Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Continuing and Professional Education

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 August 2019

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon is moving ahead on all fronts this summer. But before mentioning the future, I would like to make an observation about what staff and OLLI volunteers have accomplished in the last year, mainly in the last ninety days. The move out of The Duck Store, the move of most OLLI/UO equipment into storage, the search for and then contracting for classroom spaces to take us through the end of the year while we continue to look for a more permanent space, placing programming into new classroom spaces with different audiovisual capability than the Duck Store, moving classes from “normal days and times” to new ones to fit what the new venue contracts allow, increasing members by almost 100, and contributing about $18,000 to the OLLI-UO Financial Sustainability Plan goals was a job extremely well done. That experience—shared by dozens of volunteers and all members—proves to me, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that OLLI-UO in CO is a very healthy organization.

We had a great time at the “Summer Camp Social” on June 25, introducing members to one of our two classroom spaces and enjoying each other’s company and good potluck food.

Your Governing Council and Committees are running on all cylinders. Beyond July/August “Summer Camp,” your leadership is hard at work with UO staff in investigating, looking at, and ultimately nailing down a classroom space (or spaces) so that programming continues uninterrupted throughout the year, and beyond. We are a strong and vibrant organization with bonds that run deep among members and staff.

See you at the fall picnic in September!

Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

June 28, 2018

President’s Note July 2019

The message below was sent to all Central Oregon members by postal mail on 06/10/19. This is important information about our move and our upcoming “Summer Camp.”

Dear OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Members,

Our last day in the Duck Store building is just around the corner on June 19, and this communication provides the information you need to get ready for OLLI’s July-August “Summer Camp.” The insert provided with the letter serves as a guide to our two great locations, along with the schedule for each day. We suggest you put the insert in the glovebox or console of your car to make sure you find your “campsite.” The Summer Camp schedule is also listed below.

While our classes and activities will be held at the two locations discussed below, our OLLI-UO in Central Oregon phone number has not changed. It remains 541-728-0685. The phone number will forward to our main Continuing and Professional Education office in Eugene and the message will be relayed to program manager Heather Inghram and student worker Lynnea Fredrickson. Heather and Lynnea will have use of a temporary office space in southwest Bend for the next few months. The Continuing and Professional Education office number in Eugene, for general questions or course registration, remains the same: 800-824-2714. The main CPE office in Eugene is staffed Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

We will continue to provide additional details in our usual three ways:

  1. Weekly “e-minder” sent to your email inbox on Friday afternoons
  2. OLLI-UO Info Hub at osher.uoregon.edu
  3. In-class announcements and handouts at both “campsite” locations

Our Summer Camp kick-off/potluck celebration will held be at The Elks Lodge campsite on Tuesday, June 25, noon–2:00 p.m. You don’t want to miss this. Trust me!

Goodbye, Duck Store! You were a good physical location. We are moving the important parts of OLLI-UO: our wonderful members, the superb staff, the many friendships, the boundless creativity and desire to learn new things…to new spaces. Thanks to all of our members and the great support from program manager Heather Inghram, executive director Sandra Gladney, and the rest of the team at Continuing and Professional Education.


Suzanne Butterfield, Central Oregon Governing Council President

June 13, 2019

OLLI-UO in Central Oregon Summer Camp

Our Central Oregon locations page has been updated with information about each “campsite.”

Mondays at the Elks Lodge “Campsite”

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Investigating American Presidents

Mondays, July 8–August 12, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Ideas from TED Talks

Tuesdays at the Elks Lodge “Campsite”

Tuesdays, July 9–September 24, 10:00 a.m.–noon, Brain Myths Exploded

Three Tuesdays: July 16, 23, 30, 1:30–3:30 p.m., An Introduction to Economics

Tuesday, August 20, 1:30–3:30 p.m., What’s Happening at the Border

Wednesdays at the Deschutes Historical Museum “Campsite”

Wednesdays, July 17–September 4, 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., Summer Documentary Series

Three Wednesdays: August 14, 21, 28, 1:30–3:30 p.m., Memoirs in Literature

Field Trips

Thursday, June 28, 12:45 p.m., Pine Mountain Wildflower Hike/Walk

Thursday, July 11, 10:15 a.m., Knott Landfill and Recycling Tour and Talk

Thursday, July 25, 1:15 p.m., McLagan’s Taxidermy Tour

Google Map Directions

For Google Map directions, please choose from the links below.

Elks Lodge #1371, 63120 Boyd Acres Rd, Bend, 97701

Deschutes Historical Museum, 129 NW Idaho Ave, Bend, 97703

June 13, 2019

Special Thank You from Heather Inghram

As I am reflecting back on UO Central Oregon’s past at the UO Bend Center—the place where I started with Continuing and Professional Education—I am struck by the outpouring of support and willingness to help from our OLLI-UO members. I am often too busy at the office to express my gratitude. However, please know that I am exceedingly grateful for the dedication and commitment to lifelong learning that each one of you demonstrates. I find your life experiences, professional accomplishments, and education (however formal or informal) inspiring. We’ve drawn on your combined experiences and personalities during this time of transition.

Thank you all for calmly navigating this next chapter with me. I am extremely thankful to our OLLI member-leaders who have not only stepped up to help in a number of capacities, but who have shown grace and resilience throughout this transition. Thank you especially to the members of our Central Oregon Governing Council, namely Suzanne Butterfield, John Dulzo, Kathryn Cullen, Helen Pruitt, Barbara Silversmith, Deb Hollens, Joyce Pickersgill, and Margie de Leon. Thank you to those on the “transition” and “search” teams, including Terry Schwab, Steve Hussey, and John Rhetts. Thank you to the many members who were involved with on-the-ground needs, from inventorying equipment to boxing up materials to moving objects into a storage unit.

I look forward to sharing in the excitement of OLLI-UO in Central Oregon’s future!


Heather Inghram
Program Manager, Continuing and Professional Education

June 13, 2019

An archive of previous announcements is available.

2018 announcements archive

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