NRC OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute

National Resource Center

for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

April  2013
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
OLLI NRC & OLLI UNLV Partner for Upcoming AARP Expo
OLLI at San Francisco State University Welcomes New Director
How Do You Spell OLLI?
Otto Ross, CSU Long Beach OLLI Member Celebrates 100th Birthday!
OLLI at University of Virginia Enters Into Innovative Partnership
OLLI at FSU is Setting New Records for Volunteer Involvement
OLLI at U Delaware Explores Healthy Aging
OLLI at Auburn Hosts VCOM President
Leadership of Two Florida OLLIs Explores Inter-OLLI Learning Exchange
The 2013 Southern Regional Conference, July 24-26
VIDEO: Older Adults and Technology
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Greetings from Kali 

Finally, it is warm enough to venture outside without a heavy coat, crocuses have bloomed, and pairs of robins have been spotted in Portland. Spring really has arrived!  We wish you a pleasant Spring wherever you are in the U.S.

If you are in the Las Vegas area, we invite you to visit the OLLI booth at the May 30 - June 1 AARP Life@50+ National Event and Expo. The National Resource Center is partnering with the OLLI at University of Nevada Las Vegas to develop the booth. Rich Easter from the OLLI at UNLV provides more details below.


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 NRC & OLLI UNLV Partner for Upcoming AARP Expo
OLLI at the University of Nevada Las Vegas is thrilled to partner with the OLLI National Resource Center's conference team to represent the OLLI network at AARP's Life@50+ National Event and Expo in fabulous Las Vegas. OLLI at UNLV volunteers will be staffing the booth for the three-day event (May 30-June 1), which will highlight the national presence of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes while promoting UNLV's own unique OLLI experience.
Over 22,000 people attended AARP's last Las Vegas conference in 2009. "The opportunity to partner with the National Resource Center to showcase the benefits of our program on this scale is fantastic," says Dr. Peg Rees, Director of OLLI at UNLV and Vice Provost of Educational Outreach. "Our goal is to have every attendee at the conference buzzing about their local OLLI, whether they live here in Las Vegas or are visiting from across the country." If you plan on attending, make sure to drop by the booth and say hello to the OLLI at UNLV volunteers.

For more information on AARP's Life@50+ conference, visit the conference website.

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

OLLI at San Francisco State University Welcomes New Director
San Francisco State OLLI's wordcloud
San Francisco State OLLI's wordcloud
Sandra Halladey has been hired as the new Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at San Francisco State University.

With a successful track record at San Francisco State in alumni relations, fundraising and audience development, Sandra also brings 20 years of experience in educational leadership with a special emphasis on membership growth and media advocacy. A founder of the local chapter of Parents for Public Schools, she is involved with public education and arts education advocacy.

Sandra asked the SFSU OLLI membership what word they would use to sum up OLLI, and they responded with words that became the fun and colorful "wordcloud" above.
How Do You Spell OLLI?
photo of OLLI at U of Nebraska's curriculum committee spelliing out OLLI
Members of the Curriculum Committee at U Nebraska spell out "OLLI." (Photo by John Keller)
The OLLI at the University of of Nebraska's Curriculum Committee is so large that it is hard to get them all together. But 38 members of the committee managed to hold still long enough to spell out "OLLI" for the photo shown above!

- submitted by Dee Aguilar, Coordinator, OLLI at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebraska.
Otto Ross, CSU Long Beach OLLI Member Celebrates 100th Birthday!
Photo of Otto Ross celebrating his 100th birthday.
Otto Ross celebrating his 100th birthday at the CSU Long Beach OLLI with many friends.
(Photo by Jack Blecher )
Otto Ross was born in Nuremburg, Germany, on November 13, 1912, and immigrated to the United States in 1931. Otto felt fortunate to be in the United States in the 1940's when Hitler came to power in Germany. He brought his parents and sister over. His brother was hidden by friendly Germans all during the war and visited America after the war. Otto was drafted into the US Army and after almost four years in the service, he settled in California.

Fast-forward to 1998 when Senior University (now OLLI) opened at CSU Long Beach. Otto became a charter student. He has enrolled in every session since then, usually taking up to 5 classes. Otto says,"The school is my home away from home." Students and instructors respect and admire him for his passionate pursuit of knowledge.  On November 17, 2012, Otto celebrated his 100th birthday at OLLI with a party and a beautiful cake. Seventy friends and family members including great-great-grandnieces and nephews, neighbors, his poker buddies, and OLLI classmates attended. Read more about Otto's first century and learn his secrets for living to 100+.

- story by Sylvia Manheim, OLLI at California State University Long Beach

OLLI at University of Virginia Enters Into Innovative Partnership
Photo of Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA
Historic Michie Tavern, Charlottesville, VA
What could be more apt for a series of lectures on "The Fascinations of Thomas Jefferson" than giving those lectures in a historically significant building just down the road from Monticello? One of three lecture-and-lunch events that the OLLI at the University of Virginia held in partnership with the Michie Tavern, this year's lecture series discussed Jefferson's interest in science, his architectural legacy, and Monticello's amazing gadgetry.

The partnership between Michie Tavern and OLLI started in winter 2012, after administrators from the tavern approached OLLI and suggested a partnership. January was a lull between OLLI's fall and spring semesters and also a slow time for the tavern. Allowing OLLI to offer a winter semester and the tavern to attract more winter visitors, the partnership also offered OLLI a wonderful ambiance; a delicious Southern, colonial-style cuisine; and a well-known speaker, Rick Britton, author and Virginia history expert.

- Story by Alice Faintich. Submitted by Joan Kammire, Board President of the OLLI at the University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Virginia


OLLI at FSU is Setting New Records for Volunteer Involvement

Photo of OLLI at FSU volunteer
Wade Burch, one of the OLLI at FSU's many volunteers,
plans a field trip for OLLI members.
OLLI at Florida State University (FSU) is setting new records for volunteer involvement. From planning and executing a social event that supports our scholarship fund to making coffee for thirsty students taking class breaks, from serving as an officer or committee chair to getting newsletters ready for mailing, OLLI at FSU volunteers generously contribute their time, ingenuity and energy.

With about 600 OLLI members, nearly 200 are on the volunteer list created by Nancy O'Farrell and Joanne Taylor, co-chairs of the Membership Committee. Since the list was created in 2011, the number of volunteers has increased by about 87 percent, O'Farrell says. She adds, "Our members are ready to jump in whenever there's a need. When we e-mail requests for volunteers for all kinds of tasks, we get more than enough responses." Read the full story.

-submitted by Fran Conaway, chair of the Volunteer Committee and Chair of the Communications Committee, OLLI at Florida State University Tallahassee, Florida


With the Help of Grad Students, OLLI at U Delaware Explores Healthy Aging
OLLI at U Delaware members attend a class on healthy aging. (Photo by Evan Krape)
Members of the OLLI at U Delaware attended a class on healthy aging
led by doctoral student Jody Greaney. (Photo by Evan Krape)
How does aging affect hormonal regulation? Can resistance training ward off bone and muscle loss? What are the cardiovascular benefits of fatty acids?

In a class called "Evidence-Based Healthy Aging," students at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Delaware are getting the answers to these and other health-related questions directly from faculty and graduate student researchers.

Led by an associate professor in UD's Department of Kinesiology and Applied Physiology (KAAP), the semester-long class features a slate of speakers delivering interactive lectures on topics including cardiovascular fitness, exercise training theory, musculoskeletal health, and Alzheimer's awareness. The graduate students get to share their research with an interested audience...and the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute members get valuable health information-a win-win situation!

The complete story is available online.

- submitted by Tara White Kee, for the OLLI at the University of Delaware


OLLI at Auburn Hosts VCOM President
photo of VCOM President Dr. James Wolfe
Pictured, from L to R, are Don Baker, OLLI member and Current Economic Topics course instructor, Dr. Wolfe, and Carl Pinkert, Associate Vice President for Research at Auburn University.
 (Photo by Linda Shook)
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Auburn University recently hosted Dr. James Wolfe, President of the Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine (VCOM). Dr. Wolfe served as guest speaker for the OLLI course Current Economic Topics taught by Don Baker.

During his presentation, Dr. Wolfe described the development of a new VCOM branch campus in Auburn, in collaboration with the Auburn Research and Technology Foundation at the Auburn Research Park. VCOM will build a new facility featuring classrooms, small-group learning rooms, laboratories and a technology center. Read more about Dr. Wolfe and his presentation about VCOM.

-submitted by Linda Shook, Coordinator of the OLLI at Auburn University in Alabama


Leadership of Two Florida OLLIs Explores Inter-OLLI Learning Exchange
Photo of a meeting at OLLI at UNF
UNF/USF OLLI Workshop (L to R): Howard Taylor (UNF OLLI ED-ventures Team Leader), Dennis Sullivan (UNF OLLI President Elect), Mary Keene (UNF OLLI Recording Secretary), Billie Hayward (UNF OLLI President), Kay Menzel (USF OLLI Past President), Cyndy Rylant (UNF OLLI Member Relations Team Leader), and Nancy Lundgren (UNF OLLI Curriculum Team Leader).
(Photo by Jeanette Toohey)
On March 28, University of North Florida (UNF) OLLI President Billie Hayward hosted University of South Florida (USF) OLLI Past President Kay Menzel for a visit designed to share USF OLLI's Leadership Development Program with UNF OLLI's Leadership Council. The following day Kay participated in a workshop with UNF OLLI's Executive Leadership Team (shown above) in which UNF's leaders assessed current UNF OLLI leadership development practices and explored opportunities to design a more formal program. Later in the day Kay's husband, Don, presented a riveting program on "The New China" to nearly 60 UNF OLLI members. Their joint visit was a wonderful inter-OLLI learning exchange. Special thanks to Kay and Don Menzel for their generosity!

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


The 2013 Southern Regional Conference, July 24-26
The 2013 Southern Regional Conference for Institutes of Learning in Retirement is being hosted by the OLLI at the University of Georgia, Athens, from July 24-26. Built on the theme "Engaged Minds, Enriched Lives," the conference will focus on techniques for improving lifelong learning programs, which provide educational, social and recreational opportunities for mature adults. Registration information is available online.


Older Adults and Technology
Relatively Disengaged
Relatively Disengaged

This 12-minute video dramatizes in a non-condescending way the issues that make older adults stop using technology, even if they got started. It is from the UK (enjoy the Scottish accents!) so the specific organization it refers to does not exist in the US.

Jottings heading
News From Here and There . . .
  • Did you know that this May marks the 50th anniversary of celebrating Older American's Month? Learn more about it.  
  • From Ara Rogers, OLLI at University of South Florida, a fun blog about women and the STEM fields, "Grandma Got STEM".     
  • Semester at Sea, this year marking its 50th year, offers Enrichment Voyages for students, alumni, adult learners, and families.    
  • This website provides information on every state that offers tuition waivers to senior citizens.    
  • Which photo would you run? Andy Goodman offers a free test and downloadable guide that will help you use photos in publications more effectively.