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Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

Posted on March 22nd, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Elena Marciano, OLLI at University of the Pacific, Asks OLLI:

Has your OLLI held a member day of service to the community?

If so, please briefly describe the project. Was it successful?

How many members participated?  Did any of them have an existing connection with the organization for which the project was done?

Did member volunteers help your staff with the planning?

How far in advance of the project did you start planning?

Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University?

Posted on February 24th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

Does your OLLI offer a Grandparents University? The OLLI  at SVSU will offer its first Grandparents University in June. This will be a two-day, overnight “camp” with classes and other fun activities. It’s geared for 8-12-year-olds which is typical of similar programs throughout the country. Does any other OLLI offer a GPU? How successful is it? Do you have a brochure about it, and if so, is it available on your OLLI’s website?  If not, and you do have a brochure, would you email a pdf of it to Kyle Allen ( Kyle will forward the brochure to Jo and, with your permission, arrange for it to be posted on the national website.

Has your OLLI made efforts to diversify its membership?

Posted on February 16th, 2011 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Millicent Lynch, OLLI at Carnegie Mellon University, Asks OLLI:

What actions have you taken to successfully broaden and make your membership more inclusive and representative of the community? What obstacles have you faced? I would like to learn about any efforts made to diversify your OLLI membership.

Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club?

Posted on November 24th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

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

Does your OLLI have a Bridge Club? I am eager to learn about OLLI Bridge Clubs, their structure and pricing as well as whether they are sanctioned by the ACBL. Several of our leaders are interested in beginning one. Those leaders recently played in a club with 75 or so members, but that club lost its venue. My volunteers see a great membership recruitment opportunity if we are able to host a club.

The Modern Senior Center

Posted on February 10th, 2010 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Marty Kaplan, OLLI at California State University Channel Islands Asks OLLI:

Many of us deal with senior Centers - at OLLI-CSUCI most of our off-campus classes are at Senior Centers around the county. I am working with a couple on projects to attract people (especially  boomers) to their facilities, and at the same time increase OLLI enrollments. They are in agreement that the term “Senior Center” is forbidding, and want to rename their facilities. In your areas, have Senior Centers rebranded, and what are the new labels? How are they attracting younger and more active people formerly put off by SC stereotypes?

Any tips on partnering with your Alumni Association?

Posted on November 13th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Sarah Benton, OLLI at Penn State Asks OLLI:

If you partner with your Alumni Association, can you tell me all the ways in which you partner?  Do you offer an OLLI/Alumni co-membership?  If some of your OLLIs didn’t graduate from your host university, will your Alumni Association recognize them as alums and allow them to join the Alumni Association because they are OLLI students?

Do you have a formal relationship with your institution’s retired fac/staff group?

Posted on November 12th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Sarah Schutt, OLLI at UW-Madison Asks OLLI:

If your institution has a retired fac/staff group, does any OLLI out there have a formal relationship with their institution’s retired fac/staff group? What is the nature of that relationship? Does your OLLI provide any special services or adminstrative functions on behalf of the campus to support that retired fac/staff group, such as Web site, marketing? If yes, what administrative, political, etc. concerns have you faced in doing so? Does your OLLI cooperate with a retired fac/staff body in a formal, programmatic (rather than individual basis) way to solicit volunteers, teachers, discussion leaders, etc.?

Request for advice on ride-sharing programs

Posted on September 24th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Patricia Berlowe, OLLI at Yavapai College Asks OLLI:
Yavapai College’s Prescott Campus OLLI is looking into the possibility of setting up a ride-sharing program to assist non-mobile OLLI members to attend classes.  Please let us know if you have set up such a system, are considering one, have tried one and closed it down, and if you would be willing to share your learnings.  Also, please advise if you have identified any software that could support a matching process.

Student ID cards and evening courses

Posted on August 26th, 2009 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Jacqueline Gratz, OLLI at Towson University Asks OLLI:
Do your OLLI students receive official student ID cards from your university that can be used for reduced entrance fees at various events, both within and outside the university.    If so, what is the procedure whereby they procure the cards?
Do you offer evening courses?  If so, how many, which evenings, and what time?  Are they well attended?  Have they been as successful as your daytime courses?  

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