OLLI Outlook
The Monthly Newsletter of OLLI @Berkeley
June-July 2013
Summer Audit Program
Annual Fund Update
Fourth Age Salon
Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle
Faculty Profile
Volunteer Profile
Volunteer Survey Results
Research at OLLI
The Lunch Bunch
Access Ramp Construction Complete
Special Offer from the San Francisco Opera
BAM/PFA Construction Update
Member Benefits and Partner News
OLLI Academic Calendar
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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 Audit Program
In addition to the five June courses being offered by OLLI, Summer 2013 OLLI members have the option of auditing summer sessions classes on campus. With dozens of departments offering hundreds of courses in five different sessions, options abound. 

Learn more about summer auditing, including which courses are not open to auditors.

Note: OLLI @Berkeley classes are not open for auditing.

Annual Fund Update
OLLI @Berkeley is funded by a partnership between the Osher Foundation, UC Berkeley, income from dues and fees, and donations from members like you. Your donations support OLLI's broad goal of enhancing quality of life and health outcomes for people over 50 by allowing our program to attract and retain quality faculty and and make investments in our facilities such as installing hearing-assistance devices.

At the end of Spring term, we were still $13,000 away from our annual goal of $70,000 for the Annual Fund. We are excited to announce that an anonymous donor has made a challenge grant of $7,500 to help us meet--and exceed--our goal. Your donation will be doubled if you contribute before June 30.

It's easy and secure to donate online at http://givetocal.berkeley.edu/olli, or send a check to the office. Many thanks for your consideration.


For more information, call 510.642.9934 or email berkeley_olli@berkeley.edu.


Fourth Age Salon

Monday, June 17, 3-4:30 p.m.
41B University Hall 


opportunity for OLLI to better understand the learning needs and interests of members over 80.


The next Fourth Age Salon will focus on housing opportunities for older adults vs. aging in place.


For more information, contact Sandra at sandra.doetinchem@berkeley.edu or 510.642.9407.


Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle 
Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle is inviting any OLLI member to come to one or more of our Summer round tables which will take place at 10 a.m. on the first Friday of the month (June 7, July 5, August 2, and September 6) at the Jazz Cafe, 2087 Addison St, to discuss Bay Area performing arts, possible trips, discounted tickets, get-togethers and more. Mark your calendar and join us!

For more information about Performing Arts Enthusiasts Interest Circle, contact Susan Sperber at susan_sperber@comcast.net or 510-917-5314.


Faculty Profile: Roger Housden
Roger Housden

by Don Queen, OLLI member-writer 


Best-selling writer, Roger Housden, author of over 20 books and lecturer on literature, travel, and art, will be joining the OLLI faculty this fall to teach a class entitled "Discovering England through its Poets, Writers, and Landscapes." Housden's work has been featured in Oprah Magazine, The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and he has given poetry readings at the Herbst Theater. Additionally, he teaches writing and associated subjects at the California Institute of Integral Studies and the Institute for Noetic Sciences, both in San Francisco.


Roger Housden pictures the course as a journey through the many areas of England which writers have been writing about for hundreds of years. "What I really want to do is evoke the big soul of this little country that I came from, and I want to do that through literature and landscape.... Now, what England really excels at, and always has excelled at, is the written word. And in literature--English Literature--the landscape is a character equally important as any other in the great novels. And actually some of the greatest poetry in the English language is about English landscape. So, in my course, we will travel through literature, and with the aid of slide shows, we will travel through England from the White Cliffs of Dover, to Thomas Hardy's west country, to Jane Austen's Bath, to Wordsworth's Lake District--around the country--and as we do that, I hope that not only will you see some of this remarkable land and hear some of the literature that connects to it, but that you will also begin to find the sense, or the taste, of England as a land of the imagination."


Housden says that he "grew up in the cleft of a Cotswold valley on the edge of Bath." He moved to the United States in 1998 and now lives in Sausalito with the similarly inspiring landscape of Mount Tamalpais. He graduated from the University of Birmingham with a degree in European Literature and Languages in the UK.  When asked how he began writing, Housden responded:


To begin with, I was a journalist (a freelance journalist), for the Guardian Newspaper in England. But that was a long time ago, that was in my twenties and early thirties. It essentially marked my interest in open writing itself as a creative form and really it was a vehicle for my irrepressible curiosity about the world we live in. That curiosity essentially is what has led me through my life, but to write about it... a wide variety of things...you know, I've written several books on different kinds of poetry not as an academic, because I'm not an academic in that sense, but as someone who has always been deeply interested in the great questions of life, like what are we here for and what are we doing here.


Among the books Roger Housden has written are the six volumes of his best-sellingTen Poems series, including Ten Poems to Change your Life and Ten Poems to Last a Lifetime as well as three travel books including Sacred Journeys in a Modern World,Travels Through Sacred India, and the account of his travels and arrest and detention in Ayatollah Khomeini's Iran entitled Saved By Beauty: Adventures of a Romantic in Iran. His poetry books have been sufficiently relevant and have resonated with enough people to achieve the "best-seller" label, which is very unusual for books with "poetry" in their title.


So, if you want to learn more about England as "the land of imagination" and how the English landscape influenced English Literature, and vice versa, sign up for Roger Housden's fall class, "Discovering England through its Poets, Writers, and Landscapes."

Roger Housden will teach "Discovering England through its Poets, Writers, and Landscapes" at OLLI in the Fall 2013 term. Details of fall programming will be available at
http://olli.berkeley.edu in the coming weeks.

Volunteer Profile: Alan Fong
Alan Fong
How did you end up in Berkeley?
My parents moved to Berkeley when I was four. Back in the day, long before the baby boom arrived, it was a small town with its own chapter of the John Birch Society.

What were your main professional or personal activities prior to joining OLLI? Worked in the broadcast business off and on for twenty years: CBS radio and TV, plus Pacifica Radio, KPFK-FM in LA.

When did you first join OLLI @Berkeley and why? Maybe five years ago, a postcard in the mail (probably from an Alumni mailing list) announced OLLI's winter Open House. It was Pavlovian: "Oh, boy! Brain food."

In what capacities have you volunteered at OLLI?
Class Assistant, Open House & Solano Stroll volunteer, Interest Group facilitator and the Curriculum Committee.

Outside of OLLI, what are some of the ways you spend your time?
Reading, movies, music and lecture events, meals with friends, discussion groups, walkabout.

What would you tell someone who is considering volunteering?
Just say yes!

Volunteer Survey Results

OLLI depends on over 200 dedicated volunteers who serve as Class Assistants, Committee and Task Force Members, and Outreach and Event volunteers (who write for our newsletters, distribute promo materials, host faculty lunches, work at Open Houses, Solano Stroll, and other events).  


OLLI hosted a volunteer recognition event in spring to thank everyone for their generous contributions. We also surveyed volunteers to assess their experience and provide suggestions for improvement, with a gratifying response of over 50%.  


The survey results identified many specific actions OLLI staff and volunteer leaders can take to improve the OLLI volunteer experience, including improving volunteer orientation materials and processes, revitalizing committees, establishing working task forces to address key issues such as Interest Circles, and updating the volunteer webpages--and we've already gotten going on several of these.  


Thanks to all of you who provided this valuable feedback!


Research at OLLI: Course Evaluations

Thanks to everyone who completed a Spring 2013 course evaluation--we had a record-high response rate of 784 surveys completed, or 71%! Your feedback is highly valued and it helps us to continue improving the OLLI curriculum and learning community.

The Lunch Bunch

By Lucille Poskanzer


Build Pizzeria Roma

2286 Shattuck Ave., at Bancroft Way




This new place, a short walk from the OLLI classrooms, offers an interesting and fun concept for pizza lovers. When you are greeted, you are led to a table and handed a menu, as well as an individual "ticket'" with your table number and name on it. You take your ticket to the counter, to choose your base pizza (there is a gluten free option) and start customizing, indicating whichever toppings you want. You can also order salads or drinks, all of which get added onto your ticket. You pay at the end of the line, and your order is brought to your table. The menu has pizza suggestions, if you would like some help choosing. The pizza is decent, if not terrific, the space is large and airy, the wait staff really friendly, and the prices moderate. It's good for groups, and worth a try for something different.


Access Ramp Construction Complete
The access ramp at the OLLI office has been rebuilt and is now safe for use by people who can't use stairs.
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.


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 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.