Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
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OLLI-UO suspended due to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic

In-person OLLI-UO programming is on hiatus in both Central Oregon and Eugene/Springfield. Online learning opportunities are available. Email osher@uoregon.edu for more information. Read more...

Central Oregon Announcements

Central Oregon program announcements will be published on this page each month. Please read to the bottom of the page for all announcements.


President's Note May 2020

Well, to paraphrase Admiral Perry: "We have met the coronavirus and it is ours." OLLI-UO has certainly figured out how to survive during this pandemic. We have been able to offer Zoom classes in science, earth science discussion group, fiction and nonfiction book groups, and the Great Decisions Shared Interest Group. Starting this week, we are offering a joint course with Eugene/Springfield on International Relations, and we plan to offer a joint course on art the following week. We are proceeding apace with maintaining member engagement on both sides of the mountains.

In addition, Elizabeth Polidan and John Rhetts have reached out to all members to determine if they needed any assistance–none needed (hurray!), but we have provided the opportunity to reach out through Basecamp if any need does arise. Speaking of Basecamp, check it out–Dale and Heather have really organized it so well now–we have discussion threads for each topic so it is easy to find out what’s happening in each of our classes/discussion groups and to share your articles and comments. Our sense of community is actually being enhanced during this trying time–I am not surprised.

In a survey of all OLLI organizations across the country, 92% of them are offering Zoom classes, so we are part of a large movement to online offerings. Going forward, once we have in-person classes again, we may consider keeping the Zoom option to support some of our members that cannot join us on-site—something to assess in our strategic plan, which is a work in progress. We have also been informed by the University that they plan to resume on-campus classes in the fall, with summer classes still being conducted remotely. That is a hopeful sign for fall, but we are not yet ruling out summer options; it depends on the Governor’s recommendations.

And just a heads-up: the members of Governing Council will be following up with you all in May–again, just to check in, see how you are weathering the isolation, and to get any comments or recommendations you want to share. Stay safe out there.

Kathryn Cullen, Central Oregon Governing Council President

May 1, 2020


Fundraising Goal Exceeded!

Our fundraising report with donations received and transacted by the UO Foundation as of April 25 comes to $25,748! That is to say: we have exceeded our fundraising goal! To date, we have received donations from 92 members, reflecting more individual donors than we have ever had: 43% of our Central Oregon membership. Well done and thank you! We are grateful for our wonderful members.

Thank-you letters from our fantastic Central Oregon fundraising team of Suzanne Butterfield, Bonnie Campbell, Deb Hollens, and Maggi Machala were mailed out last week. Thank you to all of our donors for playing a vital role in OLLI-UO in Central Oregon sustainability!

Members who wish to make a tax-deductible donation may find information on our Support OLLI webpage.

May 1, 2020


Launch of Online Formats Complete!

Our rollout of Zoom and our online discussion board is finished! Starting this week, we are ready to invite all members to join virtual sessions. The reorganization of the online "discussion board" where members can share articles, videos, photos, and other resources around a particular program topic, is now complete. Several members have asked about how to adjust notification settings. Please plan to attend the Zoom training about Basecamp on Tuesday, May 5.

Meeting IDs for online discussion groups and virtual lectures will be sent in the Friday afternoon e-minders. Ongoing study groups (like the nonfiction book group and the Earth Science and the Environment discussion group) will use the same meeting ID assigned to them from the beginning. If you need help identifying an online meeting ID, please contact osher@uoregon.edu.

May 4, 2020


COVID-19 Information from UO

This website contains FAQs and many links to additional information about COVID-19. This is where the latest news and campus messages related to the university’s preparation and response are posted.

May 1, 2020


Looking to the Future

We cannot yet know any anticipated date for resuming face-to-face programming. However, UO will deliver all spring and summer credit courses via remote delivery. This suggests a minimum return of regular classes would be UO’s fall academic term, which begins September 29, 2020. The state of Oregon might lift the social distancing sooner than that.

May 1, 2020


An archive of previous announcements is available the archive page.