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Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers?

Posted on August 30th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Linda Shook, OLLI at Auburn University Asks OLLI:

Do you have a writing program at your OLLI? Do you produce an anthology of the work of your writers? If you do:
How do you conduct manuscript selection for inclusion?  Have you tried (with or without success) to obtain ISSNs for your anthologies? Have you ever collaborated with another OLLI program to produce a combined anthology?

Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

Posted on July 11th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

John Woods, OLLI at George Mason, Asks OLLI: Is your OLLI using video conferencing equipment?

OLLI at George Mason has purchased a video conferencing system to be used for classes and is also planning to use it for staff meetings as we have both volunteer coordinators and program people at our three sites as well as part-time staff at our remote sites.

Do you have any videoconferencing tips to share with OLLI at GMU? How are you using your videoconferencing system? Have you used it for staff meetings or committee meetings? Courses? Presentations? Communications or sharing classes between OLLIs?

Does your OLLI’s university or college have retirement housing adjacent to campus?

Posted on January 31st, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jo Brownlie, OLLI at Saginaw Valley State University, Asks OLLI:

Our university is exploring the possibility of offering retirement housing adjacent to our campus, which might be managed by the university or by a private company. Our OLLI offerings would be a major benefit to the residents. Is your OLLI’s university or college currently doing this? And if so, how is it working out?

OLLI and opportunites for host-institute graduate students

Posted on December 5th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Maxine Doherty, OLLI at The University of Alabama Huntsville, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer opportunities for host-university graduate students to propose, prepare, and teach short courses/give lectures for OLLI members? If so, what criteria do you use to select the graduate students? Do you provide guidelines for submission of course proposals? If so, would you be willing to share the guidelines? Do you offer stipends or some form of remuneration to the graduate students selected? If so, is the remuneration on a “flat-rate” or number of hours taught basis?

OLLI and civic engagement opportunities

Posted on November 1st, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Barbara White, OLLI at California State University Long Beach, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI offer a volunteer program or have an established curriculum of community civic engagement for your members? If so:

  • How did you establish the program?
  • How did you connect with the site or sites for volunteering?
  • How do you recruit OLLI members to participate?

Has your OLLI celebrated a milestone anniversary?

Posted on August 8th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Lucy Woodhouse, OLLI at Furman University, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI celebrated a milestone anniversary? If so, how did you celebrate it? It would be fun to hear ideas other OLLIs have on celebrating their special anniversaries.

Does your OLLI connect members to your host institute’s community service activities?

Posted on July 12th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Judith Bobenage, OLLI at the University of Pittsburgh, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI connect members to your host institute’s community service activities? If so, does your OLLI have a course or event to help members explore a volunteer site match?

Member orientation and nurturing

Posted on April 2nd, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jeannette M. Toohey, OLLI at University of North Florida, Asks OLLI:

How does your OLLI orient and nurture its members?

Has your OLLI partnered with an organization in the Village to Village Network?

Posted on July 14th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Mary Quinn Burkhart, OLLI at Auburn University, Asks OLLI:

Are there any OLLIs that have partnerships with a Village to Village Network organization? Villages in the network (http://www.vtvnetwork.org/) are membership-driven, grass-roots organizations run by volunteers and paid staff and help coordinate access to affordable services to enable seniors continue to live in their own homes. One of the well-known Villages is Beacon Hill Village in Boston: http://www.beaconhillvillage.org/content.aspx?page_id=22&club_id=332658&module_id=75811

What measures have you introduced for increasing diversity in your OLLI’s membership?

Posted on June 17th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Dee Aguilar, OLLI at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Asks OLLI:

Following up on an Ask OLLI question posted in February (http://usm.maine.edu/olli/national/askolli/?p=192), I would like to know if your OLLI has introduced measures for increasing diversity in your membership.  I am interested in knowing about ideas for increasing diversity in each of the following areas: age, education, ethnicity, geographic location.

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