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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
  • Early enrollment in OLLI courses
  • Discounted course fees
  • 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

FALL 2014
  • 1940s Horror Films (and costume party)
    Last semester Classic Horror Films (from the 1930s) was so well received, the instructor thought it would be fun to show
    some of the top horror films to come out of Hollywood in the 1940s. In addition, the class will run for five rather than
    four weeks. The last class on October 30 will double as a fun costume party. OLLIs registered for the class are encouraged
    to dress up, and OLLI Lifelong Learning Specialist Vicki Pollock promises some special prizes and treats for the night.
    • Course # OLLI 2081
      Thur., Oct. 2 to 30
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Anatomy of a Symphony
    This is not your usual anatomy class. We will dissect the symphonies of various composers, such as Mozart, to better
    understand the challenges of composing and arranging music, and discuss how different composers address these challenges
    and create masterpieces.
    • Course # OLLI 2013
      Wed., Oct. 15 to 29
      6:30–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 225E
      Instructor: Ron Alexander
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Ancient Grains
    More people are becoming health conscious and want less processed food in their diets. Ancient grains such as buckwheat,
    chia, quinoa, and sorghum have a rich history and history of use in the cuisine of many cultures. These grains are now widely
    available in the United States and recipes are easy to find. We will learn about the history of these ancient grains and prepare a
    few recipes.
    • Course # OLLI 3011
      Fri., Nov. 7
      1–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $6
  • 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 the Russians Russian.
    • Course # OLLI 7075
      Thur., Oct. 2 to 23
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Be Smarter than your 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
    • Course # OLLI 4010
      Mon., Sept. 15 to Oct. 6
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Karel Mathisen
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 4010
      Mon., Nov. 10 to Dec. 1
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Karel Mathisen
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Casper’s Characters: 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 on 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
    some of the early citizens of Casper.
    • Course # OLLI 7020
      Tue., Oct. 7 to 28
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Linda Heberlein
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Dinner and a Movie: Blue Hawaii
    Imagine a fun luau-themed dinner followed by the 1961 musical romantic comedy Blue Hawaii starring Elvis Presley and filmed
    in glorious Technicolor. Of the 30 plus movies that he made during his career, Blue Hawaii is one of Elvis’ most popular. You
    will not want to miss this great night of food, fun, and Elvis.
    • Course # OLLI 2082
      Fri., Nov. 21
      6–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • E-books and E-readers
    Perhaps you have recently gotten an iPad, iPad mini, Kindle, or a Kindle Fire. You have learned the operating basics but now
    you want to know how to get more out of your device. Learn how to download books from the Natrona County Public Library
    and about resources available to you though the Wyoming State Library system. If you have an account or an
    iTunes account you can order eBooks from those sites; some of which are free. Bring your device(s) to class on both days.
    • Course # OLLI 1816
      Thur., Nov. 6 and 13
      9–11 a.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructors: Karen Wyatt and Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Exploring Astronom
    The wonders of the skies above can be seen night after night in Casper; however, there is more out there than what we can see with the naked eye. We will use Planetarium modules to explore a variety of astronomical topics ranging from constellations and the celestial sphere to the planets of our solar system. Using simulation and video capabilities of the Planetarium’s full dome video projector we will see the vivid and dynamic motion of the heavens and explore the exotic phenomena of the universe.
    • Course # OLLI 6065
      Mon., Oct. 27 to Dec. 1
      4–5 p.m.
      Location: Planetarium
      Instructors:Andrew Young
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • Explorations in Ecology
    This class will introduce you to ecological principles through hands-on exploration and inquiry-based learning. You will take
    charge of your own learning experience and use scientific methods to learn about the world around you. OLLIs will join
    forces with Casper College Biology Instructor Kelsey Schmidt’s life science students to design and conduct an ecological study.
    Our multigenerational class will combine the perspectives, experience, expertise, and diverse talents of all participants. We
    will investigate population and community ecology, invasive species, and the mountain pine beetle. Everyone will present
    their research projects at an open house hosted by the Casper College Department of Environmental and Natural Sciences.
    • Course # OLLI 5030
      Fri., Nov. 14, 1–3 p.m.
      Mon., Wed, Fri., Nov. 17 to Dec. 5 (No class on Nov. 26 and 28)
      10–11:40 a.m.
      Tue., Dec. 9, 10 a.m.–noon
      Location: EI 103
      Instructor: Kelsey Schmidt
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • The Four Gospels
    The New Testament contains four accounts of the life of Jesus. We will explore the reasons for four accounts and look at each
    Gospel in depth to discover the different strategies, literary techniques, and Old Testament echoes that each Gospel writer
    used to persuade the reader that Jesus fulfills many promises and expectations of the Old Testament. Bring a Bible to class,
    preferably a newer translation.
    • Course # OLLI 4005
      Thur., Nov. 13 to Dec. 18 (no class on Nov. 27)
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Steven Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Greek Coffee and Desserts
    Learn to make desserts and strong coffee that will make your family go “opa!” In our other Greek cooking classes we have
    learned to make savory and sweet dishes. 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., Oct. 31
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
    • Course # OLLI 7090
      Fri., Nov. 14
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Heroes of the Bible: Adam, Noah, Abraham, and Moses
    Join us for a study of the importance of these Biblical characters, their message for ancient Israel, the New Testament
    community, and relevance for us in modern times. Each session will be about one of these character’s lives and their
    significance for understanding the Bible. Bring a Bible to class , preferably a newer translation.
    • Course # OLLI 2070
      Thur., Oct. 16 to Nov. 6
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Steven Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • I’ve Written Something; Now What?
    Learn what to do next with that manuscript, article, play, poem, etc., you have written. We will explore publishing options, how
    to write a query letter to an agent or editor, and the benefits of submitting your material to a blog, online magazine, contest, or
    compilation book. We will also spend time writing and critiquing our work.
    • Course # OLLI 4020
      Mon., Nov. 3 and 10
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Gayle Irwin
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Medicare Maze
    Medicare Part D prescription drug plan 2015 open enrollment takes place Oct. 15 to Dec. 7. During this time, anyone on
    Medicare can join or change Medicare Part D plans. You are not alone in feeling stressed about figuring out all 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. 11
      8:30–11:30 a.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Terry Bay
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • Meditative Drawing: African Inspirations
    Join us as we explore the wild and fun patterns inspired by the various African cultures and wildlife. No drawing experience
    required and there is no prerequisite class. There is a $7 materials fee payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3070
      Tue., Oct. 7 to 28
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Asian Inspirations
    This class will focus on patterns inspired by India, China, and Japan. We will explore the relaxing benefits of meditative
    drawing. No drawing experience is required, and there are no prerequisite classes. There is a $7 materials fee payable to th e
    • Course # OLLI 3071
      Thur., Oct. 30 to Nov. 20
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Museum Inspirations
    We are taking our meditative drawing on the road. We will meet for our first class in a classroom, and then we will spend
    the next three weeks investigating the strings and patterns available at Casper College’s Tate Geological Museum and
    Werner Wildlife Museum and the Nicolaysen Art Museum. You must have taken either a previous meditative drawing
    class or a Zentangle® class to get the most out of our museum adventures. There is a $7 materials fee payable to the
    • Course # OLLI 3072
      Wed., Sept. 3 to 24
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Mountain Men
    Following the trails of Wyoming’s earliest white residents, we will focus on the first-hand stories told by the mountain men.
    Our all-star lineup includes Hugh Gloss, John Coulter, Jim Bridger, Kit Carson, the Sublette brothers, Jacques Laramie,
    and many more.
    • Course # OLLI 1000
      Mon. and Wed., Oct. 20 to Nov. 12
      6:30–8 p.m.
      Location: LH 283
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Older Than Dirt
    This popular class is a great introduction to working with fossils. We will 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; and climate conditions are not
    suitable for those in poor health and who have trouble walking. For the fieldtrip bring lunch and wear comfortable clothes and
    sturdy hiking shoes.
    • Course # OLLI 7010
      Mon., and Tue., Sept. 22 and 23
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: TM 123
      Field trip: Wed., Sept. 24, 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Vans depart from
      Skelton Energy Institute
      Instructor: J.P. Cavigelli
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $16
  • Pine Ridge Reservation: Service Learning at POW Camp 334
    Casper College offers a service-learning class that includes a trip to Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. We will discuss
    the classroom preparation, service projects, and learning through service work provided through Re-Member, a nonprofit
    organization located on the Pine Ridge Reservation.
    • Course # OLLI 4073
      Mon., Oct. 20
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Robert Barnes
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Pro Tips: Shooting Video with your Smartphone
    From wobbly footage of a grandchild’s birthday party to lowbudget films and commercials, video images shot and produced
    on smartphones and tablets are all around us. It is easy to shoot video with a smartphone, but it takes more know-how
    to do it well. Built-in smartphone cameras allow us to record high-definition video, but the real challenge is knowing what to
    shoot, framing your subjects, improving sound quality, selecting apps, sharing your work, and editing your images to tell an
    effective story. You must have an iPhone, iPad, or an Android smartphone or tablet and a basic knowledge of Facebook and
    YouTube to take this class.
    • Course # OLLI 1815
      Tue., Oct. 7 to 28
      5–6:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 174
      Instructor: Justin Pehrson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Rabbits, Rain, and Revenge in Rural Provence
    This class includes two French dinners and two French films. In the first class we will view Jean de Florette, Claude Berri’s
    1986 masterpiece that showcases Yves Montand and Gerard Depardieu in a timeless tale of greed, survival, and fate set in
    the rugged and unforgiving hill country of Southern France. The second film is Manon de Sources and continues the story
    of Jean de Florette’s family. Both films are entertaining and poignant. We will discuss each film and have dinner in each
    class session.
    • Course # OLLI 5031
      Fri., Sept. 19 and Oct. 24
      6–9 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: Charles Ewing
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $32
  • Sails as Stars II: Sailing Go-fasts, Clipper Ships, and the America’s Cup Yachts
    Calling all sailors and landsmen to see a movie in which sailing ships and yachts are the stars instead of the human actors. We
    will discuss sailing go-fasts from clipper ships (the greyhounds of the sea) to the yachts that sailed for the America’s Cup. We
    will also discuss modern small-boat sailing regattas.
    • Course # OLLI 8002
      Mon. and Wed., Nov. 3 to 17
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructors: Bob Moore and Albert Metz
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Taking Stock of Our Fish
    Fishery biologists consider many factors when determining how to manage a fishery. Each fishery is unique but the components
    of all successful fish management include habitat, access, population management, and partnerships. Join us as we
    discuss the role that Wyoming Game and Fish plays in stocking the area fisheries. We will learn what the department is doing
    to help species that live here to survive and thrive. We will go on a field trip to watch a Wyoming Game and Fish stocking
    operation. Bring a lunch and wear comfortable clothing and sturdy walking shoes.
    • Course # OLLI 5032
      Wed., Oct. 1
      6–7 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Field trip: Fri., Oct. 3, 9 a.m.–2 p.m. The bus departs from
      Skelton Energy Institute
      Instructor: Al Conder
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • 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, flexibility, range of motion, stress reduction, and the health benefits from doing tai chi.
    Movements are taught standing, but they can be done seated. All movements can be modified for your comfort. Wear
    comfortable shoes and clothing.
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Mon., Wed., Sept. 22 to Oct. 29
      Location: EI 101
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Tue. and Fri., Nov. 4 to Dec. 12 (No class on Nov. 28)
      1–2 p.m.
      Location: EI 101
      Instructor: Harry Groves
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • The Real Crawley Family: Downton Abbey Season Four
    They are back. Join us as we hit the historical highlights from season four of Downton Abbey. Participants are encouraged to
    watch the series before attending class. We will serve tea and finger foods.
    • Course # OLLI 4041
      Mon., Oct. 6
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 225
      Instructor: Walter Nolte
      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 that are 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 iPad/iPhone to class and prepare to learn about these wondrous machines. You must have taken Be Smarter
    than Your iPad/iPhone to enroll in this class.
    • Course # OLLI 1820
    • Tues., Oct. 14 - GW 222
    • Mon. Oct. 20 - LH 174
    • Mon. Oct. 27 - GW 223
    • Mon. Nov. 3 - GW 223
      6-8 p.m.
      Instructor: Karel Mathesen
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • They Work Like Dogs
    There are many careers for dogs that enrich our lives and theirs. Learn about therapy, sled, and assistance dogs.
    Representatives of the Central Wyoming Kennel Club will bring various dog breeds for you to meet during the last class.
    • Course # OLLI 5041
      Tue., Nov. 4 to 25
      6–7 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Linda Heberlein
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Turkey: Crossroads of the World
    Turkey owes its unique place in the world to its geography and its wonderful diversity of people. We will look at this amazing
    country through its history and culture. There are wonderful places to explore including Istanbul, Ephesus, and Tarsus.
    Turkey is home to coffee, yogurt, and shish kebabs, and has a diversity of customs that connect cultures of the world.
    • Course # OLLI 4071
      Tue., Nov. 11
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Jim Boal
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • War to End all Wars: Part I
    It has now 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 Wed., Sept. 9, 10, and 16
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 7076
      Wed. and Thur., Nov. 5, 6, and 12
      2–3:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $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 look at how World War
    I settled nothing, and yet changed the world forever.
    • Course # OLLI 7077
      Tue. and Wed., Sept. 17, 23, and 24
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 7077
      Wed. and Thur., Nov. 13, 19 and 20
      2–3:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Why Casper Snows and Blows
    The varied topography and high elevation makes weather forecasting in Wyoming a challenge, and Casper weather is no
    exception. Casper Mountain and the North Platte River Valley impact Casper and Natrona County precipitation and wind
    patterns. We will discuss the weather forecast process, explain basic weather forecasting principles, and provide insight into
    the ins and outs of Casper weather. Bring all your weather questions to class.
    • Course # OLLI 9000
      Thur., Oct. 9
      3–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Chris Jones, Warning Coordination Meterorologist, NOAA
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • William Shakespeare: The Good, the Bard, and the Ugly
    There is a reason why William Shakespeare’s words still affect and influence us today. We will examine his life and the events
    that affected his writing: the Spanish Armada, a sun-centered universe, discovery of the New World, the reign of Elizabeth
    I, and more. We will do a brief overview of some of his more familiar works and the class will choose a Shakespeare film to
    watch on a separately scheduled movie night.
    • Course # OLLI 4060
      Thur., Sept. 11 to Oct. 2
      10–11 a.m.
      Location: GW 223 (GW 224 Sept. 11)
      Instructor: Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Writing for Life
    This class is for writers of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry who would like to share their work with other writers in a
    nonthreatening environment. You will have the opportunity to read your writing, receive constructive criticism, and assess
    how your work meets publication criteria. The class will meet twice a month for three months.
    • Course # OLLI 4021
      Tue., Sept. 9 to Dec. 16
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A (LH 171 Oct. 21)
      Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Your Retirement Elevator Speech
    How do you respond when people ask, “What do you do?” or “What are you going to do when you retire?” This class will
    address the emotional and social aspects of retirement. It is not a financial planning seminar. It is a good discussion topic for
    those thinking about retirement or who have recently retired.
    • Course # OLLI 3001
      Tue., Sept. 16
      6–7 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Janet de Vries
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
OLLI will offer two very popular trips this fall!
In an effort of fairness, we will hold a lottery to register for the below trips. To enter the lottery, select one or both of the trips on the registration form. If you plan on traveling with another person, be sure to put their name on the form; otherwise, select that you will be traveling by yourself. We will enter your name into the lottery when you
register for fall classes. These trips do not count toward your complimentary classes. The lottery closes on Wed., Sept. 3 at 5 p.m. We will contact you if your name is drawn. If you are still interested in going on the trip, fees will be due at that time.
  • Heart Mountain
    See the Heart Mountain internment camp through the eyes of Sam Mihara who was imprisoned there with his family
    during WWII. Mihara will give a presentation about the camp, and we will tour the site with him. There will also
    be time to eat, shop, and visit other sites in Cody, Wyo. including the Buffalo Bill Center of the West.
    • Tue., Wed., Thur., Sept. 23 to 25
      Location: Bus departs from Skelton Energy Institute
      Instructor: Sam Mihara
      Fee: double occupancy: $535 per person
      single occupancy: $675
  • 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, Wyo. Bring
    your Longmire books and your appetite for this fun outing.
    • Thur., Oct. 9
      7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.
      Location: Bus departs from Skelton Energy Institute
      Instructor: Craig Johnson and Laurie Fletcher
      Fee: $60
Portrait Portrait Portrait
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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