A delegation of Chinese government officials visited OLLI at CSULB last December. The 7 member delegation representedthe Province of Hubei, located on the eastern edge of Central China with a population of more than 60 million, making it the ninth most populous Chinese province in an area about one third the size of California.
The members are from an organization that provides lifelong educational
and cultural opportunities for retired government employees in Hubei. Since
the government retirement age is 60 years for men and 50 years for women (!), the number of retired government employees in Hubei exceeds six million, or about ten percent of Hubei’s total population.
Our Chinese visitors were interested in how OLLI operates within CSULB,
structures curriculum, selects courses, and recruits instructors and class leaders.
The delegation’s visit was organized by OLLI’s Past President, Carl Curtis, who coordinated the visit with the Chinese facilitator of the trip. Carl welcomed the group and he and Executive Director Barbara White provided an overview of CSULB. Current OLLI president, Malcolm Green, described OLLI’s history, curriculum, and organization. The delegation leader was impressed by how well CSULB provides for the needs of our community’s older residents through OLLI. Who knows? If the OLLI concept takes root in
Hubei, we may someday have achance to visit our sister campus in
Let us continue to “Learn More ~ Age Less.”
GIVING: The act of bestowing, as a gift.
During the holiday season we received a
wonderful gift of 13 state-of-the-art chairs for the OLLI Computer Lab. This donation is thanks to the generosity of Kimball Office, Inc. and their Market Sales Manager, and CSULB alumna, Christine Peter. The chairs are ergonomically designed and adjustablefor our students’ comfort. We’d
also like to recognize Dennis Youkstetter
and Jody Ramsey of our Development
Committee as the catalysts for replacing our old, outdated chairs; Tyson Reyes, the College Director of Development, for introducing us to the work that Kimball Office has done across the campus; and Systems Source for their assistance in delivery and initial orientation to the many features of the new chairs.
GIVING: The act of bestowing as a gift of
gratitude. Over the past several months the University has wrestled with how best to recognize the many volunteers who give the gifts of time, talent, and treasure to the campus. The major issue has been on-campus parking for all University volunteers, which we know is
limited for faculty, students, OLLI members,
and volunteers. Both OLLI and the College have worked closely with Parking and Transportation Services to find an equitable solution to this issue. There is no doubt about the gratitude OLLI owes its volunteer instructors and staff , and we assure you that parking will continue to
be provided as a small token of our profound
appreciation of what you give us. Without you, there would be no OLLI @ CSULB. We will also continue to look for creative solutions for the parking challenges on campus for all of our OLLI members.
Enjoy the spring session!