February 2015

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Speaker Series

No Classes February 16

Happy Hour February 25

Annual Member Meeting

Interview with Dean Rick Russo

Mark Your Calendars: Spring Term

Faculty Profile: Marjorie Shultz

Volunteer Profile: Hugh Winig

Summer Travel Study

The Lunch Bunch

Faculty News

Member Benefits

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Program Coordinator
Nicole Magnuson

Classroom and Facilities Coordinator
Eric Anthony

Communications Coordinator
Jennifer Monahan

Program Assistants (Interim)
Devon Howland
Aileen Kim
tel. 510.642.9934

Speaker Series


Wednesday, February 11
How Genetics Impacts Your Risk of Cancer
John Witte, Professor of Genetic Epidemiology, UCSF

Wednesday, February 18
Civic Engagement and the Management of Water Resources
Mina Girgis, Nile Project Founder
Charisma Acey, UC Berkeley College of Environmental Design
Martha Saavedra, UC Berkeley Center for African Studies

Learn more.

No Classes February 16

Presidents' Day, Monday, February 16, 2015, is a University holiday. There will be no OLLI classes, and OLLI's administrative offices will be closed.

Happy Hour Wednesday, February 25

Join us for OLLI's Winter Term Happy Hour from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. at FIVE Restaurant & Bar, located at 2086 Allston Way in downtown Berkeley.

Annual Member Meeting Wednesday, April 8

All current OLLI members are invited to our annual meeting.

Wednesday, April 8
12:30 - 1:30
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse

Look for details in our March newsletter.
Interview with Dean Rick Russo


Rick Russo Headshot
Dean Rick Russo

In December 2014, we announced the creation of the Dean's Circle for OLLI supporters who made Annual Fund gifts of $1,000 and above. Dean's Circle donors will be recognized at a spring event with Rick Russo, Dean of Summer Sessions, Study Abroad and Lifelong Learning (SSALL). OLLI is part of the SSALL unit at UC Berkeley; the administrative support that SSALL provides helps us keep our overhead low so we can channel funding towards our programs and member services.


Under Rick Russo's leadership, SSALL's programs have grown in innovative directions. Rick  arrived at Cal in 2005 as Director of Summer Sessions and became Dean of SSALL when the unit was formed in 2011. Prior to joining UC Berkeley, he worked at Boston University for 12 years, first as Director of Finance and Administration for BU's Study Abroad program, then as Executive Director of Administration for its Division of Extended Education.


We asked Rick a few questions about SSALL and the programs he oversees.


OLLI: What sets Cal's summer and study abroad programs apart from the "average" program?

RR: The vast majority of what we offer in Summer Sessions is pretty typical. We offer all the big survey courses like Chemistry 1A, History 5, beginning language course, etc.


What's not typical is the size of our programs. We offer 1,000 sections of 600 courses to 16,000 students, which makes our summer session one of the largest in the nation. When it comes to international enrollment, we're the largest in the country: we have 3,000 international students. UCLA has the second-largest international enrollment for summer sessions, with about 1,000 students. So we're a leader, and other programs look to us for guidance.


It's also unusual to have Summer Sessions and Study Abroad under the same umbrella. We have a very robust Summer Study Abroad program, with about 500 students per year and a lineup of courses that goes well beyond "travel study."


Our global internship program is unique; we're actually up for an award for that program.


OLLI: How have the programs evolved under your leadership?

RR: When I arrived in 2005, the goal was to get more students enrolled in Summer Sessions. We discovered that one of the reasons Cal students didn't enroll during summer was because they wanted to travel or pursue internships... so we created a program to let them do both.


Our first summer internship classes were local, and  we quickly expanded the program to include international internships. We currently offer global internship programs in ten locations worldwide. Each internship is accompanied by an online course that allows students to reflect on their experiences. By collaborating with other internship participants, our students can also gain more of an understanding of larger-picture, global issues like the intercultural or gender issues in the workforce.


For each of these global internship programs, we partner with a local university. Students live on campus, and they take classes with local faculty about the history and culture of the place they are studying. I like to call it the ultimate hybrid program.


We're also working to expand Study Abroad to include more majors. Why should the language and history majors have all the fun? There has been a shift nationwide towards making study abroad programs compatible with STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. With most of these majors, students have to take the required classes in sequence. Some of those classes aren't offered every semester, so if they miss a step in the sequence it can hold them back for a semester or more--but a lot of students can't afford to spend extra time in school. So we're working with departments to help us identify programs and classes that will meet their students' major requirements. (If some of our Math faculty hold degrees from the University of Singapore, for instance, then the University of Singapore obviously has a good math program.)


Another area that we're tackling is the affordability of study abroad programs. Forty percent of Cal students pay no tuition, 80 percent receive financial aid, and 20 percent pay full tuition. I want that same pattern of students to be able to study abroad, and I have made it my mission to fundraise in support of of that. When Study Abroad came under the umbrella of SSALL three years ago, we distributed a few hundred thousand dollars in scholarships. Now we're up to $1.7 million. This helps us make study abroad accessible to low-income and underserved students.


We're also taking steps to bring the Study Abroad program within reach for middle-income students. We recently founded a loan program for Study Abroad. It's the first program of its kind in the nation. Basically, we take our surplus and invest it in students. They pay the loan back with very low interest, which then allows us to help the next student. Everybody wins!


OLLI: Of all the changes you have helped put in place, which one are you proudest of?

RR: Overall, I'm most proud of the access that SSALL provides to various communities.


During the school year, Cal classes are only open to Cal students. In summer, they're open to everyone, which means that 4,000 students from all over the world get to experience UC Berkeley's campus and classes. Since I've been here, we have worked to expand access to Summer Sessions for underserved communities [and transfer students]. We work with the Transfer Alliance Program, the Early Academic Outreach Program, and Pathways to Four-Year Universities.


For the Study Abroad programs, we're increasing access for STEM majors, for low- and middle-income students, and for the underserved. We're also working on programs to increase access for students with disabilities and for student parents, and we're looking into options for AB540 ("Dream Act") students. Study in Puerto Rico would give students contact with another culture, but it doesn't require a passport.


For OLLI, Susan has done wonderful work in increasing access. She has expanded OLLI @Berkeley geographically with classes in Lafayette, expanded the programs vertically with the Fourth Age salon, improved access for the hearing-impaired, enlarged the fee-assistance program, and made sure that OLLI is LGBT-inclusive.


So throughout all the programs in SSALL, there's an ongoing theme of providing access to as many folks as we can, and I'm really proud of that.

SSALL by the numbers

Summer Sessions

1,000 sections of 600 courses in 60 departments

16,000 students served (12,000 Cal students and 4,000 visitors)


Study Abroad

1,500 students served per year

382 programs in 115 universities in 42 countries

Part of UC systemwide study abroad program


OLLI @Berkeley

2,000 members

80 courses per year

One of 119 OLLIs nationwide

Spring Term 2015: Mark your Calendars

Wednesday, February 11: Classes published on website; registration opens.

Tuesday, March 10: Open House
10:00 a.m.-noon
Freight and Salvage Coffeehouse
2020 Addison St., Berkeley 
Doors open at 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, March 12: Lafayette Info Session (focus on Lafayette programs)
3:00-4:30 p.m.
Community Hall, Lafayette Library and Learning Center, 3491 Mt. Diablo Blvd., Lafayette

March 30 - May 8: Spring classes

Faculty Profile: Marjorie Shultz

by Deanne Stone, OLLI member


Marjorie Shultz

Marjorie Shultz is teaching her first OLLI course this winter, Dilemmas in Biomedical Ethics. Her interest in issues dealing with complex human values stems from her childhood. She grew up in Southwest Los Angeles in the 40s and 50s; her father, a minister, pacifist, and activist with CORE (the Congress of Racial Equality) was forced out of the church because of his political activities. "My family was peace-minded," she says. "Over dinner, we talked about racial and social issues and the importance for caring for others."

After earning her B.A. in history, Marjorie applied to graduate programs at two prestigious universities. She was turned down for a scholarship by both because she was a married woman. "They didn't want to waste a scholarship on a student who would probably have a kid and drop out. I wasn't enough of a feminist at the time to see the rejection in a larger context."

Marjorie and her husband, Jim Shultz, lived in Chicago in the 1960s where he pursued a doctorate in Human Development and she taught history in a small college. Later, they moved to Washington, DC, where she worked on a research project about political change. "Every other person I met was a lawyer. I had always been interested in social justice and decided I wanted to go to law school." Jim wanted to come to Berkeley to study Tibetan Buddhism, and Marjorie entered Boalt Law School. After graduating first in her class, she was immediately offered a teaching job at Boalt. Yes, it was 1976 when law schools were being pressured to hire women, but it was still an honor to be hired right out of law school and sweet revenge for Marjorie, then a mother of two, who had earlier been denied a scholarship as a married woman. She taught contract law and health at Boalt for 33 years and retired in 2008.

Marjorie missed teaching and was eager to return to the classroom at OLLI. Her class will approach biomedical ethics from a legal perspective but, most cases, she says, cannot be decided on strict legal or medical grounds. "These are issues of values, which is why it is so difficult to reach consensus."

Marjorie's interest in biomedical ethics was sparked years ago by a case of a pregnant woman whose baby would be born with severe impairments. The parents informed the hospital that they didn't want the baby to be resuscitated, but a hospital lawyer reversed their wishes.

Years later, the division of authority between health professionals and lay persons became a personal issue for Marjorie and Jim after their 19-year old son suffered catastrophic injuries in a head-on car crash. The doctors old them that he would never come out of the coma, but they fought the hospital's recommendation to give him only custodial care. With heroic efforts their son survived, although with impairments. Marjorie's experience with her son inevitably influenced her views on decision-making by medical professionals and the family, which will be one of the themes discussed in class.


Volunteer Profile: Hugh Winig
by Gale Lederer, OLLI member

"Getting older is liberating," says Dr. Hugh Winig, retired psychiatrist and OLLI volunteer. "Of course, you need to have enough health and wealth-but if you do, old age is wonderful. Retirement brings us the gift of time." Hugh's most important retirement project is being a good grandfather to his six grandchildren -- all under the age of five -- who live nearby.

Additionally, he has organized a couples' movie group, a hiking meditation group, and a retired doctors' lunch group. "Doctors have usually had such a narrow education," he explains. "Now's our time to seek wisdom." Hugh also feels that married men with careers often neglect male companionship, and so fifteen years ago he started a men's book group which still meets regularly. He uses OLLI to "fill in the gaps in my education," and likes to take classes outside his areas of expertise, such as on Proust or on the fundamentals of philosophy. Hugh also travels, reads a book a week, and has written a book of short stories based on his professional experience called Mindfields: Stories from the Other Side of the Couch.

Hugh grew up in New Jersey, studied at Harvard College and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, got married, and survived Vietnam-era military service by practicing psychiatry -- with the rank of Air Force major! -- at a nuclear-ready Strategic Air Command base in Montana. "My patients were mostly the dependents," he says, "though I was head of the base's Human Reliability Program." Directly afterward, Hugh, his wife, and three small children moved to Lafayette, where the couple has lived-in the same house-for the past forty years. "After Montana, Bay Area weather was appealing," Hugh explains, "as well as the liberal, open-minded atmosphere."

Hugh volunteers for OLLI as a class assistant, as liaison with the Lafayette Library and Learning Center, and as a member of the Coordinating Council of Advisors. He also served for five years as a founding member of the Board of Trustees of the Lafayette Library and Learning Center Foundation.


Summer Travel Study
History and Culture of Spanish and French Catalonia
June 1-12, 2015
Discover  Catalonia--its language, its culture, its centuries of  history, and  its rich gastronomic traditions--in this 12-day travel study tour led  by Alex Saragoza. Offered in conjunction with Cal  Discoveries, the  trip will take you to  Barcelona, Perpignan, Carcassonne, Collioure, Figueres, and other wonderful sights.
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The Art of Public History and Remembrance in Berlin, Germany 
June 12-25, 2015
Join OLLI instructors and historians Cecilia O'Leary (CSU Monterey Bay) and Tony Platt (UC Berkeley) in this travel study tour organized in collaboration with Road Scholar. See how Germany commemorates the holocaust, Nazism, and World War II. Learn how museums, public art, and memorials engage history. Experience the city's lively cultural life through informative tours, dinners, music, and art exhibitions.
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The Lunch Bunch

by Lucille Poskanzer, OLLI member 


TIA'S Berkeley

2177 Kittredge at Oxford

Berkeley, CA 94703




This is a new informal café not too far from the OLLI classrooms. It's open for breakfast, and offers Peet's coffee as well as breakfast sandwiches and burritos. Lunch brings salads, panini, and Mediterranean lavash sandwiches. The place is clean and bright, the prices moderate. The only drawback is that is it often filled with students immersed in their computers. 
Faculty News

Elizabeth Fishel, who will be teaching "Personal Essays for Pleasure and Publication" in Spring 2015, has a new book entitled Getting to 30: A Parent's Guide to the 20-Something Years (co-authored with developmental psychologist Jeffrey Arnett; published by Workman Press). Elizabeth and Jeffrey are also the authors of a monthly column for PBS's website for an over-50 audience, Next Avenue, about being a good parent to 20-somethings.  

Peter Richardson, who taught the "No Simple Highway" course on the Grateful Dead in Fall 2014, has published a book on the same topic: No Simple Highway: A Cultural History of the Grateful Dead. Keep an eye on local event calendars for readings and talks.


Kathryn Roszak offers a new four- week session of her program "The Next Step: Movement to Music" in downtown Berkeley, Fridays 2/6-2/27 9 a.m.-10 a.m. This is a movement/dance series for seniors. Her last workshop filled, so please contact Kathryn to see if there are spaces or to get on the waiting list: kdance@sonic.net 510.233.5550. Check her website for upcoming programs and performances: www.dlkdance.com

Member Benefits

Members of OLLI @Berkeley have access to the full range of OLLI programming and receive a Student ID card that is honored for discounts at a variety of campus and community locations. See offer details on OLLI's website and be sure to show your OLLI student ID.  

OLLI members age 50 and over will receive a $10 discount on a $50 Senior Citizen annual membership at CAA.
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OLLI members can join the UC Botanical Garden as Cal Affiliates (see Cal Affiliate Membership) and save $15 on an $55 annual membership.

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Show your OLLI student card and get 10% off on food and non-alcoholic beverages (when ordered with food).
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10% off on food and beverages from the "a la carte" menu. Valid weekdays only.
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10% off on  food and beverages purchased in-store, or on take-out orders of $20 or more. 1984 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley.
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Berkeley Arts and Letters offers a 50% student discount to OLLI members on advance tickets purchased through their website.
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Berkeley Symphony is offering a 10% discount on single tickets to OLLI members for the 2014-15 Season at Zellerbach Hall.
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