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Creative class ideas: OLLIs and Museums?

Posted on October 16th, 2013 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Michelle Bennett, OLLI at Indiana State University, Asks OLLI:

My OLLI at Indiana State University was able to take part in the recent video conference class with the Smithsonian Museum. It was an amazing experience and we asked ourselves the question why should it stop there?

Does your OLLI have contact with any other museums? Do you have any recommendations you are willing to share?

Would your OLLI like to partner with OLLI at Indiana State to set up a class with a museum?

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?

Travel partnerships and your OLLI

Posted on December 10th, 2012 by Anne Cardale, OLLI National Resource Center

Andrea Sisino, OLLI at University of South Carolina Beaufort, Asks OLLI:

Does your OLLI partner with Road Scholar or Institute of Shipboard Learning?

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 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 ( 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:

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?