Home Campus Directory | A-Z Index

OLLI Offers 12 Courses This Fall

OLLI Open House
9/8/2008 —

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).  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 is offering 12 courses, seven one-hour "lunch and learn" events, a bus trip and boasts more than 120 members.


Stimulating courses are the primary focus of OLLI. Monday, Wednesday and Friday classes begin the week of Sept. 29 and Tuesday classes begin Oct. 7.  OLLI courses are taught by volunteers who want to share their expertise and talents including college faculty members, hobbyists, artists, schoolteachers, and practicing professionals.  The six-week classes beginning in September 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 fall are: Comparative Religions—Baha’i, Hindu, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormon), Metaphysical, and Christian Science, Mondays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 3; Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Art: Who, What, When, Where, and Why, Mondays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, and Nov. 3; Time Walk, the Building of a Continent, Mondays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Sept. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27,and Nov. 3 (field trip); Pueblo Indian Pottery, Tuesdays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18; A Step Back in Time to Ancient Egypt, Tuesdays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Oct. 7, 14, 28, Nov. 4, 11, and 18; Writing from Two Perspectives: Get Your Creative Juices Flowing, Discover the Writer Within, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Oct. 7, 14, and 28; A Thousand and One Ways to Publish Your Book, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Nov. 4, 11, and 18; An Introduction to the Campaign and Battle of Gettysburg, June 3–July 14, 1863, Wednesdays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5; Immigration: Facts, Fiction, and Theology, Wednesdays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5; A Short Course in Hollywood Cinema, Wednesdays, 2 – 3:30 p.m., Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and Nov. 5; George Armstrong Custer: The Man, the Myth, the Legend, Fridays, 9 –10:30 a.m., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7; Using Your Digital Camera, Fridays, 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7; and Evolution of Jazz, Fridays, 2 –3:30 p.m., Oct. 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7.


In addition to courses, OLLI is offering a brown bag lunch and learn series.  Sessions are held in the Conference Center of the Main Classroom Building at Penn State York from 12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  The cost is $5 for each session. Participants can bring a brown bag lunch or purchase one there for $5.The series includes:  Medical Missions, Oct. 7;  The River (Creek) Runs Through It, Oct. 24; Community Change: A Look at the Efforts of YorkCounts, Oct. 22; Calligraphy—The Art of Beautiful Handwriting, Oct. 23; Weaving Historical Fabric, Oct. 27; Health Issues After 50, Oct. 29; and Frakturs—German-Style Marriage and Birth Certificates, Nov. 5.


A bus trip, York County’s Civil War Sites, is set for Oct. 30.  The bus leaves at 9 a.m. from Penn State York and returns by 4 p.m.  This program will introduce participants to the details of our county’s occupation by Confederate forces.  Cost for the trip is $50 and includes brown bag lunch, bus, and guided tour. 


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. 


Email this story to a friend Facebook Twitter