OLLI Classes Start September 23

Staff Writer
Pawhuska Journal-Capital
OLLI Classes Start September 23

Registration is now open in Green Country for the fall OLLI@OSU classes that start the week of Sept. 23 in Bartlesville.

This marks the second year of this area’s participation in the national program of non-credit lifelong learning for “seasoned adults” provided by the Bernard Osher Foundation and Oklahoma State University’s College of Education.

“It’s so much fun going to class with people my own age,” says Virginia DeFrees, a dedicated OLLI student. “Our life experiences give depth and an added dimension to discussions.”

Classes are taught by volunteer experts in their field, such as Martin Banschbach, Ph. D., longtime instructor of human nutrition for OSU medical students, or Charlie Taraboletti of KWON radio, who is a lifelong Hitchcock movie fan.

Topics for the nine fall courses include: theater (“Dramatic Effect: Life on the Stage”); nutrition (“Fatal Attraction: Americans’ Love Affair with Unhealthy Food”); the Civil War (“The Civil War in Indian Territory”); ranching (“Bartlesville Ranches”); aging strategies (“On Aging Well”); the brain (“Mental Aerobics”); Cherokee history (“The Story of the Cherokee People”); senior financial planning (“The Business of Life”); and classic Hitchcock films (“What Do You Do with a Dead Body?”).

OLLI’s 6-week courses are held in the fall and early spring, with a short 3-week session in summer. Classes meet once a week for two hours, 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. Enrollees may purchase lunch on designated days by pre-registering and paying in advance or they may bring a brown bag lunch and join OLLI friends. “Relax,” says Sally Ashe Barnard,” Bartlesville site director. “There are no tests, no homework, no papers to write… just learning for the joy of it!”

The $50 one-year membership fee provides one course at no charge; additional classes are $25 each and are valid for any OLLI @ OSU site. Joining at the $150 level allows unlimited course enrollment. Late registration is accepted if space is available.

Enrollment forms and details about the OLLI@OSU classes are in brochures found at all area libraries and various other locations. Further information is available by visiting the OLLI website http://education.okstate.edu/olli or by calling the OLLI@OSU office at 1-800-765-8933. Scholarships are available.

OLLI, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, is a national non-profit program of continuing education and social enrichment designed for a target audience of people aged 50 and older, although the courses are open to all. Founded in 2007 by noted philanthropist Bernard Osher (Wachovia Corporation), OLLI now partners with over 120 colleges and universities in all 50 states to offer classes and film series, workshops, guest speakers and field trips. The program relies on volunteers to design and teach the classes and to promote the local programs.

Seven years ago, the Osher Foundation chose OSU to implement a Lifelong Learning Institute in our state. OSU’s College of Education has subsequently established classes in Stillwater, Tulsa, Oklahoma City/Yukon, and, as of a year ago, Bartlesville

By successfully meeting a goal of signing up 1,000 members statewide last year, OLLI @ OSU is now “in the pipeline” for a million dollar grant from the Osher Foundation.

Details of Bartlesville’s fall program of nine new classes:

The Civil War in Indian Territory – Betty Keim and Kay Little

Mon., 1 - 3 p.m.; Sept. 23-Oct. 28; Bartlesville Public Library

Bartlesville Ranches – Betty Keim and Kay Little

Mon., 1 - 3 p.m.; Sept. 23-Oct. 28; Bartlesville Public Library

Beyond Aging Well — Nikki Hanna

Tues., 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.; Sept. 24 - Oct. 15; Arvest Eastside Bank Community Room

The Story of the Cherokee People — Catherine Foreman Gray and Roy Hamilton

Tues., — 1 – 3 p.m.; Sept. 24 – Oct. 29; Arvest Eastside Bank Community Room

Fatal Attraction: Americans’ Love Affair with Unhealthy Food – Martin Banschbach

Weds., 10 a.m. – noon; Arvest Eastside Bank Community Room

The Business of Life – David Nelson

Weds., 1 – 3 p.m.; Arvest Eastside Bank Community Room

Mental Aerobics — Diane Dixon

Thurs., 10 – noon; Bartlesville Public Library

Dramatic Effect: Life on the Stage – Bob Shell

Thurs., 1 - 3; Bartlesville Public Library

What Do You Do With a Dead Body? Hitchcock films — Charlie Taraboletti

Thurs., 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., Disciples Christian Church, 5800 Douglas Lane