In 2007, the Bernard Osher Foundation gave a major grant to support the lifelong learning program at the University of Cincinnati. In recognition of this generous gift and to initiate participation within the 122 institutional member network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country, the UC Board of Trustees authorized changing the name of the Institute for Lifetime Education to the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati.
The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at the University of Cincinnati, or OLLI, is one of the oldest, largest, and most successful programs for active adults in the U.S. - founded, staffed and taught by volunteers, with the support of a small office staff.
OLLI offers on average 100 courses each quarter led by expert teachers in a relaxed, informal environment - and no need to worry about tests or grades.
Classes meet at UC's main campus, UC Blue Ash College, Adath Israel and other convenient suburban locations; they are open to everyone aged fifty and above.
For a single $85 payment for each eight-week quarter, students 50 years of age and older may take as many classes as they like from the wide assortment of OLLI lectures, seminars, field trips and special events. Most classes meet weekly for 90 minutes.
Article in the Cincinnati Enquirer:
By Rosemary Deitzer • September 22, 2009
What are you going to do the day after your retirement party?
Recently a friend of mine proudly announced "I'm retiring on Jan. 1!" I congratulated her and then asked, "What are you going to do on Jan. 2?" Puzzled, she said, "I don't have the least idea."
If you're lucky, you've already figured it out. It's our second life and should be just as enjoyable, or more, than our first.
I was fortunate that I retired gradually having managed five local professional associations from a home office. I gave them up one at a time and began focusing on my second life.
That's when I discovered the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. OLLI will soon celebrate its 20th anniversary, having begun as the Institute for Learning in Retirement and the Institute for Lifelong Education before receiving funding from the Bernard Osher Foundation. It now has almost 1,500 members and offers about 300 eight-week courses each year at UC's Tangeman Center on the main campus or Raymond Walters College in Blue Ash. Off-site locations used are Joseph Beth Bookstore, Spring Grove Cemetery and Maple Knoll Village.
The courses, moderators and people I have met are wonderful. I began volunteering to widen my learning network. It is now my passion. I'm able to use the skills I developed in my first life and contribute to their continuing success. The more I take classes, give of my time and ideas, the more I receive.
Our members are senior adults from all over the Greater Cincinnati area. Ladies and gentlemen from 50 to 85 enjoy the interaction, knowledge, new ideas and friends they meet on campus.
Our moderators share their knowledge by volunteering their expertise and passion for their course topic.
Everyone who teaches or attends comes with different lifelong experiences. Imagine the pleasure of doing something simply because you want to.