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for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes Newsletter

January 2014
In This Issue
Greetings from Kali
OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
Save the Date! OLLI National Conference
Creative Retirement Programs
Tiananmen Initiative Project
Happy Librarians at Temple
OLLI Network Position Openings
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Greetings from Kali 

The newsletter is shorter than usual this month, which is normal for January, a time when fewer OLLIs are in session, but what is missing in quantity is made up for in the quality of interesting items from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Montana.  Enjoy!

Best regards, Kali


OLLIs -- Toot Your Horns!
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.

Save the Date! OLLI National Conference  
We are pleased to announce the dates and location for the 2014 OLLI National Conference. The gathering will be held at the Park Hyatt Aviara, Carlsbad, CA from April 28-30, 2014. More information will follow on programming, schedules, and many, many more details! Please do not hesitate to contact Fran Myers if you have any questions.


Creative Retirement Programs at OLLI UNC Asheville


Enjoying a 'Creative Retirement' class at OLLI UNC Asheville


OLLI at UNC Asheville has developed a unique pair of programs under the banner of Life Transitions to help people design a "creative retirement."  The first is titled "Creative Retirement Exploration Weekend" (CREW) and the second is dubbed "Paths to Creative Retirement" (Paths)".  And both draw participants from all over the United States. We welcome OLLI members from around the country to spread the word about these programs to family and friends who are approaching retirement.


For more information please download our pdf or you can visit  OLLI at the University of Asheville website for a brochure and additional information.

Submitted by - Kirk Borkland, OLLI at UNC Asheville

OLLI at the University of Montana, Missoula helps launch the Tiananmen Initiative Project
This year marks the twenty-fifth anniversary of the June 4, 1989 Tiananmen Massacre in Beijing. On the night of June 3-4, 1989, regular Chinese army troops, acting on direct orders from China's political leaders, killed hundreds of peaceful student demonstrators and other Chinese citizens in China's capital city. The massacre abruptly ended a nationwide movement of many millions of Chinese citizens calling for democratic reforms, an end to pervasive corruption, and for economic justice. The iconic picture of a lone man facing down a column of tanks in Beijing on the morning of June 5 remains one of the most powerful images of humanity's struggle against tyranny.

Through the Tiananmen Initiative Project we have launched what is literally a worldwide effort to encourage commemoration of the anniversary of this tragedy by educational institutions, civic organizations, state legislatures, and other organizations. The purpose is to break the silence, commemorate the victims, and, most importantly, encourage public discussion of political and human rights issues in contemporary China. We are acting through a direct mail campaign and a website: that hosts an Appeal in many languages and a growing list of Resources freely available.
Steven Levine a retired University of Montana Professor has launched the Tiananmen Initiative Project

This spring the OLLI at the University of Montana will sponsor a public meeting on the subject of the Tiananmen Massacre with a presentation by a local China expert followed by an open discussion. We would like to suggest that the same or a similar format could be used by other OLLI affiliates throughout the country, inviting China experts from local universities or other institutions. We are in the process of preparing an Information Packet that will be available within the next month in both hard copy and on-line to assist in planning meetings on this topic.

Please address any questions, comments, and suggestions to us via the Contact button on our website.


OLLI at Temple University and their happy librarians!
In the City of Brotherly Love we devour books as much as cheese steaks and hoagies, and we seem to like spending as much time in our city's many public and private libraries as we do cheering for the Eagles and Phillies.

After all, it does make sense. Early publishing in Philadelphia has a rich and storied history. William Penn founded Philadelphia in 1682, and within three years the nascent town had its first printing press, and Benjamin Franklin's first and principal career was as a printer and publisher.

And at OLLI at Temple's Center City campus, The Louis Freedman Memorial Library is stacked with nearly 900 books. They can be borrowed, some can be bought, and many are bestsellers. In addition, our more than 1,000 OLLI members have a wide choice of audio books, large print books, DVDs and CDs.

Bookworms at OLLI at Temple: Carolyn Terry, an Assistant Librarian, introduces a new member to some recent bestsellers; Janet S. Saltzman, Library Chair, reading a biography of her favorite actor, Lord Laurence Olivier.

The Library Chair is Janet S. Saltzman, a long-time OLLI member who is a retired staff librarian from the Free Library of Philadelphia. Janet doesn't like to talk much about herself, but her eyes light up and she becomes animated when she talks about her 10 assistants who she feels are the real force behind the Library's success.

"Of course, we're all volunteers, but you would think our assistants are making $1,000 a week. That's how hard they work," she laughs. "What motivates me in my role is the interaction with our members and knowing that every day will be different and I will be meeting new people."

Janet selects the new books based on, but certainly not limited to, the New York Times bestseller list. Just as important are members' requests and feedback. All books are ordered online at a discount. Library check-out hours are conveniently scheduled for noontime when members visit between morning and afternoon classes. Many members who have now embraced the digital age will often put down their Kindles to check the bookshelves. Checkouts are for three weeks and the process is still done the old-fashioned way: stamp, pad, and card. But a few years ago an assistant librarian with a data processing background brought the inventory up to date by going digital. Members are alerted to new books with weekly e-mails listing the class schedule and special events, but new books are always listed on the bulletin board where class schedules and other announcements are posted.

Like all senior citizens we try to balance our longing for the "good old days" while keeping up with the fast-changing and fast-paced digital age. There's an old joke about Philadelphia. Some say we're a city that loves change as long as everything stays the same. But at OLLI we don't buy into that stereotype. We still like doing things the old-fashioned way but make an effort to keep up with the times. Maybe that's because we know we've got the best of both worlds: we're a big city but at the same time we're a small town. That's who and where we are at OLLI at Temple today, and we wouldn't want it any other way. 
Article author - William Manchester
Submitted by -  Adam Brunner. OLLI at Temple University

OLLI Network Position Openings  
Furman University
Director: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University
Job Description. For additional information please visit the Jobs at Furman website.

Berkshire Community College
Executive Director: Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Berkshire Community College.


Jottings heading

A German Retirement Community Re-Creates Famous Movie Scenes for their calendar


Erna Rütt, 86, and Alfred Kelbch, 81 recreate the iconic scene in the movie Titanic
A German Retirement Community re-created famous movie scenes for their 2014 calendar. The shoot was done with professional stylists and photographers to make sure everything looked as cool as possible. Take a look at more images from the calendar on BuzzFeed.
 Oldest trees are growing faster, storing more carbon as they age
In a finding that overturns the conventional view that large old trees are unproductive, scientists have determined that for most species, the biggest trees increase their growth rates and sequester more carbon as they age.    
Visit: natureworldnews  for more information.
 WhaleFM Lend us your Ears

Do you have a good ear for music? A new citizen science project needs your help by tuning in and listening to whale calls.   

Visit for more information. 


 AgeGuess: Citizen Scientists Help Create a Research Data Set for the Study of Human Aging

Gerontologists have known for a long time that chronological age is not the same as biological age. AgeGuess was developed by scientists with the Center for Research and Interdisciplinarity in Paris, France. Uli Steiner and Dusan Misevic created this project and the cost to participate is free. The game lets you post your own photos for others to analyze. The success of the project depends on participation. People from all over the world can participate. Players spend time on the site and upload pictures of themselves and family members of different ages. Players earn points based on their guesses and can compete against other citizen scientists. One can have fun while contributing to science, a great combination.     

Visit the AgeGuess Project for more information.   


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