On Thursday, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute known as OLLI at West Virginia University in Morgantown hosted a community retirement party tonight at the Erickson Alumni Center.
OLLI provides programs and educational opportunities designed for adults 50-years and over. OLLI is a membership organization, affiliated with the School of Public Health at WVU, that recognizes the unique experiences, capabilities, and wisdom of mature members of the community. OLLI emphasizes the importance of sharing ideas through peer learning, member participation, and collaborative leadership.
“So, we are learning from each other as well, and it is nice to make those connections, to share stories. And I hear from the instructors all the time, it’s wonderful to teach people who are engaged and enthusiastic, and are there because they want to be, because they want to learn something new and they’re not there because have to do it for a grade,” said Jascenna Haislet, Director of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at WVU.
During four terms each year OLLI offers courses, lectures, seminars, and field trips. Courses are developed and taught by volunteers from the community who are passionate in areas such as music, literature, and arts to name a few.