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Osher Lifelong  Learning Institute (OLLI)  at Casper College is a new program created for adults age 50+ who wish to continue learning and exploring for the sheer joy of it. Renew your enthusiasm for learning in a relaxed atmosphere, without entrance requirements, grades or exams.

Supported by the Bernard Osher Foundation, OLLI is a vibrant learning community offering a rich array of short courses, field trips and lectures of particular interest to adult learners who are interested in taking short-term, non-credit classes. No college background is needed all that is required is a love of learning. Activities take place on the easily accessible Casper College campus as well as offsite in other community locations.

When you become an OLLI member, you’ll enjoy theses benefits:

  • Meeting new friends with similar interests
  • Specially-designed field study opportunities
  • The satisfaction of supporting OLLI in its mission to promote lifelong learning and personal growth for adults over age 50.

Contact:   Contact:

Lifelong Learning Specialist
307-268-2097
GW 408A - Casper College
 
Lifelong Learning Specialist
307-268-2099
GW 408B - Casper College

 


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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Casper College Membership Structure

OLLI EventOLLI Members:

  • Fall/Spring/Summer (3 Sessions)
    $55.00 per person:  Includes two free classes in both the Fall and Spring sessions, and one free class in the Summer, as well as admission to all lecture series events. Each additional class is $8.00 per class. Additional costs for books and materials may apply. Field studies priced separately, depending on duration and location of the excursion.
  • Fall or Spring Only (1 Session)
    $35.00 per person:  Includes two free classes and admission to all lecture series events. Each additional class is $8.00 per class. Additional costs for books and materials may apply. Field studies priced separately, depending on duration and location of the excursion.
  • Summer (1 Session)
    $20.00 per person:  Includes one free class and admission to all lecture series events. Each additional class is $8.00 per class. Additional costs for books and materials may apply. Field studies priced separately, depending on duration and location of the excursion.

Learn for the Love of It and JOIN US TODAY!

The Bernard Osher Foundation was founded by Bernard Osher in 1977. Through the foundation, his philanthropy has benefited a wide range of educational, cultural, and other nonprofit organizations primarily in the San Francisco Bay Area and his native Maine. In the 1990s, the Foundation funded a series of Osher Scholar programs, extending scholarship assistance for post-secondary education to nearly thirty colleges and universities as well as professional and technical schools in California and Maine.

Bernard Osher
Bernard Osher
Barbro Osher
Barbro Osher

Maine native Bernard Osher is a successful businessman and community leader, a patron of the arts and education, whose philanthropy has affected countless organizations over the past quarter century. His wife, the Honorable Barbro Osher, Consul General of Sweden in San Francisco, serves as chair of the foundation.

History of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Movement
What began in 1997 as the University of Southern Maine’s Senior College became the nation’s first Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. And its beginnings are the stuff of legend. Local Rabbi, Harry Sky, worked with the leadership of the University to invite potential older learners to a meeting about an exciting new learning opportunity for older learners in Maine. They expected 150 people, and had enough “chowdah” to feed 175. When 500 potential students showed up, the program was successfully launched, albeit with a very watered down fish chowder lunch.

The Senior College was renamed in 2001 after receiving a gift from The Bernard Osher Foundation that enabled the program to expand its peer-taught courses, workshops and other activities for more than 950 adult learners, ages 55 and over in the Portland, Maine area. OLLI was started, developed and remains an organization run primarily by volunteers who develop the curriculum, staff the office at USM, and design OLLI's extracurricular activities including local and international field trips. The USM institute also coordinates the Maine Senior College Network (MSCN), an organization of the state's 15 Senior Colleges that serves more than 6000 Mainers statewide annually.

Recognizing that the proportion of older people in the United States is growing rapidly, and with it, the demand for lifelong learning programs, the Osher Foundation began to encourage the development of vibrant learning communities of older adults. The Foundation funded Sonoma State University, a member of the California State University (CSU) system, which planned to model its lifelong learning program on the highly-respected Fromm Institute at the University of San Francisco.

Then across the country, new programs offering stimulating learning opportunities were started—and a national movement was born. Pleased with the results of their two pilot programs, the Foundation decided to join the “lifelong learning” field in a significant fashion. The concept of a network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes was compelling, and Requests for Proposals (RFP) were sent to the remaining campuses in the California State University system as well as to those in the University of California (UC) system.

In November 2002, the Foundation Board awarded initial grants to six campuses in the CSU group ( Bakersfield, Cal Poly at San Luis Obispo, Dominguez Hills, Hayward, San Francisco, and San Jose) and four campuses of the UC system ( Davis, Riverside, San Francisco, and Santa Cruz). A separate award was made to the University of Vermont. In February 2003, two more CSU campuses ( Fullerton and San Bernardino) and two more UC campuses ( Berkeley and Irvine) were awarded Osher Foundation grants along with the University of Hawaii at Manoa. With these additional grantees, the Foundation was supporting Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes on 18 campuses in four states. In April 2003, the outstanding progress demonstrated by Sonoma State University led to an endowment grant along with its third year of operating grant support.

In an effort to expand and further diversify the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes, another RFP was issued in mid-September 2003 to nearly 30 colleges and universities in California and across the nation. In February 2004, the Board of Directors of The Bernard Osher Foundation approved first-year operating grants to 23 institutions of higher learning. In this cohort are eight additional California State University campuses (Channel Islands, Chico, Humboldt, Long Beach, Los Angeles, Sacramento, San Marcos, and San Diego; the remaining three University of California campuses (Los Angeles, San Diego, and Santa Barbara); four private universities (Brandeis, Dominican University of California, Santa Clara, and Richmond); six state universities from Hawaii at Hilo in the West to New Hampshire in the East – with Arizona State, Kansas, Nebraska, and Utah in between; and two community colleges providing unique services to seasoned learners – Sierra College in Northern California and Yavapai College in Prescott, Arizona.

Soon existing Lifelong Learning Institutes became interested in the affiliation with the Osher Foundation, seeking to expand and strengthen current programming. Although prior emphasis had been placed largely on start-up programs, the Foundation was also interested in helping to strengthen existing programs, of which there are nearly 400 across the country. In June 2004, with initial grants from the Foundation, the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes was expanded to include seven established Lifelong Learning Institutes programs at George Mason University, Kennesaw State University, Duke University and the Universities of Dayton, Minnesota, Oregon, and Pittsburgh.

February 2005 saw the designation of 12 additional programs as Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes. The institutes include existing programs at Rutgers University (NJ), University of South Florida, University of Miami; Eckerd College (FL); Tufts University (MA); University of Texas at El Paso; University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston; University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Northwestern University (IL); University of North Carolina at Wilmington; Clemson University (SC); and a new institute at California State University, Fresno.

Thirteen programs were approved in June, 2005 by the Foundation's Board of Directors. They include: University of Alabama at Huntsville, University of Alaska at Fairbanks, American University, Washington, D.C., University of Arizona, Hampton University (VA). University of Massachusetts-Boston, University of Missouri-Columbia, New York University, Saginaw Valley State University (MI), University of South Carolina-Beaufort, University of Southern Mississippi-Hattiesburg, Texas Tech University and University of Wisconsin-Madison. The programs at Hampton University, New York University, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison programs are start-ups and the remaining ten are existing programs.

Thanks to the generosity of the The Bernard Osher Foundation, the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes across the United States is meeting the needs of older learners who want to learn simply for the joy of learning and personal fulfillment.Todd

FALL SIGN UP - Thursday, August 27, 2015 4-6 p.m. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

FALL 2015
  • 1945: Carnage, Convulsion, and Construction
    This year encompassed the final, bitter months of World War II. Cities were bombed, millions of Europeans emigrated,
    repatriated, and migrated throughout the continent and beyond. Atomic weapons, the Cold War, formation of the United Nations,
    and early, ephemeral hopes for world peace all emerged to transform the world. We will discuss why the events of this
    pivotal year continue to affect our lives today.
    • Course # OLLI 2051
      Tue. and Thur., Nov. 10 to 19
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Adventures in South America: From Kayakers to Explorers
    It began as an official government-sponsored kayak expedition in 1979, and turned into a true-life defiant adventure by five
    adrenaline-fueled Polish students from Krakow in cut-off jeans who refused to return to Poland after being recalled by nervous
    communist authorities. Instead, they pursued river explorations in North, Central, and South America, relying on funding from
    strangers and by selling stories and pictures to magazines and newspapers. Twenty-nine months and 100,000 kilometers
    later, they reached their goal, Tierra del Fuego in Patagonia after exploring 26 rivers and making 13 first descents of rivers
    between the United States and Argentina. Learn about their adventures in this two-part class.
    • Course # OLLI 4073
      Mon. and Wed., Dec. 7 and 9
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: 225E
      Instructor: Jacek Bogucki
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • An Alaskan Photo Diary
    Visiting Alaska is on many people’s bucket lists. If you have always wanted to see Alaska or just love the scenery, this
    class will show you Alaska through the eyes of a photographer. You may get a few travel tips along the way.
    • Course # OLLI 5010
      Tue., Oct. 27
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: LH 183
      Instructor: Al Singleton
      Cost: 01 –Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Battle of Little Bighorn Breakdown
    Analyze this famous two-day battle through maps and videos that highlight the current theories about soldier and warrior
    tactics and locations. Much research has been done based on participant testimonies and archeological evidence to explain
    the mystery surrounding the fateful event.
    • Course # OLLI 7035
      Tue., Sept. 22 and 29
      6:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 225
      Instructor: Monte Henrie
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Be Smarter than Your iPhone/iPad
    Skype, Facetime, Pinterest, Safari, apps, Pandora, Talking Tom, Soundhound, Flipboard, Cardiograph, and Everyday Jigsaw
    are not mythical creatures or some foreign language; they are words associated with iPads and iPhones. Learn what these
    words mean and how to use them to communicate with your grandchildren, be cool by knowing the latest songs, check your
    heartbeat, and use your own artwork or photographs to create screen savers. This class is hands-on, so bring your iPad or
    iPhone updated to the most current iOS and your Apple ID and password.
    • Course # OLLI 4010
      Tue., Sept. 29 to Oct. 20
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: BU 219
      Instructor: Karel Mathisen
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02-$8
  • Bond, James Bond: Classic Films
    The first James Bond movie was released in 1962 and the last (so far) in 2012. In those 50 years five different actors have
    portrayed Bond. In this class you will see the first and last Bond films as well as two in between featuring two of the other
    five bond actors. On the final night, we will have James Bond themed treats for you to enjoy.
    • Course # OLLI 2081
      Thur., Oct. 15 to Nov. 5
      6:30–9:30 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Bridge for Your Brain
    Bridge is a mentally challenging game. Studies have shown it to be intellectually and socially stimulating. This class is fo r
    beginners who want to learn how to play bridge in a low-key, noncompetitive environment, or for those who have played in
    the past but want to refresh their skills and get back into the game. Each class will have a lesson and then we will play, eat
    snacks, and have fun.
    • Course # OLLI 7060
      Tue., Sept. 22 to Oct. 27
      1:30–4:30 p.m.
      Location: United Church of Christ, 1511 S. Melrose
      Instructor: Susan Driggers
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Dinner and a Movie: Zorba the Greek
    Zorba the Greek is a classic 1964 film based on the novel by Nikos Kazantzakis. Zorba is a larger than life character who
    faces the nadirs and apexes of life with song, dance, pathos, and cleverness. It was the signature role for Anthony Quinn. Our
    instructor has studied both the film and the novel. The film was shot in his grandmother’s village on the island of Crete. Hear
    his unique impressions of this film and enjoy a wonderful Greek meal. To accommodate all of the information the instructor will
    present, we are changing our “Dinner and a Movie” format to hear a lecture about the film, eat dinner, and watch the film. Note the
    earlier start time.
    • Course # OLLI 2082
      Fri., Nov. 6
      4:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Do Judge a Book by Its Cover
    If you have found yourself in a reading rut and are having trouble finding books you want to read, this class is for you. No more
    relying on Oprah to recommend books; learn ways to find all the interesting books out there waiting to be discovered. Your
    instructor, a Natrona County Library reference librarian, will provide tips on how to find these amazing books. Learn about
    search and recommendation tools available online and in print, how to judge a book by its cover, and techniques librarians use to
    match books to readers. Learn how to build your reading list and share your finds with others
    • Course # OLLI 4050
      Tue., Sept. 22 to Oct. 6
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 167
      Instructor: Nicholle Gerharter
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Don’t Get Scammed
    Everyone has gotten a suspicious telephone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS or an email from a Nigerian prince
    promising fabulous amounts of money for a favor. Experts from DFS Adult Protection Team and First Interstate Bank will provide
    information about the types of scams and bank fraud going around right now, especially the ones targeted at seniors, and
    how to recognize the warning signs of scams and bank fraud. You will receive handouts on how to recognize a scam or fraud
    and how to make a FTC report.
    • Course # OLLI 8030
      Fri. and Mon., Oct. 9 and 12
      1:30–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 225
      Instructors: Brenda Berry and Isabella Breeding
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Early Days in Wyoming: Outlaws
    Early Wyoming territory was filled with notorious outlaws, and we aim to hunt down their stories. We will learn about the
    Wild Bunch, Cosgrove Gang, Big Nose George and his gangs, Deadwood Stagecoach robbers, and the James Brothers. The
    vigilantes that brought the outlaw gangs to justice also have interesting stories to tell, so we will hear their stories too.
    • Course # OLLI 4033
      Tue. and Thur., Nov. 3 to 19
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: EI 125
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • French Film Friday: La Grande Seduction
    Enjoy a night of cuisine and a look into the life of a small French-Canadian fishing village whose residents band together
    to stem its decline. La Grande Séduction chronicles a desperate attempt to lure factory jobs to town. Conditions are right, but
    the factory cannot be built without a resident doctor. The short visit of just such a doctor from the big city of Montréal gives
    the townspeople a chance to convince the young doctor that he ought to put down roots. Hopefully dinner, a humorous film, and
    a talk about the cultural geography of Québec will seduce you to join us.
    • Course # OLLI 2111
      Fri., Oct. 30
      5:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Charles Ewing
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $16
  • Fun with Fungi
    Learn about common mushrooms found in the grocery store and how to cook with them and get growing tips. This is not a
    class about where to find wild mushrooms. We will go into the kitchen after the lecture and make mushroom dishes. This is a
    demonstration class.
    • Course # OLLI 5020
      Fri., Oct. 30
      12:30–4:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • Genealogy
    Perhaps you have always wanted to research your family genealogy but never had time until now. This class will help
    you get started. We will use Internet resources to discover information about your family history. Some resources are
    free and others have inexpensive user fees. You choose which resources to use. Bring any prior research on your family
    history to class. You may bring your own laptop to class or let us know in advance and one will be available for you.
    • Course # OLLI 5070
      Mon. and Wed., Nov. 2 to 18
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 208
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Gold Fever: Miracle Mile
    You have learned how to pan for gold and know the types of equipment needed to find gold. Now is your chance to try your
    luck at panning in the Seminoe Greenstone Belt where people have found paleo placer gold and diamonds. Any gold found
    will be divided up among the participants. Grab your waterproof boots, your panning kit, a shovel, and a five-gallon bucket.
    Remember sunscreen, a hat, and lunch. We will spend the day outside panning for gold. You must have taken Gold Fever I to
    register for this class. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trails with
    elevation changes, no wheelchair access, outhouses and water not nearby, carry your own water. This trip is not suitable for
    people in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not allowed.
    • Course # OLLI 5012
      Thur., Sept. 17
      7:30 am–4:30 p.m.
      Location: Van will depart from the Skelton Energy Institute.
      Instructor: Rick Messina
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $10
  • Heart of Wyoming
    This class will highlight the geography and history of one of Wyoming’s precious natural resources, the Sweetwater
    River, and its influence on the development of stock raising, transportation, and reclamation of the semi-arid landscape that
    surrounds it. Using diary entries, historic newspaper accounts, rare period photographs, and forgotten records, we will focus
    on lesser known aspects and pioneers of the lower Sweetwater River country.
    • Course # OLLI 6011
      Tue., Sept. 8
      1–3 p.m.
      Location: National Historic Trails Center, 1500 N. Poplar
      Instructor: Reid Miller
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • History of Jewelry II: The Dark Ages to the 20th Century
    You learned about basic jewelry making techniques and materials in History of Jewelry I; now discuss how religious
    fervor, international trade, and a growing middle class led to the rapid growth of the jewelry industry. Jewelry became a symbol
    of decadence and religious devotion starting in the Dark Ages. Eventually affordable gems and mass production made jewelry
    accessible to more people. As in the first class, we will make two projects in class.
    • Course # OLLI 2095
      Tue., Oct. 6 to 20
      1:30–3:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $20
  • History of Thanksgiving in America
    The first Thanksgiving celebration image of Puritan immigrants and Native American peoples sharing a harmonious celebratory
    feast may not be accurate. We know that early Puritans gathered to celebrate God’s grace over their successful harvest,
    but what was the whole story? Thanksgiving and harvest celebrations spread throughout America, and Thanksgiving
    became a standard holiday. Learn about the evolution of Thanksgiving and why we still serve many of the same dishes
    almost 400 years later.
    • Course # OLLI 7030
      Mon. and Wed., Nov. 9 and 11
      1:30–3 p.m.
      Location: LH 171
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • In the Neighborhood: Old West Casper
    We will explore the old neighborhoods and business districts on the west side of Casper, north and south of Poplar Street.
    Sites visited will include the Fort Caspar area, fairgrounds, and sites along CY Avenue. This class has one lecture and two field
    trips. Wear good walking shoes and prepare to walk and get on and off the bus numerous times. Field trips will depart from the
    Jorgensen/Bryce Commons (behind the Goodstein Foundation Library on the Casper College campus).
    • Course # OLLI 2033
      Mon. thru Wed., Sept. 21 to 23
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: LI 215A
      Instructor: Mary Lynn Corbett and Dana Van Burgh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • Intentional Landscapes and Gardens: Planning the Project
    During the long winter, every time you look out your window, walk to the car, or let your dog out, you see that garden project
    you have wanted to do for so long. Winter is the time to create a plan and start collecting the materials needed to get the project
    done. This class will help you realize the resources you have and options for obtaining materials, budgeting, and project
    installation. We will discuss Internet resources but computer skills are not necessary for this class.
    • Course # OLLI 5013
      Thur., Oct. 8 to 29
      7–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Laurel Graham
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Introduction to the Book of Revelation
    Revelation, or the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, is one of the Bible’s most puzzling books. It is best interpreted
    by thinking through its message to the original audience, the Christian churches in the Roman province of Asia or Asia Minor
    during the first century. We will discuss the main features of Revelation enabling us to make sense of this book and apply it
    to today. Bring a modern Bible translation to class.
    • Course # OLLI 4005
      Thur., Oct. 1 to 29
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Steven Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Italian Balsamic Vinegar
    Learn about Italian balsamic vinegars from the Modena region, including the production process, quality parameters,
    ingredients, the aging process, and industry standards of excellence. We will discuss the uses and health benefits of
    balsamic vinegars, taste a variety of vinegars, discuss olive oil parings, and make both a vegetable and a fruit salad using
    balsamic vinegars.
    • Course # OLLI 8007
      Tue., Nov. 3
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: Vita Sana Olive Oil Company, 136 S. Wolcott St.
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $9
  • Kriti Klasiki Cuisine
    Join us for a Greek cooking class with all new recipes. Learn tips about cooking with olive oil and the difference
    between extra virgin and virgin olive oil and get to hear more of George’s great stories. Bring your appetite; there will be
    samples to try and recipes to take home.
    • Course # OLLI 8004
      Fri., Oct. 16
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Larry Cappetto: Korea, the Forgotten War 1950-1953
    Larry Cappetto is an independent filmmaker, author, musician, and producer of the highly acclaimed award-winning public
    television series, Lest They be Forgotten. In this eighth installment of the film series, you will hear first-hand accounts
    from those who fought in Korea during the three years of a war in which we lost over 50,000 men. Learn about the fierce
    battle at the frozen Choisn Reservoir, the Chinese involvement in the war, and how troops survived the bitter cold winter
    weather. Find out what General Douglas MacArthur had in mind at the start of the war.
    • Course # OLLI 7078
      Tue., Sept. 15
      10 a.m.–noon
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Larry Cappetto
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Larry Cappetto: Vietnam Remembered
    Larry Cappetto is an independent filmmaker, author, musician, and producer of the highly acclaimed award-winning public
    television series, Lest They be Forgotten. This is the sixth installment of the film series. Join us for an up-close look at
    the lives of the veterans who fought, survived, and endured the pain, suffering, and anguish of a war that changed their lives
    and our country forever. Our Vietnam veteran’s shared pride, honor, and comradery on and off the battlefield persist today.
    • Course # OLLI 7079
      Tue., Sept. 15
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Larry Cappetto
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Leave it to Beavers
    A few years ago the Wyoming Game and Fish Department saw a need to restore riparian habitat and reduce erosion along
    the banks of Bolton Creek. They began a unique project that uses the dam building skills of existing and relocated beaver
    populations. The department harvested aspen trees on Muddy Mountain and lifted them by helicopter into the Bolton Creek
    areas. Deposited aspens provided forage and dam building materials for the beavers. Learn how the collaborative efforts
    of humans and beavers restored the wildlife habitat along the creek, raised the water table, provided more grazing for
    livestock, and reduced the flow of creek sediment into the North Platte River. Due to the challenging environmental
    conditions and lack of facilities, we cannot take a field trip t o the area this year.
    • Course # OLLI 5030
      Mon., Sept. 28
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructors: Keith Schoup and Al Conder
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Medicare Maze: Medicare D Prescription Drug Plan
    Medicare Part D Prescription Drug Plan 2015 open enrollment is Oct. 15 to Dec. 7, during which time anyone on Medicare can
    join or change Medicare Part D plans. You are not alone in feeling stressed about figuring out the available options. Learn how
    to navigate the plan options and identify cost and prescription drug benefits. Take advantage of this opportunity to learn how to
    significantly save on premiums and medication costs.
    • Course # OLLI 3050
      Sat., Oct. 10
      8:30–11:30 a.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Terry Bay
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • Meditative Drawing: American Indian Inspirations
    Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxing way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. Centuries of history are
    captured in the artwork and decorations of the many tribes of American Indians. Learn new patterns by looking back in time at
    the old patterns created by American Indians tribes. No drawing experience or prerequisite classes are required. A $7 fee is
    payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3070
      Wed., Nov. 4 to Dec. 2 (No class on Nov. 25.)
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: TM 121
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02– $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Dr. Seuss Inspirations
    Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxing way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will learn new
    patterns inspired by the books of Dr. Seuss and play with colors as well. No drawing experience or prerequisite classes are
    required. A $7 fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3071
      Mon., Nov. 2 to 23
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: European Inspirations
    Patterns practiced and discussed in this class are inspired by Russia, Finland, Norway, and Swedish traditional art. Each class
    will include practice time to draw patterns and create your own unique artwork. No drawing experience is required and there are
    no prerequisite classes.
    • A $7 fee is payable to the instructor.
      Course # OLLI 3072
      Tue., Sept. 8 to 29
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Tangled Garden Inspirations
    Meditative drawing is a fun, relaxing way of creating beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. We will focus on creating
    garden drawings with free flowing tangle patterns. No drawing experience or prerequisite classes are required. A $7 fee is
    payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3073
      Mon., Sept. 14 to Oct. 5
      6-7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Moldova and Me
    This class is a look at the life and culture of the poorest country in Europe, Moldova. There are many rituals, celebrations, and
    superstitions in this tiny, agrarian, post-Soviet country. The instructor lived there as a Peace Corps volunteer, shared her
    room with baby chicks, and attended marathon two-day long wedding celebrations. Hear how she learned to love a country
    whose people are coming to grips with the modern Western world while still clinging to and celebrating their rich cultural past.
    • Course #OLLI 5071
      Tue., Dec. 1 and 8
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Alexis Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Old World Wines and New World Cheeses
    We will see if upstart American artisan cheeses can hold their own against tried and true wines of Europe by pairing five
    European wines with five handcrafted American cheeses. You will learn about the history, production, and attributes of the
    wines and the handcrafted production process of some of the finest artisan cheese makers in the U.S. This class is certain to
    wow your taste buds.
    • Course # OLLI 4071
      Tue., Nov. 10
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Wed., Nov. 11
      5:30–7:30 pm
      Location: Wolcott Galleria, 136 S. Wolcott St., 2nd floor
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $25
  • Older than Dirt
    This popular class is a great introduction to working with fossils. Work in the lab and take a field trip to a site to look for
    fossils. Fossils collected will remain the property of the Tate Geological Museum. This trip is rated challenging: uneven
    surfaces, primitive trails, climbing and walking some distance is required; there are no outhouses; climate conditions are not
    suitable for those in poor health and who have trouble walking. For the field trip bring lunch and wear comfortable clothes and
    hiking boots.
    • Course # OLLI 7010
      Tue. and Wed., Sept. 8 and 9
      6–7 p.m.
      Location: TM 123
      Field trip: Thur., Sept. 10. Vans will depart from Skelton Energy Institute at 8 a.m.
      Instructor: J.P. Cavigelli
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $16
  • Pirates!
    Arrrgh! Come aboard for some swashbuckling adventure; we are about to set sail, flying the Jolly Roger, in pursuit of
    easy fortune in the Caribbean. Meet our captain, initially a privateer, and some of the more ruthless pirates commanding
    other ships, as well as two “lady” pirates who escaped the hangman’s noose. We will see how extortion by Barbary Coast
    pirates prompted the United States to create the Department of the Navy, show videos about pirates, and have fun.
    • Course # OLLI 8002
      Mon. and Wed., Nov. 9 to 23
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructors: Bob Moore and Al Metz Jr.
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Poetry: Painting with Words
    Examine how the words, rhythms, and patterns of poetry paint pictures of the world. We will read poems of the natural world,
    poems that nurture the soul, and poems that make one smile. The instructor will provide background information on the poets
    that we study.
    • Course # OLLI 2052
      Thur., Oct. 29 to Nov. 19
      2–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Jennifer Grooms
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Salem Witch Trials
    Explore one of the darkest periods in American history. Witch trials and executions raged in Europe for several centuries
    before occurring in America’s Puritan communities. The Salem Witch Trials were not the first witch trials in America, but
    they are the most famous. Learn about the afflicted, accused, accusers, and trial judges. We will discuss the cultural climate
    in and around Salem, Massachusetts in 1692 that allowed so many to suffer and die under suspicion of being a witch.
    • Course # OLLI 2070
      Mon. and Wed., Oct. 26 to Nov. 4
      1:30–3 p.m.
      Location: LH 183
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Seven Soups, Seven Continents
    Soup is a common food in every culture. They create warmth in your body and your soul. Whether called soup, stew, or
    pottage, they all have a common thread; they make a delicious and filling meal. We will discuss ingredients, cultural customs,
    and prepare seven soups. This is a demonstration class.
    • Course # OLLI 4072
      Fri., Nov. 20
      Noon–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 222 and 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
  • Shakespeare and a Movie: Othello
    Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Othello is one of the most challenging plays of his later life. Written the same year Queen
    Elizabeth I died, it evokes a world in turmoil and provides a meditation on the nature of evil. We devote the first class to a
    discussion of the genre and a closer examination of the play. In the second class, we will watch the 1995 British production
    starring Laurence Fishburne as Othello and Kenneth Branagh as Iago. This is Shakespeare’s lethal cocktail of manipulation and
    madness.
    • Course # OLLI 4040
      Thur., Oct. 29 and Nov. 5
      10 a.m.–noon
      Location: CS 160
      Instructors: Laurie Fletcher and Phyllis Pearl-Erk
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Shakespeare and a Movie: Twelfth Night
    Twelfth Night is one of Shakespeare’s most delightful, yet overlooked comedies. There is no better way to usher in the
    holiday season than with this delicious romp that combines missing twins, mistaken identity, and misfired romance. The
    first session is a discussion of the genre and then a closer examination of the play. For the second session, we will watch
    the Trevor Nunn production starring Helena Bonham Carter and Toby Stephens. This is Shakespeare at his most accessible.
    • Course # OLLI 4041
      Thur., Nov. 12 and 19
      10 a.m.–noon
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Laurie Fletcher and Phyllis Pearl-Erk
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Spies Who Came in From the Cold War
    Who said the Cold War is over. You will definitely feel a chill when we delve into the works of some of the greatest
    espionage writers: John Le Carre’s Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Graham Greene’s Our Man in Havana, Ian Flemings’s From
    Russia with Love, and Tom Clancy’s Hunt for Red October. For many, these books were our windows into a new and
    threatening world and they have not lost their ability to tingle our spines. Note: the fifth session of this class is longer so we
    can show the 2011 film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy. Popcorn and soda will be provided.
    • Course # OLLI 7036
      Thur., Sept. 10 to Oct 1, 10–11 a.m.
      Thur., Oct. 8, 10 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Sunni Daze and Christian Knights
    We will learn about the prophet Mohamed, the spread of Islam, and other subjects such as the difference between Sunnis and
    Shiites, topics that are often less well-known in non-Muslim cultures. Delve into history and discuss the Moorish conquest
    of North Africa and Spain, Saladin and the Baibars during the Crusades, and the Rise of the Ottomans, which because of the
    closure of the Silk Road trade routes, led to the European Age of Exploration.
    • Course # OLLI 4031
      Mon. and Wed., Oct. 12 to 26
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 4031
      Tue. and Thur., Dec. 1 to 14
      2–3:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Tai Chi for Your Health I
    Tai chi can help you cope with arthritis and is a healthy, lowimpact way to exercise. It can help improve your balance,
    flexibility, range of motion, and strength. Feel better as you gain the confidence needed to move through daily life.
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Mon. and Wed., Sept. 14 to Dec. 9
      10:30–11:30 a.m.
      Location: United Church of Christ, 1511 S. Melrose
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $10
  • Tai Chi for Your Health II
    Now that you have gained confidence in your tai chi abilities, it is time to move onto more advanced movements that will help
    with overall health. The movements learned in Tai Chi for Your Health I will come together with new movements learned in this
    class to build your skills. You must have taken Tai Chi for Your Health I to be in this class.
    • Course # OLLI 3062
      Mon. and Wed., Sept. 14 to Dec. 9
      Noon–1 p.m.
      Location: United Church of Christ, 1511 S. Melrose
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $10
  • There’s an App for That
    Now that you have taken Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone, it is time to learn about the different apps available. We will
    focus on the best apps for the iPad/iPhone. Bring your device to class and prepare to learn about these wondrous machines.
    You must have taken Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone to enroll in the class. This class is hands-on, so bring your iPad
    or iPhone updated to the most current iOS and your Apple ID and password.
    • Course # OLLI 1820
      Tue., Oct. 27 to Nov. 17
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: BU 219
      Instructor: Karel Matheson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • What Price Fame
    Take a look at how Hollywood viewed itself during the ‘Golden Age’ of movies with this look at four films that attempted to
    show the price of achieving fame and stardom. Both comedies and dramas will be shown.
    • Course # OLLI 2080
      Thur., Sept. 17 to Oct. 8
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Writing for Life
    This class is for writers of fiction, nonfiction, essays, and poetry who want to share their work with other writers in a
    nonthreatening environment. Writers will read their work and receive gentle suggestions and constructive criticism. Writers
    will learn how to prepare their work for publication or for including in their family’s historical archives.
    • Course # OLLI 4021
      Tue., Sept. 8 and 22, Oct. 6 and 20, Nov. 10 and 24, and Dec. 8
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Wyoming Mining Ghost Towns
    Wyoming has a history of towns arising during boom times that later faded away with a bust. We will discuss the history
    of four Wyoming mining towns: Cambria, a coal-mining town near Newcastle; Encampment, where a tramway carried
    copper ore across the Continental Divide to a smelter; South Pass, a gold mining town; and Kerwin, a copper mining town.
    • Course # OLLI 7077
      Tue. and Thur., Nov. 3 and 5
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: TM 123
      Instructor: Terry Logue
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8

LOTTERY

In an effort to be fair, registration for Autumn in Wyoming Field Adventure, Tour de Absaroka, Traveling the Trails: Independence Rock, and Traveling the Trails: Martin’s Cove will be by lottery. Select one or all of these classes listed on the registration form, and we will contact yo u if your name is drawn. These classes will
count toward your complimentary classes. The lottery closes on Wed., Sept. 2 at noon. Lottery winners will be contacted on Fri., Sept. 4. Any fees will be due at that time.

  • Autumn in Wyoming Field Adventure
    Explore La Prele Reservoir and Ayers Natural Bridge as we discuss the wonders of autumn in Wyoming. Learn why leaves
    change colors and about geology, wildlife, and plants at the La Prele Reservoir. All topics are related to Ayers Natural
    Bridge downstream. Changing geologic features of the Rocky Mountains over the last 65 million years helped create the
    natural bridge. A catered lunch will be part of this fall adventure. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required,
    uneven surfaces, primitive trails with elevation changes, no wheelchair access, outhouses and water not nearby in most
    cases, carry your own water. Climate is not suitable for people in poor physical condition. Driving your own vehicle is not
    allowed.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 01
      Fri., Oct. 2
      9 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
      Location: The bus will depart from the Skelton Energy Institute.
      Instructors: Terry Logue, Ed Strube, and Dana Van Burgh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Tour de Absaroka
    Join Craig Johnson at the Occidental Hotel as he talks about the local settings for the Walt Longmire books, followed by
    lunch. We will have time to do a little shopping and enjoy the beautiful fall weather in Buffalo. Bring your Longmire books and
    your appetite for this fun outing. Driving your own vehicle is not allowed.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 02
      Wed., Sept. 23
      7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
      Location: The bus will depart from Skelton Energy Institute
      Instructors: Craig Johnson and Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $60
  • Traveling the Trails: Independence Rock
    Visit Independence Rock with an expert from the National Historic Trails Center and learn about the emigrants that
    passed by this landmark between 1840 and 1869 on three national historic trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and
    California. We will also talk about the Pony Express Trail. This s trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven
    surfaces, primitive trails with elevation changes, no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical
    condition. Driving your own vehicle is not allowed.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 03
      Fri., Sept. 18
      9 a.m.–2 p.m.
      Location: The bus will depart from the Skelton Energy Institute. Bring a lunch.
      Instructor: Jason Vlcan
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • Traveling the Trails: Martin’s Cove
    Visit Martin’s Cove with an expert from the National Historic Trails Center and learn about the emigrants that passed
    through the area between 1840 and 1869 on three national historic trails: Oregon, Mormon Pioneer, and California. We
    will also talk about the Pony Express Trail. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces,
    primitive trails with elevation changes, no wheelchair access. Climate may not be suitable for those in poor physical
    condition. Driving your own vehicle is not allowed.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 04
      Thur., Sept. 24
      9 a.m.–2 p.m.
      Location: The bus will depart from the Skelton Energy Institute. Bring a lunch.
      Instructor: Jason Vlcan
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
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Vicki Pollock
Lifelong Learning Specialist
307-268-2097
GW 408 A
Karen Arnold
Lifelong Learning Specialist
307-268-2099
Laura Driscoll
Dean, Continuing Education / Community Partnerships
307-268-2733
GW 408 G

OLLI Events are informative!

If you are interested in teaching a class for the OLLI program please call Karen Arnold at 307-268-2099 for more information.

When is the Registration Deadline?
Unless otherwise noted, registration is on-going until the class fills or begins. Class sizes are limited and registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis.

What about cancellations?
Classes occasionally are cancelled due to insufficient registration or other unforeseen circumstances.  All fees will be refunded if the class is cancelled by Casper College.  In most cases, the decision to cancel a class will occur at least three days prior to the start of class, so register early to prevent cancellations.

What about refunds?
If you are unable to attend a class or field study for which you have registered, please notify us at least THREE business days prior to the start of the class or the registration deadline, whichever date is sooner, to cancel your registration and arrange for a refund.  No refunds will be granted without the required notice.  Failure to attend is not a cancellation.  If you have any questions please call 307-268-2097.

What is the regular class size?
Because supplies must be purchased in advance and because there is limited space in many of the classrooms, the class size is limited to the number of students listed in the capacity.  If a class is full, students will be put on a waiting list. Students are not advised to show up at a class if the class is full.

What about inclement weather?
In the event of inclement weather, call the college at 307-268-2100 to verify the status of your class.

It is the policy of Casper College that discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity, shall not exist in the college’s treatment of employees and students.

OLLIWelcome to the National Resource Center website for the network of Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes (OLLI). The OLLI at the University of Southern Maine (USM) serves as the national center for the current network of 117 lifelong learning institutes throughout the nation.

The National Resource Center for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes plays a lead role in disseminating information on effective educational programming for older learners. In addition to providing information and connections via a website, the Resource Center will publish a national research journal, plan a biennial national conference, and provide a number of other ways for OLLIs to connect with one another.

The Bernard Osher Foundation designated the Osher Institute at USM as the National Resource Center for Osher Lifelong Learning Institutes in 2004. The Center is not a governance body so much as a center for excellence and dissemination of best practice models. Each Osher Institute reflects the culture of its own university and its learning community. The National Resource Center exists to facilitate the exchange of opinions, solutions and experiences among institutes throughout the country so that all can benefit.

About the OLLI National Network

Osher Lifelong Learning - List of Institutes

Received Grants before November 2002
  • University of Southern Maine (endowment grant in Spring, 2001)
  • Sonoma State University (endowment grant in April, 2003)
Received Grant Notification in November 2002
  • Cal Poly - San Luis Obispo
  • CSU Bakersfield
  • CSU Dominguez Hills
  • CSU Hayward (inactive)
  • San Francisco State University
  • San Jose State University (inactive)
  • UC Davis
  • UC Riverside
  • UC Santa Cruz
  • University of Vermont
Received Grant Notification in February 2003
  • CSU Fullerton
  • CSU San Bernardino
  • UC Berkeley
  • UC Irvine
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
Received Grant Notification in February 2004
  • Arizona State University
  • Brandeis University
  • Dominican University of California
  • Humboldt State University
  • CSU Channel Islands
  • CSU Chico
  • CSU Long Beach
  • CSU Sacramento
  • CSU San Diego
  • CSU San Marcos
  • UC Los Angeles
  • UC San Diego
  • UC Santa Barbara (inactive)
  • Santa Clara University
  • Sierra College (CA)
  • University of Hawaii at Hilo (inactive)
  • University of Kansas
  • University of Nebraska
  • University of Richmond (VA)
  • University System of New Hampshire (inactive)
  • University of Utah
  • Yavapai College (AZ)
Received Grant Notification in June 2004
  • Duke University
  • George Mason University
  • Kennesaw State University (Georgia)
  • University of Dayton
  • University of Pittsburgh
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Oregon
Received Grant Notification in February 2005
  • CSU Fresno
  • Clemson University (SC)
  • Eckerd College (FL)
  • Northwestern University (IL)
  • Rutgers University (NJ)
  • Tufts University (MA)
  • University of Miami
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington
  • University of South Florida
  • University of Texas at El Paso
  • University of Texas Medical Branch, Galveston

 

 
 
Received Grant Notification in June, 2005
  • University of Alabama at Huntsville
  • University of Alaska at Fairbanks
  • American University, Washington, D.C.
  • University of Arizona
  • Hampton University (VA)
  • University of Massachusetts - Boston
  • University of Missouri - Columbia
  • New York University (inactive)
  • Saginaw Valley State University (MI)
  • University of South Carolina - Beaufort
  • University of Southern Mississippi - Hattiesburg
  • Texas Tech University
  • University of Wisconsin - Madison (inactive)
Received Grant Notification in June, 2006
  • CSU Monterey Bay
  • Carnegie Mellon University (PA)
  • Colorado State University
  • Florida International University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Rochester Institute of Technology (NY)
  • Towson University (MD)
  • University of Connecticut
  • University of Denver
  • University of Illinois
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Maryland
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Montana
  • University of New Mexico
  • University of Oklahoma
  • University of the Pacific (CA)
  • University of South Dakota
  • University of Washington
  • Widener University (PA)
Received Grant Notification in December, 2006
  • Boise State University, Boise Idaho
  • University of Kentucky, Lexington
  • Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge
  • University of North Dakota, Grand Forks
  • Vanderbilt University, Tennessee
  • University of Texas, Austin
  • West Virginia University
  • Casper College, Wyoming
Received Grant Notification after December, 2006
  • Aquinas College
  • Auburn University
  • Berkshire Community College
  • Bradley University
  • Coastal Carolina University
  • CSU East Bay
  • Emory University
  • Florida State University
  • Furman University
  • Granite State College
  • Indiana State University
  • Iowa State University
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • The Pennsylvania State University
  • Southern Oregon University
  • Stony Brook State University of New York
  • Temple University
  • University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa
  • University of Arkansas
  • University of Cincinnati
  • University of Delaware
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

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