WVU offering summer courses for older adults

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – From health issues to the arts and from wine to knitting, the summer courses at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at West Virginia University have something for everyone.

This year’s summer session officially kicked off on July 7 and offers 45 course options for adults 50 and older. Most classes are held in the OLLI classrooms at the Mountaineer Mall. They are scheduled in two-hour sessions Monday through Friday. Even though the summer session has already begun, interested individuals can still join.

“We try to offer a mix of academically related courses in traditional disciplines such as history, literature and science, as well as courses that are more practical in nature, such as computer literacy, personal finance, personal safety and security for older persons,” Joseph Greene, executive director of OLLI, said.

Founded in 1993, OLLI is a membership organization open to anyone age 50 or older regardless of educational background. The goal of the institute is to provide intellectually stimulating classes and discussions. Many of the course instructors are current and retired WVU faculty members.

The institute is run and attended by its members, many of whom participate regularly year after year, getting to know one another as friends, co-volunteers and classmates. Currently, OLLI has nearly 650 members.

Annual memberships are $85. Memberships can also be purchased for an individual term for $45. Dues cover the costs of the courses, office expenses and teaching materials. There is no limit on the number of courses an individual can take.

“If you are interested in remaining intellectually and socially active in your immediate pre- and post-retirement years, and would like to share your passion for learning with like-minded individuals, then OLLI at WVU is the place for you,” Greene said.

For more information on OLLI, see www.olliatwvu.org or call 304-293-1793.


For more information:
Angela Jones, HSC News Service, 304-293-7087
asj: 07-09-10

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