OLLI at UAF - - Lifelong Learning for Older Adults

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at UAF is a membership organization providing learning opportunities for seasoned adults (age 50+) in the Fairbanks area.  Led by its membership, OLLI offers stimulating courses, lectures, educational travel, and special interest groups.  

Members explore academic and general interest classes in an atmosphere that is intellectually stimulating, but without the stress of tests and grades.  Members are invited from all backgrounds.  They share the common bonds of intellectual curiosity and the experience of their generation.  They are self-motivated learners, eager to share opinions, knowledge, and expertise with humor and mutual respect.

OLLI is a program of UAF Summer Sessions and Lifelong Learning.  It has received generous financial support from the Bernard Osher Foundation and recognizes the generosity of benefactor Bernard Osher by using the Osher name. 



To access our online registration site

Click the link below to set up or access your account, or to browse our course offerings.

If you are a current member of OLLI or were a member last year, you already have an account. Click on "forgot password"  in the login box of the ProClass page. You'll be prompted to enter your email address, and the system will send you an email with your username and password.

If you are new to OLLI, click on "New user? Start here" to create an account.

As of 5/20/14, online credit card payment is NOT available, so you'll have to call the OLLI office at 474-6607 to make a credit card payment.



FALL 2014 Course Dates

Session I: Sept. 8 - Oct. 3

Add-on I: Oct. 6 - 10

Session II: Oct. 13 - Nov. 7

Add-on II: Nov. 10 - 14

Stay tuned! By mid-July you will be able to view course descriptions online or download the catalog in pdf form from our "Recent Publications" page.

Online registration for fall 2014 will open 9:30 am (Alaska time) Wed. Aug. 20

Class placement is first-come, first-served.

You must purchase your 2014 membership before you can register online. Call the OLLI office to use a credit card, mail us a check, or drop by and pay by your method of choice. Regular membership is $35 for the calendar year. Regular members pay $15 per class, so this option is most economical if you plan to take fewer than 10 OLLI classes during all of 2014. Unlimited membership is $185 ($35 membership + $150 unlimited classes); this option is most economical if you'll take more than 10 classes during 2014.



Looking for materials from your particular OLLI class?

Click on "Classes and Lectures" in the menu at the left.

Then click on "Reference Materials"

The list is ordered chronologically with the most recently posted material at the top.



A "Signature Story"

in memory of Ted Fathauer's work

Click below to download the pdf of illustrated remarks Dave Norton made praising OLLI, using his experience in Prof. Bill Schneider's inspiring fall 2012 OLLI class on Signature Stories, and commemorating Ted Fathauer, all at the same time, to the local AARP group on Jan.24.  



Classes

OLLI Class
Classes are usually held in the UAF University Park Building (the old U.Park school).


Classes are provided for the joy of learning - with no test or grades.   Most classes meet once a week for four weeks during spring and fall sessions.  They are taught by UAF faculty and retired faculty, Fairbanks professionals, and OLLI members eager to share their expertise.    Over 100 courses are offered each year on a variety of topics.  Some recent topics have included:

  •        Musicals by Andrew Lloyd Weber
  •        Epigenetics and the Aging Brain
  •        Digital Photography
  •        Alaska's 1964 Earthquake
  •        Conversational French
  •        Zumba Gold
  •        Edible Wild Plants
  •        Great Decisions (a world affairs discussion program of the Foreign Policy Association)
  •        Eureka! Insights Which Changed Our Minds and Our World


Video!

Instructor Neal Brown had a surprise for his class on the first day of "Looking Down On Our Planet," fall 2012.


Educational Travel

Summer Excursion

Travel programs in various locations in Alaska have become part of the OLLI learning experience.  Members enjoy 4 - 7 days of learning and adventure with friends.   

2014 Excursions:

* Invertebrates Discovery in Kasitsna Bay
* Birthplace of Alaska's 1964 Earthquake: Prince William Sound
* Historic Valdez
* Eagle to Circle by Canoe
* Sitka WhaleFest

Click "Travel" in the menu at the left of the page for more information about this year's excursions.


Membership

Membership is open to adults 50 and older and to their adult companions. The annual fee is $35, covering one calendar year of membership year (January to December).  Membership includes e-newsletters, socials, special interest groups, and eligibility to register for courses and excursions.

Course fees are $15 per course
      - or-
$150 for unlimited courses for a full year (Jan - Dec).

Members 2010
Members celebrated OLLI's 10th Anniversary in 2010. There are now 800 members in OLLI.