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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

OUR OLLI SIZZLIN' SUMMER SIGNUP EVENT IS ON THURSDAY, MAY 21, FROM 4-6 P.M. CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS

SUMMER 2015
  • A Frank Discussion About Meat
    Get out of the rut of serving the same beef and pork cuts with guidance from an experienced butcher. Learn about the qualities
    and location on an animal of different cuts of meat, including lesser-known cuts such as flanken, the difference between
    T-bone, rib eye, and porterhouse steaks, and what you are really getting when you order prime rib. We will discuss which cuts
    to request from your butcher, how best to prepare them, and meat cutting safety. We will also practice cutting techniques on
    a chicken.
    • Course # OLLI 8005
      Mon., June 22
      3:30–6 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: Curt Litteral
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
  • The Battle of Little Big Horn and Hollywood
    This class features the Battle of Little Big Horn as depicted in They Died with Their Boots On, Fort Apache, and Little Big Man.
    Only segments of the battle will be shown from each movie. We will discuss warrior vs. soldier weapons and the current
    theory of what really happened at this famous battle. The instructor is a former guide at the battlefield.
    • Course # OLLI 7035
      Mon. thru Wed., June 15 to 17
      6:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Monte Henrie
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Babi Yar Memorial and Mizel Museum Trip
    Pre-trip class: September 18, 5-6:30 p.m.
    Trip: Sept. 20 and 21
    Price: Single: $483
    Double: $396
    • Learn about the significance of the Babi Yar massacre with our guide, Lance Jones. In the pre-trip lecture he will talk
      about the Holocaust and the importance of museums such as the Mizel Museum. While in Denver we will visit the Babi Yar
      Memorial Park, the Mizel Museum, meet a holocaust survivor, and have a kosher lunch at a nearby delicatessen. The cost
      of the trip includes transportation, hotel, one breakfast, the kosher lunch, and one dinner. You do not need to be an OLLI member to
      go on this trip. Deadline to sign up is Mon., Aug. 17.
      For more info. visit: caspercollege.edu/olli
      Email: osherlifelonglearning@caspercollege.edu
      Call: 307-268-2097, 307-268-2099, or 800-442-2963, ext. 2097 or 2099
  • Bees Knees
    This fun and informative class follows the instructor’s journey into beekeeping. Learn beekeeping basics, how to get started,
    and the difference between Langstroth and top bar hives. Join us on a field trip to peer inside a working beehive. Wear a long
    sleeved shirt and long pants, sturdy walking shoes, and a sun hat.
    • Course # OLLI 5031
      Thur., July 16
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Field Trip: Fri, July 17 from 1–4 p.m. Bus will depart from Skelton Energy
      Institute parking lot.
      Instructor: Debra Reddy
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • Brilliant Dummies: Learning Healthcare with Simulation
    Casper College offers cutting-edge healthcare education in the new Health Science Simulation Center. Come and experience
    how healthcare workers and students are trained using highfidelity robotic manikins and modern teaching methods. We
    will explore the need for and advantages of these approaches, have live, hands-on interactions with the equipment, and create
    realistic learning scenarios.
    • Course # OLLI 3055
      Tue., June 9
      9–11 a.m.
      Location: HS 227
      Instructors: David Bodily and
      Kimberley Grant
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 3055
      Tue., June 9
      1–3 p.m.
      Location: HS 227
      Instructors: David Bodily and
      Kimberley Grant
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Citizen Science and WyoBio: Biodiversity for All
    The WyoBio website is a resource for anyone interested in the diversity of plant and animal species in Wyoming. We will
    begin with an introduction to the WyoBio website’s map-based applications followed by a trip to Casper Mountain to explore
    biodiversity up close. Back in the classroom, we will upload our observations to the WyoBio website and discuss how the new
    data contributes to the knowledge about species distribution in our state. You will need to bring a camera (phone camera is
    fine) to document species that you see. Wear sturdy walking shoes and bring a lunch. This trip is rated moderate: uneven
    surfaces, outhouses on site in parking area, walking required, some walking on rock or dirt paths, expect to get your feet wet,
    expect uphill walking, area is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Course # OLLI 5030
      Fri., June 26
      9 a.m.–3 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Field Trip: The bus will depart from the lower parking lot of the Gateway Building.
      Driving your own vehicle is not permitted.
      Instructors: Dorothy Tuthill and Brian Barber, UW Biodiversity Institute
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $4
  • 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
      Tue. and Thur., June 30 to July 16
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Dinner and a Movie: Gone with the Wind
    Join us for this two-night event showcasing one of America’s most popular movies. The first night we will show the first half
    of the movie. The following week we will show the second half of the movie. Both classes will include trivia and history
    about Gone with the Wind. Be treated to a great dinner on both nights, and you will say, “I’ll never be hungry again!” Do not
    miss this epic food and film event.
    • Course #OLLI 2082
      Thur., June 11 and 18
      5:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $36
  • Fables and Foods
    “Once upon a time…” is more than happy endings and riding off into the sunset. Fables and folklore introduce us to the customs
    of the countries from where they originated. We will revisit classic fairy tales, fables, and folk tales and explore how food was used in
    the story and its significance in these genres. After discussing the stories, we will venture into the kitchen to recreate and taste some
    of these fabled foods. This is a demonstration class.
    • Course # OLLI 3011
      Fri., July 31
      1–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
  • First Steps in Interpreting the Bible
    The Bible is a complex book and uses many literary devices to convey its message (histories, parables, proverbs, metaphors,
    themes, prophecies, etc.). In this introductory study, we will look at how to interpret and make sense of the Bible as a whole,
    thinking through its major themes. We will also consider how the Bible’s complex story is applicable to the world and churches
    today. Bring a modern translation of the Bible to class.
    • Course # OLLI 4005
      Wed., June 17 to July 1
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 100
      Instructor: Steven Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Gold Fever
    Delve into the history of gold prospecting in Wyoming and learn about geology along the way. The instructor will demonstrate
    how to pan for gold and introduce you to different types of mining equipment. We will pan for gold in Garden Creek on
    Casper Mountain. This trip is rated moderate: uneven surfaces, outhouses on site in parking area, walking required, some
    walking on rock or dirt paths, expect to get your feet wet, expect uphill walking, area is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Course # OLLI 5010
      Mon., July 13
      1:30–3:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 125
      Field Trip: Tue., July 14, 12:30-2:30 p.m. Van departs from Skelton Energy
      Institute parking lot. Driving your own vehicle is not permitted.
      Instructor: Rick Messina
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $28 (includes cost of gold panning kit)
  • Gold Prospecting Equipment
    We learned about panning for gold in the Gold Fever class, now is your chance to learn advanced aspects of gold prospecting.
    We will talk about the history of gold mining, equipment used in the old days, and equipment used today. We will discuss
    sluice boxes, spin wheels, blue boxes, mini-high bankers, and dredges. Our field trip takes us to a site where we will try out
    a mini-high banker and maybe find gold! You must have taken the Gold Fever class to enroll in this class. This trip is rated
    moderate: uneven surfaces, outhouses on site in parking area, walking required, some walking on rock or dirt paths, expect to
    get your feet wet, expect uphill walking, area is not wheelchair accessible.
    • Course # OLLI 5011
      Mon., July 20
      1:30–3:30 p.m.
      Location: EI 125
      Field Trip: Tue., July 21, 12:30–2:30 p.m. Location will be announced on first
      day of class.
      Instructor: Rick Messina
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • History of Jewelry I: Stone Age to the Dark Ages
    Men and women have worn jewelry for thousands of years. From drilled shells discovered at a Neanderthal dig in France
    to the decadent, diamond studded jewelry worn by the rich and famous, jewelry takes many forms. Jewelry can be art,
    adornment, a status symbol, and a social commentary. We will explore the materials used to make jewelry, evolution
    of construction techniques, social significance, and cultural symbolism from the Stone Age to the Dark Ages.
    Each week, we will make a piece of jewelry using basic techniques.
    • Course # OLLI 2095
      Mon. and Wed., June 22 to July 1
      1:30–3:30 p.m.
      Location GW 223
      Instructor: Cynthia Grieve
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • Jane Austen Picnics
    There is nothing more delightful than good company in an outdoor setting. Join us for a series of summer picnics with
    Jane Austen and friends, culminating in a showing of the film Persuasion. Explore some of Austen’s best-loved works,
    including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, Emma, and, of course, Persuasion. Learn about Austen’s life and times
    as they relate to her writing. A light English fare will be served. Because of the setting, sun hats are strongly encouraged.
    • Course # OLLI 2080
      Thur., July 2 and 9 (no class on July 16)
      10 a.m.–noon
      Thur., July 23 class is 10 a.m.–1 p.m.
      Location: Leisinger Hall Rose Garden and LH 183
      Instructors: Phyllis Pearl-Erk and Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $16
  • Kitchen and Household Confidential
    Denture cleaner and rice is the best way to clean long neck vases and newspaper leaves your windows spotless. We will
    discuss tried and true household tips, unknown and sometimes creepy things living in our spaces, and why the Internet is
    not always the best place to find solutions for household quandaries. Bring your tough questions and try to stump the
    instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 2051
      Fri., July 10
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223 and GW 224
      Instructor: Pam Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Kriti Klasiki Cuisine
    Join us for a Greek cooking class with all new recipes. You will learn tips about cooking with olive oil and the difference
    between extra virgin and virgin olive oil and get to hear more of George Vlastos’ great stories. Bring your appetite; there will be
    samples to try and recipes to take home.
    • Course # OLLI 8004
      Fri., June 12
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $18
  • Meditative Drawing: Ancient Inspirations
    Lines, swirls, and other decorative patterns have been around since ancient times. Come explore the ancient cultures of the
    Stone Age, Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. We will discuss the meditative benefits of drawing structured patterns.
    There will be practice time to draw patterns and create your own unique artwork. No drawing experience is required, and
    there are no prerequisite classes. A $7 materials fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3070
      Wed., July 15 to Aug. 5
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: TM 121
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Organic Inspirations
    Bring the outdoors inside with this class. Relax and learn to focus your mind and boost your creativity while creating
    beautiful patterns inspired by nature. No drawing experience is required and there are no prerequisite classes. A $7 materials
    fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3072
      Thur., July 16 to Aug. 6
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Meditative Drawing: Landscapes
    Create beautiful landscape artwork with the texture and repetition of patterns. Previous meditative drawing experience
    is helpful, but not required. A $7 materials fee is payable to the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3071
      Tue., July 14 to Aug. 4
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Never Too Old to Ride
    Perhaps you have not ridden a bicycle since you were a kid, but you want to ride again to have fun and stay fi t. Relearn bike
    riding basics and then go on two, slow-paced, fl at terrain rides to practice your skills. Our instructors will discuss safety, minor
    repairs, and choosing the right bike. They will show you their bikes and talk about exciting bicycling trips they have taken,
    which may inspire you to take your own bicycling vacation. You do NOT need to own a bicycle to take this class. Comfort
    bicycles and safety helmets will be provided. You may repeat this class.
    • Course OLLI #3001
      Wed., June 10
      9 a.m.–noon
      Location: EI 125
      Instructors: Steve and Libby Kurtz, Tia Leschin
      Clinic and bike rides: Wed., June 17 and 24, 9 a.m.–noon. Meet at Tate Pump
      House.
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Tour de OLLI: July Group Bicycle Rides
    If you enjoy riding but don’t want to ride alone, join us every Wednesday morning in July for an easy, leisurely ride along
    the Platte River Trail System. Rides will take place from 9–11:30 a.m., July 1 to 29. Bring your own bike, or bikes
    will be available for rent through The Crazy Pedaler. You do NOT need to have taken our Never Too Old to Ride classes
    to participate in Tour de OLLI.
    • For the first ride on July 1, we will meet at the Tate Pump House. We will discuss other easy trails to ride and choose
      one for each of the following rides. Bring water, sunblock, snacks, a bike helmet (we have some you can borrow),
      and wear cool, comfortable clothing. There is no cost to participate unless you decide to rent a bike. Contact Vicki at 268-2097 to register.
  • South Africa Through a Camera’s Eye
    The instructor captured the landscape and animals of South Africa in vivid color when on a photo safari. Learn how he found
    a safari company and planned his trip, along with valuable travel tips.
    • Course # OLLI 8010
      Wed., June 10
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Al Singleton
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $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,
    fl exibility, range of motion, and strength. Feel better as you gain the confi dence needed to move through daily life.
    • Course # OLLI 3061
      Mon. and Wed., June 8 to July 29
      9:30–10:30 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 confi dence 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., June 8 to July 29
      11 a.m.–noon
      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 iPads and iPhones. This class is hands-on so bring your iPad or iPhone updated to the latest operating
    system and your Apple ID and password to class. You must have taken Be Smarter than Your iPad/iPhone to enroll in the
    class.
    • Course # OLLI 1820
      Mon., June 15 to July 6
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Karel Matheson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • We Are Amused: A Royal Birthday Garden Party
    You are cordially invited to celebrate the 89th birthday of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Tea punch, finger sandwiches, and
    other tasty delights will be served in a shady grove at Nancy English Park. You may expect to learn how to play games of
    croquet, boules, and whist; listen to live music, and hob nob with your friends. Hats and gloves are not mandatory, but
    prizes will be awarded to three well-turned out attendees.
    • Course # OLLI 7030
      Fri., June 19
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: Nancy English Park, south end near St. Francis statue
      Instructors: Laurie Fletcher and Phyllis Pearl-Erk
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $23
  • What’s-a-Matter with Chemistry
    This is not your high school chemistry class; it is a chance to learn about the matter that makes up our world through fun and
    interesting hands-on activities. You will get handouts so you can go home and try the experiments with your family. Have
    fun making messes, learning about matter, and enjoying the thrill of learning chemistry that you might not have appreciated
    in high school.
    • Course # OLLI 6040
      Tue., July 7 to 28
      2:30–4:30 p.m.
      Location: PS 304
      Instructor: Linda Heberlein
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • 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 two months.
    • Course # OLLI 4021
      Tue., June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8

LOTTERY

In an effort of fairness, registration for Early Days in Wyoming: Mining, Railroads, and More, Field Adventures:
Converse County, and Field Adventures: Casper Mountain will be by lottery. Select one or all of these classes listed
on the registration form, and we will contact you if your name is drawn. These classes will count toward your
complimentary classes. The lottery closes on Fri., May 29 at noon. Lottery winners will be contacted on June 1.
Any fees will be due at that time.
  • Early Days in Wyoming: Mining, Railroads, and More
    Join us for a lecture and a field trip to various historic sites including Hanna, Medicine Bow, and the ghost town of Carbon.
    Along the way you will learn about mining history, pioneer and stage trails that crossed the area, forts, ranching, bootlegging,
    railroads, the Lincoln Highway, and the outlaws that hid out in the vast open spaces of the Shirley Basin. Wear comfortable
    clothing and sturdy walking shoes and bring a sack lunch. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking are required,
    numerous stairs, uneven surfaces, no wheelchair access, carry your own water, outhouses and restrooms are not nearby.
    Expect to board and exit the bus numerous times. This trip is not suitable for those in poor physical condition.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 01
      Thur., June 18
      4–6 p.m.
      Location: LH 285
      Field Trip: Thur., June 25, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Bus departs from the
      Skelton Energy Institute.
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $20
  • Field Adventure: Converse County
    Join us for an interesting day trip to various Converse County sites such as Fort Fetterman, the Pioneer Museum in Douglas,
    and sites in between. Our instructors will show you the wonders of natural, geologic, and human history in the area.
    Bring a sack lunch, wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress for a variety of weather conditions. This trip is rated
    challenging: climbing and walking are required, numerous stairs, uneven surfaces, no wheelchair access, carry your own
    water, outhouses and restrooms are not nearby. Expect to board and exit the bus numerous times. This trip is not suitable
    for those in poor physical condition.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 02
      Tue., June 23
      8 a.m.–4 p.m.
      Location: Bus departs from the Skelton Energy Institute.
      Instructors: Terry Logue, Ed Strube, and Dana Van Burgh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
  • Field Adventure: Casper Mountain
    Join us for an interesting day trip to various Natrona County sites focusing on Casper Mountain locations such as Beartrap
    Meadow, Crimson Dawn, and the Braille Trail. Our instructors will show you the wonders of natural, geologic, and human
    history in the area. Bring a sack lunch, wear comfortable walking shoes, and dress for a variety of weather conditions.
    This trip is rated challenging: walking is required, restrooms or outhouses will not always be available, uneven surfaces and
    up and down hill walking will be necessary, expect to board and exit the bus numerous times, not recommended for those
    in poor physical condition.
    • Course # OLLI 0000 03
      Tue., June 30
      8 a.m.–4 p.m.
      Location: Bus departs from the Skelton Energy Institute.
      Instructors: Terry Logue, Ed Strube, and Dana Van Burgh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $12
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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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