CSU, Chico News

Popular Program for Older Learners Coming to Oroville

Date: 09-10-2012

Joe Wills, Public Affairs
Ann Nikolai, OLLI, in Chico
Lynndee Caput, OLLI, in Oroville

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico is expanding its program to Oroville in the spring. Lynndee Caput, a community volunteer, has been instrumental in recruiting members of the community to establish an OLLI presence in Oroville. A second planning session is open to the public and set for 1 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Oroville Branch Library Conference Room. All interested in participating are encouraged to attend.

OLLI is a peer-led, learning in retirement organization that offers a wide variety of non-credit classes and activities for adults, age 55+ or retired. Spouses of members may be of any age. OLLI at CSU, Chico currently offers 50 classes to approximately 700 members, ages 55+ (or retired) primarily in the Chico area. Composed of seasoned learners from all walks of life, OLLI members pursue learning for pure pleasure: there are no tests, no grades and no age cap. OLLI's motto is "Learning Never Retires."

Courses range from a popular physics class to lectures on mythology, poetry, birds and cribbage. “It’s a great way to make new friends and socialize with people who share similar interests,” says Caput. “Establishing OLLI in Oroville gives many of our folks the opportunity to be intellectually stimulated and involved in a peer-led organization committed to life enrichment.”

The annual membership fee for OLLI is $75 for the full academic year; $50 for spring session only. Membership includes classes, a University library courtesy card, newsletters and a luncheon program at general meetings.

For more information, contact Ann Nikolai, in Chico, at 530-898-5858 or anikolai@csuchico.edu or Lynndee Caput, in Oroville, at 530-533-0780 or lynndeecaut@yahoo.com.