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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.

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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.

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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

SPRING 2014
  • The Battle of Little Big Horn
    In this class, we will study the famous, but largely misunderstood, Battle of Little Big Horn. The instructor, a former Little Big Horn battlefield guide, will share testimonies from people who were there and information about recent archeological findings that may dispel the mystique and conflicting theories surrounding this battle.
    • Course # OLLI 4073
      Wed., Mar. 19 to Apr. 9
      6:30–8:00 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Monte Henry
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Beginners’ Philosophy
    “Who am I?” “Why am I here?” “How do I know what I know to be true?” Humanity has wrestled with these questions for millennia. Philosophers have throughout the centuries proposed answers to these questions. We will examine the works of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle and then move on to major historical philosophies of Augustine, Machiavelli, Descartes, Nietzsche, and others.
    • Course # OLLI 8030
      Tue., Mar. 25 to Apr. 29
      6:30–8 p.m.
      Location: LH 186
      Instructor: Atticus Bailey
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Be Smarter than Your iPad and iPhone
    Skype, Facetime, Apps, Pandora, and Talking Tom are not foreign languages; they are programs for your iPad or iPhone. Learn about applications to communicate with your family, check your pulse, be cool because you know all the latest songs, and do jigsaw puzzles. There is even an app to turn your photographs and artwork into greeting cards, which will be our class project. Bring your iPad or iPhone to this hands-on class. There is a small fee payable to the instructor for the greeting card project.
    • Course # OLLI 1820
      Tue., Mar. 18 to Apr. 8
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Karel Mathisen
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • The Book of Ruth
    In this study of the short but important Book of Ruth, we will read and discuss the book’s message during its time and for today. We will examine why the Book of Ruth is in the Old Testament and its importance in the New Testament to the coming of Jesus the Messiah. Bring a Bible to class, preferably a modern translation.
    • Course # OLLI 4005
      Mon., Mar. 3 to 24
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 171
      Instructor: Steven Gunderson
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Brain Boosters: Strategies to Strengthen Your Memory
    If you worry that misplacing your car keys might be a sign of memory loss or dementia, this class is for you. Learn simple, fun things you can do to boost your memory and improve your thinking skills. This class, offered from the nonprofessional’s perspective, includes memory-boosting materials from paper puzzles to iPad applications.
    • Course # OLLI 2062
      Tue., Feb. 18 and 25
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructors: Wayne Clements, Carol Crump, and Dani Guerttman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Busby Berkeley: Pioneer Choreographer
    Busby Berkeley was famous for elaborate musical production numbers that often involved complex geometric patterns. Berkeley’s works used large numbers of showgirls and props as fantasy elements in kaleidoscopic on-screen performances. His work was influential during the Great Depression when audiences flocked to the movies to escape their dreary lives. We will see four fun and classic films featuring his groundbreaking choreography.
    • Course # OLLI 2080
      Thur., Feb. 6 to 27
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Classic Horror Films
    Return to the days of horror films that were free of crazy, chainsaw-wielding lunatics made frightening by computer graphics. We will view four genre-defining films in which writing, acting, cinematography, and imagination provide thrills and chills to audiences with minimal special effects. You will be pleasantly surprised at how entertaining these films are.
    • Course # OLLI 2081
      Thur., Mar. 6 to 27
      6:30–9 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Lisa Icenogle
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • The Complex and Humorous World of Bill Bryson
    This genial writer has created extraordinary travel books, histories, biographies, and books about the world of science. He writes with wit and self-deprecating humor. We will explore some of his best work. Note: you do not need to have read Bill Bryson books to take this class. Bring your sense of adventure and discover the work of this entertaining author.
    • Course # OLLI 1000
      Thur., Apr. 3 to May 1 (No class on Apr. 24)
      10–11 a.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Laurie Fletcher
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Creative Hours I
    Many of us have difficulty carving out time in our busy schedules to work on creative projects, or perhaps we have the time but do not know where to find inspiration. This class can help you get started. Bring your creativity and join the fun as you learn to create artist trading cards and colorful art journals. No previous art experience is necessary, just the desire to create with paints, paper, and glue while socializing and being inspired by others.
    • Course # OLLI 2051
      Mon., Feb. 10 to Mar. 17 (No class on Feb. 17)
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Carol Chapman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • Creative Hours II
    Use your creativity to make colorful art journals and other handmade art with simple supplies in this continuation of Creative Hours I. Learn how to make stencils and stamps and do simple bookbinding. Some knowledge of art journaling or taking Creative Hours: I is recommended before taking this class.
    • Course # OLLI 2052
      Thur., Feb. 20 to Mar. 27
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Carol Chapman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • 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 7020
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 4 to Mar. 6
      6:30–8 p.m.
      Location: LH 283
      Instructor: Dwain Romsa
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Exploring Astronomy II
    Many wonders of the night sky are not visible with the naked eye. We will use planetarium modules to learn about things we cannot see and explore astronomical topics such as the dynamic motion of the stars and other exotic phenomena and objects in the universe. You do not have to have taken part one of this series to take this class.
    • Course # OLLI 6060
      Mon., Mar. 17 to Apr. 21
      4–5 p.m.
      Location: Casper Planetarium, 904 N. Poplar
      Instructor: Andrew Young
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • Exploring the Holocaust III
    We will discuss the killing centers, including the mechanized death factories of the Aktion Reinhard camps and the sophisticated industrial center of Auscwitz-Birkenau, the conditions of the prisoners, the motivation of the staff in each type of camp, and the post-war fates of many of the key figures of the Third Reich.
    • Course # OLLI 7033
      Mon., Feb. 3 to Mar. 17 (No class on Feb. 24 or Mar. 10)
      5–6:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Lance Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Exploring the Holocaust IV: Women and the Holocaust
    We will discuss the roles of women during the Holocaust, including women as victims, perpetrators, bystanders, rescuers, sexually exploited, mothers, heads of households, and SS members. All of these roles impacted the experiences of those who survived the Holocaust.
    • Course # OLLI 7034
      Mon., Mar. 24 to Apr. 28
      5–6:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Lance Jones
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • From Vision to Harvest: Wyoming’s Irrigation Heritage
    Wyoming statesmen of the early 20th century had a vision for our state’s agriculture. Contrary to claims made at the time, they knew that rain did not follow the plow. We will review the efforts and accomplishments of visionaries such as William Richards, John Kendrick, and Joseph O’Mahoney. They shaped the infrastructure of farming in our state in the early days and still today. The class will include one short field trip and two six-hour long field trips. These trips are rated challenging: climbing and walking required; uneven surfaces; primitive trails with elevation changes; no wheelchair access; outhouses and water not nearby in most cases; carry your own water. Climate may not be suitable for people in poor physical condition.
    • Course # OLLI 7015
      Wed., Apr. 9, 1:30–4 p.m.
      Fri., Apr. 11, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Please bring a lunch.
      Thur., Apr. 17, 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Please bring a lunch.
      Location: Class and field trips will meet at the National Historic Trails Center, 1500 N. Poplar
      Instructors: Reid Miller and Jason Vlcan
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • Have Some Madeira, M’Dear
    Learn 20 million years of history on the Portuguese Island of Madeira in two hours, including flowers, embroidery, hiking along the levadas, Christmas celebrations, and the making of Madeira wine, a favorite wine of George Washington. The second class will feature a tasting of various Madeira wines.
    • Course # OLLI 4071
      Lecture: Tue., Apr. 1, 6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Bob Moore
      Tasting: Wed., Apr. 2, 6–8 p.m.
      Location: Wolcott Galleria, 136 S. Wolcott, 2nd floor
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $25
  • Historical Geology: Precambrian to Present Day
    In this class, we will examine the ways that fossils are formed and how life forms are preserved over time. We will discuss the past movements of the continents, their continued movement today, and noteworthy Earth scientists and their contributions to the study of the Earth’s geologic history.
    • Course # OLLI 7010
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 4 and 6
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: TM 108
      Instructor: Terry Logue
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Iconography: Christian Theology in Imagery
    • To understand Christian icons is to understand Christian theology. Iconographic art links the observer of the icon to the subject represented within the icon and to theological teaching. We will explore the dramatic and controversial history of icons, the religious principles on which icons are based, the guidelines that link the icon’s subject and its message, and how icons can deepen your spiritual journey through connectedness to God and the saints. Note: There may be a book for this class. If there is a textbook we will notify you before the first class and a fee for the book will be payable on the first day of class.
      Course # OLLI 4030
      Wed. March 5, 19, and 26 and Apr. 2 and 9 (No class on Mar. 12)
      7–8:15 p.m.
      Location: Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 1350 East C Street, Casper, WY
      Instructor: Robert Barnes
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • In the Neighborhood: C Street Area
    Enjoy learning about the history of an important transportation corridor in Casper. The class will consist of a lecture and two walking/bus tours of the C Street area from the BNSF Depot to the area around Cost Plus and Michaels Fence. This trip is rated moderate: walking required, some stairs, uneven or unpaved surfaces, paved surfaces may be uneven, and rock or dirt paths. A majority of the sites may not be accessible by wheel chair. Restrooms or outhouses may be a distance from the site. Expect to get on and off the bus or van numerous times.
    • Course # OLLI 2033
      Tue., Apr. 15
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: LI 215A
      Wed. and Thur., Apr. 16 and 17
      1–4 p.m.
      Location: Bus departs from Energy Institute parking lot.
      Instructors: Kevin Anderson 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, the aging process, and industry standards of excellence. We will discuss the uses and health benefits of balsamic vinegars, taste a variety of vinegars, discuss olive oil parings, and make a vegetable and a fruit salad using balsamic vinegars.
    • Course # OLLI 8005
      Thur., Mar. 20
      5:30–7:30 p.m.
      Location: Vita Sana Olive Oil Co., 136 S. Wolcott
      Instructor: Charles Walsh
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $7
  • It’s In Your Genes
    DNA is in the news almost daily, but what do we really know about this material? The secret of DNA lies in its structure, replication, and role in protein synthesis. We will look at the history of DNA from Watson and Crick to the Human Genome Project, DNA technology, fingerprinting, diagnosis of disease, solving crimes, and genetic therapies. Finally, we will discuss the future of DNA technology and the Human Genome Project.
    • Course # OLLI 5060
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 11 and 13
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Jim Boal
      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 spend time writing and critiquing our work.
    • Course # OLLI 4020
      Mon., Apr. 7 and 14
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Gayle Irwin
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Journaling with George
    Learn how to create your own journal. Our approach to journaling will combine writing and drawing and focus on how to organize your journal using both disciplines. Bring to class an unlined 8”x 5 1/2” notebook/journal, black Pilot writing pens, and a set of Crayola markers. (Do not bring Sharpie markers: they bleed through the paper.)
    • Course # OLLI 2061
      Mon., Wed., Fri., Apr. 28 to May 2
      6–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Kritiko Cooking
    This class builds upon techniques you learned in past olive oil classes with George Vlastos. We will pay special attention to cooking Kritiko style using traditional recipes from the Island of Crete. No prerequisite classes required.
    • Course # OLLI 8007
      Thur., Apr. 10
      2–5:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 224
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $22
  • Leave it to Beavers: Restoring Bolton Creek
    A few years ago the Wyoming Game and Fish Department saw a need to restore riparian habitat and reduce erosion along the banks of Bolton Creek. To address both of these concerns, they began a unique project that uses the dam building skills of existing and relocated beaver populations along the creek. Game and Fish harvested aspen trees on Muddy Mountain and lifted them by helicopter into the Bolton Creek areas. The deposited aspens provide forage and dam building materials for the beavers. Learn how the collaborative efforts of humans and beavers restored the wildlife habitat along the creek, raised the water table, provided more grazing for livestock, and reduced the flow of creek sediment into the North Platte River. Weather permitting we will take a field trip to look at sites along the creek. This trip is rated challenging: climbing and walking required, uneven surfaces, primitive trails, outhouses and water not available on site. May not be suitable for people in poor physical condition.
    • Course # OLLI 5030
      Thur., May 1
      6–8 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructors: Keith Schoup and Al Conder
      Field Trip: Fri., May 2, 9 a.m. –2:30 p.m. Vans depart from Energy Institute parking lot. Bring a lunch and wear sturdy walking shoes and warm clothing.
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $7
  • Le Monde Francais: Facts and Fables
    Learn several little-known facts and stories about la francophonie that aim to enlighten, amuse, and promote discussion. We will learn about French-speaking countries, understand tricky French language nuances, play a leisurely game of pétanque, and sing chansons françaises. You will leave class with travel ideas, phrases, and a touch of that certain je ne sais quoi with which French civilization has always fascinated the anglophone. We have added more fun facts and expanded this class, so even if you took it before there will be something new to learn.
    • Course # OLLI 2082
      Mon., Wed., and Fri., Feb. 10 to 28
      2–4 p.m.
      Location: LH 284
      Instructor: Charles Ewing
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Living in an Imperial World
    The major powers of the late 19th and early 20th centuries jostled to create exclusive domains of trade and resources. They carved up the globe with scant regard for the people they exploited. Intolerant imperial rivalries led to numerous bloody conflicts and two catastrophic world wars. This class will look at the apex of Imperialism, including the vast British and French Empires and the upstart empires of Russia, Japan, Italy, and the United States.
    • Course # OLLI 2090
      Wed., Mar. 5 to 26
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      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. 4 to 25
      6:30–8:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 223
      Instructor: Terry Bay
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $15
    • Course # OLLI 3050
      Tue., Apr. 1 to 25
      6:30–8:30 p m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Terry Bay
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
      Fee: $15
  • 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 to take this class.
    • Course # OLLI 3072
      Tue., Mar. 4 to 25
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 170
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $7 payable to instructor for drawing kit
  • Meditative Drawing: Projects
    This class is for people who have previously taken meditative drawing classes and want to apply their skills. You will create a new project each week using techniques you learned in previous classes such as white on black, watercolor with resist, tangling with glue, and canvas bag art. Bring supplies from previous meditative drawing classes or purchase replacement supplies from the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 3070
      Tue., Feb. 4 to 25
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $7 payable to instructor for drawing kit
  • 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 are 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 to take this class.
    • Course # OLLI 3071
      Wed., Apr. 9 to 30
      3–4:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Jody Halferty
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $7 payable to instructor for drawing kit
  • Navigating New Technology: eBooks and eReaders
    Perhaps you are thinking of buying an eBook or an eReader or you have one but do not know how to use it. We will begin with a basic introduction, then move on to learning about free and inexpensive resources for downloading eBooks. We will learn about the tools with which most eReaders are equipped. When we are done you will be able to carry dozens of books in your pocket, even children’s books to read to your grandkids.
    • Course # OLLI 4010
      Thur., Feb. 6 to 27
      10–11 a.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructors: Laurie Fletcher and Karen Wyatt
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Olives to Olive Oil
    Learn how olives are farmed at the Vlastos Farma in the Amari Valley on the Island of Crete with the same ancient trees planted in the 12th century. The Vlastos family grows the olives on Crete and sells the olive oil here in Casper. We will cook with olive oil in ways inspired by various Greek cooking techniques using low heat derived from the stick fires used in village cooking hearths. By the conclusion of the class, everyone will understand the health benefits of olive oil and be able to shop for their own favorite type of olive oil to use for cooking.
    • Course # OLLI 8006
      Lecture: Thur., Mar. 6
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 225E
      Demonstration: Fri., Mar. 7, GW 224
      2–5 p.m.
      Instructor: George Vlastos
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $22
  • Out of this World I
    There is more to the NASA space program than just the recently mothballed space shuttle program. We will learn about the unsung mechanical heroes of NASA that delve into the solar system and beyond. We will discuss orbiters, satellites, and rovers circa 1950 to 1980. This is part 1 of a three-part series.
    • Course # OLLI 6010
      Fri., Feb. 7 to Mar. 7
      4–5 p.m.
      Location: Casper Planetarium, 902 N. Poplar
      Instructor: Andrew Young
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
      Fee: $5
  • Revolting Americans I
    Look past the hero worship and mythology of the American Revolution to discover an extraordinary tale of average, flawed men and women who achieved the remarkable. Motivated by appeals for the greater good and opportunities for personal gain, they took enormous risks to achieve self-determination. Learn about the reasons for the rebellion, the importance of the American colonies in the British global empire, and the initial stages (American failures and retreats) of the War for Independence.
    • Course # OLLI 7075
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 11, 13, and 18
      2:30–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 7075
      Mon. and Wed., Apr.14, 16, and 21
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Revolting Americans II
    This class continues where the Revolting Americans I left off. We will examine the politics and rivalries that threatened to derail the revolution, the struggle of the Americans to develop an efficient and dependable fighting force, and the battles that finally went the way of the Americans. Learn about the delicate diplomacy and aid from the French that compelled the British to cut their losses and end the conflict and their claim on the American colonies.
    • Course # OLLI 7076
      Tue. and Thur., Feb. 20, 25, and 27
      2:30–4 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
    • Course # OLLI 7076
      Mon. and Wed., Apr. 23, 28, and 30
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 115
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 03 – Complimentary
      04 – $8
  • Rock, Jazz, and Country Roots in the Music Cities
    Learn the history of the fascinating music styles that originated in New Orleans, Memphis, and Nashville. This class is recommended, but not required, for people going on the Music Cities trip in April 2014. You do not have to be going on the trip to take this class.
    • Course # OLLI 2012
      Tue., Mar.4 to 18
      6–7 p.m.
      Location: CS 160
      Instructor: Ron Alexander
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Russian Ark: A Film Journey through Russian History
    Filmed entirely in one take, the 2002 movie Russian Ark transports the viewer through a dreamscape of 300 years of Russian royal life. Shot at the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, the audience receives a first-person view of the splendor of the Russian court. We will discuss the Russian history covered in the film before viewing it. Even if you are not a particular fan of foreign movies or of history, the visual spectacle of Russian Ark, combined with the technical challenges of its filming, make for a unique viewing experience.
    • Course # OLLI 2083
      Tue. and Wed., Feb. 4 and 5
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: GW 222
      Instructor: Tom Smyth
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Sails as Stars I
    Calling all sailors and landsmen to see films in which sailing ships and yachts, not humans, are the stars. We will watch two of the greatest sailing movies ever made, plus one selected by the class from a list provided by the instructor.
    • Course # OLLI 6011
      Tue., Mar. 4 to 25
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 218
      Instructor: Bob Moore
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
  • Wilderness Ethics for Hikers, Hunters, and Paddlers
    Outdoor adventures often present a moral gut check for those enjoying their time in nature. Wilderness ethics are about more than what we do when nobody witnesses our actions; they define our beliefs regarding stewardship and responsibility for our natural wonders. This class will help participants develop their personal wilderness ethic through a series of discussions, readings, and short writing exercises. To take this class, you should have a love for wilderness activities, an interest in being challenged by the instructor and fellow classmates, and a willingness to arrive at each session prepared and ready to participate.
    • Course # OLLI 5070
      Wed., Feb. 12 to 26
      6–7:30 p.m.
      Location: LH 184
      Instructor: Josh Kirby
      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 criteria for publication. The class will meet twice a month for three months.
    • Course # OLLI 4050
      Tue., Feb. 4 and 18, Mar. 4 and 18, and Apr. 8 and 22
      3–5 p.m.
      Location: GW 202A
      Instructor: Audrey Cotherman
      Cost: 01 – Complimentary
      02 – $8
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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, color, religion, sex, age, disability, national origin, or veteran status 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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