Last Sunday I traveled to Rochester to celebrate OLLI at RIT on their 25th, another great event, complete with marimba band from the percussion section of the RPO! And another 250 happy attendees. I am writing this from the Association of Science and Technology Centers conference in Columbus, OH. See more about that later, but it's been a great time to do some networking.

Next is the November National Conference. I look forward to more good times and good talks with folks from each Osher Institute.

This month's newsletter includes a first -- three video links from around the network!


WOW, the Deadline has Passed!
Please note that the deadline for receiving WOWS for the National Conference has passed. WOWS received now will be sent to Anne Cardale for the Grand PowerPoint display which is to be shown in the conference registration area. Thank you to everyone who has supplied a WOW!

STEM for Seniors
The NRC's Executive Director, Kali Lightfoot, is presently attending the Association for Science & Technolgy Centers annual conference in Columbus, OH.  In a conference session Bette Felton from OLLI at CSU East Bay, Kurt Feichtmeir from The Exploratorium (San Francisco) and Kali spoke about building collaborations between science centers (including museums, zoos, aquaria, and other facilities that offer informal science learning), and their local lifelong learning institutes -- OLLIs and others. Kali received business cards from a number of centers that are interested in making contact, and over the next few weeks she will be letting OLLIs know about centers near them that are interested in having a conversation. In addition,Kali plans to host an informal chat with OLLIs interested in science programming at the November OLLI National Conference during the "OLLI Conversations" session. Over time she hopes to build up a cadre of OLLIs and collaborating science centers with the aim of opening up new learning opportunities for OLLI members and creating new understanding among the science centers of the ways our members and all older adults can learn about science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

OLLI Represented at AARP Life@50+ Expo
OLLI booth at New Orleans AARP expo Sept 2012
The OLLI NRC booth at the AARP Life@50+ Expo in New Orleans
Anne Cardale and Fran Myers of the OLLI National Resource Center represented the OLLI network at September's AARP Life@50+ Expo in New Orleans. The two-day expo drew thousands of active seniors from around the country. Anne and Fran chatted with the many folks who stopped by their booth to learn about OLLI, and gathered their contact information. This source of potential new members has been shared with the OLLI network.

OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
vintage photo of boy using 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 at San Franciso State Shares New Video
Olli for Blooming Boomers
OLLI for Blooming Boomers

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University is proud of the new video promoting the Institute. It presents a refreshing take on OLLI that we're pleased to share!

- submitted  by Vivien Zielin
Welcome to OLLI!

In 2012, the nationally acclaimed North Carolina Center for Creative Retirement became Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at UNC Asheville.


OLLI at UNC Asheville offers a wide range of programs, including:

  • A highly successful Appalachian Studies Authors series featuring area writers Tommy Hays, Charles Frazier, Ron Rash, Wayne Caldwell, and Erica Abrams Locklear.
  • Appalachian programming called "Stories on Asheville's Front Porch," the brainchild of Sarah Larson, a College for Seniors instructor and Leadership Asheville Seniors graduate.
  • A collaboration with the Buncombe County Library System and the Friends of the Weaverville Library that brought storyteller Bil Lepp to the Reuter Center.
  • Several established life transitions programs, including Paths to Creative Retirement (Paths) and the Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend (CREW). These programs historically attract a national audience. A 4-week program launched in the Spring of 2012 focused on exploration of continuing care retirement community (CCRCs) options.
  •  A presentation on September 21st by Civic Ventures founder Marc Freedman, author of many books about the new face of retirement. He is considered an expert in the field of active aging and purposeful retirement.

OLLI at UNC Asheville will continue its 25-year history of providing innovative programming for adults in later life, now with the additional benefit of collaboration within a nationwide network of peer programs.


- Submitted by Executive Director Catherine Frank, Executive Director, OLLI at University of North Carolina Asheville


Casper College OLLI Goes Afield in Search of Turtles
WGFD Herpetology
Video of Casper College herpetology field trip.

A class at the OLLI at Casper College went on a field trip with Wyoming Game and Fish staff to look for turtles and learn about herpetology. A video crew went along and the result was posted on the local TV station as well as YouTube, resulting in good statewide exposure for OLLI.

-submitted by Vicki Pollock, Lifelong Learning Specialist, OLLI at Casper College

OLLI at University of Minnesota Featured in the Star Tribune News
The Star Tribune newspaper published an article in its print and online editions about the OLLI at University of Minnesota entitled, "A meeting of minds." Read the article at this link!


- submitted by Taki Andrianakos, Program/Office Manager, OLLI at University of Minnesota


OLLI at University of Michigan Has Created a Promotional Video!
OLLI in Action:  The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan
OLLI in Action:
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Michigan
The OLLI at the University of Michigan is excited to report that we have created our promotional video. It is posted on YouTube as well as the OLLI at U Michigan website, and we are pleased to share it here!

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


Announcing the OLLI-California State University at Fullerton Collaborative

Photo of the Fresno OLLI collaborative in action
The OLLI-CSU Fullerton Collaboration in action
The OLLI - California State University at Fullerton (CSUF) Collaboration is an outcome of the OLLI Long Range Plan prepared in 2009. One of the strategies recommended in the plan was to "Support the emerging societal model of retirement (as a time to give back to society), by providing more volunteer opportunities within the CSUF community." Although OLLI members (more than 1,200 at the present time) create and direct our extensive program of classes, lectures, special events, travel and social gatherings within OLLI, volunteering within the university had been somewhat limited.   The objective of the OLLI-CSUF Collaboration is to enable more OLLI members to share their life and work skills and knowledge with CSUF students and faculty.   OLLI has its own facility, the Ruby Gerontology Center, on the CSUF campus so members can interact with students and faculty daily. Read more about this exciting collaborative.

- by Lorraine Gerni 


Alaska Calling
Photo of Mt McKinley
Mount McKinley, America's highest mountain,located in Alaska's Denali National Park. (Photo by Michelle Bartlett)
Does your OLLI have a travel program? Have you considered Alaska as a summer destination? The University of Alaska Fairbanks has hosted travel programs for four OLLIs:  University of Minnesota, Duke University, University of Alabama Huntsville, and the University of Vermont. These 11-day summer travel study programs begin in FairbankS and include visits to Denali National Park, the native community of Nenana, the port city of Seward and conclude in the city of Anchorage. All expenses are included once you arrive in Alaska: rooms with private baths, three meals a day, entrance fees, educational programs, transportation within the program and tips. Transportation to and from Alaska is not included, and the only other costs the individual is responsible for during the program are laundry, liquor, and luxuries (souvenirs). Because there is an OLLI at UAF, one of the highlights of the travel program is having a dinner one evening at the home of one of the local OLLI members. The schedule for the 2012 University of Vermont OLLI's program is available online. For more information, contact Michelle Bartlett at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

- submitted by Michelle Bartlett, Director, Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning, University of Alaska Fairbanks