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OLLI @ OSU: Where learning never retires

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Learning doesn’t have to stop once school is completed. You might even say that learning is a lifelong endeavor. In fact, that’s exactly why Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Oklahoma State University exists, as the name suggests.

Known as OLLI for short, the organization keeps adults active and social through classes, lectures, workshops, travel opportunities and special events. This member-driven program is designed for adults age 50 or older who are interested in enriching their lives through stimulating intellectual experiences. With no tests and no grades, members pursue learning for pure pleasure.

“The classes give people a different focus. They think further than they did before; even discussions are different,” said Mona Long, a longtime member and regular OLLI student. “As we get older, learning creates excitement for life and wakes up the mind. You are engaged with the people and the world around you.”  

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OLLI offers in-person courses in Oklahoma City, Tulsa, Bartlesville and Stillwater. If you’d prefer to keep things online, OLLI provides online classes, which reach students across the state and even some students outside Oklahoma’s borders.

The schedule for OLLI runs on what you might recognize as a shortened semester, with courses offered three times a year in the fall, spring and summer. Most classes are one day a week at either 10 a.m. or 1:30 p.m., and run for as little as two weeks and as long as eight weeks. Single classes are also an option.

The upcoming fall session will begin the week of Sep. 19 and includes topics as wide-ranging as pastels to mahjong and Charles Dickens to Sidney Poitier. There is truly something for everyone.

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One OLLI participant said about the program: “The quality of the teaching was superb. The information was awesome and even better than expected.” And another said, “The online option lets me choose from a larger selection of subjects and attend more classes.”

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Volunteer instructors include current and retired OSU faculty, museum and facility directors from across the state, authors, historians, astrophysicists, medical professionals, musicians, artists and all other types of subject-matter experts.

Travel excursions are also available through the program. The group has been on day trips as well as overnight trips to visit museums, industry and historical locations. The travel program will include international destinations in the near future.

Memberships are $40 (a la carte annual membership) or $200 (premium annual membership). All programming is funded through memberships and donations. For more information, visit olli.okstate.edu online, email (olli@okstate.edu) or call 405.744.5868.


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