OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
May 2013
Summer Registration
Annual Fund Update
Volunteer Recognition Event
Help Improve Downtown Berkeley
OLLI Photos
OLLI Featured in The Daily Geezer
Faculty Profile: Greg Choy
Volunteer Profile: Carol Caputo
Research at OLLI
Special Offer from the San Francisco Opera
International Lifelong Learning Opportunity
The Lunch Bunch
Meet other members by volunteering
BAM/PFA Construction Update
Member Benefits and Partner News
OLLI Academic Calendar
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Student Staff
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OLLI @Berkeley
University of California
1925 Walnut St #1570
Berkeley, CA 94720-1570
tel. 510.642.9934
fax. 510.642.2202

Summer Registration 
Summer Registration is now open! OLLI is offering 5 courses in June and OLLI members are also invited to audit classes on campus (subject to terms and restrictions).
Annual Fund Update
Representatives from the OLLI Annual Fund Committee will visit Spring classes before term ends. The Annual Fund is an essential part of OLLI's budget which, in addition to supporting core programming, is our way of demonstrating to the University and the Bernard Osher Foundation how important OLLI is to our members.  
If you have already contributed, thank you! We have raised nearly $53,000 towards this year's goal of $70,000. If you have not yet made a contribution, please consider doing so now.


Visit the OLLI website to see a list of this academic year's donors. OLLI enjoys support from a large percentage of our members.


Donate now  


For more information, contact us at 510.642.9934 or berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu.


Volunteer Recognition Event

OLLI recently held our first Volunteer Recognition event with an organizational update from Susan Hoffman, games and refreshments, and most importantly, a sincere "Thank you!" to our two hundred volunteers who provide thousands of hours of support to our programs every year. About one in seven OLLI members volunteer. Not sure what OLLI volunteers do? View this diagram for a visual explanation.


If you're a volunteer and you didn't attend the event, please drop by the office to pick up an OLLI canvas bag as a token of our appreciation. Event photos here.

Help Improve Downtown Berkeley

You may have noticed that Downtown Berkeley has improved significantly in the past year with new cleaning, Ambassador, and beautification services provided by the Downtown Berkeley Association (DBA). Now, DBA is launching a retail development project and would like to find out what type of shopping options you would like to see downtown.


Please take a few minutes to answer this short online survey. If you provide your email address at the end of the survey, you will be entered in a drawing for a $50 gift card and behind-the-scenes VIP tour to BUILD Pizzeria, Berkeley's newest downtown restaurant. 


OLLI Photos

OLLI is now using the photo sharing site Flickr.com. Check out our photo feed for pictures from classes and events from this term as well as past years. If you have pictures of OLLI events that you would like to share with OLLI and the public, send them to satyalevine@berkeley.edu for uploading to Flickr.com. We will be sure to credit you as the photographer. 


View our photos on flickr 


OLLI Featured in The Daily Geezer
The Daily Geezer (dailygeezer.com), a blog about "cool activities for people over 65 in the Bay Area," featured OLLI @Berkeley in its April 16 entry on summer school. Check out the blog post and take a tour around the Daily Geezer at http://www.dailygeezer.com/2013/04/16/indoors/summer-school.


Faculty Profile: Greg Choy

By Deanne Stone


When Greg Choy transferred to UC Santa Barbara in his junior year, he was on his way to getting a degree in aquatic biology. His academic plans took a sharp turn when he took a literature class with a storied professor who changed students' lives. "He was amazing," says Choy. "He gave the most inspiring lectures while cradling a cup of coffee and a cigarette in one hand. In those days when professors were benignly allowed to smoke in classrooms, students in the front row would provide extra cigarettes just to keep them talking." That professor, along with a few others, inspired Choy to pursue advanced degrees in literature and became a model for his own teaching style (sans cigarettes!) when he became a teacher. "I loved the way he talked about literature. He showed us that the art of the lecture is about conveying information in a conversational tone that engages listeners, which is much more difficult than it seems."


Choy's academic interests took another turn when he enrolled in a graduate seminar in American literature at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo in 1986 and was introduced to the writer Maxine Hong Kingston. His class presentation on her memoir, The Woman Warrior, led him to discover other Asian American writers and to the realization that Asian American Literature was becoming a field of scholarly study. Choy had found his academic path. He earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Washington and wrote his dissertation on Asian American Literature.


Studying Asian American literature was not only an intellectually rich pursuit, but also resonated with Choy on a personal level. Although a third generation American, he was sensitized early on to the social consequences of looking different from his classmates in Ventura County, where Asian Americans had a historical presence but were a demographic minority. 'I was called plenty of names and tried to behave as unlike the Asian stereotype as I could."


The book that had the most profound influence on Choy was Aiiieeeee! An Anthology of Asian-American Writers, published in 1974. The age of the book is evident from the title, which hyphenated "Asian-American." The debate over the hyphen has engaged scholars and the Asian American community: Which word should be the modifier? Should it be treated as a compound word? Should both nouns or one be in lower or upper case? The debate about the hyphen, says Choy, was a debate about identity and the very language we use to tell out stories, a subject at the crux of his OLLI course, Asian American Writers: A Unique View of the American Experience.


Choy has chosen four books that represent Asian American writers of different ethnicities and generations. Besides considering their literary merit, Choy will discuss the works within the socio-historical context and conditions of the Asian American experience. "Reading Asian American literature is really reading history."


Choy and his wife, Catherine Ceniza Choy, professor and chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, have two children. Living in Berkeley and teaching at the university, he says, is a dream come true for this academic couple. "We're still pinching ourselves that we're lucky enough to be living and working in the San Francisco Bay Area."


Greg Choy will teach "Asian-American Writers: A Unique View of the American Experience" on Tuesdays, June 4-25, from 1-3 p.m.

Volunteer Profile: Carol Caputo

Before joining OLLI, I was preparing for retirement. I picked up an OLLI flyer at my acupuncturist's office in Oakland and enrolled during my last month of employment. It made my transition to retirement, from a challenging career that I was passionate about, fairly smooth.


Prior to retiring, I worked in Human Resources in the Healthcare Industry for almost forty years. I retired from Telecare Corporation (a leading provider of mental health services) where I was the Vice President of HR for 21 years.


I've been at OLLI for about two years. I love learning, so OLLI is perfect for me. I learn from the instructors as well as from the interesting, well-educated, well-traveled students. I've volunteered on the Lafayette Committee and at Open Houses. For those considering volunteering, know that OLLI is run professionally and you would help them continue to provide excellent services--and you will meet interesting people.


In addition to OLLI, I volunteer for the Assistance League of Diablo Valley, participate in book club, travel, and enjoy time with my ninety-year-old mother and my family.


Research at OLLI: Accessibility
In the Getting to Know You Survey in spring of 2012, we learned that about one fifth of the 458 respondents experience hearing loss. OLLI @Berkeley is committed to making our classrooms accessible and keeping members involved in the learning community. If you are experiencing difficulties hearing in OLLI classrooms, please consider the following:
  1. Seat yourself in the front of the class where you can see and hear the instructor better.
  2. Remind faculty to use the microphone and to face the class while speaking.
  3. Let OLLI staff know if an instructor is not audible or if the issue persists.
  4. At Freight & Salvage, use the assistive listening devices that are available at the coffee counter.
  5. We have installed a loop system in University Hall Room 41B which you can access by switching to the T-coil wireless receiver in your hearing aid or cochlear implant; please consult your audiologist if needed.
Special Offer from the San Francisco Opera
In conjunction with our summer course on Mary Magdalene, the San Francisco Opera is pleased to offer OLLI members a special 30% discount on selected performances of The Gospel of Mary Magdalene. For complete information, visit www.sfopera.com/offers and enter the code GOSPEL30. Offer available on the following performance dates: June 19, 22, 25, 28; July 2, 5, and 7.


International Lifelong Learning Opportunity
Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, England, is offering a two-week Lifelong Learning Summer School from September 1 to 14, 2013, providing participants with the extraordinary opportunity to experience something of Cambridge college life in the context of a program specially designed for lifelong learners.

Complete information, including application forms, can be found on the College website. The program is open to individual applicants as well as to groups.

The Lunch Bunch

By Lucille Poskanzer


Lucky House Thai and Lao Restaurant

2140 University Avenue, between Shattuck Avenue and Oxford Street


This place is very close to the University Hall classes, as well as not too far from Freight and Salvage. It is a small storefront, with sweet and swift service, and it is pretty quiet at lunch. There is a large and varied menu with many vegetarian choices, and nothing is very expensive. The chicken wonton soup is huge, delicious, and full of healthy things to eat. Other favorites are the Pad Kee Mao, the Hot and Sour Noodle Soup with tofu, and the Lucky House crispy noodles. Enjoy!

Volunteer at OLLI
We are looking for energetic and engaged OLLI members who want  to meet other members and to promote our community of lifelong learners through outreach and goodwill. You can help by volunteering in the classroom, at Open House, with end-of-term parties, distributing brochures or flyers, ushering at events, or becoming an ambassador at outreach events such as Cal Homecoming or the Solano Stroll. Time commitments range from 20 minutes per class to 2-3 hours at events. Get involved and participate in OLLI's success. We welcome your time and talent.

Sign up here or call the OLLI office at 510.642.9934.

BAM/PFA Construction Update
Construction of the new BAM/PFA building is underway on Oxford Street between Addison and Center Streets--one block south of University Hall. See detailed project updates.

Member Benefits and Partner News
Berkeley City Commons Friday Lunch Talks
City Commons Club of Berkeley meets every Friday from 11:45 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Berkeley City Club (2315 Durant Ave, Berkeley) to promote the lively discussion of topics of interest to Bay Area residents. Come for lunch or just for the talk. See upcoming programs.

Berkeley Symphony offers $5 discount to OLLI members
OLLI members for the 2012-2013 year can receive a $5 discount on single advance purchase tickets at the Berkeley Symphony for advance tickets. Use the discount code olli2013. More info.

Berkeley Arts and Letters: 50% Discount
Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members on advance tickets purchased through their website. Visit http://berkeleyarts.org for more information. 

Jazz Caffe: 10% Discount
Show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages. The Jazz Caffe is located at 2087 Addison Street, just across the street from Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse. http://www.jazzcaffe.biz 


OLLI Academic Calendar
Courses: June 3-27

FALL 2013
Open House: Sep 10
Term: Sep 30-Nov 8

Open House: Jan 7
Term: Jan 27-Mar 10

Term dates through the 2013-14 academic year are available at http://olli.berkeley.edu/calendar/academicCalendar.html.