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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
GW 408A - Casper College
Lifelong Learning Specialist
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

  • A Bite at the Opera: Mozart’s “Cossi fan Tutti”
    “Cossi fan Tutti,” one of Mozart’s last and most controversial operas, is a blend of serious and comic opera in which two men
    test the fidelity of their fiancés. They disguise themselves as new suitors to see if their fiancés will fall in love with the “ new”
    suitors or remain faithful to their “old” suitors. Complications ensue. You will enjoy a great opera and some wonderful Italian
    cuisine on both nights. Due to the length of the opera we will show Act I the first class and Act II the second class.
    • Course # OLLI 2011
      Tue., Mar. 3 and 10
      5:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Ron Alexander
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $36
  • Be Czar: 1000 Years of Russian History
    For centuries the Russian Bear has frightened, perplexed, and bemused the world. It appears to be a land of paradoxes, of
    high culture and low barbarity, and remarkable achievement and crude simplicity. This class will trace nearly a thousand years
    from Christian conversion to the Communist Revolution, to outline what makes Russians Russian.
    • Course # OLLI 7075
      Wed., Mar. 18 to Apr. 8
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      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 iOS 8 and your Apple ID and password.
    • Course # OLLI 4010
      Mon., Mar. 23 to Apr. 13
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Karel Matheson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Best of the 1980s: “Brat Pack” Films
    This semester Rachel returns and has convinced Lisa to step out of the 1930s and 1940s film genres to explore another era
    of films. The 1980s are not so distant that we have forgotten them. Relive the days of big hair, Members Only jackets, and
    Wayfarer sunglasses as you indulge in movies that feature such 80s icons as Molly Ringwald, Emilio Estevez, Judd
    Nelson, Andrew McCarthy, and more.
    • Course # OLLI 2080
      Thur., Feb. 5 to Feb. 26
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Best of the 1980s: Fantasy Films
    Fantasy films of the 1980s such as “The Princess Bride” and “The Never Ending Story” featured plots with multiple layers
    and heartwarming messages that appealed to both children and adults. Discover these films for the first time or revisit them i f
    you have not seen them lately. You may discover some fantasy film gems to share with your grandchildren.
    • Course # OLLI 2081
      Thur., April 9 to 30
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Casper’s Characters I: The Early Days
    Learn about Casper’s early history. Meet some of the people who left their mark, good or bad, on this struggling town by the
    banks of the North Platte. See how Casper grew and endured up to the 1920s. Each class will include a short history and
    tales of the early citizens of Casper.
    Course # OLLI 7020
    Tue., Mar. 17 to Apr. 7
    5:30–7:30 p.m.
    Location: LH 185
    Instructor: Linda Heberlein
    Cost: 01 – Complimentary
    02 – $8
  • Continental Dining: Seven Soups, Seven Continents
    Soups are common foods in every culture. They create warmth not only in your body but in your soul. Whether they are called
    soup, stew, or pottage, soups all have a common thread; they make a delicious and filling meal. We will discuss soup
    ingredients, cultural customs, and prepare seven soups. This is a demonstration cooking class.
    • Course # OLLI 4072
      Fri., Mar. 13
      1–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
  • Cattle Kate and the Myth of the West
    Cattle Kate (Ellen Watson) is an example of all that was good and bad about western expansion and the “myth of the West.”
    Some see her as a victim of vigilante justice while others see her as an iconic symbol of independent women formed by the
    growing social movements and opportunities of her day. Her hanging is often viewed as the first volley fired in the battle
    between small landholders and moneyed cattle barons during the range wars of the 1800s. As we examine Ellen Watson’s life,
    we will encounter one of the most enduring and wildly popular tales of the West and expose a controversial Wyoming legend.
    • Course # OLLI 4050
      Mon. and Wed., Feb. 23 to Mar. 11
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Creating Intentional Landscapes
    Each yard or property has gardening challenges. We will discuss your challenges and how to address them using the resources
    you have. You will create a record of observations and images of your property using whatever medium you are comfortable
    with: drawing, photography, or computers. This record will help you to prepare to install gardens, windbreaks, hedgerows, and
    other features that work for your property’s environment. The final class will include a field trip to a local project site. Computer
    skills are not required for this class.
    • Course # OLLI 5042
      Thur., Mar. 26 to Apr. 30
      7–8:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 183
      Instructor: Laurel Graham
      Field trip: Saturday, May 2, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Van departs from the Skelton
      Energy Institute. Wear comfortable shoes, a hat, and long pants.
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • Dinner and a Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
    Nineteen thirty-nine was a very good year for movies, and “The Wizard of Oz” is one of the best from that year. Here is your
    chance to enjoy a great movie on the big screen and a fabulous dinner that will make you feel as if you have been transported
    to the Emerald City. Hob nob with the Lollypop Guild, but do not worry, you will not have to do battle with any flying monkeys.
    • Course # OLLI 2082
      Fri., May 1
      5:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructors: Lisa Icenogle and Rachel Wright
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Early Days in Wyoming: Cowboys
    Before the Wyoming Territory existed, there were cowboys. Take a trip back to the 1850s and 1860s to meet Wyoming’s first
    cowboys. Learn about the legendary founding fathers of this state, including Seth Ward, William Iliff, the Coad Brothers, Tom
    Sun, and more.
    • Course # OLLI 7050
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 3 to 26
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: LH 285
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • French Film Friday: “La gloire de mon père”
    We will watch “La gloire de mon père,” the beloved 1990 film based on French author Marcel Pagnol’s childhood. Marcel,
    his atheist father, his stoutly religious uncle, and their families decide to spend a season together in the rugged hill country
    of Provençale, France. Marcel quickly learns the ways of the wilderness, giving him the opportunity to bridge the contentious
    gap between his father and uncle. So great is his integration into the hills of Provence that Marcel decides to extend his season
    into something potentially more permanent. We will enjoy a French-themed dinner as we discuss and watch this poignant
    • Course # OLLI 2111
      Fri., Apr. 10
      5:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Charles Ewing
      Cost: 0 1 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $16
  • Genealogy
    Perhaps you have always wanted to research your family history and 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 of these resources
    are free, and others have inexpensive user fees. You choose which resources you use. Bring any prior research on your
    family history to the first class.
    • Course # OLLI 5070
      Mon. and Wed., Feb. 9 to Mar. 4 (No class on Feb. 16)
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 208
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Greek Coffee and Desserts
    Learn to make desserts and strong coffee that will make your family go “opa!” This class will focus solely on desserts, and
    George will reveal the secrets of making a great cup of Greek coffee.
    • Course # OLLI 7090
      Fri., Mar. 6
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Hear! Hear!
    Reduce the stress associated with hearing loss by increasing your knowledge on the topic. We will discuss the types of
    hearing loss, hearing aid and cochlear implant features, telecommunication equipment, smartphone applications, public
    accommodations, and resources. In addition to the instructors, presenters from the community including an audiologist and
    equipment distribution program manager will present. This class is one in our series on hearing issues. Lunch will
    be provided.
    • Course # OLLI 4020
      Wed., Apr. 8
      10 a.m.–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructors: Chameen Stratton and Lori Cielinski from Wyoming Relay
      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. The lecture will be at the Goodstein
    Foundation Library at Casper College, and field trips will depart from the Jorgensen/Bryce Commons (behind the library).
    • Course # OLLI 2033
      Mon., Wed., and Fri., Apr. 20 to 24
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: LI 215A
      Instructors: Mary Lynn Corbett and Dana Van Burgh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • Italian Balsamic Vinegar
    Learn about Italian balsamic vinegars from the Modena region, including the production process, quality parameters,
    ingredients, aging process, and industry standards of excellence. We will discuss the uses and health benefits of
    balsamic vinegars, taste a variety of them, highlight olive oil pairings, and make a vegetable and a fruit salad using
    balsamic vinegars.
    • Course # OLLI 8007
      Mon., Apr. 6
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: Vita Sana Olive Oil Company, 136 S. Wolcott
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $9
  • The Killer Angels: The Pivotal Battle at Gettysburg
    “The Killer Angels” is Michael Shaara’s Pulitzer Prize winning historical novel about the Battle of Gettysburg. Due to Shaara’s
    detailed research, beautifully structured prose, and dialogue taken from the letters of the battle participants, it is considered
    the standard text on Gettysburg. The great players of the Civil War were all there: Lee, Longstreet, Meade, and a young
    colonel named Chamberlain, who at Little Round Top, changed the face of American history. We will discuss the four-day
    battle as it unfolds in the book. You do not need to have read the book prior to this class but we are certain you will want to
    read it afterwards.
    • Course # OLLI 4030
      Thur., Feb. 5 to 26
      10–11 a.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Larry Cappetto and The War in Europe: D-Day
    Larry Cappetto is an independent filmmaker, author, musician, and producer of the highly acclaimed award-winning public
    television series, “Lest They be Forgotten.” He has traveled the United States, Europe, Canada, and the South Pacific
    interviewing over a thousand war veterans. Join us as we show his film “The War in Europe: D-Day” followed by a question and
    answer session.
    • Course # OLLI 7078
      Tue., Apr. 28
      10 a.m.–noon
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Larry Cappetto
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Larry Cappetto and The War in the Pacific: Iwo Jima
    Larry Cappetto is an independent filmmaker, author, musician, and producer of the highly acclaimed award-winning public
    television series, “Lest They be Forgotten.” He has traveled the United States, Europe, Canada, and the South Pacific
    interviewing over a thousand war veterans. Join us as we show his film “The War in the Pacific: Iwo Jima” followed by a
    question and answer session.
    • Course # OLLI 7079
      Tue., Apr. 28
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Larry Cappetto
      Cost: 0 1 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • The Letter of the Philippians
    The letter was addressed to a Christian community living in the city of Philippi, which was an “official” Roman colony, a sort
    of military town for retired soldiers that proudly modeled itself on Rome. We will discuss how the Christians of Philippi lived
    among the Romans and how the community as a whole may have received the letter. This will be a study of the background
    of Philippi, the circumstances of Paul the writer, and how they contribute to the understanding of the letter. Bring a modern
    version of the Bible to class.
    • Course # OLLI 4005
      Mon., Mar. 16 to Apr. 6
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LS 109
      Instructor: Steve Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Mastering the Medicare Maze
    If you are turning 65 or are eligible for Medicare in 2014, this is your chance to learn about your Medicare options. There are many decisions you must make to maximize coverage benefits, manage costs, and avoid late enrollment penalties. We will discuss strategies to plan for retirement, ensure that a spouse has health coverage, and simplify the overwhelming process of transitioning to new health insurance coverage. We will investigate Medicare supplements, prescription drug coverage, and employer, retiree, or VA coverage options, costs, and benefits.
    • Course # OLLI 3050​
      Tue., Feb. 3 to 24
      6-8 pm
      Instructor: Terry Bay
      Fee: $15
  • Meditative Drawing: African Inspirations
    Join us as we explore the wild and fun patterns inspired by African cultures and wildlife. No drawing experience or
    prerequisite classes are required. A $7 materials fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3070
      Wed., Feb. 4 to 25
      1:30–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: European Inspirations
    Join us as we study the lines, swirls, and decorative patterns of Russia, Finland, Sweden, and Norway. Each class will include
    time to draw patterns and create your own unique artwork. No drawing experience or prerequisite classes are required. A $7
    materials fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3072
      Mon., Apr. 6 to 20
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: TM 121
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Zendala
    Many cultures and religions use mandalas in spiritual traditions and to enhance meditation. Today, mandalas are popular in
    meditative doodling and Zentangle® patterns and used to create zendalas. Circular pattern drawing is easy, fun, and relaxing. We
    will study different types of mandalas and learn how to create mandalas and zendalas using templates. No drawing experience
    or prerequisite classes are required. A $7 materials fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3071
      Wed., Mar. 4 to 25
      1:30–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      2 – $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
      Mon. and Tue. Apr. 13 and 14
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: Wolcott Galleria, 136 Wolcott St., 2nd floor
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $25
  • Power Foods for Healthy Aging
    Aging is the most natural thing we do. Learn how to age well with a healthy diet of foods that fight inflammation, improve
    circulation, and benefit us in other ways as we age. We will introduce you to ancient superfoods of Peru such as quinoa,
    maca, and camu-camu. You will learn where to find them and how to use them in easy recipes. This is a demonstration class.
    • Course # OLLI 8005
      Tue. and Thur., Mar. 24 and 26
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: Teresa Bogucki
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $20
    • Course # OLLI 8005
      Tue. and Thur., Apr. 28 and 30
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: Teresa Bogucki
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
      Fee: $20
  • The Road to Little Big Horn
    We will look at the events of the Great Sioux War on the Great Plains, which occurred from 1865 to 1876. The battles,
    skirmishes, and events from this period culminated in the Battle of Little Big Horn. Our instructor, a former guide at the Battle of
    Little Horn historic site, will present maps, videos, and lectures and encourage discussion in class.
    • Course # OLLI 7035
      Wed., Feb. 11 to Mar. 4
      6:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Monte Henry
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Sails as Stars III: Shipwreck
    “A shipwreck can really ruin your entire day” is a famous understatement attributed to Thucydides. From ancient times to
    today, the death of a ship and often her crew raises questions of how and why. Many factors can play a role in a shipwreck
    including shoddy design and construction, to navigation errors, shifting cargo, bad weather, and faulty judgment of the captain.
    This class will include films and videos about shipwrecks. You do not need to have taken “Sails as Stars I” or “II” to enjoy
    this class.
    • Course # OLLI 6065
      Mon. and Wed., Apr. 20 to 29
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Bob Moore
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Save Your Brain: Wear Your Hearing Aids
    We will focus on hearing impairments, communication problems associated with them, and the importance of using
    hearing aids if you are diagnosed with a hearing impairment. Wearing hearing aids can save your brain by keeping you
    engaged with your spouse and other hearing partners in your life. We will try out some hearing and brain training exercises
    to help you communicate with others. We encourage you to sign up for this class with your primary hearing partner. A
    hearing-impaired person and his spouse will teach this class.
    • Course # OLLI 4070
      Mon. and Wed., Feb. 9 and 11
      1–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructors: Steve and Libby Kurtz
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Storm Spotting 101: Become a NOAA Weather Spotter
    SkyWarn Storm Spotters are the critical eyes-on-the-ground who identify and report severe weather to NOAA’s National
    Weather Service. Reports of tornadoes, high winds, and hail size provide invaluable data to meteorologists and supplement
    information provided by other observation tools. You will learn how to be a SkyWarn Storm Spotter, recognize weather event
    characteristics, and make an accurate report.
    • Course # OLLI 6030
      Thur., May 7
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Chris Jones, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Tai Chi for Balance and Confidence
    Have fun learning tai chi for balance and fall prevention. The gentle, slow, continuous movements of tai chi are a proven,
    effective way to control arthritis pain. The instructor follows an excellent tai chi for health series developed by Dr. Paul Lam.
    Enjoy better balance, fl exibility, range of motion, stress reduction, and health. Movements are taught standing but can be done
    seated. All movements can be modifi ed for your comfort. Wear comfortable shoes and clothing.
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Mon. and Wed., Feb. 2 to Mar. 11
      (No class on Feb. 16 and 18)
      11–11:50 a.m.
      Location: EI 101
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Mon. and Wed., Mar. 23 to Apr. 29
      11–11:50 a.m.
      Location: EI 101
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • 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, both free and paid, as well as some advanced features of 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 iOS 8 and your Apple ID and password.
    • Course # OLLI 1820
      Mon., Apr. 20 to May 11
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Karel Matheson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Too Many Extra Virgins
    Follow the Vlastos Farma olives from the Amari Valley on the Island of Crete to production. We will discuss the many olive oil
    processing methods used in Crete, ranging from the industrial to small cottage industries, olive oil grades, and how to choose
    the ideal grade for the intended use. George will demonstrate some mouth-watering olive oil recipes.
    • Course # OLLI 8006
      Thur., Apr. 16
      3:30–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Demonstration: Fri., Apr. 17
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • War to End all Wars: Part I
    It has been a century since a small European conflict erupted into World War I. Prejudice and outdated attitudes combined
    with unfamiliar technology to produce arguably the most horrific war ever fought. We will examine the causes of the war and the
    first half of the conflict through 1916.
    • Course # OLLI 7076
      Tue. and Thur., Apr. 7 to 14
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • War to End all Wars: Part II
    This class will explore America’s involvement in World War I, the final two years of this brutal, exhaustive conflict, and the
    misguided peace that redrew the map of Europe and set the stage for an even larger conflict. We will explore how World
    War I settled nothing and yet changed the world forever.
    • Course # OLLI 7077
      Tue. and Thur., Apr. 16 to 23
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 185
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Writing for Life
    This class is for writers of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry who would like to share their work with other writers in a non-threatening environment. You will have the opportunity to read your writing, receive constructive criticism, and assess how your writing meets publication criteria. The class will meet twice a month for two months.
    • Course # OLLI 4050
      Tue. Feb. 10 & 24, March 10 & 24, April 7&21
      Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
  • Wyoming Mining Ghost Towns
    Wyoming has a history of towns that arose during boom times and later went bust and faded away. 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 7030
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 10 and 12
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: TM 123
      Instructor: Terry Logue
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    Birds of a Feather: The Spring Migration at Seedskadee
    Join us on a three-day trip to Seedskadee National Wildlife Refuge to learn about the spring migration of all kinds of birds.
    We will stay in Green River, Wyoming and drive to Seedskadee for birding lectures and viewing. There is a pre-trip lecture on
    the importance of the spring and fall bird migrations and the aquatic habitats at the refuge.
    • Pre-trip lecture: Wed., Apr. 15
      Location: GW 222
      6–8 p.m.
      Instructor: Larry Keffer
      Trip: Mon., Tue, and Wed., Apr. 20 to 22. Bus departs from
      the Skelton Energy Institute parking lot.
      Fee: double occupancy: $350 per person
      single occupancy: $440 per person
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Vicki Pollock
Lifelong Learning Specialist
GW 408 A
Karen Arnold
Lifelong Learning Specialist
Laura Driscoll
Dean, Continuing Education / Community Partnerships
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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