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1 Learning Never Retires! September 2012 Volume XXII, Issue 1 OLLI AT CSU, CHICO Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico Aymer J. Hamilton 118B, Chico, CA 95929-0792 (530) 898-6679 www.rce.csuchico.edu/osher MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR by Jerry Dunham The OLLI Welcome/Fall Class Preview Meeting was very well attended. Especially impressive was the number of first time attendees. I would like to thank the peer leaders for making themselves available to meet and an- swer questions from potential students and the AC com- mittees for their planning and organization. Special thanks also goes to peer leaders Brooks Thorlaksson, Mary Brashears, Sydney Wilde, and Scott Perry, and to the OLLI guitar and dance classes. Their presentations and performances not only demonstrated the variety of courses available in the upcoming term but made for an entertaining event as well. At the meeting’s end, there was an air of excitement and a “positive vibe” in the room that is sure to be carried over to the fall semester’s classes. As the long awaited fall semester finally begins Sept. 4, on behalf of the OLLI Advisory Council I welcome you with the hope that all of your classes exceed your expecta- tions and that your OLLI experience is filled with oppor- tunities to learn, with the creation and strengthening of friendships, and with FUN. Greetings Everyone, I will begin by reflecting on sev- eral important events that have occurred since the end of the spring semester in May. First of all, Ann Nikolai began as OLLI’s new program director on July 9 th . I would like to express my appreciation to Dean Debra Barger and Associate Dean Clare Roby of Regional and Continuing Education for including me in the interview process. A background in higher education and not-for- profits will serve Ann well as she guides OLLI’s growth while maintaining the quality of the organization. She is a quick study, a hard worker, and enthusiastic about her new position. We are lucky to have her. On July 24 th Advisory Council (AC) Membership Chair Ali Sarsour, Ann Nikolai, and I met with a group of Oro- ville area residents who are excited about the prospect of OLLI classes in there. Many ideas about possible classes, class sites, and sources of peer leaders were explored. If successful, the establishment of an Oroville Chapter ap- pears to be a win-win for the residents of Oroville and for Chico. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25 th at 1 pm in the Oroville Library. Oroville OLLI members are welcome to attend. As part of the strategic planning process, the OLLI Board was restructured into a more streamlined Advisory Council or AC. The AC is composed of six elected OLLI members and the Program Director. Although the AC’s first official meeting was August 1st, several of its com- mittees were busy long before to prepare for the Wel- come/Fall Class Preview Meeting. The Curriculum Com- mittee met throughout the spring and summer to explore ways to better support and recruit peer leaders. New and returning OLLI members looking forward to fall classes at the Aug. 2 welcome meeting. Photo by Marian Milling

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Fall 2012 newsletter of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at CSU, Chico.

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    Learning Never Retires!

    Sept ember 2 012

    Vo lume XXII , I ssu e 1

    OLLI AT CSU, CHICO

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico Aymer J. Hamilton 118B, Chico, CA 95929-0792

    (530) 898-6679 www.rce.csuchico.edu/osher

    MESSAGE FROM THE CHAIR by Jerry Dunham

    The OLLI Welcome/Fall Class Preview Meeting was

    very well attended. Especially impressive was the number

    of first time attendees. I would like to thank the peer

    leaders for making themselves available to meet and an-

    swer questions from potential students and the AC com-

    mittees for their planning and organization. Special

    thanks also goes to peer leaders Brooks Thorlaksson,

    Mary Brashears, Sydney Wilde, and Scott Perry, and to the

    OLLI guitar and dance classes. Their presentations and

    performances not only demonstrated the variety of

    courses available in the upcoming term but made for an

    entertaining event as well. At the meetings end, there

    was an air of excitement and a positive vibe in the

    room that is sure to be carried over to the fall semesters

    classes.

    As the long awaited fall semester finally begins Sept. 4,

    on behalf of the OLLI Advisory Council I welcome you

    with the hope that all of your classes exceed your expecta-

    tions and that your OLLI experience is filled with oppor-

    tunities to learn, with the creation and strengthening of

    friendships, and with FUN.

    Greetings Everyone,

    I will begin by reflecting on sev-

    eral important events that have

    occurred since the end of the

    spring semester in May.

    First of all, Ann Nikolai began

    as OLLIs new program director on

    July 9th. I would like to express

    my appreciation to Dean Debra

    Barger and Associate Dean Clare Roby of Regional and

    Continuing Education for including me in the interview

    process. A background in higher education and not-for-

    profits will serve Ann well as she guides OLLIs growth

    while maintaining the quality of the organization. She is a

    quick study, a hard worker, and enthusiastic about her new

    position. We are lucky to have her.

    On July 24th Advisory Council (AC) Membership Chair

    Ali Sarsour, Ann Nikolai, and I met with a group of Oro-

    ville area residents who are excited about the prospect of

    OLLI classes in there. Many ideas about possible classes,

    class sites, and sources of peer leaders were explored. If

    successful, the establishment of an Oroville Chapter ap-

    pears to be a win-win for the residents of Oroville and for

    Chico. A follow-up meeting is scheduled for Tuesday,

    September 25th at 1 pm in the Oroville Library. Oroville

    OLLI members are welcome to attend.

    As part of the strategic planning process, the OLLI

    Board was restructured into a more streamlined Advisory

    Council or AC. The AC is composed of six elected OLLI

    members and the Program Director. Although the ACs

    first official meeting was August 1st, several of its com-

    mittees were busy long before to prepare for the Wel-

    come/Fall Class Preview Meeting. The Curriculum Com-

    mittee met throughout the spring and summer to explore

    ways to better support and recruit peer leaders. New and returning OLLI members looking forward to fall classes at the Aug. 2 welcome meeting. Photo by Marian Milling

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    NEW THIS FALL.

    In the last newsletter, we said

    farewell to longtime OLLI Program

    Coordinator Linda MacMichael. Now

    wed like to give a warm welcome to

    Ann Nikolai. Some OLLI members

    may have had the pleasure of meeting

    Ann already at the Welcome Meeting

    or in the OLLI office. For those of you who havent yet,

    heres an introduction.

    Anns story is a familiar one. Her husband, Bruce,

    graduated from Chico State (BS 85) and yearned to return

    to Chico. It took but a few trips to convince Ann that the

    North State offered some wonderful advantages (less traf-

    fic!) and many of the same cultural opportunities as the

    Bay Area. Landing the OLLI job was the final factor in

    confirming the family relocation and in June, Ann, Bruce,

    and their two young girls, unpacked their bags near town.

    Prior to becoming OLLI director, Ann worked with

    academic grants dedicated to improving educational op-

    portunities for underserved student populations. She com-

    pleted her undergraduate degree at the University of Penn-

    sylvania and later earned a masters degree in Public Ad-

    ministration from San Francisco State University.

    In addition to excellent experience and education, Ann

    brings enthusiasm and energy to her new position and a

    commitment to preserving the quality of the original

    OLLI experience. What a pleasure it is to work alongside

    so many people motivated by their learning experience,

    Ann observed. I look forward to facilitating new oppor-

    tunities on campus and off by engaging members in an

    ongoing dialogue about what makes OLLI work.

    Theres another new face in the OLLI

    office: Susan Levine as interim program

    assistant.. Well, new to some but famil-

    iar to many due to her role as the OLLI

    Cribbage instructor for the past few

    terms. She may also be known to OLLI

    members from her years lived in Chico,

    having been here since 1968. A Chico

    State graduate, Susan has worked in local businesses and

    also as a library aide and teachers assistant in our public

    schools. She is an active leader with Girls Scouts, belongs

    to a book group, uses electronic devices to keep organized,

    and has previously volunteered in the OLLI office and is

    undaunted by its demands.

    A WARM WELCOME TO THE NEW OLLI STAFF!

    The homey-looking building pictured below (and at Point

    A on the map) is the new location for some OLLI classes

    this fall. Located at 14 Hillary Lane, the Chico New

    Thought Center for Spiritual Living has agreed to share its

    pleasant, spacious building with OLLI in the upcoming

    year. Its big central room will be the venue for some of

    OLLIs largest classes: American Wars, Part 2, Jukebox Phys-

    ics, and Geology & Natural Resources. Tucked away in a north

    Chico neighborhood, this new location is easily accessible

    and has parking on site, plus spill-over parking, if needed.

    HELPFUL HINTS FROM OUR CHAIR FOR

    SUCCESSFUL AND HAPPY CLASSES:

    Due to member sensitivity to odors, refrain from wearing perfume

    Turn off cell phones before class begins Use the suggestion box located in the Craig

    Hall classroom Help save on mailing costs by receiving OLLI

    communications by email

    Chico New Thought Center for Spiritual Living, 14 Hillary Lane

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    Janet Henninger Logan passed away on April 27, 2012. She is remembered as the eminent

    tour director for Prime Timers, the predecessor of OLLI. Her husband, Milon, was Prime Timers President, too. Janet lived in Paradise and was active in many thingsAAUW, Prime Timers, and most of all, her family. A celebration of her life took place on Sunday, May 27, 2012.

    Morey Fuqua, active OLLI member and a local lawyer passed away on August 10, 2012. He worked very hard as Prime Timers 1st Vice-President to promote the Re-Entry Scholarship

    and was on the Curriculum Committee at one time, always willing to meet and offer to help out. A grave-side service was held on August 16. A full obituary appeared in the Chico Enterprise Record on Tuesday, August 14. Phyllis Lindley, OLLI member and active conservationist/naturalist died June 28, 2012. She attended OLLI classes recently. A Celebration of Life for her was held on August 19 at Chico Creek Nature Center. A lovely trib-ute to Phyllis giving a biography can be found at mountlassen.cnps.org/images/Phyllis_lindley_obit_photos.pdf.

    Newsletter Information For New and Returning Members

    OLLI newsletter is published monthly,

    September-December and February-May

    Deadline for each issue is the 1st of the

    month prior to publication (Sept. 1 for Oct. issue, for example)

    Articles, news items, information and photos

    can be submitted to Marian Milling, news-

    letter editor at [email protected] 530-864-2269

    Newsletters are delivered about the 1st of

    each month by email for those with email

    addresses and by US mail for those without.

    Contributions, suggestions, and ideas for newslet-

    ter content are welcomed! Photos of OLLI class

    activities with members identified are always needed.

    Contact Marian or OLLI office to share information.

    IN MEMORIAM

    FALL 2012 OLLI CALENDAR

    CLASSES BEGIN TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4

    GENERAL MEETING, OCTOBER 10

    VETERANS DAY HOLIDAY, NOVEMBER 12

    THANKSGIVING BREAK, NOVEMBER 19-23

    HOLIDAY LUNCHEON, DECEMBER 12

    FALL CLASSES END, DECEMBER 14

    FROM THE CURRICULUM COMMITTEE Working closely with your new Curriculum Committee has been an absolute pleasure and an education! This is my first opportunity to work with fellow committee members Mary Brashears, Nancy Fern, Myron Flindt, Jim Kirks, Ann Stewart, and Sydney Wilde. Our focus has been on getting organized and in creating a Peer Leader Handbook as a resource for peer leaders. The Handbook, distributed at the Peer Leaders Orientation offers helpful background information about the organization and CSU, Chico, plus Frequently Asked Questions. There is no better demonstration of our passion to learn than volunteering to teach. And to maintain a high level of stimulating courses we must continuously recruit peer leaders. Keeping eyes and ears open for interesting topics and potential peer leader candidates will improve our ability to diversify curricula so there is always some-thing for everyone. And spring term is not far off! Course proposals for spring are due October 15. Forms can be downloaded from the OLLI website or picked up at the OLLI office. Your proposals should be returned to the office no later than 15 October.

    By William Tefteller

    SO YOU THINK YOU WANT TO TEACH?

    By Ann Nikolai

    OLLI will introduce a series of workshops in the spring designed to demonstrate teaching and facilitation processes for those of you thinking about becoming peer leaders. Learn steps involved in submitting course pro-posals, structuring presentations, and leading or facilitat-ing classes. Discover available resources, including men-tors, co-facilitators, and training opportunities. I am working with the Curriculum Committee to give more shape to this idea and welcome your input!

    LET US KNOW IF YOU ARE INTERESTED!

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    Learning Never Retires!

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

    California State University, Chico

    118B Aymer J. Hamilton

    Chico, CA 95929-0792

    Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at CSU, Chico

    Aymer J. Hamilton 118B, Chico, CA 95929-0792 www.rce.csuchico.edu/osher Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 9 am 1 pm Program Director: Ann Nikolai, 898-5858, [email protected]

    Interim Program Assistant: Susan Levine, 898-6679, [email protected]

    ADVISORY COUNCIL MEMBERS: General Chair: Jerry Dunham 899-8393 Events Chair: Sherri Faroky 636-4940 Communications Chair: Gayle Womack 332-9414

    Curriculum Chair: William Tefteller 879-0231 Membership: Ali Sarsour 893-1768 Program Director: Ann Nikolai 898-5858 Scholarship/

    Fundraising: Kathryn Hogue 343-0445

    Ready and eager for fall classes to beginOn left: Peer Leaders Jim Smith and Robert Main. Center: Peer Leader Gloria Hyl-

    ton and Advisory Council Chair Jerry Dunham. On right: Communications Chair Gayle Womack with Events Chair Sherri

    Faroky and her niece, Elika Mahony.

    Newsletter Editor: Marian Milling