Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Hosts Open House Celebration
 James Benner is Professor Emeritus in the Division of Music, College of Creative Arts, at WVU and he currently teaches classes for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. This fall, Benner teach a course on the Italian operas, "Madama Butterfly" by Giacomo Puccini and "The Elixir of Love" by Gaetano Donizetti, which will involve a trip to Pittsburgh to see both operas performed live. To celebrate new space, new faculty, and an exciting new schedule of activities for fall, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute will host an open house in the Mountaineer Mall Community Room September 10 from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

OLLI, part of the West Virginia University Center on Aging, provides educational, recreational, volunteer and social opportunities for individuals 50 and older through day and evening courses, seminars and field trips for members.

This year, OLLI will offer an evening study group and 19 multi-disciplinary courses taught by active and retired WVU faculty members. There is no limit to the number of courses members may take for their $65 annual dues.

 OLLI's link with the Osher Foundation in February brought in an initial $100,000 challenge grant, which has paved the way for a spacious second classroom at the Mountaineer Mall and additional faculty members: Executive Director Jennifer Adamson and Office Manager Nancy Merrifield.

As part of an annual OLLI lecture series, Gene Cohen, M.D., Ph.D., will host "The Mature Mind: Creativity and Aging” on October 24 at 7 p.m. in the Mountainlair Ballroom. Cohen is the founding director of George Washington University's Center on Aging, Health and Humanities. This event is free and open to the public.

OLLI will also offer four field trips this year including a tour of glass factories in Connellsville and Mount Pleasant, Pa., and a theater production in Pittsburgh by the Pittsburgh Savoyards.

In order to receive an additional $100,000 for its programs, OLLI must increase membership to at least 300 by February 2008. A $1 million endowment grant could also be obtained by OLLI if its membership grows to 500 or more by 2010.

For more information about the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, call the WVU Center on Aging at 304-293-2968 or visit http://www.hsc.wvu.edu/coa/olli/.

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For more information:
Amy Johns, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087
sb/dlc: 09-04-07

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