NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resource Center

for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

January 2013
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
OLLI Infographic
Help OLLI Members Find a Good Read!
OLLI at UNLV Produces "I Am OLLI" Video
OLLI at UConn Performers Delight
OLLI at Auburn U Salutes Their Partner Organizations
Northwest Earth Institute Teaches Sustainability
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Greetings from Kali 

Happy 2013! January is flying by --  it's already mid-month, bringing with it the National Resource Center's e-newsletter. We enjoy hearing from you about what's happening at your OLLI, and our readers tell us that they do too!  Please remember to "Toot Your Horn" and let us know about those special courses, field trips, performances, and volunteers.


OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
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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 Infographic

In the early summer of 2012 the National Resource Center conducted a survey of the OLLI network. Below you can see a summary of the survey findings. This infographic shows a "snapshot" of the OLLI network as it looked in 2012. (This infographic is also available as a PDF.) 
OLLI Infographic

Help OLLI Members Find a Good Read!
OLLI Authors is a section of the national OLLI website and currently hosts information for over 60 OLLI authors and their 86 books. We would like to invite readers to write reviews for this newsletter and for the OLLI Authors' pages on the website. Help OLLI members find a good read! Send your book reviews to Anne Cardale.

OLLI at UNLV Produces "I Am OLLI" Video
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Members of OLLI at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, led by Publicity Chair Mike Cutler, have finished production of a video aimed at informing Las Vegas' retired community of the benefits of the OLLI program. The four-minute video consists of interviews with OLLI at UNLV members and addresses a variety of topics including who is eligible to join and how the program has impacted the lives of current members.

-submitted by Rich Easter, Operations Coordinator, OLLI at the University of Nevada Las Vegas

OLLI at UConn Performers Delighted Audience With Veterans Day Show
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OLLI at UConn performers and special guest Julie Wilson (center).
In November OLLI at University of Connecticut held its annual Veterans Day Celebration, highlighted with special New York City cabaret singer, Miss Julie Wilson! OLLI presenter, Sue Matsuki, produced THE SHOW, with songs from all the U.S. war eras. In addition to Julie Wilson, OLLI members comprised the rest of the group of entertainers. OLLI performers were Cheryl DiRollo, Richard Fogg, Don Granger, Alphonse Jarus, Salvatore Martone, Brock Putnam, Louis Reignier, Bonnie Stephens, Lauren Woolf, and Jane Bate on piano!

-submitted by Riita Quinn, Assistant Director, OLLI at the University of Connecticut Waterbury


OLLI at Auburn U Partnered With 50+ Organizations!
During the 2011-12 academic year, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn partnered with over 50 programs, featuring 29 offices and departments from the Auburn University campus and 23 organizations from throughout the state of Alabama. OLLI at Auburn University is appreciative for the support the program receives from its campus and community partners!

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


Northwest Earth Institute Teaches Sustainability
The  Northwest Earth Institute (NWEI) offers 12 different  discussion course books for college-level teaching about sustainability. Each book includes articles and book excerpts from leaders in the field, as well as accompanying discussion questions, suggested activities and action ideas. NEI's course books teach sustainability through a process of shared discovery, personal reflection, and positive action.
NEI is currently offering an updated edition of one of their most widely-used course books: Choices for Sustainable Living. Click here for a list of their other course books, which cover topics including sustainable food choices and food equity issues, sustainable agriculture, environmental health, energy use, climate and consumerism. NEI is happy to provide review copies of any of their resources -- visit the NEI website for more information about their offerings and to contact NEI. Several OLLIs have used this resource for study groups and course materials.

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News From Here and There . . .
  • As noted in the December NRC newsletter, The Journal of Intergenerational Relationships has published an article by University of Southern Maine professor Lenny Shedletsky about his OLLI intergenerational class.Now the full article, "Undergraduates Mentoring Older Adults: Breaking Stereotypes," is available online.
  • For resources for theatre groups, check out the Senior Theatre Resource Center.