Central Oregon program announcements will be published on this page each month. Please read to the bottom of the page for all announcements.
This month marks the final edition of the OLLI-UO monthly newsletter, The Oregon Sage. From this point forward, all OLLI-UO content for both the Central Oregon and Eugene-Springfield program sites will be published exclusively at osher.uoregon.edu. Each site will have its own Information Hub, where we are able to post more complete course and activity descriptions, link to registration pages, and provide news and updates.
The transition from print was proposed and endorsed by both Councils. The design and enhanced content of the Information Hubs was developed collaboratively by member teams and OLLI-UO program staff.
Complete descriptions of OLLI-UO programming (like those you are familiar with in the printed newsletter) will be posted on a monthly basis and available before the start of the month. Updates to descriptions will be posted mid-month. Part of this changeover includes phasing out the weekly e-minder (sent on Fridays). Short e-mails will go out to members when the Information Hub is updated or to announce an important schedule change or update.
To assist with the new communication method, a computer displaying the Hub will be made available for walk-up/drop-in use at both program sites. This workstation will be staffed by an OLLI-UO member-volunteer during the most-heavily attended classes. For those who would still like to hold a schedule in their hands, a one-page printout containing a program calendar and event highlights will be available at the registration/name badge areas of both sites.
As with any new service, we will focus on continuing to improve user experience in the coming months. If you have suggestions about the site or any feedback you care to share, please email program staff at firstname.lastname@example.org. We thank you in advance for your patience and cooperation during the transition!
Program Manager, OLLI-UO Central Oregon
Program Manager, OLLI-UO Eugene/Springfield
HELP WANTED: Looking to add a few dedicated OLLI-UO Central Oregon members to join our leadership team for the 2019-2021 term. Want to be involved with a collegial team of volunteer leaders? Bring your experience, ideas, and enthusiasm to the Governing Council and be part of the process that helps OLLI-UO Central Oregon move forward. There is no experience required to serve on Council, but we ask that nominees possess a love of OLLI-UO and provide thoughtful decision-making on behalf of our members. The Governing Council meets monthly for two hours, participates in strategic planning efforts, and collaborates to help OLLI-UO move forward.
Over the next several weeks, the Council will serve as a nominating committee to recruit three to four candidates interested in helping to lead our program site over the next two years, a pivotal point for our OLLI-UO program as we tackle our ambitious Financial Sustainability Plan targets. Current Council members Pat Ackley and Steve Hussey leave office at the end of the year. Kathryn Cullen, Deb Hollens, and Joyce Pickersgill have a year remaining in their elected terms. Suzanne Butterfield has expressed interest in serving a second term.
Curious? Please join us for an informal Candidates’ Forum on Wednesday, October 17, 12:15 p.m. at the UO Bend Center. We’ll explain duties and answer your questions. Can’t make the meeting? Please contact a Council member for a one-on-one discussion.
Election Timeline: Nominations will be accepted through October 19. Members may nominate themselves or another member. Electronic balloting for the Council elections will be conducted between November 14 and November 30, with the results announced at the Holiday Party on December 14. Paper ballots will be sent to members who do not have access to email. We look forward to hearing from you! Feel free to contact me.
Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Council President