On September 28 Malcolm Green welcomed a full classroom of OLLI members to our annual meeting. He said that OLLI has been flourishing more than ever before. Our membership has increased by 40% over the last three years toward 1500 enrolled members. Each of our satellite OLLI locations has grown too by adding classes on Pine
Avenue, Leisure World, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, and at the LifeFit Center on campus.
Financially we are healthier than ever. Our expenses run about $235,000 a year and we are debt- free. We give countless thanks to our many volunteers
who are “our strength.” Only about half of our expenses are covered by
membership fees; therefore, contributions and endowments are essential for OLLI’s existence.
We have exciting plans for the future: a new Instructional Technology committee headed by Carl Curtis, an OLLI Trolley to transport people from parking lots to OLLI, a designated social seating area, and a donor wall to recognize contributions and OLLI supporters. We very much need more
members for our various committees. Signup sheets are available - ask in the office. Be an active participant.
The LifeFit Center, located very close to OLLI in the Kinesiology building, offers excellent classes in exercise and fitness for people over 50. OLLI members pay only $30 a month for trained instructors and other free services. Parking in lots 10 and 11 is included in the monthly fee. Tim Trefts represented the LFC and expressed his desire to see it grow into the premier center for wellness for seniors. Take advantage of this affordable and practical way to fitness.
The Governing Board officers elected by acclamation for the next two years are president, Malcolm Green; vice president, Bill Fitzpatrick; secretary, Vicki O’Toole; treasurer, Karin Covey; members at large, Mona Panitz and Len Jacobson. Barbara White, our executive director, reminded us to get our ID cards at the
bookstore. The cards entitle us to many benefits including CSULB library use and bookstore discounts. Many other services are off ered at the ASI - Student Union. She reminded members to cooperate with the earthquake and safety drills at CSULB. They are provided for our security.
We are so fortunate that Dr. Aall will be teachingonce again at OLLI. During the winter session she will present three classes on
Her goal is to inspire students to expand their perceptual skill, engage in active seeing, enjoy the unfamiliar and learn the differences between just observing and really seeing.
I have known Ingrid as a personal friend for more than forty years. Over the years
I've learned how deeply committed she is to education. Dr. Aall trained as an artist at Oslo
Academy of Art, received a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology and Aesthetics from the University of Oslo, a Master’s in Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and a Ph.D. in History of Culture from the University of Chicago.
She has dedicated her life to helping others, not only in body, but also mind. Professor Emerita at CSULB, she taught History of Art and History of Culture/Religion in the Department of Art and the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies from 1969 to 2002. Ingrid has traveled around the world, first as a student
doing field studies, particularly in Asian countries and later as a researcher and presenter of academic papers or as a guest lecturer at educational inst tutions.
In her recently acclaimed book, The Multi-cultural Challenge, she gives profound insights into her subject matter and the concept of visual literacy. We are honored and proud to have Dr. Aall at our podium once again.