Yours truly spent the summer in the Northwest where my backyard is directly on the ColumbiaRiver. At that same glorious liquid highway where Woody Guthrie wrote “O'Columbia,” my son Carl married the woman he waited for, for over 65 years. It was overwhelming and magnificent!
Barbara Katz started as a volunteer at Senior University and has been a longtime member of the OLLI Governing Council as archivist. She has recently “retired” after spending nearly 17 years collecting and keeping records about who we are and what we are all about. We thank her
for her time and dedication to our institution.
Congratula tions to Vicki O'Toole, our governing board secretary, who is a proud grandmother of a beautiful grandson.
C o n g r a t u l a t i o n s also to our
SUN editor Jack Blecher on the birth of his third great granddaughter, Evelyn.
Our deepest sympathy to Loren (Curt) Curtis on the loss of his beloved wife, Kay and also his mother.
We want to thank Carl Curtis for spending Saturday afternoons in
room 101, teaching OLLI students and instructors how to use the new
technology on our “Smart” podium. Barbara McClinton, who
was our community outreach director several years ago, sang with the Golden Sands Chorus to a capacity audience on September 21st at the I.C.T. Congratulations! At that same event, Janie Payan was the lucky winner of a raffle ticket worth $1000. I guess dinner was on her.
Mona Morris who volunteered for OLLI for many years moved to the Oakland area to be closer to her children. We will miss her very much.
We do keep attracting talented volunteers and Georgiana Fox now
comes to help on Fridays. Drop in to say hello when you get a chance!
OLLI is growing by leaps and bounds. There are currently 1,720 class registrations. Four of our classes have over 90 students each. This semester got off to a fantastic start. We've had new registrants and many returning students. There are so many new and exciting classes to participate in and enrich our lives at our university.
Michele Roberge is back in good health for her Shakespeare class and just in time for a Halloween celebration.
Recycle non-functioning pens and markers in a box in the OLLI office. CSULB gets two cents for each pen through a campus wide recycling program. This might have a big impact on the budget crisis!!
In the fall of 2000, the Foundation began to consider programs targeted toward more mature students, not necessarily well served by the standard continuing education curriculum. Courses in such
programs attract students of all ages eager to accumulate units to complete
degrees or to acquire career skills. By contrast, the interest of older adults, many of whom are at retirement age, is in learning for the joy of learning
– without examinations or grades.
The Foundation was fortunate to have two immediate examples of lifelong learning programs from which to learn. One was the Fromm Institute of Lifelong Learning at
the University of San Francisco;
the second was Senior College at the University of Southern Maine.
In early 2001, an endowment grant was given to the University of So. Maine to improve and extend its excellent programs, and the name “Senior College” was changed to “Osher Lifelong Learning Institute.” Shortly after, Sonoma State University, a member of the California
State University system became a grantee. Both programs progressed admirably, and the Foundation decided to join the “lifelong learning” field in a significant fashion.
Beginning in the fall of 2002, the Foundation issued Requests for Proposals to campuses in the CSU and University of California system. Grants of $100,000 were made on the understanding that, once a lifelong learning inst tute was
launched, the Foundation would consider the renewal of the grant with a view to providing an endowment gift of no less than $1 million should the institute demonstrate potential for success and sustainability. At present, the Foundation supports 117 lifelong learning programs
on university and college campuses across the country, with at least one grantee in each of the 50 states (plus the District of Columbia). The Foundation also supports a National Resource Center, which is located at the University of Southern Maine.
There is variation among the Osher Institutes but the common threads remain: Non-credit educational programs specifi cally developed for adults who are aged 50
and older; university connection and university support; robust volunteer leadership and sound organizational structure; and a diverse repertoire of intellectually stimulating courses. The designation of each grantee as “The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of X” is a condition of the Foundation’s grant-making as is the use of a logo which consists of a simple circle
with the words “Osher Lifelong
Learning Institute” arranged within.