OLLI spring course preview set for April 5

February 27, 2009

For adults who never want to stop experiencing life and learning, Penn State York invites you to be a part of a community that celebrates learning in a relaxed and accepting environment, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Penn State York (OLLI). Learn more about this exciting organization in York at a spring course preview on Sunday, April 5 at 2 p.m. in the Conference Center, Main Classroom Building, at Penn State York. OLLI is open to all adults who love to learn.

Through the efforts of three women, Charmaine Kissinger, Olive Padden and the late Gussie Petron, and their thirst for knowledge and mental stimulation, OLLI at Penn State York began offering courses in April 2008. Now less than a year later, OLLI boasts more than 200 members.

Stimulating courses are the primary focus of OLLI. Spring classes begin the week of April 13. Instructors will be available during the preview to meet and talk with participants about their upcoming courses. OLLI courses are taught by volunteers who want to share their expertise and talents, including college faculty, hobbyists, artists, schoolteachers and practicing professionals. The six-week classes beginning in April are offered during the day and are 90 minutes in length. To cover costs, OLLI has a $50 yearly membership fee that covers two semesters and a $20 fee for each course taken.

Classes for spring are:

  • Comparative Religions: Sikh, Mennonite, Native American, Jehovah’s Witnesses and Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), Mondays, 9-10:30 a.m., April 13, 20, 27, May 4, 11 and 18;
  • Fun with the Stars, Mondays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., (four weeks only) April 27, May 4, 11, and 18;
  • Wines of the World, Mondays, 2-4 p.m., April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11, and 18 (The first class meets from 3 to 5 p.m. April 13 at Naylor Winery);
  • George Armstrong Custer: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Tuesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19;
  • Classic Book Club: Tuesdays, Ragtime (April 14 and 21), The Great Gatsby (April 28 and May 5), and Cry, the Beloved Country (May 12 and 19), 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.;
  • Useful Economic Ideas, Tuesdays, 2-3:30 p.m., April 14, 21, 28 and May 5, 12, and 19;
  • Seeking Your Ancestors, Wednesdays, 9-10:30 a.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20;
  • Modern Opera, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20;
  • Penn State Master Gardeners: A Gardening Sampler, Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20;
  • Sing, Sing, Sing!, Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m., April 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, and 20;
  • Native American Culture, Thursdays, 9-10:30 a.m., April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21;
  • Susquehanna River Towns, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21;
  • Decoding America’s Past: Myths, Symbols and History, Thursdays, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21; and
  • Nazi Germany and the Holocaust, Thursdays, 2-3:30 p.m., April 16, 23, 30, May 7, 14, and 21.

In addition to courses, OLLI is offering a brown bag lunch and learn series. Sessions are held 12:45-1:45 p.m. in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York unless otherwise noted. The cost is $5 for each session for members and $8 for nonmembers. Participants can bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one on campus in the Lion’s Den or in The Bistro at Penn State York.

The series includes:

  • Journey of Man, April 13 (extended program, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.);
  • The Hunley Watch, April 15;
  • Outstanding Quilts of York County, April 21.;
  • Debunking the Quilt Code Myth, April 28;
  • History of Time, April 29;
  • Scandals of the British Royal Family (R-rated), May 8;
  • William Goodridge: Slave, Businessman, Underground Railroad Conductor, May 12;
  • Utah and Arizona’s Regional Treasures, May 18; and
  • The Underground Railroad in Adams County, May 21.

Two bus trips are also planned March 27 to the Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., and May 8 to Adams County without Gettysburg. You must be an OLLI member to attend a bus trip. Cost per trip is $40.

OLLI is a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization established to enrich the lives of mature adults living in York County by providing a variety of educational and social enrichment activities. OLLI at Penn State York is one of more than 100 lifelong learning institutes across the nation that is supported by a grant from the Bernard Osher Foundation. The grant was made available locally through Penn State, which now has three OLLI sites; University Park, Mont Alto and York.

Please call (717) 771-4015 or e-mail olli@yk.psu.edu to receive registration and activity information or to register for the open house. Visit OLLI at Penn State York on the Web at http://olli.yk.psu.edu/.

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Last Updated March 19, 2009